Faculty Shine at Fall Colloquium

October 29th, 2013 by Amanda Pierce
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Joshua Butts presented at the Faculty Colloquium Oct. 18

Joshua Butts presented at the Faculty Colloquium Oct. 18

Five CCAD faculty members took to the stage in the Canzani Center Auditorium Oct. 28 to share projects created with the assistance of grants and sabbaticals from CCAD. Their diverse work is a testament to the passion, creativity, and talent of our faculty.

Animation Chair and Associate Professor Charlotte Belland was captured by the omnipresence of stray dogs on her sabbatical spent in Dharmasala, India. After a trio of dogs defended Belland from an angry pack of monkeys one day, she decided to honor the canines through an exploration of anagliph, letterpress, and responsive computer-generated animation. Using a program created by Aurasma on a smart phone or tablet, the interactive prints bark, pant, and lick with the tap or swipe of a finger.

Liberal Arts Professor Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis tackles both the tenderness and the brutality of love and affection in her poems Cloth Mother, Harlow’s Ghost, and The Science of Affection, completed with the assistance of a faculty grant. The poems are part of a full-length collection, Gladiolus, inspired by Deborah Blum’s Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection and by research trips Kartsonis took to Madison, WI, and Cincinnati.

Painting Chair and Professor Carol Griffith received a faculty grant to work on her latest printmaking project, Furnishing the Print. Griffith set out to recreate a crude silkscreen print she made of her eclectically decorated apartment as a student at Carnegie Mellon University . What resulted was a 14-piece collection series of prints showing successive layers proceeding to a finished silkscreen print of a 1970s-era living room. Along with each color, a brief fictional story is added about one of the pieces of furniture in the room.

Adjunct Liberal Arts Instructor Joshua Butts devoted his faculty grant to Blue Morning, a collection of poems about the life and work of Columbus-born artist George Bellows. Butts spent time at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., studying Bellows’ paintings and later dove into the artist’s personal letters, notes, and photos in the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College. Butts has completed ten poems of the collection, which he hopes will exceed sixty pages in length.

Industrial Design Professor and Dean of the School of Design Arts Tom Gattis received a faculty grant to create a collection of sculptures that merge natural and man-made elements in Fake + Real = Real Fake. Gattis employed woodturning to create a collection of Divas, one-eyed creatures that merge wood, metal, and fake hair, among other materials, to visually represent America’s obsession with gossip, supermodels, and everything plastic.


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