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Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

Moving beyond the constraints of the functional, Bengston advanced to art, studying ceramics at the California College of the Arts and the Otis College of Art and Design, where he was taught, inspired, and challenged by the likes of Richard Diebenkorn, Saburo Hasegawa, and Peter Voulkos. “Voulkos! Ultimately I figured out I couldn’t be as good [a ceramicist] as Voulkos,” he admits. “But I thought, I can paint better than Voulkos!” So Bengston switched media.

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

Barbara Kasten (born 1936, Chicago; lives and works in Chicago) trained as a painter and textile artist, receiving her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1970. There she studied with pioneering fiber artist Trude Guermonprez, a former teacher at Black Mountain College and associate of Anni Albers. In 1971, Kasten received a Fulbright to travel to Poznan, Poland, to work with noted sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

So I didn't really know her, but she told our mutual friend Carrie Brownstein, 'Hey, there's a curatorial practice program at California College of the Arts.' And Carrie said, 'Call Audrey!' So I guess you could say, if Miranda July and Carrie Brownstein hadn't told me, I wouldn't have gone to grad school. But I almost didn't make it through.

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Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

A political science major in Olympia, Wash., Kloehn moved to the Bay Area in 1994 after a few years in Amsterdam, where he had begun doing metal shop work. He attended what was then called the California College of Arts and Crafts, now just California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, in the late 1990s and graduated with distinction in glass work.

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Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016 by Benjamin Austin

Kellyn Borst demonstrates the use of the Leap Motion sensor in her game prototype

Gaming is storytelling. From a design perspective, a good game presents a world that is both accessible and fantastic; at its center are good characters.

The cross-disciplinary educational opportunities for gaming at CCA combine the latest tech with back-to-basics instruction on character development and world building, with the goal of training designers to create a fully immersive experience for the player. From this simple model, infinite variation emerges.

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 by Megan Clark

Ashley Saks (MFA 2010) & Radka Pulliam (MFA 2011) with staff of Bay Area Youth On-Air

The Center for Art and Public Life (the Center) at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2016 CCA Community-Engaged Practice Awards:

CCA will issue to each of the above an official letter of commendation, feature them in a compendium of Community-Engaged Practice honorees (to be released in fall 2016), and celebrate them in an exhibition from October 3 to 15 at CCA’s College Avenue Galleries at the Oakland campus, which will include an opening panel and reception on Wednesday, October 5.

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Laura Braun

Robert Bechtle, 84: A truly made-in-the-Bay-Area artist, Potrero Hill dweller Bechtle, who was born in San Francisco and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Oakland’s California College of Arts and Crafts, has made the Bay Area and the people and things around him a life’s work with his photorealistic paintings depicting everyday life.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Laura Braun

Jewelry designer Ariel Clute was always fascinated by foreign cultures. She also collected beads and stones as a child, so it’s no surprise that her pieces feel luxuriously exotic and modern at the same time. Designed in her Berkeley studio, Clute’s necklaces combine antique, contemporary and African beads with wool and cotton fibers, and range from minimal and modest to high impact and festive. After graduating from California College of the Arts in 2008, she started designing in 2011, after her first daughter was born. She also teaches printmaking at Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center.

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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