Fine Arts Events

April 16–30

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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Opening Reception: Wed., April 16, 5-7 p.m. (Please RSVP by April 8 to rsvp@cca.edu or 510.594.3604.)
Free and open to the public
Hours: Weekdays: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; weekends: noon-6 p.m.
Info: 415.551.9214 or jskloven@cca.edu

Please join CCA President Stephen Beal and Sharon and Barclay Simpson for the 27th Annual Barclay Simpson MFA Award Exhibition.

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

2014 Jurors

Kevin Chen (Curator, Intersection for the Arts) 
Apsara DiQuinzio (Curator, Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX & UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive) 

View the 25 Years of the Barclay Simpson Award catalog to celebrate an entire generation of well-deserving graduating CCA artists. 

 

Presented by the Fine Arts division

Monday, April 21, 9:30–10:30 am
"More Heads," 2013 [photo: Wynne Greenwood]

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the CCA community only
More info: Molly Mitchell, mmitchell@cca.edu

Wynne Greenwood is a queer feminist artist from Seattle who studied at Rutgers University and received her MFA from Bard College.

She has served as a teaching artist for the nonprofit Reel Grrls, whose mission it is to empower girls ages 9-21 from diverse communities about video and filmmaking as well as issues of representation and media justice through classes and workshops.

Greenwood has lectured and led workshops as a visiting artist at 19 different schools, universities, and museums since the year 2000. She has an extensive background practicing and teaching interdisciplinary art, multimedia installation, performance, analog and digital video, music recording, and music video.

Greenwood's practice puts sculpture into shifting roles, from prop to set to subject. She achieved national acclaim (and a dedicated queer feminist cult following) for her multimedia performance project Tracy + The Plastics, a band in which she plays all three band members simultaneously through video projections she interacts with onstage.

Other recent projects involve putting sculptures in conversation with one another through live performance and video projection in the gallery. Looking at the increasingly complex relationships between objects (especially smart phones, laptops, and tablets) and cultures, and the stage as a place of responsibility and a space to share power, Greenwood describes her practice as one of culture-healing, of examining dynamics of power in contemporary media and complicating processes of identity production.

She's had over 25 solo exhibitions and performances and tours throughout the United States and Europe.

Presented by the Fine Arts division

Tuesday, April 22, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
"An Unkindess," 2013, installation view The Corcoran Gallery of Art [Photo: Paul Bothwell]

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public
More info: Molly Mitchell, mmitchell@cca.edu

Mia Feuer is a Canadian sculptor. Her work uses various processes and materials to create immersive works that investigate the tensions of violated spaces, creating the illusion of failed infrastructures and destroyed landscapes as a provocation toward the reimagination of the physical world.

Immersing herself in politically charged, complicated, and conflicted places fuels her creative research. She has spent time in occupied Palestine, in Egypt during the 2011 revolutions, at the Suez Canal, the Alberta Tar Sands, and the Arctic Circle. In her words, all places that share a common expression of extreme energy extraction and consumption.

Feuer creates immersive, metaphorical, sculptural environments that combine personal moments and memories of these sites with critical perspectives on the myriad forces at work in these landscapes.

A recent exhibition at the Corcoran Museum included a synthetic black hockey rink made of petroleum that museum visitors could skate on. She has presented her work in 14 solo exhibitions since 2006 and has received nearly 40 awards, grants, fellowships, and residencies around the world. 

Feuer holds a BFA in sculpture from University of Manitoba and an MFA in sculpture and extended media from Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 2012 she has served as a full-time assistant professor of sculpture and foundations coordinator at George Mason University.

She's currently a visiting faculty member at the Banff Center for Contemporary Art. Feuer lives in Washington DC.

Presented by the Fine Arts division

Wednesday, April 23, 12:30–1:30 pm
"Untitled" (Black and White Sweater II), sweater, plaster, stucco, 21”x20”x13”, 2013 [Photo: Adam Reich]

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Jennifer Cohen is a sculptor from New York who has a background as a professionally trained Balanchine dancer.

She has presented her work in over 30 solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. A dedicated teacher as well as artist, she believes in the importance and value of art education in developing empathetic, community-oriented, curious, and questioning citizens.

Her teaching experience encompasses a broad range from first-year students to graduate students, and traditional sculpture techniques to computer-aided digital fabrication.

Cohen's object-oriented, studio-based sculpture practice explores the intersection between abstraction and figuration, inspired by both physical memories and theoretical concerns of choreography.

The stillness of her sculptures isolate the performative act into a single gesture, aiming to echo the moment where an extended body becomes a pure form. Within this intuitive process of making, she considers the possibility of physical empathy, of energy stored in matter, of visualizing and materializing human gestures, and how sculptural forms might help us to physically feel.

Cohen has served as an adjunct professor in sculpture at School of the Visual Arts for seven years in addition to numerous other courses at Parsons, NYU, Brooklyn College, and Yale University since 2002.

She earned her bachelor of arts in rhetoric from Bates College, a post-baccalaureate certificate from SAIC, and her MFA from the Yale University Sculpture program.

Hosted by the Office of Student Affairs

Saturday, April 26, 11:00 am–3:00 pm

Main walkway
Registration: March 24 through April 21
Free and open to the public
Info:
glee@cca.edu

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.

Participation is free; we do ask that all items for sale be handmade, and that all sellers help with the set up and break down of the event.

Copresented by the Faculty of Color Research Alliance and Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts

Tuesday, April 29, 7:00–9:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Isaac Julien is one of the most prominent documentary and feature filmmakers in Britain. Currently, he has a film installation in the exhibition Ten Thousand Waves at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

In 2002, he received San Francisco's Frameline Award for his contribution to LGBT film. In 2001 he was nomnated for the Turner Prize for his films The Long Road to Mazatlan (1999) and Vagabondia (2000), made in collaboration with and choreographed by Javier de Frutos,
respectively.

Earlier works include Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1996), Young Soul Rebels (1991), which was awarded the Semaine de Ia Critique Prize at the Cannes Film Festival the same year, and the acclaimed poetic documentary Looking for Langston (1989).

Copresented by the Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts, an alliance of the Queer Cultural Center (QCC) and programs at California College of the Arts (CCA) in Visual and Critical Studies and Architecture.

May 15–23

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thurs., May 15, 6-10 p.m.
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Info: 415.551.9214

The best work of CCA's graduating students, featuring works in all media.

Please note on Thursday, May 15, the exhibition does not open to the public until the reception begins at 6 p.m.

Visit the Graduate Thesis Exhibitions website for past thesis events of the college's individual graduate programs.

See other year-end celebratory events »

Presented by the Graduate Program in Fine Arts

May 15–24

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Opening Reception: Thurs., May 15, 6-10 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Exhibition hours: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily
More information: Jessica Skloven at jskloven@cca.edu

The Graduate Program in Fine Arts is proud to present the 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition. The program has an interdisciplinary orientation that supports both the crossing and merging of mediums as well as the investigation and use of content from diverse areas of thought.

Our MFA in Fine Arts program stimulates students to hone their skills and expand their ideas through a critically engaged artistic practice, while providing them with a greater awareness of the global context within which contemporary art is made and circulated.

This exciting exhibition is the culmination of a demanding course of study, production, and review.

We welcome you to witness the results and join us in congratulating the graduating class of 2014.

(Please note: On Thursday, May 15, the exhibition does not open to the public until the reception begins at 6 p.m.)

Please visit our archive of MFA student work.