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          CIA Student Exhibition displays student works with minimalist atmosphere

          Rachel Hunt

          Issue date: 3/26/10 Section: Focus
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          The Reinberger Galleries, host to the 64th Annual CIA Student Exhibition, are characterized by artful empty spaces and room for the exhibits to breathe.
          Media Credit: Denton Zhou
          The Reinberger Galleries, host to the 64th Annual CIA Student Exhibition, are characterized by artful empty spaces and room for the exhibits to breathe.
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          When it comes to the fine arts, CWRU has some crafty cohorts in the University Circle community. The Cleveland Institute of Art is nationally recognized as a leader in industrial design and has been ranked among the top 50 art institutes in the United States. Emerging professionals come from all around the country in order to apply for admittance to CIA (as it is affectionately referred to). Students here at CWRU do not generally get to see the fruits of the art school's labor as their studios are located in the Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts and the George Gund Building; neither of which is normally open to students not enrolled at the Institute. However until April 3, anyone can get a peek at the work that CIA's talented students are engaging in.

          The 64th Student Independent Exhibition kicked off on Feb. 26 to a packed opening reception with students, faculty, and art collectors from around the Cleveland area. "This year's Student Independent Exhibition represents just a small sample of the breadth of media and energy on display in the more than 300 entries submitted this year," write jurors Christa Donner, Pascual Sisto, and Dario Robleto. Out of these 300 entries, only around 50 works were chosen. Every medium was represented in the exhibition, including ceramics and video. "The diverse range of work we selected for the exhibition is connected by its pervading sense of mutable identity, exploring the space between divisions of gender, digital and handmade, highbrow and lowbrow," announced the juror's statement to visitors.

          Josh Maxwell was one of two first-year students to have work accepted into the exhibition. Selection is highly competitive and provides experience to students who may have not had the chance to display their work at other venues. "I was extremely surprised that I got into the show because I was told that freshmen usually don't get in," said Maxwell. "I submitted five pieces. You had to register all of your work individually for inventory, and then you lay it out for the judges to see. Once they choose whose work gets in, you have to pick up any work that did not make it and personally install the work that did make it in. Installing consists of professionally hanging, placing, spotlighting, and labeling your piece." His piece is entitled Stick It Where? and is still on sale.
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