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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

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CIA Exhibition: Feb 13, 2015

69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition

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Story: Jan 09, 2015

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Events: Feb 24, 2015

CIA Financial Aid Nights

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CIA video shows off new Uptown Residence Hall

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Events: Mar 04, 2015

Sarah McKenzie Artist Talk

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

Academics . Admissions . Faculty

Admissions Faculty

Eric Reitz

Title Associate Director of Enrollment + Financial Aid
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7437

Arlene Thomas

Title Office Manager
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7418

Karen Wellman

Karen Wellman

Title Counselor
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7422

Karen graduated with a BA in Art, with a concentration in Painting, and focus in Art History, from Cleveland State University. Karen has worked at several galleries in the Cleveland area, then at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the Development Department, before starting in the Admissions Office at CIA in the Fall of 2008. Over the past several years, she has participated in local group shows, including St. Clair Superior Development Corporation’s Public Art Projects and Sparx City Hop; as well as having attended numerous gallery openings and museum events, and supporting the local arts scene. Karen values the Cleveland artistic community, and helping students prepare for the admissions/portfolio prep process for admittance into the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Karen covers the following territories: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Robert Borden

Title Vice President of Enrollment + Financial Aid
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7467

Jeremy Turkall

Jeremy Turkall

Title Counselor
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7458

Jeremy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Organizational Communication – Public Relations from The University of Akron, and he is currently working on his Master's degree in Higher Education Administration. Jeremy started working in higher education in The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and The Office of New Student Orientation at The University Akron in 2006, and he has worked at various institutions since then. According to Jeremy, the best part of his job is being able to work with students and their parents to help them navigate higher education and achieve their goals. He had to educate himself on how to select a college, financial aid, and advising during his undergraduate career, and therefore, Jeremy wants to be able to help other students. Jeremy enjoys working at CIA because of the passion that students, faculty, and administration have for the programs and school, and this passion makes his job exciting. Jeremy has always been an avid art enthusiast visiting galleries, museums, and exhibits so this job allows him to fulfill two of his passions: art and education. In his spare time Jeremy enjoys spending time with family and friends, and checking out everything that Cleveland has to offer. His favorite thing to do in Cleveland is to check out all of the local restaurants because there are so many different options.

Jeremy covers the following territories: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and all Ohio zip codes that begin with: 430, 431, 432, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, and 456.

Tom Green

Tom Green

Title Associate Director of Admissions
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7491

Thomas Green, Associate Director of Admissions, works primarily with transfer students and international students. Thomas has worked in visual arts higher education for more than 20 years and has served as a juror at several arts competitions and exhibitions during this time. He is an avid photographer and a free-lance graphic designer. Thomas enjoys visiting Cleveland museums and photographing the city and Lake Erie. He has a B.A. from Ohio State University.

Territory: Transfer and International

Pita Brooks

Pita Brooks

Title Assistant Director of Admissions
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7492

Pita is an advocate and native to this region, and she has been immersed in the Cleveland art scene since childhood. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hiram College, where she studied painting, photography, multimedia, and minored in Art History. She most recently came to the Institute from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland where she was working for the past five years. Pita is a lover of contemporary culture and when she is not at CIA or in her studio, you can catch her motorcycling around town, hitting all of the art openings.

Pita covers the following territories: District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and all Ohio zip codes that begin with: 437, 438, 439, 441, and 457.

She is also the counselor for: Berea High School, Chagrin Falls High School, Gilmour Academy, North Olmsted High School, and University School.

Thea Spittle

Thea Spittle

Title Counselor
Department Admissions
Phone 216.421.7943

Originally a Detroit native, Cleveland has become Thea’s new home after receiving a Bachelors of Art from Hamilton College, where she pursued a double concentration in Art History and Hispanic Studies. Thea appreciates how artists and designers see the world through a lens of limitless potential, and is excited to bring the next generation of creative problem-solvers to Cleveland. Before working for the Cleveland Institute of Art, Thea worked for the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. From riding her bike around town to playing in local pinball leagues, and running a project space for artists, Thea enjoys the unique experiences only Cleveland can offer.

Thea covers the following territories: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and all Ohio zip codes that begin with: 433, 434, 435, 436, 440, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 458.

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