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Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Laura Braun

Moran is the only local contestant who also learned her craft at Oakland's California College of the Arts. Torres, a native of Mexico, attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and Yale, from Cincinnati, went to the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning.

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Laura Braun

Born in Bellingham, Wash., Ireland took his time coming into his own. As a child he showed artistic inclinations, playing the bagpipes and constructing string mazes across his bedroom.

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Jim Norrena

The 2016 Creative Capital Awardees have been announced, and alumna LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (MFA Writing 2008) has been named an awardee in the Literature category for her project Global Studies, a collection of poems and flash prose that mimes the textbook structure to examine the ambiguity of history.

According to the Creative Capital website, the nonprofit invests in artists who shape the future. It has awarded $40 million to 642 groundbreaking artists nationwide through funding, counsel, and career development services.

Three distinct categories distinguish the 46 projects (Emerging Fields, Literature, and Performing Arts), and this year only six grantees represent the literature component.

Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists’ projects that are bold, innovative, and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

Lee’s own introduction to this lineage was at California College of the Arts (at that time, California College of Arts and Crafts, or CCAC), where he studied in the early ’90s with Suzanne Lacy, a performance artist and pioneer of socially engaged art. Lacy had been a student of Allen Kaprow, who is credited with inventing the Happening.

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

By shifting night photography’s focus to a suburban background, the tone immediately changes from something lively and vibrant to something haunting and alluring. Hido, a graduate of Tufts, The Rhode Island School of Design, and The California College of Arts and Crafts, often explores artificial light and it’s partnership with the dark. This collection, a small representation of his work with where humans choose to live (and not live), is a glowing and sinister portrayal of something most of us associate with comfort and safety.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

Aronzon has been blowing glass for more than 25 years. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she got her MFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, where she met titans in the field including Dale Chihuly, arguably the most famous glass blower in the world, and William Morris, one of the more innovative American glass blowers of the last 30 years. Her main influence, however, isn’t other glassmakers, she says: It’s the world around her.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

During her mid-20s, before she entered graduate school at California College of the Arts in 2004, O’Malley struggled to find a work identity that felt right. “Susan equals waitstaff at a winery?” she once wrote to her friend Matt Haber after she’d moved back home to San Jose post-college. “Yikes.” When she finally found her way into the arts scene, though, she made herself indispensable: curating shows, collaborating with other artists, working as a juror for arts prizes, instigating school-wide doodle contests and other social art projects with high school students.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

David Maisel received his BA from Princeton University, studied at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and received his MFA from California College of the Arts. Maisel is the recipient of a 2008 Artist Residency from the Headlands Center for the Arts, and a 2007 Scholar/Artist Residency from the Getty Research Institute. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Center for Cultural Innovation. He was appointed a Trustee of the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2011.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

Since he was a child, Irwin has built giant sculptures of the creatures and places that fill his mind at his father's two-acre home, just around the corner from Frank Sinatra's old estate.

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Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

“When you believe in something you want to share your skill and passion with others,” said Harper, a 1978 graduate of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. “I make my living promoting the arts.”

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