Student Exhibitions, Showcases Close Year with Flourish

April 28th, 2014 by Amanda Pierce
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Laser-cut paper sculpture by Professor Mark Hazlerig’s 3D Illustration class.

On May 9, CCAD will celebrate the 135th year of one of its longest traditions: SHOW: The Annual Student Exhibition. A faculty selection of student work from all nine majors will culminate in a display of superior student talent from the 2013–2014 academic year.

While SHOW will be on display in the Canzani Gallery through June 27, the opening night event will extend beyond Canzani. Campus-wide open houses in various locations will highlight even more student work.

Animation and Cinematic Arts programs will showcase student work in Kinney Hall rooms 300a and 309, respectively, from 4:30–6 p.m. Illustration and Photography will also have open house events in Kinney Hall  on the first and second floors, respectively, from 4:30–6 p.m.

Also on May 9, CCAD’s annual Fashion Show fundraiser begins at 8 p.m. outside of Design Studios on Broad. The event will feature a runway show of 68 unique pieces designed and constructed by senior Fashion Design students, with proceeds benefiting the college’s student scholarship fund.

First-year graduate students will present their work as well, on the second and third floors of Design Studios on Broad.

The MFA show will include works by candidates Mike Compton, Thom Glick, Toby Hale, Amy Lewis, Jovanni Luna, Erek Nass, Griffin Pines, Nevin Price-Meader, Jill Raymundo, Kimberly Roush, Rachel Rush, Juno Tang, Claire Wiedman, Drew Wilson, Dalong Yang, and Melody Yin.

During the weeks leading up to SHOW, each undergraduate major has its own way of showcasing student work, both on and off campus. Many pieces from the individual showcases are then presented in the larger student exhibition.

Advertising & Graphic Design will present their senior showcase, OFFSET, on May 1 on the third floor of the Loann Crane Center for Design from 3:30–8 p.m.

The top 30 students from Interior Design and Industrial Design will present their work to design professionals, family, and friends on May 1 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. in CCAD’s MindMarket.

Students from Animation will screen individual and group shorts on May 3 at 2 p.m. in the Canzani Auditorium, followed by a screening of Cinematic Arts student films at 3 p.m.

Throughout spring semester, graduating Fine Arts seniors displayed their thesis work in weeklong solo shows in gallery spaces around campus. Exhibitions have included everything from sculpture and jewelry to photography and paintings.

Illustration students held the 17th annual Art of Illustration show, a juried exhibition of work by Illustration sophomores, juniors, and seniors, at Rivet Gallery in April.

Several semester-long group projects will be wrapping up in early May, with final products displayed in SHOW.

Fashion Design juniors and seniors who participated in the Denim Directions design challenge will host a reception for a showcase of their finished garments on May 3 from 6–9 p.m. in the Byers Gallery of CCAD’s Design Studios on Broad. Sponsored by Cotton Inc., the challenge introduced students to denim finishing processes used in the fashion industry through hands-on workshops and encouraged them to rethink traditional uses of denim in fashion. This exhibition will also be open for viewing 7 a.m.–9:30 p.m. May 5–8.

A jury of industry professionals and Cotton Inc. representatives will choose two winners at the May 3 reception to receive scholarship money and have their work featured in SHOW.

Another SHOW highlight this year will be a full-scale visual model of a proposed new Airstream trailer office/living space, fully outfitted with handmade furniture, working electrical wiring, and custom-cut windows. The college-wide project will culminate May 7 when students present the visual model to Airstream executives, who will evaluate it for manufacturing potential.

A perennial favorite at SHOW is the large-scale 3D illustration project. Always unpredictable, the project has taken the form of everything from pirate bears and animatronic spiders to Alice in Wonderland, Fleaopatra, and, last year, a giant centipede accompanied by a little girl.

This year, Illustration students constructed impressively detailed paper sculptures. Click through the gallery of photos below for a detailed look at one of the pieces, and don’t miss your chance to see them up close at SHOW.

SHOW: The 135th Annual Student Exhibition opens May 9 with a reception at 5 p.m. in the Canzani Gallery and will be on display through June 27. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon–5 p.m.

For more information about the other year-end events and showcases, visit the CCAD events calendar.

Photos: Laurel Powers (CCAD 2014), Karl Allsop (CCAD 2015), and Sean Dunn (CCAD 2016).

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