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Sculpture + Expanded Media Faculty

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Sarah Paul

Title Associate Professor | Chair of Sculpture + Expanded Media
Department Sculpture + Expanded Media
Phone 216.421.7945

Courses  Creative Resistance: Media Art in the Social Sphere (EP) | Experimental Film + Video Art | Installlation: Light + Sound | Role of the Artist as Producer (EP) | Sculpture + Expanded Media: BFA Research | Sound Design Fundamentals | Time-Based Strategies | Topics in Sculpture + Expanded Media

Degree MFA, Visual Studies, University of New York at Buffalo; BS, Mathematics, University of New York at Albany

Born on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Sarah Paul is now an artist based in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BS in Mathematics from the University at Albany, and MFA in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo, before swimming west along the southern coast of Lake Erie. After stopping to rest, mesmerized by the flaming smokestacks, she wandered inland and fell in love and lust with the smokestacks, the city, and the lake. Sarah is making work that embraces and celebrates this lush rusty belt. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions and performances include the Front Yard at Burchfield Penney Art Center, SPACES Gallery, Sculpture Center Cleveland, MOCA Cleveland, Albright-Knox Gallery, UB Art Gallery, and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art; her video work has been screened around the U.S. and abroad. In 2013, Sarah was generously supported by a Creative Workforce Fellowship granted from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture in Cleveland, Ohio. Sarah is presently an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Sculpture + Expanded Media at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

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Christina Cassara

Title Professor
Department Sculpture + Expanded Media
Phone 216.421.7381

Courses  BFA Statement + Exhibition | Charette: Collaboration + Community | Intro Sculpture + Expanded Media | On the Body | Sculpture + Expanded Media: BFA Research | Sewing + Fabrication

Degree MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art; BA, Barnard College, Columbia University

Tina Cassara received a BA in urban studies, emphasis in sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Following graduation, she moved to Viques, in the Juan region of Peru, and studied with Francisca Mayer from Black Mountain College, teaching natural dyes derived from indigenous plants to local weavers. Her travels continued through the Collao Altiplano region of Bolivia. While living in New York City, Cassara was co-editor of Sing Out! magazine before attending Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she received an MFA from the fiber department. Cassara has since conducted extensive research into women’s labor in the American textile industry, issues of European migration and relocation, and more recently, the assigned value of labor in historically women-dominated textile industries in the South. In the late 1990s, Cassara began exploring the history of textile production. A strong advocate for organized labor, she began conducting interviews in LaGrange, GA, and nearby mill towns, speaking with retired textile workers, factory owners, surviving union organizers, and members of textile heritage societies. In 2008–09, Cassara was awarded a sabbatical to further her research in the network of textile heritage societies, including travel to Cooleemee, NC, working with organizers of the Textile Heritage Initiative and members of the Troop County Historical Society. Cassara's research also continues in Scranton, PA, where she is examining documents and photographs related to the growth of the mining and silk textile industries

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Jimmy Kuehnle

Title Associate Professor
Department Sculpture + Expanded Media
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Charette: Collaboration + Community | Creative Resistance: Media Art in the Social Sphere (EP) | Design I | Design II | Digital Synthesis | Drawing II | Intro Sculpture + Expanded Media | Sewing + Fabrication

Degree MFA, University of Texas at San Antonio; BFA, Truman State University

Kuehnle has had solo shows at museums, galleries and universities in the United States and internationally.

In 2019 he opened a solo show, Wow, Pop, Bliss, at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC that will span 4 interior galleries and include a monumental site-specific inflatable sculpture on the museum’s exterior.

He exhibited a site-specific interactive inflatable installation at Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco in 2018. His 2016 solo exhibition at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York was favorably reviewed in The New York Times, featured in New York Magazine’s “Approval Matrix” and recommended by online sites such as the New York Daily News, Artnet and Hyperallergic. In 2016, Kuehnle received a Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County. In the fall of 2016, Kuehnle exhibited new monumentally scaled site-specific inflatables at the Akron Art Museum in an exhibit titled, Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle. This installation was reviewed in the Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, Canvas Magazine, CAN Journal, WCPN’s the Sound of Applause. In 2014, he was selected for the national survey exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. As a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow in Japan, 2008, he pursued his interest in public art and sculpture.

Selected group exhibitions include Inflatable, Exploratorium, San Francisco (2018) How to Remain Human, MOCA Cleveland (2015); ARS, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, Italy (2010); and Betsu no Sekai, Nagakute Cultural Center, Nagoya, Japan (2008). Kuehnle has been awarded artist residencies from, SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio (2013); Sculpture Space, Utica, New York (2010); Albion College, Albion, Michigan (2009); and Ateljé Stundars, Vaasa, Finland (2009).

Focusing on sculpture and performance, Kuehnle works in various media and has exhibited his projects nationally and internationally. His recent work features site-specific inflatable installations in museums as well as public performance treks through rural and urban cities in the U.S. such as Chicago, Detroit, Austin, St. Louis, Cincinnati, San Antonio, Dallas, and New York as well as international performances in Japan, Italy, and Finland.

Zak Smoker

Title Technical Specialist
Department Sculpture + Expanded Media
Phone 216.421.7335

Zak Smoker graduated from with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011, and earned an MFA in Sculpture from Washington University, St. Louis in 2013.

Zak exhibits his work locally and nationally. He works as a technical specialist in the Sculpture + Expanded Media department at CIA.

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Christian Wulffen

Title Professor
Department Sculpture + Expanded Media
Phone 216.421.7931

Courses  Charette: Self + Other Voices | Drawing Beyond Observation | Drawing I | Drawing II | Systems Drawing | Visual Arts: Aesthetics, Style + Content

Degree Freie Kunstschule (Independent Art School) Nurtingen (Germany)
Academy of Fine Arts at the Staatlicen Akademie der Bildenden Kunste (State Academy of the Fine Arts), Stuttgart (Germany) MFA

Christian Wulffen has been an Associate Professor since 2003.

He has a solo exhibition on display at Galerie Reinhold Maas in Germany from February 15-April 5.

Artist Statement:

I am concerned with how artists achieve knowledge and how they structure knowledge. This intersects with my concern as a teacher and artist, to encourage participants to reflect on the processes that an artist goes through--for example, an intuitive creative thinking process, intentional purposeful engagement, and adherence to a model or system.

These thought processes can be contextualized further by situating them within larger theories of knowledge production, as outlined by W. J. T. Mitchell: “semiotics, structuralism, deconstruction, system theory, speech at theory, ordinary language philosophy and now image science or critical iconology”.

To convey this notion of action as a mode of knowledge production, I use specific symbols for my work, one of these: boards that are pre-manufactured with three vertical slots and one horizontal slot (plywood).

From the viewer’s perspective, the board has the option to hold various information. From my perspective, I see this as a concept to display information to exercise the different links in its display from one board to another. My environment is a grid—one of the hallmarks of modernist abstraction and capable, as a visual symbol, of signifying a whole system of art production and thought. This idea is depends on the perspective of the viewer and how that viewer is situated in a distributed network of production and reception of the information about this subject.

Crucially for me, the painting, the paper, and the board (as in my recent production), simulate the portability of information. I am interested in its mobility as a sign in which sender and recipient receive the same information but decode it differently depending on their respective environments.

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