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Alumni . 2020 Alumni Exhibition 

2020 Alumni Exhibition

The Cleveland Institute of Art and the CIA Alumni Council present the 2020 Alumni Exhibition. The show will run from July 10 to August 14 in the Reinberger Gallery.

This event is a community-building tradition that highlights art and design excellence and provides alums an opportunity to reconnect. 

Submission Guidelines

Artists working in all mediums are welcome to apply online by clicking here to access Slideroom. Up to three (3) pieces can be submitted digitally between March 1 and April 1, 2020. Submission images must not exceed the resolution of 300 dpi and a length greater than 1500 pixels in any one direction. All artwork submitted must be original work made within the last two years. Please include the title, medium, and dimensions when submitting. There is no size limitation for submissions, but please bear in mind that if the work is selected, the artist is responsible for its transport to and from the gallery. Though we do not impose a strict size limit for submissions, the largest works the gallery can accommodate are 12 feet high by 9 feet wide. If selected, all work(s) must be fully dry and hang-ready and in stable condition upon delivery. Artists bringing work that requires specialized media equipment for its display may be asked to provide this equipment if the gallery does not have suitable equipment on hand. For questions about guidelines please contact the Reinberger Gallery at or 216-421-7407. Accepted artists will be notified in May 2020.

A $25 submission fee is non-refundable and will go toward the cost of helping the Alumni Council to produce the exhibition. A $15 portion of the submission fee is tax-deductible and will go toward the Alumni Association Scholarship to support CIA’s emerging student artists and designers.

Meet the Juror

The juror for this year’s show is Michael Goodson, Senior Curator of Exhibitions at Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus. Goodson has been with Wexner since 2016 and has more than 15 years’ worth of experience as Director of Exhibitions at Columbus College of Art and Design’s Beeler Gallery and James Cohan Gallery, New York. He has organized a wide range of single-artist and group exhibitions, including Inherent Structure, Gray Matters, and WALL, among others. Read more about Goodson here.

In addition to jurying the show, he will provide a short statement offering insight about the selection process, interests and professional background, alongside perspective on the state of contemporary art.

Opening Reception

The opening reception for the 2020 Alumni Exhibition will take place 5–8pm Friday, July 10 at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.

Alumni Council

The Alumni Council is made up of volunteers who communicate with CIA leaders and pursue a mission to sustain and build a network of alumni with a lifelong connection to the College. The Council is committed to sharing ideas and establishing opportunities for alumni involvement by producing events such as the alumni exhibition. The Council fosters ongoing relationships with students, faculty, and staff, and conveys the value of maintaining a strong connection with CIA.


For more information:

Alexandra Burrage
Director of Alumni Relations & Scholarships
216.421.7412 | Contact

2020 Alumni Exhibition Committee

Leslye Arian ’76

Mary Urbas '80

Steven Mastroianni '88

Deborah Pinter '88

Teresa Carlisle '06

Kimberly Chapman '17

The Cleveland Institute of Art’s mission is to nurture the intellectual, artistic, and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.

In support of CIA’s mission, the Reinberger Gallery supports the creative work of professional artists by providing quality exhibition opportunities. It also serves CIA students, faculty and the community as an educational resource, and particularly to encourage artistic growth and experimentation through well-presented exhibitions, events and lectures.