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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Celluloid Salutations
BlazeVOX, 2014
Paperback, 142 pages, $16

Celluloid Salutations is the second book by alumna Elizabeth Block (MFA Writing 2002, MFA 2003).

Juliana Spahr says: “It’s all here: love, work, child. And the writing. Mainly the writing. It takes over all these other things and yet it is built out of all these things. This is how Elizabeth Block erases Elizabeth Block, as one poem claims. She does this automatically, animalistically, while wailing forward, gracefully and with improvisation.

Bill Berkson says: “Elizabeth Block’s poetry moves through those ‘layers of noise’ we all contend with and goes a long way toward conquering by absorbing them. Page by page, the intervals, apparent blanks and interruptions between word clusters, vibrate tellingly with each tabulation of event, the actuality in and of the words as Block arranges them. Here is urgency and nuance. The matter never gets figured out we want it to we think all day long on. Take time to read this magnetic book.

The cover artwork is by noted CCA alumna Amanda Hughen (Graphic Design 1999).

Block won the Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fiction Fellowship for her first novel, A Gesture Through Time, which was fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts. She was a Poets & Writers grantee for the presentation of new work at the Lab in San Francisco.

Block has won many other awards and residencies, including an award from Poets & Writers and another from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program Tread of Angels Fellowship. Her writing has appeared on stage, in film, in public art, in books, on audio CD and podcasts.

She is also a filmmaker whose film poems have traveled extensively throughout the United States and elsewhere. She has published work in many genres and in many journals, and her work has also appeared on the public radio stations KQED and KSFR. She often collaborates with musicians and visual artists.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Horizontal Book 2013: The Neverwere Exhibits and Other Work
Blurb, 2013
Paperback/hardcover, 70 pages, $30.99/$41.99

This book by alumnus Kip Bryant (MFA 1976) contains various art projects completed in 2013, including Floating Leaf, Moonlight, and The Neverwere Exhibits.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Eleven Eleven is a graduate Writing course; a journal of prose, poetry, and art; and a force to be reckoned with on the national -- even international -- literary scene. It’s the reason Candace Hoes (MFA Writing 2014) decided to attend CCA, and she’s taken the Eleven Eleven course every semester she’s been here: “I’ve been the managing editor, webmaster, Ad/Swap coordinator, fiction editing team member, and Koi Pond* coordinator.”

Eleven Eleven is also a network, as faculty editor Hugh Behm-Steinberg explains. “It’s a web of connections and relationships among writers, translators, visual artists, publishers, and galleries. And us: the faculty and staff and students.”

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Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

I studied painting at California College of the Arts, where I received my BFA in May 2012. Prior to that I briefly studied photography at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by Laura Braun

Woods (b. 1963) earned her arts education at California Polytechnic State University; the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy; and the California College of the Arts in Oakland, where she earned her B.F.A. In addition to exhibiting with George Billis Gallery, Woods has displayed her art at Quidley & Company Fine Art in Boston (2012); Stewart Gallery in Boise, Idaho (2012); the Boise Art Museum (2010); and many other fine art venues.

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Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Jim Norrena

From CCA to IDEO to Plum Organics . . . see where an arts education is taking this alum!

Career Success: A Media Synopsis

In June 2012 the New York Times sunk its teeth into Neil Grimmer (BFA Sculpture 1995) and his human-interest, business-savvy success story with Plum Organics, the organic baby-food company that has reshaped the industry by changing not only what we're packaging but also how we're packaging it. 

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Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

I had a rigorous upbringing in "straight" photography during my undergraduate study at California College of the Arts and Crafts. During my time in the Bay Area, I was influenced by masters like Larry Sultan, Todd Hido, and Jim Goldberg, as well as by artists working conceptually like Tammy-Rae Carland. There is an academy-type of training happening there. I'm grateful for that because I had to know the rules before I could break them.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

Branch co-founder Nick Cronan on designing what wearable tech should look like.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

While visiting a friend in Nicaragua, Poritz stumbled on a supply of beautiful old growth wood uprooted by Hurricane Felix. Trained as an architect, he used the wood to create a line of furniture inspired by the minimalism and simplicity of Bauhaus designers like Marcel Breuer. His stools, chairs, tables, beds, sofas have no screws; they are fixed by unique joinery designed by Poritz.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

“The book project became a daily activity that helped my dad and really helped me,” says Banker, who graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, then moved to San Francisco to study painting at California College of the Arts. “It was important to me to hold to my mom’s original project, which is why I kept the title, even though it’s confusing for people. It was important that this was something we were doing together.”

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