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Posted on Monday, November 16, 2015 by Jim Norrena

California College of the Arts devotes a significant amount to student scholarships. In fact, two out of three undergraduates receive scholarship support of some kind, averaging $18,744 per student.

We firmly believes an excellent art and design education is made possible with the inclusion of diverse persons and perspectives on campus. Financial barriers should not prevent any talented, committed student from enrolling at CCA.

To achieve this goal, CCA dedicates significant institutional resources to need-based aid, with the highest fundraising priority being the scholarship fund.


Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Chris McCall (MFA Photography 2003) is the director at Pier 24 Photography

Christopher McCall (MFA Photography 2003) has spent the last seven years serving as the founding director at Pier 24 Photography, an exhibition space on the Embarcadero considered to be the largest in the world dedicated solely to photography.

It’s here where the Pilara Foundation Collection is housed -- a collection of more than 4,000 photographs established by Andrew and Mary Pilara that spans the history of the medium and its international breadth.

Since its inception in 2008, Pier 24 Photography has hosted seven exhibitions, including works by acclaimed photographers such as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Thomas Demand, Lee Friedlander, Rinko Kawauchi, Henry Wessel, Garry Winogrand, and, most recently, Paul Graham.

The Pilaras’ goal was to create a space that would complement -- not replace -- other local arts organizations. They wanted to engage the community through exhibitions, publications, and public programs.

Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

Associate Professor Andrew Cudless won the 2015 ACADIA Award of Teaching Excellence

Three CCA Architecture faculty members were included in The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture's (ACADIA) announcement for its 2015 election for the president of ACADIA, the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC) editorial board, and the ACADIA board of directors.

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

The late singer is the subject of two exhbitions currently at the CJM.

San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has a slogan that reads: “Connecting art, people, and ideas." So when the museum launched its two new Amy Winehouse exhibitions -- Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait and its corresponding exhibition You Know I’m No Good -- assistant curator Pierre-François Galpin (MA Curatorial Practice 2014) jumped at the chance to do just that.

“I’ve always been an Amy Winehouse fan, and I was looking to work around pop culture -- not just art -- so I was really glad and excited when this opportunity came up,” says Galpin.

Best known for her 2006 hit song “Rehab,” Winehouse passed away in 2011 at just 27 years old from alcohol poisoning after a long and public battle with substance abuse.

Both exhibitions opened July 23 at CJM, mere weeks after the release of Amy, a critically praised documentary about the singer. With the spotlight back on Winehouse, the museum sought to help fans and spectators see past the fame and tabloid fodder and present her life in a more intimate and previously unseen way.

For the stateside debut of A Family Portrait, Galpin worked closely with the curators of the Jewish Museum London, where the show originally opened under the careful supervision of Winehouse’s brother, Alex.

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Join us for the many public events planned during the symposium!

Join us Friday evening, November 6, for CCA's 2015 AICAD Symposium: Exploring Science in the Studio opening reception in the Nave on the San Francisco campus.

The symposium opening reception is free and open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. at CCA’s main campus building at 1111 Eighth Street.

AICAD Symposium Exhibitions, Events & Installations


Titled The Cult of the Nine Muses, the exhibition features interdisciplinary artwork by students enrolled in CCA Sci-Studio courses -- studio courses in which embedded scientists give lectures, lead workshops, or otherwise bring together art and science.

The exhibition is on view in the Campus Center Galleries November 3-14, with a special opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on November 6.

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Chris Bliss


San Francisco, Calif., August 25, 2015 -- More than 250 educators, artists, designers, and scientists from across North America will participate in the 2015 AICAD Symposium: Exploring Science in the Studio, November 5–7 at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. 

The symposium, sponsored by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), examines the role of science in contemporary art and design education.

One of the oldest and most influential art and design schools in the country, CCA is pursuing ways to enable its students to take their places as scientifically literate problem solvers in a variety of careers.

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Marlon James at CCA Writers Series reading October 2

MFA in Writing master writer-in-residence Marlon James has been awarded the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications), which tells the story of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Symposium participants ready for the design blitz

This summer an impressive group of 100 economists, educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and scientists from across the country filled the Nave on CCA’s San Francisco campus. What could possibly bring them to a college of art and design?

The answer: The Future Is Up to Us: Symposium & Design Blitz, held on July 9, 2015.

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Untitled, 2015. Acrylic gouache on linen, 36 x 42 inches

New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) presents the work of CCA President Stephen Beal in an exhibition titled Stephen Beal: Warp and Weft Selected Grid Paintings 2005–15.

The exhibit explores 10 years of Beal’s grid paintings and is the most comprehensive exhibition of his work to date.

Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Chris Bliss

CCA students pose in front of new mural with faculty member Eduardo Pineda

A stunning new mural was unveiled this month on the Oakland campus of California College of the Arts (CCA).

Six CCA students were selected this summer to paint a new mural on the side of Martinez Hall. Led by faculty member and noted muralist Eduardo Piñeda, the team set out to create a mural that would celebrate and promote diversity and social justice, two core values of the college.

Read more about CCA's core values »

Queen Califia Rules!

The central focus of the colorful mural is Califia, a mythical warrior queen who ruled over a kingdom of black women living on the "island" of California. Her representation here was inspired by depictions of the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego, the 16th century Mexican peasant to whom the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared.

In the CCA mural Queen Califia represents the people, culture, and land of California, and she is surrounded by a landscape that is both natural and political.

Juan Diego, depicted as a black youth wearing a hoodie, offers Queen Califia light, water, and corn. Diego represents the long struggle for freedom and equality, while Queen Califia symbolizes an untamed and bountiful land prior to the arrival of Europeans to the Americas.