Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Reinberger Gallery
Now in its 73rd year, the Cleveland Institute of Art's Student Independent Exhibition (SIE) is an honored tradition that’s never conventional. Organized entirely by students, who choose the jurors and mount the exhibition, SIE offers fresh, and sometimes surprising approaches to contemporary art.
The show will be on view in Reinberger Gallery from February 15 through March 17. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 15, from 6 to 9pm.
This year's jurors are:
Heather Day makes abstract paintings that are informed by sensory interpretations bridging the thoughts between what is known and how they are felt. Her encompassing murals, spacious canvas paintings, and intimate drawings read like handwriting, from one side to another.
Day received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. The artist has exhibited widely, including the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC. Her work is in numerous collections, including The Ritz-Carlton, AirBNB, Facebook, Snapchat, Dropbox, Warner Brothers, and the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. Day lives and works in San Francisco.
Rena Detrixhe creates comtemplative work combining repetitive processes and collected materials to produce meticulous, large-scale objects and installations. Recent work explores cultural relations to the land, with attention to histories of injustice.
Detrixhe has exhibited across the United States and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a two-year studio residency with Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City), and a three-year Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include Ephemera at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas), and a solo exhibition at the Philbrook Museum (Tulsa, OK).
Letha Wilson combines large-scale landscape photographs with sculptural elements of metal and concrete, often challenging the two-dimensional nature of traditional photography.
Wilson received a BFA from Syracuse University and MFA from Hunter College. Wilson's work has been exhibited widely, including MASS MoCA, Art in General, Bronx Museum of the Arts and the International Center for Photography. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, The Farpath Foundation (France), and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. She received a Fellowship in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant. Born in Hawaii and raised in Colorado, Wilson lives and works in Brooklyn, and Hudson, New York.
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