Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Illustration
Degree BFA, University at Buffalo; MA, Syracuse University
Jeff Harter pursued his BFA in Illustration at the University at Buffalo, where he studied under distinguished visiting artist and professor Alan E. Cober. After initially working as a freelance conceptual and editorial Illustrator, Jeff attended California Institute of the Arts program in character animation. He joined the Walt Disney Animation Studio in Burbank, California as an assistant animator to contribute to the feature films Hercules, Mulan and Tarzan. He later became a supervising character artist for the Winnie the Pooh characters at Disney Consumer Products while earning his M.A. in illustration at Syracuse University.
Jeff was a senior illustrator for American Greetings' alternative humor department, where he was the 2012 Chairman's Award Grand Winner in the category of Creativity and Innovation. He is the creator of the animated comedy “Packages from Planet X," which aired on Disney XD. He also created the comedy "Boy, Girl, Dog, Cat, Mouse, Cheese," another animated TV show concept that was in development with Cartoon Network and Disney XD. He currently teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art as an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Illustration Department, as well as contributes illustration to clients on a national level.
Courses Illustration for Publication | Illustration II | Illustration: Advanced Illustration Studio Projects | Illustration: Final Project: Illustration Portfolio | Storyboarding + Sequential Art | Visual Concepts in Illustration
Degree Art Students League of New York
John's love of art began at his high school in Midland Pennsylvania. By the age of seventeen he had already won many local awards and produced commissioned work for the Crucible Steel Company. John accepted a scholarship from the Art Students League in New York City. His career began at Pitt Studios in Cleveland and then he was recruited by Maby Trousdell in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved back to Cleveland in 1972 to freelance in advertising, packaging, illustration and graphic art while teaching illustration at Kent State University. John's numerous awards include Art Directors Club, The Cleveland Society of Communicating Arts, Erie Advertising Club and the Advertising Club of New York. Recently John was the featured speaker at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center where he was honored for his career in applied arts. John has been a professor of illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art for over 30 years. He feels a profound responsibility to pass on a high standard of art education to all his students.expand collapse
Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Animation/Co-Chair of Game Design
Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art
Anthony Scalmato is the Department Chair of Animation and the Interim Department Chair of Game Design at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has created more than a hundred published works which have been viewed on television, web and mobile devices. Before joining CIA, Scalmato worked as a Senior Creative Developer at American Greetings where he provided animations, illustrations and art direction for products that are viewed globally by millions of people every month. His clients include Applebee’s, Disney, Pixar, Sony, UPS, Taylor Swift, Walmart, M & M’s, Ferraro Chocolates and many other fortune 500 companies.
In 2011 Scalmato was awarded the American Greetings Chairman’s Award for Creativity and Innovation. He has also received over a dozen “Best Animation” awards from film festivals around the world. In addition to teaching, he continues to work as a freelance artist and contractor for studios.
Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, 1998
Lincoln Adams has worked for nearly 20 years as an illustrator, storyboard artist and designer. His projects have included magazines, television shows, character design, book covers, and greeting cards and was selected to the 47th Annual Society of Illustrators West Show in Los Angeles.
Recently, he finished work on the popular animated shows: Hanazki, Barbie: Spy Squad, Max Steel, Slugterra, Monster High, Veggie Tales, Doc McStuffins, as well as Happos a series for Turner Broadcasting's Boomerang Channel. He recently finished up work on the upcoming feature animation release from Bron Animation, Henchmen.
Lincoln moves fluidly back and forth between traditional, tactile mediums and digital mediums to execute ideas— often times incorporating both within a piece. A firm believer that the traditional informs the digital, he continues training and experimenting in both. Lincoln's primary tactile mediums include oils, wax crayon and colored pencil, and monoprints. His digital expertise includes the use of the Cintiq via Photoshop and InDesign, and Storyboard Pro.
However, even with all of the various approaches to technique and execution, one thing stands out as the most vital component in Lincoln's work— Story. And it is what is what he espouses in all of the courses he teaches as the chief ingredient toward success in the entertainment art world.
Dreamworks Television Animation
Walt Disney Television Animation
Big Idea Entertainment
Seven Folds Film Productions
Brown Bag Films
Spider Eye Animation
Zack Petroc Studios
Title Illustration Adjunct Faculty
Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art
After graduating with a BFA degree from Cleveland Institute of Art in 1986, James Groman was hired by American Greetings Entertainment and Toy Concept Division: ‘Those Characters from Cleveland’,where he worked on the development of brands like Care Bears, Popples, Madballs, Blurp Balls, My Pet Monster, and Ring Raiders. He also conceived and designed the toy line: Barnyard Commandoes for Playmates Toys.
After TCFC, James established his own freelance studio providing design, sculpting and prototyping on products based on Star Wars, Harry Potter, Stretch Armstrong, Godzilla, Universal Monsters, G.I. Joe, Jonny Quest, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Star Wars, and various Marvel and DC comics characters for companies like Kenner/Hasbro, Cap Toys, Galoob, Ertl Collectables, Playing Mantis, and Polar Lights to name just a few.
Before coming back to American Greetings in 2005, James worked for 4 years at Hasbro Toys Playskool group on their Go Bots/Transformers, Major Powers and Cool Crew brands. While being design lead on the Star Wars Jedi Force toys James had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco and work with the folks at Lucasfilm on the development and design of the line.
Back at American Greetings Properties, James worked on brands like Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and Madballs as well as new ventures like Sushi Pack and Tinpo for CBS, Twisted Whiskers, Maryoku Yummy for The Hub Network, Packages from Planet X for Disney XD. He is the Art Director for the Care Bears Hub animated series, as well as the new, Netflix series: Care Bears; Meet the Cousins. He also created the villains for the series, Beastly and the Beasties.
James had the honor of traveling to New Zealand to work with Richard Taylor and the team at Weta Workshop for a week on the film: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
When not teaching at CIA, James operates his own entertainment and toy design studio creating products for companies all over the planet. His partnership with the Japanese company Instinctoys on the King Korpse Vinyl Figure led to a Designer Toy Award for Toy of the Year in 2017.expand collapse
Title Assistant Professor
Courses Concept Development I | Fundamentals of Illustration | Illustration: Advanced Illustration Studio Projects | Illustration: BFA Preparation | Illustration: Final Project: Illustration Portfolio | Principles of Illustration
Degree Cambridge School of Art, MA; Cleveland Institute of Art, BFA
Suzie McGinness completed her BFA in Illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007. She received a Master of Arts in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, England in 2009. McGinness is the author and illustrator of the children’s book My Bear Griz, a White Raven Winner of 2012. McGinness currently works as a children’s book illustrator and as an adjunct faculty member for the Illustration Department at CIA.expand collapse
Title Adjunct Faculty
Title Adjunct Faculty
Degree BFA Illustration
Kelsey Cretcher is a 2012 Illustration Graduate from the Cleveland Institute of art. She currently works as a freelance illustrator and sells original illustrations and merchandise, allowing her to focus on her own unique illustrations and growing following while also freelancing and bringing clients ideas to life Her specialty is in vector illustration and design. Her game illustrations are featured on BoardGameArena.com and Tabletopia.com.expand collapse