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(July 26, 2013)

CCAD’s Expanded Fall Season Features Poet Laureate, Comics Symposium, Sculpture X

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 26, 2013)—The art of the comic book, work of emerging sculptors, contemporary art, poetry, and comedy will be explored this fall in the expanded Visiting Artists Series and exhibitions season at Columbus College of Art & Design.

Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate of the United States, headlines the most diverse group of artists ever presented on the downtown campus of CCAD. Jeff Smith will keynote Mix 2013, CCAD’s two-day celebration of the art of the comics, while Martin Kersels will open SculptureX, a weekend sculpture symposium.

“This season is packed with non-stop exhibitions in our galleries,” said Dennison W. Griffith, CCAD president. “Michael Goodson, our Exhibitions director, has assembled a robust roster of leading artists, poets, writers and even a comedian to lead discussions of contemporary art and issues for our campus and the central Ohio community.”

CCAD exhibitions are free and open to the public, as are Visiting Artists lectures. This season’s symposia and Michael Birbiglia’s performance 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 6 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. Mix 2013 is presented by State Auto Insurance Companies.

CCAD Fall Season:

MIX 2013
Keynote Speaker: Jeff Smith
Sept. 27 to 28
A celebration of and investigation into the art of the comic book, the graphic novel and other book-length forms of sequential art narrative, Mix 2013 features panels, roundtable, and workshops with scholars and artists from across the country as well as Columbus' thriving comics scene. Also featured are an onstage conversation with keynote guest Jeff Smith (author of Bone and RASL), and a never-before-seen exhibit of Smith's original artwork from RASL. To find out more and register for the symposium, visit www.ccad.edu/events-2013/mix

Keynote Speaker: Martin Kersels
Friday–Saturday, Oct. 11 To 12
A two-day sculpture symposium, SculptureX 2013: Performative Objects and the Everyday Spectacular will include a keynote address by Martin Kersels (a well-regarded sculptor, installation artist and associate professor at Yale), as well as interactive discussion panels and emerging artist exhibitions. To find out more and register, visit www.ccad.edu/events-2013/sculpture


Leonardo Drew: Exhumation
July 11 to Aug. 30
Canzani Center Gallery
Artist talk and reception: Aug. 29
10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Gallery open
6 p.m. Artist talk
7 p.m. Reception with artist

Leonardo Drew’s abstract sculptural compositions, which are at first glance simply aggregations of quotidian materials, become meditations on the cyclical nature of existence. Drew first exhibited at 13 and earned his BFA from Cooper Union in 1985. He has shown at venues including the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin and the Miami Art Museum. He now lives and works in Brooklyn. With exhibitions in both the main gallery and ROOM, CCAD’s project space, viewers can look forward to experiencing a full range of his current work.

Kirk Hayes: Rule by Fear
Sept. 5 to Oct. 4
Canzani Center Gallery

On the surface, Kirk Hayes’ compositions appear to be collages of torn paper, corrugated cardboard, yellowing masking tape or scraps of plywood. However, the illusory scenes are in reality created by a self-taught process of using oil paint to imitate collage. Both formally and conceptually, the works in this exhibition are some of Hayes’ most complex pictures to date. As a clever and darkly humorous culmination of his masterful process, they offer a sly commentary on the artist’s studio practice—intertwined with the emotional contours of his personal narrative.

Gary Panter: The Magnetic Lady
Sept. 5 to Oct. 4
Canzani Center Gallery
Artist talk and reception: Sept. 23
10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Gallery open
6:30 p.m. Artist talk
7:30 p.m. Reception with artist

Widely recognized as one of the most significant and influential founders of the Los Angeles punk aesthetic, artist and designer Gary Panter has wielded his “punk, nuclear, hillbilly” sensibility in the art world since the late 1970s. Using his characteristic jagged line and raw brushstroke, he presents chaotic, image-strewn landscapes as well as more axiomatic works that center on film archetypes.

Perhaps best known for his Jimbo graphic novels, Panter has won numerous awards, including three Emmys for his production design on Pee-Wee's Playhouse and the Chrysler Award for Design Excellence.

Jeff Smith: RASL
Thursday, Sept. 5 to Friday, Oct. 4
Canzani Center Gallery
Artist talk and reception: Sept. 27
10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. gallery open
7 p.m. Artist talk (Mix 2013 keynote)
8 p.m. Reception with artist

Jeff Smith is best known for his all-ages comic Bone, but his past five years have been devoted to RASL, a science fiction adventure for adults. RASL is the epic tale of a hard-drinking, anti-hero art thief who jumps back and forth between parallel worlds to discover the secrets of famed scientist Nikola Tesla, as well as of his own life.

Organized in conjunction with Smith’s keynote presentation at CCAD’s Mix 2013 Comics Symposium, this exhibition looks closely at the influences behind RASL—including music, literature, process artwork, and sculptural manifestations of the narrative.

Martha Colburn: Camera, Lights, Charge, Pop
Sept. 5 to Oct. 4
Canzani Center Gallery
Artist talk and reception: Oct. 3
10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Gallery open
6:30 p.m. Performance and artist talk
7:30 p.m. Reception with artist

Martha Colburn is a multimedia artist whose frenetic narratives examine history, politics, sexuality and popular culture. Comfortable working in puppetry, collage, and paint-on-glass, she is also a notable musician, having released six records with the Dramatics and collaborated with musicians including Yamatsuka Eye and Jad Fair. She has created music videos for Deerhoof and They Might Be Giants, as well as animation for the feature film The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

The exhibition will feature about 30 of Colburn’s manipulated-found-footage and stop-animation films from the mid-1990s to the present, as well as Polaroids and large-scale collages.

My Crippled Friend
Oct. 11 to Jan. 10 Canzani Center Gallery & Auditorium
Opening reception: Oct. 11
10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Gallery open
6:30 p.m. Lecture by John Yau
7:30 p.m. Reception

Artists featured: Richard Aldrich, Claire Ashley, Anna Betbeze, Sarah Braman, Tom Burr, Todd Brandt, Tom Burckhardt, Kathy Butterly, Sarah Cain, John Chamberlain, Cheryl Donegan, Michel François, Joe Fyfe, Katharina Grosse, Mary Heilman, Chris Johanson, Ross Knight, Jim Lambie, Chris Martin, Davis Rhodes, Matt Rich, Cordy Ryman, Nancy Shaver, Amy Yoes, and Tamara Zahaykevich.

My Crippled Friend investigates the recent history of the intersection of painterly abstraction and the object. While “painting as object” has often been a formalist issue, the works in this exhibition gather their identity through the subversion of formalism—scrambling and reassembling themselves in an aesthetic shell game where the act of painting is always an investigation of a painting’s ability to push into objecthood.

The result is a collection of works that are each alive in a way that only a painting can be, as well as present in a way that seems more like an object. Impossible to label as one specific medium (“a painting” or “a sculpture”), they are, rather, an often-lumpy but always compelling combination of the two.

Visiting Artists Associated With My Crippled Friend

John Yau
Oct. 11
10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Gallery open
6:30 p.m. Lecture
7:30 p.m. Reception

Poet, art critic, and curator John Yau has published more than 50 books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets. He was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by France.

Joe Fyfe
Oct. 24
10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Gallery open
6:30 p.m. Artist talk
7:30 p.m. Reception with artist

Joe Fyfe investigates the slippage between chance and deliberation, negotiating among painting, sculpture, and drawing as he meditates on the lineage and current realities of nonrepresentational art. Amplifying the poetic nature of quotidian objects, Fyfe repurposes found materials into works that often exist on the cusp of total abstraction -- serendipitous and yet still formally circumspect.

Chris Johanson
Oct. 31
10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Gallery open
6:30 p.m. Artist talk
7:30 p.m. Reception with artist

Chris Johanson's works are drawn, painted, and crafted with an economy that is neither naive nor necessarily simple, though it may appear so. He transmits a distinctly Californian experience— a mélange of shamans and charlatans, working stiffs and aimless drifters drawn from a long and ragtag coastal tradition of poets, artists, and musicians: Wallace Berman's mystical photocopies and seminal Semina culture; the poem-paintings of Kenneth Patchen; the beaming peacenik posters of Sister Corita Kent; all filtered through the dirty socks of the L.A. punk scene and the wondrous, messy freedom that tumbled out of it.

Kathy Butterly
Nov. 13
10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Gallery open
6:30 p.m. Artist talk
7:30 p.m. Reception with artist

Kathy Butterly makes colorful, small-scale sculpture and sculptural vessels of mixed earthenware and porcelain. Her softly folded, twisted, and assembled forms often make bodily references and can recall the work of American master potter George Ohr. “Kathy Butterly does for sculpture what digital technology does for information: pack so much into such small spaces that it’s impossible to reconcile an object’s literal dimensions with the kicks it delivers,” wrote David Pagel last year.

Cheryl Donegan
Dec. 5
10 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Gallery open
6:30 p.m. Artist talk
7:30 p.m. Reception with artist

Across media, Cheryl Donegan's work is unified by a sustained interrogation of surfaces—whether canvas, screen, fabric, plastic, or the artist's own body. Integrating performance and video with painting, drawing and installation, she has exhibited widely in Europe as well as North America since her first solo show in 1993.

Visiting Artists

Mike Birbiglia
Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m.
Canzani Center Auditorium
In 10 years Mike Birbiglia has grown from struggling comic to popular talk show guest to groundbreakingly original storyteller. The results? Two critically-acclaimed CDs, three Comedy Central specials and a Nathan Lane-produced Off-Broadway show called Sleepwalk with Me that was nominated for both a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Solo Performance. Sleepwalk was turned into a critically acclaimed film coproduced by Birbiglia and This American Life’s Ira Glass. His most recent show is My Girlfriend's Boyfriend. Tickets for this event are $25. Purchase tickets online (starting Aug. 26) at www.ccad.edu/events-2013/birbiglia

Natasha Trethewey
Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Canzani Center Auditorium
Natasha Trethewey is the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of four collections of poetry that unites compelling personal imagery with clear-eyed examination of African and African-American history: Domestic Work (2000), Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002), Native Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, Thrall, (2012). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others.

Miranda July
Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Canzani Center Auditorium
Miranda July will present LOST CHILD! With its title borrowed from a trilogy July penned at age seven, LOST CHILD! is part retrospective, part artist lecture, part interactive performance. July discusses the making of books, shoes, friends, movies, performances and personal protection devices—from her earliest work as a fledgling artist to her current successes and tribulations as an award-winning filmmaker and best-selling author.

Holland Cotter
Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Canzani Center Auditorium

Holland Cotter has been an art critic for the New York Times since 1992, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2009. During the 1980s he was a contributing editor at Art in America and an editorial associate at Art News. His subjects have ranged from Italian Renaissance painting to street-based communal work by artist collectives. He is currently working on a book on New York City modernism, a study of contemporary Indian art and a poetry manuscript.

Room Exhibitions

Leonardo Drew: Small Works
July 11–Aug. 30
Leonardo Drew’s exhibition in ROOM features rugged works of a smaller size. Like the installations in the main gallery, there is a velocity, a movement, but also a quiet—reminiscent of being in the eye of a storm. The raw energy and vitality of Drew’s oeuvre suffuses the works' eclectic forms and scale and resolves into elegance and beauty.

Loud Flash: British Punk On Paper
Sept. 5–Oct. 4
Loud Flash is an exhibition of posters from the collection of artist and designer Toby Mott, who began collecting punk-related artifacts as a teenager during the 1970s and has amassed more than 1,000 items. The show includes iconic work by Jamie Reid for the Sex Pistols and Linder Sterling for the Buzzcocks, as well as a huge range of material by anonymous artists of the era who used the art of the poster to give bands, most of which were excluded from TV and daytime radio and struggled for exposure in the mainstream press, a means of reaching the public.

Laura Bidwa: For Instance Me
Oct. 11–Nov. 15
Laura Bidwa’s recent works explore the ephemeral nature of time. Small and deceptively simple paintings, they impart just enough of the process of their making to make the viewer instantly at one with the time of the work. They are, in essence, receptacles of the universal experience of attempting to retain the fleeting information that makes up the flux of our days.

Richard Aschenbrand: Alphabet Alliteration
Nov. 22–Jan. 10
Richard Aschenbrand was born in New York and went on to earn his BFA and MA from Pratt. An experienced graphic and package designer with a broad client base, he taught at CCAD for 45 years, retiring in 2012. Alphabet Alliteration is his first exhibition since retirement: an alphabetic compendium of alliterative wordplay and distinctive typography.

CCAD Special Events

CCAD Art Fair
Dec. 7
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.

Exhibitions at CCAD are presented with the support of the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and CD102.5. The Visiting Artists and Scholars program is supported by the Skestos Endowment Fund, the Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Renaissance Hotel. Mix 2013 is presented with the support of State Auto Insurance Companies.


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.