April Art Fair to Offer Fresh, Unique Finds

March 31st, 2014 by Amanda Pierce
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Art Fair December 2013

Art Fair December 2013

Looking for fresh art to rejuvenate your space this spring? Look no further than the CCAD Art Fair on April 5—a juried event that will include more than 100 student, alumni, faculty, and staff artists.

With a wide range of prices from $5 to $5,000 and thousands of offerings as unique as the hands that created them, the fair is a must-attend event for recurring patrons and first-time attendees alike, said CCAD Art Fair Event Coordinator and student Emily Oehlers.

“This fair, we are seeing a lot of new work; partly from having many first-time vendors and partly from having [returning] artists submit new bodies of work,” she said.

Three distinguished jurors chose the 109 participants and awarded three Juror’s Choice Awards. Of the 109 artists, 50 are current students, including returning vendor and Juror’s Choice Award winner Lara Alsoudani.

Advertising & Graphic Design junior Alsoudani will sell her line of jewelry, called Kokoshae, and said that participating in the art fair provides valuable exposure for her work.

“The Art Fair [in December] was a great opportunity to get Kokoshae out there,” Alsoudani said. “I had the pleasure of meeting many interesting people that…wanted to feature [my jewelry] in their stores [and] blogs.”

Other Juror’s Choice Award winners include Fine Arts alumnus Peter Morgan (CCAD 2002) and the two students behind Dangerdust, an anonymous duo who have been leaving spectacular chalk art on CCAD’s campus weekly since last fall.

Lara al-Soudani

Lara Alsoudani

Dangerdust will sell prints of their work, including expertly chalked quotes by John Lennon, Stefan Sagmeister, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela, and will interact with buyers in disguise to protect their identities.

Sales proceeds go directly to artists—a practice that makes the CCAD Art Fair special, said Janie Robinson, assistant director of Career Services.

“Patrons know that they’re supporting the artist directly,” Robinson said. Admissions fees support student scholarships.

In addition to providing extra income for the artists, the fair also provides valuable learning experiences.

“The CCAD Art Fair is great opportunity for student artists to experience selling their artwork in a professional environment,” Oehlers said.

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 jurors were Ken Aschliman, director of ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists, Christine Hill, jeweler and adjunct instructor of Fine Arts at CCAD, and Ken Emerick, director of the Individual Artists and Percent for Arts Programs at the Ohio Arts Council.

First-Choice admission ($50) starts at 9 a.m. and general admission ($5) begins at 10 a.m. in the Loann Crane Center for Design, with all admissions funding student scholarships

For information about parking and tickets, please visit the CCAD website. To get a sneak peek at some of the participating artists, click through the photo album on our Facebook page.

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