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26 Eastmoor Blvd.  Columbus, Ohio 43209

 614.222.3220 (w)

dgriffith@ccad.edu  www.ccad.edu 



1952, Delaware, Ohio


The Getty Leadership Institute for Museum Management, Berkeley, CA, 1996

Master of Fine Arts, The Ohio State University, 1994 

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1974 

Great Lakes Colleges Assn., New York Arts Program, 1973 




 President  - 1998 – present, Columbus, OH

 Serve as the chief executive officer of the College.  CCAD is a four-year accredited undergraduate institution with an enrollment of 1350 students seeking Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in illustration, fine arts, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, fashion design, photography, animation and media studies.  Added an MFA program, “New Projects” in 2010.



Deputy Director, December 1995 - March 1998, Columbus, OH

Provided programmatic and administrative oversight and coordination between all museum departments, with emphasis on curatorial, education, and external affairs. 


Director of External Affairs 1994 -1995

 Responsibilities included public relations and marketing, development and execution of print and broadcast communication, press relations, media sponsorships, volunteer relations.

Assistant Director for Programs and Planning 1992 - 1994   

Provided programmatic coordination between director’s office, curatorial and education departments and direct oversight for Security and Buildings & Grounds departments. 

Assistant to the Director for Administration and External Affairs 1989 - 1992   

Responsibilities included management of special projects and initiatives such as coordination of a $1.5 million building refurbishment/reinstallation effort.  Served as community liaison and staff coordinator for minority affairs and outreach initiatives through its African American Cultural Committee. 

Special Assistant to the Director 1988-1989  

Provided administrative coordination for a comprehensive facility assessment and site study analysis in anticipation of possible relocation of the museum to an alternative downtown site.



Executive Director -  1983 – 1988, Columbus, OH

Administered the programs of a multi-state visual arts services organization, which published Dialogue, An Art Journal and provided services to the field including interstate arts shipping and handling (Fine Arts Transportation Service) and regional exhibition circulation to member organizations (Touring Exhibitions Program). 



Individual Artists Program Coordinator  1979-1983, Columbus, OH

Refined and implemented policies and funding procedures for what was the nation’s second-largest state-run program of direct artists’ fellowship awards.

Visual Arts Program Coordinator  1978-1979     

Oversaw the administration of project and operating support grants to visual arts organizations statewide.  Also coordinated grants administration in the Design Arts funding category during this period.



Artist in Residence  Ohio Arts Council’s Artist-in-Education Program 1976 – 1978, Portsmouth, OH

Developed in-school, hands-on art projects including temporary and permanent murals and sculpture installations in various school and community settings working primarily with middle school and high school students.



Gallery Director- 1975-6, Peninsula, OH 

Managed a for-profit gallery associated with a publishing house for limited edition graphics and sculpture. 



Assistant to Director of Education- 1974-1975, Akron, OH

Managed and implemented public education programs for adults and children; assisted with docent training and recruitment; assisted with development and installation of Education Gallery exhibitions. 

Project Director, “Great Constructions” (Summers) – 1974, 1975

Designed, managed, and constructed two permanent playground sculptures on an inner-city park, working with at-risk children to co-design and produce the final installations.



Grant Making Panels

Ohio Arts Council, Visual Arts and Crafts Panel, 1990-92; 1995-97

Ohio Arts Council, Design Arts Panel, 1997

Ohio Arts Council, Art in Public Places Panel, 1996, 1997

NOVA, Artists’ Projects Panel, Cleveland, OH, 1995 

National Endowment for the Arts, Site Visitor - Visual Arts Program, 1983-85; 1989, 1990

Cincinnati Summerfair, Artists’ Fellowships Panel, 1983, 1988, 1990  

National Endowment for the Arts/Rockefeller Foundation, Initiative for Interdisciplinary Artists Program, 1987, 1988

Illinois Arts Council, Visual Artists Fellowships Panel, 1988

National Endowment for the Arts, Interarts Program Panel, 1987, 1988    

National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artists Organizations Panel, 1984, 1985


Jury/Exhibition Selection Committees

Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, OH, 2005

Images Festival of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 1992, 1997, 2004 

Greater Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH, 1986, 1998

Winter Park Art Festival, Winter Park, FL, 1998

Greater Gulfcoast Art Festival, Pensacola, FL 1998  

Dayton Visual Arts Center/Taos, New Mexico Exchange Exhibition, 1995 

Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts, Orlando, FL, 1993  

Riffe Gallery, Riffe Center for Government. and the Arts, Columbus, OH 1992   

Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival, Westmoreland, PA, 1991  

Toledo Museum of Art, 71st Annual Exhibition, Toledo, OH, 1989

Huntington Museum of Art, 280 Exhibition, Huntington, WVA, 1989  

Crosby Gardens Arts Festival; Toledo, OH, 1987

Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival; Cambridge, OH, 1987 

Oglebay Institute, Wheeling, WVA, 1985 

Dairy Barn Cultural Center, Athens, OH 1984

Ohio State University, Undergraduate Exhibition, Columbus, OH, 1984 

Kent State University, Student Exhibition, Kent, OH, 1983


Curatorial Work

Bold Strokes: Outsiders on the Inside, Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, OH, 1999

The Spirit of Cleveland: Visual Arts Recipients of the Cleveland Arts Prize 1961 - 1995, Cleveland Institute of Art,    Cleveland, OH; Tour: The Canton Art Museum, Canton, OH; The Riffe Gallery/Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, Columbus, OH; Artspace/Lima, Lima, OH; The Beck Center for Cultural Arts, Lakewood, OH, 1996

Managing curator and project director for Landscape as Metaphor: Visions of America in the Late Twentieth Century, Columbus Museum of Art (Organized by Martin Friedman), 1995   

Pages in History: The Art of Aminah Robinson, Columbus Museum of Art, 1990

Artists After Hours, Riffe Gallery, Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, Columbus, 1990    

Drawn on the Wall, Tangeman Gallery, University of Cincinnati, 1987  

Drawn from the Hand/Drawn from the Heart, Lima Art Association, Lima, OH, 1986    

Words/Images, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, OH, 1984 

Gund Gallery at the Ohio Arts Council, 4 exhibitions of artist fellowship recipients’ work per year, 1982, 1983


Art In Public Places Selection Committees

Franklin County Courthouse, Columbus, OH  2010

State of Ohio, Supreme Court Building, Columbus, OH, 2003

Rickenbacker Airport, Columbus, OH, 2001

City of Dublin, OH, Sherex Park, 1993

Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH, 1990

Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH, 1988

On Common Ground, Ohio Arts Council/1984 Governor’s Award for the Arts Sculpture  Commission, Cleveland, OH, 1984


Published Work

Gumbo YaYa: Anthology of Contemporary African-American Women Artists, Midmarch Arts Press, 1995

The Art of Shirley Aley Campbell, Ohio Artists Now/Cleveland Artists Foundation, 1991

Jump Hope, Collaborative Artists’ Book with writer George Myers, Jr.; Cumberland Press, 1991


Board Service


The Columbus Partnership

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design

Experience Columbus (convention & visitors’ bureau)

Columbus Chamber of Commerce


I Know I Can Board of Directors

Board of Governors, Capital Club, Columbus, OH

Ohio Citizens for the Arts

Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation, Board of Directors

Ross Art Museum Board of Advisors

Higher Education Council of Columbus                         

Discovery District Development Corporation                                              

St. Joseph Montessori School


SUMMARY OF ART PRACTICE­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


In addition to the professional activities outlined above, I have maintained a vigorous career as a visual artist. 


Grants/ Fellowships

Artist’s Project Grant Award, Ohio Arts Council, 1997                              

Greater Columbus Arts Council Fellowship – painting, 1996   

Edith Fergus Gilmore Memorial Fellowship - painting, The Ohio State University, 1993   

Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Visual Arts Fellowship - painting, 1991

Ohio Arts Council, Publication Support for collaborative artists’ book project with writer George Myers. Jr., for Jump Hope, 1991

Greater Columbus Arts Council - publication support for Jump Hope, 1991

Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Fellowship – painting, 1990           

Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Fellowship – painting, 1988


Solo Exhibitions

Hammond Harkins Gallery, Bexley, OH, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009

Josephinum, Worthington, OH, 2000

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, 1998

Otterbein College, Westerville, OH, 1996      

Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, 1993

Toni Birckhead Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 1989

Indiana University, Indiana, PA, 1989 

Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville, OH, 1988 

Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH, 1980, 1987

Belmont Gallery, Columbus, OH, 1985 

Denison University, Granville, OH, 1984 

John Davis Gallery, Akron, OH, 1983 

Artreach Gallery, Columbus, OH, 1980


Group Exhibitions

Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy, CCAD Faculty Exhibition, 2006

Canzani Center Gallery, CCAD, Faculty Biennial, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006

Hammond Harkins Gallery, Bexley, OH, Dennison W. Griffith & James Mason, 2000

Romancing the Image: Recent Work by Ric Petry and Dennison W. Griffith; Ohio Wesleyan University, 1998;

        Depauw University, 1999 

Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY, Small Works Invitational, 1996  

Hammond Gallery, Lancaster, OH   Painting & Sculpture by Ohio Artists, 1995

Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, OH, Sleight of Hand, 1995

Arts Initiatives at the New York School of Law, New York, NY, Self Portraits I, 1994

Capital University, Schumacher Gallery, Columbus, OH  Dennison W. Griffith & Elizabeth Fergus-Jean,1994

Art in General, New York, NY,  Good and Plenty,1993

Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, Portsmouth, OH, Site/Insight, 1993

University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, OH, Denny Griffith and John Kortlander, 1993

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, Made in Ohio, 1992  

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, Ohio, U.S.A., 1991 

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Collects: Painting, Sculpture, and Photography, 1988  

Richmond Art Association, Richmond, IN, John L. Moore & Denny Griffith, 1987 

Tartt Gallery, Washington, D.C., Gallery Artists,  1986

Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, Two Painters, 1985

 Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL, Summer Show, 1985

 SPACES, Cleveland, OH , 1985 

Patrick King Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN,  Denny Griffith and Joni Heide, 1984

Columbus Museum of Art, 74th Annual Art League Show, 1984

Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH, Ohio Selections, 1993

SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 1983 

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH  Dynamix  1982

Artpark, Lewiston, NY 1982 

Michigan ArtTrain, Detroit, MI. The American Tradition (5-state tour) 1981

Dollhouse Invitational Retrospective (traveled nationally) 1980


Public & Corporate Collections

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH;  BP, Cleveland, OH; JP Morgan Chase, NY; Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, OH; Columbus Museum of Art; Columbus Metropolitan Library; Federal Reserve Bank, Cleveland;  Huntington National Bank, Columbus, OH; PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Columbus, OH; Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH;  Pizzuti, Inc., Columbus, OH;  Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, Portsmouth, OH;  Ohio Supreme Court Building, Columbus, OH


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