CCAD Alumni

Our relationship doesn’t end when we shake hands at graduation.

At CCAD, we want you to stay connected to the family and resources you developed during your time here. Our alumni exhibit work in our galleries, share insights with current students and use CCAD as a career-building resource. Stay in the loop with CCAD News.

Get Involved

There are so many great ways to get involved as a CCAD alum. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities that include from on-campus mentorships, guest speaking and events around the country. Have a new idea for how you can be involved? Fill out this form and let us know how you’d like to stay connected with campus.


From the Building the Future event, which took place on April 6, 2017.  Click here.

Alumni Award for Excellence

Each year, CCAD invites alumni to nominate Columbus College of Art & Design notable alumni for the Alumni Award for Excellence. It’s one way to acknowledge not only the contributions of one very deserving graduate, but also the impact that CCAD alumni have all over the world.

Finalists are chosen for the excellence of their work and their demonstration of CCAD’s ideals. We’re looking for CCAD graduates who have used their artistic excellence to create a significant impact on the everyday life of people and communities. They must also have created a distinctive impact in their specific field. Nominees must be graduates of CCAD and must not have previously won the award. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.

Previous Honorees

  • 2016 Derek Fansler ('95) Fine Arts
  • 2015 Steven Hubbard (’10) Time Based Media Studies (Cinematic Arts)
  • 2014 Inka Essenhigh ('91) Fine Arts
  • 2013 Chad Hunt ('94) Photography
  • 2012 Dan Scanlon ('98) Illustration
  • 2011 Nathan Greno ('96) Illustration
  • 2010 Rosanne Percivalle (’80) Illustration
  • 2009 Aaron Szymanski ('91) Industrial Design
  • 2008 Joan Hall (’74) Fine Arts
  • 2007 Ron Tsang ('83) Industrial Design
  • 2006 Jeff Link ('69) Advertising & Graphic Design (awarded posthumously)
  • 2003 William "BJ" Van de Velde ('61) Advertising & Graphic Design
  • 2002 Charles O'Connor ('62) Industrial Design
  • 2001 Dean Mitchell ('80) Illustration
  • 2000 Edmund Kuehn ('38) Fine Arts
  • 1999 Wucius Wong (‘65)
  • 1994 Dean Mitchell ('80) Illustration
  • 1994 James C. Lutz ('78) Advertising & Graphic Design
  • 1994 Linzy Randolph
  • 1993 Mary Lou Alpert ('56-60)
  • 1992 Ruth Anne Johnson, (‘65 – ‘70) Illustration
  • 1992 Chris Snell ('72) Advertising & Graphic Design
  • 1991 Daniel Thomas Chrzanowski ('70) Illustration
  • 1991 George Gaadt ('66) Illustration
  • 1991 Dean Kette ('59)
  • 1991 George Kinney
  • 1991 Ann Rothan ('92) Fine Arts
  • 1990 Arthur Klemushin ('66) Illustration
  • 1990 Doug Anderson ('42) Illustration
  • 1990 Ming Fay ('65) Industrial Design
  • 1990 James F. Lutz ('78) Advertising & Graphic Design
  • 1990 Beverly Jane Niffenegger ('77) Advertising & Graphic Design
  • 1990 Marcia Tabler ('74) Retail Advertising
  • 1989 Kenneth Batista ('75) Fine Arts
  • 1989 Robert Bender ('66) Advertising & Graphic Design
  • 1989 George Radway ('38) Fine Arts
  • 1989 Clyde Singer ('34)
  • 1989 Wucius Wong ('65)
  • 1988 Stanley Ray Corfman ('60) Advertising & Graphic Design
  • 1988 James Grimes ('63) Industrial Design
  • 1988 Margaret Lynn ('35)
  • 1988 Thomas O'Donnell ('55)
  • 1988 Jack Shinn ('42) Fine Arts
  • 1988 Marilyn Skeffington ('69) Advertising & Graphic Design
  • 1987 Frank Hoffelt
  • 1987 Dorothy Neill ('37)
  • 1987 Charles O'Connor ('62) Industrial Design
  • 1987 Bernard Stockwell ('48) Industrial Design
  • 1987 B. J. Van de Velde ('61) Advertising & Graphic Design
  • 1982 Jerry McDaniel ('57) Illustration

Beginning in 1999, honorees received the Joseph V. Canzani Alumni Award for Excellence. Between 1987 and 1994, honorees received the CCAD Alumni Award.

Career Services

Whether you’re looking for a new job, hiring new talent or just needing some advice, the Career Services Office is here and available for both current students and CCAD alumni.

Check out our job board

Our alumni are invited to use the online job service at to find and post jobs. When registering for this service for the first time, please enter “alumni” as your student ID.

Talk with us

If you’re looking for a new job, the Careers Services staff is here to meet with you one on one to get you fully prepared. We can help you review your career goals and objectives, develop an overall strategy to identify and apply for positions that meet those goals, and prepare your application materials (cover letter, resume and more). CCAD also provides workshops and offers guidance to accessing the proper resources. Contact us at 614.222.4045 to schedule a job search assistance meeting in person or by phone.

Going to graduate school

Career Services offers workshops on finding a graduate program for you and making your application stand out. Our resource center, located in the Career Services Office (on the first floor of the Design Studios on Broad Street), is fully stocked with grad school catalogs and application materials. The staff will work closely with you to develop a strategy for the schools you want to apply to. To find residencies, we also recommend checking out the Alliance of Artist Communities.

Looking for interns or new hires?

Each year, CCAD hosts recruiting events to help our students find positions that best fit their passions and provide rewarding experiences. These are wonderful opportunities for you to give back to your alma mater by offering job or internship opportunities to current students. Email to add your contact information to our event invite list.