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Exhibitions . 2021 Alumni Exhibition 

2021 Alumni Exhibition

Submission Guidelines

Artists working in all mediums are welcome to apply online by clicking here to access Slideroom. Up to three (3) pieces can be submitted digitally between March 1 and April 1, 2021. Submission images must not exceed the resolution of 300 dpi and a length greater than 1500 pixels in any one direction. All artwork submitted must be original work made within the last three years. Please include the title, medium and dimensions when submitting. There is no size limitation for submissions, but please bear in mind that if the work is selected, the artist is responsible for its transport to and from the gallery. Though we do not impose a strict size limit for submissions, the largest works the gallery can accommodate are 12 feet high by 9 feet wide. If selected, all work(s) must be fully dry and hang-ready and in stable condition upon delivery. Artists bringing work that requires specialized media equipment for its display may be asked to provide this equipment if the gallery does not have suitable equipment on hand. For questions about guidelines, please contact Reinberger Gallery at or 216.421.7407. Accepted artists will be notified in April. 

A $25 submission fee is non-refundable and will go toward the cost of helping the Alumni Council produce the exhibition. A $15 portion of the submission fee is tax-deductible and will go toward the Alumni Association Scholarship to support CIA’s emerging student artists and designers. 

Meet the Juror

The juror for this year’s show is artist and curator Emily Carol Burns, the founding editor and director of Maake Magazine and founding director of Maake Projects. She has organized a wide range of single-artist and group exhibitions, including Linger Still, a solo show of work by Kaveri Raina at Assembly Room in New York, and Biophilia, a group show at Unpaved Gallery in Yucca Valley, California. She has been invited as a visiting curator at BRIC Brooklyn and the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn. As an artist, her work has been featured in media such as Beautiful Decay, Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz. Read more about Burns here.

In addition to jurying the show, she will provide an exhibition title and a short statement offering insight about the selection process, her interests and professional background, alongside perspective on the state of contemporary art.

Alumni Council

The Alumni Council is made up of volunteers who communicate with CIA leaders and pursue a mission to sustain and build a network of alumni with a lifelong connection to the College. The Council is committed to sharing ideas and establishing opportunities for alumni involvement by producing events such as the alumni exhibition. The Council fosters ongoing relationships with students, faculty and staff, and works to build a strong relationship between alumni and CIA.  

For more information:

Alexandra Burrage
Director of Alumni Relations & Scholarships
216.421.7412 | Contact

2021 Alumni Exhibition Committee

Leslye Arian ’76

Deborah Pinter ’88

Lynne Lofton ’97

Teresa Carlisle ’06

Kimberly Chapman ’17

The Cleveland Institute of Art’s mission is to nurture the intellectual, artistic, and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.

In support of CIA’s mission, the 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.