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The facilities at the Cleveland Institute of Art provide students with space designed specifically for studying, living, and exhibiting art. Our campus is a creative, friendly environment that allows students to pursue their dreams.

Visit our campus and see for yourself! 

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Study Space

CIA's George Gund Building (completed in 2015) was designed by Stantec architects to be an ideal space for learning about, making, and exhibiting art. 

The 248,000-square-foot building:

  • includes Reinberger Gallery; the Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery; and the American Greetings Welcome Center.
  • houses the Peter B. Lewis Theater, home of CIA’s nationally acclaimed Cinematheque film program. 
  • displays still and moving images on a 35’ x 50’ stainless steel media mesh mounted on the western façade near Euclid Avenue. Each bulb functions as a pixel in the images displayed. The same type of media mesh is found at Port Authority bus terminal in NYC and American Airlines Arena in Miami.
  • houses the Jessica R. Gund Memorial Library
  • our Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Atrium is home to the Stone Flower Cafe, where you can pickup coffee and espresso drinks, sandwiches, soups and other snacks.
  • the original 1917 building was built as a Ford Model T assembly plant and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

The Jessica R. Gund Memorial Library has collections specifically developed for the visual artist, designer, and craftsperson. It is a great place to study, read, research, receive help, relax, or just hang out. Public-access computers, printers, scanners, and photocopiers are available for use, and the library also houses a collection of artists’ books, the College's archives, and extensive digital resources.

Uptown, our residence hall for first-year students, offers suites for four students with two bedrooms and two baths.

Living Space

Residence Halls

CIA has two residence halls, both within steps of our academic building.

CIA’s Uptown Residence Hall is composed of two-bedroom suites that house two students per bedroom, all furnished with a kitchenette, beds, dressers, wardrobes, drafting tables, and chairs. They also come equipped with cable television and wireless Internet. In addition, the hall has quiet study areas, three outdoor patios, a cardio lounge, a social lounge on each floor, a laundry room, and fabulous views. The Uptown Residence Hall is where our first-year students live.

Euclid 117, opened in 2018, offers apartment-style suites with individual bedrooms, bathrooms shared by no more than two students, a complete kitchen, and a central living room. Euclid 117 houses sophomores and as space allows, additional upperclass students.

Learn more about housing at CIA.

An exhibition in the Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery

Exhibition Space

CIA’s Reinberger Gallery hosts roughly 10 exhibitions each year. All exhibitions are free and open to the public, and many include lectures, films, or informal gallery talks. In addition to annual student, faculty, and scholastic exhibitions, recent shows have featured works by internationally known artists such as Andy Warhol and Ansel Adams. See the upcoming exhibition schedule.

The Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery is located on the 1st floor of the Gund Building, and is a popular space for students to curate and present their work. Flooded with natural light, the space is ideal for traditional wall-based work as well as installations, sculpture and craft-based work.

What do CIA students love about their Studio Space?

As one of the only art and design schools to assign studio space in a student’s sophomore year, CIA ensures personal studio space until graduation.

See what students love about their own space in this video or browse through our studio space gallery.


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