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Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Allison Byers

Most new independent designers struggle for years to distinguish themselves from the pack. But Brook Lane and Kirby McKenzie’s debut line of natural indigo dyed bags and scarves was met with unexpectedly quick success. Though their label, Job & Boss, is just shy of a year old, it has already been snapped up by four Bay Area boutiques, including Gravel & Gold and Accident & Artifact.

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Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012 by Allison Byers

Serena Cole was born to Californian suburban parents who lost their love for each other as soon as the pool was built on the honeymoon home. Afterward, her mother married a man because he looked like Tom Selleck, who lived on the top of mountain. Forced to leave the roller-skatable sidewalks of San Jose, at age nine she found herself living off-the-grid in the Sierra Nevadas and spent the rest of her childhood looking for the mall.

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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 by Chris Bliss

CCA students show their portfolios at the annual Career Expo

A new survey confirms it -- a CCA education leads to career success.

California College of the Arts ranks first among art and design schools in the country for alumni with the highest-paying jobs, according to PayScale, a compensation data company, in its 2012-13 College Salary Report.

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Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 by Allison Byers

"Japanese Accents: This series of articles showcases Southern California artists whose works integrate elements of Japanese art and design yet speak boldly about our contemporary SoCal lives. Some are Japanes-American; others have no blood connection with Japan but have discovered something Japanese that resonates with their artistic vision."

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Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 by Allison Byers

When Illustration chair and Distinguished Professor Dugald Stermer passed away in December 2011, the CCA community experienced a monumental loss. The life and work of Stermer, our “beloved cowboy” chair of the Illustration Program, will be celebrated October 1-12, with the memorial exhibition Drawing the Line.

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Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 by Allison Byers

The Root 100 ranks black influencers and achievers.

Hank Willis Thomas is a contemporary visual artist and photographer whose work tackles themes of racial identity and pop culture.

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Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 by Allison Byers

Last week, Disjecta announced the first exhibition presented by the space's 2012-2013 curator in residence, Josephine Zarkovich. For this first show of the season, Zarkovich brought in Oakland-based artist Suzy Poling, who, according to the press release, "has created a series of large-scale experimental photographs and video installations that address issues of ecology, materiality, and regeneration" in an exhibition titled Elemental Forces.

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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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