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September 03, 2015

Lunch On Fridays serves brain food in CIA's new Peter B. Lewis Theater

Fall lineup includes Cleveland Orchestra Director, international visiting artists

Lunch On Fridays serves brain food in CIA's new Peter B. Lewis Theater

Most Fridays during the academic year, CIA serves up nutritious brain food in a series of lunchtime lectures in the college’s Peter B. Lewis Theater in its new George Gund Building at 11610 Euclid Avenue. Lunch On Fridays, or LOF, as the series is known, features noted artists, innovators, authors, CIA faculty members and other experts from across the country and around the world who present on topics ranging from the philosophical to the practical. All talks start at 12:15pm.

The fall 2015 semester lineup includes Cleveland Orchestra Director Franz Welser-Möst, coming on Sept. 25 for a live, on-stage interview about the interplay between music and visual arts; South African artist Stephen Hobbs, coming Oct. 2, when his work will be displayed on CIA’s Toby Lewis Media Mesh; American artist Chakaia Booker, who will be “in residence” for a week before her Oct. 30 LOF presentation and solo exhibition opening in CIA’s Reinberger Gallery; and CIA graduate and Disney animator Zac Petroc, coming on Nov. 6 to talk about his work as model supervisor for two Disney animated feature films, “Wreck it Ralph” and “Big Hero 6.”

Grant funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture helps support CIA’s public programming, including the LOF series, the Cinematheque year-round film series, CIA’s Reinberger Gallery exhibitions, and the college’s continuing education classes.

All LOF lectures are free and open to the public. Pizza and soft drinks are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Details about each lecture are in individual listings within the events section of CIA's website, The fall 2015 LOF schedule is:


4 – Tony Lewis, Gregory Bar, Rashayla Marie Brown on their exhibition, Take a Joke, Enjoy a Drink
11 – Associate Professor Barry Underwood about his recent work
18 – Cincinnati artists Katie Parker, Guy Michael Davis and Chris Vorhees, about their show at The Sculpture Center
25 – Cleveland Orchestra Director Franz Wesler-Möst in an on-stage interview about the intersection of music and visual art


2 – Stephen Hobbs, South African artist whose work will be featured on CIA Toby Lewis Media Mesh
9 – Experiential Learning Specialist Rachel Browner on CIA’s Creativity Works visual arts internship program
23 – International artists in the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion artist residency program about their work
30 – Artist-in-residence Chakaia Booker, whose solo show opens in CIA’s Reinberger Gallery; through Dec. 18


6 – CIA graduate Zack Petroc on his work as a Disney animator
13 – Thomas Parel, senior industrial designer for Concept Center International
20 – Adjunct faculty member Jessica Pinsky on her experiences as founder and director of Praxis Fiber Workshop

Above: Zack Petroc, class of 1997, in his studio at Disney, will be the LOF speaker on Nov. 6.

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