Cleveland Institute of Art Hosts Art-Making Open House This Sunday


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In celebration of its recently unified campus, the Cleveland Institute of Art hosts Kaleidoscope, an art-making open house, this Sunday, Oct. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. Families are invited to drop in any time during the event for an eclectic variety of demonstrations showcasing the wide spectrum of CIA’s offerings from art and design professionals.

"Families and friends of all ages will make art to take home and experience our state-of-the-art studios and technologies,” explains Barbara Richter, chair of Spectrum CIA 2015, the board committee that has planned a series of events in celebration of CIA’s unified campus. “We hope our guests will be inspired by the work our students are creating in wide-ranging disciplines from car design to animation, from fine-art photography to biomedical art. We also hope they'll be back to catch a film, see an exhibition or celebrate their own creativity through continuing education."

Kaleidoscope participants can engage in projects such as embellishing a fabric banner with artists from Waterloo’s Praxis Fiber Workshop, drawing costumed characters, printmaking on Zygote Press’ INKY rocking horse, posing for a touring photography installation project and sculpting characters with polymer clay.

CIA graduate and Illustration Department lecturer Suzanne McGinness will discuss her children’s book, My Bear Griz, published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books, and CIA’s Jessica R. Gund Memorial Library will display its collection of Caldecott Medal-winning children’s picture books.

Participants may also sample Piccadilly ice cream, frozen to order with liquid nitrogen (Piccadilly is located across from CIA on Euclid Ave.), go on a guided tour of CIA’s new building and watch a selection of short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival in CIA’s new, state-of-the-art Peter B. Lewis Theater. Additionally, the Reinberger Gallery will be open (children must be accompanied by an adult in the gallery)

"We're excited to grow our creative community, share new ideas and showcase all that our college has to offer,” Richter says. “The wide spectrum of facilities includes studios for 15 majors, our stunning new Reinberger Gallery and the cutting edge Peter B. Lewis Theater, home of the Cinematheque."

Kaleidoscope is the last in a series of public events celebrating the unification of CIA’s campus. Earlier this year, CIA completed construction of its new, 80,000 sq. ft. George Gund Building, adjoined to its Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts (11610 Euclid Avenue). In August, the campus was officially unified with a special ceremony and proclamation from Mayor Frank Jackson.

(Disclosure: I’ll be participating in the Sculpey workshop as CIA’s cartooning instructor. Stop by to make a three-dimension cartoon character out of polymer clay with me.)

(Cleveland Institute of Art) 11610 Euclid Ave, 216-421-7000,

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