Arts preview: CCAD wraps up year with Chroma

Jim Fischer
Cailey Tervo (seated) and Sonja Thams are CCAD students involved in the upcoming Chroma show.

In Color Theory, Chroma is the term that concerns a color's intensity.

Thus Chroma is a natural fit as a title for this new, year-end event at CCAD, a showcase combining the best student work from the college's 10 majors and Master of Fine Arts program. (Indeed, the event's subtitle is "The Best of CCAD 2016.")

But Chroma isn't only an art show. It's a festival that invites the community onto CCAD's campus for food, drinks, fun and, of course, art.

The crux of Chroma is the senior thesis or capstone projects - thisis an art school, after all. Building out an event from this obviously creative yet necessarily academic source proved a labor of love for the team behind Chroma.

"The range of works that our seniors put out is huge, and we wanted a way to reflect all of it, all of us," senior Callie Whiteman said. "We look at it as a way to bring all majors together and showcase the depth of the work.

"So it's a unified event, instead of the thesis shows for 10 separate programs. And it's one big last hurrah!"

"It's largely student-driven, so you get a youthful approach to the sharing of their own work," Associate Professor Matthew Mohr said. "They wanted people to feel welcome, for the event to feel energetic and fun, and mixed in is all this great art and design work."

"The primary goal was to integrate the (departmental) shows and then to add the excitement of an event," Interior Design Department Chair Kelly DeVore added.

Examples of the breadth of work that will be featured in Chroma include senior illustration major Cailey Tervo's "Owls of Ohio" and interior design major Sonja Thams' sustainable fabrics project.

Tervo's original interactive children's book "Owls of Ohio" includes coloring pages, a maze and other engaging elements. Her presentation will be accompanied by a mural she painted to help her share details about her favorite Ohio owls.

"I wanted it to be interactive, to offer people stuff to do," Tervo said. "It's so exciting to see what we do get shared across the community, spreading what CCAD does."

Thams' research into how sustainable fabrics and dyes can be used in interior design includes work with wool felt and bamboo fabric. She also created a large collection of color samples to display "the vibrant colors you can get with sustainable dyes, and not just different shades of brown." Her presentation will also have a special gift for early visitors.

"I'm looking forward to being part of a CCAD-wide event that brings the community in, too," Thams said.

Creating a festival atmosphere, Whiteman said, meant adding not only traditional elements such as food trucks and DJs, but also activities such as a paint wall and temporary tattoos.

Starting at 5 p.m., visitors can throw darts at a wall covered with paint-filled balloons. The resultant splatter will not only create a collective work of art but also reveal a special message, Mohr said.

Even the tattoos aren't an escape from the art, in more ways than one. All three selected designs represent the signature "ART" sign that welcomes people to CCAD's campus. Designs are by Tervo, MFA grad and admissions staffer Thom Glick and mysterious CCAD grads and Instagram-celebrated duo Dangerdust.

Happy hour, poetry readings and a special Pecha Kucha featuring a number of speakers, including new CCAD President Dr. Melanie Corn, are also planned as part of Chroma.

"We'd love to see people from all walks come out and just be among other creatives, to participate together in something that becomes larger than yourself," Mohr said.

"The work is suitable for a gallery event, but this is a party, a celebration," Whitehead said.

Chroma is free and open to the public.


Canzani Center (and

throughout the

CCAD campus)

4-9 p.m. Thursday,

May 12

60 Cleveland Ave.,