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Posted on Friday, November 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

With college tuition rising, it’s only natural that prospective students (and their parents) should be interested in how a college degree will translate into earning power after graduation.

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Posted on Monday, November 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

He shares a fabrication and metal working space with other artists on the Alameda naval base since graduating from California College of the Arts. When starting out after college, he lived with his parents, but after his first show at the Oakland Museum of California, he began getting pieces commissioned by private collectors as well as places such as the San Francisco International Airport, where some of his sculptures are shown today, and he now lives independently as a full-time maker.

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Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Chris McCall (MFA Photography 2003) is the director at Pier 24 Photography

Christopher McCall (MFA Photography 2003) has spent the last seven years serving as the founding director at Pier 24 Photography, an exhibition space on the Embarcadero considered to be the largest in the world dedicated solely to photography.

It’s here where the Pilara Foundation Collection is housed -- a collection of more than 4,000 photographs established by Andrew and Mary Pilara that spans the history of the medium and its international breadth.

Since its inception in 2008, Pier 24 Photography has hosted seven exhibitions, including works by acclaimed photographers such as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Thomas Demand, Lee Friedlander, Rinko Kawauchi, Henry Wessel, Garry Winogrand, and, most recently, Paul Graham.

The Pilaras’ goal was to create a space that would complement -- not replace -- other local arts organizations. They wanted to engage the community through exhibitions, publications, and public programs.

Posted on Monday, November 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

Where We Find Ourselves: The exhibition of works in various media that map the mythology of places (by California College of the Arts students Angela Berry, Emmanuel Sevilla, Joshua Peder Stulen, Amanda Walters, Carolina Magis Weinberg and Ying Zou) opens with a reception. [4 p.m., Katz Snyder Gallery. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

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Posted on Monday, November 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

That is the gist of the current interactive performance installation “Sonic Blossom,”conceived by the Taiwanese-born artist Lee Mingwei, formerly resident in New York, now in Paris. The spare physical elements — a chair; a delicate stand for the small speaker system placed behind the singer, replacing live piano; exotic cloaks for the vocalists — are all of Mr. Lee’s design.

Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

Samuel Sattin (HWA Member) is a novelist and essayist. He is the author of the new novel THE SILENT END and LEAGUE OF SOMEBODIES, which was described by Pop Matters as "One of the most important novels of 2013." His work has appeared in the Atlantic, Salon Magazine, Black Gate, io9, Kotaku, Publishing Perspectives, The Weeklings, The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, Litreactor, San Francisco Magazine, SF Signal, Buffalo Almanack, and elsewhere. Also an illustrator, he holds an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts and has a creative writing MFA from Mills College.

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

Born on Oct. 25, 1961, Hong started pursuing his love for film at the Chung-Ang University, South Korea. He later travelled to the U.S. to continue his education at the California College of Arts and Crafts where he received a bachelor's degree, then to School of the Art Institute in Chicago for his master's degree.

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Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

The late singer is the subject of two exhbitions currently at the CJM.

San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has a slogan that reads: “Connecting art, people, and ideas." So when the museum launched its two new Amy Winehouse exhibitions -- Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait and its corresponding exhibition You Know I’m No Good -- assistant curator Pierre-François Galpin (MA Curatorial Practice 2014) jumped at the chance to do just that.

“I’ve always been an Amy Winehouse fan, and I was looking to work around pop culture -- not just art -- so I was really glad and excited when this opportunity came up,” says Galpin.

Best known for her 2006 hit song “Rehab,” Winehouse passed away in 2011 at just 27 years old from alcohol poisoning after a long and public battle with substance abuse.

Both exhibitions opened July 23 at CJM, mere weeks after the release of Amy, a critically praised documentary about the singer. With the spotlight back on Winehouse, the museum sought to help fans and spectators see past the fame and tabloid fodder and present her life in a more intimate and previously unseen way.

For the stateside debut of A Family Portrait, Galpin worked closely with the curators of the Jewish Museum London, where the show originally opened under the careful supervision of Winehouse’s brother, Alex.

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

New York artist Hank Willis Thomas has been exhibiting more or less continuously since 1994, when he graduated with a bachelor's degree in photography from New York University. (He also holds master's degrees in photography and art criticism from the California College of the Arts.) That's long before the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, and long before the deaths and mistreatment of young black men at the hands of police became a national media fixation.

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Join us for the many public events planned during the symposium!

Join us Friday evening, November 6, for CCA's 2015 AICAD Symposium: Exploring Science in the Studio opening reception in the Nave on the San Francisco campus.

The symposium opening reception is free and open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. at CCA’s main campus building at 1111 Eighth Street.

AICAD Symposium Exhibitions, Events & Installations


Titled The Cult of the Nine Muses, the exhibition features interdisciplinary artwork by students enrolled in CCA Sci-Studio courses -- studio courses in which embedded scientists give lectures, lead workshops, or otherwise bring together art and science.

The exhibition is on view in the Campus Center Galleries November 3-14, with a special opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on November 6.