California College of the Arts presents the 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition

California College of the Arts presents the


May 15–24, 2014

San Francisco, Calif., April 15, 2014 -- California College of the Arts will present its 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition from Thursday, May 15, through Saturday, May 24, at its San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street; open daily, 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m.). There will be an opening reception on Thursday, May 15, from 6–10 p.m. and a special “Stage and Screen” event (featuring works in video and performance) on Saturday, May 24, from 5–7 p.m. The exhibition and accompanying events are all free and open to the public.

The exhibition features works by the 50 MFA students in the graduating class of CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts. It is curated by the writer, critic, and CCA faculty member Glen Helfand. “This year,” Helfand observes, “many of the featured works center on the transforming landscapes of social and technological interaction. In diverse mediums, they are reflections on living with various aspects of overstimulation, social media/mediation, and rapid economic fluctuations.”

The artists address these concerns in wonderfully varied ways. Fantastical themes and irreverent uses of materials characterize the almost transcendental sound sculptures and paintings of Adam Henderson. Lisa Jonas uses DIY theatricality in painting and sculpture to question materiality and deeper layers of artistic meaning. Benjamin Blanco has created a series of grotesquely witty video shorts featuring characters in prosthetic monster costumes. Ted Setina uses the motif of the spacesuit to probe the limits of the body, sex, and violence. Calen Barca-Hall deploys off-the-shelf office supplies to incisively witty, Rube Goldberg–like effect.

A number of the artists take on the topic of identity, primarily as it relates to the LGBT community. Amanda Simons addresses the fast-changing world of domestic partnerships within the gay community through a series of prints and commemorative objects. Presenting a documentary street performance, GK Callahan explores the stigma of HIV/AIDS by bringing a testing facility into the exhibition.

Several of the women artists in the group examine contemporary feminism. Melissa Miller envisions a 1970s strip club featuring the Minimalist artist Donald Judd transformed into an exotic dancer named Donna Juggs. Beatrice Hunt’s paintings depict boldly distorted faces of major female artists. Megan Atherton’s large-scale works show images of construction, including a depiction of the gymnast Nadia Comaneci as an icon of athletic poise. Anysa Saleh dishes out advice for dating Muslim women via a wiki platform.

Stage & Screen Event: Saturday, May 24, 2014, 5–7 p.m.

Given that so many of this year’s graduating students work in the mediums of video and performance, a special program of projected and live projects will be presented in Timken Lecture Hall on CCA’s San Francisco campus on Saturday, May 24, 2014, from 5–7 p.m.

CCA is hosting many other exciting year-end events and exhibitions on both of our campuses, nearly all of them free and open to the public. See for details.

About CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts

Central to CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts is the idea that developing a sustained critical practice is essential to creating a dynamic career as a professional artist. The program helps students gain a deeper understanding of their own ideas and practices, increase their awareness of the global context of contemporary art, and develop the presentation skills needed to pursue a career in the visual arts. For more information, see

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 22 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, and MAAD degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.

Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton. For more information about CCA, visit


May 15–24, 2014

California College of the Arts presents the 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Location: CCA San Francisco campus, 1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin), San Francisco CA 94107-2247

Opening reception: Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6–10 p.m.

Special “Stage and Screen” event: Saturday, May 24, 2014, 5–7 p.m.

Open hours: Daily, 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more info and to view selected student work:


Brenda Tucker, 415.703.9548,
Laura Braun, 415.703.9541,