Alumni News

Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015 by Laura Braun

While the doomsday clock counts down to midnight, a different measure of society's well-being is on a seemingly endless upswing: the selfie clock. For her senior thesis at the California College of the Arts, designer Suwanna Ruayrinsaowarot built a counting program that visualizes in real-time all the Instagram photos tagged "#selfie."

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Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by Laura Braun

(l-r) CCA alumni Shannon Shaw, Cody Blanchard, and Ian Amberson

“They’re one of my favorites,” exclaimed filmmaker John Waters as he introduced the band Shannon and the Clams at the sold-out Burger Boogaloo music festival in Oakland on the fourth of July.

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The moment was just the latest career highlight for the Oakland-based trio, who met and formed while attending California College of the Arts.

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

I graduated from California College of the Arts 2014 with a Master of Art in Visual & Critical Studies and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture.

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

During a visit to a sister in California in 1963, she met George Seka, an Austrian-born lawyer. They married, she stayed, and they have stayed married. Seka studied ceramics at the California College of Arts and Crafts under the paradigm-shifting Viola Frey, who took ceramics from craft to art.

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Posted on Monday, July 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Alan Christopher Chin is a contemporary American artist. He lives and maintains a studio in Downey, working in variety of traditional and experimental mediums including, painting, photography, sculpture, film, and performance. He received his BFA in Ceramics and Painting (2010) at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California.

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Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Wayne White was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. An artist, art director, illustrator, and puppeteer, he moved to New York City in 1981 to pursue his art career and find the platform that would support his ambitions. After working in comics and puppeteering, Wayne White became a designer for the hit television show Pee-wee's Playhouse. He received three Emmys for his work on the show, moved to Los Angeles and continues to have success in the arts and entertainment industry. He has two children, both of whom are artists, and lives with his artist wife, Mimi Pond.

Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

"Rachel and I wanted a French press we'd be happy to leave out on the table, one that would be a centerpiece of the kitchen rather than something that goes right back into the cabinet after each use," says Andrew Deming of Yield Design Co. He and his partner, Rachel Gant, met as design students at California College of the Arts in SF and founded Yield with a mission to "pair American craft and ingenuity with an eye toward the future." That includes a beautiful brew: The duo, now based in St.

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

With a long résumé of well-received shows at museums including MOCA, The Contemporary in Baltimore, and LACMA, Alexandra Grant is just hitting her stride. However, that doesn’t mean the 42-year-old is resting on her laurels—her latest body of work is not what most would expect. Her new series of paintings, “Antigone 3000,” has been hidden in the artist’s studio for the past year, and it has a sense of freedom and play not found in her earlier, often text-based pieces.

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

The impact the school has had on contemporary craft is immeasurable: Ceramist Viola Frey taught there, as did glass artist Marvin Lipofsky, who founded the glass program in 1967. Ceramist Peter Voulkos and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi are among its prominent alumni, as is furniture maker (and Oakland icon) Garry Knox Bennett, whose workshop is near Jack London Square.

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Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 by Jim Norrena


Hanh Nguyen (Film/Media 2009) recently completed her first feature documentary, Caffeinated, which was recently picked by New York-based distributor Filmbuff -- a company that specializes in independent films and documentaries -- following the film's screening at the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival earlier this year.

The documentary is a coproduction of Running Reel Films and Evoke Mediaworks. Nguyen codirected and coproduced Caffeinated with Vishal Solanki and Vinay Gandhi as well as coedited the film with Ramon Cervantes and Christopher Roth.

The documentary is a coproduction of Running Reel Films and Evoke Mediaworks, and it was recently picked by New York-based distributor Filmbuff, specializing in independent films and documentaries, following its screening at the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival this past fall.

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Meet Alumna Hanh Nguyen

Nguyen is a Los Angeles-based director, cinematographer, and editor who approaches her work with professionalism, creativity, and dedication.

As a visual storyteller, her distinguishing style lies in her acute attention to detail, artful compositions, and skilled camera work. (Nguyen's visual techniques can be traced back to CCA Film cochair Rob Epstein.)