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SIE 74 Jurors
Lunch on Fridays

February 07 2020

When 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Peter B Lewis Theater
Artists Cannaday Chapman, Ellen Donnelly, Christopher Gentner

Left to right: Christopher Gentner, Ellen Donnelly, Cannaday Chapman

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Spend a lunch hour learning about the latest in art and design during these Friday lectures. Each lecture features a variety of artists and designers from around the world, including CIA faculty and visiting artists. This event is free and open to the public. Pizza and beverages will be provided on a first-come, first served basis.

Meet the artists chosen to select work for the 2020 Student Independent Exhibition at this week’s Lunch on Fridays talk. The jurors are Christopher Gentner, a Chicago-based designer and metalsmith; Cannaday Chapman, an illustrator from update New York; and Ellen Donnelly, an artist whose work combines language, video, sculpture and performance.

About the jurors:

Cannday Chapman studied Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After receiving his BFA, Cannaday spent time working in the advertising, fashion and greeting card industries before becoming a freelance artist.

Cannaday has received multiple awards and recognition for his work, including the Alvin and Norma Pimsler Award from the Society of Illustrators. His work has been featured on cover of the New Yorker, the 2018 Google Doodle for Martin Luther King day. He recently finished his first children’s book about the life and childhood of the playwright, August Wilson. He currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Ellen Donnelly is an artist who works in language, video, sculpture and performance. She received her MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from The University of Washington in 2016 and concentrated in Creative Writing for her undergraduate studies at The New School in New York. She was a 2019 MacDowell Fellow and has exhibited work in New York, LA, Seattle, New Orleans, Baltimore and Iowa. Starting from a practice rooted in fiction and narrative, Donnelly creates videos, performances and installations that explore the experience of being an individual in a world of personal brands and avatars. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her dog Purple.

Christopher Gentner's work focuses on furniture, lighting, and functional objects that are rooted in the language of sculpture and rich with character-defining details. His work is at the crossroads of design and art, transcending materiality and form through a rare combination of aesthetic dexterity and mastery of craft.

Gentner received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. In addition to his sculptural work, Gentner founded his own brand of small-run furniture, objects, and lighting, and is represented in showrooms across the world.


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