2020 CCAD Alumni Awards recognize six outstanding artists and designers

Oct 26, 2020

2020 CCAD Alumni Awards recognize six outstanding artists and designers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio—Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is pleased to announce its 2020 Alumni Awards recipients. Six artists and designers from around the country will be recognized for their role in shaping culture and commerce and making a major impact in Columbus and far beyond. The Arts Educator Award, Commitment to Service Award, Creative Entrepreneur Award, Emerging Leader Award, and Joseph V. Canzani Alumni Award for Excellence will be presented during a private, online event on Nov. 5, 2020.

“CCAD alumni are known for their talent, work ethic, passion, creativity, and resilience,” said CCAD President Melanie Corn. “Through this unprecedented year we have all witnessed the importance of those attributes as well as the power of art and design. This year’s Alumni Awards recipients are storytellers, change-makers, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. We look forward to celebrating their impact on Columbus and the world.”

This year’s award recipients are:

Arts Educator Award

William Potter (Fine Arts, 1995) is the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professor of Foundation Studies at the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University and Purdue University (IUPUI) in Indianapolis. He received his BFA in Fine Arts from CCAD in 1995 and his MFA in Painting from the University of Cincinnati in 1997. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States and internationally in the UK, Germany, and Australia. Potter regularly lectures nationally on teaching methods especially as they relate to foundations curricula. He was the Vice President for the Biennial Conference for the 2015 FATE Biennial conference, “Tectonic/Shifts.”

Commitment to Service Award

Krista Sison (Fashion Design, 2013) runs Multitudes Studio, through which she leads sustainability initiatives, and works full-time as a Digital Designer for the trendsetting lingerie line Savage X Fenty, founded by singer, actress, and entertainer Rihanna. A multidisciplinary designer living in Los Angeles, Sison designs creatively for brands during the week, and works to protect people and the planet on nights and weekends.

Creative Entrepreneur Award

Emily Kellett (Industrial Design, 2016) and Brian Kellett (Media Studies Still-Based, 2007) are co-owners and co-founders of STUMP, a retail store specializing in houseplants and plant accessories. The pair launched STUMP in 2015, starting with one location in Columbus’ Italian Village neighborhood. In the years since, they’ve opened up a second location in Columbus (German Village) and added STUMP locations to Philadelphia and Savannah, Georgia, bringing their total number of stores to five. Their background in art and design has helped them create shops that are a fresh take on a retail garden store. Through building a system of training employees, who in turn educate each customer, they find much of their success comes from passing on accurate plant care information to their customers.

Emerging Leader Award

Lalese “Lolly” Stamps (Advertising & Graphic Design, 2017) is a Columbus-based
multidisciplinary designer with a focus in ceramics. In September 2019, Stamps embarked on her 100 Day Project, which saw her make 100 mugs, each with a different-style handle, over a 100-day period. The challenging project brought her attention for innovation in approach and stylish designs. In addition to mugs, Stamps, Founder of Lolly Lolly Ceramics, makes bowls, plates, and planters; her work has caught the attention of such major publications as Architectural Digest, British Vogue, Sight Unseen, Dwell, and many others. Stamps designs objects that are functional at their core, simple in shape, and capable of withstanding the test of time.

Joseph V. Canzani Alumni Award for Excellence

Douglas Bell (Illustration, 1989) was born in 1967 and grew up in Vandalia, Ohio. After receiving his undergraduate degree from CCAD in 1989, he began an art career creating illustrations for Harley-Davidson licensed apparel. He moved to Kansas City in 1997 and began a successful 22-year career at Hallmark Cards, Inc. Now self-employed, Bell’s desire to begin more intensive learning has prompted him to begin working towards an MFA in Illustration at the University of Hartford Art School under the direction of C.F. Payne.

CCAD has awarded the Joseph V. Canzani Award for Excellence for nearly 40 years. Starting in 2017 the college expanded its awards program to honor additional alumni each year in five categories. This year’s honorees were nominated by members of the CCAD community and the general public. To learn more about this year’s recipients, and view past recipients, click here.

About Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States. CCAD offers 12 BFA programs and a Master of Fine Arts program that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit ccad.edu.