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2021 Alumni Exhibition

2021 Alumni Exhibition

The Cleveland Institute of Art and the CIA Alumni Council proudly present the 2021 Alumni Exhibition, Imprint the Air, which will be on view from June 4 to August 13 in Reinberger Gallery. This juried exhibition will showcase work by CIA alums from different graduating years and artistic practices, and it will offer viewers the opportunity to learn more about the college and its influence on the artistic vocabulary of the region.

Imprint the Air features work by the following artists: Barbara Bachtell, Bob Bruch, Debrah Butler, Stuart Cantor, Danny Carver, Kathleen Cerveny, Michael Cirelli, Kristen  Cliffel, Hadley Conner, Nora Corcoran, Danielle Doré, Pat Fallon, Kevin Geiger, Scott Greenlee, Toby Griffiths, Emily H. Phillips, John Hrehov, Lauralee Hutson, Brooke Inman, Tina Janek, Gwendolyn Kerber, Anne Kmieck, Branden Koch, George Kozmon, Mark Krieger, Ron Krygowski, Lynne Lofton, David Menke, John O'Connor, Kiara Pelissier, Dawn Petrill, Barbarita Polster, Kelly Pontoni, Laura Reed, Catherine Reitz, Georgio Sabino III, Alexander Sierputowski, Samantha Stumpf, Mel Tearle, Michael Tharp, Erykah Townsend, Kathryn Vajda, George Vlosich III, Thomas Waski, Chi Wong, Jill Yanik, Andy Yoder and Alyssa Ziemba.

Congratulations to the prize winners of the 2021 Alumni Exhibition, Imprint the Air, which were announced Friday, June 4:
  • 1st Place Prize: Kristen Cliffel '90 for "Groundwork"
  • 2nd Place Prize: Erykah Townsend '20 for "Reminder"
  • 3rd Place Prize: Chi Wong '20 for "Honey Goldfish Tea"
  • Ulmer & Berne Award: Michael Tharp '70 for "She"
  • Alumni Council Award: Alyssa Ziemba '17 for "Fiorella's Dress"
  • Honorable Mention: John Hrehov '81 for "Dahlia Web"
  • Honorable Mention: Branden Koch '01 for "Stimulus #2"
  • Honorable Mention: Kiara Pelissier '00 for "Aqua Blue Crumple"
  • Honorable Mention: Barbarita Polster '10 for "Night Lines (Language into Space), Rogers Park, Chicago"
  • Honorable Mention: Catherine Reitz '20 for "Abundant Fields"

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

Ulmer Attorneys
Cuyahoga Arts and Culture

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.