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Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by Laura Braun

The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art announces the appointment of Patricia Cariño as the new Curator and Director of Public Programs for the prominent South Bay arts institution. Cariño comes to the ICA from San Francisco’s Exploratorium, where since 2015 she was the Public Programs Coordinator and a Development Specialist.

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2016 by Laura Braun

Hahn’s education includes a BFA degree from The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and additional studies at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in Oakland, California. She studied film graphics and experimental animation at CalArts in Valencia, CA, and later earned an MFA in Fine Art at California State University, Fullerton (2000). She worked in the animation industry and illustrated books and magazines for The Pushpin Group in New York.

Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 by Laura Braun

“What happens if we push it to be an exoskeleton to enhance a body’s natural capability?” said Ganim, who has a master’s degree in architecture from California College of the Arts. “These kids are often viewed as disabled, but what happens when we invite them to be super-abled? What would that look like?”

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Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

Raised in Santa Cruz, California, and now based in New York, Prentiss received her MFA in creative writing from the California College of the Arts. She has been working on Tuesday Nights, which comes out today, since graduate school.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

Similarly, BlabberLab rebuses show not just ears and eyes, but drawings of colons, veins and layers of skin. It makes sense that Comitta and Pfau met in a California College of the Arts graduate course on the grotesque.

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Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

Truong studied photography and textile art at the California College of the Arts, which has campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, and received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 2010. “The Oakland campus of CCA is a hub for arts and crafts, and during school I became very inspired by nature and working with textiles,” said Truong.

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Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

“I first heard about synesthesia when I was in graduate school, because a woman in one of my classes had it,” says Prentiss, who studied creative writing at California College of the Arts. “We barely talked, but one day she approached me and said something like, ‘You’re peach!’ To her, that was what my color was—that’s what she saw when she saw me.”

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Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

“We met as grad students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco,” Khalaf says. “And then Nick went back to teaching at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

I went to CCA (California College of the Arts) near San Francisco to focus on glass specifically. It was a small department and I loved everyone there. The school was so interdisciplinary. They let you work with all the materials and had a hot shop going 24 hours a day. You could try everything!

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Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Jeremy Mende works with Desirae Rivera at his studio

With a seven-to-one student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 13, CCA students receive a lot of individual attention from their instructors. The vast majority of CCA’s faculty members -- 88 percent -- are practicing professionals.

This can lead to professional opportu­nities for students in the form of intern­ships and, in many cases, jobs after graduation.

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A good example can be found in the story of recent alumna Desirae Rivera (Graphic Design 2015) and longtime CCA Graphic Design faculty member Jeremy Mende, founder and principal of MendeDesign in San Francisco.

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