Introducing the Class of 2014 (They’re an Impressive Bunch!)

June 16th, 2014 by Amanda Pierce
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Commencement 2014

Commencement 2014

We just sent an extraordinarily talented class of fresh alumni out into the world, and now we’re starting to feel nostalgic, so we’re taking a look back at the class of 2014 and all they did.

From exhibitions and contests to pop-up shops and social good, these students really made their mark at CCAD. Just in the past year, they participated in always-fun annual events (like the Senior Fashion Show and the student-run Art of Illustration show) and a handful of special projects and collaborations (not to mention the rogue works of chalkboard art that became a viral internet phenomenon. Curious? Read on.)


More than 270 undergraduate and graduate students walked across the stage at the Palace Theatre on May 9. It was a ceremony filled with celebration and, of course, a few creative alterations to the traditional black gown-and-mortar-board attire (this is an art and design school, after all). Click through the commencement photos on the CCAD Alumni Facebook page to see for yourself.

Outstanding Seniors

Nine outstanding seniors were chosen by faculty (one from each major):

Wooden tap handles at Wolf's Ridge Brewing. Photo by Tyler Dunlavy (CCAD 2014).

Wooden tap handles at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing. Photo by Tyler Dunlavy (CCAD 2014).

Projects and Collaborations

CCAD students (including many of our newbie alumni) put their stamp on several local and national projects. Students created one-day pop-up shops, collaborated with Wolf’s Ridge Brewing on the interior for the new Columbus restaurant, designed new merchandise for local Harley Davidson dealer A.D. Farrow Co., created denim-inspired designs as a part of the Denim Directions Design Challenge sponsored by Cotton Inc., and designed and outfitted a life-size Airstream trailer.

Senior Fashion Show Wows Again

With 21 designers, 39 models, 69 looks, nearly 800 guests, and more than $160,000 raised for general scholarships, the much-anticipated annual Senior Fashion Show didn’t disappoint.

“The talent of all the students was astounding,” said Columbus Underground. “It’s not unlikely that we may see some of their designs walking the red carpet, and when that happens we’ll be lucky enough to say ‘we knew them when.’”

Get a play-by-play of the big night (including hundreds of photos) and read about each designer on the CCAD Fashion Show Blog.

CCAD Students Steal the Spotlight at Local, National, International Competitions 

Advertising & Graphic Design seniors Graham Fisher, Theresa, and Karl Fekete

Advertising & Graphic Design alumni Graham Fisher, Theresa Hensley, and Karl Fekete (all CCAD 2014) at the Young Ones awards ceremony in New York City.

Advertising & Graphic Design students owned the night at the local Columbus ADDYs, the industry’s largest and most representative competition. Thirteen students took home a total of 16 awards for various projects. Local ADDY winner Dangerdust (an anonymous pair of CCAD students—read on for more) went on to win a Gold Student award at the district ADDYs.

Advertising & Graphic Design students took home an award for their mobile app Artsee at the 2014 Young Ones Competition.

The Society of Illustrators recognized CCAD student work in their annual Student Scholarship Competition. Student film Lumin was awarded first place in the animation category, in addition to accolades it has received throughout the year (including nods from the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts and film festivals around the country).

Exhibitions and Film Screenings

The class of 2014 showcased their work in multiple ways throughout their time at CCAD, including the annual Art of Illustration show, which this year showcased work by 27 Illustration students at Rivet Gallery in Columbus’ Short North Arts District.

Fine Arts student Kyle Boganwright opened his own gallery, lucky13gallery, in Columbus’ Short North Arts District in April. Boganwright exhibited his own work around Columbus throughout his CCAD career.

Six CCAD student films were screened at the Wexner Center for the Arts as part of Ohio Shorts, an annual event that showcases the best work of filmmakers and media artists from across the state.

Social Causes

From condom-covered dresses to cleverly designed recycling stations, our newest alumni poured their talents into social causes around the community during their time at CCAD.

Sarah Ribble's winning design on the runway at Condom Couture. Photo by Chris Casella.

CCAD student Sarah Ribble’s winning design on the runway at Condom Couture. Photo by Chris Casella.

Class of 2014 Fashion Design students put their skills to the test at the annual Condom Couture event this year (and in 2012) hosted by Planned Parenthood, where they presented garments made entirely out of condoms. Fresh alumna Ashleigh Jones earned third place for her entry.

While in a foundation studies class, several members of the class of 2014 put their newly learned skills to work by writing, creating puppets, and building sets for a series of four plays that they performed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for sick children and their families.

Class of 2014 members of student government, including Danielle Williams, helped initiate a program to make CCAD’s Market dining hall a sustainable and green facility. Interior Design students participated in ZeroLandfill, a program that reduces pressure on local landfills by allowing companies in the architectural and interior design industries to drop off unwanted materials for local artists and art educators to reuse. New recycling stations designed by CCAD students popped up around campus this year, thanks to a generous grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.

New MFA alumnus Yang Wu contributed to an anti-bullying video created for the Columbus Police Department as a part of the national anti-bullying campaign It Gets Better. The video was screened this year at a local film night.

Dangerdust  Photo by Amanda Pierce

Chalkboard art by CCAD student duo Dangerdust. Photo by Amanda Pierce.

Student Work Goes Viral

The interwebs gave a few CCAD students some major love.

Colleen Clark (Illustration) saw her comics about body image featured in the Huffington Post and later on Buzzfeed.

Mystery duo Dangerdust (who we just happen to know are 2014 grads) gained international recognition for their weekly series of chalkboard art. The two created 23 chalkboards throughout the year, received shout-outs from Buzzfeed, the Huffington Post, and WOSU’s Broad & High (just to name a few), and developed a cult-like social media following. Check out Dangerdust’s Behance page to see what all the buzz is about.

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