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Admissions Faculty

Eric Reitz

Title Associate Director of Enrollment + Financial Aid
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7437

Arlene Thomas

Title Office Manager
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7418

Karen Wellman

Title Counselor
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7422

Karen graduated with a BA in Art, with a concentration in Painting, and focus in Art History, from Cleveland State University. Karen has worked at several galleries in the Cleveland area, then at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the Development Department, before starting in the Admissions Office at CIA in the Fall of 2008. Over the past several years, she has participated in local group shows, including St. Clair Superior Development Corporation’s Public Art Projects and Sparx City Hop; as well as having attended numerous gallery openings and museum events, and supporting the local arts scene. Karen values the Cleveland artistic community, and helping students prepare for the admissions/portfolio prep process for admittance into the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Karen covers the following territories: California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin, and all Ohio zip codes that begin with: 431, 437, 438, 439, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447, 456, 457.

Tom Green

Title Associate Director of Admissions
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7491

Thomas Green, Associate Director of Admissions, works primarily with transfer students and international students. Thomas has worked in visual arts higher education for more than 20 years and has served as a juror at several arts competitions and exhibitions during this time. He is an avid photographer and a free-lance graphic designer. Thomas enjoys visiting Cleveland museums and photographing the city and Lake Erie. He has a B.A. from Ohio State University.

Territory: Transfer and International students, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and all Ohio zip codes that begin with: 433, 434, 435, 436, 440, 448, 449, 450, 451, 453, 454, 455, 458.

Amanda Shelnutt

Title Enrollment Operations Assistant
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7327

Bennett Overmyer

Title Counselor
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7458

Bennett Overmyer was raised in Columbus, Ohio before moving to Pittsburgh for her higher education. She attended the University of Pittsburgh and received her BA in English Literature and Classical Humanities. After graduating, she was offered a position with Teach For America and moved to Cleveland, Ohio. After teaching Language Arts for two years, she decided to chase her passion and became an Art teacher. While teaching was rewarding, Bennett felt that Art was an under-supported subject and she sought to increase funding through several non-profit campaigns with the Center For Arts-Inspired Learning. Her love of art and experience in education encouraged her to consider a career in higher education, assisting students in achieving their artistic dreams. When not at work, Bennett is visiting galleries, negotiating peace talks between her pets, and slowly eating her way through Cleveland.

Bennett covers the following territories: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and all Ohio zip codes that begin with: 430, 432, 441, 452.

David Sigman

Title Vice President, Enrollment Management + Marketing
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7467

Degree BFA, University of Pennsylvania

David Sigman, who most recently was Director of Admissions at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, has devoted his career to enrollment management. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and completed the certificate program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a focus in studio art and art history.

As an enrollment manager, Sigman is committed to supporting students and families as they navigate the college selection process. He is keenly focused on relationship building and cultivating a dynamic and data-driven culture that provides students and families with unparalleled support and engagement.

Richard Sarian

Title Director, Marketing Strategies + Projects
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7432

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