CCAD relaunches faculty exhibitions with Triennial Exhibition
Columbus, Ohio—As Columbus College of Art & Design celebrates its 140th anniversary, CCAD is relaunching the tradition of a faculty exhibition.
CCAD Faculty Triennial Exhibition opens Aug. 1, 2019, at Beeler Gallery and runs through Sept. 6, 2019, with a closing reception on Sept. 6, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.
The exhibition was curated by Lucy I. Zimmerman, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, and features work by 15 CCAD faculty members.
“It has been a privilege to serve as juror for the CCAD Faculty Triennial,” Zimmerman says. “Out of nearly 50 applications, I have tried to capture work across a broad range of media and disciplines while remaining uncompromising in my commitment to show the strongest work.”
The work ranges from painting, sculptural work, and installation to film, ceramics, and poetry, and explores a number of different themes and concerns, including politics, technology, motherhood, and the central Ohio community.
“The tone of the work included ranges from critical and conceptually rigorous, to celebratory, demure, hopeful, playful, even funny,” Zimmerman says. “I’m honored to showcase the work of these talented individuals and applaud the energy and output of not just those selected for the exhibition, but all the CCAD faculty members sustaining active practices.”
The show came about thanks to Provost Dona Lantz, who worked with faculty members and Beeler Gallery staff, including Fine Arts & Contemporary Crafts Chair Tim Rietenbach and Beeler Gallery Registrar Marla Roddy, to relaunch the tradition of having a juried show of faculty work every three years at CCAD.
“Our faculty are incredibly talented artists and designers,” Lantz says. “They often showcase their work around Columbus and across the country, but we want to showcase their work on campus, too.”
CCAD President Melanie Corn agreed.
“This show is an opportunity to celebrate our faculty and demonstrate their successes, not only as educators, but as professionals in a variety of creative fields,” Dr. Corn says.
The participating artists are:
- Joshua Butts, Department Head of Writing, Literature & Philosophy
- Kelly DeVore, Interior Architecture & Design Chair
- Jessie Horning, CORE Studies Adjunct Faculty
- Danielle Julian Norton, Fine Arts & Graduate Studies Associate Professor
- John Kortlander, Fine Arts Professor
- Kelly Malec-Kosak, Chair of Master of Fine Arts
- Mike Olenick, Graduate Studies Adjunct Faculty
- Nate Ricciuto, Fine Arts & Contemporary Crafts Adjunct Faculty
- Tim Rietenbach, Fine Arts & Contemporary Crafts Chair
- Liz Roberts, Graduate Studies Adjunct Faculty, in collaboration with CCAD grad Elena Harvey Collins (MFA, 2012)
- Bruce H. Robinson, Fine Arts Professor Emeritus
- Michael Karl Stickrod, Film & Video Adjunct Faculty
- Julie Taggart, Dean of School of Studio Arts
- Kaname Takada, Contemporary Crafts & Graduate Studies Professor
- Samuel Wagner, CORE Studies Adjunct Faculty
Juror’s statement from Lucy I. Zimmerman, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts
2019-2020 marks a period of anniversaries for a few of the most essential and influential institutions that have indelibly shaped the dynamic landscape of higher education and arts and culture in Columbus: CCAD’s 140th, the Wex’s 30th, OSU’s 150th. With these milestones often comes reflection on the core mission and values, as well as nostalgia and commemoration—looking back at major moments in history of the institution recognizing the events and people that made it what it is today. With such milestones, though, it is equally vital to look at the energy and activity of the present and the vision and potential for the future. Among the ways that CCAD is celebrating what is now and what is to come is through the reinstatement of the faculty triennial—an opportunity to recognize and honor the outstanding work by faculty members across disciplines.
It has been a privilege to serve as juror for the CCAD Faculty Triennial. Out of nearly 50 applications, I have tried to capture work across a broad range of media and disciplines while remaining uncompromising in my commitment to show the strongest work. I was pleased to conduct studio visits and connect with over a dozen faculty members to discuss their practice. What I found was a number of artists and creators working with command of media in traditional ways, while others were in the midst of new avenues of experimentation in their creative process, meshing innovative structures, materialities, and modes of presentation. The work captures a variety of themes, concerns, and influences, including grappling with the divisive politics at present; technology’s mediating presence in our relationships and attention spans; motherhood, domestic space, familial histories; reflecting on the immediate landscape and community here in central Ohio; considering the utopian architectural imaginary and survivalism as potential models for future existence. The tone of the work included ranges from critical and conceptually rigorous, to celebratory, demure, hopeful, playful, even funny. I’m honored to showcase the work of these talented individuals and applaud the energy and output of not just those selected for the exhibition, but all the CCAD faculty members sustaining active practices. Your place in the local and regional artistic community and commitment training the next generation of artists, designers, creators, and thinkers is inspiring and vital.
I would like to express my gratitude to the administration at CCAD for the invitation to juror this show and the artists and creators who applied. Finally, my sincerest thanks goes to Tim Rietenbach, Chair of Fine Arts, for overseeing the installation of the exhibition and to Marla Roddy, Registrar of the Beeler Gallery, for her essential support and keen attention to detail in coordinating all aspects of this process.
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 ccad.edu.
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