Columbus College of Art & Design Brings Shade to the Columbus Arts Festival


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Summertime in Columbus is fantastic, but sometimes you need a little something to cool you off.

So, for this year’s Columbus Arts Festival happening June 9 – 11, the Greater Columbus Arts Council partnered with Columbus College of Art & Design to create a cool and comfy respite from the sun.

The result is Sorbetdome, a large shade structure topped with giant, colorful blobs that are reminiscent of sorbet. Made out of plastic, carbon fiber, and other materials, Sorbetdome is about 26 feet in diameter and features three seating areas, including one with heat-sensitive fabric that changes colors.


Work in Progress Shot of CCAD's Sorbetdome for the Columbus Arts Festival

Work-in-progress shot of Sorbetdome. Photo by Ally Gille for the CCAD Student Agency.


Sorbetdome was created by CCAD Associate Professor of Fine Arts Danielle Julian Norton; CCAD alumni Nicholas Dayringer (Fine Arts, 2015), Dani Hall (Fine Arts, 2015), and Austin Raymond Burnside (Fine Arts, 2016); CCAD rising senior Chloe Garber (Fine Arts); and CCAD Lab Technician Bruce Hanners.

“It was really fun collaborating and problem solving with previous students,” Julian Norton said. “And I think Sorbetdome will be a great addition to the Arts Festival. It’s one thing to do a tent. We’re approaching it more as a sculpture.”


CCAD Artists Work on Arts Festival Sorbetdome

CCAD Associate Professor of Fine Arts Danielle Julian Norton and rising senior Chloe Garber work on Sorbetdome. Photo by Ally Gille for the CCAD Student Agency.


The project came about after GCAC (which produces the Arts Festival) approached CCAD with a problem. GCAC needed shade, and they knew CCAD could figure out a cool way to provide it. So they talked to CCAD Dean of Studio Arts, Julie Taggart, and Sorbetdome was soon born.

“In today’s creative economy, artists and designers and the ones to go to for problem solving,” Taggart said. “We’re so glad we were able to partner with GCAC on this fantastic project.”

Sorbetdome isn’t the only fruit of GCAC’s partnership with CCAD for this year’s Arts Festival. Students in the CCAD Student Agency designed Arts Festival T-shirts that will be distributed to volunteers, staff, and others. (They’ll also be on sale at Ampersand Emporium, CCAD’s new school store.) The shirts came about after CCAD students came up with concepts. Officials at GCAC then selected their favorites — from Advertising & Graphic Design rising senior Kenra Bosse and rising junior Audrey Stemen — and fine-tuned the design.

“Partnerships are really the theme for this year's Arts Festival, and we are delighted about the partnership we've formed with CCAD to bring unique and inspiring elements to the Festival," said Tom Katzenmeyer, President & CEO of GCAC. “From the CCAD Student Agency who created the T-shirts to the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who created the Sorbetdome shade structure, working with CCAD has been a wonderful experience, and we can’t wait for Festival goers to see the talent CCAD brings to the community.”



The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Festival Hours: Friday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit



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 art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 undergraduate majors 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



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


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