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Game Design Faculty

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Jared Bendis

Title Associate Professor | Chair of Game Design
Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7945

Courses  Introduction to Video Games | Serious Game Design: Theory + Applications

Degree MFA, Contemporary Dance, Case Western Reserve University
MA, Art Education, Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Institute of Art

Jared Bendis is an artist and teacher from Cleveland, Ohio who specializes in game design, virtual reality, photography, and interactive & new media. He received his MFA in Contemporary Dance at CWRU with a focus in Performance Media, his MA in Art Education from the CWRU and CIA joint program, and his BA from CWRU in Psychology with minors in Music and Art Studio.

Prior to becoming Chair in 2021, Jared had served as adjunct in Game Design at CIA since 2006 and has held adjunct appointments at CWRU in Cognitive Science, Art Studio, and SAGES. He has worked at CWRU since 1994, and continues to serve as the Creative New Media Officer for the Kelvin Smith Library.

Jared’s art practice includes creating immersive installations that provide interactive social and sensory experiences. As a photographer he prefers to view the world, especially castles, though a wide-angle lens and specializes in spherical panoramic and stereoscopic photography. He also has extensive experience digitizing collections in museums all over the world.

Jared is also an installation artist, photographer, teacher, playwright and filmmaker. As a visual artist Jared focuses on the way people see, augmenting their reality via technology and visual perception. As a photographer he prefers to view the world though a wide-angle lens and specializes in spherical panoramic and stereoscopic photography. On his first trip overseas, in March 2000, Jared visited the Chateau de Pierrefonds in France and became driven (if not obsessed) with capturing and sharing cultural and architectural experiences and has photographed over 500 architectural, archeological and cultural sites (primarily castles) in 14 countries. Jared’s art practice also includes creating immersive installations that provide interactive social and sensory experiences for viewers.

Jared has extensive experience in the Museum world digitizing collection materials from: The Cleveland Museum of Art (where he served as their Virtual Reality Specialist), The Cleveland Botanical Garden, The Western Reserve Historical Society, The Cleveland Natural History Museum, The Cleveland Zoo, The musée des beaux-arts Dijon (in coordination with the French Regional American Museum Exchange), and the Isparta Museum in Turkey.

Jared is lead developer, designer, and co-owner of Lemming Labs Limited that develops interactive media applications and games. He also owns ATBOSH Media Ltd. a publishing company that specializes in traditional print media, game, web, and app development.

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Harrison Walsh

Title Lecturer
Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  3D Texture, Mapping, Digital Lighting | Game Media Production II

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

Harrison Walsh has been a member of the Cleveland Institute of Art's Game Design Department since 2013. He graduated from CIA with a BFA in T.I.M.E.–Digital Arts in 2009 and began instructing students in game design and digital arts in 2010. Outside of CIA Harrison also does freelance 3D modeling, game design, graphic design, and film work. Recently, Walsh worked on the motion picture Draft Day.

Steven Rawley

Steven Rawley

Title Technical Specialist
Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7000

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

Steven Rawley is a character animation freelancer. He has worked on several projects during his time at CIA, like CareBears: Care Package Chronicles for American Greetings, Dog Eat Dog by Paul Schrader, and several animation projects for other clients through the school. Shortly after graduation Steven had worked as an Animator and Graphic Designer with 360 Alley, an augmented reality production studio, and at Skynamic Studio on its independent product called TrueTail. Currently he works full time as Department Assistant, Technical Specialist, and Adjunct Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Anthony Calabro

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Introduction to Game Development

Anthony (Tony), with fellow CIA alumni, started Photonic Studio in 2012. Tony is a multi-faceted artist with a background in illustration, design, and interactive development.

Always exploring, he keeps students up to date on new software, apps and interactive solutions. His years of experience running a business lends industry insight to students as they enter the work world.

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Robert Lauer

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  BFA Thesis + Exhibition | Game Media Production IV

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

Robert Lauer completed his BFA in game design at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has freelanced for companies like Bio Enterprise and Halo Media Works and taught animation courses to high school students through the Center for Arts Inspired Learning. Robert has a passion for teaching, and frequently conducts game design workshops and lectures on the history of game design.

Lauer continues to teach through CAL and currently works as the Creative Director for 360 Alley; an Augmented Reality design company.

Outside of his work as a director, Robert works diligently to grow the game development community, serving as an organizer with the Cleveland Game Developers. He has had his independent work exhibited at various venues including the Akron Art Museum, GDEX, and the Cleveland Maker Faire.

Zachary Owens

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Animation Portfolio Reel + Shorts

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

Zachary Owens is a CIA alum and received his Animation BFA in 2018. Zach is versatile with a background in Illustration, Animation, and 3D modeling. Just as new applications, software, and workflows are being introduced he makes sure to stay up to date, exploring the latest and the unknown.

Spencer Everheart

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Game Design
Phone 216.421.7000

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