Alumni News

Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

BACKGROUND: Prior to her tenure at Art in General, Finn served as the programs administrator at the Lower East Side Printshop, and curated “You can't get there from here but you can get here from there,” an exhibition about written directions and performance in conceptual art, at apexart. She earned her Master’s in curatorial practice from the California College of the Arts and received a BFA in fiber and material studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 by Susannah Magers

Aviary (2013)

Tim Bishop (MBA in Design Strategy 2010) works for Parallel Development, a Brooklyn-based design and fabrication studio. The five-person company specializes in collaborating with digital designers, artists, and architects to bring their visions to life.

"We develop the electrical and mechanical platforms they require for their works," Bishop explains, "The works take many forms and might have various levels of interactivity. Frequently they are custom 3D LED displays."

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 by Allison Byers

ADVENTURE APP:
 Mosey
Launched in April by a team of former California College of the Arts grads, Mosey’s mobile web app hosts user-generated Bay 
Area itineraries (Google-mapped and all), ranging from an Oakland beer adventure to a Sunday stroll through the Outer Sunset. You can save, sort, and share excursions with friends. Think of it as a guidebook curated by locals and updated in real time.

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Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 by Allison Byers

Born and raised in Santa Cruz County's Boulder Creek, Kvinsland studied fine art at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland - now the CCA.

He spent several years entrenched in Seattle's studio art glass movement before settling in Mendocino to raise a family. After contemplating how to make a living without stifling his creativity, Kvinsland realized that, "the front door could be its own art piece. It could satisfy my need to work with many media, be fully artistic, and functional to boot.

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by Allison Byers

The first thing you might notice about Aretha Sack — apart from her tattoos and prodigiously blond, wavy, and long hair — are her fingernails, which on any given occasion are painted some shade of lime green, coral, or other eye-catching hues. The 25-year-old Oakland resident dresses up her digits daily, and has done so everywhere from BART stations to the Legion of Honor. Although she moved to the Bay Area from Austin in 2007 to study painting and drawing at the California College of the Arts, she soon found that she preferred her own lacquer and nails to acrylic and canvas.

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 by Allison Byers

While completing her course at the California College of the Arts (her thesis was exploring ''sensuality and sexuality in and around furniture'') and haunting San Francisco flea markets she found two ornate but rather knocked-about Victorian chairs. She set about ''regenerating'' and ''rejuvenating'' them.

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Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 by Allison Byers

Glen Helfand is with the California College of Arts in San Francisco. He says, "There used to be a network of grants that artists could get to fund projects. I mean way back in the ancient history, galleries might have given artists stipends. Now it's a much tougher game."

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Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by Allison Byers

Went to a memorial service the other day, or rather to a celebration of the life of in this case Michael Cronan, the protean designer and painter and mentor and doer of good works. He died way too young, at 61, and lots of people went down to the California College of the Arts to pay their respects.

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Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 by Ace Lehner

Wellhole and the Rope (video still)

California College of the Arts alumna Arielle Coupe (BFA Printmaking 2013) was awarded a 2013 Hamaguchi Emerging Artist Residency at Kala.

The artist in residence at Kala Art Institute is funded by the Hamaguchi Endowment for the advancement of printmaking at CCA and by the Kala Art Institute.

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

This is the first installment of what will be an ongoing series of first-person "How I Got to CCA" stories by students and alumni. The following is written by Matthew Harrison Tedford (Visual and Critical Studies 2011).

My first day in San Francisco began at about 6 a.m., when my Greyhound bus crossed the Bay Bridge from Oakland and pulled into the Transbay Terminal. I disembarked, along with all my worldly possessions -- two Army duffel bags, one filled with books, the other filled with clothes and books -- and set out to start my new life on what I remember as a foggy and cold summer morning. I was exhausted from the 12-hour ride, but excited to explore San Francisco, a city I'd visited only briefly in the past.

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