Deciphering the Print: Three Exhibitions at CCA

California College of the Arts is a featured partner for the 2014 Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation & Activism conference March 26-29.

Note: An opening reception for all three exhibitions will take place on CCA’s Oakland campus in the Oliver Arts Center on Wednesday, March 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All campus galleries will be open until 7:30 p.m.

Bridges will investigate the intersections between traditional and emerging technologies and how these tools are vehicles for creating meaningful and critical discourse around contemporary issues in printmaking.

The event includes dozens of Bay Area participating organizations such at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Kala Art Institute, 826 Valencia, Berkeley Art Museum, Crown Point Press, San Francisco Center for the Book, and many others.

This year’s 42nd annual conference marks the first time it's been hosted on the West Coast.

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Bay Area Ideally Suited to Host Conference

Positioned on the Pacific Rim, the Bay Area reflects the diversity of an international port, fosters a culture in which social justice runs parallel with technological innovation, and is home to an artistic community that continues to shape political activism. 

According to Bridges co-chair (and CCA Printmaking co-chair) Michelle Murillo, “SGCI is the largest print organization in North America and the annual conference draws a national and international crowd on average of 1,500-plus attendees.

About 70 percent of the attendees are students, and we would like to take advantage of this great opportunity to promote CCA and its programs.”

Deciphering the Print: Three Exhibitions at CCA

In order to champion CCA at the international gathering, the Printmaking Program, in collaboration with the Fine Arts division and the college's Undergraduate Exhibitions program, presents Deciphering the Print: Three Exhibitions at CCA.  

Printmaking professor and co-chair Nance O’Banion and adjunct professors Alisa Golden, Gregory Piatt, and Aaron Terry will curate the following exhibitions:  

The Osaka Exchange

March 17-29

The Osaka Exchange is the sixth biennial print exhibition showcasing works by students at Osaka University of Arts and CCA.

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Synthesis: Student Innovations in Printmaking at CCA

March 17-28

Synthesis is a juried exhibition of works by current students in the Printmaking Program. It features a variety of processes, materials, and approaches, from the traditional to the interdisciplinary, contemporary, and exploratory.

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PrintWorks from CCA Faculty & Alumni

March 19-28

PrintWorks is an invitational exhibition showcasing works by faculty and recent alumni of CCA’s Printmaking Program.  The works represent the breadth and depth of the program, including several innovative installation pieces.

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Conference Spotlight: CCA Oakland Campus

On Friday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., CCA welcomes Bridges attendees to the Oakland campus as part of a conference spotlight on innovative East Bay printmaking institutions.

All CCA Oakland campus galleries will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a celebration of the artists.

Additional Activities

  • cutting-edge printmaking demonstrations (Simon Blattner Print Studio)
  • afternoon panel discussions on current trends (Nahl Hall)
  • Enrollment Services and a CCA hospitality team composed of faculty, staff, and graduate students will be on hand to welcome visitors and promote CCA programs
  • food trucks serving up Bay Area cuisine and live music by CCA alumni musicians will round out the day’s offerings

Join us as we proudly showcase the breadth and depth of CCA’s excellence in printmaking and the college’s overall leadership in higher education and the arts.

For a current schedule of SGCI conference activities, visit the Bridges conference website.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Dustin N. Smith, program manager for undergraduate fine arts, at or 510.594.3650.


About SGCI

SGC International is an educational nonprofit organization committed to informing our membership about issues and processes concerning original prints, drawings, book arts, and handmade paper.

SGCI also strives to increase public appreciation of these arts. Through an annual conference that draws participants nationally and internationally, significant dialogue and exchange of technical and critical information occurs.

Awards, publications, and exhibitions promote greater understanding, scholarship, and enjoyment of these art forms.

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