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Semester in Review Art Exhibition takes place next week

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

December 6, 2019

We are fortunate to attend school in the cultural hub of Cleveland, surrounded by institutions like the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Botanical Gardens and iconic works like Judy’s Hand, the Start sculpture (the Ugly Statue), Spitball, the Keith Haring stat...

Before you go: CMA edition

Before you go: CMA edition

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

December 6, 2019

As the semester winds down and the weather descends into the miserable grossness that is the Cleveland winter, there’s no better place to visit than the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). For regular attendees or first-year students that haven’t quite made the trek an entire block west of campus to ...

Prismatica brings Clevelanders downtown to appreciate art

Prismatica brings Clevelanders downtown to appreciate art

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2019

“Prismatica is comprised of 25 pivoting prisms, each more than six feet tall, made of panels laminated with a diachronic film that transmits and reflects every color in the visible spectrum, varying with the position of the light source and the observer. The prisms are mounted on bases containing pro...

Queer aesthetics in “costumes,” Cleveland LGBTQ+ performers and safe spaces

Queer aesthetics in “costumes,” Cleveland LGBTQ+ performers and safe spaces

Adam Benjamin, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2019

In a season where LGBTQ+ youths are inundated with images of dominant groups donning queer aesthetics as costumes, the visibility of the drag community is ever more essential and magnitudinous.  Local performer and Queen Anhedonia Delight organizes GlamGore, a recurring monthly drag show series that ...

“Wakey, Wakey” celebrates mortality and the simplicity of human love

“Wakey, Wakey” celebrates mortality and the simplicity of human love

Adam Benjamin, Contributing Reporter

October 25, 2019

“Wakey, Wakey” is Dobama Theatre’s Midwest premiere of playwright Will Eno’s mysterious exploration of mortality.  “Wakey, Wakey” stars Jason Martin as Guy, a man whose vitality burns through his witty soliloquy and visceral morality. Martin draws the audience in with his charm, establ...

Cleveland-based book award recognizes four authors for their work

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Reporter

October 4, 2019

On Sept. 26, members of the Cleveland community attended the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards at the KeyBank State Theatre in Playhouse Square. The award was created in 1935 by poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf to recognize authors who “challenge racism and celebrate diversity.”  The Anisfiel...

MOCA opens fall exhibits “The Sunday Paintings” and “Invisible Cities”

MOCA opens fall exhibits “The Sunday Paintings” and “Invisible Cities”

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 20, 2019

On Friday, Sept. 13, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) celebrated the opening of two new exhibitions, Liu Wei’s “Invisible Cities” and Byron Kim’s “The Sunday Paintings.”  Both works explored what it means to be in a place, but in wildly different ways, that made for a ...

Ethiopian Cultural Garden phase one dedication and unveiling

Ethiopian Cultural Garden phase one dedication and unveiling

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Reporter

August 30, 2019

Without immigrants, there would be no Cleveland. Since the 1870s, a diverse influx of immigrants flowed into Cleveland from over 25 different nations. This inflow significantly defined and catalyzed much of Cleveland’s early development and shaped the ethnic communities that continue to exist in the c...

CIA Spring Show

CIA Spring Show

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

April 26, 2019

On April 23, the Cleveland Institute of Art opened its doors to the public for the Spring Design Show. The showcase featured student work across all 15 majors offered at CIA, from graphic design to metals and jewelry to interior design. The annual spring show has long been a part of the curr...

A tale of two talents

A tale of two talents

Julia Knight, Staff Reporter

April 26, 2019

Graduating fourth-year student Matt Thompson not only excels in pre-medicine, but he also shines on the theater stage. Thompson is a double-major in biochemistry and theater. He has been involved in performing arts since age four. Inspired by his older brother’s violin abilities, he took up the instrument h...

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