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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,

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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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.

Thursday, April 24, 7:00–9:30 pm

350 Kansas Street, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public
Info: 510.594.3757

Please join California College of the Arts and the Center for Art and Public Life for the fourth annual IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards finalist team presentations, including the announcement of the winning teams and featuring a keynote presentation by Heather Fleming of Catapult Design.

Finalists under consideration for an IMPACT Award will give presentations to the audience and a panel of judges. The judges will quickly retire to deliberate, and at the end of the evening they will announce the winning teams and their award amounts.

The awarded projects will each receive up to $10,000. All of them must emphasize interdisciplinary engagement, social entrepreneurship, and collaborative relationships with community partners, and they must have a detailed action plan to execute their summer 2014 project that supports social and humanitarian goals.

Read more about IMPACT Awards »

Presented as part of the ENGAGE at CCA curricular initiative

Friday, April 25, 5:30–7:00 pm

Goodwill's Atrium | 1500 Mission Street | San Francisco, CA

Free and open to the public
More info: Amy Campos, or Lynda Grose,

Presented as part of the Center for Art and Public Life's ENGAGE at CCA curricular initiative, we're pleased to present an exhibition and celebration of the work of CCA's students enrolled in ENGAGE: Rebranding Sustainability, an interdisciplinary course in partnership with San Francisco Goodwill.

Showcased work reflects the efforts of student from the Animation, Architecture, Furniture, Illustration, and Industrial Design Programs.

Students produced replicable product protoypes using Goodwill's excess material (resin-impregnated knit furniture, colored rubber landscapes for plants and animals, wax-dipped fabric shelving, lead remeditating plant baskets, topographic tables, animated films, fabric acoustical wall tiles, and striated soft foam walls).

Learn more by visiting the course process blog »

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

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:

hand-blown glass
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.

Presented by the Jewel / Metal Arts Program

Sunday, April 27, 12:30–4:30 pm

Nahl Hall, Oakland Campus
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Free for CCA students (w/ student identification)
More info: Marlyn daSilva, or 510.594.3692

Join us for a one-day symposium hosted by San Francisco Metal Arts Guild (MAG) . . . for members by the members!

At this year’s Annual Metalsmithing Day: 5-Minute Tips fellow makers take the stage for quickie tips for maximizing your time at the bench, online, and in the marketplace.  

Meet the MAG board of directors and hear what we have in store for metal artists in 2014.  


Graduate Studies Lecture Series

Thursday, May 1, 7:00 pm
"Go Fish," 1994, film still [courtesy Frameline]

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public
More info: John Jenkins,

Rose Troche is an award-winning writer, director, and producer of both film and television. Her first feature, Go Fish (1994), was released to wide acclaim, garnering awards at The Berlin, London, Rimini, and Deauville Film Festivals.

It also won the prestigious Open Palm at New York’s Gotham Awards.

Bedrooms and Hallways (1998) followed, receiving the audience award at the London Film Festival. 2003 saw the release of Troche’s third feature, The Safety of Objects (2001), which received stellar reviews and went on to open the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and win best feature and best actress (Patricia Clarkson) at The Deauville Film Festival.

That same year Troche completed the pilot for Showtime’s The L Word and went on to direct, write, and co-executive produce the series through six seasons.

Troche also directed the pilot for the popular teen series, South of Nowhere, where she remained as a consulting producer and director. She has also directed award-winning series including Six Feet Under, Ugly Betty, and Law & Order.

In 2011 she executive produced Hunting Season, an eight-part web series. Troche produced Concussion (2013), Stacie Passon’s debut feature that premiered in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

She also wrote and directed Elliot King Is 3rd for ITVS Future States.

She is set to go into production on her fifth feature, Wendy Drinks Beer for Breakfast and is currently developing Sugar, an interactive web series set to go live in the fall of 2014.

About the 2013-14 Graduate Studies Lecture Series

Each lecture is premised on the notion of "signal years." Each invited speaker will address a year of significance in his or her field or practice and link it to related transformations in the broader realms of politics and culture.

Charting a fascinating chronology over a wide range of disciplines, the series takes a close look at past moments that continue to resonate today.

Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.


May 5–8

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thurs., May 8, 7 p.m. (Back of Nave)
Free and open to the public
More info: Michecia Jones,

Come view and celebrate the work of CCA’s senior Illustration class. This exhibition is the result of Illustration 6: Thesis, the final course in a series required for Illustration majors.

Each student chooses a topic and produces 12 to 15 images that explore the topic in depth. The result is a personal statement and a unified portfolio demonstrating the very best the student has to offer at the time of graduation.

May 5–9

All events are free and open to the public.
More info: Vikki Del Rosario,
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L3R: Level 3 Review Exhibition

May 5–9, Nave Alcove, SF campus

Thesis Presentations

Fri, May 9, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Nave Alcove & Timken Lecture Hall

Thesis, Transition to Professional Practice, L3R: Reception & Celebration

Fri, May 9, 6–8 p.m., Nave Alcove & Timken Lecture Hall


The L3R exhibition is an opportunity for junior-level students to formally present an overview of their work and assess their overall progression within CCA’s Graphic Design Program. Incorporating work from three semesters of Graphic Design courses, their comprehensive projects for Level 3 studio course are featured.

Senior students present their semester-long thesis projects, representing the culmination of the arc of their progression within the Graphic Design Program. We join together in celebrating their accomplishments and this major milestone.

Senior portfolios, developed in the Transition to Professional Practice studio, will also be on display.

L3R poster design: Reymundo Perez