Alumni News

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Allison Byers

Attending the MFA show at one of the Bay Area's large art schools is like getting bludgeoned by art. After about a half-dozen presentations I am full, my critical faculties have been short-circuited and I have been forced into submission. Think about it, at any given group show, you might see one or two pieces from (at the most) twenty artists. Or on any Art Murmur or First Thursday outing, you might visit five or ten solo shows.

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Allison Byers

The Shaw-Blanchard-Amberson lineup had been together since the band's beginning. Shaw began playing open mics while she was an undergrad at California College of the Arts. She was soon invited to play a house party and quickly found a backing band, which included Amberson.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Rachel Walther

Alumna Mary Meyer (Painting 2001) was born and raised in California, but her affinity for the East Coast eventually drew her to New York, and she's never looked back.

Today she owns and operates Mary Meyer Clothing, a storefront shop in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn and a wholesale business. She produces and sells clothing of her own design, and also represents several other independent designers.

Her work is a mixture of organic and angular -- natural fabrics with sharp angles and bold shapes.

Meyer credits the success of her company to the enthusiasm for experimentation and innovation fostered during her years at CCA.

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

A recent graduate of California College of the Arts, Toyin Odutola is already celebrating her second show at Jack Shainman Gallery in NYC. The energetic artist produces ink works on paper from her studio in Alabama, updating friends and fans through an active blog. At 27 years old, Odutola is unabashed of her millennial status, exclaiming of her self-portraits as she walks through the gallery, "There are a lot of selfies—let's just call it out!" But behind the humor, there is a seriousness.

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Rachel Walther

Type design is a bit like the music business: There are a few rock stars whose names everyone knows, but there are also a whole bunch of other people you haven't heard of, out there making a living doing what they love.

And CCA is proud to claim many men and women in both categories. Over the years the college has accumulated a real wealth of faculty, students, and alumni who embrace the label "type designer" and have had their letterforms used in some impressively high-profile venues. The college's emphasis on this subfield of graphic design sets it apart from other schools; the Graphic Design Program has maintained a series of courses exclusively devoted to it for more than 20 years now.

And the Bay Area, largely thanks to CCA and its ripple effects, is today a real hotbed of people who are active in the field.

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

Jenny Parks is a scientific illustrator that also happens to be a shameless nerd, with a penchant for drawing animals, dinosaurs, imaginary creatures… and occasionally, people as cats. Somehow, she found herself with a bit of internet fame with the illustration ‘Doctor Mew’, and has been baffled ever since. With a BFA in illustration from the California College of the Arts, and a graduate degree in Science Illustration from UC Santa Cruz, she now resides in San Francisco as a freelance illustrator, fulfilling her destiny to make a living drawing cute, fuzzy things.

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

“Words and Places: Etel Adnan,” organized by the graduating class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts, is an impeccably timed exhibition, a gift to those of us who wanted to learn more about Adnan after encountering her paintings and tapestry at last summer’s Documenta.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

Kelly Jones is the creator of Little Paper Planes, an online platform that currently helps more than 70 emerging artists sell their work and pursue publishing and licensing opportunities. This year Jones, an artist and curator herself, teamed up with public television station KQED on “Working Title,” a new video series that explores how local artist entrepreneurs are re-inventing the American Dream by creating alternative economies.

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Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 by Allison Byers

Textiles instructor Sasha Duerr (center) and Local Wisdom students (photo: Jim Norrena)

This spring, CCA Fashion Design students addressed questions about garment use while participating in Local Wisdom, an ongoing international fashion research project that examines how we use, share, and engage with our clothes.

Several student projects selected as finalists will be featured in spring 2014 in a participatory symposium and exhibition in London, along with work from six other international design schools.

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by Allison Byers

The first applications, however, are pure art. Lee lead an exhibition at San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts called By-Product Becomes Product inviting five artists who worked with the new wood material. Their creations range from benches with woven planks to a series of birdhouses and a pickup truck cap. The material was not under much strain (it was neither coated to protect from rain, nor under much load), but Lee says the next step is to start introducing the material as a practical substitute for its conventional but toxic counterparts.