Alumni News

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 by Allison Byers

Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg’s in-depth collaborations with marginalized subjects have had a lasting influence on visual artist Hank Willis Thomas.

“He was the first person who I got to know as a student, who was working with photography and text,” says Thomas, who studied with Goldberg at the California College of the Arts in Oakland.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Maya and the Turtle: A Korean Fairy Tale
Tuttle, 2012
Hardcover, 32 pages, $14.95

This is the second illustrated book coauthored by Soma Han Stickler (Fine Art 1978) and her husband, John C. Stickler. Soma Han is a painter, sculptor, mosaic artist, and book illustrator whose work has been exhibited in galleries in the United States, Korea, and Hong Kong. The story is one she learned from her mother in Korea. Maya and the Turtle is about the rewards of kindness, patience, and courage. The protagonist, Maya, has been poor all her life, but she doesn't allow it to stop her from caring for her father, and others, as best she can. Kind and gentle, she is a lovely young girl who always puts others first. One day, she finds a little turtle and takes him home, raising and loving him, never knowing that he will play an instrumental part in her destiny.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Darth Vader and Son
Chronicle Books, 2012
Hardcover, 64 pages, $14.95

What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if "Luke, I am your father" was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other . . . except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Jeffrey Brown's illustrations give classic Star Wars moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include light-saber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, and Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star. The book is designed by Michael Morris (Graphic Design 2004) and spent some time on the New York Times best-seller list!

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Allison Byers

When museum curator Nicholas Bell was putting together the show Craft Futures: 40 Under 40 at the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery, he realized the artists had something in common besides their under-40 status. Because of their youth, he felt that each of them could be classified as "post 9/11" artists.

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Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012 by Allison Byers

Fashion Affirmation Exercise

  1. Repeat out loud: “I am willing to step outside of my comfort zone and take sartorial risks.”

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Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012 by Allison Byers

A quarter-century ago, artist Salvatore Pecoraro and a team of assistants spent all summer creating a huge sculpture of marble, travertine and bronze to mark the entrance to a stunning new house in the Danville community of Blackhawk.
Because of the scale of the piece -- about 20 feet high, resting in a reflecting pool that is 32 feet across -- every step was carefully planned. The intent, Pecoraro says, was to create a work that appeared to have been worn by time, a relic of a bygone civilization.

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Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012 by Allison Byers

Barclay Simpson, President Stephen Beal, Sharon Simpson

"We’re All Here Because We’re Not All There”

September 27 through October 27

This year CCA celebrates 25 years of the Barclay Simpson Award -- a social and historical record of the past quarter of a century -- with a special retrospective exhibition, We’re All Here Because We’re Not All There, and an accompanying catalogue that features works by select recipients.

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Posted on Friday, September 7, 2012 by Allison Byers

One of our favorite artists we cover, SF-based Jason Jägel (featured in the January 2010 issue), will be showing at one of our favorite SF spots, Needles & Pens, starting on Friday, September 7. The Castle features a new series of paintings and drawings. And if we are lucky, Jason will give us a new mix for our morning commute. "Love Junky" express.

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Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Allison Byers

From the rise of nail art blogs to the fashion industry’s embrace in recent years of out-of-the-box polish hues tied to seasonal trends (remember jade, anyone?), nail color is huge these days with everyone from young teenagers on up. But where’s a girl to go for fingertips that shine in shades you won’t see everywhere else? You might turn to new San Francisco company Floss Gloss. Co-Founders and California College of the Arts alums Aretha Sack and Janine Lee use their art backgrounds to produce unusual, rich hues made without DBP, toluene or formaldehyde.

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Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Allison Byers

Mayo Clinic business planning manager Adam Dole was our third guest speaker for Hot Studio’s Triple Bottom Lunch event in May. For his presentation Adam explained the role of his team—Business Development and New Ventures—and how they introduce design-thinking to influence behavior change and disease prevention programs in Mayo’s large organization.

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