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March 21, 2016

Why I'm glad I came to CIA

First-year student Mark Rubelowsky explores all CIA has to offer

Why I'm glad I came to CIA

Cleveland’s made the list of places Mark Rubelowsky can call “home.” After moving from New Jersey to Illinois and making several stops around the state, Rubelowsky’s interest was sparked by architecture. After graduating just last year from University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in architectural engineering and a minor in interior design, he’s back in the classroom – this time studying art.

While on a quick trip to Cleveland with his dad, Rubelowsky wandered into the Cleveland Institute of Art, met with an Admissions Counselor, and made the decision to apply.

“I think I did architecture because that’s what I thought I was supposed to do. I wanted to make money and I liked building things,” Rubelowsky said. “But what I really wanted to do was go to art school. I love it here. All of my classes seem relevant.”

One of the biggest surprises, he said, is how open to helping everyone is. “I was making a stop motion video and wasn’t sure how to edit it, so I stopped in one of the visual arts offices and a teacher just showed me how to do it.”

In his free time, he volunteers for City Dogs Cleveland, and has recently begun taking photos of the dogs for their marketing efforts.

While still unsure of his major, he’s interested in sculpture and glass blowing. Then again, he’s also a good photographer and now he can make a stop-motion animation.

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