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February 02, 2016

CIA celebrates 70th consecutive Student Independent Exhibition

Contact: Karen Sandstrom, Director of Communications

Student planners curate show by the artists of tomorrow

CLEVELAND (Ohio) – Cleveland Institute of Art's annual Student Independent Exhibition (SIE) will be on view from Feb. 12 through March 19, 2016 in Reinberger Gallery, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

SIE, now in its 70th year, is an honored tradition that’s never conventional. Organized entirely by students, who choose the jurors and mount the exhibition, the event offers fresh and sometimes surprising approaches to contemporary art. More than 100 works will range from painting and drawing to design, ceramics and video. The opening reception will be 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12.

“For one month, the students are recognized for their accomplishments, and they are recognized together in one space,” said CIA senior Samantha Konet, who is double majoring in Drawing and Printmaking. “The students receive all the credit for the time they have dedicated to their studio practices. And it shows.”

This year's jurors are Leta Sobierajski, a New York-based multidisciplinary designer and art director combining traditional graphic design elements with photography, art, and styling; Brooke Inman (CIA ’06) an adjunct faculty member at University of Richmond in the Department of Art + Art History and Virginia Commonwealth University in the Painting + Printmaking Department, who specializes in Intaglio, screen print, zine-making; and Jesse McLean, a media artist who has presented work at various venues, including the Mumok Cinema in Vienna, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Views from the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival.

Reinberger Gallery Director Bruce Checefsky heralds the SIE tradition as a “remarkable event.”

“Undergraduate students at CIA learn the ropes of the gallery business by organizing the entire show, from purchasing awards and cash prizes to gift certificates, from jury selection to designing the exhibition, and hosting a fabulous opening reception,” Checefsky said. “The SIE celebrates creativity in one of the finest colleges of art and design with humor and nuance alike, by being resourceful and daring.”

The Student Independent Exhibition is generously supported by Prizm, The Artist’s Supply Store, and by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Reinberger Gallery
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.


Founded in 1882, the Cleveland Institute of Art is an accredited, independent college of art and design committed to nurturing the intellectual, artistic and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education. The Institute offers 15 undergraduate majors, from the visual arts and craft, to design and digital arts, and extends its programs to the public through gallery exhibitions; lectures; a continuing education program; and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, a nationally acclaimed art and independent film program.

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