Annual CCAD exhibition to highlight work of graduating Master of Design & Master of Fine Arts students

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CCAD MFA student Susanne Dotson works on a piece for the annual graduate studies exhibition

COLUMBUS, Ohio—For years, Columbus College of Art & Design has shown the best work from graduating Master of Fine Arts candidates.

Now, for the first time, the annual graduate student exhibition will include work from CCAD’s new Master of Design program, which graduates its first class in May 2019.

The 2019 CCAD MFA & MDes Thesis Exhibition will open Friday, April 5, and will continue through Sunday, April 28, at CCAD’s Beeler Gallery and Auditorium. The Master of Fine Arts portion, called Replacing the Sun?, features work by 20 graduating MFA students, and the Master of Design portion features work by 9 graduating MDes students.

“Columbus College of Art & Design has been educating talented artists and designers for 140 years,” says Ric Petry, Director of Graduate Studies at CCAD. “And after launching our new Master of Design program in 2017, we’re thrilled to include work from our top-notch MDes students in addition to our skilled MFA students.”

Mercè Graell, Chair of CCAD’s Master of Design program, says the exhibition will feature a wide variety of projects that showcase the power of design.

“The Master of Design program at CCAD teaches students how to use strategic design to solve complex problems—and even spot them before they arise,” says Graell. “We’re thrilled to have our students exhibition how they use design to tackle complicated issues across sectors and industries.”

Projects range from Christopher Rabineau’s project to design a better experience for business travelers at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport to Weeraya Jirawongwaris and Priya Metha’s project to improve incontinence products for Cardinal Health. 

“Twenty-five million people suffer from incontinence, but it is a rarely discussed issue,” say Jirawongwaris and Metha, who will both graduate in May from CCAD’s Master of Design program. “By using an empathy-based approach, we want to uncover the opportunities for Cardinal Health to innovate in the current line of products and provide a recommendation to deliver a holistic idea that future products/services need to address.”

The MFA show’s title, Replacing the Sun?, comes from something the grandfather of MFA student Jiahao Peng said: “Americans are making the bodies immortal … Are they replacing the sun, too? Where will they store the old one?”

But the name is fitting in another way, too: Some projects are so big they could almost replace the sun.

Take Grace Korandovich, an MFA student whose is installing a piece spanning a 22-foot wall and featuring sculptural bodies made from watercolor paper and sinamay fabric.

“Watercolor paper and sinamay fabric are dampened to produce a malleable surface that is manipulated into an intrinsic flowing form,” says Korandovich, who played lacrosse and studied business as an undergraduate student at San Diego State University. “As the fibers dry, they render a contoured skeletal support that retains a sense of movement and fragility.”

Susanne Dotson, who enrolled in CCAD’s MFA program at age 73, is working on a large scale, too: She is creating 18 48-inch square paintings, which will be hung in two 9x9 quilt-like displays.

“The overall theme is mixing images of farm and fashion,” says Dotson, who grew up on a farm in LaGrange, Ohio. “Ultimately, this becomes a visual memoir of who I am and, in a way, a self-portrait.”

Other participating MFA students include Yajim Amadu, Joey Bee, Alexandria Carlton, Liyao (Rose) Chen, Neil Curran, Sahar Fadaian, Jacs Fishburne, Quintin Gleim, Faith Goodman, Julia Hamilton, Amanda Ho, Yae Reem Lee, Rich McKinley, Xiaoshuo (Eric) Mei, Alissa Ohashi, Danielle Michaux Wells, and Chenxuan Zhang.

Other participating MDes students include Elyse Applewhite, Shielaugh Divelbiss, Elle Miller, Joseph Owens, Kendra Rabineau, and Maurshell Stokes.


About the 2019 CCAD MFA & MDes Exhibition

The 2019 CCAD MFA & MDes Thesis Exhibition will open Friday, April 5, and will continue through Sunday, April 28, at CCAD’s Beeler Gallery and Auditorium. The Master of Fine Arts portion, called Replacing the Sun?, features work by 20 graduating MFA students, and the Master of Design portion features work by 9 graduating MDes students. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 5, and the Master of Design students will present their projects from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Canzani Center Auditorium.


About CCAD's graduate programs

CCAD has two graduate programs: the new Master of Design in Integrative Design program and CCAD’s MFA in Visual Arts: New Projects. For more information, visit ccad.edu/mdes or ccad.edu/mfa.


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, and in 2019, the college is celebrating 140 years of creative excellence. CCAD offers 12 BFA programs and two master’s programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit ccad.edu.


Photos

Above: CCAD student Susanne Dotson (Master of Fine Arts, 2019), pictured here, works on a painting for the 2019 CCAD MFA & MDes Thesis Exhibition, on view April 5–28 at CCAD. Photo by Ty Wright for Columbus College of Art & Design. 

Additional high-res photos are available for download here with the password susanne.


Media contact

Jeannie Nuss
Director of Public Relations 
614.222.6162
jnuss@ccad.edu