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February 22, 2021

Art, prizes highlight opening of 75th student show


February 22, 2021

CLEVELAND—Cleveland Institute of Art students took home nearly $15,000 in awards and prizes as the 75th Student Independent Exhibition opened February 12 in Reinberger Gallery.

More than 60 artists were juried into the show, which was organized by a committee of students. The exhibition runs through March 12 at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. It's also available to view online at

Derek Walker won SIE 75's top award, the CIA Board of Directors Grand Prize, as well as The Gwen Cooper ’63 Award, for his painting, "Remain Myself." The acrylic-on-wood piece measures 39 inches by 72 inches.

A sophomore Painting major, Walker attended Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Cleveland School of the Arts.

Rounding out the top three award winners were junior Painting major Megan Lubey, whose "Girl Scout Law" won both CIA Board of Directors 2nd Prize and the Almut and Gary Zvosec Award, and junior Photography + Video major Anny Nguyen, whose "Ghada" earned both CIA Board of Directors 3rd Prize and the Trznadel Family Award.

Works by Ewuresi Archer, Elias Betchik and Ash Sark also won multiple awards.


CIA Board of Directors Grand Prize
Derek Walker, "Remain Myself"

CIA Board of Directors 2nd Prize
Megan Lubey, "Girl Scout Law"

CIA Board of Directors 3rd Prize
Anny Nguyen, "Ghada"

Board Honorable Mentions with Distinction
Seneca Kuchar, "Carburetor No. 4"
Cale Ours, "Veins"
Maxmillian Peralta, "The Scribe"
Ash Sark, "Compression"

Board Honorable Mentions
Ewuresi Archer, "Untitled"
Elias Betchik, "Strata"
Nick Birnie, "Shifts"
Greyley Cook, "Fairy Home"
Frank Hadzima, "Assless Chaps"
Crystal Miller, "Ethereal Gaze"
Theo Papadimoulis, "Greatest Show on Earth"
Noah Zirpoli, "Untitled 6"

Sue Wall Painting Award
Ewuresi Archer, "Untitled"

Mary Ann and Jack Katzenmeyer Award for Outstanding Craft
Elias Betchik, "Strata"

David and Ann Deming Award
David Ross, "Double Suspension"

Almut and Gary Zvosec Award
Megan Lubey, "Girl Scout Law"

Karen Skunta & Company Design Excellence Award
Adam Goss, "Cantilever"

Trznadel Family Award
Anny Nguyen, "Ghada"

The Christopher Gentner Creativity Award
Sebastian Schenz, "Pussy!"

The Gwen Cooper ’63 Award
Derek Walker, "Remain Myself"

The Nunes Family Prize
Ash Sark, "Compression"

Jurors for this year's Student Independent Exhibition were conceptual artist Alex Da Corte, who works in painting, sculpture, installation and video; jewelry artist Luci Jockel; painter Sarah McKenzie; and illustrator and comic artist Laila Milevski. More info about each can be found here.

Members of the media with questions or who are interested in reviewing SIE 75 should contact Michael C. Butz, director of college communications and external affairs, at or 216.421.7404.

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