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Cleveland School of Art

Cleveland Institute of Art
File:Cleveland Institute of Art logo.png
Established 1882
Type Private
President Grafton J. Nunes
Academic staff 50 Full-time Faculty, 40 Adjunct Faculty (2012-13)
Undergraduates 525 (Figures from Fall 2012)
Location Cleveland, OH
Campus Urban
Website [1]

The Cleveland Institute of Art is a private college of art and design located in University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio. It is one of the nation’s leading independent colleges of art and design.[1] It was founded in 1882 as the Western Reserve School of Design for Women. From 1891 until 1948 it was named Cleveland School of Art. During the Great Depression the school participated in the WPA Federal Art Project in the Cleveland area. During World War II mapmaking and medical drawing were added to the usual curriculum in drawing, painting and sculpture.

Cleveland Institute of Art is named one of the best design schools in the world by Bloomberg Businessweek[2] and a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design(AICAD),a consortium of 36 leading private art schools in the United States. It is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is also a member of Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education.

In addition to being an historically acclaimed art school and arguably a valuable component of the cultural community of University Circle, the Cleveland Institute of Art also houses the main exposition center of the Cleveland Cinematheque. It counts among its graduates such notable artists as Viktor Schreckengost, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Robert Mangold, Julian Stanczak, Winifred Lutz, Eric Stoddard and Dana Schutz.

Reinberger Galleries

The CIA's Reinberger Galleries offer free changing art exhibits, events and lectures. Visiting artists often present slide lectures and symposia. The galleries are located in the Gund Building at 11141 East Boulevard. The galleries are closed on Sunday and Monday.

The Student Coffee House gallery in the McCullough Center for the Visual Arts no longer exists due to remodeling begun in 2009.


Originally concentrating on 'practical' rather than 'academic' skills, the Cleveland School of Art aimed to train designers and craftspeople. The school began offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1947, just before the name change in 1948. The College gradually incorporated more lecture-based courses into the curriculum, such as literature and art history, and the program expanded to five years by 1969. Since the 2006 school year the College has transitioned from a five-year to a four-year degree track. The College has recently launched a capital campaign to fund new facilities. In recent years CIA added majors in animation, game design, and video bringing the total number of majors the school offers to 19.


Biomedical Art Program is one of the top two undergraduate programs in the country.

Photography program was ranked number two in the country by (one of the largest online resource hubs for students researching career paths and degree programs).

CIA is consistently ranked in the top 10 Colleges in the nation for Industrial Design. These rankings are posted by DesignIntelligence magazine each year.


Notable professors and students


  • Case Wiki article - retrieved July 29, 2006

External links

  • Reinberger Galleries

Coordinates: 41°30′37.7″N 81°36′8.91″W / 41.510472°N 81.6024750°W / 41.510472; -81.6024750

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