Programs of Study

Faculty Biographies (S–U)

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Ron Saks
, chair, Cinematic Arts. Saks, who joined the CCAD faculty in 1988, has extensive industry and teaching experience in animation, special-effects animation, and computer animation for film and television. In addition to producing his own independent projects, Saks has worked on major theatrical releases such as Time After Time, Star Trek: The Movie and Resurrection, as well as many television programs and commercials. He has worked for Universal Studios, Robert Abel and Associates, and Cranston-Csuri Productions, as well as other studios. BA, MFA, UCLA

Mariana Smith
, adjunct professor, Fine Arts, and graduate program; teaches printmaking, fine arts junior seminar and honors seminar. Smith’s work explores notions of identity, locality, time, and memory. She grew up in Russia, was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center in 2011 and the Venice Printmaking Studio in 2012, and she will be a part of the Sculpa Internazionale di Grafica Venezia summer residency program in 2014. BFA in fine art and folk art, Moscow College of Applied and Industrial Art, 1989; BFA in fine art, CCAD, 2002; MFA in fine art, Cornell University, 2004. Online: http://marianasmithart.com/home.

Duncan J. Snyder
, professor, Photography and Graduate Studies, and chair of photography; teaches photography, studio photography, photo projects, and landscape photography. Snyder has received individual artist grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council and serves on the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission. He has been a visiting artist at the Burren College of Art in Ireland and a resident artist through the Studio Art Centers International program in Italy. At CCAD, he facilitated a travel abroad course to Ireland. BFA in photography, CCAD, 1988; MFA in photography, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1991. Online: www.ccad.digication.com/duncan_j_snyder_my_work/Welcome/published.

Cheryl Steele, adjunct instructor, Fashion Design; teaches draping, beginning pattern, and fashion history. A designer of children’s wear, millenary, and wedding apparel, Steele has contracted with the Limited, Cheryl and Co., Andrews Jewelry, Elder-Beerman, A Proper Garden, and others. She was a visual merchandise manager for Macy’s and Lazarus, where she led business and trend forecasting and developed visual and merchandising sets for new stores, remodels, and prototypes. Steele’s teaching experience involves development of interactive history and art programs for local schools. AAS in fashion design, children’s wear and millenary, Fashion Institute of Technology, 1980; BS in clothing and textiles, Ohio State University, 1981.

Hannah Stephenson, adjunct instructor, Liberal Arts; teaches writing and the arts. Stephenson is a poet and instructor. Her poems have appeared in Contrary Magazine, Far Away Literary Magazine and the Birmingham Arts Journal, among others, and on online publications, including The Nervous Breakdown and qarrtsiluni. Since 2010, she has been a poetry blogger for The Huffington Post. Her collection, In the Kettle, the Shriek, will be published by Gold Wake Press in 2013. Stephenson also is the founder of Paging Columbus!, a literary event series. BA in creative writing, Ohio State University, 2004; MA in 20th century literature, Ohio State University, 2006. Online: www.thestorialist.com.

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Kaname Takada
, professor, Fine Arts; teaches ceramics. Takada has exhibited work in France, New Zealand, Japan, and throughout the United States. His work is represented at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Zanesville Museum of Art, Lamar Dodd Art Center, Ohio Craft Museum, on CCAD's campus and at other places both public and private. He has three times won first place in ceramics at the Ohio Show at the Zanesville Museum of Art and twice won a ceramics award at the Spring Show in Lima as well as the Wooster Functional Ceramics Workshop Award of Excellence. BFA in fine arts, CCAD, 1989; MFA in fine arts and ceramics, University of Notre Dame, 1992.

Georgia Tangi, adjunct instructor, Art History; teaches the history of art, design, and culture. Tangi has experience in curatorial work, arts administration, and curriculum design. She has consulted for the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, directed the art department at Kentucky Wesleyan College, and worked at Franklin University as an artist in residence. Her artwork is in the permanent collection of the Owensboro Museum of Art, the Coca Cola Bottling Company, and several law firms. BFA in painting, Kansas City Art Institute, 1969; MA in art education, Ohio State University, 1971; PhD in interdisciplinary arts, Ohio State University, 1981. Online: tangistudio.com.

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Ronald A. Tardino
, adjunct instructor, Illustration; teaches illustration and drawing. An instructor for 40 years, Tardino has experience in murals, sculpture, books, illustrations, and concept art. He is a liaison for The Walt Disney Studios and has served as an instructor and advisor to CCAD’s Art Explorer Post 407 program, guiding high school students interested in art careers. He had taught observational drawing at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Ohio Wildlife Center and is a member of the Ohio Historical Society. An historical re-enactor artist, Tardino has been commissioned to do period paintings of historical places and events as well as portraits. BFA in illustration, CCAD, 1971.

Elizabeth Trapp
, adjunct instructor, Liberal Arts; teaches art history. Currently working on a master’s degree in painting at CCAD, Trapp’s studio work consists of textile-based paintings that attempt to synthesize and reconstruct large tropes in the history of art while utilizing techniques and materials that recall the history of craft. The works are playful and maintain an imaginative feel. Trapp’s areas of specialization include post-World War II American and European painting and post-structuralist theory. She conducted post-baccalaureate work at the Pont Aven School of Art in France, where she studied painting. BFA in painting, Ohio University, 2006; MA in art history, Ohio University, 2010. Online: www.ccad.digication.com/liz_trapp.

Crystal Tursich
, adjunct instructor and assistant to the facilities manager, Photography; teaches photography. Tursich is a fine arts photographer working in self portraiture with film and digital photography. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally. She has presented at educator conferences on continuing arts education, post-graduate options for students in the arts, and her own artwork. BFA in fine arts and photography, Adrian College, 2005; MFA in visual arts: new projects, CCAD, 2012. Online: http://crystal-tursich.squarespace.com

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