Alumni News

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

The Jewish Community Center’s Katz Snyder Gallery presents as its first show an exhibition that maps the mythologies of places.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

Born in Nigeria and raised in Alabama, Ojih Odutola received her B.A. from the University of Alabama in Hunstville before continuing to California College of the Arts for her M.F.A. "Of Context and Without" marks the artist's fourth solo show in just as many years at Jack Shainmain, but she has also participated in group exhibitions around the world—including one that Thomas curated at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg and another at the Studio Museum in Harlem, which is still on view.

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

Yes. I grew up in Carlsbad, California, which is a beach town 30 minutes north of San Diego. It was a very conservative, Christian city (at least from my perspective) and being a Jewish girl who lived in a funky beach house with an artist mom made me feel like an outsider. When I was 15 and 16 I spent my summers at the California College of the Arts pre-college program in Oakland, taking classes in drawing, painting, and printmaking. It was life changing. I met a whole group of kids and teachers who valued the things I did, and spent time exploring a really exciting city.

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Neil Grimmer appointed to CCA's Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts (CCA) recently approved CCA alumnus Neil Grimmer, CEO of Plum, PBC, as a new trustee.

"I'm so happy to welcome Neil to our Board of Trustees," commented Chair of the Board C. Diane Christensen. "As an alumnus of the college, Neil possesses the qualities we hope to see in our graduates -- he's creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial while caring deeply about improving society.

"As we grow CCA's reputation as an international leader in art and design education, he will be important contributor and advocate."

Posted on Monday, December 14, 2015 by Alumni Association

Close by Philip Buller, Oil on Linen on Panel, April 2015, 72" x 58"

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We encourage all alumni to use the online CCA Alumni Note submission form to inform us about your recent and upcoming exhibitions, honors, and publications.




Raymond Saunders: Solo show: Recent Work, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Sept.- Oct. 2015.

Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

Stuart, who graduated from the California College of the Arts in 2010 and recently contributed to a Wes Anderson-inspired art show called "Bad Dads," met with Ulmer at the Awaken Café in downtown Oakland, where Ulmer unveiled the layers of emotions and storylines behind Great Headless Blank. Together, they devised something that could aid the narrative of the music without overpowering it. Their focus was the idea of music as more than just a soundtrack to the listener's daily activities.

Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

When I first spotted these artfully-made brooms at a California College of the Arts craft fair a few weeks ago, I fell in love. Who knew sweeping could look so good? (Snow White and her animal friends, that’s who.) Quinn designed the bevel-handled, straw-bristled brooms at the Workshop Residence, working with Duane Penner, a third-generation broom maker from Dinuba, CA. They come in American walnut and cherry with black bristles, which looks especially witchy.

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Lipkis, who studied illustration at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, said he came to New Orleans in 2014, after having traveled across much of the United States and Europe, asking permission to paint murals at select sites as he went.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Branfman-Verissimo is originally from Los Angeles, but graduated from California College of the Arts this past spring. Over the summer, she traveled across the country with her mother — a choreographer — doing a "van residency" and conceptual art project called Rooted America.Traveling with a miniature printing press in the back of their car, the two visited historical sites of resistance — from Selma to Detroit — and met with artists and community members, collecting their stories through collaborations in movement and printmaking.

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

“My work has always circled a kind of three-way metaphor, linking earth processes with thought and painting processes,” explains Shows, who earned her bachelor of fine arts at San Francisco Art Institute and her master’s at California College of the Arts.