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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

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

Here we learn more about Writing and Literature and MFA in Writing faculty member Faith Adiele, who was born of a Nordic-American mother and a Nigerian father. 

Adiele was raised as the sole African girl on a farm in the Pacific Northwest. She later won a fellowship to Nigeria, where she met for the first time her father -- originally thought killed in the Biafran War -- and her siblings.

Adiele serves as an advisory faculty member position for the college's Students of Color organization. She has lectured and taught writing all over the world.

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Posted on Friday, January 22, 2016 by Troy Covello

“Fortune favors the brave,” goes the old saying. A living example of that maxim is alumna Debra McGuire, who found success by continuously changing the trajectory of her life and career as a fine artist, jewelry maker, fashion designer, and costume designer.

Since she earned her BFA in Painting and teaching credentials from CCAC in 1974, McGuire has been on a fantastic journey that has taken her from handcrafting jewelry in a New York loft to a 10-year run as a costume designer for the hit show Friends in Los Angeles to her most recent project as a costume designer on a big-budget film set in Hawaii.

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Tammy Rae Carland Appointed CCA Provost

Tammy Rae Carland has been appointed provost of California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by President Stephen Beal. Currently CCA’s Dean of Fine Arts, she will undertake her new duties March 1.

As provost, Carland will serve as CCA's chief academic officer with broad responsibility for the strategic planning, development, and administration of the college's academic programs.

Program areas under her supervision are the college’s four divisions: Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities and Sciences; the First Year Program; the Center for Art and Public Life; and Special Programs, which includes year-round CCA Extension courses and all summer programming. She will succeed Melanie Corn, who was appointed in May 2012 and recently was named president of Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio.

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Jim Norrena

2016 Sundance Ignite Fellow Janak Reddy VootkuruView slideshow 

MFA in Film program's Janak Reddy Vootkuru, a second-year student and digital photographer and filmmaker who moved to San Francisco from India to study film at CCA, was recently accepted into the 2016 Sundance Ignite Fellowship program!

Now in its second year, the competitive Sundance Ignite program accepts only a select group of 18-to-24-year-old emerging filmmakers each year. This year’s participants will engage in a rigorous and exciting program schedule set for January 27 to 31 during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

According to MFA in Film co-chair Rob Epstein, “CCA was one of only a select group of schools invited to submit candidates, so this is a really great accomplishment for Janak, our program, and CCA.”

As a studying filmmaker, Vootkuru is exploring the possibilities of time-based media. He is working in narrative, nonfiction, and hybrid forms, immersing himself in a range of practices throughout CCA’s two-year MFA in Film program. 

Watch a selection of Vootkuru’s films

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Laura Braun

Undergraduate Writing and Literature and MFA in Comics associate professor Justin Hall has a busy life outside his day-to-day responsibilities at CCA.

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Jim Norrena

The 2016 Creative Capital Awardees have been announced, and alumna LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (MFA Writing 2008) has been named an awardee 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.

According to the Creative Capital website, the nonprofit invests in artists who shape the future. It has awarded $40 million to 642 groundbreaking artists nationwide through funding, counsel, and career development services.

Three distinct categories distinguish the 46 projects (Emerging Fields, Literature, and Performing Arts), and this year only six grantees represent the literature component.

Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists’ projects that are bold, innovative, and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by Chris Bliss

San Francisco is known both for its rich architectural and urban history and for being a center of technological innovation.

The Architecture division at California College of the Arts (CCA) will explore the intersection of these two domains -- architectural history and digital technology -- in a three-part event January 28–30 titled Platforms: Augmented Histories of Space.

The event will focus on a range of apps, podcasts, and virtual tours that have been developed for uncovering the history of buildings and cities around the world.

Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Find Your Mentor at California College of the Arts (CCA)

Student: Faculty Ratio

With a seven-to-one student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 13, CCA students receive a lot of individual attention from their instructors.

Faculty of Professionals

The vast majority of CCA’s faculty members (88 percent) are practicing professionals. This often leads to professional opportunities for students in the form of internships and, in many cases, jobs after graduation.

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Neil Grimmer appointed to CCA's Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts (CCA) recently approved CCA alumnus Neil Grimmer, CEO of Plum, PBC, as a new trustee.

"I'm so happy to welcome Neil to our Board of Trustees," commented Chair of the Board C. Diane Christensen. "As an alumnus of the college, Neil possesses the qualities we hope to see in our graduates -- he's creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial while caring deeply about improving society.

"As we grow CCA's reputation as an international leader in art and design education, he will be important contributor and advocate."

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Textiles are my life, not only because of my cultural heritage but due to my family background as well. My mother’s family has been making traditional Mexican cloth dolls for 40 years; I grew up in Mexico City surrounded by colorful fabrics and ribbons. I wanted to do art using the materials and techniques I was raised with: not design, not the textile industry. 

My dad is an actor, and he introduced me to the art world. He is a storyteller in his own way, and I guess that’s why I love stories so much; I think everyone has something interesting to say, and the use of narrative in my work is fundamental.

It is odd that even though we have a rich textile culture in Mexico, there’s no program focused on textiles seen as fine art. I was very disappointed and thought about studying something else after high school, but my mom said that I needed to expand my search and look for other schools outside the country.

I was thrilled to discover CCA, and I’ve been very happy here—it has been a whole new experience, and the Textiles Program is amazing.

 

 

 

 

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