Exhibit preview: Annual CCAD Art of Illustration largest in school’s history

From the April 3, 2014 edition

Now in its 17th year, the Annual CCAD Art of Illustration Show has become quite a phenomenon for the students. The juried show has grown consistently over the years, with this year seeing a record-setting 369 submissions, and not just from the illustrators.

“This year we’ve gotten more variety of work. Some of the entries were from fine art majors, some were from graphic design. That’s a newer [aspect],” said CCAD junior Hannah Ross, co-chair of the student committee and one of the organizers of the exhibit. “I think it’s definitely catching on throughout the school, and definitely within the department, it’s a big deal.”

One of the reasons the AOI show has grown is the move to Rivet Gallery in 2010, which sets the students squarely in the spotlight of the Short North Gallery Hop for the opening reception and awards ceremony.

“It was pretty isolated to the CCAD bubble,” Ross said. “Part of the reason we moved it off campus was to give the students more exposure to a professional setting … it’s beneficial to have that kind of experience.”

Rivet is an ideal setting for the 44 illustrations — a varied collection of styles and subject matters — with its hip, delightful, yet professional atmosphere. These young artists will get the opportunity to showcase their work in one of the most well-liked and respected galleries in the city.

In addition to the Short North gallery setting, the students are proud of the show because it’s all theirs.

“It’s always been strictly student-run … and for that reason it’s held in a little bit higher esteem because once it comes together and people come and see, they have this moment of realizing this was all just students and [their] work. There’s a sense of accomplishment from everyone involved,” Ross said.

AOI’s opening reception will be populated by students, but any art admirer will surely be charmed and impressed as well by these works. The top three winners will be announced during the reception.