The Columbus Faculty of Art & Style is acknowledged for its biannual art fairs providing the get the job done of students to the community, commonly in spring and in December.

Final 12 months, for the 1st time considering that the beginning of the shows in 1970, people art fairs went virtual.

This calendar year, the faculty is trying some thing different.

This spring’s virtual art market, starting up Friday evening and managing by Sunday, will concentration on the perform of alumni.

“What’s neat about this virtual pilot celebration is that it makes it possible for alums who could possibly not journey back again to the standard art fair in human being to provide their operate and exhibit what they do. These are alumni who are executing large factors and shaping tradition and commerce around the country. People today from L.A., New York, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay region, actually all over,” claimed Chris Mundell, the college’s vice president for institutional engagement.

One of those new to the artwork fairs is Sugandh Agrawal, who founded Gunas, a New York-dependent luxurious vegan purse line.

Strapbags designed by Sugandh Agrawal

Agrawal, 38, graduated from CCAD in 2005 with a degree in industrial layout.

“Since this was the initially time they did it digitally, I considered it was a terrific opportunity to participate. It made it straightforward,” she said.

Her purses, she claimed, “are all handmade ethically at scaled-down artisanal stores in Korea. I use a wide range of materials, any where from coated canvas to multex, which is a mulberry-centered material backed on canvas. I also just started applying apple leather, leather that has apple waste in its written content.”