Columbus College of Art & Design’s exhibitions program is off to an ambitious start in 2012. The winter/spring lineup is varied and diverse, ensuring visitors plenty to see and contemplate in the coming months.
“My goal for the CCAD exhibitions program is to provide the public consistent, compelling information, with a dedication to making people aware of the art of their time; the art of this moment,” said CCAD Director of Exhibitions Michael Goodson. “I always tend to think of an exhibition as a kind of theater. This sometimes entails the use of a kind of flow and narrative—at very least it involves a clear consideration of the viewer’s time, body, and perspective thoughts within the exhibition space.”
The winter/spring series got an early start when Malcolm Cochran: Dutch Shoes was installed in the front portion of the Canzani Center Gallery, Dec. 9 2011. The work is from a series of four that Cochran executed when he was teaching in the Netherlands in the mid-1990s. Part of a private collection, Dutch Shoes is not often available for public viewing.
“This work hasn’t been seen in Columbus since an appearance in the Columbus Museum of Art in 1997,” explained Goodson. “CCAD is taking advantage of a time opportunity between larger scheduled exhibitions to invite the community to our gallery to see this absorbing work in person.”
Dutch Shoes is on view through Feb. 3, and CCAD is hosting a free closing reception with the artist Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 6–8 p.m.
Also on exhibit in the Canzani Center Gallery is the Scholastic Art Awards 2012 Central Ohio Regional Exhibition, which honors work from central Ohio artists in grades 7–12. The Scholastic Art Awards have been recognizing and encouraging excellence in the visual arts throughout the United States for more than 80 years, and the central Ohio regional exhibition is on view at CCAD through Feb. 4.
Coming right on the heels of Dutch Shoes and the Scholastic Art Awards, on Feb. 10 CCAD will open two exhibitions curated by Goodson. Bending the Mirror, featuring 15 artists, samples the fecund diversity of international figurative art today. home., examines what we might call “normal” suburbia and the lives of those within. The artists involved include New York City painter Jessica Rohrer, iconic 1970′s photographer Bill Owens, and Cleveland-based artist Mark Slankard.
“The history of CCAD and the use of the figure are paired going back to the inception of the school,” said Goodson. “With Bending The Mirror I want visitors and students to be aware of the various ways in which this long tradition still imparts ideas and how varied the methods, perspectives, and ideas can be.”
“In many ways home. Is my attempt to understand the recent transition in my own life from the endless flux of Brooklyn and New York City to the relative quite and peace of Columbus,” explained Goodson. “What I found, however (and what started to drive the show) was that this is not a bucolic place. Perhaps no place in America is anymore. home. has become an attempt to understand the true complex nature of American suburban life. It’s an attempt to explore the dream within the American dream.”
CCAD will host a free opening reception for both exhibitions on Feb. 10 from 6–8 p.m. The exhibitions are up through March 16. See a full list of participating artists and images from the show on the shows’ webpage.
Opening March 30, First: The 2012 New Projects MFA Thesis Exhibition, is, as the name suggests, an exhibition of thesis work from the college’s first Master of Fine Arts graduating class. Eleven MFA candidates will present work that ranges from glass, installation, social practice, and photography to fabric design, illustration, painting, and digital media. The MFA exhibition will be on view through April 27.
CCAD’s academic year ends with a campuswide exhibition that celebrates the best work from nine BFA majors and the MFA program. Show: the 133rd Annual Student Exhibition opens May 11 and stays up through the summer. Parents, friends, and the community are invited to come and spend the evening reviewing the creative excellence that is CCAD.
CCAD exhibitions are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Parking is free in CCAD lots (Please note the lot adjacent to the Canzani Center is not a CCAD lot.)
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