On June 23, 2001, CCAD made a mark on the city skyline with our giant Art Sculpture. The piece is 100 feet tall, 101 feet wide, and weighs 62,100 pounds or 31 tons. (It also has zero bad angles when it comes to taking selfies.) The sculpture came to be after Ric Petry, now Professor Emeritus, joked that CCAD should build a giant ART sign inspired by 1950s diners. Then President Denny Griffith liked the idea. So we got a giant Art Sign that serves, as Denny said, “as a beacon for the arts in Columbus and beyond.”
CCAD launched its first graduate program, the Master of Fine Arts degree.
The first MFA class graduated.
State-of-the-art fabrication space, called the Tad Jeffrey FabLab, was built, housing 3D printers, laser cutters and machining equipment.
Dr. Melanie Corn was named first female President of CCAD.
We introduced two new undergraduate programs — Comics & Narrative Practice and Contemporary Crafts — and a new graduate degree, the Master of Design in Integrated Design.
CCAD opens the state-of-the-art Cloyd Family Animation Center.
CCAD celebrates its 140th anniversary with a year of special programming, stories, and events, including a compilation of CCAD Found Footage taken over the decades from the college’s video archive. Watch it here.
It’s your turn to make history.