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Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

Previously a student at Oakland’s California College of the Arts (see her whimsical sculptures at the tasting bar), Shauna believes “wine is ephemeral art,” so the transition from art to winemaking was easy for her. For Rock Wall’s 2008 vintage, she and her dad created wines with 60 tons of grapes. This year, they’ll do close to 400. But Shauna doesn’t always follow precisely in her dad’s footsteps.

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Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Co-curated by Betti-Sue Hertz of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Ruijun Shen of GuangDong Times Museum in Guangzhou, China, and Xiaoyu Weng of Kadist Art Foundation, which has offices in Paris and San Francisco, the group exhibition is also a site to bring together three public art spaces and curators around a shared interest — though not in the forms one might first associate with the concept: traditional Chinese landscape and Bay Area figurative painting.

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Chris Fitzpatrick (born 1978 in New York) has been the director of the not-for-profit contemporary art centre Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp, Belgium, since 2012. After receiving an MA from California College of the Arts in 2009, he gained recognition for developing unconventional exhibition formats, often experimenting with the temporality of exhibitions.

Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 by Kari Marboe

True collaborations come easily, especially when they combine history and clay.

Ceramics faculty member Kari Marboe, Director of Alumni Relations Jessica Russell, Director of Libraries Annemarie Haar, and CCA alumnae Eve Steccati-Tanovitz (Graphic Design 1969) and Arlene Streich (Arts Education 1961; Painting 1966) worked together to reveal the history of the college’s archived woodblocks and incorporate these historical tools at the Ceramic Program’s Open House, which took place as part of CCA’s Alumni Weekend earlier this month.

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Story of the Woodblocks

In the late 1960s, Professor Emeritus Vincent Perez was teaching woodblock printing and drawing at what was then CCAC. An Alumni Office staff member in Treadwell Hall (now Macky Hall) asked Perez if he would like to take possession of the woodblocks.

The woodblocks had been previously used to print the college’s publications (course catalogs, newsletters, and diplomas) going back to its founding in 1907 and decades thereafter.

If Perez hadn’t wanted them, they would have been thrown away.

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Laura Braun

When it comes to decor, one tiny change can make a big difference. One place to start is from the ground up, with an area rug. At 4 feet and 6 feet in diameter, these bright, nature-derivative whimsical designs by artistMonreaux Ruth Monroe deliver high impact in small spaces. The recent California College of the Arts graduate says rugs are a quick, easy and affordable way to inject some personality into living spaces without dramatically altering the spatial confines.

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Mason St. Peter is a fresh architecture graduate from San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. He loves nature and surfing and it was while visiting a close friend at a cabin that he fell in love with the Topanga Canyon area. He decided to look for another cabin to rent, but there weren’t any available at the time.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

This rustic cabin, located in Topanga Canyon in California, was designed by Mason St. Peter—a graduate of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. While visiting a friend in a similar studio, St. Peter was inspired and began to work with the owner to create a space of their own using his materials. 

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Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Anthony Imperato with the Emmy for "Bob's Burgers"View slideshow 

What's the common factor among the following: CCA, Bento Box, Emmy Award, and Burgers?

It's Anthony Imperato (BFA Animation 2014), who works at Bento Box Entertainment, a leading producer of primetime animation for broadcast and cable networks.

Bento Box helps produce the animated FOX television comedy series Bob's Burgers, which on August 16 was awarded a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Animation Program as part of the 66th Annual Emmy Awards.

The Television Academy presented live the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards for programs and individual achievements at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Emily Holmes

Adrienne Skye Roberts’ (MA Visual and Critical Studies 2009) installation titled It Is Our Duty to Fight, It Is Our Duty to Win / We Must Love Each Other and Protect Each Other / We Have Nothing to Loose But Our Chains (2013), shown at San Francisco’s Root Division gallery, depicted the following words on a sign that rested against a white wall:

“To be treated like everybody else.”

Hand painted in simple black lettering on a white picketing sign, it is easy to imagine these words chanted with pride, determination, and defiance during a political march.

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Five other similar signs featured different statements and demands, such as “The hope to see my children again.” The people who spoke these words did not always have the freedom to practice the civil right of protesting.

In fact, the work reflects the answers of previously incarcerated women whom Roberts asked, “How did you survive prison?” “What do you need to survive now that you are out?” “And what does a world without mass incarceration look like?”

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Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

Like other artistic power couples—Charles and Ray Eames, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, or even John Lennon and Yoko Ono—the seminal work of Bob Stocksdale (1913‑2003), the father of American wood turning, and master fiber artist and weaver Kay Sekimachi (1926-)- proved that they’re better together. After World War II, Stocksdale, who grew up on a farm in Indiana, moved to California and bought a Victorian duplex in South Berkeley where he set about creating seemingly impossible-to-turn bowls and furniture of diseased and rare woods.