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Alumni Association

The Alumni Association is composed of all CIA graduates, and active involvement in the alumni community is a great way to stay connected to the college.

CIA Alumni Council

The Alumni Council is made up of volunteers who communicate with CIA leaders and pursue a mission to sustain and build a network of alumni with a lifelong connection to the College. The Council is committed to sharing ideas and establishing opportunities for alumni involvement by producing events such as the alumni exhibition. The Council fosters ongoing relationships with students, faculty and staff, and works to build a strong relationship between alumni and CIA.  

Alumni Council Members 2023-24:

  • Cherie Bauer '81
  • Terez Benoit '19
  • Emily Bute '07
  • Lauren Chaikin '09
  • Rita Grendze '87
  • Kara Hungate '10
  • Sydney Kay '21
  • Lynne Lofton '97
  • Celeste Moore '22
  • Deborah Pinter '88, Past-President
  • Karen Sandstrom '12, President
  • Joy Shefter '66
  • Amani Williams '21


Get involved now

Connect with CIA on our official social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And join your fellow alumni on Facebook at CIA Alumni. Follow the Alumni Council on Instagram at @cleinstituteart_alumni and post your work with the hashtag #ciaalumnicreate.

Alumni Association Scholarship

Funding for scholarships is essential to the success of CIA students. The Alumni Association Scholarship enables CIA to provide financial support for students, and strengthens the influence of our school in our community. When our alumni give, they demonstrate a belief in CIA's mission to educate young artists and designers and the importance of producing creative thinkers for our local community and the global economy.

To donate, visit and select the Alumni Association Scholarship in the drop-down menu.


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