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Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015 by Laura Braun

After graduation, I decamped to the West Coast without any real plan other than I wanted to live in a place that had more sunshine. For a year or so, I worked odd jobs (including checking bags at Rasputin’s Records in Berkeley) and during that period I saw an exhibition at the SFMOMA about four Bay Area graphic designers: MIchael Vanderbyl, Michael Cronan, MIchael Manwaring and Gerald Reis. That work—energetic, colorful, witty, multidisciplinary—made a big impression on me.

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Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 by Laura Braun

Sarah Thibault received her MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2011. In addition to Wolfe Contemporary, she has exhibited with Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles, and in group shows and art fairs in Miami, Minneapolis, New York, and Paris. She lives and works in San Francisco.

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Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 by Rachel Walther

New York-based alumnus Erik den Breejen’s (BFA Painting 1999) paintings from afar read as simple pop art portraiture, but from up close they acquire another dimension entirely.

His portraits of famous musicians and performers -- including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Pryor, Karen Carpenter, and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, to name just a few -- are composed of meticulously selected texts from the performer’s own body of work that, when laid out on the canvas, fit together to pay tribute to the subject’s impact as an artist.

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Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Most call centers are the antithesis of unpredictability and stress, yet Airbnb’s Customer Experience (CX) hub couldn’t be more different. From standard website issues to lost apartment keys, Airbnb travelers call CX agents with uniquely challenging problems. With that in mind, Airbnb’s internal environments designers Aaron Taylor Harvey and Rachael Yu set out to design a new CX center in Portland to house 250 employees serving over 150 thousand listings across North America.

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Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Having seen many artists struggle to survive, Herrero makes no apologies for the decades he was a painter for hire. Starting in 1953, four years after graduating from what was then called the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAF), he and two partners formed their own studio and turned out sought-after work for companies ranging from Shell Oil to Chevrolet, Morton Salt to the Milk Advisory Board. In 1969, he was commissioned by the U.S. Air Force Art Program to commemorate the lunar launch of Apollo 11.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

The tear sheet section of Coronado, California-based Dana Neibert's website has the imprint of the quintessential commercial pro. What separates him from many of his globe-trotting, camera-toting colleagues is the variety of images he creates for an unusually diverse range of clients from American Airlines, American Express and AT&T to the United States Postal Service, the United States Tennis Association and United Way, with banks, drug companies, and automotive and food manufacturers in between.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

Splitting time between Brooklyn, New York and Managua, Nicaragua, Aaron Poritz designs and creates furniture and accessories that are meant to endure. His architecture studies at the California College of the Arts instilled in him the principles of sustainability, which continues to inform Poritz’s designs today. Many of his designs are made from hurricane-felled lumber and local materials from Nicaragua.

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Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

After growing up in Oklahoma and earning her bachelor's degree at the University of Central Oklahoma, Dallas moved to Oakland, Calif., to pursue a career in advertising, then her master of fine arts in design at the California College of the Arts, where she developed the concept for Afrikanation Artists while working on her thesis. An encounter at a Kenyan mall with an artist who was not allowed to sell his work outside of a single gallery sparked her to turn the idea into an organization.

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Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 by Rachel Walther

Fashion chair Amy Williams with Laura SchmitsView slideshow 

At Madewell’s bustling fashion design offices in Manhattan, CCA alumna Laura Schmits (Fashion Design 2010) is part of a growing creative team. Madewell is owned and nurtured by its parent company, J.Crew.

Schmits’s career has seen a rapid rise into New York’s fashion scene aided by her consistent vision of clothing that is minimal and precise.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Laura Braun

I first saw Wolowiec's work at a 2013 California College of the Arts Thesis Exhibition in San Francisco. I stopped by with a friend of mine, who pointed the work out. It looked good. I missed her one-person show at Anat Ebgi in Los Angeles in 2014, so I was excited that Ebgi was bringing her work to the NADA Miami Art Fair later that year. If you only looked at reproductions, you might be tempted to lump Wolowiec in with the dozens of other artists now busy producing Process Painting, or what many have now begun to call Zombie Painting. Seeing them in person is a must.

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