CCAD announces Visiting Artists & Scholars Series speakers for spring

Feb 4, 2022

CCAD announces Visiting Artists & Scholars Series speakers for spring

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Leah Spellman, APR
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Columbus College of Art & Design
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COLUMBUS, Ohio—Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is pleased to announce its speaker lineup for the spring 2022 Visiting Artists & Scholars Series. Nationally acclaimed artists, designers, and educators will join CCAD for a set of lectures that grapple with representation and race. All events are free and open to the public.

"These four artists and designers proudly engage with the public, broadly construed,” says Jennifer Schlueter, PhD, Dean of Graduate Studies at CCAD. “From leading a national museum of design to documenting the Flint, Michigan water crisis to collaborating with brands like Adidas or artists like Kendrick Lamar to creating sensitive, nuanced works that celebrate daily life, all four speakers bring interdisciplinary curiosity to a range of subject matters and approaches."

Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar
Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar

Kicking off the spring series virtually on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m. (EST) is Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar, acting director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and incoming president of Kansas City Art Institute. Her lecture on rewriting design history builds upon CCAD’s President’s Lecture with Dori Tunstall, PhD from the fall. At Cooper Hewitt, Neuhold-Ravikumar oversees more than 100 full-time employees and a collection of more than 215,000 design objects spanning 30 centuries. The only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, Cooper Hewitt’s special exhibitions and educational programs tell design’s story, raise awareness of design’s universal value, and demonstrate design’s power to make a difference. To attend, register at

LaToya Ruby Frazier
LaToya Ruby Frazier

On Thursday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. (EST) one of the nation’s most acclaimed photographers, LaToya Ruby Frazier, joins CCAD virtually for a conversation about her work, which depicts the unsettling reality of today’s America: post-industrial cities riven by poverty, racism, healthcare inequality, and environmental toxicity. By featuring voices and perspectives traditionally erased from the American narrative, MacArthur “Genius” Frazier not only captures our cultural blind spots—she teaches us how art is a powerful tool for social transformation. Frazier is an associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including Flint is Family  in Three Acts. She is currently featured in the HBO documentary A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks. Register to attend at

Shantell Martin
Photo of Shantell Martin by Catalina Kulczar

Contemporary artist and designer Shantell Martin presents “Life in Lines” virtually on Thursday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). In her talk, Martin will discuss how creativity and drawing can expand life experience. A British artist with a unique style and notable presence in the contemporary art world, Martin’s mastery of the spontaneous drawn line has captivated an audience of international patrons, admirers, and collectors. Her art is exhibited and sought after by many top museums, galleries, and art spaces, including the Whitney Museum Shop in New York City; the Oculus, World Trade Center, NYC; Governor's Island, NYC; and the Denver Museum of Art in Colorado. Martin's work includes a collaboration with Pulitzer-Prize winning musician Kendrick Lamar, and she has worked with such brands as Google Creative Labs, Adidas, and Nike. Register to attend at

Dean Mitchell
Photo of Dean Mitchell by Jacob Blickenstaff

CCAD’s President’s Lecture featuring Dean Mitchell (Illustration, 1980) has been postponed. More details regarding a rescheduled date will be forthcoming. A CCAD graduate hailed by Forbes as “America’s Most Underappreciated Painter,” Mitchell will discuss his creative approach and body of work. Mitchell is well known for his figurative works, landscapes, and still lifes. In addition to watercolors, he is accomplished in other mediums, including egg tempera, oil, and pastels. His work has been featured in a number of publications, including The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, American Artist, Artist Magazine, Fine Art International, and ARTnews. His art can be found in corporate and museum collections across the country. Mitchell has been recognized with numerous honors, including the American Watercolor Society Gold Medal, Allied Artist of American Gold Medal in Watercolor and Oil, Thomas Moran Award from the Salmagundi Club in New York, Remington Professional League, and for three years in a row, the Best in Show Award from the Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Competition. His painting No Way Out is part of the Columbus Museum of Art’s permanent collection and will be on view there during the time of his lecture. Learn more at

CCAD’s Visiting Artists & Scholars Series is made possible thanks to support from the Ohio Arts Council and the Skestos Endowment Fund for Visiting Artists & Lectures. To learn more about CCAD’s Visiting Artists & Scholars Series and to view recordings of past lectures, visit Find out about other CCAD events here or by signing up for CCAD emails. For more information about CCAD’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, 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 11 BFA programs, a Master of Fine Arts, and a Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit