Fine Arts

When they're not so sure, you dive right in.

You’ll try your hand at anything: ceramics, glass, drawing, printmaking, painting, jewelry, sculpture. Our Fine Arts program is one of the most technically diverse majors at CCAD. It houses some of our most passionate, prolific and driven artists who are ready to critique each other honestly in an effort to produce the best work. The program includes intensive studio courses, liberal arts work and professional practices to develop a creative but useful methodology that's applicable to a wide array of careers upon graduation.


You'll have access to:

  • Four student galleries
  • Individual studios for advanced students
  • A separate studio so you can document your work digitally
  • State-of-the-art facilities with fully equipped studios for ceramics, drawing, painting, glass, jewelry, printmaking and sculpture

Student and alumni works

  • Paintings
    Fine Arts
  • Glassblowing, Fine Arts, Katherine Wood, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
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  • Jewelry, Fine Arts, Elizabeth Toadvine, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
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  • Painting, Fine Arts, Vlado Petrovsky, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Fine Arts
  • Sculpture
    Fine Arts
  • Sculpture, Fine Arts, Franklin Cain Borgers, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
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  • Sculptures, Fine Arts, Frank Castanien, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
    Sculptures: Bodyworker + OrgasmSting
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  • Oil painting, Green Goddess, Fine Arts, Inka Essenhigh, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Green Goddess
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    Oil on canvas
  • Ring and Black Facet Drop Earrings
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  • Sculptures, Fine Arts, Evin Dubois, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
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  • Seagull Bags, Industrial Design, Fine Arts, Daniel McKewen, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Seagull Bags
    Industrial Design
  • Galaxy Ring and Petal Earrings
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  • Illustrations, Fine Arts, Lisa Sterle, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
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Our grads have applied the skills they built at CCAD to a variety of positions and fields.

Art administrator
Art educator
Exhibition designer
Festival artist
Gallery director
Gallery owner
Jewelry designer
Professional studio artist
Public art sculptor


  • Ceramics Monthly
  • Industrial Light + Magic
  • Janus Capital Group
  • Kehinde Wiley Studio
  • Robert Lee Morris Jewelry
  • San Jose Repertory Theatre
  • Sotheby's
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • The School of Visual Arts
  • The Smithsonian Institution

Credit hours

Program Requirements 42
CORE Studio Requirements 36
CORE Liberal Arts Requirements 42

Course information

Check out the course requirements chart on the major flyer.

Full-time faculty

Kelly Malec-Kosak, Chair of Fine Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Chair of Fine Arts
  • Associate Professor
  • Program Liaison, Fine Arts and History of Art and Visual Culture
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Professor
  • Professor
  • Professor
  • Professor
  • Professor
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor

Notable alumni

Inka Essenhigh is a New York-based studio artist and painter, represented by Victoria Miro Gallery in London. Her work has been shown at galleries and museums around the world and is featured in several public collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Tate in London.

Inka Essenhigh
Fine Arts

Daniel McKewen is the owner and founder of Seagull Bags, a custom courier bag company known for durability, design and custom embroidery. McKewen says there are two types of businesses in the courier bag space: major brands, which mass-produce, and one- or two-person “basement companies.” Seagull fits in between, big enough to produce at some volume, but still small enough to be flexible and individual.

Daniel McKewen
Fine Arts

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