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Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

Organized by the Denali Foundation, which was established in 2015 to preserve Schmidt’s artwork and support the growth of young artists, the Peak Inspirations exhibit coincides with the two-year anniversary of Schmidt’s death. On July 27, 2013, 25-year-old Schmidt and his father, renowned mountaineer Marty Schmidt, were killed in an avalanche on K2. The younger Schmidt was an artist and had recently graduated at the top of his class at California College of the Arts.

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Performance artist Minji Sohn from Korea (a California College of the Arts graduate) creates color-soaked spaces in which to “redefine chaos” through ritualized acts of repetitive counting, marking and hammering.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Hido cites a guiding statement “about photography hovering in a suggestive zone” by American landscape photographer Lewis Baltz, who died last year: “He said, ‘Photography is a profound corner that sits in between literature and film.’ That quote was in my thesis from CCA (California College of the Arts) in 1998, and I think about it still to this day.”

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Posted on Monday, August 3, 2015 by Laura Braun

He graduated from UC Berkeley and went on to earn a master of fine arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts, becoming a skilled artist. But never gave up his reserved manner.

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Posted on Monday, August 3, 2015 by Laura Braun

Kate Bonner received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012. She lives and works in Oakland, CA. In 2013, Bonner was included in NextNewCA, a survey of select California MFA graduates at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. She has exhibited at San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Torrance Art Museum, The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, Luis De Jesus Gallery, Et al Gallery, Queens Nails, The Popular Workshop, Important Projects, Paris Photo LA, and NADA New York, among others.

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 by Laura Braun

California College of the Arts design student Hao Dong was already on our radar. Her collection addressed such topics as fast fashion, urban life, and pop culture, all in an edgy, futuristic, and colorful way. 

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 by Laura Braun

Clues may be found in “Peak Inspirations,” a show of Schmidt’s artwork now open at the White Walls Gallery. Schmidt had graduated in the top of his class at the California College of the Arts shortly before he left for Pakistan, and his professors say he had an extraordinary eye for the new and innovative that still holds up even now, two years after his death.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Laura Braun

A whiff of an ocean breeze blew down the runway at California College of the Arts' senior fashion show this past spring. The wavemaker: 22-year-old Vanina Howan, whose surf-inspired thesis collection, called Seasalt, caught the eye of San Francisco design veteran Basil Racuk. A friendship was made, and a collaboration was hatched.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Laura Braun

I’ve only been here since October, so it’s fairly new. I’m from France originally and have worked at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and was a studio assistant for the French artist ORLAN. I moved to the U.S. in 2012 to study at the California College of the Arts here in San Francisco, and graduated with a Master’s in Curatorial Practice here in San Francisco.

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Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015 by Laura Braun

While the doomsday clock counts down to midnight, a different measure of society's well-being is on a seemingly endless upswing: the selfie clock. For her senior thesis at the California College of the Arts, designer Suwanna Ruayrinsaowarot built a counting program that visualizes in real-time all the Instagram photos tagged "#selfie."

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