Show us your space: MFA candidate Danielle Wells

From light-filled private painting studios to collaborative offices with cityscape views, the varied workspaces of CCAD students and alumni represent the multitude of career paths an art and design school can help forge. Here’s a peek into where several of our students and grads make the magic happen M–F (or, sometimes, 24/7).


Danielle Michaux Wells

MFA, 2019


danielle wells working in space

Photo provided by Danielle Wells 

As an MFA student at CCAD, Danielle Wells’ studio practice focuses on painting and mixed media collage. She can often be found working in an, admittedly unusual, position in the dedicated graduate space of CCAD’s Design Studios on Broad, a renovated early 20th-century auto dealership near downtown Columbus. The 13,700-square-foot facility includes graduate faculty offices, a lounge and exhibition space, and individual student studios like Wells’. Here’s a look inside her sunlit space.

Where is your work space located?

My studio is located on campus, on the third floor of Design Studios on Broad. It's on the west side of the building.

What kind of work do you do in this space?

I deconstruct ordinary moments to yield extraordinary, abstract, colorful, mixed-media images through the processes of painting and collage. My materials include house paint, acrylic paint, ink, dried paint peels, various kinds of paper, fabric, and more. I have a folding foam mat I use all the time, because I often do my making on the floor. I tend to feel most comfortable in odd places and people sometimes chuckle when they walk by and see me sitting on the floor or on my table surrounded by collage clippings.

What do you love about your space?

A few things. One side of my space is entirely a window. This means I have one less wall for hanging work, but it’s totally worth it to me. I need the sunshine and so does my studio plant! I also love the amount of activity that happens on the third floor of DSB. It’s nice to be among the happenings. There is always someone around with whom to talk or exchange ideas.

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