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August 08, 2014

Cleveland Institute of Art's exhibition of internationally collected faculty artists opens Labor Day weekend

2014 Faculty Exhibition will be final in East Boulevard building

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ann McGuire
Director of Communications

CLEVELAND, Ohio – In a tradition that dates back to 1906, Cleveland Institute of Art showcases works by its internationally collected faculty members when its 2014 Faculty Exhibition opens in CIA’s Reinberger Galleries on Thursday, Aug. 28.

The show, which opens with a free public reception from 6-8pm, will feature more than 75 pieces by some 45 artists and designers working in glass, clay, metals, fiber, painting, drawing, installation, photography, video, and various fields of design. The Reinberger Galleries are in CIA’s George Gund Building, 11141 East Boulevard. The gallery’s fall hours are Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Friday 10am to 9pm; closed Sunday. The 2014 Faculty Exhibition will be on view through Oct. 11.

This year’s show marks the faculty debut of new Glass Department Chair Marc Petrovic. Appointed in May to replace the retiring chair, Brent Kee Young, Petrovic is widely regarded as a leader in the glass art field, with works in the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City; Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York; Niijima Museum of Glass, Tokyo; The Mint Museum, Charlotte; Racine Art Museum; Tacoma Museum of Glass; and other public and private collections. His elaborate and finely wrought “Avian Series,” in particular, is featured in high-end art galleries from New York to California.

Also new this year, Associate Professor Mari Hulick will exhibit a tablet app she developed with a colleague that helps users search for employment. Hulick, who teaches in CIA’s Graphic Design Department, designed the graphics for the app, which gallery visitors will be able to test in the display.

In past years, several of the artworks on view at the Faculty Exhibition have sold before the end of the show. CIA faculty members have works in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution; Museum of Modern Art; Victoria and Albert Museum; the Vatican; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

According to the book Cleveland Institute of Art: First Hundred Years, by Nancy Coe Wixom, the college hosted “The city’s first juried, regional exhibition to include crafts along with painting and sculpture” at the college in April 1906, seven years before the founding of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The 2014 Faculty Exhibition will be CIA’s last in the Reinberger Galleries of its George Gund Building at 11141 East Boulevard. By August 2015, the college will have vacated the East Boulevard building and moved its functions to a new building now under construction on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland’s Uptown development.

Reinberger Galleries Director Bruce Checefsky said he views the last faculty show in Reinberger as an opportunity to celebrate CIA’s history of exhibiting faculty work there since the East Boulevard building opened in 1956. It’s a history to be proud of: from the mid-1950s until 1982, the late designer, CIA graduate and faculty member and internationally known goldsmith John Paul Miller designed and installed the gallery exhibitions. “We’ll go out with a bang,” Checefsky said.

CIA’s new building – which will also be named for CIA benefactor George Gund II – is adjoined to CIA’s Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts at 11610 Euclid Ave. In addition to the new gallery, the new Gund Building will house studios; workshops; offices; a café; and the Peter B. Lewis Theater, which will be the new home of the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque.

About CIA

Founded in 1882, the Cleveland Institute of Art is an accredited, independent college of art and design offering 15 majors in studio art, digital art, craft disciplines, and design. CIA extends its programming to the public through gallery exhibitions; lectures; a robust continuing education program; and the Cinematheque, a year-round art and independent film program. CIA’s public programming is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. For more information visit


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