Instructors

Colin Adams is a game artist working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He works as an art director as well as a lead artist on many game projects for Fifth Column Games. Adams has also worked as a freelance illustrator for 11 years, creating illustrations for books, magazines, websites, video games, comics, product labels as well as doing storyboards and concept designs. BFA, Academy of Art University, San Francisco

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

Hanne Behrend is a designer specializing in knitwear. Behrend’s experience extends across design, technical design, pattern drafting, production coordination, understanding state-of-the art industrial-knitting-machine operation and capabilities as well as hand-knitting and domestic-knitting machines.

Behrend’s recent freelance clients include Isda & Co and Margaret O’Leary in San Francisco, and her knitwear designs retail at Chic on College Avenue in Oakland, California.

Behrend was the knitwear design coordinator at the Academy of Art in San Francisco prior to coming to CCA in 2011. She's an adjunct professor in CCA's Fashion Design Program

Behrend enjoys teaching advanced skills in knit garment design and construction and the hands-on craft of designing and machine-knitting creative fabrics. Her knitwear students’ portfolios benefit from the inclusion of their unique knit swatches and designs. AAS, Parsons School of Design; BA, San Francisco State University.

Serena Cole is an artist whose work primarily consists of highly rendered drawings and paintings based on emotional portraiture. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, including exhibitions at Hinterconti in Hamburg, Germany; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Marx and Zavattero in San Francisco; Roberts and Tilton at Domestic in Los Angeles; Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis; and Phillips de Pury and Dodge Gallery in New York.
 
Cole is also an instructor at the ASUC Art Studio at UC Berkeley and lives and works in the Bay Area. MFA, CCA
 

Lisa Rybovich Crallé is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. She has been an artist in residence at Ox-Bow, Arteles, ART342, and The Studios of Key West.

She is a recipient of the 2014 Alternative Exposure Award and the 2011 Robert Arneson Award. Prior to receiving her degrees, Lisa studied at the New York Studio School and the San Francisco Art Institute. MFA, UC Davis; BA, Sarah Lawrence College

lisaRcralle.com

Marshall Dalva is a jeweler and metalsmith who has worked as a production jeweler for an Oakland-based designer. Within a short time, he was managing production and the everyday workings of the designer's studio, which has grown into an internationally recognized brand.

Dalva's personal work follows a different model; he has a deep love for the flexibility of metal, focusing on metal forming and larger-scale fabrication.

With a hammer, some patience, and a little skill, the possibilities are endless. In recent years Dalva has returned to his private work, creating metal sculpture and jewelry in his studio using a range of techniques and materials. He has previously taught at The Crucible. BFA, CCA

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 New York. Kettner 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 CCA.

Now armed with degrees in both writing and visual art, Kettner 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.

Kettner's current secret headquarters is located somewhere in Oakland, California.

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, commercial, and institutional interiors. Presently in private practice, clients have included Vitra, Artemide, and Design Within Reach showrooms.

He has formerly 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 bmod.net. BArch, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Kseniya Makarova is a graphic designer and creative director with experience in branding, packaging, identity, and publication design. She is currently creative team lead at Pivot Design in San Francisco. BFA, CCA

John Poole is a sculptor whose work has been exhibited both internationally and nationally. He has worked at three professional foundries and taught numerous university courses in sculpture and casting.

Poole is currently the studio manager for CCA's Sculpture Program. BA, UC Berkeley; MFA, University of Arizona.

Mel Prest is a San Francisco-based artist, curator, and teacher. Prest has been awarded funded artist residencies at Willapa Bay, The Wassaic Artist Residency, The Ragdale Foundation, The Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, de Young Museum, and was an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

Recent exhibitions include MoonBrightChime (solo) at Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX; un.bound.ed at Root Division, San Francisco; The Intuitionists at the Drawing Center, New York, NY; Doppler Shift at Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ; Works on Paper 2012 at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC. MFA, Mills College; BFA, RISD

Nathan Ring is a potter with a special interest in the Northern California coastline, kayak fishing, and history. His pottery is inspired by his curiosity of the natural world, past pottery traditions, and his deep appreciation for the understated beauty of Japanese tea ware.
 
While pursuing his love of form and function, Ring has simultaneously explored traditional Japanese glazes, with a focus on Oribe and Shino. He has worked with different atmospheric firings and desires to make building and operating wood and soda kilns a focus of his future work.
 
Ring was born and raised in Sacramento, the rural heartland of California. While pursuing his passion for pottery, he also served in the Army Reserves for nearly 10 years, finishing his military service fall 2011.
 
He studied at Cosummes River College with Yoshio Taylor and recently finished his BFA in Ceramics at CCA with Arthur Gonzalez and Nathan Lynch.
 
Currently he teaches pottery and is a studio technician at the Berkeley art studio while working on his own craft at Clay Station pottery. 
 

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 presently teaches painting at UC Berkeley. BA, MA, MFA, UC Berkeley

Stacy Speyer is an artist curious about structure. For over a decade she explored lines in space through her large-scale installations made of dyed and woven sewing thread.

Current projects use an eclectic range of textile techniques, LEDs, computers, laser-cut Plexi-glass and metal. Experiments in a variety of mediums, ranging from natural materials to digital imagery, have led to a series of geometric structures, an artist in residence at the SF Exploratorium and a book, Polyhedra: Eye Candy to Feed the Mind.

Speyer’s work has been exhibited nationally and is represented in private collections. BFA, Kansas City Art Institute; MFA, CCA

Jon Stich is an illustrator whose clients include Chronicle Books, Bloomberg Businessweek, Sports Illustrated Kids, Adult Swim,the New York Observer, Grantland, The Bold Italic, the San Francisco Chronicle, Grist, Kodiak Cakes, the Phoenix New Times, The Nashville Scene, Vibe, the Source, and Hyphen magazine. BFA, CCA

jonstich.com

Eugene Young is a Bay Area graphic designer and illustrator. He has taught in CCA's undergraduate Graphic Design, Pre-College, and Extension programs, and currently teaches digital drawing and painting at Dominican University and Adobe Illustrator at City College of San Francisco.

Young has also taught rapid visualization in the CCSF Design Collaborative program and taught the college's first visual development for animation course in the fall of 2014.

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.

This year he guest-curated A Show of Power: Africans and African Americans in Science Fiction and Fantasy at CCSF and was a featured artist at the 2014 Black Choreographers Festival where he exhibited a retrospective of graphic design work. BFA, CCAC

theeugenery.com