Ric Petry was the first Director of Graduate Studies at CCAD. In 2009, he led the establishment of the first graduate degree at the college: a multidisciplinary, project-based MFA. Prior to 2009, Petry served as the Dean of the Media Arts Division for 10 years and was responsible for the photography, video, animation and interactive arts programs. Petry was also a faculty member in the Photography department and the chair from 1992 to 1998.
Petry is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, three Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and a Greater Columbus Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. His art-making is broad in scope and media, including both commercial and fine art photography, as well as film, performance, sculpture, and recently, collaborative production of video and animation integrated with dance performances.
Petry received a Master of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, where he studied photography with William Larson, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Akron, where he majored in Philosophy and History of Science.