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Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

At the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Cooper had an artistic awakening. The feelings found an outlet, a language. "At first I wasn't sure that I wanted to do this, but I enrolled and that first week, looking through the book, I kept reading, art history, art history, art history, and then after that, I just never looked back." She dove head first into drawing and painting, finding the support of professors immediately.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

Since graduating from the California College of the Arts in 2012, Toyin Odutola’s trajectory has been on a significant uptick. The Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist has been included among Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of notable names in art, been featured on Nowness with gal pal Solange Knowles and now has her first major solo exhibition, The Constant Wrestler, at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IndyMoCA). These well-deserved accolades all stem from her visually arresting portraits, which are almost all created using a humble ink pen.

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Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

The RCAF was born in 1969, the brainchild of Montoya and Esteban Villa, who had met at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland while studying on the GI Bill. In the early ’70s both were teaching at what was then Sacramento State College, Villa in the art department and Montoya in the barrio outreach program.

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Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 by Allison Byers

Hydra Cities students and faculty at the Parthenon in Athens.

In summer 2011, MArch student Liz Lessig (MArch 2012) embarked on a summer travel studio in Athens. This opportunity, in addition to being a great learning experience, led her to form a close bond with Architecture faculty member Nataly Gattegno, who became Lessig’s thesis advisor as well as a friend and mentor.

Hydra Cities: Meeting Nataly Gattegno

It was the summer before her thesis year when Lessig took part in Hydra Cities, a summer study-abroad studio course in Athens led by Nataly Gattegno. Gattegno is currently an associate professor and chair of the Master of Architecture Program, and she was born and raised in Athens.

The course began in San Francisco, as the students investigated the history, culture, and ecosystem of the Mediterranean and Athens. They then traveled to Athens for two weeks.

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Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 by Laura Braun

Piston hails from the creative reaches of New York but he earned his BFA at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco with a BFA in 2006, and an MFA at UCLA in 2010. In that time his work has been exhibited in many notable artistic hubs in New York, San Francisco and of course, neighboring Los Angeles.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Carol Ladewig (MFA Painting/Drawing 1991) is a Bay Area artist worth knowing. Aside from her delightful demeanor, her decades-long experience within Oakland’s art scene is formidable: artist, activist, gallerist, curator, teacher, and more.

But to know Ladewig requires us to first revisit some of Oakland's history.

Oakland's Pardee Artists

In 1932, at the southwest corner of 16th Street and San Pablo Avenue, a three-story commercial building, then known as the Wetmore Pardee Building

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Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Laura Braun

An art school grad-turned-poster artist Hart learned about specialty food while working at The Pasta Shop when he was attending California College of the Arts. Hart's foray into homebrewing began when he landed a job in the cheese department at Whole Foods after relocating to the Triangle with his wife.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Laura Braun

Kate studied at the California College of the Arts, and was hired on graduation day by Microsoft who immediately embedded her on their design team for the Surface. They had spotted her potential and encouraged that, and it’s cool to see someone talented given the opportunity to shine. Kate recently designed a skull embellished cover for the Surface, inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, and Microsoft let her run with it.

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Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 by Laura Braun

"We started the company as a class project at California College of the Arts MBA in design strategy program, and it quickly became our thesis project for venture studio," says Eric Persha, CEO. After entering the project in an incubator, Persha and his team began working on it this year after graduation.

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Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Allison Byers

CCA alum Adam Dole (MBA in Design Strategy 2010) has been spending an exciting several months in Washington DC as part of the second cohort of Presidential Innovation Fellows; he was one of 43 selected out of more than 2,000 applicants.

This program pairs top innovators from the private sector, nonprofits, and academia with top innovators in government to collaborate during focused “tours of duty” to develop solutions that can save lives, save taxpayer money, and fuel job creation.

The fellows have a unique opportunity to make an impact on a truly massive scale.

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