Exhibit: Art of Illustration at Rivet

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

For 13 years the student work in CCAD's annual showcase "Art of Illustration" has been innovative and the jury process intense.

New to this year's show, however, is a pinch more prestige thanks to a venue change from the school walls to Rivet Gallery.

"There are so many CCAD students who love and support Rivet as much as they can," said gallery owner Laura Kuenzli. "I wanted to try and show our support and appreciation for them."

The feeling is mutual.

"It's really nice for all of the artists to have a chance to have artwork in a real gallery and get feedback," said Brianne Schulze, a junior illustration major and one of the show's organizers.

More than 160 illustrations were submitted for consideration, 38 of which made the final cut by a jury of CCAD alumni and the school's illustration chair.

The pieces of art are diverse - some gothic, others jocular (where else in the Short North can you see a depiction of brawny lemons drowning one of their sour brethren in a glass of water?).

First place was awarded to Phong Nguyen's "The Kindergarten Teacher," a wonderfully detailed scene of a vampire reading to young monsters.

"CCAD has played a factor in the pop-surreal world of art," said Kuenzli, popping off names of alumni such as Eric Fortune and Melissa Forman. "I hope that students leave this year's show realizing that one day their names could be added to that list."

Art of Illustration

Through March 25

Rivet Gallery

1200 N. High St., Short North