Alumni News

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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Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

After meeting and falling for one another at the California College of the Arts, Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming began collaborating, and their quirky lifestyle brand, Yield Design Co, was born. After the duo designed two rings for close friends, they decided to expand the line and create Endswell as a stand-alone collection.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

Oyster EB-12 was installed at the California College of the Arts during their Craft Forward Symposium in 2011. The swatches look as if they are growing up the wall and down across the floor, almost as if they are spreading.

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