CCA in the news
Stephen Beal, president
Stephen Beal was appointed president of California College of the Arts in May 2008, having served as provost at the college since 1997. As president, he champions CCA’s academic vision to prepare students as creative citizens who bring to their communities innovative problem-solving skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to engage issues.
Most recently, Beal led the development of an ambitious multi-year plan to strengthen the CCA experience for future generations of students by unifying the academic program on an expanded San Francisco campus, dramatically increasing on-campus student housing, building the CCA Board of Trustees, and planning for the largest capital campaign in CCA history.
Tammy Rae Carland, provost
Tammy Rae Carland is CCA’s chief academic officer, focused on building and supporting faculty leadership and cultivating a culture that inspires lifelong creative work. Since becoming provost in 2016, Carland has successfully expanded CCA’s faculty to better reflect the college’s diverse community of students. She oversees the curricular and programmatic enhancements afforded by CCA’s unification and San Francisco campus expansion.
In her creative practice, Carland is a photographer, video artist, zine editor, independent art gallery founder, and co-founder of Mr. Lady Records and Videos, an independent record label and video art distribution company dedicated to the production and distribution of queer and feminist culture. In the 1990s, Carland was instrumental in the launch of the feminist Riot Grrrl movement and collaborated on album art for the bands Bikini Kill, The Fakes, and The Butchies.
Tina Takemoto, dean of Humanities and Sciences
Tina Takemoto oversees CCA’s comprehensive Humanities and Sciences division, ensuring students learn to become critical thinkers and, ultimately, global changemakers. Takemoto champions diversity and inclusion, social justice, and ethical citizenship. Since 2003, Takemoto has held a variety of leadership positions across the college and has taught undergraduate and graduate visual studies, graduate fine arts, and the collegewide curriculum. They are committed to expanding the college’s global pedagogy to support the success of multilingual students by building intercultural competencies throughout the CCA community.
Takemoto manipulates found footage and archival materials through painting, scratching, and lifting 35mm and 16mm film emulsion with scotch tape, razor blades, and nail polish. Their films have been awarded by the Slamdance Film Festival and the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, and screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive, BFI Flare, CAAMFest, MIX Milano, Outfest, Queer Forever! (Hanoi), TranScreen (Amsterdam), and XPOSED International Queer Film Festival (Berlin).
Helen Maria Nugent, dean of Design
Helen Maria Nugent leads CCA’s undergraduate and graduate Design programs, guided by the belief that a design education prepares students to both envision and build a better future for all. Hallmarks of Nugent’s approach include her commitment to ensuring designers are well-versed in critical thinking and equipped with the skills to craft tangible, desirable, and sustainable alternatives that address real-world problems. Since joining CCA in 2017, she has worked extensively to establish a collective vision for how the college’s expansion and new custom-built environment situated in San Francisco will support a future-focused design curriculum.
Nugent’s co-developed curriculum for a new discipline category called Design Arts for The National YoungArts Foundation integrates architectural, product, interior, graphic, and fashion design. In her practice, Nugent explores the role of sensory perception in art and design. She is also co-founder of Haelo Design, an independent, research-oriented studio whose project TacTiles, commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago, allows visitors with sight impairment to experience the museum through their fingertips.
Allison Smith, dean of Fine Arts
Allison Smith oversees CCA’s diverse Fine Arts division, equipping students with the skills necessary to create and critique art that is both self-expressive and meaningful to the world around them. Her teaching philosophy, as well as her artistic practice, embrace critical dialogue and dynamic exchange, whether in the form of classroom discussions, large-scale participatory projects, performative sculptures, or studio-made objects. During her earlier years at CCA, she chaired the Sculpture program and held several leadership positions across the college.
Smith’s internationally recognized artistic practice investigates the cultural phenomenon of historical reenactment and the role of craft in the construction of white nationalism, and her work incorporates a variety of artistic methods to offer new interpretations of America’s fraught history and the impact of war. She has produced more than 25 solo exhibitions, installations, performances, and artist-led participatory projects for venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Public Art Fund, the Arts Club of Chicago, and S!GNAL Center for Contemporary Art. Smith has exhibited her work in survey exhibitions at museums including MoMA PS1, Palais de Tokyo, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, MASS MoCA, and the Tang Museum.
Keith Krumwiede, dean of Architecture
Dedicated to situating the Architecture division’s curriculum and pedagogy in its immediate context, Keith Krumwiede oversees programs that allow CCA students to apply what they’ve learned to impact their environment. In the Bay Area, that means building architectural solutions to mitigate a broad range of challenges, from ecological vulnerabilities to steep socioeconomic inequalities. Since joining the college, Krumwiede has guided the launch of CCA Architecture Books, a new publishing imprint.
Krumwiede, joined CCA from the American Academy in Rome, researches the relationship between architecture and its cultural, social, and political milieus. His book Atlas of Another America: An Architectural Fiction (Park Books, 2017) offers a critique of both American culture—reflecting upon the world we’ve made and the world we might have made—and architecture culture, lampooning its hubris and its often-complicit relationship to power and privilege. At the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, he exhibited The Monuments of Another America, a 50-foot-long scenic wallpaper based on Xavier Mader’s 1814 wallpaper, The Monuments of Paris.
Anthony Huberman, director of the Wattis Institute
When Anthony Huberman joined CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in 2013 as director and chief curator, he transformed the institution with a new vision, identity, and artistic program. Under his leadership, the Wattis has expanded its reach and enriched the depth of its contributions to the local, national, and international contemporary art community. He has traveled many Wattis exhibitions to other venues worldwide and leads the research activities of the institute, engaging CCA faculty and the broader public in explorations of artists and thinkers from varied backgrounds and disciplines.
Huberman travels the world as a leading curator and writer, delivering lectures on how different ways of working with and learning from artists can inform curatorial and institutional practices. Prior to joining the Wattis, Huberman was the founding director of The Artist’s Institute at Hunter College in New York, where he was also a distinguished lecturer. Earlier in his career, Huberman was chief curator of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and curator at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, as well as at SculptureCenter in New York.
JD Beltran, director of the Center for Impact
At the helm of The Center for Impact at CCA, JD Beltran forges creative collaborations with local, national, and global communities to develop art and design projects that effect social and environmental change. She’s committed to developing solutions for sustainability within the college and beyond and is launching a partnership between CCA and the City of San Francisco to address climate change.
An accomplished filmmaker, writer, artist, designer, and educator, she came to CCA in 2013 as faculty in the undergraduate and graduate design programs. She was also faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute for many years and directed the school’s City Studio arts education program for underserved youth. As a member of the San Francisco Arts Commission since 2009, she was Commission president for almost 10 years and former interim executive director of the agency. Upon stepping down as president, Mayor London Breed declared December 3, 2018, JD Beltran Day in San Francisco to honor her service.
About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) educates students to shape culture and society through the practice and critical study of art, architecture, design, and writing. Benefitting from its San Francisco Bay Area location, the college prepares students for lifelong creative work by cultivating innovation, community engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.
CCA offers a rich curriculum of 22 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs in art, architecture, design, and writing taught by a faculty of expert practitioners. Attracting promising students from across the nation and around the world, CCA is one of the 10 most diverse colleges in the U.S.
Graduates are highly sought-after by companies such as Pixar/Disney, Apple, Intel, Facebook, Gensler, Google, IDEO, Autodesk, Mattel, and Nike, and many have launched their own successful businesses. Alumni and faculty are often recognized with the highest honors in their fields, including Academy Awards, AIGA Medals, Fulbright Scholarships, Guggenheim Fellowships, MacArthur Fellowships, National Medal of Arts, and the Rome Prize, among others.
CCA is creating a new, expanded college campus at its current site in San Francisco, spearheaded by the architectural firm Studio Gang. The new campus design will be a model of sustainable construction and practice; will unite the college’s programs in art, architecture, design, and writing in one location to create new adjacencies and interactions; and will provide more student housing than ever before.