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2022 Student Independent Exhibition
76th Annual Exhibition

February 11
March 11 2022

Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Reinberger Gallery

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Now in its 76th 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 exhibition opened on Friday, February 11 in Reinberger Gallery and remain on view through March 11. The virtual exhibition can be viewed if you're unable to attend in person.


Sue Wall Painting Award
Crystal Miller

Mary Ann and Jack Katzenmeyer Award for Outstanding Craft
Elly Arvizu
"Marionettes and friends"

David and Ann Deming Award
Adam Goss

Almut and Gary Zvosec Award
Grace LaPrade
"Holding On"

Karen Skunta & Company Design Excellence Award
Noah Sample
"Nova Carme"

Trznadel Family Award
Anny Nguyen

The Christopher Gentner Creativity Award
Maya Peroune

The Douglas Dibble Creativity Award
Derek Walker
"Became One With My Duality"

The Nunes Family Prize
Erjon Hajnaj
"Now What?"

Celeste Moore
"Crown of a Black Woman"

Ulmer & Berne Award
Celeste Moore
"The Crown of a Black Woman"


Board Grand Prize
Alyssa Lizzini
"Strata (Map of Cleveland)"

Board 2nd Prize
Eliza Karp

Board 3rd Prize
Celia Pelfrey

Board Honorable Mentions with Distinction

Braydon Cheek

Chase Leidy

Crystal Miller

Anny Nguyen

Board Honorable Mentions

Adam Goss

Meg Lubey

Faith Massey
"Botanical Dancers – Stamp Design"

Celeste Moore
"The Gaze of a Black Woman"

Lucian Mordecai
"For I Will Never Escape Myself (You)"

Julia Santoro
"The Equinox"

Ryan Skedel
"Blade of Light"

Derek Walker
"Became One with My Duality"

The SIE 76 jurors were:

Maria Camera-Smith is a maker of jewelry, functional hollowware, and large wearable works, which focus on humankind's relationship with its environment. She uses traditional and contemporary metalsmithing techniques along with precious metals, enamel, industrial, natural and synthetic materials. Camera-Smith is the current Artist in Residence in Jewelry & Metalsmithing at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. She earned her MFA in Jewelry, Metals, and Enameling in 2021 from Kent State University and a BFA in Metalsmithing in 2015 from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Camera-Smith has also worked as an A-level bench jeweler for Signet Jewelers. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is in private and public collections, including the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology in Brockway, Pennslyvania. Camera-Smith is a member of the Allegheny Metals Collective, Ethical Metalsmiths Students and Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Addoley Dzegede is a Ghanaian-American interdisciplinary artist who grew up in South Florida and is now based in Pittsburgh and Tulsa, where she is currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow. She received degrees from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and Washington University in St Louis. Addoley has been an Artist-in-Residence at Loghaven Artist Residency in Knoxville, Tennessee; the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida; Osei Duro in Accra, Ghana; Thread: a project of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Senegal; and Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe and Africa. Solo exhibitions include, Ballast at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and millefiori at KSMoCA in Portland, Oregon. Group exhibitions and projects include the Ask Addoley + Anna podcast with Anna Ihle, commissioned by Coast Contemporary in 2019; the National Museum of Norway in 2020; ASEFCC in 2021; and CAC Brétigny in 2022; SOM at the Woodland Gallery, Penn State Abington, PA; This Country at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut; Overview is a Place at SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York; the Counterpublic Triennial at The Luminary, St. Louis; and Surface Forms at The Fabric Workshop & Museum in Philadelphia.

Natalie Petrosky was born in Akron and is now an artist living and working in Cleveland, where she is currently teaching at Cuyahoga Community College. She received her MFA in Painting & Drawing at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her BFA in Painting with an Honors Thesis in Glass from the School of Art at Kent State University. Petrosky works primarily in painting and drawing, as well as in sculpture, video and glass. Recent exhibitions include The Regional, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2021); Something About Windows, The Suburban, Milwaukee, (2020); VIRTUAL MICROCINEMA, RhizomeDC, Washington, D.C. (2020); Over the Structures, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea (2020); Eight Emerging Artists, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston (2018); and TN Contemporary, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta (2018).

Lauren Yeager was born in Nashville and today lives and works in Cleveland. She is a conceptual artist working in sculpture and photography. Using found objects and landscapes, she preserves the identities of these familiar components while reconfiguring them into abstract compositions. The works have the ability to fluctuate between contexts, to be both formal works and relics of personal histories and daily monotony. Yeager is the recipient the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award 2019 and 2021 and the Cleveland Arts Prize's Emerging Artist award in 2021. Her works have been exhibited extensively throughout Cleveland, with notable exhibitions including FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, 2018; Women to Watch: Ohio, Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland, 2015; Realization is Better than Anticipation, moCa Cleveland, 2013; and currently Sculpture Milwaukee 2021, for which she recently completed four outdoor sculpture commissions. Her works are included in the collections of the Cleveland Clinic, Metrohealth, Worthington Yards and the Progressive Collection. She holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and is represented by Abattoir Gallery in Cleveland.

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