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(Jan. 22, 2014)

Editor’s note: Download images from the Scholastic Art Awards exhibition here. Images for upcoming exhibitions and visiting artists are available here.

CCAD's Spring/Summer Season Features Painter, Activist, Art Fair, Fashion Show

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 22, 2014)—Complex painting, sculpture, high fashion, discussions on activism and displays of student work are all on tap for the spring and summer season at Columbus College of Art & Design.

“Our spring and summer season offers a wide array of artists and contemporary art to extend the classroom for our students and for CCAD to open its campus to the community,” said Dennison W. Griffith, CCAD president. “Michael Goodson, our exhibitions director, has gathered a group of culturally relevant creatives who are sure to stimulate meaningful discussion in our community.”

Carrie Moyer’s bold paintings and prints kick off the month of February in the Canzani Center Gallery opening Feb. 7 and featuring a gallery talk with the artist and the exhibition’s curator, Ian Berry, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Activist Micah White, the American creator of the Occupy Wall Street meme, will discuss how visual culture plays an important role in social change Feb. 20. April will bring the spring CCAD Art Fair April 5 and a conversation with visionary typographer David Carson April 10. Student designs will rule the runway May 9 for the Senior Fashion Show.

Summer months will bring sculptors Diana Al-Hadid and Erik Swenson to the Canzani Center Gallery, with solo exhibitions opening July 11. Al-Hadid’s Middle Eastern and American Midwestern roots inform her intricate work, while Swenson draws inspiration from museum exhibits, set design, film special effects and model making. Tom Burckhardt’s FULL STOP, a full-scale replica of an artist's studio made entirely of cardboard and black paint, opens Aug. 22 in the Canzani Center Gallery’s project space, ROOM.

CCAD exhibitions are free and open to the public, as are Visiting Artists lectures. The Art Fair and Senior Fashion Show are ticketed events. Visit www.ccad.edu for the complete events schedule. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

Exhibitions at CCAD are presented with the support of the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and WWCD 102.5. The Visiting Artists Series is presented with support of OAC, GCAC, The Renaissance and the Skestos Fund.

Exhibitions

Scholastic Art Awards 2014

Central Ohio Regional Competition
Jan. 17–Feb. 1
Canzani Center Gallery

CCAD is the Central Ohio regional host for the Scholastic Art Awards. Area students in grades 7–12 submit their visual art for the chance to be exhibited at both the regional and national levels in the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States. (High school seniors also have the opportunity to compete for scholarships.) To find out more and for a list of student winners, visit http://www.ccad.edu/events-2014/scholastic and http://www.ccad.edu/about-ccad/communications-and-media-relations/press-releases/scholastics.

Carrie Moyer: Pirate Jenny
Feb. 7–March 27
Canzani Center Gallery

For the past two decades, Carrie Moyer’s paintings have boldly merged political imagery, abstraction and unapologetic visual pleasure. Complex and seductive, their references include color field, social realist and surrealist painting; 1960s and ’70s counter-culture graphics; 1970s feminist art and bodily forms and fluids.

A painter, designer and writer, Moyer has had solo shows at the Worcester Art Museum, CANADA and the American University Museum, among others. She has also created agitprop for ACT UP, Queer Nation and DYKE ACTION MACHINE! (DAM!), which she co-founded. Her writing appears in Art in America, Artforum and Modern Painters.

Curated by Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, in collaboration with the artist. For more information, visit http://www.ccad.edu/events-2014/pirate-jenny.

Visiting Artists Lecture associated with Pirate Jenny:
Carrie Moyer with Ian Berry

Feb. 12
10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Gallery open
6:30 p.m. Artist talk in the gallery
7:30 p.m. Reception with Moyer and Berry

Joining Carrie Moyer for a conversation about her work will be Ian Berry, the director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College (where the exhibition originated).

A specialist in contemporary art and a leader in the field of college and university museums, Berry has written more than a dozen books and catalogs and organized projects with artists including Nayland Blake, Los Carpinteros, Richard Pettibone, Shahzia Sikander and Kara Walker. He has served on the artistic advisory committee for the PBS series Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, among many other advisory groups. For more information, visit http://www.ccad.edu/events-2014/pirate-jenny.

MFA Thesis Exhibition
April 4–30
Canzani Center Gallery
Reception: April 4
10 a.m.–9 p.m. Gallery open
7 p.m. Reception with artists

The 2014 New Projects MFA Thesis Exhibition features the culminating achievements of CCAD’s 2014 class of MFA candidates. Their work ranges from sculpture, jewelry, installation, video and photography to illustration, drawing, painting and digital media.

CCAD’s MFA in Visual Arts: New Projects is a project-based, non-media-specific curriculum that focuses on individual artistic/design development and creative leadership. It brings together talented individuals from a variety of different media to build a community that fosters exploration, professionalism and creative success.

SHOW: The 135th Annual Student Exhibition
May 9–June 27
Canzani Center Gallery
Reception: May 9
5–8:30 p.m. Gallery open
5–8 p.m. Reception with artists

CCAD’s Annual Student Exhibition is one of the college’s longest traditions—a celebration of our undergraduate students’ achievements and a testament to another year overflowing with talented art and design from CCAD.

Diana Al-Hadid
July 11–Oct. 4
Canzani Center Gallery
Artist talk: Sept. 25
10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Gallery open
6:30 p.m. Artist talk in the auditorium
7:30 p.m. Reception with the artist

Formal yet liquid, amorphous yet figurative, Diana Al-Hadid’s sculptures explore notions of traditional architecture while adapting elements of painting, stagecraft and suggestive, open-ended narratives. While the pieces can look like renderings from a fantasy world, they are also intricate studies of space and structure in which the viewer is continually reengaging the work through its constant shift and flow of perspectives.

Al-Hadid’s diverse interests include science and technology, history and literature. She also incorporates images and narratives rooted in the historical and cultural contexts of her birthplace in the Middle East and upbringing in the American Midwest.

Erik Swenson: Ne Plus Ultra
July 11–Oct. 4
Canzani Center Gallery

Erick Swenson’s sculptures and installations create scenes of haunting, verisimilitudinous perfection. Inspired by museum exhibits, set design, film special effects and model making, Swenson crafts every minute detail of his tableaux, creating simulated, highly romantic scenes of that often exceed the ideals of nature. Cast in resin, the sculptures don’t exude the expected revulsion or gore, but rather a beatific reverence.

Swenson first gained international attention when his work was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. His sculptures are now in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Saatchi Collection in London.

Visiting Artists & Scholars

Micah White: On Contradiction
Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Canzani Center Auditorium

Micah White is the American creator of the Occupy Wall Street meme and the former editor of Adbusters magazine. Influenced by political, ecological and philosophical movements, he urges the 99% to harness the power of information and spark positive social change.

In On Contradiction, White will explore how visual culture plays an important role in social change. He speaks to the innovative position of artists and designers in the current moment of cultural, political and spiritual upheaval—and calls for a re-imagination of how we relate to the world and our governments. For more information, visit http://www.ccad.edu/events-2014/white.

Bob Nickas: Painting Abstraction
March 13, 6 p.m.
Canzani Center Auditorium

Bob Nickas is a New York-based critic and curator. He has organized more than eighty exhibitions, including service on the teams responsible for Aperto at the Venice Biennale in 1993 and the 2003 Lyon Biennial. The author of numerous essays in catalogs and monographs, he is a regular contributor to Artforum and Vice, among other publications. His books include Live Free or Die (2000), Theft is Vision (2007), Painting Abstraction (2010) and Catalogue of the Exhibition (2011).

Newly issued in softcover, Painting Abstraction will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture. We are also proud to announce the opening of a CCAD exhibitions bookstand featuring a selection of titles by Phaidon, one of the world’s premier publishers of books on the visual arts. This specially curated collection will be available for browsing (and buying) whenever the gallery is open.

David Carson: Never Mistake Legibility for Communication
April 10, 6:30 p.m.
Canzani Center Auditorium

David Carson's typography ushered in a new vision of type and page design in the 1990s—breaking the traditional mold of type on a page and demanding fresh eyes from the reader. Squishing, smashing, slanting and enchanting the words in a layout, Carson made the point, over and over, that letters on a page are art.

His first book, written with Lewis Blackwell and including a foreword by David Byrne, was The End of Print. Others include the magisterial Book of Probes, an exploration of the thinking of Marshall McLuhan, and the latest, Trek, a collection of his recent work.

ROOM Exhibitions

ROOM is a project space in the Canzani Center Gallery. Its exhibitions, projects and video installations sometimes complement the main gallery show and other times stand alone.

George Rush: Rooms with Windows
Feb. 7–March 27
ROOM, Canzani Center Gallery
Reception: March 6
6–8:30 p.m. Gallery open
6:30 p.m. Artist talk in gallery
7:30 p.m. Reception with artist

Inspired by the psychological, social and formal aspects of diverse modernist legacies, George Rush’s paintings combine computer-aided drawing with encrusted, pumice-laden surfaces and hand-painted gestural brushwork. Rush has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, including at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York; Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen and Galería Javier López, Madrid.

Ken Nurenberg: Waiting Room
July 11–Aug. 15
ROOM, Canzani Center Gallery

The large-scale paintings in this exhibition are full of recycled images and compositions, studies painted and drawn from older work. As a whole, they are a notebook that attempts to organize and confront a mixture of subtle traumas, both personal and cultural.

Tom Burckhardt: FULL STOP
Aug. 22–Oct. 4
ROOM, Canzani Center Gallery

FULL STOP is a full-scale, highly detailed replica of an artist's studio made entirely of cardboard and black paint. But at the center is a blank canvas sitting on an easel. As Jessica Hough said at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, “Filled with historical art references, it is at once playful and painful—a fresh commentary on a perennial problem.”

CCAD Events

Art Fair
April 5, 10 a.m.
Loann Crane Center for Design
First-Choice Admission 9 a.m., $50
General Admission 10 a.m., $5

The CCAD Art Fair is a semi-annual juried showcase of works by more than 100 CCAD students, faculty and alumni. Admissions fund student scholarships and sales proceeds go directly to the artists.

Senior Fashion Show
May 9, 8 p.m.
CCAD Design Studios on Broad
VIP Reception 7:30 p.m.
General Admission Doors Open 8 p.m.

It’s happening again. THE fashion event in Columbus: a larger-than-life runway show of the top work by our 2014 Fashion Design graduates, bookended by a VIP reception and a not-to-be-missed Après Runway Dance Party. A whirlwind of glamour, great music and beautiful people, all whipped up to support student scholarships at CCAD. We call it a win-win-win-win.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.ccad.edu/events-2014/sfs-2014.

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About CCAD
Columbus College of Art & Design, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest private art and design colleges in the United States with 1,350 undergraduate and graduate students. CCAD offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Arts. Undergraduate students choose from nine majors: photography, industrial design, advertising and graphic design, animation, illustration, fine arts, fashion design, interior design and cinematic arts.

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