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Kevin Kautenburger

Title Professor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7931

Degree MFA, Ceramics from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University
BFA, Studio Art from Kent State

Kautenburger's sculpture functions to contain sensations of the natural environment, housing and presenting natural phenomena as an invitation for anyone so inclined to poetic ponderance. Work often involves insect habitats (crickets and honeybees), natural material from the Rocky River basin, as well as substances collected from his bee yard, such as propolis, wax, and pollens.

He is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and has exhibitited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Allentown Museum of Art, among others. He has an MFA in Ceramics from Tyler School of Art, and a BFA from Kent State University.

He has been teaching at CIA since 2001, where he teaches Foundation Design and Environment, Art and Engaged Practice.

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Scott Goss

Title Assistant Professor | Assistant Chair
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Degree MFA, Kent State University
BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

Scott Goss is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores various mediums including public art, sculpture, interactive installations, and glass. His work has been exhibited nationally and is represented by galleries in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh. Scott has completed numerous public art projects and commissions, including an illuminated sculpture for Lakewood, OH’s Fire Station #2, an interactive illuminated sculpture for Worthington Yards Apartments in downtown Cleveland, a gateway project for the city of Shaker Heights, OH, a viewing platform for the Cleveland Conventions Bureau, and a glass panel project for Summa Hospital in Akron, OH. He received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2006 and his MFA from Kent State University in 2014. His work is included in numerous collections across the country, including the Arkansas Fine Arts Museum (Little Rock, AR), the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH), the Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA), the Enamel Arts Foundation (Los Angeles, CA), the Dalad Art Collection (Cleveland, OH), and the Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH). His work and research have additionally been supported through grants by the Satellite Fund (presented by SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, OH), the Urgent Art Fund (presented by SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, OH), the Ohio Arts Council, Harpo Foundation and Kent State University. Currently Scott is an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Chair of the Foundation Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

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Steven Gutierrez

Title Associate Professor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Degree MFA Art & Technology, The Ohio State University
BS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University

Steven Gutierrez is an artist, engineer, and educator interested in the intersection of art, technology and the environment. His work has been primarily focused on social and environmental issues. His current research is directed towards finding how technology may be used to help life rather than to destroy it.

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Scott Ligon

Title Associate Professor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7947

Degree MFA, Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art

Scott Ligon is an award-winning digital artist and filmmaker. He is the coordinator for the digital foundation curriculum at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

He received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art where he studied under renowned original abstract expressionist Grace Hartigan and attended “Perspectives on Criticism” classes taught by Robert Storr, formerly senior curator of painting and sculpture at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Early in his career, Scott made a living as a graphic designer and illustrator for ad agencies around the Washington DC area. This enabled Scott to learn digital art software. Scott utilized his perspective as a painter to explore the expansive possibilities of digital technology as an art- making tool.

Scott is the author of Digital Art Revolution, Creating Fine Art with Photoshop. The book was published in March 2010 by Watson-Guptill, a division of Random House, the premiere publisher in books. The book is currently in its second printing and an eBook version was released in July 2011, available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and other eBook formats.

His award-winning animated short film, Escape Velocity, about the connection between ADHD and creativity, has played in festivals and theaters all over the world. Escape Velocity plays regularly on the Documentary Channel in the USA and Shorts TV in Europe. The film recently signed a third television deal with LAPTV, a partnership of four major entertainment giants, 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, and Fox TV in Latin America. The film is distributed by Shorts International, the world’s leading short film brand.

He has recently completed his second short film, Figure/Ground about the death of his father. It features veteran actor Allan Kulakow who has been in several movies, including Death by Dawn, Syriana, The Good Shepherd, and HBO’s Something the Lord Made. He appeared as the Joint Chief of Staff on NBC’s West Wing. Figure/Ground is currently making a film festival tour and was recently signed to an exclusive distribution agreement with Future Shorts in London. Future Shorts is a short film distributor whose partners include HBO and Sony Computer Entertainment.

Scott is currently working on his first feature film, a documentary about creativity called The Big Picture.

Chen Peng

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Allison Hall

Title Studio Manager, Foundation + CECO
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7947

Matthew Beckwith

Title Adjunct, Foundation
Department Foundation

Ryan Craycraft

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

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