Oh, the places they go!

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As fortunate as we are to have CCAD’s outstanding faculty close to home, we’re thrilled when they share their art, their research, and their know-how around the world.
Here’s a sampling of where our faculty have been and what global topics their work has addressed in the 2018–19 academic year. We can’t wait to see where they head next.

The Americas

Chair and Assistant Professor Greg Thune (Industrial Design) led shoe design classes in Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile.

Associate Professor Julie Abijanac and Professor Kathy McGhee (Fine Arts) will have work exhibited in Cuba in connection with the 13th Havana Biennial.

McGhee also will have work in the exhibition Open Press Project and Collection in Cologne, Germany.


Assistant Professor Carol Boram-Hays (Studio Art with an Emphasis in the History of Art & Visual Culture) published “Between the Body and the Ancestors: Expressions of Religious Thought in the Clothing of Zulu-Speaking Women in the Nongoma Region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa” in the Journal of Southern
African Humanities.

Assistant Professor Mike Compton (Master of Design in Integrative Design) facilitated a Design Thinking seminar in Rwanda.


Assistant Professor Sapna Singh (Department Head for Business, Math & Entrepreneurship) visited IDC/School of Design at IIT Bombay and NMIMS School of Design in Mumbai, India.

Assistant Professor John Youger (Industrial Design) studied retail design in Shanghai and worked with Mahindra Tractors of India to help them understand the US tractor market.

Adjunct Instructor Raj Shroff (Business, Math & Entrepreneurship) has traveled all over the world for professional practice in product design, retail design, branding, and research to Bangalore, New Delhi, and Mumbai, India; Singapore; Seoul, South Korea; Bangkok, Thailand; Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou, China; Vilnius, Lithuania; Essen and Frankfurt, Germany; London, England; Mexico City, Mexico; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


Professor and Chair Jeannine Kraft (Studio Art with an Emphasis in the History of Art & Visual Culture) presented at the American Conference for Irish Studies on “Negotiating the Landscape: Place in Contemporary Irish Visual Culture” in Boston.

The Chiasm, a film written by Professor and Chair Nella Citino (Film & Video), traveled to the London Cinematic International Film Festival, London, England.

Adjunct Instructor Irmak Ertuna (CORE Studies) co-edited an essay collection Animals, Plants, Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film, forthcoming from the British publishing house Routledge in 2019. Her essay, “Teaching Museum of Innocence in Arts and Design Context,” is forthcoming in the collection Turkish Literature as World Literature from London-based Bloomsbury Publishing.

Professor and Chair Mercè Graell (Master of Design in Integrative Design) attended the Service Design Innovation conference in Milan, Italy; participated at the Transition Design Summit in England, and attended The Future of Futures seminar in Barcelona, Spain; and facilitated co-creation workshops at IED Barcelona.

Assistant Professor Liz Trapp (Studio Art with an Emphasis in the History of Art & Visual Culture) wrote the essay “Art of the Street: Revolutionary Symbols in Egypt” in the book Social Practice Art in Turbulent Times: The Revolution Will Be Live, in publication with British publisher Routledge.

Adjunct Instructor Colleen Morrissey (Writing, Literature & Philosophy) presented “The Grief Manual: Fact, Fiction, and Narrative Podcasts” at the Factual and Fictional Narration program at University of Freiburg, Germany.

Adjunct Instructor Sarah Schmidt (Animation) traveled to Berlin, Germany, for the Pictoplasma character design conference.

Adjunct Instructor Mike Olenick (Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts: New Projects) traveled to Berlin, Germany, for the world premiere of the film I Dream You Dream of Me, which he edited.

Adjunct Instructor Joe Lombardo (CORE Studio) taught a plein air painting workshop in Tuscany, Italy.

Associate Professor Robert Loss’ (Writing, Literature & Philosophy) Nothing Has Been Done Before was nominated for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music 2019 Book Prize in Sweden.

Adjunct Instructor Boryana Rusenova Ina (Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts: New Projects) traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, for the opening of the 8th Lessedra International, which included her paintings.