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February 10, 2021

CIA 75th student exhibition opens Friday


February 10, 2021

Cleveland—Now in its 75th year, Cleveland Institute of Art's annual Student Independent Exhibition celebrates the energy, interests and aesthetics of the next generation through selected works from artists in all majors and every class year.

The 2021 exhibition will open with a virtual reception and awards ceremony that begins at 6:30pm Friday, February 12 via Zoom Webinar. The event is free and open to all, and details on how to attend can be found at The event will occur live in Reinberger Gallery and include a virtual walk-through of the show via its newly unveiled website,, and continue with the announcement of awards. This year's show features more than 60 works.

In addition to being online, the show will be on view to the public through March 12 in CIA's Reinberger Gallery, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Admission is free but appointments are required. Appointments are available from 10am to 5pm Wednesdays and Fridays, and details about scheduling can be found at

Students manage every aspect of the exhibition, including the selection of jurors. This year's jurors are 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. They issued the following jurors' statement about SIE 75:

"This year the juror panel received an unprecedented number of entries to consider for inclusion in the Student Independent Exhibition. After carefully reviewing the broad range of works, we wish to recognize the mindful, the ingenious, the ambitious and the curious as invaluable labor during extremely fraught times. We applaud all of the students for continuing to create and share their work through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our final selection is representative of the diverse disciplines and approaches to art that are evident at CIA. Works were chosen for their compelling investigations, advanced technical skill, unique viewpoints and sophisticated ideation."

Members of the media with questions or who are interested in reviewing SIE 75 are asked to contact Michael C. Butz, director of college communications and external relations, at or 216-421-7404.

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