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Visiting Artists

CIA’s Visiting Artist Program and Lunch on Fridays series are important vehicles that link CIA students to the larger artistic community. From classroom critiques to question-and-answer opportunities, students learn from nearly 80 artists annually who share their path to success. 

Visiting Artists Program

Through this program, students benefit from the extensive network of professional partnerships that CIA faculty foster each year. The Visiting Artist Program extends the classroom by:  

  • inviting practicing artists and their work into the CIA's classrooms and studios 
  • exploring culturally diverse perspectives
  • encouraging collaborative dialogue among CIA’s majors
  • responding to the creative challenges from students, faculty, alumni, and the greater Cleveland cultural community.

Through two dedicated funds, the George P. Bickford Visiting Artist Fund and the Louis D. Kacalieff Visiting Artists + Scholars Endowment, CIA supports the continued practice of providing free and open dialogue on creative issues to students and the community.

Lunch on Fridays Lecture Series

Spend your lunch hour learning a little more about the world of art and design at CIA’s Lunch on Fridays (LOF). Free and open to the public, these informal lectures begin at 12:15pm and feature a variety of artists and designers from around the world, including our own CIA faculty. This series is jointly sponsored by the CIA Liberal Arts and Foundation departments.

For more information:

216.421.7418 | Contact

Cleveland Institute of Art is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture

Previous Visiting Artists and LOF Speakers

Janet Macoska
Rock and roll photographer

Brad Copping
Glass artist

Hunter Grant
Lead animator, Blizzard Entertainment

Cat Mazza
Artist and UMass professor

Scott Stropkay
Grad and founder of Boston design firm

Winrock & Barman
Grads and founders of N2 Clay Studio

Rich and Austin Zarobell
Grads and New York jewelry designers

Zack Petroc
Grad and sculptor behind Disney's Big Hero 6

Liza Rifkin
Grad and jewelry company founder

Brian Michael Bendis
Alum and superhero comics writer

Jack Lew
Grad and executive at Disney, EA

Nick Cave
International sound costume designer

Marc Brown
Graduate and creator of Arthur series