CCAD presents Chroma: Best of CCAD in person and virtually

Apr 1, 2021

CCAD presents Chroma: Best of CCAD in person and virtually

Attendees at the 2019 Chroma: Best of CCAD exhibition.
Attendees at the 2019 Chroma: Best of CCAD exhibition.

Media contact:
Leah Spellman, APR
Director of Communications
Columbus College of Art & Design

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The work of top students from Columbus College of Art & Design’s (CCAD) 12 undergraduate programs and Master of Fine Arts program is showcased annually during Chroma: Best of CCAD. This year’s celebration of the future of art and design takes place in three formats beginning Wednesday, May 12, with a drive-in, followed by an in-person presentation on CCAD’s campus Thursday, May 13, and an online exhibition beginning Wednesday, June 16.

"The unveiling of each year’s Chroma exhibition is always exciting," says Provost and CCAD alum Julie Taggart (Fine Arts, 1991). "In the past it was a literal unveiling where the brown paper hiding all of the work was removed at a designated time on the last day of classes and students scrambled to see if their work was included. I remember being proud of any work displayed that was done by a classmate. 'That happened in my class!' was just as cool as, 'I did that!' Whether on campus or online, Chroma represents the best work from our students and the commitment of the faculty who may be hanging paintings in the gallery, printing work in the photo lab, or uploading digital images all while documenting student names, graduation years, and social media accounts for literally thousands of works of art. It is an amazing feat."

Drive-in experience

On Wednesday, May 12, at 9:15 p.m. CCAD’s Animation and Film & Video programs take students’ work to the big screen at South Drive-In Theatre, 3050 S. High St. During this free presentation, the public is invited to view work created by CCAD students. Highlights include capstone films and trailers that feature 2D, 3D, and experimental animation featuring a range of subjects, as well as the departmental group film, “Born a Clown,” written by Nickelodeon Animation Director Pablo Smith (Media Studies Time-Based, 2005). The film represents the work of Animation and Illustration students over the course of two semesters. The public will also have the chance to view work from Film & Video students, including two films produced in the fall of 2020 that were based on scripts written by high school students who won the 2020 Film Columbus Screenwriting Competition, a partnership between CCAD and the Greater Columbus Film Commission.

In-person presentation

Then, on Thursday, May 13, from 4:30 to 10 p.m., the public is invited to CCAD’s campus for a free in-person viewing of selected work from graduating seniors in the Joseph V. Canzani Center and Loann Crane Center for Design. The juried selection of art and design work represents CCAD’s Advertising & Graphic Design, Animation, Comics & Narrative Practice, Fine Arts, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, and Photography programs and is the culmination of a years-long effort by graduating seniors. Due to health and safety protocols surrounding COVID-19, viewing is available by appointment and by guided tour only. Reservations will be open to the public beginning April 19.

Virtual exhibition

Finally, the public can enjoy an online exhibition of student work, Virtual Chroma: Best of CCAD, from the comfort of their own homes beginning Wednesday, June 16. Also juried by CCAD faculty members, this online showcase expands to highlight outstanding work by CCAD students of all class levels.

Chroma: Best of CCAD is made possible thanks to the generous support of Bath & Body Works and the Ohio Arts Council.

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 12 BFA programs and a Master of Fine Arts program that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit