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March 13, 2024

Scholarship travels broaden artists’ perspectives

Andres Almy ’20 holds Colombia’s flag on the summit of Mirador Aguila Alta in Colombia. Almy visited his home country by way of the President’s Traveling Scholarship he earned from CIA. Submitted photo.

By Karen Sandstrom ’12

One of the hallmarks of the Cleveland Institute of Art’s dedication to its students is the century-old tradition of awarding named scholarships to a select group of students upon graduation. Known as the President’s Traveling Scholarships, the awards support the artists’ travels for the purposes of extending their practice and pursuing a project they have proposed in detail.

Since the first Agnes Gund Scholarship was awarded to Wilbur Peat in 1923, hundreds of alumni have had the opportunity to embark on adventures with this support from CIA. We caught up with a few recipients to learn about their experiences.

Josh Maxwell ’13 | Kelleys Island

Amber N. Ford ’16 | New Orleans

Andres Almy ’20 | Colombia

Chi (Irena) Wong ’20 | Hong Kong

Alison Alsup ’23 | Around Ohio