Columbus College of Art & Design

SEASON TWO: Follow the Mud


Season Two: Follow the Mud

Oct 10, 2019 – March 15, 2020
Opening reception: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Opening sound performance: C. Spencer Yeh

Organized as a series of “instances”, each instance in Season Two: Follow the Mud is accompanied by an installation or activated by performances, screenings, and dialogs both at Beeler Gallery and beyond. Artworks from various solo artist projects circulate, intersect and accumulate as the gallery footprint expands throughout the five-month long season.

Michel Auder + Michael Stickrod
Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann
Heide Hinrichs

Julia Trotta (invited by Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann)
C. Spencer Yeh (invited by Michael Stickrod)

Season Two: Follow the Mud is curated by Jo-ey Tang, and co-curated with Ian Ruffino and Marla Roddy.

Beeler Gallery is supported by Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council, The Skestos Endowment Fund for Visiting Artists & Lectures. In kind sponsor: Brioso Coffee. Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann: WATER is supported by the Cultural Services of French Embassy in the United States and is realized in co-production with Musée d’art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, France. Instance No. 3 – Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann: Exposure is presented in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO and with media sponsor Art in America.

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2019 MFA Thesis + Chroma + Faculty Triennial


CCAD Faculty Triennial

Aug. 1 – Sept. 6, 2019
Closing reception: Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, 4-6 p.m
*Please note: There will be no opening reception.*

Beeler Gallery will be host to the new CCAD Faculty Triennial Exhibition, a juried selection of work by faculty members at Columbus College of Art & Design. This exhibition relaunches the tradition of a faculty exhibition as CCAD celebrates the college’s 140th anniversary. The exhibition is curated by Lucy I. Zimmerman, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Artists: Joshua Butts, Kelly Devore, Jessie Horning, Danielle Julian Norton, John Kortlander, Kelly Malec-Kosak, Mike Olenick, Nate Ricciuto, Tim Rietenbach, Bruce H. Robinson, Michael Karl Stickrod, Julie Taggart, Kaname Takada, Samuel Wagner, and Liz Roberts [in collaboration with Elena Harvey Collins].

Image: Liz Roberts, I’ve Been Working on Myself Since Then, 2018

MEET Stephanie Cristello

Editor-in-chief of THE SEEN, Artistic Director at EXPO CHICAGO, Director of Chicago Manual Style

Tuesday, July 9
2-3 p.m.

Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH
(entrance on E. Gay Street)

*Free parking, ADA accessible

Come join us at Beeler Gallery to meet Chicago-based critic and curator Stephanie Cristello over coffee. As Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN, Stephanie will speak about arts writing in the Midwest as a site for connectivity, as well as her wide-ranging curatorial work as Director / Curator of Chicago Manual Style, which operates out of a residential garage, and Artistic Director at EXPO CHICAGO.

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Chroma: Best of CCAD

May 8 – July 20, 2019
Opening reception: Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 5-9 p.m.

Each spring, Chroma: Best of CCAD takes place at Beeler Gallery and throughout Columbus College of Art & Design. This year, it coincides with the 140th year anniversary of CCAD.

At Beeler Gallery, a selection of works spanning different mediums from students in the Fine Arts Department and highlights of thesis exhibitions will be on view. Throughout the campus, works from each of CCAD majors as well as our CORE programs and first-year MFA and MDes students will be on view.

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2019 MFA & MDES Thesis: Replacing The Sun?

Replacing the Sun?
2019 CCAD MFA & MDes Thesis Exhibition
April 5-28, 2019
Beeler Gallery hours for Replacing the Sun?: Tues-Sun 12-6 p.m., Thurs 12-8 p.m.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019, 6-9 p.m.

Each spring, Beeler Gallery hosts Columbus College of Art & Design’s Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions. The 2019 iteration, Replacing the Sun?, takes place in the atrium and inside Beeler Gallery. This year, the candidates of Master of Design in Integrative Design will present their thesis during the opening night in the Auditorium on Friday, April 5, 6-7 p.m.

MFA Candidates: Yajim Amadu, Joey Bee, Alexandria Carlton, Liyao (Rose) Chen, Neil Curran, Susanne Dotson, Sahar Fadaian, Jacs Fishburne, Quintin Gleim, Faith Goodman, Julia Hamilton, Amanda Ho, Grace Ko, Grace Korandovich, Yae Reem Lee, Rich McKinley, Xiaoshuo (Eric) Mei, Alissa Ohashi, Jiahao Peng, Danielle Michaux Wells, and Chenxuan Zhang.

MDes Candidates: Elyse Applewhite, Shielaugh Divelbiss, Weeraya Jirawongwaris, Priya Mehta, Elle Miller, Joseph Owens, Christopher Rabineau, Kendra Rabineau, and Maurshell Stokes

For more information on CCAD’s MFA program, here.
For more information on CCAD’s MDes program, here.


On Board(hers)

On Board(hers)
Open Rehearsal #1: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
Open Rehearsal #2: Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.

PRESS: Columbus Alive

Beeler Gallery presents On Board(hers), an all-women dance performance based on the recorded voices of 15 female immigrants’ testimonies and choreographed by Lucille Toth, Assistant Professor of French at The Ohio State University Newark campus. Two open rehearsals take place at Beeler Gallery on Dec. 11, 2018, and March 28, 2019, both followed by Q&A with the performers and refreshments.

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SEASON ONE: arms ache avid aeon : Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka : fierce pussy amplified


arms ache avid aeon: Chapter Four

Feb. 20 – Mar. 17, 2019

arms ache avid aeon:
Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka:
fierce pussy amplified

arms ache avid aeon: A Symposium takes place Sat. March 2, 1-4 p.m. for more info, please go here.

Joy Episalla, Les Psychanalystes et le Marché, 2010-2015, 1-channel video, audio installation, aluminum benches, 78 min 29 sec, Dimensions variable. Photo: Stephen Takacs

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arms ache avid aeon: Chapter Three

Jan. 18 – Feb. 10, 2019
Installation views

arms ache avid aeon:
Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka:
fierce pussy amplified

WALL (FROM LEFT): Carrie Yamaoka, 40 by 40 (green bubble), 2011, Reflective mylar, urethane resin and mixed media on wood panel, 40 x 40 in; Zoe Leonard, View from Below, Geoffrey Beene Fashion Show, 1990, Gelatin silver print, 26 3/8 x 36 ¾ in. FLOOR: Nancy Brooks Brody, 35 Shells, 2002-2018, Enamel on polinices duplicatus, Dimensions variable. Photo: Luke Stettner

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arms ache avid aeon: A Symposium

arms ache avid aeon: A Symposium

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
Beeler Gallery (60 Cleveland Ave., entrance on E. Gay Street)
The event is free and open to the public. Free parking.

In conjunction with Beeler Gallery’s current season, arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified, an afternoon gathering of conversations, critical dialogs and knowledge production in collaboration with the members of queer art collective fierce pussy – Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard, and Carrie Yamaoka. The artists and Gregg Bordowitz, Jill H. Casid, Jonah Groeneboer, Alhena Katsof, Thomas J. Lax, Elisabeth Lebovici, Ian Ruffino, and Jo-ey Tang.

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Season One

Oct. 2, 2018 – March 17, 2019


Nancy Brooks Brody
Joy Episalla
Zoe Leonard
Carrie Yamaoka

: fierce pussy amplified

Opening: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
Artists’ tour with Jo-ey Tang, Director of Exhibitions: 5:30 p.m. Reception: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Beeler Gallery dedicates Season ONE to the individual art practices of the four original core members of fierce pussy, the New York-based queer art collective – Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard, and Carrie Yamaoka.

Chapter TWO (clockwise from left): Carrie Yamaoka; Nancy Brooks Brody; Zoe Leonard; Joy Episalla


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arms ache avid aeon: Chapter Two

Season ONE
Chapter Two: Nov. 28, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019
Installation views

arms ache avid aeon:
Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka:
fierce pussy amplified

(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) Zoe Leonard, Washington D.C., 1989, Gelatin silver print, 22 ¾ x 32 ¼ in; Joy Episalla, foldtogram (35’2.5” x 44 – August 2018), 2018, Photogram on silver gelatin multigrade matte RC, 35’ 2.5” x 44” x 2”; Nancy Brooks Brody, Cement Shoes, 2018, Leather shoes, concrete, 5 x 12 x 10 in. Photo: Luke Stettner

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arms ache avid aeon: Chapter One

Oct 2 – Nov 16, 2018
Installation views

arms ache avid aeon:
Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka:
fierce pussy amplified

Photo: Stephen Takacs
(clockwise from left) Joy Episalla, foldtogram (35’2.5” x 44 – August 2018), 2018, Photogram on silver gelatin multigrade matte RC, 35’ 2.5” x 44” x 2”; Helen and Miss Smith 4, 1997, Silver gelatin print and wood frame, 2” x 4”, 10” x 8” framed; handbag 10, 2018, Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle, 39.75” x 31” x .5”. Photo: Stephen Takacs

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second shelf

Launch: Sunday Nov. 4, 2018 as part of Downtown Art Sunday.
Now: Housed at CCAD Packard Library after Nov. 4, 2018

In the 1970s, American artist Elaine Sturtevant (1924 Lakewood, OH – 2014 Paris, France) began operating an art practice in which she meticulously copied selected works of her male colleagues, as a critique of the culture of the art world in which she was working.

The collaborative research and book acquisition project second shelf (2018-20), initiated by Brussels-based, German artist Heide Hinrichs, explores those influence of that culture on the library of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium, and asks how alternative canons can be generated in the library. The core of the project is the formation of a new collection of books in the library of the Royal Academy that document the work of artists – women, of gender spectrum, queer, and of color – and related theoretical texts.

Part of this process of raising awareness is thinking about the creative networks that libraries make evident (and sometimes conceal), and about the economy of art and of publishing. This is being explored through institutional relationships and through the second shelf ‘mirror site’ at the Beeler Gallery and CCAD Packard Library.

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Day With(out) Art

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 | 12-6 p.m.
Screening on a looping presentation
Beeler Gallery screening room

In solidarity with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art, Beeler Gallery presents ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, which highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL NY. The program represents a wide range of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service providers to nation-wide movement building, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis. This event is free and open to the public.

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Tyler Coburn: Richard Roe

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

A reading and the unveiling of an orchid.

Richard Roe is a multi-part work, comprising an orchid hybrid named by New York-based artist Tyler Coburn and a “memoir” of a legal person. The project builds on a convention particular to Singapore, wherein orchid hybrids are named after politicians and celebrities—in effect, as a means of cultural diplomacy.


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Mx Justin Vivian Bond

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 | 8 p.m.
Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St., Columbus, OH)

“A gender-bending, truth-telling illusionist. The best cabaret artist of [their] generation.” — Hilton Als, The New Yorker

Beeler Gallery presents the first Midwest concert by the queer legend and Tony-nominated Mx Justin Vivian Bond at the historic Southern Theatre. Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a trans activist and trans-genre artist living in New York City. They are invited by the queer art collective fierce pussy, whose work is on view in arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified at Beeler Gallery.

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Downtown Art Sunday 2018

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 | 12 – 6 p.m.
Timed to daylight-saving Sunday, this event brings together downtown art spaces for a day of art with special programming.

Angela Meleca Gallery, Appendix, Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus Museum of Art, Cultural Arts Center, Hawk Galleries, OSU Urban Art Space, and OAC Riffe Gallery. At Beeler Gallery, programming includes the launch of a book acquisition initiative called second shelf and a Harlem Renaissance prose and poetry reading.

The event is free and open to the public. Coffee provided by Brioso Coffee. Media sponsor: Columbus Underground.

Special programming details for all venues can be found on

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Season One Events

arms ache avid aeon

As part of arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified, Beeler Gallery works closely with the artists to conceive public events, to contextualize their practices and affinities.

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Event / Publication Launch

The Daily Gentrifier FLYOVER FLYER (Columbus Edition)

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 | 2 p.m.

Dushko Petrovich, artist, writer, and Chair of New Arts Journalism at The School of Art Institute of Chicago, is launching The Daily Gentrifier FLYOVER FLYER (Columbus Edition), a publication featuring writing on the current state of art and gentrification in Columbus by local artists, writers and curators, including Marisa EspeDaniel Marcus, Left Handed Sophie, MINT art collective, James PayneLiz Roberts, and Maritt Vaessen.

The publication is free. The event is free and open to the public.

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2018 MFA Thesis + Chroma

SEASON ZERO: How well do you behave? IN THE FLAT FIELD.

Season Zero

Feb. 1 – March 25, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m.

This is Season Zero.

How well do you behave? IN THE FLAT FIELD. brings together printed matter and promotional materials — first encounters — of and into various fields. From art school gallery exhibition posters to radical literature, from fashion runway invitations to a philosopher’s notes. With an ethos of slow programming, these materials gathered together will be installed accumulatively throughout the season. Things will come and go and stay for different durations.

How can aesthetic, political, and intellectual urgency be conveyed and designed in the present moment? We look at —and look back at — these materials not as artifacts but as media-screens of first encounters in that very first flat field. How well do we behave towards materials? How well do materials behave back? What resonances and resistance are there for the here and now? And finally, what responsibilities does a gallery situated in an art and design school, such as Beeler Gallery, have in the present moment?

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S/S 2013 - S/S 2018

Eckhaus Latta & Eric Wrenn

On view in the galleries, March 6 – March 25, 2018

Formed in 2011, New York and Los Angeles-based fashion designer duo Eckhaus Latta (Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta) and their gender-fluid label has been included in exhibitions such as Greater New York, MOMA/PS1 (2015) and Made in L.A., Hammer Museum (2016). They work closely with graphic designer Eric Wrenn, who designs the label’s runaway invitations from Spring/Summer 2013 to Spring/Summer 2018. Eric Wrenn is the design director of Artforum and a designer of artists’ books, including Anicka Yi, Bernadette Corporation, Bjarne Melgaard, Seth Price and Wade Guyton as well as for clients such as Helmut Lang, Vejas and Mission Chinese Food.

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Moving Image

Feb. 1 – Mar. 25, 2018 

Free and open to the public.

French philosopher Alain Badiou’s handwritten lecture notes and diagrams on love, which formed the basis for his book In Praise of Love (2012), are installed in Schema Corridor, informing Season Zero’s moving image programming at Beeler Gallery.

Videos by graphic designer duo Vier5 (of Documenta 14, Athens), artist Les Levine, filmmaker Ephraim Asili, and artist Sable Elyse Smith, screened on rotation during selected weekends in the galleries.

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