CCAD kicks off its 140th anniversary with exhibition and found footage screening

Oct 29, 2018
people gather at 140 reception

COLUMBUS, Ohio —  Columbus College of Art & Design first opened its doors on Jan. 6, 1879. Now it’s set to celebrate the occasion with a survey show of student exhibitions through the decades (including pieces from the late 1880s) and a screening of found footage taken from the college’s archives.

Columbus College of Art & Design: 140 Years of Creative Excellence runs Jan. 3–25, 2019 in CCAD’s Acock Gallery and showcases student exhibition posters, flyers, and catalogues. A reception will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

“CCAD has a rich history of creativity and artistic excellence,” said President Melanie Corn. “This exhibition is a reflection and a celebration of our students’ and graduates’ remarkable work, as well as an inspiration for future creative endeavors.”

Also on the occasion of its 140th anniversary, CCAD is opening up its video archives for a public screening on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. The CCAD Found Footage Screening will be held in the Canzani Center Screening Room. While these archives don’t extend all the way back to the college’s founding, they include an impressive—and quirky—collection of clips, including backstage Fashion Show prep from the 1980s, 1990s classroom footage (shot by the instructors), and even some broadcast advertisements of the college, interspersed with fresh interviews with longtime CCAD employees.

“It’s been fun to go through the environmental footage and witness the major changes that have happened on our campus throughout the years,” said CCAD Archivist Chloe Kie. “It also has been interesting to see the materials associated with student exhibitions—to see what was written, what was saved, and what is missing. It’s a reminder that today is tomorrow’s history, and there’s value in preserving these artifacts.”

The exhibition, reception, and found footage screening are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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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Jennifer Wray
Columbus College of Art & Design
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