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Posted on Monday, May 2, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Catherine Opie. Photo credit: Catherine Opie Studio, 2014View slideshow 

American artist Catherine Sue Opie will be recognized by California College of the Arts (CCA) with an honorary doctorate degree at its 109th commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco.

Opie will deliver the commencement address to more than 400 CCA undergraduates and their families. She will also be honored at a private lunch the day before and participate in the post-commencement reception at the college's San Francisco campus.

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Master of Architecture students Rafael Berges, Jared Clifton, Vaama Joshi, and Shirin Monshipouri have been announced as winners of the AIA COTE Top Ten for Students awards.
 
The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), selected the recipients of the national awards.
 
The competition challenged students to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment.

Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016 by Janet Vail

Jeremy Drucker

Jeremy Drucker (BArch 2000) has always worked to make the world a better place through design and construction, whether rebuilding slums in Mumbai; building energy-efficient, environmentally friendly housing in Sacramento; or injecting new energy and vitality into a venerable window manufacturing company.

Drucker is the owner, lead product designer, architectural consultant, sales manager, and head cheerleader and evangelist for Blomberg Window Systems, a custom window manufacturer in the Bay Area that produces “the most efficient windows manufactured on the West Coast.”

A winding path led Drucker to Blomberg, a path that, in retrospect, made him uniquely suited to take charge of the company.

Growing up in a Bernard Maybeck house surrounded by art and design, Drucker always wanted to be a builder–designer. In high school he paid his dues in the construction industry; later he worked in high-end metal fabrication, and he eventually made his way to a degree in architecture at CCA.

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

On Thursday, April 7, Center for Art and Public Life (CAPL) at California College of the Arts presented the spring 2016 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, at which three juried interdisciplinary teams each were awarded a $10,000 grant to create innovative and creative solutions to social problems by collaborating with community experts and partners.

Through such grants, the awards program enables a new generation of creative innovators to develop meaningful social change. Students are challenged to apply their critical and creative problem-solving skills to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally by developing proposals and facilitating actionable next steps.

In the spring CAPL received an unprecedented amount of grant proposals from undergraduate and graduate students across 15 different disciplines with project sites in San Francisco, Utah, India, Pakistan, China, and Columbia.

 

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Carole Beadle, Funnelling Life, 1999View slideshow 

The Museum of Craft and Design is pleased to present Lies that Tie: Carole Beadle and Lia Cook, opening on Saturday, April 9, 2016, and on display through August 7.

Organized in collaboration with California College of the Arts (CCA) on the occasion of Carole Beadle’s and Lia Cook’s retirement from tenure as faculty members in the college’s renowned Textiles Program, this exhibition explores the far-reaching impact of these two artists’ illustrious studio and teaching practices, which have helped forge innovations in the field and shape contemporary ideas of the handmade.

Key contributors to the revolutionary fiber art movement of the 1970s, Beadle and Cook have helped CCA to build one of the premier fine arts-oriented textile programs in the country.

For more than four decades, their aesthetic legacy has rippled outward to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students at the college, many of whom, in turn, have launched prominent careers of their own.

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Honoree Stanlee Gatti (center) with co-chairs Lorna Meyer and Patricia Fitzpatrick

California College of the Arts (CCA) drew more than 450 supporters to the stunning Nave of its San Francisco campus on March 23, 2016, for a gala celebration honoring renowned Bay Area designer and community leader Stanlee R. Gatti.

The annual fundraising event -- a benefit to support CCA student scholarships -- was helmed by co-chairs and CCA trustees Patricia Fitzpatrick and Lorna Meyer Calas, with honorary chair and CCA trustee Kay Kimpton Walker. Surpassing all financial goals by grossing more than $1.24 million in donations, it brought together long-standing and new CCA patrons to fete the honoree, who has elevated event-design to an art form and made significant contributions to the city’s art and philanthropy scene over the years.

Festivities began with a lively cocktail reception with drinks by Spirit works and No. 209 Gin and wines by Peregrine Ranch California Tap Wine and Saini Vineyards.

Guests were then ushered into a verdant dining experience designed by Gatti’s design team, replete with felt dipped Sansevieria succulent centerpieces, and a dinner of locally sourced organic greens and poultry served by McCalls, followed by live music from the nationally acclaimed Oakland-based band Shannon and the Clams (featuring CCA alumni musicians), whose artistry was recently lauded by RollingStone.com as "shimmy-shake dance grooves and sexy moonlit vocals."

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 by Chris Bliss

In today’s world, across every imaginable industry, there’s a growing demand for creative people. Skilled artists are needed who can bring to the table an entrepreneurial spirit, unique problem-solving skills, and a hacker/DIY mentality.

Fine arts graduates can be found at the cutting edge of creative solutions, working in industry and in the community, and founding partnerships and enterprises of their own.

Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to alumna and interdisciplinary poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (again!) for having been awarded a 2016 Whiting Award, a prestigious accomplishment that carries with it a $50,000 honorarium for each of the four awardees.

Diggs (MFA in Writing 2008) was honored in the poetry category of the annual awards competition issued by the Whiting Foundation.

Recent Honors

In January Diggs was named an awardee of the 2016 Creative Capital Awardees in the Literature category for her project Global Studies, a collection of poems and flash prose that mimes the textbook structure to examine the ambiguity of history.

Read the CCA feature »

Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Jim Norrena

CCA each year provides its undergraduate and graduate students with more than 600 internship/externship opportunities in architecture, design, fine arts, and writing.

Because the college is located among the most well-known, respected, and innovative companies and design firms, we are uniquely positioned to provide students with access to real-world industry leaders and help them build relationships as interns and develop professionally toward life-long careers.

Location = Access = Career Success

“Perhaps CCA’s most enduring contribution to our students’ professional lives as designers and artists,” explains Dean of Design Leslie Roberts, “is our deep roots into tech, design, and fine arts in the Bay Area." Roberts goes on to cite such heavyweights as Uber, Huge, Facebook, Arup, Autodesk, Google, and frog as being among the many noteworthy companies where current design students and alumni are building their careers.

Why CCA’s Bay Area location matters »

“Our industry ties allow CCA students unique access to internships coveted by peers around the world. Are other colleges and students envious of this opportunity? Of course they are!”

Roberts shared a recent email she received from a former student who had interned while in the MFA in Design program: "I've actually been thinking about CCA lately ... probably the best career move I've ever made. More than doubling my salary and moving from regular designer to lead in less than two years!"

See where CCA students have interned »

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 by Jim Norrena

CCA's Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies participated in a multi-institutional, pluridisciplinary exploration of “gender in translation” sponsored by the French Consulate of San Francisco, dedicated to questioning the concept of gender in the social sciences, philosophy, and artistic disciplines.

Read more about the Gender in Translation project »

Gender in Translation at CCA

From February 23 to 25, gender theorists and enthusiasts engaged on the San Francisco campus, partaking in several events that culminated in a standing-room only presentation given by Butler.

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