Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist Ann Telnaes to Deliver 2017 Columbus College of Art & Design Commencement Address


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes will deliver the 2017 Columbus College of Art & Design Commencement address on Saturday, May 13.

Telnaes creates editorial cartoons in various mediums — animation, visual essays, live sketches, and traditional print — for The Washington Post. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for her print cartoons.

Her print work was shown in a solo exhibition at the Great Hall in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in 2004. Her work has also been exhibited in Paris, Jerusalem, and Lisbon.

Telnaes attended California Institute of the Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in character animation. Before beginning her career as an editorial cartoonist, Telnaes worked for several years as a designer for Walt Disney Imagineering. She has also animated and designed for various studios in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Taiwan.

“Ann Telnaes is an incredibly talented artist, and we’re thrilled to have her address the next generation of artists and designers as they graduate from CCAD,” said CCAD President Melanie Corn.

CCAD will present Telnaes with an honorary doctorate for her in recognition of her accomplishments as an artist and profound influence on her craft and culture. CCAD will also present an honorary doctorate to Cardinal Health Chairman and CEO George Barrett in recognition of his accomplishments as a musician and his support of arts and culture through vocal leadership and philanthropy.

“CCAD is dedicated to producing graduates equipped to change culture and commerce and drive the creative economy,” Dr. Corn said. “So we’re excited to honor such influential members of the art and design community.” 


CCAD’s 138th Commencement will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Mershon Auditorium. For more information, visit ccad.edu/commencement.



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 ccad.edu.


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