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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.

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016 by Lindsey Westbrook

SFMOMA // The Story of the New Visual Identity

It was a moment of jubilation--but definitely no rest for the weary designers who’d created them--when the massive S-F-M-O-M-A letters went up first on the facade of the new Snøhetta expansion, then on the Botta edifice, of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The reopening of the museum this week after three years of closure is significant for the city, to be sure, but it is profoundly special to the designers, many of them CCA alumni, who masterminded the new graphic identity that visually ties together everything about the new museum experience.

It is highly unusual for institutions of this size to consider redesigning their identities in-house, but it was a leap SFMOMA -- a museum with a long track record of excellence in design -- was willing to make.

“It made sense that my team could and should take this on given the respect that our work has earned us in the institution and in the field,” notes SFMOMA Design Director Jennifer Sonderby (MFA Design 2002).

Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

(l-r) Liam Cliff, Fashion Design chair Amy Williams, and Olivia Tang

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced its 2016 Scholarship Award winners this week, and two CCA Fashion Design students took top honors.

Fashion Design juniors Liam Cliff and Olivia Tang were each awarded scholarships from the CFDA / Teen Vogue Scholarship in Partnership with Target.

Cliff took home the top $25,000 Target Scholar prize, while Tang was awarded the $12,500 runner-up prize.

The impressive news lands just before CCA's Fashion Design Program's capstone event of the year -- the 2016 Annual Fashion Show -- which takes place Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m. at the college's San Francisco campus.

Buy tickets now!

Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016 by Jeremy Joan Hewes

Michael Wertz (left) and Thomas Wojak

The Illustrated Poster is part of a number of interdisciplinary courses at CCA. Taught jointly by Printmaking chair Thomas Wojak and Illustration faculty member Michael Wertz, this studio combines an exploration of the screen printing process with the use of images, type, and color to convey ideas in poster form.

Wertz recalls that he originated the course in 2013 “because I love screen printing and believe that it has great potential for both illustrators and printmakers, and I wanted to create an illustration course based on this highly versatile printmaking method.”

Wertz discussed the idea with Alexis Mahrus, then interim chair of Illustration, and Nance O'Banion, his former teacher and then-chair of Printmaking, and O’Banion introduced Wertz to Wojak.

Master printer Wojak readily agreed to collaborate in teaching the class; as he recalls, “I thought it was an exciting idea as well as a chance to expose more San Francisco campus students to our print program in Oakland.”

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Jim Norrena

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design recently announced CCA Ceramics senior Katharine Payne and Furniture senior Stacy Motte were each awarded a 2016 Windgate Fellowship Award, bringing to eight the total number of CCA students to date who've earned this distinction since the award program launched.http://indiraallegra.com/home.html

Now in its 11th year, the recognition continues to be one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards for emerging craft artists in the United States.

Four panelists reviewed a national pool of 95 Windgate Fellowship applicants from 63 universities and 18 Windgate Project Grant applicants to select the 2016 Fellows and Project Grant recipients on the basis of artistic merit.

They also discerned the potential of each applicant to make significant contributions to the field of craft.

Each year more than 100 universities from across the country are invited to nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill to apply for a fellowship award of $15,000 to support a project that will further their careers and contribute to the advancement of the field. Ten fellowships are awarded each year.

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.

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