Massimo and Lella Vignelli | December 1, 2014


Join AIGA Cleveland, the Consulate of Italy in Detroit, AIA, the Cleveland Institute of Art and Kent State University ‘s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative for an evening celebrating the lives and work of Massimo and Lella Vignelli.

Panelists include R. Roger Remington, Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design, RIT; Dr. Renato Miracco, Cultural Attache, Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C.; and Steven Litt, Moderator, Art and Architecture Critic, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com. RSVPs are needed by November 24, 2014, and can be sent to maryhelen[at]aiacleveland.com. There is no cost for attendance at this event.

December 1st, 2014
5:30 PM (event will begin at 5:45 PM)
Cleveland Institute of Art – Russell B. Aitken Auditorium
11141 East Boulevard Cleveland Ohio

In preparation for the main event on December 1, the CUDC will be hosting an in-house screening of Gary Hustwit’s film Helvetica, which features Vignelli prominently. The screening is this Monday, November 24 at 5:30pm at the CUDC, 1309 Prospect Avenue. Buzz for entry. There will be popcorn!


Call for Participants | CIA National Conference | Deadline Extended


The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) announces a Call for Participants in a national conference to be held November 6-8, 2014. They pose the question, what does it mean in contemporary art and design to be socially engaged?

The conference proposes to examine various approaches to social practices in both art and design in an effort to understand the concepts, terms, and varieties of engagement of the past two decades.

The CIA invites presentations of conventional and unorthodox forms from artists, designers, and scholars on the topic. Prospective participants may submit proposals for short papers or examine specific works or activities that address the questions as noted. Suggested related themes may include but are not limited to:

  • Socially engaged art and the new public sphere
  • Artists as activists: voices from the Great Lakes region
  • Historical precedents and present strategies of social practice
  • Urban design and design in the city as force for change
  • Aesthetics, ethics and politics
  • Student agency and society: 21st-century visions of the art school

Please submit PDF formatted abstracts of no more than 650 words, along with letter of interest and CV to: Gary Sampson and José Carlos Teixeira. Email to unrulyengagements@cia.edu.

Deadline for proposals is July 14, 2014. 

Detailed information about Unruly Engagements can be found here.


Join us for Ride the dambl!

Ride the dambl is part of Paul Druecke‘s Cover the City With Lines, a project developed in conjunction with the CUDC’s Cleveland Stories: True Until Proven Otherwise. The group bike ride starts in Tremont and ends at the Cleveland Institute of Art following a route, the dambl, created in honor of Cleveland’s counter-culture icon, d. a. levy. After arriving at the Reinberger Galleries, cyclists and their bikes will enter the space becoming part of the exhibition. Their own Cleveland Story.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
5:30 pm start time
Meet: West End of Abbey Avenue Bridge in Tremont
The first 24 people ready to ride get a free dambl tee shirt!

Ride organized by Michael Hudecek
CONTACT: Paul Druecke — pjdruecke@gmail.com
RSVP for Ride on Facebook

Cover the City with Lines comes from the d. a. levy poem, Cleveland Undercovers. d. a. levy (1942-1968) was a poet, visual artist, and publisher at the frontline of the 1960’s struggle for freedom of expression. He was twice arrested by local authorities while exercising rights we now take for granted. Since his tragic, premature death in 1968, supporters have called for Cleveland to honor/memorialize him. Cover the City with Lines picks up the story by proposing an extensive urban bike lane named for levy, the d. a. levy Memorial Bike Lane a.k.a. the dambl. The dambl connects Cleveland’s east and west sides while linking 60’s era culture wars, which levy fought in, to today’s battle for alternative transportation and bike-friendly cities.


Call for Entries: Cleveland Stories Dioramas & Drawings

The CUDC’s Cleveland Stories: True Until Proven Otherwise project is now in full swing with one successful StorySlam event completed, and a second in the works, as well as an upcoming exhibit opening on April 1, 2011 at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger gallery, followed by the official book release in June. We tried to create a variety of ways for people to be involved in the project, including telling stories at the StorySlam, submitting stories through our online form and also a couple of creative competitions (with some financial incentives).

You can find more details on the Cleveland Stories project at our www.ClevelandStoryBook.com website, but here’s the important information on the two competitions, which we’re currently seeking submissions for:

Cleveland Stories Shoebox Diorama Challenge (said with a bellowing echo).

  • WHAT: Construct a story you heard at the StorySlam, or one of your own, as a three-dimensional model in a shoebox.
  • WHEN: Dioramas must be delivered by 4pm on March 21, 2011. The Cleveland Stories exhibit will open on April 1, 2011 and run through April 30, 2011.
  • WHERE: Dioramas can be dropped off at either the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (1309 Euclid Ave. – Suite 200, Cleveland) or at the CIA Reinberger Gallery (11141 East Boulevard, Cleveland). The most inventive dioramas will be displayed at our Cleveland Stories exhibit at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Gallery.
  • WHY: Each winning diorama artist will receive $50!
  • Please see the Diorama Entry Form

Cover the City with Lines – Drawings of The dambl Maker

  • WHAT: This drawing submission request is part of Paul Drueke’s project, Cover the City with Lines, which imagines a grass roots, guerrilla system of Bike Lanes as a memorial to Cleveland poet d. a. levy. Submit a drawing depicting your Bike Lane Machine -  a bicycle that is altered, or outfitted, so that it marks a line (with impermanent material such as solid or sprayable chalk, light, etc) on the pavement as it’s ridden.
  • WHEN: Now – Submissions due March 25, 2011. Exhibition opens on April 1, 2011.
  • WHERE: Drawings up to 14″x18″ should be sent or delivered to the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. No digital submissions, but the definition of “drawing” is loosely interpreted.
  • WHY: Win $100! All drawings will be exhibited as part of Cleveland Stories @ CIA.
  • WHAT 2: Two drawings will be selected to receive $100 towards the fabrication of the Bike Lane Maker/Machine to be included in the Unveiling/Demo as part of the exhibit.
  • WHEN 2: Throughout April.
  • Please see the dambl_guidelines for more information on the Cover the City with Lines project.

We look forward to seeing your submission and having you be a part of Cleveland Stories!


Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise

“The world is made of stories, not atoms.”
-Muriel Rukeyser

The CUDC’s upcoming journal will be entitled Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise. As the name suggests, we’re interested in exploring the connection between physical place and meaning through the creation of narratives. Following a similar format to our previous journals, we’re working with a diverse group of local and international designers, artists and writers to generate content that addresses the various modes of urban storytelling and to gather an archive of compelling stories in need of embodiment.

The Cleveland Stories project is larger than just a book, it includes a StorySlam event, exhibition at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger gallery and neighborhood based temporary interventions.

The StorySlam is an opportunity for individuals to share their favorite story about a Cleveland place – past, present or future. Fact or fiction. Funny, sad, exciting…it’s up to you. The best stories will be published in Cleveland Stories: True until proven otherwise. For the StorySlam, we’re looking for:

  • historians and story tellers who can tell us about lesser-known aspects of Cleveland’s history — particularly stories that are about a specific place in the city
  • creative writers who can invent a useful fiction for a Cleveland neighborhood and convince us of this alternate reality
  • artists and urban designers

Cleveland StorySlam
Thursday, Feb 24th
CIA’s Coventry Center
Upper level of 1854 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights

Come to the StorySlam February 24 and toss your name in the hat. We’ll pick ten people to tell their stories. Remember that you have to tell a story, not read one. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets are allowed. You’ll have five minutes to tell your story, so come rehearsed!

The StorySlam isn’t only for story tellers – good story listeners are also welcome. If you hear an inspiring story, enter our Shoebox Diorama Challenge by building a small scale model of your design intervention idea. Each winning diorama artist will receive $50!

You can RSVP to the StorySlam on our Facebook event page.

We’ll release more details on the contributors to the book and the gallery exhibit soon, so please visit www.ClevelandStoryBook.com for more information and updates on the project. You can also contact us at stories@popupcleveland.com or use our online form to submit your stories. We’re looking forward to seeing (and hearing) you on Feb. 24th!


Project H Road Show Coming to CLE

roadshow-poster_blogYou may have recently seen Project H Executive Director Emily Pilloton on The Colbert Report talking about the Design Revolution Road Show making its way around the country in an Airstream trailer. The Road Show stops in Cleveland on Monday, March 29th at the Cleveland Institute of Art with a presentation from Pilloton (12-1pm) and an interdisciplinary design workshop following from (1-2:30pm).  The workshop will focus on extracting design principles and tactics from the products presented in the Project H exhibition. The Airstream contains an exhibition of 40 humanitarian solutions showcased in the book Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People.

The event is organized by Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art and Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative with the goal of increasing dialogue between the various design communities in Cleveland. Attendees representing multiple design backgrounds (urban design, architecture, landscape, product design, and business) are strongly encouraged to attend.

The hope is that this event will provide designers from different disciplines, which rarely meet, an opportunity to work together on a common purpose. The organizers are planning to direct the interdisciplinary design energy  from the Project H event into a larger initiative focused on a local project in the Fall.

Click here to RSVP for the workshop

Click here for event location map

For more information contact:

Matt Beckwith
Designer-in-Residence, CIA

Mackenzie King
1st Year Chair, Student & Academic Affairs, CWRU

David Jurca
Urban Designer, CUDC


CIA Photo Spring Show

Photography majors from the Cleveland Institute of Art will have their Spring Show located on the first floor of our new building from March 26th – April 2nd. The exhibit cleverly named “it’ll last longer” will showcase the work of 18 students exploring the edges of photography using various media.

The currently vacant storefront located on the corner of E. 13th and Euclid Ave. was the site of Designerosa, our Pop Up City book release party and will be again be the venue for Kent State’s interior design department show the week following the CIA exhibit.

Hope to see you at these upcoming exhibits and look out for more event announcements coming soon!


by david jurca