CCAD moves forward with virtual events during COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020

CCAD moves forward with virtual events during COVID-19

Virtual art shows, next best thing to being there

COLUMBUS—Columbus College of Art & Design announced today the cancellation of its 2020 Spring Art Fair and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Exhibition out of concern for the well-being of the community and as advised by the Ohio Department of Health. However, these shows will go on—virtually, that is.

“During this extraordinary time, we want to keep our CCAD and greater Columbus communities safe from the coronavirus while we continue to fulfill our mission to support and promote our artists and designers,” said Dr. Melanie Corn, CCAD president. “We explored different strategies and decided that the next best thing to seeing these shows in person is to present them online to showcase the amazing work being done by our talented students and alumni.”

Virtual Art Fair
For the first time in CCAD’s 141-year history,
the CCAD Virtual Art Fair will go online starting Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5 p.m. and will run through Sunday, April 12 at 11:59 p.m. Like the traditional Art Fair, the online version will have a juried selection of the same top CCAD students and alumni selling their works. 

“While it’s disappointing that our students cannot show their art in person, entrepreneurial skills are part of our curriculum, and this is an opportunity for our students to practice online sales.” Corn said. “CCAD is committed to helping artists and designers put their best foot forward in presenting work online and ensuring that the public knows about it.”

Art Fair patrons won’t be disappointed. The Virtual Art Fair also will feature traditional fine arts pieces, such as painting, glasswork, and sculpture, plus trendy jewelry, hip prints and illustrations, and handcrafted housewares. 

To log on this must-see online event, visit

Virtual MFA Exhibition
CCAD places a special emphasis on professional development and creative endeavor, so getting to know emerging artists and following their growing careers is one of the most exciting and interesting opportunities the art world affords, according to Corn.
“At this year’s virtual MFA Thesis Exhibition, a wider public than ever before will be able to view these talented students’ topical and cutting-edge projects, as well as interpret what these artists and designers are saying about themselves and their work, “ she said.

While the online exhibitions are still in planning stages, those interested can sign up for updated information at

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, offering 12 four-year undergraduate programs and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit

About CCAD’s semiannual Art Fai
CCAD Art Fair occurs twice annually (April and December) and is an opportunity for selected CCAD students and alumni to sell artwork to the Columbus community. The next event, the Virtual Art Fair, will go from April 10-12, 2020 at The return to face-to-face shopping is scheduled for the Art Fair & Marketplace on Dec. 5, 2020. Visit

About CCAD's graduate programs
CCAD has two graduate programs: the MFA in Visual Arts: New Projects and Master of Design in Integrative Design program. For more information, visit or

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