FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Dec. 20, 2012)
Columbus Student's Card Illustration Representing the City to Business Partners
COLUMBUS, OH (Dec. 20, 2012)—Columbus College of Art & Design has teamed with the Columbus Partnership to create a new tradition—a holiday card design contest for CCAD students and alumni to create the image the Partnership sends to its business partners near and far.
Columbus native and CCAD Illustration senior Alexa Carson’s drawing was selected as the cover for the Partnership’s 2012 card.
“I have lived in Columbus for my entire life,” Carson said. “One of my favorite things about the city is how it is a vibrant community made up of many different kinds of people working together. This concept is what I chose to illustrate.”
Carson’s design shows three snowmen underneath arches located in the Short North, Columbus’ arts district. The three snowmen represent Columbus’ vibrant community of artists and designers, students and educators and businessmen and women of small and large corporations.
Carson was ecstatic to win the design contest (even doing a happy dance when she found out). Carson will receive a $1,000 cash prize and the card, that has the artist’s name and information printed on it, was distributed to more than 3,000 clients and friends of the Columbus Partnership.
“As a senior getting ready to venture out into the professional world, it is huge to have my name printed on the card sent out,” Carson said. “If there is one thing I have learned from my professors this semester, it is that getting your name out there is half the battle of being a successful artist.”
Stephen Lyons, vice president of Member Services & Community Engagement at the Columbus Partnership, along with Kevin Conlon, CCAD’s vice president for Academic Affairs, served as the jurors and deliberated over the 38 entries from CCAD students and alumni.
“When thinking about this year’s holiday card we paused a moment to think about how we could best illustrate the flavor of Columbus and all the great things our community has accomplished,” said Lyons. “Partnering with CCAD was a great opportunity to support an incredible educational asset in our community and work with the creative student innovators of Columbus who help drive our economic growth.”
Second place went to Advertising & Graphic Design alumna Jessica Lipps (CCAD 2012), third place to Fine Arts alumnus Michael Aldag (CCAD 2009), and honorable mention to Illustration senior Katie Langford.
The Columbus Partnership is a nonprofit, membership-based organization of 49 CEOs from Columbus’ leading businesses and institutions. Its primary mission is to improve the economic vitality of the Columbus region. CCAD and the Partnership plan for the contest to be an annual event, with the Partnership funding the prize money.
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. www.ccad.edu