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April 27, 2013 11:00 am–3:00 pm

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CCA's idyllic Oakland campus becomes a bustling arts bazaar for a day. The public is invited to shop for one-of-a-kind, handmade, affordable gifts created by the CCA community: paintings, drawings, prints, cards, jewelry, ceramics, hand-blown glass, clothing, photography, textiles, and more. Discover unique gifts while enjoying live jazz music and tasty treats.

All CCA students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to sell their arts and crafts at the Spring Fair.

There is no fee to participate; we ask only that all items for sale be handmade, and that all sellers help with the set up and break down of the event.

April 27, 2013 10:00 am–1:30 pm
B Building, Room B3

Open to current CCA students and alumni.

RSVP required

Reflect on what happens when you are speaking and there is something at stake, whether winning a client, getting a job, making a sale, or simply describing your work. If you’re like many of us, you get nervous and you don’t sound knowledgeable or enthusiastic when just the opposite is true. There’s a good chance your body conveys the message that you aren’t ready to be the center of attention.

Effective communication requires deep connection with your values, body-mind awareness, and preparation. Because the body trumps speech when it comes to first impressions, presenter, Laura Paradise will work with you to offer tips for presenting that are grounded in the body. She will also provide you with ingredients of an effective introduction. By the end of the workshop, you will have an inventory of material you can use for your pitch and for memorable introductions at networking events, in interviews and on the spot.

Laura is a certified life coach who integrates Authentic Movement and Expressive Arts therapy into her practice. She works primarily with women 1:1 and in groups to help them present and promote themselves authentically and powerfully. Laura spent her nonprofit career perfecting the art of genuine persuasion. She had a successful career as a fundraiser and lobbyist and represented national, regional and state environmental and social justice organizations. Among her victories was a line item in the federal budget to guarantee safe drinking water to poor, rural communities. Laura says she can help anyone land an interview or win a client!

April 27, 2013 10:00 am–3:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Reception to follow presentations
Free and open to the public.

Info: 415.551.9251, jjenkins@cca.edu, or cca.edu/vcs

All social systems are first and foremost visual systems. Thus, processes of social transformation necessarily transpire within the visual arena. Visuality serves to introduce change -- new creative models, new political paradigms, new relational possibilities, new poetic forms -- into social contexts.

This is what makes the ability to interpret visual information and promote critical revisioning so crucial during periods of transformation.

The Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies trains students to deeply engage visual culture by refining written and oral presentation abilities, sharpening critical faculties, fostering research skills, expanding methodological options, and furthering the development of both creative and traditional modes of critical expression.

This year’s cohort presents innovative and transformative research in the field of visual studies at the program’s capstone event, the 2013 VCS Spring Symposium. In this daylong public symposium, eight graduate candidates will interrogate the politics and poetics of visual culture.

Watch the Presentations on YouTube

Greer Morgan Gainer
Reconfiguring Legibility: On the Rhizome with Graphic Design

Malia R. Helfmeyer
The Slot, the Hinge, and the High-Rise: The Politics of Space and the Rhetoric of Urban Development in San Francisco's South of Market Area

Ekin Kalayci
Making the New Turkish Woman from the Fantasy of the Modern West

Emily A. Kuhlmann
Making Visible Bodies: Artistic Interventions of Recognition and Responsibility

Raquel P. Nakoneczny
Sculpting Humanity in the Work of Ernesto Neto

Marisa Pushee
The Hand That Grasps: Anthropomorphism in Visual Representations of Nonhuman Animals

Amanda N. Simons
Until __________ Do Us Part: Paradoxical Representations of Same-Sex Marriage in Post-DOMA United States

Henry Witecki
Suddenly Another Me Is Dead: The Art of Tyler, the Creator

Senior Exhibition — Textiles

April 23–27, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Textiles

April 23–27, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Textiles

April 23–27, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Photography

April 23–27, 2013

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition – Painting/Drawing

April 22–27, 2013

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition – Painting/Drawing

April 22–27, 2013

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Printmaking

April 22–27, 2013

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

April 18–30, 2013

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wed., Apr. 17, 5-7 p.m.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Info: 415.551.9214 or cbradley@cca.edu

A juried exhibition of award-winning artworks by students in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts.

Simpson Award Winners

The following students are the 2013 recipients of the 26th Annual Barclay Simpson Awards:

  • Dit-Cilinn
  • Rachel Granofsky
  • David Ohlsson
  • Margo Wolowiec

This year's jurors: Amy Owen, curator at Di Rosa, and Jordan Stein, cofounder of Will Brown Gallery and visiting artist coordinator at the Exploratorium.

Artist Bios

Dit-Cilinn

Dit-Cilinn was born in Mora, Sweden in 1983 and raised in Pattaya, Thailand and Gothenburg, Sweden. At 16 Dit-Cilinn began taking self-portraits that explore the intersection between life and art, a dynamic she has continued to develop through sculpture and installation.

Her work has been exhibited at Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm; FOR-SITE Foundation, Nevada City; CMU Gallery, Chiang Mai; Röda Sten, Gothenburg; and the Gothenburg Museum of Art, among other places.

She attended the Royal Institute of Art and received her BFA at Valand Academy in 2009.

David Ohlsson

David Ohlsson was born in 1985 in Eksjo, Sweden, and spent his youth in rural seclusion, enduring the long, dark Nordic winters by consuming sugar, German electronic music, and experimental cinema.

Between 2008-11 he studied at the Royal Academy in Stockholm and Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Ohlsson has exhibited at SOMArts Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, San Francisco; Delta Gallery, San Joaquin; Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm; Konstakademin, Stockholm; Bodyhammer Gallery, Gothenburg; FOR-SITE Foundation, Nevada City, among other places.

Rachel Granofsky

Rachel Granofsky was born in 1980 to a family of painters, writers, and animators in Montreal. She spent her childhood spying on musicians in her father's basement recording studio, concocting magic potions using shampoo and toothpaste, and celebrating the birthdays of inanimate household objects.

As an adolescent, she began photographing her friends as a way to capture the theatrical atmosphere surrounding them.

She has exhibited in shows curated by Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Center for Architecture, CBC3, Photographers Forum, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Her current pictures are composed of painted and collage elements arranged for the precise point of view of the camera to distort perspective. These assemblages question the automatisms of perception in photographic representation.

She received her BFA in photography (with distinction) from Pratt Institute in 2003.

Margo Wolwiec

Originally from Detroit, Margo Wolowiec's work often resides between mediums, using material processes and concerns as a way to activate archives of history, memory and immateriality. Her work has been shown at the Brooklyn Arts Center; The Center for Performance Research, New York; and Uri Gallery, Seoul. She also cofounded and directed Janus Project, an alternative gallery space in Brooklyn.

She received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago.

About Barclay Simpson

Barclay Simpson, the namesake of this award, is chairman emeritus of Simpson Mfg. Co. He is chair of the board of trustees of the Berkeley Art Museum and sits on the board of Girls, Inc. of Alameda County.

At CCA he has served in several leadership positions, including advancement committee chair for six years. During that time, he increased contributions significantly, brought on new trustees and new donors, and made leadership gifts that set the stage for the college's expansion in the late 1990s.

Mr. Simpson and his wife, Sharon, have given generously to CCA over the years to support a variety of projects. In 1998 the Sharon Hanley Simpson Library, a critical part of the San Francisco campus, was created using a generous gift from the Simpsons.

The Simpson Library -- much larger and better equipped than the previous facility -- enabled a dramatic expansion in academic resources, including strategic growth in the library collection.

The Simpson name also graces the award-winning Sculpture facility in Oakland, which was completed in 1993. The couple has also been generous supporters of the Center for Art and Public Life and the CCA Scholarship Fund.

In recognition of his many contributions to the community, Barclay Simpson was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from CCA in 2005.

Curatorial Practice Thesis Exhibition

April 17–June 29, 2013

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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New location! 360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets)
Reception: Wed., Apr. 17, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m.; closed Sun. and Mon.
Info: 415.355.9670

This is the first large-scale institutional exhibition of work by the Lebanese writer, poet, and painter Etel Adnan, spanning six decades of her artistic practice. It is the thesis exhibition of the graduating students in the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Born in Beirut in 1925 to a Christian Greek mother and a Muslim Syrian father, Adnan has spent her life between places -- Beirut, Paris, and the Bay Area -- negotiating their different cultures and language as well as her distinctive position among them.

This experience of displacement deeply informs her work, which similarly ranges between mediums and formats. Her recent exhibitions include dOCUMENTA (13) (Kassel, Germany, 2012) and the Serpentine Gallery Map Marathon (London, 2010).

The exhibition explores Adnan's complex negotiation between verbal and visual forms of expression. Some of the featured paintings include elements of geographical specificity, whereas others are more ambiguous depictions of "nonplaces." Adnan's leporellos, or folding books, offer a compelling fusion of written texts and painted or drawn images.

The exhibition also includes selected articles written by Adnan for the francophone daily newspaper Al-Safa as well as film and video works by Chris Marker, Rabih Mroué, and the Otolith Group that relate directly or obliquely to Adnan's practice.

Marker's eerie footage of sculptures at the fringe of San Francisco Bay; Mroué's conflations of destruction and construction, future and past in an unspecified city; and the Otolith Group's portrait of Adnan reading her own poetry in her Paris home all present a melancholic counterpoint to Adnan's work, deepening the exhibition’s logic of place and displacement.

See wattis.org for a schedule of accompanying public programs that include poetry readings, workshops, film screenings, and lectures.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy & Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and the CCA Curator's Forum.

April 16–May 4, 2013

Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Opening Reception: Wed., Apr. 16, 5-7 p.m.**
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free and open to the public

More info: Jessica Skloven, gradoffice@cca.edu, 415.551.9213

A juried exhibition of award-winning artworks by students in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts.

About Barclay Simpson

Barclay Simpson, the namesake of this award, is chairman emeritus of Simpson Mfg. Co. He is chair of the board of trustees of the Berkeley Art Museum and sits on the board of Girls, Inc. of Alameda County.

At CCA he has served in several leadership positions, including advancement committee chair for six years. During that time, he increased contributions significantly, brought on new trustees and new donors, and made leadership gifts that set the stage for the college's expansion in the late 1990s.

Mr. Simpson and his wife, Sharon, have given generously to CCA over the years to support a variety of projects. In 1998 the Sharon Hanley Simpson Library, a critical part of the San Francisco campus, was created using a generous gift from the Simpsons.

The Simpson Library -- much larger and better equipped than the previous facility -- enabled a dramatic expansion in academic resources, including strategic growth in the library collection.

The Simpson name also graces the award-winning Sculpture facility in Oakland, which was completed in 1993.

The couple has also been generous supporters of the Center for Art and Public Life and the CCA Scholarship Fund.

In recognition of his many contributions to the community, Barclay Simpson was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from CCA in 2005.

April 15–27, 2013

A2 Cafe, Oakland Campus
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Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-close
Info: 510.910.6764 or msilady@cca.edu

Work by students enrolled in the undergraduate Graphic Novel Workshop taught by Justin Hall, lecturer in the Writing and Literature Program, and the Graduate Graphic Novel Workshop taught by Matt Silady, associate chair of the MFA in Comics program. From rough layouts to carefully penciled and inked pages, the work reveals the process of creating compelling stories in the visually dynamic comic-book medium.

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 www.catalystransit.com.

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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About PLAySPACE

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.