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The Silly Show

December 04
January 17 2024

Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery

"Thunder Chicken" by Mandy Schulien '24, ceramic majolica

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The Silly Show, featuring work by CIA Illustration students, is a dedicated celebration of the wacky, goofy and wonderfully silly aspects of art and life.

The exhibition opens from 5 to 7pm Monday, December 4 in the Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery. It remains on view through Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

In a world often filled with seriousness, this exhibition boldly celebrates artists who use their creativity to make us laugh, question and enjoy the lighter side of life through their art. Illustration students are encouraged to have fun in their creative process and experiment with humor to engage their audience. The art featured in this show is unapologetically silly, showcasing humor as a form of expression and catharsis, while also challenging norms, providing joy and expanding the boundaries of artistic expression.

However, it's not just an art show; it's an open invitation to immerse yourself in the absurdity, satire and witty commentary that art can offer. Students are not only urged to create art that brings them joy during its creation but also to reveal a different, unconventional side of art. This exhibition is a lively tribute to artists unafraid to wield their creativity to make us smile, provoke thought and let us appreciate the brighter, more playful aspects of life through their art.

Participating artists:

Johnny Alemagno
Mariana Amaya
Marianna Arroyo
Alex Askew
Rachel Auguston
Haley Beck
Lexi Bell
Maddie Bennett
Nadia Bauman
Kalab Bumbaugh
Makayla Chambers
Eliza Colby
Yana Cosme
Sofia Dacanay
Ellie Dauer
Toby Dudley
Emma Louise Earles
Fish Fischer
Gabby Garnett
Mary Hansen
Lindsey Hatch
Anna Heeres
Alder Hildebrand
Hailey Hoffman
Julia Honacki
Sean Joyce
Jax Juarez
Sarah Kinney
Victoria Kretz
Cameron Krizman
Riley Lewis
Sage Long
Jesenia Lopez-Rodriguez
Alister Lowe
Josh Luboski
Elle Maraccini
Felix Mathoslah
Giovanna McLean
Liam Mealey
Blake Nicholas
John Osipow
Allyanna Perez
Lynn Price
Benjamin Puentes
Jess Raimondo
Toby Relyea
Nasir Rosenburg
Kayla Roush
Naomi Samarasekera
Mandy Schulien
Thayer Sindelar
Kayley Smith
Via Spieker
Alyssa Sposetti
Abigail Sugerik
Lex Troknya
Elizabeth Vose
Sam Watson
Pete Whitehead
Bog Yagl


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Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery
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