Join us as we welcome CCS alumni Bridget Sullivan, Chris Houghton, Scott Lange and Veronika Scott back on campus for Michigan National Portfolio Day. Find out what it was like to step into the real world after graduating from CCS, what it's like working for clients including Disney, Ford, Diane Von Furstenburg, Comedy Central and more, and what advice our alumni have for students as they get ready to enter the world of art and design.
Schedule of Events and Activities:
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Bookstore Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Cafeteria Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Valade Gallery Exhibition: 8:30 – 5:00 pm
Careers in Art and Design and Alumni Presentations: 9:00 – 10:15 am and 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Portfolio Reviews from 12 — 4 p.m.
Chris Houghton is currently a storyboard artist on "Gravity Falls" at Disney TV. He has also worked on such productions as Nickelodeon's "Fanboy and Chum Chum," "Robot and Monster," and most recently, Disney TV's newest hit, "Wander Over Yonder." While working in the animation industry, Chris occasionally draws comics for "Adventure Time," "The Simpsons" and his own series, "Reed Gunther," a story about a cowboy who rides a grizzly bear and fights monsters in the Wild West. After graduating CCS in 2010, Chris moved to Los Angeles with his wife Kassandra, a fellow CCS alumnus and has also had the opportunity to do freelance work for MAD Magazine, Cartoon Network, Ford and Nintendo.
Scott Lange, Executive Creative Director at Team Detroit and CCS Alumnus from 1992, helps groups of people solve problems in ways no one expected. Scott has a passion for automotive advertising and currently directs content development for Ford Motor Company in all online platforms. In addition to automotive advertising, he also has produced award-winning work for brands like: Comedy Central, Warner Bros. Pictures, The Coleman Company, WDET-FM, the College for Creative Studies, and Bank of America.
CCS 2011 graduate and Founder of 'The Empowerment Plan', Veronika Scott, has built an organization that began around a single idea: to design a coat specifically for the homeless. The coat is self-heated, waterproof, and transforms into a sleeping bag at night. That idea has now transformed into a system of empowerment in which homeless women are paid to learn how to produce coats for people living on the streets, giving them an opportunity to earn money, find a place to live, and gain back their independence for themselves and their family. Veronika is the youngest recipient of the John F Kennedy New Frontier Award from the JFK Library Foundation and Harvard University. She has also received an IDEA Gold Award from the Industrial Design Society of America and is one of Crain’s Top Twenty in their Twenties. The Empowerment Plan story has been told all over the world and shared at events such as the Forbes 400 Philanthropy Summit with Oprah, Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett.
Bridget Sullivan, a graduate of CCS in 2012, majored in Crafts with a concentration in Fiber Design and a minor in Illustration. After graduation, Bridget moved to New York City where she had an internship in the embellishment department with renowned fashion designer Diane Von Furstenburg. She also worked in an eco-friendly fashion showroom called Foundfuture. Grammy Award winning jazz musician Esperanza Spalding has performed in Sullivan’s designs on her world tour, commissioning a number of custom garments. Additionally, Sullivan’s clothing has been featured in the Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine and Styline magazine. She recently showed a collection at the Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest. Bridget currently works at Lear Corporation in Southfield as a Trim Engineer, where she develops patterns for automobile seat covers. When she’s not in the office, she spends time working on her fashion designs; her passion and what she hopes to do forever.