Cianna Valley: 2011 Kala Art Institute Artist-in-Residence Awardee

After graduating from CCA, Cianna Valley remained in Oakland to take advantage of the many artistic opportunities the Bay Area has to offer. She has found work painting signs, dressing the set of a film and most recently assisting with the printing and binding of fellow CCA alum Casey Gardner's latest artist book.

Valley has also kept busy with work of her own: She received the second annual Hamaguchi Emerging Artist in Residence Award at the KALA Art Insitute, for which she was granted four months of studio access. She used the facilities to create large-scale print-based sculptures and to formally edition her etchings.

Though her focus is traditional printmaking, she is always trying to find new applications for the craft.

Valley founded Placeless Press, a small print studio dedicated to the editioning of books, zines, and other paper goods with a focus on creating connections with international printmakers through collaborative projects.

Her work has been included in shows throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Japan.