Hidden among the trees atop Inverness ridge, overlooking Tomales Bay in a little-trafficked corner of west Marin County, is a secluded artist's haven. You may be familiar with the place, but you may not know it as the former home of the prominent sculptor and woodworker J. B. Blunk. Today it is the site of the J. B. Blunk Residency program, founded and directed by Blunk's daughter—and CCA alumna—Mariah Nielson (BArch 2005).Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, July 1, 2010 by Samantha Braman
Posted on Friday, April 23, 2010 by Chris Bliss
CCA visiting faculty member Amy Franceschini is the recipient of a prestigious 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. Last week the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation released the results of its eighty-sixth annual competition for the United States and Canada. Franceschini’s Fellowship was awarded in the creative arts category, with fine arts as the designated field of study.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2010 by Chris Bliss
Posted on Monday, March 15, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook
Marci Washington (Painting/Drawing 2002, MFA 2008) makes very dark art indeed, so her inclusion in Juxtapoz magazine's special Dark Arts compendium—a book about contemporary "art that aims to be unsettling"—was no surprise to her fans. That her painting was featured on the cover was a surprise, and a great one.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2010 by Jim Norrena
Professor Jeanne Finley works in CCA's Media Arts and Fine Arts programs.
Seven graduate students from CCA’s fall "Magic Lantern: Projected Image and the Construction of Space" seminar joined forces at the end of the semester to shed some light on CCA—literally.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 by Jim Norrena
(l to r): Julia Anne Goodman, 2nd place; Alicia Escott, 4th place; Scott Oliver; 3rd place; Harriete Estel Berman, 1st place
Can something described as “blue junk,” “disintegrated upholstery,” or “IKEA plastic” become a winning entry in an art competition—one that is affiliated with many of today’s high-profile international artists?Read the rest
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 by Chris Bliss
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art recently announced the recipients of the 2008 SECA Art Award, administered by the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art. Two of the four winners are CCA faculty members: Jordan Kantor (associate professor, Painting/Drawing Program) and Desirée Holman (lecturer, First Year Program, Media Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies). Tauba Auerbach and Trevor Paglen are the other recipients.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2009 by Brenda Tucker
California College of the Arts delivered a strong presence at Art Basel Miami Beach 2008 with alums, faculty, and staff both in attendance and showing their work throughout the city.
Art Basel Miami Beach, the sister event to Switzerland's Art Basel, is one of the most important international art fairs. For one week each December over 40,000 attendees, including more than 250 leading galleries from around the world (presenting work by more than 2,000 artists) descend on Miami.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by Sarah Owens
Painting faculty member Yee Jan Bao received a praiseworthy $25,000 individual support grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Inc. Bao was awarded the grant in honor of his status as a mature artist—defined by having spent a minimum of 20 years in the specific fields of painting, sculpture, or printmaking—who has dedicated his life to his work.
Established in 1976, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Inc.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, October 6, 2008 by Brenda Tucker
As part of CCA's Painting/Drawing studio course, faculty member Linda Geary traveled with students to New York for three weeks during June/July. The goal? To take advantage of the New York Studio Program, which moved to DUMBO (a real-estate term that denotes Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).
Students not only toured the city's seemingly endless art collections but also visited with established resident artists, often in the artists' glamorous studios.
The designated 10-block DUMBO district is flanked by the Fulton Ferry and Vinegar Hill neighborhoods and lends dramatic views of Manhattan. The locale is populated with artist-focused real estate projects such as arts organizations and studios. It is an area steeped in creative and artistic expression, and its influx of world-class visual and performing artists offers a particular vitality that has made it the fastest-growing neighborhood in New York.
During the three-week residency, each student was provided with a spacious and beautiful studio in which to work independently. The focus of the class was not only to engage with the work of established artists but also to develop a body of work. Such studio visits generated excitement among the students, as evidenced by their often late-night hours. Weekly group critiques also contributed to their momentum to create new work.
While students were reaping the rewards of this artists' haven, Olafur Eliasson created and installed his New York City Waterfalls, which made their proximity to the Brooklyn Bridge that much more exciting.
Outside of class or critique, Painting/Drawing faculty member and artist Linda Geary led her students around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island to showcase work and pick the brains of practicing local artists. Through personal exchanges students learned about how their practices have changed over time as well as how living and working in the internationally acclaimed New York art world informs their practice.
Students also took advantage of New York's tremendous cultural offerings, from museums and galleries (such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the Frick ) to actual studio visits with such acclaimed artists as Polly Apfelbaum, CCA alum Jules De Balincourt, Rachel Hayes, Jim Hodges, Raj Kahlon, Jonathan Lasker, Elisa Lendvay, Mary Meyer, Stephen Mueller, Eric Sall, James Siena, and Laurel Voss.
For information regarding Linda Geary's summer 2009 New York studio course, please contact the Office of Special Programs at 510.594.3773.
About Linda Geary
Geary has exhibited recently at Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, Oregon; HP Garcia Gallery, New York; and Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco (reviewed in ArtForum, February 2007). She also was a resident at Art Omi, New York, in 2007. Geary is the recipient of an Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts grant and the Pollock-Krasner Award.
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