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Creativity Hour: Nolan Beck-Rivera

December 04 2020

When 12:00pm - 1:00pm

A sideboard designed by Nolan Beck-Rivera. Courtesy of the artist.

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Join us for a virtual conversation between 2015 CIA alum Nolan Beck-Rivera and CIA Printmaking chair Maggie Denk-Leigh from noon to 1pm Friday, December 4. Creativity Hour is a new series of Cleveland Institute of Art alumni conversations that will explore each graduate’s artistic practice, inspirations and professional experiences. The talks are organized by the Alumni Council and will also cover the speaker’s time as a CIA student and include their advice for young and aspiring artists.

This event will be hosted on Zoom Webinar via this link:

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Nolan Beck-Rivera is the creative director behind The Materialist. Trained in graphic design, printmaking, and photography, his work now includes interior design, architectural consulting, furniture design, and jewelry design. He has a Cane Corso named Penelope, loves French and Italian culture, and once wrote a cookbook for food you can share with your dog.

Maggie Denk-Leigh is an associate professor and the Printmaking Department chair at CIA. She teaches in Visual Arts, courses in lithography, etching, screenprint, relief and digital print. She oversees a letterpress studio and a book arts course. Denk-Leigh is a founding board member, and the current President of the Board at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation, a hand papermaking and book arts center in Cleveland. Denk-Leigh’s work has recently been exhibited at the Artist Archive of the Western Reserve in Cleveland; the Museum of Natural History and Culture in Knoxville, Tennessee; the Shaker Historical Museum in Shaker Heights, Ohio; and the Freedman Gallery at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. She has contributed several works to support the ongoing EVAC Project that supports U.S. veterans.


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