Advancement News

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Kay Kimpton Walker

California College of the Arts is pleased to announce Kay Kimpton Walker as the 2018 honoree at its annual gala, CCA’s People Party, to raise funds for student scholarships and recognize an outstanding member of the community. Walker has served on the college’s Board of Trustees since 2006 and chaired or co-chaired seven gala fundraisers. Thanks in part to her dedicated leadership, these galas raised over $4 million for CCA scholarships—helping hundreds of students access a world-class arts education.

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 by Chris Bliss

CCA Alum Ashley Eva Brock at the Gala

Shipping crates hung with artists’ murals became the walls of the dinner tent Tuesday, May 23, at the California College of the Arts’ gala honoring IDEO founder David Kelley. Innovator Kelley’s “huge impact on technology and learning,” said CCA President Stephen Beal, includes such achievements as designing Apple’s first mouse. He teaches at Stanford’s d.school, and in keeping with the purpose of the evening, to raise money for scholarships, much of the onstage conversation (with Exploratorium director Chris Flink) was about lighting the first fire of imagination, seeing the birth of creative confidence.

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Honoree David Kelley (center)

Design guru David Kelley, possessor of a Groucho Marx mustache and creator of Boeing’s 747 “Lavatory Occupied” sign, couldn’t contain his enthusiasm for California College of the Arts during that renowned 110-year-old institution’s recent gala honoring his enduring contributions to human-centered design.

Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Patricia Fitzpatrick, David Kelley, Kay Kimpton Walker, Stanlee Gatti, and Lorna Meyer

California College of the Arts (CCA) drew more than 400 supporters to the elegant Nave of its San Francisco campus for a sold-out gala celebration honoring renowned design visionary David Kelley, founder of the global design consultancy IDEO and Stanford University’s lauded d.school.

The annual fundraising event—a benefit to support CCA student scholarships—was helmed by co-chairs and CCA trustees Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, Lorna Meyer Calas, and Kay Kimpton Walker, with honorary chair and CCA trustee Stanlee Gatti. Surpassing financial goals by grossing $987,000 in donations, it brought together long-standing CCA patrons and new supporters from across the Bay Area design industry to fête the honoree and his influential contributions to the culture of design and innovation.

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Posted on Friday, June 2, 2017 by Eli Cochran

From left to right: Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, David Kelley, Kay Kimpton Walker, Stanlee Gatti, Lorna Meyer Calas

California College of the Arts (CCA) drew more than 400 supporters to the elegant Nave of its San Francisco campus for a sold-out celebration honoring renowned design visionary David Kelley, founder of the global design consultancy IDEO and Stanford University’s lauded d.school.

The annual fundraising event—which exceeded expectations by grossing more than $1 million in donations—was a benefit for CCA student scholarships. Helmed by co-chairs and CCA trustees Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, Lorna Meyer Calas, and Kay Kimpton Walker, along with honorary chair and CCA trustee Stanlee Gatti, the gala brought together both long-standing CCA patrons and new supporters from across the Bay Area design industry to fête the honoree and his influential contributions to the culture of design and innovation. 

Posted on Friday, April 14, 2017 by Rasika Apte

Harry Weisburd (Painting 1965, MFA 1966) stays engaged at CCA by supporting student scholarships and in his position as chair of his Half Century Club reunion class.

Weisburd graduated from Parsons School of Design and worked for some years in fashion illustration in New York. Seeking new challenges and perspectives, he then made his way to the West Coast.

Inspired by California skies and Richard Diebenkorn paintings, Weisburd decided to pursue a BFA and eventually an MFA in Painting at CCA.

Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017 by Laura Kenney

San Francisco, Calif., April 10, 2017 — California College of the Arts (CCA) celebrates renowned American design visionary David Kelley as honoree of its annual gala on Wednesday, May 23, 2017. The evening fundraising event—a benefit to support CCA student scholarships—brings together leaders from across Bay Area sectors of design, art, business, and technology to fete Kelley and his groundbreaking contributions to the culture of innovation. The event is sold out.

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Lutz Bacher, "Menu," 2002. Private collection.

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, a nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute dedicated to contemporary art and ideas, has been approved by

the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a $20,000 grant to support its major fall 2017 exhibition Mechanisms, the largest presentation the organization has mounted.

The award is part of the NEA’s Art Works funding category, which “focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts,” according to the federal grant-making agency’s announcement.

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 by Chris Bliss

CCA's San Francisco campus entrance

California College of the Arts (CCA) has selected Studio Gang to design an expanded art and design college campus in San Francisco. The decision follows an international architect search and a two-year planning process to address the future of the college.

In collaboration with Studio Gang over the next five years, the college aims to create a campus that will be a model of sustainable construction and practice and will unite the college’s 2,000 students, 600 faculty members, 250 staff members, and 34 academic programs in San Francisco.

At a special meeting on November 15, CCA’s Board of Trustees enthusiastically supported the architect selection advisory group’s recommendation of Studio Gang from among the three short-listed firms announced in October. The other firms were Allied Works and Michael Maltzan Architects.

Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Jennifer Jansen

Tammy and Michael Borosky are the parents of third-year undergraduate Weston Borosky.

After intersecting with CCA in a variety of ways since first moving to the Bay Area, the Boroskys fortified their investment in CCA and our students by creating an endowed scholarship in the name of Michael’s former employer and legendary Bay Area designer Michael Cronan, who passed in 2013.

Cronan studied at CCA and then taught at the college for almost 20 years. His sons, Nick and Shawn, are also CCA accomplished alumni.

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