Alumnus gives CCAD a shout-out on nationally-selling product

Illustration, Image of man on a boat holding up a fish in a camouflage jacket and hat against a background of blue sky and water
Alumnus Joe Suroviec gave CCAD a shout-out on his nationally-selling shirt designs.

Illustrations by Illustration alumnus Joe Suroviec (CCAD 1984) are for sale in Cabela’s stores nationwide, and thanks to Suroviec, so is the CCAD name—sort of. The tag included on all freshwater fishing shirt designs by Suroviec features his biography, in which Suroviec attributes his talents to his education at CCAD.

The tag reads, “Wildlife Artist Joe Suroviec has an extensive background in hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. His art education came from the prestigious Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. This formal training enhanced an ability to create originals based on his first hand experiences and not from reference photographs.”

When telling us about his good news, Suroviec wrote, “I enjoyed my time at CCAD and as an alumnus have benefited greatly from the teaching of Ron Tardino, Frank Hoffelt, Leland Mc Celland, Stuart McKissick, and Ned Moore—especially in retail illustration. Believe me, the reputation of this school is highly regarded in the art field—one that I have been fortunate enough to be in since 1982.”

As an outdoor writer, a tournament winning fishing guide and angler in the Florida Keys, Suroviec is also the Official Artist of the Snook Foundation, Florida Sportsman Magazine and is sponsored by Evinrude E-TEC Motors, Kistler Rods, Snagproof Lures, and Mitey Mite Anchors. A native of Waterford, PA, Joe now resides in Palm City, Florida.

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For more information, visit his website.