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August 09, 2016

CIA's fall exhibitions spotlight faculty, technical specialists

For Immediate Release
Contact: Karen Sandstrom

CLEVELAND (Ohio) – The Cleveland Institute of Art’s annual Faculty Exhibition opens Sept. 1 and runs through Oct. 9, 2016.

This year’s presentation includes a concurrent show of works by CIA technical specialists — staffers who maintain the school’s studios and work with faculty and students in areas involving specialized techniques or equipment.

A reception for the Faculty Exhibition and the Technical Specialist Exhibition will take place from 6:30 to 8:30pm Sept. 1 in the galleries.

The faculty exhibition is a tradition that spans more than 80 years, and highlights work by ranked faculty members and some adjunct faculty, said Bruce Checefsky, director of Reinberger Gallery.

“I think it’s for the community, of course, but it’s also a great way to introduce the faculty to students,” Checefsky said. “It’s a way to open the doors of the intellectual and educational community outside the CIA community, but it also put faces on the faculty. “

About 70 artworks made within the last year by more than 50 faculty members will be on view.

“Our faculty are represented by major museums in the country — the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, LACMA, and dozens of others including major collecting institutions abroad,” Checefsky said. “Many of our artists and designers are represented by commercial galleries in New York and Los Angeles, with extraordinary and influential careers outside the institute.”

The Technical Specialist Exhibition will run the same dates in the Ann and Norman Roulet Student and Alumni Gallery. Technical specialists are the often-unsung experts who work directly with faculty, students and staff to bring creative ideas to fruition. They trouble-shoot logistics of making and brainstorm and support. This exhibition is a remarkable opportunity to see the inventiveness and expertise the technical specialist turns on his or her own work.

“Technical specialists are really the life blood of the institute,” Checefsky said. “Their contributions are significant to the well-being of the college. Artists and designers in their own right, they contribute to the overall conversation about art and design, educating students on par with our astonishing faculty.”

The faculty and TS exhibitions represent art from CIA’s 15 majors: Animation, Biomedical Art, Ceramics, Drawing, Game Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metals, Painting, Photography + Video, Printmaking, and Sculpture + Expanded Media.

Reinberger Gallery at the Cleveland Institute of Art is at 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44106. Hours are 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Call 216.421.7407.

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. It 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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