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Exhibitions . About Reinberger Gallery 

About Reinberger Gallery

CIA's Reinberger Gallery supports the creative work of professional artists by providing quality exhibition opportunities. It also serves CIA students, faculty and the community as an educational resource, and particularly to encourage artistic growth and experimentation through well-presented exhibitions, events and lectures.

On view April 4- June 14, 2019:

William Harper: The Beautiful & the Grotesque

In the world of artist William Harper’s vibrant and improvisational jewelry, craftsmanship and concept are always entwined. Now visitors to the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Gallery may experience his singular visual voice in William Harper: The Beautiful & the Grotesque, a 20-year retrospective running April 4 through June 14, 2019.

The more than 60 works of art on view will include Harper’s exquisitely crafted fine jewelry; display boxes built from assemblages of found objects; paintings; and Japanese-style folding books. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8pm Thursday, April 4.

Driven by an intense love for the material process, Harper enters his studio with improvisational spirit, allowing each move to inspire the next. His lush objects combine unexpected materials, including plastic beads, nails, and bone as well as pearls, jewels, precious metals, and enamel. The exhibit's title, The Beautiful & the Grotesque, underscores the tension between high and low, between precious and disposable, and between what draws and repels a viewer.

This exhibition is made possible through generous support from Scott Mueller and Dealer Tire, The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation, the John P. Murphy Foundation, Sherwin-Williams, Martha Fleischman, and Pamela Argentieri '87 and Matthew Hollern.

Recently on view: ThinkCraft: Fresh Takes 

As part of a yearlong focus on contemporary craft, the Cleveland Institute of Art will present ThinkCraft: Fresh Takes, an invitational exhibition of works by CIA alumni whose glass, ceramics, metal, and jewelry speak to 21st-century themes and practices. 

The show runs November 1 through December 14, 2018, in CIA's Reinberger Gallery. The opening reception will be from 6 to 8 pm at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, 44106. Admission is free. 
 
The definition of “craft” perpetually changes, and today includes centuries-old handmade goods as well as works that encompass performance, commercial design, socially engaged work, and objects created through digital technology and hybrid processes. This evolution challenges artists, audiences, and collectors to rethink the meaning of "craft," and to revisit ideas about where craft ends and where design and fine art begin.
 
The artists featured in Fresh Takes highlights work that resists old-fashioned ideas about craft. The works themselves offer a glimpse into the complexity of what it means to be a contemporary maker.

Exhibiting artists are Pamela Argentieri, Jessica Calderwood, Lisa Clague, Nate Cotterman, Uri Davillier, Chris Genter, Kirk Lang, N2 Clay (Nicci Winrock and Neal Barman), Leana Quade, Kari Russell-Pool, Kevin Snipes, Demi Thomloudis, and Thaddeus Wolfe.

CIA Artwork for Sale

Select shows offer the public the chance to purchase artwork including CIA’s student and faculty shows. This is a great opportunity to support up-and-coming artists. For more information about purchasing artwork, contact Reinberger Gallery at 216.421.7407, or email Samantha Konet at skonet@cia.edu

For more information:

Nichole Woods
Director of Reinberger Gallery
216.421.7933 | Contact

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Samantha Konet
Project & Visiting Artist Coordinator
216.421.7407 | Contact

Reinberger Gallery

11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.421.7407

Gallery Hours

Summer hours: (May 13–August 26)

Monday–Friday: 10am–5pm 

Saturday and Sunday: Closed 

The Reinberger Gallery will be closed from June 17–July 11 for an installation period.

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture

Cleveland Institute of Art is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.