This past weekend (June 26-28) marked the first time California College of the Arts (CCA) participated in the annual San Francisco Pride Parade -- the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parade in the nation.
Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 by Chris Bliss
CCA joins the 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade
Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 by Laura Braun
Since 1970, when she enrolled in the California College of Arts and Crafts, Carnwath has lived in Oakland. She confesses to still missing the cold and occasionally cranking up the air conditioning so she can walk around in her winter coat. But she has found mentors, friends and a community that has supported her work.
Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015 by Laura Braun
Though he enjoyed the assisting work, Thomas decided that he was getting too comfortable. “I didn’t have the ambition to be a great photographer or artist or filmmaker.” So he decided to go back to school, and applied to the California College of the Arts. There, he would study with Larry Sultan, Jim Goldberg, Todd Hido and Chris Johnson. “They shaped a lot of my thinking about how I could move into making work that was more conceptual, rather than trying to get [assignment] gigs and things like that,” Thomas says.
Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by Laura Braun
California College of the Arts graduate Zara Dramov is leaving her mark on the accessories map. Her design approach is unlike most; she has a degree in industrial design and a three dimensional eye. The idea to launch her handbag line, The Common Knowledge, was conceived after playing around with origami paper and creating a seamless shape, thus The Bone Bag was born.
Posted on Monday, June 22, 2015 by Laura Braun
Adaptive Playscapes is a collaborative project between KIDMob, Public Workshop, California College of the Arts, and the Market Street Prototyping Festival in San Francisco. The goal was to create a kid-built, mobile, modular play structure to be installed publicly on Market Street in San Francisco. For the partner organizations, the most important part was not the final product, but rather the design and building workshops that would lead up to the completion of the project.
Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Em Meine
Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 by Rachel Walther
Throughout Steven Miller’s (Interior Architecture 1992) professional design career in San Francisco -- spanning more than two decades -- he’s been satisfying his clients with innovative design solutions that are always fresh and unique, with a style that’s distinctly West Coast.
In 2014, his firm’s design was chosen as House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year, and his gallery and fabrication space The NWBLK is partnering with a firm from New York that will enable them to expand the scale of their corporate events and gallery openings.
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Miller always had an interest in furniture and interior design. “It’s in my DNA,” he explains. “My grandfather had a furniture store in the 1940s and 1950s on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.”
After an initial stint studying liberal arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder, “I took a semester off and went to New York for eight months. I lived in Manhattan and worked at Sam Flax Art Supply. I went to all the museums and met a lot of people working in the arts, including the cartoonist Gary Larson, who was a regular customer.”
Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015 by Laura Kenney
I’m a local, born and raised in Oakland. Pretty much everyone I grew up with was interested in one of two things: sports or being a rapper. But my interests went in a different direction: art.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love Disney films. Seeing The Lion King for the first time, I was infatuated with how realistic and relatable the characters were. I began mimicking my favorite ones on paper, from Simba to SpongeBob, and creating new ones of my own.
Drawing consumed me. I spent all of my time filling pages with character designs and ideas.
Luckily, my parents realized just how passionate I was and put me in all kinds of art and animation programs. Every summer, I had something to do.
Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015 by Laura Braun
It was just one of the stories documentarian Morgan Schmidt-Feng’s mother told him about growing up on a farm, but it certainly ranks as the most vivid: Back where she grew up in Iowa, she remembers watching her grandmother twist the head right off a chicken for the first time.
Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by Laura Braun
I graduated with an English Lit degree, and sort of meandered for a few years after that. I wasn’t totally aimless, but somewhat. I worked in a record store for awhile and as a receptionist at an in-flight magazine publisher (“Good morning, Alaska, Horizon and Midwest Express magazines”). Eventually I worked into a desktop publishing position in a non-profit where I designed brochures and newsletters. I enjoyed it, so I decided to go back to school at California College of the Arts (then CCAC) to study further. That’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.