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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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Free and open to the CCA community only
More info: Molly Mitchell, mmitchell@cca.edu

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 by PLAySPACE

April 25–26
"Self(ie) Representation" [Photo: Brittany Atkinson]

Heron Arts | 7 Heron Street | San Francisco 94103

Free and open to the public
More info: playspace@cca.edu

Presented by PLAySPACE and curated by Post Meridiem (PMx), Self(ie) Representation is an exhibition that interrogates the ways in which social media shapes how people perceive other people.

This exhibition focuses on artists who use social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, to explore the notion of "self" both online and then re/deactivated through photography, video, and performance.

Featured Artists

Brittany Atkinson
Alexis Bolter
Irina Contreras
Matthew Kotzin
Melissa Miller
An Xiao Mina
Omar Mismar

Schedule of events for Friday, April 25

3:30 p.m. -- Opening reception
4:30 p.m. -- Conversation with artists
5:30 p.m. -- Post-conversation reception

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

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, acampos@cca.edu or Lynda Grose, lgrose@cca.edu

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
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.

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, mdasilva@cca.edu 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, jjenkins@cca.edu

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.

 

Presented by PLAySPACE

May 2–4
Jennifer Klecker, "360 Degrees: Rocky Mountain National Park," 2014, performance with projected video and charcoal on paper

Heron Arts | 7 Heron Street | San Francisco 94103

Free and open to the public
More info: playspace@cca.edu

Presented by PLAySPACE and curated  by Lauren R. O'Connell, Activating Site presents five artists whose work puts forward alternative narratives of site by engaging its conditions through their own actions.

Site could traditionally be defined as the location of a physical structure, or a place where a particular event has occurred.

One can recognize readily apparent conditions of a site through its physical presence or historical importance, but how does one perceive conditions that are less visible or absent altogether?

In this exhibition, site can exist in a physical location, but also through ephemeral moments, such as childhood memories and family vacation videos (Jennifer Klecker), or within the stories and histories of displaced and diasporic people (Laura Arminda Kingsley).

Each work embodies a performative quality. In some cases, the artist locates a site by accentuating forgotten or nonexistent elements through subtle gestures (Maral Hashemi), or by enabling the material of the artwork to acclimate itself to the physical and climatic constraints of a place (Jay Atherton).

Others use symbols and language to draw attention to socio-political issues that are often overlooked due to everyday routine (Omar Mismar). 

These works suggest an expansion of the art-site relationship and propose a dynamic reconsideration of the permanence of site.

In this exhibition, site does not determine the artwork, but rather the artwork acknowledges the subtle conditions of the site, whether present or absent.

Featured Artists

Jay Atherton
Maral Hashemi
Laura Arminda Kingsley
Jennifer Klecker
Omar Mismar

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

May 5–9

All events are free and open to the public.
More info: Vikki Del Rosario, vdelrosario@cca.edu
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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

Description

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

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, mjones@cca.edu

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.

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