Alumni News

Posted on Monday, October 8, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Top left: Creative Citizenship Fellow Hank Willis Thomas, photo credit: Andrea Blanch. Artwork included in Take Action at CCA Hubbell Street Galleries (clockwise from top right): Undoing Time | Amends, installation view, 2016, Sharon Daniel, image courtesy of the artist; Cargo Cults (Basketwoman), 2016, Stephanie Syjuco, image courtesy of the artist; 100 Days Action, photo credit: Victoria Heilweil

San Francisco, CA—October 8, 2018—California College of the Arts (CCA) is proud to lead the For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative in the Bay Area—working with major arts and cultural organizations across the region to increase voter registration, voter access, and engagement in the broader practices of democracy. A slate of programming, including town halls, exhibitions, sign-making workshops, and community events, will take place at CCA’s San Francisco and Oakland campuses this fall.

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

The Nave—a grand hall located in CCA’s iconic academic building in San Francisco—provides a dramatic, versatile space to showcase large works of art and group exhibitions.

The California College of the Arts is proud to present a robust line-up of public programming to the San Francisco Bay Area. This fall, CCA will have a number of affiliated events for the much-anticipated Global Climate Action Summit, including the official launch of the award-winning Architectural Ecologies Lab, which exemplify the college’s commitment to sustainability.

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Artist and CCA alumnus Nigel Sussman. Photo by Clara Rice.

Artist and alumnus Nigel Sussman (BFA Illustration 2005) will create the artwork for the 15th annual Architecture + the City festival hosted by American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF) and the Center for Architecture + Design. Sussman creates complex isometric murals and illustrations and can often be found painting pictures of giant cats or flying food.

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Designs by (L to R): Jennifer Wang, Liam Cliff, Zewei Hong

Liam Cliff, Zewei Hong, and Jennifer Wang—three recent graduates from CCA’s fashion design program—presented their collections at the Fas

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."