Alumni News

Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 by Jim Norrena

As the 10th Anniversary Reunion Weekend approaches, what better way to celebrate than to participate in a community book/CD swap?

Please arrive with a book/CD you’ve authored or illustrated (or both), a journal to which you’ve contributed, a zine you’ve edited—you get the picture.

When you arrive at the Writers' Studio on our celebration weekend (September 16-18), deliver the book/CD you are willing to swap to the "book swap" tables. We’ll have separate tables for faculty and alumni. Bid your book a fond farewell!

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Posted on Monday, August 15, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

On August 8, 2011, CCA alumna Adrienne Skye Roberts (MA Visual and Critical Studies 2009) began a six-week residency at the hip new Philadelphia Art Hotel, tracing her radical roots. "My grandfather, Joseph Roberts, was a Russian Jewish immigrant, a chairperson of the Communist Party, and general manager at the Communist newspaper the Daily Worker. He was prosecuted in 1953 under the Smith Act, wartime legislation passed to stop alien residents from trying to overthrow the U.S. by force.

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Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Thanks to the recent restoration at the hands of ArtCare, a partnership between the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Art Dealers Association (SFADA), now is an ideal time to visit acclaimed local sculptor and CCA alumnus Peter Voulkos (1924–2002)'s (MFA '52) prominent spiraling sculpture that rests on the west corner lawn of San Francisco Hall of Justice at Seventh and Bryant streets.

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Posted on Monday, August 8, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Silver Curtain, 1997

Remembering Larry Sultan, Photographer and Friend

In June 2011 Photography faculty members Jim Goldberg and Todd Hido (MFA 1996) discussed the influence of their friend and teacher, photographer Larry Sultan, (1946–2009), who taught at CCA for 20 years!

Heroes & Mentors: Jim Goldberg & Todd Hido On Larry Sultan was published online by Photo District News on August 3, 2011:

Todd Hido: When did you meet Larry and what did you learn from him?

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Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Leslie Roberts

Jen Pearson Designs the studio of 2009 MFA Design alumna Jen Pearson, is a sustainable design studio located in the flats of Oakland. When Pearson completed her MFA, she knew she wanted to start her own design practice, making things based on her strong beliefs in sustainability. She says she envisioned "a space to create unique objects and design solutions through sustainable methods. My background in the arts encompasses diverse practices, which influence household product and object design.

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Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Shiraz Chavan

Global outreach allows CCA to offer an arts education enriched with cultures

CCA might be closer to you than you think! Our assistant director of international admissions, Shiraz Chavan, will travel through Asia and Turkey in fall 2011. Meet with her for a portfolio review or to ask questions about CCA's international admissions process.

Email Shiraz now to schedule a one-on-one appointment for when she visits your city (see schedule below). Please note: We highly encourage you to RSVP as events fill up quickly.

TAIWAN

Hsinchu
Oct. 23–24

Taipei
Oct. 25-26

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Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2011
Hardcover/eBook, 240 pages, $15.99

Ronald "Cheesie" Mack is not a genius or anything, but he remembers everything that happened before, during, and after fifth-grade graduation, and he's written it all down in his own unique and hilarious way, with lots of lists, drawings, and made-up words. Cheesie -- with a little help from Steve Cotler and black-and-white illustrations by Adam McCauley (Illustration faculty) throughout -- writes about family, friendship, and tough choices with great humor. Steve Cotler is also the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

June and August
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2009
Hardcover, 32 pages, $16.95

In June and August, a misunderstanding leads to the humorous but pivotal moment, bringing together two very unlikely friends. One night in the jungle, June is thrilled to see a shooting star while August loves looking at the moon. Although they can't see each other in the dark, the two promise to meet again the next day. But when morning dawns, they face a dilemma. How are they going to recognize each other? This imaginative story, illustrated by Adam McCauley (Illustration faculty), explores the concept that the greatest friendships can come to be if you are willing to overlook differences. Vivian Walsh is the co-creator of several best-selling books for children.

http://tinyurl.com/4x6l3ko
book video trailer: http://tinyurl.com/n7tm65

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Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

Trevor Mantkus in his studio

Of all the career paths leading to Detroit's auto industry, you might think majoring in ceramics would be an unlikely route. But Trevor Mantkus (Ceramics 2008) is not your average ceramicist.

When he's not at work at General Motors as an automotive sculptor, he spends his spare time drawing, making paintings on commission, designing tattoos, and customizing a 1978 Corvette Stingray. He also customizes superfast motorbikes -- a YouTube video shows him pulling a (don't try this at home) freeway wheelie on a retooled Suzuki streetfighter with an estimated top speed north of 180 mph. His motorcycle designs have been featured in Hot Bike and Sport Bike magazines.

Shortly after being hired at GM he rushed to sign up for classes in digital modeling. "I wanted to be a candidate to do whatever the company needed. Now I move back and forth between digital and clay. There's benefits to both media. Although, obviously, I was a ceramics major, so I like working with my hands, getting dirty, and seeing something come to life in three dimensions."

The seeds of Mantkus's success were sown at CCA. "I've always been into cars, and in the Ceramics Program, I made a motorcycle. In 2007 my professors Nathan Lynch and Arthur Gonzalez came to me with the application for a summer internship at General Motors. They saw this as a good path for me even before I realized it. I knew cars were sculpted out of clay, but I had no idea what was really involved. Thousands of art students from across the country, mostly industrial and automotive design students, applied for 18 internships, and I got in. It was an amazing opportunity to work, to learn, and also to make contacts. One of the guys I met there had an automotive design degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, another was a digital designer from Howard University. It was one of these contacts I made back in 2007 who tipped me off about GM hiring in 2010. I got this job because of that internship."

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Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Team CCA's efforts will help benefit dozens of Bay Area AIDS services

Team CCA Meets Goal, Places Among Top 50 Fundraising Teams!

California College of the Arts joined AIDS Walk San Francisco 2011 held in Golden Gate Park Sunday, July 17, which marked the 25th anniversary of the event. Team CCA exceeded its $5,000 fundraising goal by almost 20 percent, contributing $5,810 to the largest AIDS fundraising event in Northern California that attracts hundreds of thousands of donors from the Bay Area and across the country.

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