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About . Leadership . Office of the President 

Office of the President

Welcome to a new year

September 2019

As a new academic year begins, I want to extend a heartfelt welcome to you all. I hope summer rewarded you with rest and adventure, and that you feel energized to dig into the work ahead.
To those who are new to CIA, I offer a special greeting. We are privileged to share in each other’s company as we write the next chapter of this college’s history together. 
We have been busy this summer at CIA. In addition to hosting programs for teachers and high school students, we put a number of improvements in place in the George Gund Building. Most dramatically, we reconfigured spaces on the second and third floors to expand work and lab resources to accommodate students’ growing interest in digitally based arts. 
In response to student requests, we also designated as gender neutral two former men’s rooms on the second and third floors. An additional gender neutral restroom will be installed on the fourth floor this fall. Thank you to the students, faculty and staff who advocated for these facilities, and to the cabinet members, staff, board and donors who contributed to make them a reality. It is essential that every member of our community feels welcome and safe on our campus. 

Kathryn Heidemann, CIA’s new Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, will begin her tenure September 3. Most recently, she worked at Carnegie Mellon University, where she served as assistant dean for the College of Fine Arts and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. You can read more about her here

Grafton Nunes

President + CEO

Cleveland institute of Art president Grafton Nunes

CIA Mission

To nurture the intellectual, artistic, and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.

CIA Vision

To advance culture, community, and global quality of life.