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November 9, 2012, 6:00–8:00 pm

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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November 9, 2012, 12:00–6:00 pm

noon-4 p.m. (demonstration in the Glass Hot Shop); 4:30-5:45 p.m. (lecture in Nahl Hall)
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In conjunction with the Glass Alumni exhibition, the Glass Program hosts a demonstration and lecture by the Seattle-based artists (and married couple) Boyd Sugiki (Glass 1991) and Lisa Zerkowitz. See also and

Boyd Sugiki

Sugiki was first introduced to glass in 1986 at Punahou High School in Honolulu, and he studied under Hugh Jenkins. He went on to receive a BFA from CCA and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

His work combines innovative glassblowing techniques with a modern approach to design. He creates sculptural and functional blown glass objects as well as two-dimensional works in paper. His functional works are finely crafted decorative objects that he hopes people will take pleasure in using.

The sculptural work is inspired by architecture he has seen during his world travels. Sugiki’s most recent body of work is reminiscent of architecture, and their groupings represent modern urban landscapes.

Lisa Zerkowitz

Zerkowitz is strongly influenced by the lush foliage of the Pacific Northwest and its stark contrast to her native Los Angeles. She has created bodies of work based on childhood memories, botanicals, and narratives. It combines printmaking and sculpture, using blown and cast glass, steel, ink, and bronze.

Zerkowitz holds a BA in studio art with an emphasis in printmaking from UC Santa Barbara and an MA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

She has traveled throughout the world for exhibitions, teaching opportunities, and visiting artist engagements.

The lecture, demonstration, and reception are underwritten by the Glass Alliance of Northern California.

(Photo: Jim Norrena)

November 6–10, 2012

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wed., Nov. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Wed., 6-7:30 p.m.
Info: or 510.597.3709

The Wasteland exhibition showcases works of architecture, art, design, and writing produced by students in our five "Waste Land" courses (Interior Design, Interaction Design, Diversity Studies, Sculpture, and Visual Studies during the fall 2012 semester.

For Wasteland, five instructors from across the college are thematizing issues around waste in their course, and inviting an “embedded scientist” to come into the studio to provide science instruction relevant to their course.

The Waste Land program aims to explore ways to meaningfully integrate science in art and design education.


Lecture by Will Bakx: Can You Dig It? Compost and Mulch, from Waste to Resource »

November 9, 2012, 6:30–8:00 pm

Writers’ Studio, San Francisco Campus
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Please join us on the CCA campus in San Francisco for an in-depth look at our Graduate Program in Writing. Chair Aimee Phan and graduate faculty will present the curriculum, requirements for admission, and what to expect as a student at CCA.

We also invite you to arrive early and join us for the Writers Series with author Carol Edgarian. This will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Writers’ Studio.


Presented by the Writers Series (MFA Program in Writing)

November 9, 2012, 5:30–7:00 pm
[photo: David Matheson]

195 De Haro at 15th Street
Free and open to the public

More info: David Morini, or 415.551.9237

CCA's Writers Series is open to the public and hosted by the MFA Program in Writing. Featured events also comprise the Friday Seminar course requirement for MFA Writing candidates.

Carol Edgarian is an author, editor, and publisher. Her novels include the New York Times bestseller Three Stages of Amazement and the international bestseller Rise the Euphrates.

Her essays and articles have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, and she is coeditor of the popular collection drawn from great writers' diaries, The Writer's Life: Intimate Thoughts on Work, Love, Inspiration, and Fame.

In 2003 Edgarian and her husband, editor and writer Tom Jenks, founded the nonprofit magazine Narrative, the leading digital source for storytelling -- publishing more than three hundred artists each year -- and Narrative in the Schools, a program to encourage reading and writing in schools across America.

Raised in Connecticut, Edgarian attended Stanford University and is a long-time resident of San Francisco. She and her husband have three daughters.

Visit Carol Edgarian’s website »

Learn more about CCA's Writers Series, including upcoming and past guests »

Demonstration, Lecture & Opening Reception

November 9, 2012, 12:00–8:00 pm

Free and open to the public

Info: Elin Christopherson,, 510.414.5243

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass art movement.

Harvey Littleton ignited the American Studio Glass art movement with his seminal workshops at the Toledo Art Museum in 1962. Students from these first workshops then went on to form glass programs at Universities around the country.

Glass education at California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA) was founded by one of these American glass pioneers, Marvin Lipofsky, in 1967.

To honor the early and continuing role of the CCA Glass Program in the studio glass movement, CCA's Glass Department will host a hot-glass demonstration and lecture (underwritten by Glass Alliance of Northern California) as well as a Glass Alumni Art Show.

CCA Glass Golden Jubilee Events

Hot-glass demonstration by Boyd Sugiki (BFA Glass 1991) and Lisa Zerkowitz
Hot Shop (Glass Department)
Oakland campus, noon – 4 p.m.

Lecture by Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz
Oakland campus (room TBA), 4:30 p.m.

Opening Reception: Glass Alumni Art Show
Oliver Arts Center
Oakland campus, 6–8 p.m.

The Crucible
Demonstration and lecture underwritten by Glass Alliance of Northern California

November 9–16, 2012
Glass and ceramic sale at CCAC 1968. (l to r: Art Nelson, Bill Pickerall, four unidentified, Ruth Tamura, Mary White)

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Fri., Nov. 9, 6-8 p.m.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. (closed Wed. mornings)
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This year marks the Golden Jubilee of the American Studio Glass art movement. Fifty years ago, in 1962, the seminal workshops that sparked it were organized by Harvey Littleton at the Toledo Museum of Art. He also started the first hot glass program at an American university, and several of his students went on to form glass programs at universities around the country.

Glass education at CCA was founded by one of these pioneers, Marvin Lipofsky, in 1967. CCA has been an integral part of the movement for decades, educating many of the artists who have risen to prominence since.

CCA celebrates this historically significant year with this exhibition of works in glass by alumni of the college, curated by Maria Porges.

On November 10-11, the Crucible, a nonprofit industrial arts educational facility located in Oakland, hosts a related conference with demonstrations, presenters, and panel discussions.

From October 27 through March 24, 2013, the Oakland Museum of California presents a special exhibition of approximately 35 works, Playing With Fire: Artists of the California Glass Movement, which will include many CCA faculty and alumni. It is one of more than 120 museums nationwide presenting a special glass exhibition this year.

See also California Glass Studio »

Senior Exhibition — Printmaking

November 6–10, 2012

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, November 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Painting/Drawing

November 5–10, 2012

Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, November 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Painting/Drawing

November 5–10, 2012

Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, November 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by CCA Wattis Institute

September 13–December 1, 2012

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thurs., Sept. 13, 7-9 p.m. (RSVP for the reception at
Hours: Tues.-Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
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The legendary exhibition Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form, presented in 1969 at Kunsthalle Bern, Germany, has been exhaustively discussed, researched, and examined. It has inspired essays, books, conferences . . . and now, at the CCA Wattis Institute, another exhibition.

In September 2012, Wattis director Jens Hoffmann will tackle the history and the myths surrounding When Attitudes Become Form with a new “sequel” exhibition, When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes.

The original show, curated by Harald Szeemann, featured 69 conceptual artists working in fields known today as post-Minimalism, Arte Povera, Land art, and beyond. The Wattis exhibition will feature more than 80 artists, all working within the legacy of Conceptual art, including the following:

Simon Fujiwara
Claire Fontaine
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
Abraham Cruzvillegas
Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset
Ryan Gander
Walead Beshty
Renata Lucas
Adriana Lara
Carey Young

The show will also bring together archival material, floor plans, installation images, and ephemera from the 1969 show.

Generous support for When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes provided by C. Ross Sappenfield and Laura Brugger, Robin Wright and Ian Reeves, and Laura and Joe Sweeney.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy and Bill Timken. General support for the Wattis Institute provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, and the CCA Curator’s Forum.

September 4, 2012–May 10, 2013
Touring the Social Imaginary

CATALYSTRANSIT is a project organized by Ana Labastida, circulating through the Bay Area’s Casual Carpool from Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland to Fremont Street in San Francisco, that questions how we interpret the mundane moments during commutes.

To participate, or for more information, visit

This project is part of Touring the Social Imaginary, a series of exhibitions and participatory, public programs across the Bay Area organized by PLAySPACE, that map the social imaginary using research-intensive processes to ask questions about places and the people that inhabit them.

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PLAySPACE, The Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is a graduate student-run exhibition program. It provides the resources for student curators to conceptualize and present programming that is especially appropriate for, and oriented toward, the academic community.

This programming is presented in various venues and locations throughout the community.