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Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 by Chris Bliss

CCA's Annual Career Expo helps students and alumni launch their careers

“Leadership and problem solving can be applied to every facet in life, and that is what arts training at CCA is. Progressive.”

This is one of several positive comments from CCA alumni who participated in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) 2012 survey.

The SNAAP survey results were released in a recent report that details findings from more than 65,000 arts alumni of all ages from 120 institutions in the United States and Canada.

Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 by Allison Byers

Lawless is one of 27 MFA candidates from Mills, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, Stanford and other schools included in the annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition. Established in 1986 with gifts to the San Francisco Foundation by S.F. sculptor Gertrude Murphy and her civic leader husband, Jack Murphy, and Marin artists Edwin and Adelaide Cadogan, the awards give $5,000 in tuition assistance and a place in the exhibition to Bay Area MFA students working in various media.

Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 by Allison Byers

For a crowdsourced, curated day, there’s Mosey – as in “mosey on down to the saloon.” Created by a team of California College of the Arts MBA Design Strategy graduates, Moseys are step-by-step itineraries complete with maps, photographs and business information for the local and the tourist.

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Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 by Allison Byers

The newbie nail brand was founded by two CCA students, Aretha Sack and Janine Lee, after bonding over color swatches, rap music, and fashion. The two then forged ahead with creating quirky polishes — with adorable packaging — and an online hub to share pictorial inspiration and nail-art culture.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by Allison Byers

She attended the California College of the Arts then ran hair salons for many years, often working as a "platform artist," doing demonstrations of hair products at trade shows around the country and in London. In every city, she'd spend her spare time in art galleries, and she dreamed of opening her own.

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Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 by Allison Byers

DC: How did your experience as a CCA graduate student affect your art and career path, and what do you recommend for aspiring artists interested in these types of graduate programs?

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 by Claire Fitzsimmons

Aimee Le Duc (center) with artists Jenifer Wofford and Stephanie Syjuco at the SFAC’s Passport 2012 event

The San Francisco-based curator, writer, and arts administrator Aimee Le Duc (MA Visual Criticism 2003, MFA Writing 2004) resists the concept of the curator-as-itinerant-worker, traipsing around the world, dropping in and out of various local situations.

Rather, you might call her a homegrown talent, with deep roots in a particular place. CCA, the San Francisco arts community, and the city itself have shaped her and her career. And now Le Duc sees her role as galleries manager at the San Francisco Arts Commission essentially as giving back.

"I feel very, very lucky. I've got a network that I use every day, and it includes many teachers and peers I first met at CCA. This network has sustained me, and I now see my role as sustaining it."

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Allison Byers

While Poritz was studying architecture and sustainability at California College of the Arts he helped to design the award-winning Refract House for the 2009 Solar Decathlon — which got him a job with Morris Adjmi Architects upon graduating. He worked there for a couple years before making the move to Central America to work with Equitable Origin on a sustainable gas station model.

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Allison Byers

Also on Thursday, recent California College of the Arts MFA recipients Crys Lehman and Leonard Crosby host the final installment of this summer's One Lone Pear Tree series, which features a small group of writers in their large backyard and includes free drinks, snacks and a bonfire.

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Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Allison Byers

"I studied Interior Architecture and Design at California College of the Arts in S.F. The talent around me pushed me to explore all aspects of art and studying in a creative field. A lot of what I learned at CCA in terms of collaboration of talents, I try to use in my everyday practice."

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