Alumni News

Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to alumna and interdisciplinary poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (again!) for having been awarded a 2016 Whiting Award, a prestigious accomplishment that carries with it a $50,000 honorarium for each of the four awardees.

Diggs (MFA in Writing 2008) was honored in the poetry category of the annual awards competition issued by the Whiting Foundation.

Recent Honors

In January Diggs was named an awardee of the 2016 Creative Capital Awardees in the Literature category for her project Global Studies, a collection of poems and flash prose that mimes the textbook structure to examine the ambiguity of history.

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Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Laura Braun

“I had this epiphany that it wasn’t enough to create a healthy product—it had to come from a healthy company that valued community, people, and the planet. I was also a triathlete, so I was using the product all the time.”

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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by Laura Braun

By the mid-1980s, Oppenheim made sculpture based on the transformation of everyday objects. From the mid-1990s until his death in 2011, he focused on the production of large-scale permanent structures that combined sculpture and architecture. Oppenheim received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, in 1965, and an MFA from Stanford University in 1966. He received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1969, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1974 and 1982, and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale in 2007.

Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by Laura Braun

An East Coast native, Sussman moved to the Bay Area in 2003 when he decided to transfer to California College of the Arts (CCA) from Carnegie Mellon University. At CCA, where he graduated with a BA in illustration, Sussman says he found the community and approach to art he was looking for.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 by Laura Braun

Uoo refers to each curtain as a “moment” in a nod to the work of his former professor at California College of the Arts, Franklin Williams, whose own “moments” (as the artist titles his wall-based soft sculpture) hang within the exhibition. While Williams exhibited widely in the mid-60s, his work being included in exhibitions at SF MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, Curtains is his first New York showing since 1975.

Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 by Laura Braun

She's currently working on a graphic memoir about her experience as a transnational adoptee, but her work is wide-ranging: from deep explorations of race and class; to Star Wars fan art; to sweet comics about the adventures of her two young sons. She talked to KALW’s Jen Chien about drawing from her imagination.

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Posted on Monday, March 7, 2016 by Laura Braun

In 2004, Sussman transferred to the California College of the Arts and Crafts from Carnegie Mellon University, driving from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to join the Bay Area art scene. Since then, he has earned a degree in illustration from CCAC.  He spent the past decade practicing his craft in different areas of the Bay, moving from Oakland to San Francisco and now Berkeley.

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Posted on Friday, March 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

During her master’s work at California College of the Arts, Kristin explored the use of inflatable technology for wearables, and found endless possibilities for animating the body and amplifying human behavior or emotions. There are functional designs for isolation or protection, like an inflatable vest to calm the wearer or a helmet that protects from a bike fall. Then there are empowering forms, like a soft inflatable exoskeleton that protects personal space, or inflatable “muscles” that blow up when the wearer feels threatened.

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016 by Laura Braun

While finishing her Master’s at California College of the Arts in 2012, Amy performed in a former sweatshop in San Francisco that had been raided by the INS. “The people in there were sick. They were not there on their own free will at all,” says Keefer. The space was in a windowless basement, locked from the outside, and still had hatch marks on the walls (to count items sewn, Keefer guesses). There were slats in the stairs where the workers slept during breaks from making typical tourist sweatshirts printed with the Golden Gate Bridge.

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 by Laura Braun

As the bandmates' conversation oscillated between joking around and talking business, one could sense their closeness both as friends and collaborators. Saenz and Raden, who first met as graduate students at California College of the Arts, initially started Daisy World as a duo and played their first show in 2012. At first, the two of them programmed beats on a drum machine, but Clark volunteered to drum for them after seeing them perform.

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