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Story: Feb 18, 2015

CIA students create appealing designs for co-working space

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Events: Jan 19, 2015 @ Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

CIA Freshman Mail Art at MOCA

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Story: Feb 11, 2015

Furniture design competition brings student work to MOCA Cle...

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CIA Exhibition: Feb 13, 2015

69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition

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Social: about 12 hours ago via Facebook

CIA Associate Professor and Chair of Printmaking Maggie Denk-Leigh and Ceramics Technical Specialist Amy Sinbondit will teach a Pre-College class for high schoo...

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Story: Jan 09, 2015

Time-lapse video shows completion of major construction on n...

View details CIA Financial Aid Nights

Events: Feb 24, 2015

CIA Financial Aid Nights

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Story: Nov 03, 2014

CIA video shows off new Uptown Residence Hall

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Events: Mar 21, 2015

Spring 2015 Open House

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

About . History . History 

History

CIA's History

Every year the Cleveland Institute of Art builds on an internationally recognized heritage of excellence and innovation that dates back to 1882. That year the school was chartered as the Western Reserve School of Design for Women. The school’s first name reflects the forward-thinking views of founder Sarah Kimball, who opened her home for the first class meetings, attended by just one teacher and one student. Open to male and female students alike, the Cleveland School of Art, as the school soon became known, blossomed under the influence of a dedicated and talented faculty, whose prize-winning art and award-winning commercial designs are known collectively, even today, as “the Cleveland School.”

Over time the school’s success prompted changes in facilities—from Mrs. Kimball’s sitting room to the attic of Old Cleveland City Hall, and then to the late Horace Kelley’s mansion on present-day E. 55th. In 1905 CIA built a brick Italianate building in University Circle (razed as part of a 1960s site redevelopment), which boasted a grand exhibition gallery predating the Cleveland Museum of Art by a decade.

In 1949 the school became officially known as the Cleveland Institute of Art, and in 1956, classes moved into their new building at 11141 East Boulevard, named for George Gund, who served as CIA Board President for 24 years.

In 1981 the Institute purchased a former Ford assembly plant, now listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Named the Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts (JMC) after the late artist and CIA alumnus who served as CIA president for 33 years, the building was extensively renovated in 2010 for classroom and studio use. As part of the college’s Campus Unification Project, CIA is in the process of constructing a new academic and administrative building that will be named for George Gund II and adjoined to the JMC. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2015.

Mission

To nurture the intellectual, artistic, and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.

Vision

To advance culture, community and global quality of life.

History Project

Learn more about CIA's historic alumni and their groundbreaking careers:

Charles Burchfield

Edris Eckhardt

Clara Wolcott Driscoll

Charles Sallée

Viktor Schreckengost

Celebrating 130 Years

On November 13, 2012, the Cleveland Institute of Art celebrated its 130th birthday.

Click here to view the original Articles of Incorporation.

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Community Works

Visiting artists, exhibitions, conference and symposia exploring socially engaged art.

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SPECTRUM CIA 2015

Save the date. Four celebration events.

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Cores + Connections

Creating. Connecting. Building better futures.