CCAD announces new faculty appointments
Columbus College of Art & Design is pleased to announce new additions and promotions in our faculty ranks ahead of the fall 2018 semester. The new and promoted faculty members are:
Formerly full-time Visiting Faculty, now Assistant Professor in History of Art & Visual Culture, Carol Boram-Hays teaches African art history, contemporary art and design and culture at CCAD. A sculptor and installation artist, Boram-Hays’ work has been nationally and internationally exhibited and has been featured in The New York Times, Landscape Architecture and Sculpture magazine. Boram-Hays has authored articles on Zulu beadwork and published the book Bringing Modernism Home: Ohio Decorative Arts: 1890-1960. The winner of several national and state awards, Boram-Hays holds a BA in biology, Washington University, 1985; MA in African art history, Ohio State University, 1994; and a PhD in African art history, Ohio State University, 2000.
Gavrilo Gnatovich has been an award-winning animation director/designer for over 35 years. Previously an Adjunct Instructor and now an Assistant Professor in Animation at CCAD, Gnatovich has directed over 100 animated commercials and created two shows for the Cartoon Network. Gnatovich has owned and operated two small independent animation studios, GAV Productions and Knock Knock Cartoons Ltd., LLC. He earned his MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design and in 2017 began production on a graphic novel based upon his Cartoon Network show, Longhair and Doubledome, which was successfully funded through Kickstarter.
Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Steve Hubbard (Media Studies Time-Based, 2010) has worked on such films as Peter Rabbit (2018) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) as well as Life of Pi (2012), where he was part of a team that won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Hubbard, who previously worked as CG Modeler at Laika and Senior Modeler at Animal Logic, taught at CCAD as an Adjunct Instructor of Animation before his promotion to Associate Professor of Animation. In addition to his role at CCAD, Hubbard is VFX Supervisor at Ohio Film Group. Learn more about Steve Hubbard.
New Assistant Professor in Animation Elizabeth Keegan is a gamer, artist, sister, educator, and big kid — all of which exist in no particular order. Keegan, who earned her MFA at University of California, Berkeley, and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, has a practice that spans the realms of experimental, indie, and instructional game development. Keegan is greatly inspired by interactive spaces as they present both herself and students a world of creative discovery. She enjoys finding parallels among traditional and contemporary game experiences and player behavior and finds fuel for her creativity in the act of making and playing games.
Mike Laughead (Master of Fine Arts, 2013), a children’s illustrator of graphic novels and picture books, has been promoted to Assistant Professor and Chair of Illustration and Comics & Narrative Practice. Previously Program Coordinator for the majors, Laughead replaces longtime professor Stew McKissick in the Chair positions. (McKissick will remain as a full-time faculty member in both programs.) Laughead, who earned a BFA in Illustration from Brigham Young University-Idaho, teaches Senior Portfolio Projects, Senior Capstone, Illustration Markets, and Intro to Drawing for Entertainment Design at CCAD.
Award-winning film veteran Nella Citino, hired as a Professor in Film & Video, has worked in video, broadcast, and film for more than three decades and has earned a number of accolades, including seven Emmys, two First Place Awards from the Chicago International Film Festival, two Parents’ Choice Awards, and a Special Recognition Award from the National Association of Broadcasters. Citino served as Chair of the Department of Video and Film at the Madison Media Institute and Executive Director of Frozen Stage Films in Wisconsin. Her professional credits include the national children’s programs ZOOM and Get Real!, the award-winning short film The Chiasm, and the forthcoming feature-length film Delight in the Mountain.
Other job changes of note include the promotion of three faculty members from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor. They are: