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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by Rachel Walther

Rivkah Beth Medow (MFA 2003) had become a master at juggling freelance work and personal projects, but motherhood threw her for a loop. Lately, she reports, she’s putting the brakes on working for money and giving more priority to personal projects involving her family.

“I figure, I can always make money, but I don’t have a lot of time to hang out with my kids. I’m committed to creating interesting ways to integrate them into my work.” Her artist-mother role models include Ruth Asawa, whose kids helped bend wire for her sculptures.

One priority project is a photography series featuring the people closest to her. Partly staged and partly candid, the pictures explore relationships, mystery, joy, and tensions within families and friendships. “My portraits function as single-frame documentaries suggesting rich backstories and curious futures.”

 

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Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

Mandolinist, guitarist, and lead singer, Eric Robertson, initiated the project as a student at Berklee College of Music. He, along with multi-instrumentalist Duncan Wickel, bassist Josh Hari, and drummer Nicholas Falk deliver a new fusion of American roots music inspired by bedrock artists like Paul Simon, Ray Charles and The Band.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Laura Braun

Every once in a great while, a young talent (ahem, Alexander Wang and Prabal Gurung) will come along and stop us dead in our tracks. And, right now, that’s recent California College of the Arts grad Zara Dramov, behind handbag brand The Common Knowledge. Inspired by three-dimensional structure, this new line only stocks two styles at present, but, quite frankly, that’s all it really needs. Because, they’re that good.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

The decision to include Jake Longstreth was a natural one. Longstreth, who, like McFarland, graduated from California College of the Arts about 10 years ago, focuses on painting. His portraits of sprawling landscapes are minimal -- stripped down to basic, elegant shapes.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Mati Rose McDonough never expected to be a professional artist.

But when McDonough (whose first name, Mati, is pronounced Matey) got laid off from her job at a San Francisco law firm in 2007, the urge to paint grew so strong that she decided to take the plunge and apply to the California College of the Arts in Oakland.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Nature - as seen through the strange, rough magic of memory - has been the overriding force behind Los Angeles painter Jake Longstreth's latest paintings, his "Particulate Matter" series. Dark or hazy landmasses are rendered with what he describes as "thin, nervous-looking strokes, done in an off-the-cuff manner," in contrast with tonal skies and the occasional rambunctious pink or green cloud.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

The seeds for Michelle’s love of landscape design were planted at an early age. “It was an innate progression from making mud pies to sculpting the earth. In essence, I have never outgrown my childhood of crafting conceptual montages from natural, found objects in the landscape,” she says. To fertilize her emerging artistic talent, she attended the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, the California College of Arts and Crafts, and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. After serving a number of horticultural internships, she was ready to launch her landscape design career.

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Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

Oakland artist Gregory Kloehn rose to fame in 2011, when he created small homes made out of transformed dumpsters. Taking what he learned from making these mini living spaces, he's started a new project building brightly colored tiny houses out of found materials and donating them to the homeless.

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Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

Jessica Silverman has, in a very short time, become one of the most talked-about young dealers in the world. She opened her gallery in 2008 after finishing an M.F.A. in Curatorial Studies at the California College of the Arts and quickly made a name for herself. Within a year of opening, she was already participating in significant art fairs such as NADA Miami and FIAC. Silverman has a knack for identifying new talent, including Hugh Scott-Douglas, who was recently taken on by LA powerhouse Blum & Poe, and Dashiell Manley, who will appear in the upcoming 2014 Whitney Biennial.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Allison Byers

Team members Kristina Kotlier (MArch 2013) (left) and Raine Paulson Andrews (MArch 2014) (right) with a STAND UP supporter

In spring 2013, three CCA students came together with one common goal: to make a difference with an IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Award from CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life.

Robert Gomez (MFA and MA Visual and Critical Studies 2013), Raine Paulson Andrews (MArch 2014), and Kristina Kotlier (MArch 2013) were indeed one of three teams who won the award for summer 2013, and the project they carried out, STAND UP with Jamaica, was a major turning point for all of them.

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