Classnotes: December 2013 Issue

December 19th, 2013 by Amanda Pierce
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We do our best to get most of the news you submit to us onto the CCAD News Blog, but because there are more than 10,000 of you making news all over the world, not everything can make it into the blog. We’re glad to have another venue where we can share everything with you—this newsletter’s classnotes.

You can submit classnotes via the easy-to-use form on the alumni landing page. We only post career-related successes, awards, exhibitions, and publications, but we’d also love to know when you move, get married, or have children—just use that same form.

Now, without further ado, your classnotes from September, October, and November.

Jerry McDaniel ’57 had a solo exhibition at the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University in Northridge, CA.

Georgia Tangi ’67 was hired as a consultant to plan, research, and steer the theme and content of an exhibition at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. Read more here.

Tim Rietenbach ’77 was featured in exhibitions at OSU’s Urban Art Space, the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, and the Farmer Family Gallery at OSU Lima. Read more here, here, and here.

Stewart McKissick ’79 designed and created the DVD cover art for the re-release of 1939 animated feature film Gulliver’s Travels. Read more here.

John Jude Palencar ’80 had his painting accepted into a juried exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art. Read more here.

Paul Conley ’82 was selected to serve as a judge for the International Academy of Visual Art’s Web3 Awards, judging 75 websites from around the world.

Timothy Smith ’83, Richard Lillash ’87, Eric Homan ’98, Bryan Jellick ’98, Kellie McDermott ’99, Corey Aumiller ’06, Meghan Hager ’08, and Jessica Wojtasek ’08 received awards at the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. Read more here.

Kurt Fondriest ’85 was featured in a Chicago exhibition. Read more here.

Robert Tavani ’85 had a solo exhibition in Columbus, OH. Read more here.

Ed Valentine ’91 had a solo show in Columbus, OH. Read more here.

Hilary Frambes ’92, Adam Brouillette ’02, Cat Sheridan ’03, Lea Gray ’04, Thom Glick ’04, Adam Crum ’06, Chris Tennant ’06, Nikki Smetters ’09, Julia McCann ’10, and Jen Wrubleski ’10 created chalk murals during Chalk the Block at Easton Town Center. Read more here.

Julie Abijanac ’92, Susan Li O’Connor ’96, and Michael Litzau ’04 were showcased in an exhibition at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. Read more here.

Daniel Grose ’92, Hiroshi Hayakawa ’95, Sara Adrian ’98, Brian Alloway ’00, Emily Kitturah Westenhouser ’00, Olga Ziemska ’00, Casey Bradley ’01, and Daric Gill ’04 were featured in an exhibition at Capital University’s Schumacher Gallery. Read more here.

Brent Bowman ’94 illustrated a soon-to-be-released graphic novel triology. Read more here.

Chad Hunt ’94 was the recipient of the 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence and had one of his photos featured on the cover of a book by Ben Fountain. Read more here and here.

Ginny Martin ’94, Pallavi Sen ’11, and Taylor Hawkins ’12 were featured in a CCAD sculpture exhibition. Read more here.

Joseph Gargasz ’95 was selected to participate in the 2013 North Carolina Botanical Garden Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition in Chapel Hill. Read more here.

Hiroshi Hayakawa ’95 had his recently published book, Paper Pups: 35 Dogs to Copy, Cut & Fold, featured on a blog. Read more here.

Christopher Maslon ’96 had three silkscreens purchased by the Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum in Gangneung, South Korea. Read more here.

Charlotte Belland ’97, animation chair and associate professor at CCAD, did a sabbatical in India. Read more here.

Dan Scanlon ’98 was the recipient of the Hollywood Animation Award at the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards for Monsters University. Read more here.

Scott Brooks ’99 created an illustration that went viral to honor victims of the September Colorado floods. Read more here.

Adam Grimm ’00 won the 2014–15 federal duck stamp competition. Read more here.

Chad Kimes ’00 had a solo exhibition in Lakewood, OH. Read more here.

Mike Olenick ’00 and Pamela Theodotou ’13 were named finalists for the 2013 Media Arts Fellowship presented by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Film Council. Read more here.

Joe Jobst ’01 was the lead visual effects artist for newly released video game Grand Theft Auto V. Read more here.

Lara Kastner ’01 photographed Alinea Cookbook.

Michael McAteer ’01 will receive a master’s degree in sociology in December from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. He also has a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Marshall University. Read more about McAteer on his blog.

Josh Foy ’02 was awarded best of show at the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. Read more here.

Manjari Sharma ’04 had her photos featured on CNN’s photography blog and in a solo exhibition in New York. Read more here and here.

Keli Catalano ’05 received an honorary award for the philanthropic efforts of her greeting card business, Colette Paperie.

Sean Conner ’05, Nate Reese ’05, Chris Meister ’06, Chris Schoenman ’08, and Scott Ulliman ’10 worked on special effects for a music video by Pearl Jam. Read more here.

Christine D’Epiro Abbott ’05 had a solo exhibition at the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus, OH. Read more here.

The freelance studio of Holly Koskinen ’05, KOSKINEN CREATIVE, won its third American Graphic Design Award. Koskinen is now the art director at Cult Marketing and will be a judge at the 2014 Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) Art Awards Scholarship competition.

Nate Reese ’05 and Chavilah Bennett ’12 worked on a recruitment video for CCAD. Read more and see the video here.

Ben Neidenthal ’06 presented his animated film A Sphere in Boxland at the 61st Columbus International Film and Video Festival. Read more here.

Andrew Mark ’07 and Scott Ulliman ’10 worked on special effects for a music video featuring Travie McCoy and Jason Mraz. Read more here.

Nicki Strouss ’08 was included an Ohio Art League exhibition. Read more here.

Rachel Lauren ’10 started Ironwood Wolves, an organization that raises awareness about wolves through art. Read more here.

John Malta ’10 had illustrations published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post. His work was also featured in several exhibitions around the country. Read more here and here.

Raymond Thimmes ’11 is working at Scholastic Publishing in New York City as web producer for classroom magazines. Read more on his website.

Annica Damico ’12 was featured in an exhibition at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. Read more here.

Isuri Dayaratne ’12 illustrated a children’s book. Read more here.

Class of 2012 alumni Victor Dearing and Alex Trimpe, and class of 2013 alumni Alan Becker, Christopher Campbell, Tyler Crowley, Patrick Kain, David King, Arianni Kurniawati, Laura Maue, Bekah Nunn, Jonathan Pezzatta, David T. Reed, Lauren Thornberry, and Mariah Ward contributed to a film that was selected for the Austin Film Festival. Read more here.

Linda Diec ’13 and Angelina Moneir ’13 were featured in the 2013 International Student Online Exhibition presented by the Glass Art Society. Read more here.

Linda Diec ’13 was featured in the Ohio Art League’s November member-curated exhibition. Read more here.

Evin Dubois ’13 is a resident at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy, NY. Read more here.

Danielle Jones ’13 was approved for the Council of Fashion Designers of America CFDA+ program.

Kayla Kincaid ’13 was hired as web content coordinator at Big Lots Inc. in Columbus, OH.

Andrew McCauley ’13 had a solo exhibition at Angela Meleca Gallery. Read more here.


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