I recently sat down with Grafton Nunes, President of The Cleveland Institute of Art, to talk about our two previous portrait sessions (August 2017 and November 2018) and I suspected we'd have a lot to catch up on. He and I have been trying to review his latest portraits for months and months, but "things" kept getting in the way.
In July 2010, after Grafton assumed his leadership role at CIA, he starting growing his edgy beard and then, his cool long hair. It fit his brand as president of a well-respected art school.
Under Grafton's leadership CIA has thrived. Enrollment has risen consistently, the unified campus has been a huge success, and the midwest's leading art and design school's endowment continues to grow. On the surface all seemed perfect and Grafton's confident poses from August 2017, in his classic Cuban fedora, suggested just that.