share this

Apply Now
Get started here.
Share This Search

Alumni . Alumni Profiles

Alumni Profiles

Trisha Barkman

Title Producer
Major Photography + Video
Organization Peter Yang Pictures and Brooklyn Underground Films

Trisha Barkman graduated from Cleveland Institute of Art in 2006, and is currently producing documentary films and photo shoots for Peter Yang Pictures and Brooklyn Underground Films. Coming to Cleveland from Brooklyn, she moved home after graduation to begin her career. Barkman has worked with various publications including Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, Newsweek and Fortune organizing wardrobe, location, props and more. She also produced Journey to Planet X, shown at Tribeca Film Festival.

Carrie Battista Frost and her husband Robert Frost zanfiricorosebowlslores.jpgwhitestemlessglasseslores.jpg

Carrie Battista Frost

Title Founder, Artisan Glassware Company
Major Glass
Organization Frost Glass

Carrie Battista Frost received a BFA in glass and a minor in sculpture at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2006. Since 2008, she and her husband, Patrick Frost, have been collaborating and creating exciting functional and sculptural pieces of glass art, as well as assisting some of the most renowned artists in the glass industry.

Carrie developed her passion for glass during her time at college, where she specialized in imagery on glass and gold leaf gilding techniques. Patrick earned a BS degree with a concentration in glass from Illinois State University, where he focused on the techniques of traditions of Venetian style glass.

After graduation, they began to develop their own styles and techniques while working with accomplished artists from across the country. This exposure helped them to slowly make a name for themselves in the glass world.

Over the past four years, Carrie and Patrick have been the recipients of many honorable artists in residencies, including the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts and Neusole Glassworks in Ohio, all while continuing their studies in other forms of media, such as enameling and printmaking, to help elevate their art.

Along the way, they were fortunate to work with and receive invaluable knowledge from master glass blowers Elio Quarisa from Murano, Italy, and Martin Janceky in the Czech Republic. Through this exposure to such master glassmakers, both Carrie and Patrick have been able to continue to blow and sculpt glass in the traditional styles - preserving the art as an homage to the masters - and incorporate their own unique signature, which adds a more functional and modern spin, making their work appealing to all.

See the couple's successful product line, Frost Glass, at

Wesley Burt

Title Senior Concept Artist
Major Drawing
Organization Massive Black

Wesley Burt '04 turned his passion for drawing into an amazing career. As a concept artist at Massive Black, Wesley has developed characters for all of the Transformer films. He also creates characters, environments, and storyboards for video games. In his spare time, he exhibits his breathtaking artwork in local San Francisco galleries.

Antonia Campanella

Title Production Manager
Major Ceramics
Organization Lesley Anton Studio

A CIA elective class in ceramics sparked Antonia’s dream of working in a storefront studio. Her CIA education and internships set her apart and landed her this dream job. Now she’s working on new lines of pottery and thrilled to be a ceramic artist.

John Chuldenko

Title Film Director + Writer
Major Graphic Design

John Chuldenko '98 just released his first feature film, Nesting, which he wrote and directed. As a student at CIA he was encouraged to write by a faculty member who saw talent in his work. This simple suggestion, along with John’s talent as a creative director, set him on this exciting path in filmmaking.

Scott Colosimo

Title Motorcycle Designer
Major Industrial Design
Organization Cleveland CycleWerks

Less than 10 years after graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Scott Colosimo's design and manufacturing company, Cleveland CycleWerks, is selling motorcycles around the world. For Scott, studying Industrial Design at CIA helped him develop the skills to create amazing motorcycles with classic designs and new technology.

Nate Cotterman

Title Glass Assistant
Major Glass
Organization Joe Cariati Glass

Working in a professional glass studio in Los Angeles, Nate Cotterman '07 is learning the ropes of running a glass business, while also having access to a studio to produce his own work. Nate believes his drawing skills honed at CIA help him to visualize his ideas into three-dimensional forms.

Courtenay Finn

Title Art Curator
Organization MOCA Cleveland

Courtenay Finn '05 is the curator at the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) in Aspen, Colorado. Recent curatorial projects at the AAM include group exhibitions A Fragile But Marvelous Life (2015-16) and The Blue of Distance (2015) and British artist Alice Channer's first U.S. Museum solo exhibition R o c k f a l l. From 2011-2014 she was the curator at Art in General where she commissioned new work by Lisa Oppenheim & Lisa Tan, Letha Wilson, robbinschilds, Katrin Sigurdardottir, and curated Art in General's first International New Commission with Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh. In 2013 she was the co-curator of North by Northeast, the Latvian Pavilion for the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale. From 2008–2010 she was the programs manager at Lower East Side Printshop, New York, where she worked in-depth with artists to create new work in printmaking.

Support CIA

Support CIA

Your generous gift impacts the lives of so many of our students. Be a part of CIA’s bright future and donate today.

Upcoming Events view all