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Story: Oct 21, 2014

Senior curates exhibition of current students, recent grads ...

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CIA Exhibition: Oct 17, 2014

Adam Markanovic: No Body to Love

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Story: Oct 20, 2014

CIA grad transforms Corvette into canvas on wheels

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Events: Oct 31, 2014

Lunch On Fridays: Word!

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Tomorrow, put on your best costume and join us for Lunch On Fridays, CIA's free lunchtime lecture series. In this edition, authors and artists will present the ...

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Story: Sep 22, 2014

Television and film writer teaching narrative writing at CIA

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Events: Nov 06, 2014 @ Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH

Unruly Engagements Conference

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Story: Aug 27, 2014

New residence hall welcomes first-year students in comfort, ...

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CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014

Opening Reception Community Works: Artist as Social Agent

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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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Uptown Residence Hall

Check out the new student digs.

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Cores + Connections

Learn more about CIA's proven method for academic and professional excellence.