CCA Welcomes New Faculty for Academic Year 2016–17

Photo of new CCA faculty members Iñaqui Carnicero and Lorena del RíoNew Architecture faculty Iñaqui Carnicero and Lorena del Río

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to welcome new tenure-track faculty, visiting faculty, dean of Fine Arts, and program chairs for the academic year 2016–17.

New Tenure-Track Faculty

Meghana Bisineer joins the Animation faculty. She comes to CCA from the University of Portsmouth, UK, where she was teaching in the School of Creative Technologies. Her film Dog won the East West Arts Award for Animation in 2014 (London). She holds an MA in animation from the Royal College of Art in London.

The Architecture division welcomes three new tenure-track faculty members: Lorena del Rio, Janette Kim, and Clark Thenhaus.

Lorena del Río holds a master of architecture from Escuela Téchnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, where she is currently pursuing her PhD. Her research concentrates on materiality in architecture. She has taught at Cornell University and is the cofounder of RICA*Studio, a design practice based in Madrid and New York.

Janette Kim has taught at the Syracuse University School of Architecture and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is the founder and editor of ARPA Journal and principal of the research and design practice All of the Above. She holds a master of architecture from Princeton University.

Clark Thenhaus was a visiting artist at CCA last year. He is the founder and director of Endemic, a multidisciplinary, award-winning design and research studio. He has taught at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the University of Colorado, and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Design. He earned his master of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Visiting Faculty

The college also welcomed several visiting faculty members who bring their diverse professional practices into the CCA teaching and learning mix.

Patricia Kavanaugh
Wallace Keller
Michelle Meeker 

Iñaqui Carnicero

Sanam Emami  

Diversity Studies
Cherie Moraga

Visual Studies
Cindy Bello

Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professor in Fine Arts
Del Harrow

Wornick Distinguished Visiting Professor of Wood Arts
Paolo Salvagione  

New Dean

After an extensive national search, CCA hired a new dean of Fine Arts, James Voorhies. He comes to CCA from Harvard University, where he served as the director of the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, a contemporary arts program dedicated to the synthesis of art, design, and education through exhibition of existing works and production of new commissions and residencies.

New Program Chairs

John Bauernfeind was appointed chair of Fashion Design. He has worked for several fashion companies, including CK Jeans Calvin Klein, London Fog Industries, BCBG, and Pollini. He has taught at Parsons School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Academy of Art University. He earned an MA from St. Martin's College of Art and Design and a BFA in fashion design from Parsons School of Design.

CCA associate professor Elizabeth Mangini is now chair of Visual Studies. She is an art historian who specializes in social histories of postwar and contemporary art, particularly European art of the 1960s-70s. She has taught in CCA's undergraduate Visual Studies Program and the Visual and Critical Studies and Fine Arts gradaute programs. She holds a BA from Stanford University, an MA from Williams College, and an MPhil, PhD from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.