Professor Julie Abijanac chairs both the Master of Fine Arts degree and the undergraduate Fine Arts program at CCAD, focusing on managerial support and creating collaborative, innovative learning environments through challenging curricula that deepen students' connections to faculty, studio practice, theory, history, and the professional world.

Abijanac joined CCAD in 2004 as an adjunct faculty member and was named professor in 2021. Her extensive contributions include teaching in various programs, planning the 2018 FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) conference hosted at CCAD, and engaging in such roles as curriculum development, faculty council, and board memberships in external art organizations. Abijanac has been an active board member of the Ohio Art League and the Mid-America College Art Association (MACAA) and has presented and chaired panels for the College Art Association, MACAA, FATE, and Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

Abijanac is a mixed-media artist whose work is focused on self-discovery and personal growth. Through experimentation and risk-taking, she aims to break creative boundaries regardless of the medium she uses, whether it's painting, sculpture, or fiber. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and some of her selected works are a part of the Mark Rothko Collection in Latvia. Her achievements include winning the People's Choice Award at FiberArt International 2013 and first place in Fiber/Textiles at the 68th Annual Ohio Exhibition 2012. She is also a recipient of the Capelli d'Angeli Foundation 2013 Artist Grants for her work addressing cancer. Abijanac earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts from CCAD in 1992 and went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1994.