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President's Biography

Grafton J. Nunes

President Nunes became the 10th president of the Cleveland Institute of Art on July 1, 2010.

Grafton Nunes speaking to panel

Grafton Nunes joined of the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2010, when he became the 10th president in the College’s history. He presides over CIA’s 15 programs of study in art and design. In 2015, he completed a six-year, $75 million capital campaign and campus unification project that consolidated operations under one roof in the George Gund building at 11610 Euclid Avenue. During his tenure, CIA has built two new residence halls, increased enrollment by more than 100 students, and expanded its profile nationally and internationally as a premiere college of art and design.

Nunes was founding dean of the School of the Arts at Emerson, what has become the larger of Emerson’s two schools. Prior to Emerson, Nunes served for 22 years at Columbia University, concluding his tenure there as associate dean of the School of the Arts.

Nunes is a graduate of Columbia University with an MFA in film history, theory and criticism, and a Master of Philosophy in Theater History and Film Studies. At the College of the Holy Cross, he received his Bachelor of Arts in English and religion. During an active career as a film writer and producer, Nunes was producer of the film The Loveless, directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow.

Contact

Office of the President
Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.421.7410
president@cia.edu