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Degree BFA, Ceramics, Cleveland Institute of Art

Kristen Cliffel is a ceramic sculptor living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. Her studio practice is centered around themes of domesticity and emotional relationships. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1990 with a BFA in Ceramics. Her work is included in many public and private collections across the country.

Kristen has completed residencies at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada and the Kohler Company in Wisconsin. She has given workshops at the Penland School of Craft as well as Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. She has been awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Cuyahoga Partnership for Arts and Culture, has received several Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships, and has been a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant Nominee. In 2016, Kristen was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize for mid-career artist in the visual arts.

Kristen teaches sculpture and ceramics with school-aged children in the northeastern Ohio area and also gives workshops at universities and colleges across the country. She continues to work in her studio in Cleveland and shows widely across the country.

Degree BFA, Painting, Cleveland Institute of Art

George Kozmon, an internationally collected artist, is best known for his monumental paintings, which have been widely exhibited and critically acclaimed throughout the US and abroad.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including The National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, and four Ohio Arts Council grants. His resume reflects over 30 solo exhibitions in commercial, academic and institutional venues, and over 100 two-person, invitational, or group shows.

Kozmon’s work is represented in prestigious public and private collections including The Cleveland Museum of Art, (Cleveland, OH), the Akron Art Museum (Akron OH), Hyatt Regency (Cologne, Germany), IBM (Armonk, NY), the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH), Astor Residence Hotel (London, England), and the Progressive Collection, (Cleveland OH).

Commissioned projects include Halliburton Corporate Hq. (Houston, TX); Key Corp. (Cleveland OH); Turner Construction Co. (Columbus, OH); Ungerer GmbH (Pforzheim, Germany); The Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH); Marriott Corp. (Arlington MD); and 12 large-scale works for the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, (2013, Abu Dhabi, UAE).

A notable endeavor was Cloudscape, an ambitious 8ft. x 80ft. (2.4m x 24.4m) canvas commissioned by IngenuityFest 2013, painted live, on-site for the international art and technology event in Ohio.

As well as being a full-time artist, Kozmon also engages in various cultural engagements; writes essays and articles, teaches, lectures, curates exhibitions for various institutions, and serves on several nonprofit boards.

Launched in 2015, Project Gx2, a collaborative partnership with artist Guy-Vincent, is an art-advocacy video series focused on conversations, giving voice to international art leaders who facilitate/communicate contemporary art to an audience, including gallerists, curators, collectors, and art fair directors.