State-of-the-art Cloyd Family Animation Center opens at CCAD

Aug 23, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new, state-of-the-art animation center is opening at Columbus College of Art & Design this fall.

The $1.75 million Cloyd Family Animation Center will house CCAD’s growing Animation program and will feature a dedicated stop-motion lab, virtual reality drawing stations, and a gallery will feature rotating exhibitions of animated and illustrated work.

The center will open to students and faculty for classes at the beginning of the fall semester, and the R. Blane & Claudia Walter Gallery will open to the public on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The inaugural exhibition, The History of Animation at CCAD, will run Sept. 25 through Nov. 2 and will feature artifacts and work by influential CCAD alumni. The work will span from the 1980s, when animation was first taught at CCAD, to 2008, when Animation was established as a major at CCAD, to present day.

“Animation is a booming industry, and it has grown tremendously both locally and globally,” says Charlotte Belland, Chair of CCAD’s Animation program. “Here at Columbus College of Art & Design, Animation has a rich history, and the Cloyd Family Animation Center will help prepare students for an even stronger future.”

The Cloyd Family Animation Center was made possible thanks to state funding and private donations, including a generous $300,000 gift and additional $100,000 matching gift from CCAD Board of Trustees member Gil Cloyd. Cloyd, the former Chief Technology Officer at Procter & Gamble, said he was inspired to give because of his interactions with CCAD alumni and students at Ohio Film Group, where Cloyd is the founder and CEO.

“The Animation program at Columbus College of Art & Design is so impressive,” Cloyd said. “CCAD students learn how to create fantastic animated work using industry-standard software. And CCAD grads go on to work at companies from Disney and Pixar to Cartoon Network and Sony Pictures, and now our studio.”

The center, which is located in CCAD’s Design Studios on Broad (at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and East Broad Street), also includes an analog drawing studio, a digital drawing lab with state-of-the-art touch-screen Cintiq displays, a 25-seat classroom, faculty offices, a flex space that will change based on student project needs, and a window into the expanded Ohio Film Group so students can learn from more industry professionals—and potentially land internships and jobs.

The center is a perfect fit in Columbus, which is a growing hub in the booming animation industry worth more than $240 billion worldwide. In addition to the Ohio Film Group, Columbus is home to a number of companies who work with animation, including Spacejunk, SUPER77, and Pixel Park, and of course, CCAD’s top Animation program.

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