Alumni News

Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Saving | Face is the first commercial gallery solo exhibition from California transplant Derek Weisberg. Weisberg has been making sculpture in ceramics for over 20 years, and earned a BFA in ceramics, at California College of Arts and Crafts, in 2005. Weisberg spent the early part of his career cutting his teeth on the Left Coast. Now living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Weisberg molds sculptures that are in the vein of psychological portraiture, but are creatively warped and askew.

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Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014 by Rachel Walther

Gregory Kloen with a work in progress [photo: Rachel Walther]

Gregory Kloehn (Glass 1998) is working hard to build a better community -- literally. At his West Oakland live-work space, he is engaged in an ongoing project to build mobile shelters for the homeless residents of his neighborhood.

His efforts have attracted attention from all over the world, and from all types, from off-the-grid survivalists to the media (he’s been featured on Inside Edition, Rachel, and many other shows) to green-minded micro-home design enthusiasts.

Read the San Jose Mercury News and KQED features on Gregory Kloehn.

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Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun

The city is a rich subject for the nocturnal photographer; it forms the grim backdrop for the midnight rambler in Larry Clark’s Acid, Lower East Side. In the work of Todd Hido and Judy Gelles, suburban houses and mobile homes radiate with ambiguous warmth, leaving the viewer to guess what transpires inside.

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Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun

I fell in love with indigo while I was a student at California College of the Arts. Indigo is a really magical natural dye because it requires a constant relationship of care-taking. The vat must be checked on daily in order to maintain it's delicate anaerobic balance- but what is amazing is that it can be kept "alive" indefinitely. For me, Indigo became a studio companion that kept me enchanted and curious about everything that it could offer. Right now I am obsessed with batik (a hot-wax resist method).

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Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Janey Smith reads in front of San Francisco's Federal Building

To commemorate the 100th birthday of William S. Burroughs in February 2014, the poet and CCA alumnus Janey Smith (MFA Writing 2012) was invited to read at San Francisco’s City Lights bookstore alongside Dead Kennedys front man Jello Biafra, the renowned poets Daphne Gottlieb and Kevin Killian, and other writers and musicians.

When Smith was introduced, his friend Dorothy NotRobot took to the podium instead. “Mistakenly” thinking the gathering was in honor of Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan, she proceeded to read selections from the other Burroughs’s work.

Some minutes in, Smith yelled from across the room, “Dorothy, it’s time to do our William Tell trick!” Notrobot placed an apple on her head and Smith pelted it with marshmallows from a slingshot, referencing William S. Burroughs’s accidental killing of his wife in 1951, in a William Tell trick gone wrong.

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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 by Jim Norrena

With revenue in excess of $24 billion and having more than 44,000 employees worldwide, Nike Inc. is one of the world's largest suppliers of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment.

For those California College of the Arts alumni who went to work at Nike, they describe their careers as innovative, creative, and truly rewarding.

CCA Prepares Alumni to "Just Do It"

CCA's alumni at Nike attribute their successful careers to their CCA education.

According to Industrial Design chair Sandrine Lebas: "The college offers courses that delve into soft goods and wearables, technology and user interface, crafts and making, and even bike-frame design and building; all with an emphasis on user-centric research, sustainability, market context, and entrepreneurship."

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Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Oakland, California-based animator David Lauer created “Goodbye Blue Camper” as a film thesis for The California College of the Arts. The stop-motion short features yeti hunting, human sacrifice and a fair bit of puppet-on-puppet violence. According to Lauer, the project began as way of paying tribute to an old puppet.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Zachary Royer Scholz

Curated by Joyce Grimm (MA Curatorial Practice 2006), the exhibition Thresholds of Faith: Four Entries Into the Beyond at San Francisco’s Manresa Gallery features four artists of different faith backgrounds who are all affiliated with CCA.

The artists -- Lynn Marie Kirby (Film faculty), Taraneh Hemami (MFA 1991, now Diversity Studies faculty), Ali Naschke-Messing (MFA 2007), and Cara Levine (MFA 2012, now Sculpture faculty) -- have each produced evocative individual projects that invite reflection on religious practice and experience within contemporary life.

Housed within the active Catholic parish of San Francisco’s Saint Ignatius Church, Manresa Gallery is a unique project (and a surprising one, to many) that allows local and international contemporary artists to directly explore intersections between art and religion.

The resulting exhibitions expand the boundaries of both spiritual and artistic endeavor, and aim to generate far-reaching dialogue within a broad and diverse community.

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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

LF: Hi Lorien! Give Live FAST an introduction to yourself.

LS: Hey! I was born in the little town of Ojai, California. I went to California College of the Arts, in Oakland, for my BFA. I work in a wide variety of mediums, including egg batiking, wood turning, ceramics, screen printing, painting, and paper mache. Currently I live in the Mojave Desert and I love stars, watermelons, and whales, among other things.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

After studying photography at the California College of the Arts, Shirley moved to Los Angeles in 2007. “My plan was to assist as much as possible. I came from a fine-art background, and I didn’t have much technical training,” he says.

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