Alumni News

Posted on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA alumna Reena Merchant. Photo by Tony DiLorenzo.

CCA’s MBA in design strategy gave alumna Reena Merchant the skills she needed to elevate her career as a user experience leader. In the June issue of Modern Luxury Silicon Valley, a profile on Merchant’s success looks at her professional career in the tech world as well as her love of art and design. Through CCA’s design strategy graduate program, she was able to combine her two passions with the necessary leadership and business skills to take her career to the next level.

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA alumna and painter Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Frieze magazine recently published an insightful profile on CCA alumna and painter Toyin Ojih Odutola titled Unselfconscious is the New Black for Emerging Artists of Colour. Ojih Odutola’s portraits of a fictional aristocratic Nigerian family push toward an expanded definition of the ‘black experience.’ Distinct from her contemporaries, such as Kehinde Wiley, her work focuses on scenes both bourgeois and banal.

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

Alumna Julie Lythcott-Haims' new novel Real American was called "riveting" by the San Francisco Examiner. She wrote the memoir, which examines Blackness amid whiteness, while earning her MFA right here at CCA.

Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

Photo by Nathan Bajar

The New York Times profiled CCA Alumnus and American conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas on the occasion of his first solo show in Britain, "The Beautiful Game" on view at Ben Brown Fine Arts through November 24. 

Using the colors, energy, and spectacle of international sport, the show explores the deeper forces at play in games like soccer, rugby and cricket from colonialism to the dangers hiding behind the rewards and fame of sport and more. 

Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

In his two and a half years at Fitbit, VP of Design Jonah Becker has helped the company "outrun (pun!) industry giant Apple."

In an interview with lifehacker, Jonah--a graduate of CCA's Industrial Design program in 1997--talks about his long history with the College: 

Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio graduated from CCA with an MA in Curatorial Practice in 2013. Now he has been ranked by Artsy as one of the 20 most influential young curators in Latin America, with shows that "often juxtapose alternate realities, such as combining the pristine idealism of Minimalism and the promise of Modernism with the harsh consequences that sweeping ideologies bring to daily life in cities."

Posted on Monday, October 9, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

"Pregnant" by Toyin Ojih Odutola.

The Whitney Museum in New York is currently showcasing the first solo museum exhibition by our very own artist and alumna Toyin Ojih Odutola. The show, "To Wander Determined," weaves together a fictitious narrative about two aristocratic Nigerian families, the House of Obafemi and the UmuEze Amara Clan, in a series of richly colored, intricately textured, life-size charcoal, pencil and pastel drawings.

Odutola received her Master of Fine Arts from CCA in 2012.

Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

Jaime Guerrero on his life size glass children and piñata

Glass artist and CCA alumnus Jaime Guerrero creates life-sized youth out of blown and sculpted glass to illustrate innocent souls being detained and the struggles young immigrants face in search for a better life. He was interviewed in for the PBS special Craft in America last Friday. 

"Coming from a Mexican Background, I come from a culture that works with their hands. That's something that get's passed down.It's engrained in your DNA. When I discovered glass, I realized I was going to be doing that for the rest of my life."

Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

CCA Alumnus Mason St. Peter

Mason St. Peter graduated from the California College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2004. Since then he became a co-founder and co-owner of Outer Sunset's General Store and the architect behind a multitude of stunning masterpieces around the Bay Area, including this transformation of old horse barn and more

Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

Alumna Ashley Eva Brock

“I knew when I went to school for fashion design that incorporating sustainability was important to me and CCA (California College of the Arts) is one of the few fashion design schools that takes sustainability seriously, so that made it very attractive… While there I got to study under Lynda Grose and something that Lynda emphasized was to think about sustainability as a many faceted approach and that no one thing is going to save the world. She encouraged us to continually think of different ways and approaches to bring sustainability into design.”