Ayana Baltrip is the owner and creative director of Design:Speak, a design consultant business that services non-profits, women-owned businesses, and small businesses.

Baltrip’s work covers print, web, and other interactive projects. Baltrip has assisted clients as a Social Media Strategist, and offers training in setting up web sites, working with blog products like Wordpress, Blogger and Tumblr, and software training in Adobe Creative Suite.

In addition to graphic design, Baltrip is also a photographer working for such clients as the Berkeley Jazz Festival and Tito Puente.

Baltrip currently teaches at City College of San Francisco, and has also taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California, Berkeley Extension Center, and San Francisco State University.

SFSU, Master of Arts Industrial Arts (M.A.I.A.).

Lewis Bangham is an award-winning designer and fine artist whose range of experience includes storyboard artist, illustrator, animator, and game designer.

He has produced projects for a variety of clients including NASA, Capitol Records, 20th Century Fox, Siemens, and Apple computers.

As a fine artist, he has exhibited internationally. Bangham has taught at the Art Center College of Design, Stanford University, and the Art Academy University.

BS, Art Center College of Design


David Casella creates his own jewelry and metal work designs for a variety of venues through his studio D.A.C-METALS. He works on private commissions, participates in selected juried shows, does contract work and has had his work shown in Bay Area galleries, he is currently showing at YJM Gallery in Berkley.

David’s past employment has included working at a coppersmith studio for eight years where he became lead production manager. He also worked on custom steel fabrication and consulting for Eric Powell designs.

David is currently teaching at The Academy of Art, Scintillant Studio, and The Crucible where he has helped develop the jewelry department, proposed classes and workshops since 2000. He also has been an active member of the Metal Arts Guild of the Bay Area teaching workshops and participating in juried exhibitions.

BFA: Maine College of Art (Metalsmithing and Jewelry design,1996)

Eddie Chau is a landscape architect, artist, and teacher.  He has taught freehand and mechanical drawing at UC Berkeley Extension, UC Davis, and the University of San Francisco. A graduate of the Masters Degree program in Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley, he continues to practice landscape architecture as well as being a Program Director at UC Berkeley Extension.  

He enjoys drawing and painting, especially with pen and ink, pastel, gouache, and silverpoint

Patrick Dintino is a fine artist whose paintings and collages have been exhibited internationally. He cofounded Artists in Motion art collective, a group of artists that created funk-art fashion, sculpture, and furniture out of reclaimed materials.

In 2000, he was invited as a guest artist to work with Sol LeWitt to create Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective at SFMOMA.

A finalist for SFMOMA’s SECA emerging artist award and a recipient of the Pollack/Krasner Foundation Grant, Dintino was recently included in the group show The Future of Abstraction at the Chelsea Museum of Art in New York.

An upcoming solo exhibition of his painting and collage work at Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco is planned for September.

BA, San Diego State University; BFA, MFA, CCAC

Katie Dorame is a visual artist and educator working in Oakland. Originally from Los Angeles, she has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and grants from the SF Arts Commission and UCSC.  

Her work has been featured on SFMOMA’s Open Space blog and has been in publications such as Boom: A Journal of California and News From Native California.  

Dorame’s work has recently been exhibited at the Galería de la Raza, Incline Gallery, SomArts, and the Thacher Gallery at USF in San Francisco as well as the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College in New York.

BA, University of California, Santa Cruz; MFA, CCA

Mark Eanes is a painter, printmaker, photographer, curator, and educator who has spent the last 20 years living and working in Benicia, California.

Eanes has shown his paintings throughout California as well as nationally and internationally.

He has also had solo exhibitions at the Parsons School of Design in Paris, the Patricia Sweetow and Michael Dunev Galleries in San Francisco, Fairfield Center for the Arts, Dominican College in San Rafael, the Mill Valley Arts Commission Gallery, and the Hanford Center for the arts.

Eanes's works have been included in shows at the Santa Clara Museum of Art, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art’s artist gallery, the Etra Gallery in Miami, the Ruth Bacofner Gallery inLos Angeles, and the San Paulo Biennale, among others. Eanes's work is in numerous private and corporate collections, nationally and internationally.

Trinidad Escobar is a poet, illustrator, mother, and educator from the Bay Area, California. Her writing and visual art have been featured in various publications such as Rust & Moth, The Brooklyn Review, The Womanist, Red Wheelbarrow, Solo Cafe, Mythium, Tayo, the anthologies Walang HiyaOver the Line, Kuwento,and more.

Trinidad has been a guest artist and speaker at the San Jose Museum of Art, Pilipino Komix Expo, LitQuake, and The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Her forthcoming graphic memoir CRUSHED will be published in 2018.

Trinidad teaches Comics & Race at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California as well as several community workshops throughout the Bay Area. See her work here

MFA: CCA, Comics

Josh Halstead is a senior designer on Landor’s global Marketing Communications team where he's responsible for translating business strategy into creative, bespoke solutions that push at the boundaries of design, technology, and branding. Drawing on experience across a broad range of B-to-B and B-to-C industries (from juggernauts to startups), he's identified recurring patterns that have shaped his problem-solving methodology around a systems-thinking approach.

Rigorously informed by comprehensive immersion and human-centered insight, he's created dynamic experiences that unify and amplify across platforms for clients in technology, financial services, consumer electronics, professional services, energy, and nonprofit spaces.

Josh teaches in the professional program in graphic and UX design at UC Berkeley Ext., and is a published writer on the creative process.

BFA: Art Center College of Design

Melisse Herman is an artist who has taught in the degree programs at both Mills College and California College of the Arts.

She is in the process of negotiating locations to exhibit site-specific work as well as writing a book on her research.

Herman has exhibited on both the East and West Coasts and is in a number of significant collections, including the Chevron Corporation and the United States Embassy, Hong Kong.

BFA, CCAC; MFA, Mills College

Myoung Kang is a designer working at the intersection of art, design, and technology. Prior to receiving her MArch and working as a designer at an award-winning architectural firm in San Francisco, she worked extensively in the field of software and data analytics focusing on methodology and processes. 
Kang believes that ideation and content are the underlying foundations for a compelling project, while materials and processes are crucial in the expression of the final product. As a professional with an interdisciplinary background, she strongly believes in investigating non-traditional approaches to developing a project: examining, appropriating, and merging multiple sources, while uncovering latent possibilities.
Kang is currently an independent designer researching the application of 3D technology with other material processes and setting up her dream studio. She has taught both college (CCA) and K-12 students in architecture, design, and robotics. MArch, CCA.

Peter Kuo is a certified technical trainer and an Adobe-certified instructor in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Lightroom.

He has over 10 years of experience as a designer and artist working in print, web, and digital publishing.

Kuo conducts hands-on corporate workshops as well as in-class instruction for Adobe software training.

Briggs MacDonald's work ranges from residential to hospitality to commercial to institutional interiors. Presently in private practice, clients have included Vitra, Artemide, and Design Within Reach showrooms.

He has held positions as principal at Alamosa Design Associates, director of interior architecture at EHDD Architecture, and as design director at Mancini Duffy, all in San Francisco.

MacDonald has also worked with Andree Putman and Vignelli Associates in New York.

In addition to his private practice, he is faculty in CCA's Interior Design Program. Current projects may be seen at

BArch, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Erik Richard Parra was born and raised in the border metroplex of El Paso-Juárez. He received a Bachelors of Fine Art degree in painting from The University of Texas at Austin and completed a Masters of Fine Art while on fellowship at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Currently based in San Francisco, California Erik has exhibited internationally in alternative spaces, commercial galleries and museums in Berlin, Brazil, Los Angeles, London and New York. In the Bay Area Erik’s work has been exhibited at Blankspace Gallery, Johansson Projects, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Root Division, Southern Exposure, Kala Art Institute and the Berkeley Art Center.  

Erik’s work is held in the collection of Molly Mae and Stanford University and has been included in publications including New American Paintings, the SF Bay Gaurdian, and the LA Times.  Erik teaches art in various locations in the Bay Area, has lectured at universities and given artist talks as well as garnered residencies and awards.

Tânia Raposo is a type and graphic designer from Portugal. She received her Graphic Design BFA at ESAD.IPL, Portugal and her Type and Media Master’s degree at KABK, Netherlands.
She has worked as a graphic designer for the studios Itemzero in Lisbon and Atlas in Palma de Mallorca and as a curatorial assistant at the Letterform Archive.
At the moment she is the Program Coordinator for Type@Cooper West and works as a freelance graphic and type designer.

Merl Ross is a painter whose work has been exhibited nationally and is included in numerous public and private collections. She is the recipient of a California Magazine Discovery Award and has taught painting at UC Berkeley.

She is represented by Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery.

BA, MA, MFA, UC Berkeley

Samuel Sattin is a novelist and comics creator.

He is the author of LEGEND, the forthcoming graphic novel trilogy GLINT (Lion Forge), and novels THE SILENT END, LEAGUE OF SOMEBODIES, and ADVENTURE QUEST (on Tapas).

His work has appeared or been featured in The Nib, The Atlantic, Nerdist, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Paste Magazine, Salon, io9, Kotaku, Vulture, Bleeding Cool, The Fiction Advocate, The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, and elsewhere.

Sattin is the creative director of an educational media company in Oakland, California, and teaches at the California College of the Arts. See his work here

MFA: Comics, CCA, MFA: Creative Writing, Mills College.

Steve Segal, a senior adjunct professor in CCA's Animation Program, started his film career by opening a traditional animation studio in his hometown of Richmond, VA, where he and his staff made commercials and educational films for 10 years.

He produced several independent short films that have garnered awards at film festivals internationally: Cannes International Film Festival, Zagreb Animation Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Sinking Creek Film Festival (now renamed Nashville Independent Film Fest), and the Los Angeles Animation Celebration film festival.

Segal worked as an animator and cartoon curator for the innovative Pee Wee's Playhouse television series; a musical film for Sesame Street, and contributed animation to Pixar's Toy Story.

While at Pixar, he worked on several projects, including Toy Story-based CD ROMs; It's Tough to Be a Bug, a 3D film for Walt Disney World and California Adventure; the short film Geri's Game; and commercials, including one he directed and animated.

Segal's films also have been included in theatrical packages, such as The International Tournee of Animation, The Computer Animation Show, Futuropolis, and Timeless Tales of Fantasy.

The 2014 CCA group project Domoic Acid Attack was made for the Marine Mammal Center to generate awareness of a problem affecting sea lions.  

His performance piece Outside the Box won first place in 2014 ASIFA-SF Animation Festival. 

BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Eugene Young is an illustrator, fine artist and educator.

He has taught at Dominican University of California, in CCA's undergraduate Graphic Design program, First Year program and through CCA Extension. He is currently part-time faculty in the Visual Media Design department at City College of San Francisco.

As sole proprietor of Eurayo Design, he has produced marketing collateral for several Bay Area community-based arts organizations, nonprofits, and small businesses. Young is also known for his afrofuturism-inspired science fiction and fantasy illustration.

MFA, Academy of Art University; BFA, CCAC