Posted on Friday, February 6, 2015 by Jim Norrena
CCA's Oakland campus
Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014 by Laura Braun
In September the CCA community was elated when news broke that beloved art and drafting supply retail store ARCH would be moving to CCA’s San Francisco campus.
A few months earlier, the shop and its loyal customers were taken aback when ARCH became the latest San Francisco institution to be served with an eviction notice.
ARCH, which opened its doors in 1978 and for the past 13 years served the San Francisco CCA community from its nearby Potrero Hill location, was disappointed, but took the opportunity to revisit an old idea -- operate from CCA’s campus.
“It goes back 15 years,” said Susie Coliver, ARCH’s owner and founder.
“When we had to move out of Jackson Square in 2001, then Architecture chair David Meckel was the first person I called, and I said, ‘David, don’t you have a little bit of space for us? Can’t you find a space for us?’
“And he said, ‘It would be great, but it’s not in the cards and we have all sorts of master planning to do and who knows, maybe someday, but not now.’"Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Chris Bliss
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded CCA a $200,000 grant, one of largest awards made to an art college. The three-year grant will support CCA’s innovative Exploring Science in the Studio project.
CCA’s award is part of the NSF’s TUES (Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program, which seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students.
“A Model to Transform Science Education”
The NSF review panel praised the CCA grant proposal stating, “This project may serve as a model to transform science education at art and design schools so that science is not simply fulfilling a general education requirement, but becomes integrated into the arts and allows art and design students to develop an understanding of their field from a science-based perspective.”Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Clay Walsh
All CafePress purchases benefit the CCA scholarship fund.
Just in time for the holidays, a wide variety of new products featuring new California College of the Arts designs, our motto “Make Art That Matters,” and the CCA logo are now available at CafePress.com.
Available to Purchase
You'll find the following items (and lots more!), all of which can be customized to show off your CCA pride:Read the rest
Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 by Chris Bliss
CCA's Annual Career Expo helps students and alumni launch their careers
“Leadership and problem solving can be applied to every facet in life, and that is what arts training at CCA is. Progressive.”
This is one of several positive comments from CCA alumni who participated in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) 2012 survey.
The SNAAP survey results were released in a recent report that details findings from more than 65,000 arts alumni of all ages from 120 institutions in the United States and Canada.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2013 by Jim Norrena
In December 2012, luminary filmmaker Werner Herzog (third from right) taught a Film master class at CCA.
Last fall, on December 4, 2012, the Film Program, in association with CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, brought renowned German film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and opera director Werner Herzog to California College of the Arts as a featured guest in its Cinema Visionaries lecture series.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook
Celebrating 25 Years of the Barclay Simpson Award
Paperback/digital, 146 pages
In 2012 CCA celebrated 25 years of the Barclay Simpson Award -- a social and historical record of the past quarter of a century -- with a special retrospective exhibition, We’re All Here Because We’re Not All There, and an accompanying catalogue featuring works by select recipients. Since its inception in 1987 in honor of CCA Board of Trustee member and 2005 honorary doctorate Barclay Simpson and his wife, Sharon, the Barclay Simpson Award has through financial support, encouragement, and recognition celebrated an entire generation of well-deserving graduating artists.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Matthew Harrison Tedford
The Cast of La Bamba 2: Hell Is a Drag
"I wrote a sequel to From Dusk Till Dawn when I was in seventh grade."
So began the filmmaking career of Rob Fatal (MFA 2012). His obsession with film proceeded apace, but it took him a surprisingly long time, he says, to realize that there was a person called a director -- that movies didn't just spring into existence like Athena from Zeus's head.
Inspired by Quentin Tarantino, Mel Brooks, and Robert Rodriguez, Fatal began writing screenplays at age 12. "I loved camp and sci-fi films before I even knew they were genres." At 19 he borrowed his father's camcorder and made a 30-minute film about DJs with magical turntables. "It was accidentally campy. It was accidentally bad. But it had a lot of sincerity." Much to his surprise, it did well, even getting into a couple of festivals.
Film Maker, Filmmaker, or Artist?
Fast forward a few years. Fatal was still working in film and experimenting with video art, but not quite to the point of considering himself a filmmaker, and certainly not an "artist," whatever that meant. But one day, in the midst of editing a video documenting an experimental opera by Fatal's collaborator/mentor Juliana Snapper, he recomposed portions of the footage into a new composition and showed it to CCA faculty member Cheryl Dunye. Dunye delivered the unexpected news that what he was doing was art, and urged him to apply to CCA's MFA program. The faculty there, she said, were pushing the boundaries of genres, and dealing with gender politics and racial identity -- fields of study Fatal had been researching for years in his graduate program at Sacramento State University. CCA presented Fatal with a place to finally bridge his dual love of film theory and practice.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook
Scholarship recipients Renata Maria Araujo (in black dress, with a friend) and Lionel Ramazzini
The following speeches were delivered by CCA scholarship recipients at the Scholarship Dinner in fall 2011.
Renata Maria Araujo
My name is Renata Maria Araujo. I am a fourth-year Architecture student, and I would not be here without the Lloyd H. Oliver Memorial Scholarship. It is the reason I attend CCA. I share your understanding that education is the most transcendent gift one can be given, and it allows us to have a foot in the door of the future.
Knowing I have been awarded this scholarship makes me feel proud, and, at the same time, obliged. No artist is an island, and I am very aware of the community I aspire to be part of. More than anything, though, every time I present my work I am thankful for the trust and encouragement this award represents.
I lived abroad almost all my life, so arriving at CCA was a dramatic change. I was even unsure about pursuing architecture. Now, I am in my fourth year, and it is my future career. I've met new housemates, work buddies, and the city of San Francisco. I've learned how to take a design from my mind, to paper, to physical reality. This knowledge has changed the way I see the world. Sometimes I'll look at a building today and think now I understand, or, sometimes, ignorance is bliss.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Chris Bliss
President Stephen Beal comments on the value of a college degree on Huffington Post. "I believe that this is the perfect time for creative, committed students to attend art and design school. There have never been more career opportunities for creative people, and the value of a college degree has never been greater."Read the rest
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