​​​​​​​White Castle® unveils Columbus-themed mural with original artwork by CCAD student

Feb 28, 2019
CCAD student Megan Earley created a hamburger mural for White Castle in Columbus, Ohio
  • White Castle’s new local artwork commission adds to the Short North Arts District and Gallery Hop Experience
  • New mural at Short North restaurant (965 N. High St.) was designed by College of Art & Design senior Megan Earley and installed by a team of local artists

COLUMBUS, Ohio  White Castle is deeply committed to advancing education and creative expression throughout the restaurant chain’s nationwide footprint. In Columbus, Ohio, White Castle formed an innovative partnership with Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) to display works by student artists at the chain’s flagship restaurant in Columbus’ flourishing Short North neighborhood. Completed in time for Short North Gallery Hop on Saturday, March 2, 2019, White Castle welcomes art viewers and Cravers to experience a new, original mural designed by local illustrator and CCAD senior, Megan Earley, at its 965 N. High St. restaurant.

“White Castle is proud to call Columbus home and to support the local arts and education that are so very important to our community,” said Erin Shannon, corporate relations manager at White Castle. “Our flagship restaurant is in the middle of the high-paced Short North neighborhood and we’re thrilled to unveil the hard work that Megan Earley and her team put into making our restaurant a beautiful and artistic addition to the area.”

Earley completed the first phase of her mural at White Castle’s Short North location in February 2019, along with support from local artists Bryan Moss, Hakim Callwood and Ceanne Titchner. The mural, entitled, “Celebrate Columbus,” will have two planned updates leading up to the April and May Gallery Hop events, respectively. Earley and the supporting artists were compensated for the mural’s design and installation by White Castle.

“I am so incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work with White Castle and create a mural that is a part of the greater Columbus community. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to paint a mural, and I never imagined it would happen so early in my career, even before I finish school,” said Earley. “I decided to focus my design on community, tradition, and celebration as these are qualities I feel Columbus as a city embodies.”

“Paying artists is extremely important. We're constantly teaching our students that they shouldn't undervalue their art and design,” said Dr. Melanie Corn, president of CCAD. “So we're excited to partner with White Castle in this capacity, to see them truly support artists and designers in the community.”

About White Castle®

White Castle, America’s first fast-food hamburger chain based in Columbus, Ohio, has been making Bold Moves™ as a family-owned business for more than 96 years. Cravers on-the-go can access sweet deals and place a pick-up order any time in the official White Castle app (iTunes App Store or Google Play) or in the frozen aisle at a grocery store near you. www.whitecastle.com

Cravers on-the-go can access sweet deals and place a pick-up order any time in the official White Castle app. Download the app today from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. For more information on White Castle visit whitecastle.com.

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.


Above: Columbus College of Art & Design student Megan Earley (Illustration, 2019), pictured here, works on a mural for White Castle in the Short North. Photo by Ty Wright for Columbus College of Art & Design. 

Additional high-res photos are available upon request.

Media Contacts

White Castle:
Graham Shippy or Mac Joseph
Paul Werth Associates

Columbus College of Art & Design:
Jeannie Nuss