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Alumni Profiles

Lincoln Adams

Title Animator
Major Illustration

Lincoln Adams has worked for 20 years as an illustrator, storyboard artist and designer. His projects have included magazines, television shows, character design, book covers, and greeting cards and was selected to the 47th Annual Society of Illustrators West Show in Los Angeles.

He as worked on popular animated shows such as Hasbro's Hanazki, Barbie: Spy Squad and Reboot the Guardian Code ( currently on Netflix), Disney XD's Max Steel, Slugterra, Monster High (Netflix), Veggie Tales, Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins, Nickelodeon's Shimmer and Shine as well as Happos a BAFTA Award-nominated series for Turner Broadcasting's Boomerang Channel.

Additionally, Lincoln has worked on three animated features. Henchmen for Bron Animation, 100% Wolf for Flying Bark Animation and the highly anticipated Ron's Gone Wrong for Locksmith Animation.

Lincoln moves fluidly back and forth between traditional, tactile mediums and digital mediums to execute ideas— often times incorporating both within a piece.

Trisha Barkman

Title Producer
Major Photography
Organization Peter Yang Pictures and Brooklyn Underground Films

Trisha Barkman graduated from Cleveland Institute of Art in 2006, and is currently producing documentary films and photo shoots for Peter Yang Pictures and Brooklyn Underground Films. Coming to Cleveland from Brooklyn, she moved home after graduation to begin her career. Barkman has worked with various publications including Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, Newsweek and Fortune organizing wardrobe, location, props and more. She also produced Journey to Planet X, shown at Tribeca Film Festival.

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Carrie Battista Frost

Title Founder, Artisan Glassware Company
Major Craft + Design
Organization Frost Glass

Carrie Battista Frost received a BFA in glass and a minor in sculpture at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2006. Since 2008, she and her husband, Patrick Frost, have been collaborating and creating exciting functional and sculptural pieces of glass art, as well as assisting some of the most renowned artists in the glass industry.

Carrie developed her passion for glass during her time at college, where she specialized in imagery on glass and gold leaf gilding techniques. Patrick earned a BS degree with a concentration in glass from Illinois State University, where he focused on the techniques of traditions of Venetian style glass.

After graduation, they began to develop their own styles and techniques while working with accomplished artists from across the country. This exposure helped them to slowly make a name for themselves in the glass world.

Over the past four years, Carrie and Patrick have been the recipients of many honorable artists in residencies, including the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts and Neusole Glassworks in Ohio, all while continuing their studies in other forms of media, such as enameling and printmaking, to help elevate their art.

Along the way, they were fortunate to work with and receive invaluable knowledge from master glass blowers Elio Quarisa from Murano, Italy, and Martin Janceky in the Czech Republic. Through this exposure to such master glassmakers, both Carrie and Patrick have been able to continue to blow and sculpt glass in the traditional styles - preserving the art as an homage to the masters - and incorporate their own unique signature, which adds a more functional and modern spin, making their work appealing to all.

See the couple's successful product line, Frost Glass, at

Gary Bukovnik

Gary Bukovnik

Title Painter
Major Painting

For more than 30 years, Bukovnik’s paintings have appeared in scores of solo exhibitions in galleries and museums across the United States, Europe, New Zealand and Australia, and more recently in Japan and China. He has had residencies at the American Academy in Rome and at the Michigan Institute of Arts. Six books of his paintings have been published, including this year’s Forever Spring: Gary Bukovnik, a hardcover coffee table book featuring paintings he has made since he began showing and living part-time in China.

Published in China by Shanghai People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, Forever Spring contains text in English and Mandarin. It made its United States debut in June 2019 at The Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland, which has represented Bukovnik since the mid-’80s. The gallery’s exhibition of the same name featured 14 works and drew fans old and new, who respond to the joyfulness of his paintings.

Wesley Burt

Title Senior Concept Artist
Major Drawing
Organization Massive Black

Wesley Burt '04 turned his passion for drawing into an amazing career. As a concept artist at Massive Black, Wesley has developed characters for all of the Transformer films. He also creates characters, environments, and storyboards for video games. In his spare time, he exhibits his breathtaking artwork in local San Francisco galleries.

Jessica Calderwood is an image-maker and sculptor that works primarily with the mediums of metal, enamel, and esoteric crafts. She uses a combination of traditional and industrial metalworking processes as a means to make statements about contemporary life.

She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Arizona State University, with an emphasis Metalworking. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally in curated and juried exhibitions. She has participated in artist residencies with the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program and the Mesa Arts Center. Her work has also been published in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, NICHE, Ornament, the Lark 500 series, and the Art of Enameling. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Ball State University in Indiana.

Learn more about her work as she gave a demonstration of her work.

Antonia Campanella

Title Creative Consultant
Major Craft + Design
Organization Nate Cotterman Studio

A CIA elective class in ceramics sparked Antonia’s dream of working in a storefront studio. Her CIA education and internships provided her the background to now consult for creatives across the country, while managing Marketing + Sales for Nate Cotterman Glass.

John Chuldenko

Title Film Director + Writer
Major Graphic Design, Photography

John Chuldenko '98 just released his first feature film, Nesting, which he wrote and directed. As a student at CIA he was encouraged to write by a faculty member who saw talent in his work. This simple suggestion, along with John’s talent as a creative director, set him on this exciting path in filmmaking.

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