Alumni News

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Braun

Born in Los Angeles, Unity was raised in both LA and Sacramento, CA. By the age of 3, a young Unity was learning to draw, paint and sculpt. For college, Unity moved to Oakland to attend California College of the Arts (CCA). His passion for art is no surprise. Unity’s grandmother is Dr. Samella Lewis, artist and author of the history making Black Artists on Art book series from the 1960s. In 2015, Unity helped continue with his grandmothers series with The Legacy Exhibit which celebrated the 46th anniversary of the book and featured current African-American artists.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Braun

Prentiss was born in Santa Cruz, California, and holds an MFA in creative writing from California College of the Arts. She has been a writer in residence at the Blue Mountain Center, the Vermont Studio Center, and with the Workspace program at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Tammy Rae Carland, "I'm Dying Up Here Double Spot" (2013)

CCA Provost Tammy Rae Carland is currently featured at the Jessica Silverman Gallery South in an exhibition of her work, which has a reception Friday, May 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The South gallery is a small, temporary project space located across the street from the main gallery at 488 Ellis Street in San Francisco.

Carland's mini-retrospective of her work (photography, sculpture, etc.) made between 1996 and 2013 opened the new space on May 12. (Note: Guests must first visit the main gallery for access to the South when visiting except for during the reception.)

“The relatively consistent thread in all of my work,” says Carland, “is an interest in personal and political disappearance and the desire to re-perform marginal histories and bodies.” Carland is influenced by Roland Barthes’s assertion that photography as a practice is born out of the theater as much as its siblings in the visual arts.

Carland interrogates the act of appropriation, treating the original as if it were a script that can be re-performed much like a play.

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016 by Laura Braun

She went on to attend the California College of the Arts and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and actively pursued positions within the fashion industry, dabbling in more technical art forms. Those experiences led her to discover an art form that would soon define her signature style.

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Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016 by Laura Braun

Returning to his alma mater, Hank Willis Thomas was the distinguished speaker at the California College of the Arts (CCA) graduate commencement in San Francisco. A New York-based photo conceptual artist, Thomas earned an MFA in Photography and an MA in Visual Criticism from CCA (2004).

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016 by Laura Braun

The pair started thinking about a move after graduating from California College of the Arts, where Gant studied industrial design, and Deming got his MBA in business and design strategy while simultaneously working for Yves Behar's Fuseproject. They felt supported by the design scene and shops there, but by 2012, the tech industry had already started to change the culture of San Francisco and finding a spacious, affordable studio space proved impossible.

Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 by Alumni Association

Spirit 2 - Necklace by Emanuela Aureli, sterling silver and copper

This collection of alumni notes features recent accomplishments from our alumni.

Tell Us About Your Recent Alumni Note

We encourage all alumni to use the online CCA Alumni Note submission form to inform us about your recent and upcoming exhibitions, honors, and publications.


Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by Laura Braun

Gilsdorf, who received her master’s of fine art degree from California College of the Arts, has incorporated the imagery of 18th and 19th century paintings into her flags, which point to the ways people construct American identity.

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by Laura Braun

For the aspiring artist with a high tolerance for student debt, there’s nowhere quite like San Francisco. We’re home to a holy trinity of art schools in the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, and Academy of Art University, which every year collectively release more than 3,000 students into the art-world wilds. 

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Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 by Laura Braun

A Minnesota native, Bergerson has always been interested and fascinated by art. “I can distinctly remember when I was a little girl seeing this amazing painting by Lyonel Feininger at the institute [Minneapolis Institute of Arts], she says. “I recall loving how these tall buildings and forms would meld and interact with strong angular lines and planes of color. His inspiration really surfaces in my work.” Although she and her husband, Mark, would eventually own a custom framing business for over 30 years, Judith never lost her desire to create.