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Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Anesta Iwan

Anesta Iwan and her Lowell High School professor Julian Pollak

At first there was one, then a second, a third, a fourth, and eventually a fifth and a sixth and so on. . . . There is a chain of us "Lowellites" (graduates from Lowell High School in San Francisco) who very decisively moved on to CCA right after high school. I was the fourth.

Soon after I gave up my fantasy of becoming an astronaut back in fifth grade, I quickly took an interest in architecture. This was back in 2001, around the time when the Sims game was developed and got popular. I had watched my cousin play it online (I can only imagine how irritating it must have been with the old dial-up connection!) and remember getting so engrossed in designing the houses -- far more than in the social aspects of the game.

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

There is a surreal giddiness to Griffin's photographs, wherein he turns Florida's senior-centric communities into utopian dreamlands. But Griffin is quite young himself, having graduated from art school in 2011. According to his alma mater California College of the Arts, Griffin is fascinated by "how disparate images work together in the world." Perhaps that's why his seemingly random photos weave together such a beautiful narrative when placed together in a series.

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Marketing your own work can be the hardest part of being an artist. It can feel artificial, foreign, tedious, and even antithetical to the work itself. Yet for professional artists it's necessary, and, when done right, it can actually be rewarding and fruitful.

Social media is free and ubiquitous, and as a marketing tool it comes easy for some. But for every artist to whom it seems totally natural to tweet their latest pins using a series of well-placed hashtags, there are plenty more artists who are wondering what the heck you're talking about.

For those in the latter group: Take comfort and read on. Innumerable artists are successfully using social media in ways that are true to their personalities and their work . . . and even fun to keep up with.

Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by Allison Byers

Kate Pocrass is a San Francisco artist. In 2011, she published the magazine Average, about average things. There was great acclaim. The next issue is coming out in ... well, it's hard to say.

A Pennsylvania native, she arrived in San Francisco in 1999, intent on completing her masters degree at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

San Francisco is one of four cities where the ACC, a nonprofit in Minneapolis, annually holds events. "The Bay Area is home to many of the most influential and innovative artists, organizations and patrons of contemporary craft," says the ACC's Diamond.

"Combined with a significant history in craft education with schools such as California College of the Arts, the Bay Area plays an undeniable leading role in the ongoing story of American craft."

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

Dog-eared Rand McNally road atlases and battered spiral-bound Thomas Guides may be things of the past for most travelers, post-GPS, but they still compel San Francisco artist Val Britton, who chose to follow their lead while attending California College of the Arts as a graduate student about nine years ago.

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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

Sculptural works by Nathan Lynch, who chairs the ceramics department at California College of the Arts, are highly enjoyable. They consist of piles: one of wood pieces, their ends painted so they resemble giant matchsticks; others of brilliantly colored clay or glazed porcelain bulbs as visually enticing as they are unsettlingly organic-looking (larvae come to mind).

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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

As students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Aretha Sack and Janine Lee would mix nail polishes into their own custom colors, pour them back into the jar, and sell them - "just making some Franken-polish," said Lee, using the term popularized on crafting websites.

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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

It started with HAART counselor Carol Wild placing an ad on Craigslist. Wild was looking for an artist to paint a mural on a large blank wall alongside the building that was a frequent target for graffiti. She didn't have any money to pay for it. Stern, a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts, responded. (Go to Stern's website at www.decoartoakland.com.)

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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

Terminal Lance: The White Donkey is a webcomic that is written and illustrated by Maximilian Uriarte, a prior-enlisted Marine with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Animation from the California College of the Arts. Max tells us that he has been writing this story for the past three years. “It is a fictional story of a Marine, Abe, and his existential journey through the Marine Corps, Iraq, and his return home. Within the story, Abe enlists in the United States Marine Corps in the hopes of finding that missing something in his life that he can’t explain,” Max related.

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