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March 31, 2015

Cleveland Institute of Art student work on view in juried show at HEDGE Gallery April 17-May 8

Contact: Ann McGuire,
Director of Communications, CIA

CLEVELAND (Ohio) – A juried exhibition of Cleveland Institute of Art student work, WIRED and Ready to Hang, opens in HEDGE Gallery in the 78th Street Studios building on April 17, with a reception from 5–9pm. The show will be on view through May 8, with gallery hours Monday through Friday, 11am- 5pm or by appointment.

Gallery Director Hilary Gent said this will be the first juried student art show at HEDGE.

“I am featuring this show as an opportunity to form deeper connections with current CIA students and the institution,” Gent said. “The connections created with the local art programs and current students further the mission of HEDGE Gallery: to encourage emerging artists in their professional careers, providing an exhibition space that encourages exploration, productivity, and the ability to obtain networking skills with the community and general public.”

CIA Painting Department Chair and Associate Professor Lane Cooper said, “We’re always looking to give our students real-world professional experiences. Mike Meier, a current Painting faculty member and a CIA alumnus, knows first-hand how important these opportunities are for the students. He and Hilary have worked together to develop a process for curating the exhibition that will showcase some of the exciting work that’s happening in the CIA student studios. I can’t wait for people to see the work. It’s a wonderful thing that a gallery of HEDGE’S reputation recognizes the quality of our students’ work.”

This show is open to all currently enrolled CIA students. Judging the submissions will be Gent; Michael Gill, artist and writer; and Douglas Max Utter, artist and writer.

“Being an art student once myself, I can understand the difficulty with expanding one’s art career beyond college and studio walls,” said Gent. “I believe in helping artists find a voice through their work, and that starting with the student body is the first step to connecting with the individuals who are ready for progress.”

CIA and HEDGE Gallery will jointly announce the names of students accepted into the show on April 13.

About CIA
Founded in 1882, Cleveland Institute of Art is an accredited, independent college of art and design with 15 majors in studio art, digital art, craft disciplines, and design. CIA extends its offerings to the public through gallery exhibitions; lectures; robust continuing education courses; 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

About HEDGE Gallery
HEDGE Gallery is at 1300 West 78th Street, suite 200, in Cleveland. The gallery is focused on providing contemporary space for emerging and professional artists to exhibit their work in one of the most engaging art complexes in Northeast Ohio. The gallery is over 3,000 square feet, open Monday through Friday from 11am-5pm and by appointment.

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