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69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition

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Sarah Kabot

Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Drawing
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7931

Courses  100 Drawings | Advanced Drawing: Senior Major | BFA Statement + Exhibition | Drawing I | Drawing II | Drawing: Intro to Advanced Observation, Illusionism, Concept | Image + Form I | Image + Form II: Reproducibility

Degree MFA, Fiber, Cranbrook Academy of Art; BFA, University of Michigan

Sarah's work has been exhibited in galleries such as Vermont Studio Center; the Cultural Center of Polecni, Pieksamaki, Finland; Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland Institute of Art; and SPACES gallery, Cleveland, among others. Her awards have included a CAA Tuition Grant (2000-2002); a Merit Scholarship and Grant to the Vermont Studio Center (1999); and a Merit Scholarship for the University of Michigan (1998).

Kevin Kautenburger

Kevin Kautenburger

Title Associate Professor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7931

Courses  Charette: Collaboration + Community | Design I | Design II | Mapping + Memory: Spacial Constructions | Materiality & Aesthetics

Degree MFA, Ceramics from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University; BFA, Studio Art from Kent State

Kevin Kautenburger has been teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Art since 2001. He also taught for ten years in Philadelphia. Among his awards are a Pew Fellowship and the Robert Mann Award in Ceramics from the Cleveland Museum of Art May Show. He has exhibited widely in the Midwest and at the Delaware Biennial. In addition, he won the Nathan Margolis Award for Ceramics while pursuing his master's degree.

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Jimmy Kuehnle

Title Assistant Professor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  BFA Production + Independent Research: Production, Conveyance + Presentation | Charette: Collaboration + Community | Creative Resistance: Media Art in the Social Sphere | Design I | Design II | Digital Synthesis | Drawing II | Sculpture + Expanded Media

Degree MFA, University of Texas at San Antonio; BFA, Truman State University

In 2008, Jimmy researched public art and practiced sculpture as a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow in Japan. His recent work features public performance treks through rural and urban cities in the U.S. such as Chicago, Detroit, Austin, St. Louis, Cincinnati, San Antonio, Dallas, and New York as well as international performances in Japan, Italy, and Finland. He worked as a resident artist at Sculpture Space, Albion College, and Ateljé Stundars. In 2010, he exhibited in a survey of international artists in residence at the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan, Italy.

William Leddy

Title Technical Specialist
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7471

Courses  Design Lab

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Scott Ligon

Title Associate Professor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7947

Courses  Charette: Collaboration + Community | Digital Color | Digital Synthesis

Degree MFA, Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art

Scott Ligon is an award-winning digital artist and filmmaker. He is the coordinator for the digital foundation curriculum at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

He received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art where he studied under renowned original abstract expressionist Grace Hartigan and attended “Perspectives on Criticism” classes taught by Robert Storr, formerly senior curator of painting and sculpture at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Early in his career, Scott made a living as a graphic designer and illustrator for ad agencies around the Washington DC area. This enabled Scott to learn digital art software. Scott utilized his perspective as a painter to explore the expansive possibilities of digital technology as an art- making tool.

Scott is the author of Digital Art Revolution, Creating Fine Art with Photoshop. The book was published in March 2010 by Watson-Guptill, a division of Random House, the premiere publisher in books. The book is currently in its second printing and an eBook version was released in July 2011, available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and other eBook formats.

His award-winning animated short film, Escape Velocity, about the connection between ADHD and creativity, has played in festivals and theaters all over the world. Escape Velocity plays regularly on the Documentary Channel in the USA and Shorts TV in Europe. The film recently signed a third television deal with LAPTV, a partnership of four major entertainment giants, 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, and Fox TV in Latin America. The film is distributed by Shorts International, the world’s leading short film brand.

He has recently completed his second short film, Figure/Ground about the death of his father. It features veteran actor Allan Kulakow who has been in several movies, including Death by Dawn, Syriana, The Good Shepherd, and HBO’s Something the Lord Made. He appeared as the Joint Chief of Staff on NBC’s West Wing. Figure/Ground is currently making a film festival tour and was recently signed to an exclusive distribution agreement with Future Shorts in London. Future Shorts is a short film distributor whose partners include HBO and Sony Computer Entertainment.

Scott is currently working on his first feature film, a documentary about creativity called The Big Picture.

William Lorton

Title Visiting Instructor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7381

Courses  Aesthetics, Style, and Content | Design I | Fiber: Digital Images, Patterns + Structures | Fiber: Silkscreen | Image + Form I | String, Felt, and Thread | The Rhetorical Object: Conceptual Constructions | Weaving Patterns: Collective Activity

Degree MFA, Kent State University; BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

Bill Lorton received his BFA in Fiber + Material Studies from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his MFA in Textiles from Kent State University. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in CIA’s Fiber + Materials Studies Department and also teaches courses in the Visual Art and Foundation curriculums. Lorton was selected for the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Competition, receiving an Honorable Mention. In 2012 he was part of an invitation exhibition at the Korean Craft Museum in Cheongju, South Korea. Lorton launched the Endangered Studies traveling curriculum in 2013 to preserve and promote a multitude of fiber art techniques.

Michael Meier

Title Lecturer
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Drawing Beyond Observation | Drawing I | Drawing II | Intro to Painting: Painting History: 1828-Present

Adrijana Wichert Nerone

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Digital Color | Digital Synthesis

Adri Nerone received her BFA in T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007. She has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cuyahoga Community College, John Carroll University, and The Cleveland Museum of Art.

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