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Apr 23, 2014

CIA grads win 25% of nation's top retail design honors

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Mar 15, 2014 @ MOCA Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

CIA's Traveling Sketchbooks make a last stop at MOCA

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Apr 17, 2014

Design major gets zombie's reception at her former school

View details The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

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Mar 28, 2014

The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

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CIA students presented NEO: A Runway Show in which they modeled wearables – in the form of accessories, design, and conceptual art – before nearly 200 audience members in CIA’s Reinberger Galleries last night. The award winners for the evening were Sculpture major Graham Baldwin, Best of Show; Jewelry + Metals major Hongzhe Ma, Best Accessory; and art education major Raisa E. Cabrera, Best Material and Technology.

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Apr 16, 2014

Alumnus and superhero comics writer Brian Bendis visits CIA

View details Dinner by Design – Art of the Table, and a runway show

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Mar 28, 2014

Dinner by Design – Art of the Table, and a runway show

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Apr 15, 2014

Students win $11,000 in Dealer Tire art competition

View details 2014 Spring Design Show

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Apr 22, 2014 @ Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

2014 Spring Design Show

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Apr 22, 2014

4/24-27: Bernard Hermann weekend with CITIZEN KANE, MARNIE & more!

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Aug 20, 2013

CIA named one of the "Best in the Midwest"

View details 2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Apr 22, 2014

2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

Academics . Foundation . Faculty

Foundation Faculty

Jessica Pinsky

Title Technical Specialist/Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7381

Courses  Design I | Material Color

Degree MFA Painting Boston University; BFA Studio Art New York University

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Douglas Sanderson

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Drawing II | Material Color

Degree MFA, University of Texas, Austin, Texas; BFA, Carnegie Mellon University (Carnegie Institute of Technology), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sai Sinbondit

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Design I | Drawing I | Drawing II | Material Color

Mary Jo Toles

Title Professor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7329

Courses  Digital Color | Digital Imaging II: Large Format | Digital Photo Imaging I | Image, Narrative, and Sequence | Photo: Alternative Processes | Visual Organization + Media

Degree MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; BFA in Photography and Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art

Professor of Photography and Digital Imaging at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Toles has contributed in her field as an arts educator for over two decades. Recognized for her development of experimental processes related to high-voltage photographic imagery, she is an inventive contributor in her field. Her work can be located in collections nationally, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, First National Collection in Chicago, State of Illinois, State of Florida. Her work has been published in the US, Japan and Germany. Exhibitions include the Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C, Boston Photographic Resource Center, SPACES Gallery, MOCA-Cleveland, and the Kohler, Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, and Grand Rapids Art Museums. Current work engages digital print technologies with early nineteenth century photography and optics, often combining photographic images with sculptural components. She creates digital negatives from an assortment of optical equipment and inventions, coupling these with unique alternative processes for both chemical and digital output. Inspired by her experiences in Provence, heart of photography’s early inventions, with a love of art, science, and critical thinking, she is an alchemist among photographers, with a desire to engage the multidisciplinary scope and interconnections inherent in this media.

Prof. Toles is a recipient of Ohio, Florida and Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships and National Endowment for the Humanities project grant. She represented the state of Ohio as an Artist in Residence at Cimelice, in the Czech Republic.

Tommy White

Tommy White

Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Painting
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Aesthetics, Style, and Content | Design I | Drawing II | Image + Form I | Material Color | Painting Beyond Observation | Role of the Artist as Producer

Degree MFA from Clemson University in the discipline of painting and a BA from Michigan State University in ceramics.

Tommy White, born in Detroit, received his M.F.A. from Clemson University in the discipline of painting and a B.A. from Michigan State University in ceramics. His work is included in many private collections as well as the permanent collections of the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, Binney and Smith, Inc. (former manufacturer of Liquitex products), and the Capital One Corporation. He has exhibited in nineteen states, the District of Columbia, Melbourne, Australia, and Seoul, South Korea. Prior to becoming Assistant Professor of Painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art, he spent three years teaching painting and drawing at the University of Oklahoma and nine years with Virginia Commonwealth University as an educator and administrator. He maintains a professional working studio in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

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Christian Wulffen

Title Professor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7931

Courses  Aesthetics, Style, and Content | BFA Production + Independent Research: Research + Production. | Charette: Self + Other Voices | Drawing I | Drawing II | Systems Drawing | The Rhetorical Object: Conceptual Constructions

Degree Freie Kunstschule (Independent Art School) Nurtingen (Germany)
Academy of Fine Arts at the Staatlicen Akademie der Bildenden Kunste (State Academy of the Fine Arts), Stuttgart (Germany) MFA

Christian Wulffen has been an Associate Professor since 2003.

Artist Statement:

I am concerned with how artists achieve knowledge and how they structure knowledge. This intersects with my concern as a teacher and artist, to encourage participants to reflect on the processes that an artist goes through--for example, an intuitive creative thinking process, intentional purposeful engagement, and adherence to a model or system.

These thought processes can be contextualized further by situating them within larger theories of knowledge production, as outlined by W. J. T. Mitchell: “semiotics, structuralism, deconstruction, system theory, speech at theory, ordinary language philosophy and now image science or critical iconology”.

To convey this notion of action as a mode of knowledge production, I use specific symbols for my work, one of these: boards that are pre-manufactured with three vertical slots and one horizontal slot (plywood).

From the viewer’s perspective, the board has the option to hold various information. From my perspective, I see this as a concept to display information to exercise the different links in its display from one board to another. My environment is a grid—one of the hallmarks of modernist abstraction and capable, as a visual symbol, of signifying a whole system of art production and thought. This idea is depends on the perspective of the viewer and how that viewer is situated in a distributed network of production and reception of the information about this subject.

Crucially for me, the painting, the paper, and the board (as in my recent production), simulate the portability of information. I am interested in its mobility as a sign in which sender and recipient receive the same information but decode it differently depending on their respective environments.

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