Off Campus Ventures of the MFA’s

Several of our MFA candidates have been busy with participating in art-related events outside of CCAD and we wanted to make sure to spread the word.

1st year candidate, Anita Maharjan was featured in Sean Christopher Gallery’s exhibition Young Hearts 6, which features work by CCAD students. Anita was awarded Best of Show for her piece, “Bound by Color,” which is constructed by grocery bags, paper towels, fabric, and paint. Congrats, Anita!

Anita with her piece, “Bound by Color”:16422947_10212245466472976_2530593740246589395_o16601738_10212245469153043_2850827206509748761_o

2nd year MFA candidate Kat Francis recently exhibited work with a group of artists focusing on Storytelling and Narrative. Here is her work featured on the flyer:


CANTON New works by five of the most imaginative artists of Stark County are collected in an exhibition called “Storytellers” that will open Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing & Art Gallery at 7645 Cleveland Ave. NW.

Featured are paintings, drawings and mixed-media works by Joseph Carl Close, Steve Ehret, Kat Francis, David McDowell and Erin Mulligan, who also curated the show.

“‘Storytellers’ is about the narrative inside a piece of art. Without the story, why would we care to look?” Mulligan said. “There are millions of worlds to explore within any well-executed piece of artwork, and this is what we tried to create.

“All of the pieces created for the show have a story for you to unravel and characters to get acquainted with. They may be separate stories or one big story or both, it is really up to you!”

“AstroBoy” by Kat Francis


The Artists of the event. :

“Adventure Land” by Kat Francis: “My work for this show is about the stories my son Emery and I make up at bedtime. ‘Adventure Land’ is inspired by one of our tales of imagination and courage. Emery is my greatest inspiration and the most wonderful storyteller I know.”


“Maine Landscapes; paintings and works on paper” by David Cooke

1st year candidate David Cooke will be having a pop-up exhibition in Byers Gallery from February 19-24 of his work from his first semester project at CCAD. These works will then move from the Byers Gallery to the Hilton Hotel Gallery (401 N. High Street) from Monday, April 3rd through Wednesday, April 26th. The Hilton Gallery is open 24/7 on the first floor of the hotel. Cooke also has two works exhibited in their permanent collection.

Here is a shot of some of David’s installed works from the End of Semester exhibition in December:




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