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Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016 by Benjamin Austin

Kellyn Borst demonstrates the use of the Leap Motion sensor in her game prototype

Gaming is storytelling. From a design perspective, a good game presents a world that is both accessible and fantastic; at its center are good characters.

The cross-disciplinary educational opportunities for gaming at CCA combine the latest tech with back-to-basics instruction on character development and world building, with the goal of training designers to create a fully immersive experience for the player. From this simple model, infinite variation emerges.

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 by Megan Clark

Ashley Saks (MFA 2010) & Radka Pulliam (MFA 2011) with staff of Bay Area Youth On-Air

The Center for Art and Public Life (the Center) at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2016 CCA Community-Engaged Practice Awards:

CCA will issue to each of the above an official letter of commendation, feature them in a compendium of Community-Engaged Practice honorees (to be released in fall 2016), and celebrate them in an exhibition from October 3 to 15 at CCA’s College Avenue Galleries at the Oakland campus, which will include an opening panel and reception on Wednesday, October 5.

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Jim Norrena

"This Future Has a Past …" Christiane Robbins, 2016

Interior Design and Visual Studies associate professor Katherine Lambert, with her partner Christiane Robbins of the San Francisco-based Metropolitan Architecture Practice (MAP), will participate in the official program of the 16th International Venice Biennale of Architecture with the inclusion of their installation, This Future Has a Past ... .

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The Global Art Affairs Foundation (GAAF) selected Lambert's and Robbins' work in recognition of MAP's practice and the projects they have been developing.

Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016 by Chris Bliss

High Up. Graphic Design Around Town

Faculty members from California College of the Arts (CCA) present three programs as part of San Francisco Design Week, which will be held June 2–9, 2016. SF Design Week spans the entire Bay Area and offers more than 60 studio tours and 75 events featuring world-renowned designers, entrepreneurs, and innovative thought leaders.

High Up: Design Around Town

Jon Sueda, chair of CCA’s MFA in Design Program, will introduce High Up. Design Around Town, an international collaborative design project that was curated by CCA Design faculty members Geoff Kaplan and Marina Pugliese.

Five teams of designers were matched between Milan and San Francisco and each team produced at least one collaborative image posted in strategic urban locations in both cities during the respective Design Weeks (April in Milan and June in San Francisco).

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016 by Janet Vail

Barbara Holmes: CCA Furniture Program Faculty Member Highlight

The genre-defying art of Furniture professor Barbara Holmes is wide ranging in both materials and style.

She makes lively installations from pieces of reclaimed wooden lath that spiral around doorways and tree trunks. She cuts open discarded hollow-core doors, exposing the support structure within, and remakes the pieces into scaled-down architectural forms, sometimes lit from within.

And she has made prints from 100-year-old tree stumps in the Sierra Nevada.

No matter the material or technique, Holmes is interested in our past and the things we’ve discarded and moved beyond. “It's a theme that runs through all of my work, and using reclaimed materials, past histories, and lost knowledge is all a part of my process,” she says.

Holmes’s artwork has a playful quality that, combined with its positive message of reclamation and transformation, hits a chord for the modern viewer. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Recology.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Tammy Rae Carland, "I'm Dying Up Here Double Spot" (2013)

CCA Provost Tammy Rae Carland is currently featured at the Jessica Silverman Gallery South through June 18 in an exhibition of her work. The South gallery is a small, temporary project space located across the street from the main gallery at 488 Ellis Street in San Francisco.

Carland's mini-retrospective of her work (photography, sculpture, etc.) made between 1996 and 2013 opened the new space on May 12. (Note: Guests must first visit the main gallery for access to the South when visiting.)

“The relatively consistent thread in all of my work,” says Carland, “is an interest in personal and political disappearance and the desire to re-perform marginal histories and bodies.” Carland is influenced by Roland Barthes’s assertion that photography as a practice is born out of the theater as much as its siblings in the visual arts.

Carland interrogates the act of appropriation, treating the original as if it were a script that can be re-performed much like a play.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Editor's note: FACULTY SPOTLIGHT is an editorial series that showcases CCA's wide range of professional faculty members.

Ranu Mukherjee has been a member of the MFA Fine Arts faculty since 2004 and now also teaches in the MA in Social Practice & Public Forms program. She has a thriving art practice; her work has been exhibited and screened in major cities throughout the world and is included in private collections as well as collections of the San Jose Museum of Art and the Kadist Foundation.

The last of Mukherjee’s three-part, yearlong solo exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Extracted, is on view until August 14. Commissioned for the museum’s 50th anniversary, this exhibition draws inspiration from California’s Gold Rush, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the ancient text The Classic of Mountain and Seas, and the museum’s own collection.  

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Robyn Wise

Installation view of Pryde’s 2015 exhibition at CCA Wattis Institute

London’s Tate Britain recently named artist Josephine Pryde a 2016 Turner Prize finalist for her CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts exhibition Lapses in Thinking by the Person I Am (May 5–August 1, 2015).

Artists Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, and Helen Marten are also on the shortlist.

The prestigious award is given annually to a British artist under the age of 50 for “an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work” held during the preceding year. The winner will be announced in December based on merit of the work for which the artist was nominated.

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Michele Carlson appointed executive director of DSAP

Together with California College of the Arts (CCA), Daily Serving and Art Practical (DSAP) announced that Michele Carlson will fill the role of DSAP executive director, effective immediately. Carlson currently teaches fine arts and critical studies at CCA.

In addition to the DSAP position, she has been appointed associate professor of Visual & Critical Studies at CCA beginning in fall 2016.

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 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.