Title Adjunct Faculty
Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art
After graduating with a BFA degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, James Groman was hired by American Greetings: 'Those Characters from Cleveland'(TCFC), where he worked on the development of brands like Care Bears, Popples, Madballs, Barnyard Commandos, My Pet Monster, and Ring Raiders.
After TCFC, James established his own freelance studio providing design, sculpting and prototyping on products based on Star Wars, Harry Potter, Stretch Armstrong, Godzilla, Universal Monsters, G.I. Joe, Jonny Quest, and various Marvel and DC comics characters for companies, such as, Kenner/Hasbro, Cap Toys, Galoob, Ertl Collectables, Playing Mantis, and Polar Lights. Before coming back to American Greetings in 2005, James worked for 4 years at Hasbro Toys Playskool group on their Star Wars, Go Bots/Transformers, Major Powers and Cool Crew brands. Now back at American Greetings Properties, James works on brands like Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and Madballs, as well as new ventures, such as: Sushi Pack and Tinpo for CBS; Twisted Whiskers, Maryoku Yummy for The Hub Network; Packages from Planet X for Disney XD; and the awesome and exciting: Beast Battalion!
Most recently James travelled to New Zealand to work with Richard Taylor and the team at Weta Workshop on the film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. James is also the Art Director on the new Care Bears CG animated TV series on the Hub Network.expand collapse
Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, 1998
Lincoln Adams has worked for over 17 years as an illustrator, storyboard artist and designer. His projects have included magazines, television shows, character design, book covers, and greeting cards and was selected to the 47th Annual Society of Illustrators West Show in Los Angeles.
Recently, he finished work on the popular animated shows: Barbie: Spy Squad, Max Steel, Slugterra, Monster High, Veggie Tales and Doc McStuffins. He is also currently working with Disney sculptor and CIA alumnus Zack Petroc on a sculpted novel, and has completed his fourth picture book.
Lincoln moves fluidly back and forth between traditional, tactile mediums and digital mediums to execute ideas— often times incorporating both within a piece. A firm believer that the traditional informs the digital, he continues training and experimenting in both. Lincoln's primary tactile mediums include oils, wax crayon and colored pencil, and monoprints. His digital expertise includes the use of the Cintiq via Photoshop and InDesign, and Storyboard Pro.
However, even with all of the various approaches to technique and execution, one thing stands out as the most vital component in Lincoln's work— Story. And it is what is what he espouses in all of the courses he teaches as the chief ingredient toward success in the entertainment art world.
Dreamworks Television Animation
Walt Disney Television Animation
Big Idea Entertainment
Seven Folds Film Productions
Brown Bag Films
Spider Eye Animation
Zack Petroc Studios
To learn more about Lincoln read his interview at Animation Insider!
Courses Illustration for Publication | Illustration II | Illustration: Advanced Illustration Studio Projects | Illustration: BFA Thesis and Exhibition | Illustration: Final Project: Illustration Portfolio | Storyboarding + Sequential Art | Visual Concepts in Illustration
Degree Art Students League of New York
John's love of art began at his high school in Midland Pennsylvania. By the age of seventeen he had already won many local awards and produced commissioned work for the Crucible Steel Company. John accepted a scholarship from the Art Students League in New York City. His career began at Pitt Studios in Cleveland and then he was recruited by Maby Trousdell in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved back to Cleveland in 1972 to freelance in advertising, packaging, illustration and graphic art while teaching illustration at Kent State University. John's numerous awards include Art Directors Club, The Cleveland Society of Communicating Arts, Erie Advertising Club and the Advertising Club of New York. Recently John was the featured speaker at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center where he was honored for his career in applied arts. John has been a professor of illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art for over 30 years. He feels a profound responsibility to pass on a high standard of art education to all his students.expand collapse
Courses Concept Development I | Fundamentals of Illustration | Illustration: Advanced Illustration Studio Projects | Illustration: BFA Preparation | Illustration: BFA Thesis and Exhibition | Illustration: Final Project: Illustration Portfolio | Principles of Illustration
Degree Cambridge School of Art, MA; Cleveland Institute of Art, BFA
Suzie McGinness completed her BFA in Illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007. She received a Master of Arts in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, England in 2009. McGinness is the author and illustrator of the children’s book My Bear Griz, a White Raven Winner of 2012. McGinness currently works as a children’s book illustrator and as an adjunct faculty member for the Illustration Department at CIA.expand collapse
Title Adjunct Faculty
James Mravec is an award winning illustrator who has worked locally for American Greetings doing greeting card illustrations and animations. He has also created editorial art for the Plain Dealer. Nationally, he worked with Creative Expressions producing artwork for the paper decor industry as well as Imperial Wallcoverings creating best selling images for wall paper borders. He has also written and digitally illustrated a series of how to draw books for Publications International, LLC.
During his art career, James has also worked on developing interactive media for clients. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has several kiosks that were art directed by him. The visual design of these kiosks and the programming were all integral parts of the projects. He has also developed animations and interactive sites for Toyota, Weyerhauser and other national clients.
He has been teaching illustration, animation and design courses for fourteen years at several Universities including CIA, Cuyahoga Community College and Kent State University.
You can view his illustration portfolio online at www.mravec.com.expand collapse
Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Graphic Design
Courses BFA Thesis | Community Projects | Contemporary Marketing + Art Direction | Graphic Design: Advanced Studio | Image, Narrative, and Sequence | Professional Standards in Illustration | Visual Organization + Media
Larry O’Neal is a graphic designer/illustrator with a unique professional history that allows him to provide his students with a unique look at the graphic design field. Prior to joining the faculty at CIA 4 years ago, Larry spent the majority of his career working in regional ad agencies such as Carr-Liggett (now Liggett-Stashower), Wyse Advertising and Stern Advertising. At Stern (a former subsidiary of TBWA Worldwide Inc.), he served 14 years as Executive Vice President / Executive Creative Director. In addition to supervising a creative staff of 24, he served on the Executive Committee and headed the New Business Task Force. In addition to teaching at CIA, he operates a graphic design firm in Chagrin Falls, OH.
Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Animation/Interim Chair of Game Design
Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art
Anthony Scalmato is the Department Chair of Animation and the Interim Department Chair of Game Design at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has created more than a hundred published works which have been viewed on television, web and mobile devices. Before joining CIA, Scalmato worked as a Senior Creative Developer at American Greetings where he provided animations, illustrations and art direction for products that are viewed globally by millions of people every month. His clients include Applebee’s, Disney, Pixar, Sony, UPS, Taylor Swift, Wal-mart, M & M’s, Ferraro Chocolates and many other fortune 500 companies.
In 2011 Scalmato was awarded the American Greetings Chairman’s Award for Creativity and Innovation. He has also received over a dozen “Best Animation” awards from film festivals around the world. In addition to teaching, he continues to work as a freelance artist and contractor for studios.
Illustration students in Adjunct Professor Bradley Ricca's Graphic Narratives class wowed the crowd at the fifth annual Genghis Con Comics and Arts Festival.
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