Alumni . Alumni Profiles
After graduating from CIA, Ben Grasso '03 pursued a Master's degree in Painting at Hunter College. His training has landed him solo and group exhibitions around the U.S. and Italy. Ben credits his versatile education at CIA for developing his aesthetic and skill level. His sought-after work is represented by Thierry Goldberg Projects gallery in New York. Ben spends his time in New York with fellow CIA alums, including well-known painter, Dana Schutz '00.expand collapse
William Harper ’67, a New York artist whose works in metals and enamels are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and The Hermitage Museum (among many others), talks about his CIA education, his career, and his approach to making art. Harper credits his CIA education with enabling him to create art not only in metals and enamel, but also in painting, works on paper, mixed media sculpture, bronze casting, and his unique assemblages.expand collapse
Title Co-owners, Designers and Sculptors
Organization Memento Memorials
Chris and Shelley (Slick) Harvan graduated from CIA in 1997 and currently are co-owners, designers and sculptors for Memento Memorials. After being inspired by a unique urn built for a family member, the Harvans began making urns and memorial boxes for people. Shelley works as an art teacher, and in her spare time works as a portrait artist for Memento Memorials.expand collapse
After receiving a BFA in Glass from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Adam Holtzinger moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue a career in glass blowing. Adam began designing and fabricating work for designers and artists, as well as other glassmakers. Since 2003, Adam has taught, lectured and demonstrated glass blowing nationally and internationally at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, Urban Glass, Brooklyn Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Corning Museum of Glass & GlassLab, OSU, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, NOCA, 141 Penn Studios, Osaka Art University in Osaka Japan, and Tama Glass School in Tokyo Japan.
Adam served as head Gaffer for Niche Modern Design from 2003 through August 2014.
Adam currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he makes custom work for various clients and recently launched KEEP, a lighting company with partner and CIA grad Susan Spiranovich.expand collapse
Title Design Director
Patty Hume '97 creates multi-million dollar water features around the world and works on a scale she never thought possible. As a student at CIA she acquired skills in pattern and design that infuse her current work with a sense of chorography and a signature style.expand collapse
Kurt Koeplfe ’92 found a way to combine all of his interests – design, writing and new media – into one ever-transforming job. With a degree in Graphic Design, Koepfle has worked for Pentagram Design, the world’s largest independent design consultancy, as a manager of all things digital including the website, blog and social media.expand collapse
George Kozmon ’82, the internationally collected artist who created a brilliant alpine landscape on an 80-foot-long canvas in real time at Cleveland’s 2013 Ingenuity Fest, is the subject of this new film by videographer Jeff Mancinetti ’09. In it, Kozmon talks about his 30-year career, his bodies of work, and what he gained from his CIA education.expand collapse
Heather Moore ’93 founded a Cleveland-based jewelry company, Heather Moore Jewelry, that has national following, multiple awards, an amazing studio and production facility, and more than a dozen CIA grads among its staff of some 65. Heather shows us her award-winning lines of customized charm and bridal jewelry and talks about the evolution of her jewelry and the influence of her CIA education.expand collapse