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Sarah Kabot

Title Professor | Chair
Department Drawing
Phone 216.421.7355

Degree MFA, Fiber, Cranbrook Academy of Art
BFA, University of Michigan

Kabot’s work has been shown nationally and abroad at institutions including The Suburban (IL), SPACES Gallery (OH), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MI), the Akron Museum of Art (OH), the Museum of Contemporary Art (OH), the Drawing Center (NY), the Peabody Essex Museum (MA), and Tegnerforbundet in Norway.

Honors include residencies at the Hambidge Center (GA), Dieu Donne Papermill (NY), the Vermont Studio Center (VT), the Headlands Center for Art (CA), and UCross (WY). Sarah has been the recipient of several grants and prizes, including a Knight Foundation Technology Grant in 2021, a Cleveland Arts Prize for Mid-Career Artist in 2017, a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship, and 2019, 2015, and 2010 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards.

Her work is held in public and private collections, including Progressive Insurance, The Cleveland Clinic, and the West Collection. Public Art projects include permanent installations in the Cuyahoga County Library System, the Avenue District in downtown Cleveland, and a collaborative project with her design partner, Marianne Desmarais, at the Westin in downtown Cleveland. Kabot and Desmarais are currently in production on a project for the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

She is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Drawing Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio.

Amber Kempthorn

Title Assistant Professor
Department Drawing
Phone 216.421.7355

Degree MFA, Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art; Post Baccalaureate Certificate, Maryland Institute College of Art
BA, Art, Hiram College

Amber Kempthorn explores time and nostalgia through drawing. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S. and was included in the inaugural Front International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art and recently in More is More: Visual Richness in Contemporary Art at the Akron Art Museum.

In 2019 she received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a $54,000 Knight Arts Challenge Akron grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for her animation project, Ordinary Magic: A Sunday in the Cuyahoga Valley, a series of four animations visually translating Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes (1945). Blending traditional hand-drawn and contemporary computer animation, Ordinary Magic builds on the tradition of playfully merging classical music with animation, premiering with live accompaniment by the Akron Symphony Orchestra in October 2022. Also in 2022,

Kempthorn was awarded a Cleveland Arts Prize Award for Emerging Artist and was the recipient of the Cleveland Institute of Art's Dan Tranberg Teaching Excellence Award.

Zachary Smolko

Title Technical Specialist
Department Drawing
Phone 216.421.7355

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