Whether you’re looking to take your interior design to the next level, pick up a thoughtful gift or finally start the art collection you’ve always dreamed of, the CCAD Art Fair will deliver top-notch talent on Dec. 7.
The fair will feature a wide array of items including hand-blown glass, photography, ceramics, paintings, prints, drawings, jewelry, and handmade paper designs.
Students, alumni, faculty, and staff artists will fill the Loann Crane Center for Design for the juried event, a format change that started with the spring fair in April of this year.
Admissions fund student scholarships, and sales proceeds go directly to the artists. First Choice admission ($50) starts at 9 a.m. and general admission ($5) begins at 10 a.m.
Three distinguished jurors chose the 101 final participants and awarded three Juror’s Choice Awards.
The jurors were Laura Kuenzil, owner of Rivet Gallery, Kathy Signorino, Individual Artist Grants and Services program coordinator at the Ohio Arts Council, and Chris Harman, CCAD adjunct instructor and Fine Arts and MFA alumnus (1995, 2012).
Of the 101 artists selling at the fair, 44 are current students, including Juror’s Choice Award winners Ian Ballantyne, a Fine Arts senior, and MFA candidate Carmen Smith (2014). Fine Arts alumnus Jack Gramann (CCAD 2010) received the third Juror’s Choice Award.
Smith’s one-of-a-kind jewelry incorporates beaded embroidery, glass, stone, ceramic, and bone.
Though this isn’t her first go-around at the Art Fair (in fact, it’s her third), she always looks forward to interacting directly with her customers.
“I love the networking and interaction with my audience that I get at the CCAD Art Fair,” Smith said. “Selling online is beneficial to my work and my wallet, but I don’t get to meet the people who will be wearing, loving, and treasuring my work as their own.”
As veteran participant Sarah Hout geared up to sell her paintings and prints at her sixth CCAD Art Fair, the 2004 Illustration alumna reflected on what her first experience was like.
“It’s the perfect place to gain experience and exposure to the art fair arena. The learning curve can be exponential when first starting out,” remembered Hout, “but CCAD does a great job assisting in the preparation process.”
For students, alumni, faculty, and staff alike, the learning process begins far before the final participants are chosen, said Janie Robinson, assistant director of Career Services.
“By applying to participate in the event, artists learn how to document and describe their work to other creatives [and] the jurors,” Robinson said. “This includes photographing their work and using industry standard systems for art fairs.”
Leading up to the application deadline, Career Services holds informational sessions about how to apply for the fair and how to photograph artwork. Accepted artists receive weekly emails with advice about making sales, pricing, and even calming nerves, to ensure that they are well-equipped to present their work at the fair.
First-time participants are also encouraged to attend a seminar with information on taxes, credit card slips, and how to best arrange their table displays.
“The important [learning] experiences for me are consumer relations, [learning] to put yourself out there, and staying inspired to keep developing art,” said Darrek Robertson, an Industrial Design junior.
Robertson will sell prints from his latest series, Mother Nature, featuring “families” of vibrant leaves, as well as prints from a trip to Italy.
“This is one of the best opportunities to be seen in Columbus, OH, period,” Robertson said.
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