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Alumni Profiles

Heather Moore

Title Founder, Heather Moore Jewelry
Major Glass
Organization Heather Moore Jewelry

Heather Moore ’93 founded a Cleveland-based jewelry company, Heather Moore Jewelry, that has national following, multiple awards, an amazing studio and production facility, and more than a dozen CIA grads among its staff of some 65. Heather shows us her award-winning lines of customized charm and bridal jewelry and talks about the evolution of her jewelry and the influence of her CIA education.

Michelle Murphy

Title Photographer
Major Photography + Video
Organization NASA

Michelle Murphy ’04 works as a photographer at Cleveland’s NASA Glenn Research Center, a job she has had since graduation. By night and weekend, she is a fine art photographer with an active studio practice, a regular educator in CIA’s Continuing Education program, co-editor/curator of the online magazine MAKE8ELIEVE.com, and most recently, the co-owner with husband Matt Smith of a studio/gallery with an associated artist residency program (MicroArtSpace.com).

Alex Pakis

Title Designer and Owner
Major Jewelry + Metals
Organization Greenpoint Craftworks

Alex Pakis '04 is the designer and owner of Greenpoint Craftworks, a custom jewelry and bike boutique in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to launching his company, Alex worked with an international fashion label. At Greenpoint Craftworks, Alex has created a sought-after line of jewelry, and he is regularly commissioned to create one-of-a-kind pieces. In addition to developing wearable art, Alex is well-known for his bicycle restoration work. In December 2009, he was featured in the Japanese magazine, Pedal Speed.

Lisa Pascolini-DeRousse

Title Manager + Buyer
Organization Hallmark Surface Design + Textile Collection

Lisa Pascolini-DeRousse '86 scours the international design market to find antique and contemporary designs that she brings back to Hallmark designers for use in card, giftwrap, and home product designs. Everyday she's thrilled to apply her love of history and design to keep Hallmark at the forefront of visual design.

Marc Petrovic

Title Chair of Glass Department
Major Glass
Organization Cleveland Institute of Art

Internationally recognized glass artist Marc Petrovic '91 is an assistant professor and chair of the Cleveland Institute of Art's Glass Department.

Widely regarded as a leader in the glass art field, Petrovic has been a full-time studio artist for 23 years. His work is held in numerous private collections and in public collections including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City; Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York; Niijima Museum of Glass, Tokyo; The Mint Museum, Charlotte; Racine Art Museum; Tacoma Museum of Glass, and many others.

He is represented by Heller Gallery in New York City; Thomas R. Riley Gallery in Cleveland; Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, Michigan; Imago Gallery in Palm Desert, California; Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia;Dane Gallery on Nantucket in Massachusetts; eo Art Lab in Chester, Connecticut; and Admiralty Gallery in Vero Beach, Florida.

René Polin

Title President of Balance Product Development
Major Industrial Design

As founder and president of a multi-disciplinary design firm, René’s portfolio includes hundreds of successful products for companies across the globe, including Rubbermaid, Ninja, and Fisher Price. Creative problem solving, and a sense of balance, are both traits that René attributes to his CIA education.

Rit Premnath

Title Installation Artist and Assistant Professor
Major Painting
Organization Parsons The New School for Design

Sreshta Rit Premnath graduated from CIA in 2003, moved to Brooklyn, NY, for graduate school and never left. He is now a successful installation artist and assistant professor at Parsons The New School for Design. He launched publication, Shifter, which he considers a platform to think through issues in a space surrounded by critical thinkers and artists, and he continues to work on it in his time away from teaching.

Mark Reigelman

Title Conceptual Designer and Public Artist
Major Sculpture + Expanded Media

New York-based artist Mark Reigelman '06 was recently recognized for creating one of the country’s top 10 public artworks in 2010. His foundation gives three-dimensional form to his highly-acclaimed concepts. Mark, a renaissance artist, creates work across myriad art forms. He has installed at the Cleveland Museum of Art's summer solstice party two years in a row. His product designs include original pieces that you can find in New York and Paris boutiques; he crafts pieces for elite exhibitions; and he even designs interiors. Mark credits much of his success to his education at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where faculty encouraged him to take art and design classes outside of his major and bring those experiences back to his artwork. The results of his artistic exploration are unique—and award winning

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