Originally hailing from Westchester, New York (home of the X-Men!), Jim Kettner failed to gain any super-powers, but did get his BFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Jim spent years on the East Coast creating illustrations and designs for albums and music videos before moving to the Bay Area to get his MFA in Writing at California College of the Arts. Now armed with degrees in both writing and visual art, Jim is flexing all his creative muscles to ensure students learn all sides of good storytelling. His comics and personal writing have been featured in print and on the web in publications such as As You Were, Rumpshaker Magazine, and If You Make It. Jim's current secret headquarters is located somewhere in Oakland California.
Christopher Nickel is a Oakland-based, nationally exhibited artist who works in multiple mediums, including photography, drawing, video, and installation. After graduating from CCA, he was hired as CCA's Photography Studio Manager where he spent the next seven years, managing the program and conducting numerous undergraduate photography workshops. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University while assistant teaching in their undergraduate studio arts program.
Imin Yeh received a BA- Art History with Asian Option (2005) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison receiving and an MFA (2009) at California College of the Arts. She creates sculptures, installations, downloadable crafts, and participatory artist-led projects. Recent projects include a 2012 commission from the San Jose Museum of Art and a year-long parasitic contemporary art space called SpaceBi that takes place in the Asian Art Museum. She has exhibited the Asian Art Museum, Zero1 Biennial, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Meridian Gallery, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Intersection for the Arts, Pro Arts Gallery, Mission Cultural Center, and Southern Exposure.
Imin has been invited to be an Artist in Residency at Montalvo Art Center (Saratoga, CA-2010), Blue Mountain Center (New York-2011),Sandarbh Artist Workshop (Partapur, India-2013), and an upcoming residency at Recology San Francisco (2014). She has received an Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission (2011), Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship (2008), and the Barclay Simpson Award (2009). She was recently awarded a (2014-2016) Eureka Fellowship through the Fleishhacker Foundation and is an adjunct lecturer at San Jose State University.
Christopher West is a fine artist whose work ranges from painting to elaborate, cut-paper constructions. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is included in numerous national and international private collections. In addition to teaching art in Summer Atelier, Chris has taught in CCA's Extension, Young Artist Studio, and Pre-College programs, as well as at the College of Marin, Head-Royce School, and the Oxbow School in Napa. BA, Humboldt State University; MFA, Mills College.