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Carlita Alexander

Title Interior Designer
Major Interior Architecture
Organization Josh Held Design in New York

Carlita imagines and designs spaces for clients in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Her success, she claims, is from the strong foundation in drawing and keen communications skills she acquired at CIA. We got to tour through the company's studio and hear about Carlita's latest big project, a new pub by Todd English in Las Vegas. Carlita works with her clients to create the perfect experience for visitors.

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.

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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.

Doan Buu

Title Graphics Coordinator
Organization Rachael Ray Show

Doan Buu ’04 graduated from CIA in TIME–Digital Arts and currently works for the Food Network's Rachael Ray television series in New York. As the Graphics Coordinator, Doan makes all the visual props on the set, including food and beverage labels. In this backstage exclusive interview, Doan gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his work and the show.

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.

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