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headshot of ccad faculty ron saksRon 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

Cheri Sayavong
Cheri J. Sayavong
, adjunct instructor, liberal arts; teaches introductory psychology. Sayavong has been teaching at CCAD for three years and formerly worked at the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission and YMCA and YWCA of Central Ohio. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education and leadership development from the University of Phoenix and enjoys traveling in order to experience diversity. BA in psychology, Ohio State University, 2003; BA in African and African-American studies, Ohio State University,2003; MS in clinical psychology, University of Phoenix, 2008.

Barb Schwartz, adjunct professor, photography; teaches photography. Schwartz currently owns two commercial photography businesses and has previously held positions as a photojournalist and corporate staff photographer. She has received multiple awards including a Pollie in 2012 for her documentary work on the We Are Ohio Campaign, and has been frequently published locally and nationally. BA in psychology with a minor in studio art and photography, Ohio State University, 2012. Online: www.barbschwartzphoto.com.

Cat Sheridan
Cat Sheridan
, adjunct faculty, Cinematic Arts, and director, Continuing & Professional Studies. Sheridan is an artist, art administrator, and arts advocate who makes conceptual installations, paintings, and functional ceramic sculptures. She participated in the Jefferson Center’s Next Generation of Leaders in Arts and Culture program and received a nomination for CCAD’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2014. BFA in Fine Arts, CCAD, 2003. Online: www.catsheridan.wordpress.com.

Ann Shifflet, adjunct instructor, liberal arts; teaches 19th century art, honors topics, and art, design and culture. An adjunct instructor at CCAD since 2008, Shifflet’s interests include historic preservation and classic cinema, especially the horror genre. She specializes in American architectural history and in the past has taught courses on romanticism, modern design history, and northern Renaissance art history. She formerly served as CCAD’s visual resources curator and is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Columbus Historical Society. BA in English literature, University of Rochester, 1996; MA in art history, University of South Carolina, 2001.

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.

headshot of ccad faculty duncan snyderDuncan 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.

Deborah Supelak, adjunct instructor, liberal arts; teaches cultural anthropology, social problems, psychology of creativity, social psychology, introductory sociology, and media anthropology. Supelak has more than 18 years of experience as a college educator, staff trainer, and behavioral consultant. She has participated in studies mapping the visual cortex of the brain and exploring abstract cognition in chimpanzees. She has conducted ethnographic research into family violence among Southeast Asian populations and has researched the influences of popular culture and mass media on psychological development. Supelak also has served as a costume and set designer for local theaters and dance companies and co-founded a dance company of her own. BA in linguistics, Ohio State University, 1990; MSW in clinical social work, Ohio State University, 1995; MA in cultural anthropology, Ohio State University, 1995.

Marcia Tabler, adjunct instructor, advertising & graphic design; teaches team and individual classes and retail venues for artists. With CCAD since 2006, Tabler also has a marketing consulting business. Her 30-year retail career has focused on creative direction and production at Lands' End, Warner Bros. Studio stores, Marshall Field’s and other major department store retailers. Her work has been recognized by the Retail Advertising & Marketing Association (RAMA), Direct Marketing Association, and Advertising Age magazine. In 2010, Tabler received a Lifetime Achievement Award from RAMA. Her newest creative endeavor is ceramics, and she has a small studio in her home in Granville. BFA in retail advertising, CCAD, 1974.

headshot of ccad faculty kaname takadaKaname 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.

headshot of ccad faculty ronald tardinoRonald 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.

Linda Taylor
Linda Taylor
, adjunct professor, liberal arts; teaches screenwriting. Taylor worked as a broadcast producer for WOSU Public Media on NPR’s All Sides and Open Line. Taylor has written and directed five films and regularly presents film programs of work by women directors, international films, and documentaries. Her review of the documentary Circles was published in the Journal of Film and Video, and she wrote a chapter on the film Smoke Signals for Kaplan International’s film studies textbook. BA in medieval and renaissance studies, Ohio State University, 1972; MPA in public administration, Ohio State University 1974; MFA in film production, New York University, 1989.

Greg Thune, chair, industrial and interior design; teaches drafting CAD and junior and senior studio. Currently credited with seven patents, Thune also has been published in I.D. magazine. His specialties include sketching, problem solving, project management, plastic injection molding, plastic rotation molding, plastic thermoforming, glass molding, rendering and animation, mechanical design, manufacturability, process and control, and proposal writing. His professional work has focused on medical, consumer, and industrial projects. BID, Auburn University, 1989; MS in marketing, Franklin University, 2012. Online: www.linkedin.com/pub/greg-thune/0/6b0/381/

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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