CCAD grads and faculty members among artists showing work in Cuba in Columbus exhibitions

Sep 23, 2019

Columbus, Ohio—Works from 54 central Ohio artists, including a number of Columbus College of Art & Design graduates and faculty members, and 58 Cuban artists will be showcased in Cuba in Columbus, a series of exhibitions across Columbus on view throughout October and November.

The work will be on display a number of galleries and venues, including Brandt-Roberts Galleries, the Columbus Museum of Art, COSI, the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s office, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Lindsay Gallery, (not) Sheep Gallery, Riffe Center, Sharon Weiss Gallery, and Sherrie Gallerie.

The Hilton Columbus Downtown will host the opening on Tuesday, Oct.  1, 2019, from 5 to 8 p.m., with remarks at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Many of the works that will be on view throughout the city as part Cuba in Columbus were shown in Cuba during the 13th Havana Biennial, which was held April 12 to May 12, 2019, in Matanzas, Cuba, with more than 200 artists from nearly 50 countries participating.

The Cuba in Columbus project was coordinated by Columbus curator Michael Reese, who began organizing people-to-people group trips with Ruthie Newcomer, his Cuba travel business partner, to encourage small groups from the United States to engage with what he calls Cuba’s “thought-provoking” art scene.

Read more about the Cuban shows here. For a complete list of participating galleries and Cuba in Columbus exhibitions, visit

Participating Cuba in Columbus artists include:

  • Julie M. Abijanac, CCAD grad (Fine Arts, 1992) and Associate Professor of Contemporary Crafts and Fine Arts
  • Laura Alexander
  • Jeanie Auseon
  • Laine Bachman, CCAD grad (Fine Arts, 1997)
  • Christopher Burk, CCAD grad (Fine Arts, 1999)
  • Mark Bush, CCAD grad (Fine Arts, 2009)
  • Gretchen Cochran
  • Amanda H. Cook, CCAD grad (Illustration, 1999)
  • David F. Cooke, CCAD grad (Master of Fine Arts, 2018)
  • Lisa Di Giacomo
  • Susanne Dotson, CCAD grad (Master of Fine Arts, 2019)
  • Adam Elkins
  • Barbara Fant
  • Fred Fochtman
  • Tripp Fontane
  • Bernie Frankl
  • Antonio Gonzales Garcia
  • Daric Gill, CCAD grad (Fine Arts, 2004)
  • Deborah Griffing
  • Michael Guinane, CCAD grad (Illustration, 2000)
  • Cody Heichel
  • Judy Holberg
  • Jen Kiko
  • Sophie Knee
  • George Leach
  • Paul Linhares
  • Mike Major
  • Kathy McGhee, CCAD Professor of Fine Arts
  • Cody F. Miller, CCAD grad (Illustration, 1995)
  • Joey Monsoon
  • Jim Murrin
  • Nancy Nearing
  • Eric Rausch
  • Annette Reynolds
  • Denise Romecki, CCAD grad (Fine Arts, 1976)
  • Aminah Robinson, CCAD grad
  • Stephanie Rond
  • Elsie Sanchez
  • Antoinette Savage
  • Amy Schuessler, CCAD grad (Photography, 2017)
  • Kathleen Seiler
  • Michael Seiler
  • Nancy Smeltzer
  • Joshua Snowdon
  • Duncan Snyder, CCAD grad (Photography, 1988) and Professor of Photography
  • Ben Sostram
  • April Sunami
  • Tariq Tarey
  • Barb Vogel
  • Paul Weyand
  • Beverly Whiteside
  • Julie Woodrow
  • Pamela Workman, CCAD grad (Fine Arts, 1999)
  • Wil Wong Yee, CCAD grad (Industrial Design, 2004)

About Columbus in Cuba | Cuba in Columbus

Columbus in Cuba | Cuba in Columbus represents an unprecedented, multi-event, multi-venue group of exhibitions showcasing the work of artists from central Ohio and Cuba. Five Columbus artists are among the 200 international artists selected to show work in the renowned 13th Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba, in April 2019. An additional 34 Columbus artists will show works alongside art from Cuban artists as part of a collateral Biennial exhibition, ConnectArt, in Matanzas, Cuba. In fall 2019, artwork from the 39 Columbus artists who exhibited in Cuba plus work from 15 Cuban artists will be on display at art institutions, galleries, and public venues throughout Columbus as part of an exhibition called Cuba in Columbus. For more information, visit or

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

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