Fine Arts & Illustration Contest Judge

Eric J. Kaster

erik j kasterEric J. Kaster, earned his BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design majoring in Illustration. Eric served as Assistant Dean of Admissions at the Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida, and as Dean of Enrollment Management at the Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio. Most recently Eric has been working with Transfer Students as Assistant Director of Admissions for the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.

Eric is at his best when serving students, their families and educators on the transfer and financial aid processes as well as advising students on their artwork through portfolio development. Eric would tell you he is happiest professionally when he is working with students and helping them to reach their artistic potential within their portfolio work. Eric has previously served as juror for both the Ohio Governor’s Youth Arts Awards and Lake and Geauga Art Show Competition.

Eric is also a passionate photographer whose images depict the natural beauty in both organic subject matter as well as man-made, reflected through the lens of his travels which have been extensive in his 30 plus years of working within Admissions. Eric currently resides in Delaware, Ohio with his wife Debra, their very human felines, Fergus and Freya, and one year old puppy, Cassie and enjoys working on home improvement projects when time allows.