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Apr 17, 2014

Design major gets zombie's reception at her former school

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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 16, 2014

CIA's 'focused workshop environment' paid off

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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The Cleveland Institute of Art wishes you a happy spring. Artwork by Christina Blaschke '15

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Apr 15, 2014

Students win $11,000 in Dealer Tire art competition

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Mar 28, 2014

The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

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Apr 11, 2014

Romanian visiting artist brings new perspective to CIA

View details 2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Apr 22, 2014

2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Apr 15, 2014

4/17-19: Benicio Del Toro in Jimmy P, Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief & more!

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Aug 20, 2013

CIA named one of the "Best in the Midwest"

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

Academics . Sculpture . Courses

Sculpture Courses

Sculpture Special Topics: The Architecture of Space

Course No. SCU235/335/435  Credits: 3.0

The primary focus of this course is the investigation of interior and exterior spaces as defined by preexisting architectural elements and structures. Students are encouraged to use a wide variety of materials in the construction of installations. This course focuses on the finite conditions of architectural settings while maintaining a responsive attitude to the possibilities suggested by these site-specific explorations particularly in terms of the various narratives embedded within a given location. Students will be expected to construct on average two different works alternating between interior and exterior spaces over the course of the semester. Students will also be expected to participate in discussions centering on readings dealing with the theoretical concerns of Architecture, its impact on sculpture and its ability to both define and/or modify conditions of site-specificity and installation as with regard to sculpture and sculptural-based work.

Sculpture: Aesthetic + Functional Structure

Course No. SCU229A  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Amber Kempthorn

The goal of this course is to expose students to the qualitative nature of materiality at a fundamental level and to provide them with a formative understanding of the various aesthetic qualities that materials possess. In other words this course introduces how materials influence the meaning of a work of art. This course addresses how the qualities of material act as determine aesthetic organization and conditions of conveyance within a work. The course focuses on both the physicality of material condition(s) of state-change, intensive material exploration and experimentation as a function of structure, and its affect on aesthetic production. Required at the sophomore level for all Sculpture majors and open to all other students. Offered spring.

Sculpture: Art + Public Space

Course No. SCU39X/49X  Credits: 3.0

This studio-based sculpture and installation class investigates the production and reception of art in the context of the public space. Central to the course will be the development of the student's individual creative desire to engage different kinds of space. Practices of art and public space extend from the earliest known civilizations. This class will introduce historic examples and examine recent developments in terms of participatory art, community art, interactions, place-based art, public art, site specific art and art in public places, both locally and in broader international situations. Students who work with public space in the context of communication such as the Internet, social media or locally as a condition of collectives and collaboratives might find this interdisciplinary condition an interesting alternative beyond the normal space for art production. Open to all students.

Sculpture: Internship

Course No. SCU399/499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by- case basis for an internship developed by student through the career services office, with advance permission of instructor and head of department.

Sculpture: Multimedia: From Space + Time

Course No. SCU241/341/441  Credits: 3.0

This course is designed to explore materials (traditional and non-traditional) and ideas of sculpture outside of the formats usually associated with it. The goal is for students to push the boundaries of sculpture as installation art, video, and film. Projects will deal with visibility and invisibility, ephemerality, sound, time, gender, and social issues in relation to sculpture, and will use indoor and outdoor site-specific or performance-oriented formats. Fundamental aspects of this course are the analysis, expression, experimentation, and deconstruction of existing values and the reconstruction of one's own relation to popular culture, theory and other fields of interest (such as science, music, philosophy, etc.).

Sound Design

Course No. IME211/311  Credits: 0.0
Faculty Kasumi | Sarah Paul

This class is focused on aspects of sound design related to the practice of sonic arts. Sound art is flourishing in museums and galleries, on networks, and performed at festivals and performance venues around the world. Like many genres of contemporary art, sound art is interdisciplinary with investigations in: digital manipulation of sound, sound synthesis, sound installation, sound sculpture, psychoacoustics, field recording, noise composition, integrated sound and image works for pre-recorded presentation or performed live. The influence of these forms on popular music, television and cinema scores will also be explored.

String, Felt, and Thread

Course No. FIB267  Credits: 3.0
Faculty William Lorton

This is an introduction to Fiber and Material Studies. Students will follow materials from the raw state to the finished form, learning how to manipulate them at every stage. Material and process are often bound together, so a wide variety of techniques of making form from string, thread and fiber will be covered. Students will learn to make informed material choices based on an understanding of the history and associations of each material. Students will be introduced to contemporary criticism, and questions surrounding craft and the history of art. Required 2nd year FMS Majors. Open Elective. Offered fall.

The Artist & Social Practice

Course No. FIB267F/367F/467F  Credits: 3.0
Faculty José Carlos Teixeira

This course explores a realm of artistic endeavor usually apart from the gallery system and the art market, where the artist applies his/her talents to questions directly related to community, social responsibility, and political activism.

While looking critically at recent manifestations in relational and participatory practices - as well as learning about their historical context and interdependence with other fields - students will work within a greater social context, applying their skills to pressing issues (such as ecology, urban decay, poverty, discrimination, violence, and global abuses of the military-industrial complex, to name a few).

The pedagogical approach will be to present projects realized by other artists who have worked in these areas, and to be able to contextualize these practices as the result/reflection of our current economic, political, and cultural situation(s) - both nationally and internationally.

Students will research issues that are of greater concern to them individually, and present them to the whole class. This will be followed by in-depth discussion around problem-solving, efficacy of action, and aesthetic materialization. Projects will then be developed and implemented throughout the semester.

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