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Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

This month, the two will be putting their ideas about glass into practice in Cincinnati — they are artists-in-residence at Camp Washington’s Wave Pool Gallery. Both Riley and Ihrig have art backgrounds. She studied glass at Rhode Island School of Design; he pursued Industrial Design at California College of the Arts. 

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Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Laura Braun

Though to wrangle that kind of brilliance I’d like to say that I’m extorting his family, Chris was actually my illustration professor in the California College of the Arts MFA in Comics program. The guy draws like a maniac, and is a veritable wellspring of technical and aesthetic knowledge that reaches beyond human capacity.

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Posted on Monday, May 2, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Catherine Opie. Photo credit: Catherine Opie Studio, 2014View slideshow 

American artist Catherine Sue Opie will be recognized by California College of the Arts (CCA) with an honorary doctorate degree at its 109th commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco.

Opie will deliver the commencement address to more than 400 CCA undergraduates and their families. She will also be honored at a private lunch the day before and participate in the post-commencement reception at the college's San Francisco campus.

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Laura Braun

The book spends more time with the characters’ psychology and friendship and less with battles and weaponry. It also has a restrained, almost austere visual style that makes a lot of use of black and white. Uriarte polished his drawing skills at the California College of the Arts and drew from Scott McCloud’s essential book, “Understanding Comics,” as well.

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Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Laura Braun

During her childhood, the New York City native drew mostly buildings, lettering, and abstract textures. A lifelong habit of chasing the botanical muse led to Toby earning a BFA in Photography and Printmaking from California College of the Arts in 1979. Meeting Tim Goodman, also a fine art photographer, the couple formed Goodman Landscape Design, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. "Tim and I live and breathe our artwork, we can't get away from it and that's a great thing, a tremendous thing," she says.

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Laura Braun

Artist, designer and craftswoman Hannah Beatrice Quinn was one such student. After graduating from California College of the Arts in 2014, Quinn became a member of the Hunt Projects community. She works primarily in wood and metal, crafting ‘things that are useful as well as beautiful.’ Her work straddles the line between craft and fine art, from small furniture to brooms, bowls and wooden utensils. ‘I use all of the big equipment in the shop,’ says Quinn.

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by Laura Braun

Before moving to San Diego in 2012, Cachia made one more stop in San Francisco in 2010 to get her second master's in Visual & Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. That's where she really developed her interest in artistically exploring disability.

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Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2016 by Chris Bliss

CCA students learn about job opportunities at annual Career Expo

California College of the Arts (CCA) ranks number-one arts college in the nation for return on investment (ROI), according to a recent survey conducted by PayScale, the leading provider of compensation data, in its 2016 College ROI Report.

“We’re pleased to see CCA garner the top rating in this survey -- it confirms our belief that a CCA education has tremendous value,” commented Provost Tammy Rae Carland.

“It’s clear that innovation and ingenuity are increasing in value in the workplace. There is a pressing need for creative people across a broad range of industries and CCA excels at providing students with the skills, connections, and confidence to build lifelong creative careers.”  

CCA’s 20,000 alumni have been employed at some of the most innovative companies and organizations -- Adobe, Apple, BCBG, Nike, Pixar, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art -- and many have embarked on successful entrepreneurial businesses.

Many of these career connections began while they were students at CCA, through opportunities such as industry-sponsored studios, internships, and the annual Career Expo.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

Having survived her family’s internment at the Topaz War Relocation Centerin Utah, Sekimachi immediately knew what her future held the moment she witnessed a weaving class as a student at the then-California College of Arts and Crafts, post-World War II.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

But don't think Rossi spends all her time mulling deep questions and writing best-selling books. She is a Danville mom, with two baseball-playing boys, a dog, a cat and a husband -- and she is a devoted Warriors and Giants fan. She went to Northgate High School, played softball there (second base was her position) and graduated from UCLA, where she majored in Latin American studies. Her main artistic outlet was painting, and in fact, she went to the California College of the Arts to focus on oil painting.

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