May 28, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ann McGuire
Director of Communications
Artist with Cleveland roots has strong track record of exhibiting, teaching in U.S. and abroad
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Institute of Art has appointed internationally recognized glass artist
Marc Petrovic as assistant professor and chair of its Glass Department.
Widely regarded as a leader in the glass art field, Petrovic has been a full-time studio artist for 23
years, the last 20 in Connecticut. His work is held in numerous private collections and in public
collections including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City; Corning Museum of Glass,
Corning, New York; Niijima Museum of Glass, Tokyo; The Mint Museum, Charlotte; Racine Art
Museum; Tacoma Museum of Glass, and many others.
Petrovic has served as visiting artist, taught workshops, and lectured throughout the world, including
at the Niijima Glass Festival; Toledo Museum of Glass; Rhode Island School of Design; Virginia
Commonwealth University; Sheridan College of Art; The Corning Museum; Urban Glass in New York City; Massachusetts College of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum. He has hosted interns from
the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Bornholm, Denmark.
Petrovic, who earned a BFA in Glass at CIA in 1991, begins teaching duties in the fall 2014 semester.
He replaces internationally renowned glass artist Brent Kee Young, who is retiring from the CIA
faculty after 41 years and who taught Petrovic and his wife, glass artist Kari Russell-Pool.
“We are delighted to welcome Marc Petrovic back to CIA and Cleveland,” said CIA President Grafton
Nunes. “His exquisite work and impressive work ethic will be tremendous examples for our students.
Marc has not only thrived as a working studio artist since graduation, but his professional practice has
included lecturing and giving demonstrations around the world.
“Brent Kee Young leaves enormous shoes to fill, after dedicating his career to teaching generations
of CIA students,” Nunes continued. “But Marc, who himself benefitted from Brent’s instruction and
mentorship, brings exceptional promise to the position as a teacher, artist, and faculty member. He
will continue the tradition of excellence Brent has established.”
Contacted in his Connecticut studio, Petrovic said, “I’m honored, humbled and mostly excited, Kari
and I both are extremely excited, about coming back to Cleveland and taking over the program that
Brent started. Brent meant a lot to me as a faculty member and he continues to mean a lot to me as a friend.”
A Cleveland native and 1985 Richmond Heights High School graduate, Petrovic says he looks
forward to the homecoming. “We’re excited about the opportunity to become part of a community
again of makers. We have good friends here in Connecticut but we don’t have a group of makers that
we’re affiliated with. We really couldn’t be more thrilled about this opportunity.”
Artists, from across the United States and as far away as Japan, applied for the highly specialized
position after an international search. CIA is one of only six member colleges of the Association of
Independent Colleges of Art and Design to offer a bachelor’s degree program in glass.
Finalists for the Glass Department chair position visited CIA this spring for interviews. While on
campus they gave lectures, presented demonstrations in CIA’s glass hot shop, and critiqued student
“The process allowed the committee, the faculty, staff, and students to evaluate the candidates
by having them perform and speak to the central activities of education: critique, instruction, and
presentation,” said Professor Matthew Hollern, who served as search committee chair.
About CIA Founded in 1882, the Cleveland Institute of Art is an accredited, independent college of art and
design offering 15 majors in studio art, digital art, craft disciplines, and design. CIA extends its programming to the public through gallery exhibitions; lectures; a robust continuing education program; and the Cinematheque, a year-round art and independent film program. CIA’s public programming is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. For more
information visit cia.edu.