Chroma: Best of CCAD to showcase top work from students across majors

Apr 9, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Graduates from Columbus College of Art & Design go on to change culture and commerce both here in Columbus and around the world.

On Wednesday, May 9, Chroma: Best of CCAD — a free event showcasing the top student work at CCAD — gives the Columbus community a chance to see what CCAD students are working on before they graduate.

The work spans all 12 undergraduate majors and two graduate programs at CCAD.

“I’m really impressed by the quality and variety of work that will be on view this year during Chroma: Best of CCAD,” says Provost Dona Lantz. “These students will go on to power the creative economy, and it’s exciting to see what they’re up to now.”

For example, Taylor O’Donnell, an Industrial Design senior, came up with a wearable solution to make rock climbing safer for newbies to the sport.

“Through research, I saw a problem within the rock climbing world that started before they even walked into the gym,” O’Donnell said. “There was a lack of knowledge of gear, routes, and belay partners” on the ground who secure the climbers.

So she designed an application and wearable device that instruct climbers through the beginning steps of climbing and allows closer communication for both climbers and the belayers.

Chroma: Best of CCAD also includes screenings from students in the Animation and Film & Video majors, a pop-up runway show featuring looks by undergraduate Fashion Design students, work by first-year students in the new Master of Design program, as well as the Master of Fine Arts program, and a show of alumni printmaking work curated by students in the Studio Art with an Emphasis in the History of Art & Visual Culture major.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will also feature food trucks, drinks, and family-friendly activities, including screenprinting tote bags, trying out virtual reality demos, and designing DIY marbled paper.

Some of the work will also be on view in CCAD’s Beeler Gallery through July 22.

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 Chroma: Best of CCAD

Chroma: Best of CCAD showcases the top student work at CCAD on Wednesday, May 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Media contact

Jeannie Nuss
Senior Media Relations Specialist
Columbus College of Art & Design