PHOTOS: award-winning student art at CIA

The 71st annual Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) Student Independent Exhibition (SIE) opened Feb. 17 and is currently on exhibit in the Reinberger Gallery. This year's show features more than 70 works by students from all grades and major areas of study. 
Each year, a committee of students organizes the show, selects the professional artists from outside the school to jury the show, and does all marketing and planning for the popular annual event. Awards were presented on opening night.

Video: Reinberger Gallery director "Gallery Guy" Bruce Checefsky, interviews SIE committee members about the show. 

Our managing photographer Bob Perkoski dropped in to CIA and captured some of the student's art for those who can't make it down to see this year's SIE in person — although we recommend you do. 

The show runs through March 19.

The top prize went to “Perception” by Sage Byham and includes a painting and metal sculpture

Byham working on another piece at CIA

Byham eyes his next project that includes a piece of a salvaged piano

The Board 3rd Prize went to sophomore Erika Grauzinis for her painting “Marguerita”

Grauzinis works on a sketch at CIA

More work by Grauzinis

The Board 2nd Prize went to Brandon Secrest's untitled light sculpture series

Dagen Shellenberger's photo "I don't Care About Your Opinion, "won the Nunes Family Prize

Katie David’s silver necklace, “Perfume Vial Talisman,” won a Board Honorable Mention and the Mary Ann and Jack Katzenmeyer Award for Outstanding Craft

David at work on a new design at her CIA workspace

More designs by David

CIA 2017 Student Independent Exhibition

CIA 2017 Student Independent Exhibition

Additional award notes:

The CIA Board of Trustees Grand Purchase Prize went to Sage Byham's "Perception." The work also earned the junior in Sculpture + Expanded Media the Sculpture Center Award. CIA will buy the work for the school's permanent Study Collection.
The Board 2nd Prize went to Brandon Secrest's untitled light sculpture series. The freshman Foundation student's work also garnered the Karen Skunta & Co. Design Excellence Award.
The Board 3rd Prize went to sophomore Illustration student Erika Grauzinis' painting “Marguerita.” 
Dagen Shellenberger, a junior in Photography + Video, won this year’s Nunes Family Prize, which is bestowed by CIA President Grafton Nunes, for his photo “I don’t Care About Your Opinion” — an external shot of Uptown at night. Another photo by Morgan, an interior shot titled “The Stage,” won a Board Honorable Mention and the Prizm Artist’s Supply Store Award. Dagen actually goes by Morgan. 

The Cleveland Institute of art is part of Fresh Water's underwriting support network.