2021 Alumni ExhibitionThe Cleveland Institute of Art and the CIA Alumni Council proudly present the 2021 Alumni Exhibition, which will be on view from June 4 to August 13 in Reinberger Gallery. This juried exhibition will showcase work by CIA alums from different graduating years and artistic practices, and it will offer viewers the opportunity to learn more about the college and its influence on the artistic vocabulary of the region.
The exhibition will feature works by the following artists: Barbara Bachtell, Bob Bruch, Debrah Butler, Stuart Cantor, Danny Carver, Kathleen Cerveny, Michael Cirelli, Kristen Cliffel, Hadley Conner, Nora Corcoran, Danielle Doré, Pat Fallon, Kevin Geiger, Scott Greenlee, Toby Griffiths, Emily H. Phillips, John Hrehov, Lauralee Hutson, Brooke Inman, Tina Janek, Gwendolyn Kerber, Anne Kmieck, Branden Koch, George Kozmon, Mark Krieger, Ron Krygowski, Lynne Lofton, David Menke, John O'Connor, Kiara Pelissier, Dawn Petrill, Barbarita Polster, Kelly Pontoni, Laura Reed, Catherine Reitz, Georgio Sabino III, Alexander Sierputowski, Samantha Stumpf, Mel Tearle, Michael Tharp, Erykah Townsend, Kathryn Vajda, George Vlosich III, Thomas Waski, Chi Wong, Jill Yanik, Andy Yoder and Alyssa Ziemba.
“The first impression upon walking into the gallery spaces and seeing nearly four hundred pieces of artwork lined up along the walls, others carefully arranged on the floor and even more sitting on pedestals was both exhilarating and humbling. I realized the task of selecting work from such a diverse collection would not be easy”, according to Michael Martell, this year’s 76th juror for the Annual May Show.
One hundred thirty six Ohio artists submitted 399 pieces of art. Juror Michael Martell selected 178 pieces represented by 94 artists. Martell’s pottery has evolved over two decades from traditional to expressive graceful pieces with contemporary form. He is the owner of the Zeber-Martell Gallery.
Executive Director George Whitten said, “The judging was very competitive, almost overwhelming due to the huge number of pieces submitted this year. The quality of work is remarkable.”