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U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action

06/30/23  |  Posted by Kathryn Heidemann  |  Posted in President

The Cleveland Institute of Art was founded on the principle of empowerment. We opened in 1882 as the Western Reserve School of Design for Women and provided an education to those who, historically, had been...

Refreshed Perspectives

01/20/23  |  Posted by Kathryn Heidemann  |  Posted in President

January 20, 2023 It's my pleasure to welcome you back to campus for another exciting semester of learning and creativity at CIA. Over winter break, I hope you took advantage of opportunities to connect with...

Which CIA value should bring us together this fall?

09/01/22  |  Posted by Kathryn Heidemann  |  Posted in President

As a new academic year begins, I want to extend a heartfelt welcome to you all. I hope summer rewarded you with rest and adventure, and that you feel energized to dig into the work...

Interactive Media Lab update

07/12/22  |  Posted by Kathryn Heidemann  |  Posted in President

Students, Faculty and Staff: I hope you all read the exciting news regarding CIA’s Interactive Media Lab published Monday on If not, please read Steve Litt’s article about the Cleveland Foundation’s MidTown Collaboration Center. The...

Toby Devan Lewis leaves a lasting impact

05/03/22  |  Posted by  |  Posted in President

I write to you in sadness to let you know of the passing of Toby Devan Lewis, an international patron to the arts and a wonderful friend to the Cleveland Institute of Art. Toby was...

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