Alumni News

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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Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Allison Byers

People often stop to stare at the American flag displayed in the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York City. With its vibrant red, white and blue circles, the flag itself is a showstopper, but it isn’t until onlookers step closer that they discover the stars and stripe were created using 1,443 birth control pills.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by Joyce Grimm

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, CCA Film and Fine Arts faculty member Lynn Marie Kirby, together with collaborator Alexis Petty, will present The 24th Street Listening Project at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. The evening will include the screening of a new video by Kirby exploring the neighborhood through color and language mapping, a musical performance reflecting local stories and topography, a book release, and the launch of the new website, 24thStreetListeningProject.com.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by Allison Byers

Emily Ritz's speaking voice is a few pitches higher than her singing voice, but otherwise the two are uncannily similar: trembling and raspy, but steel-wool-coarse around the edges. Offstage, she has the veneer of being a wallflower or a recluse, speaking quietly, carefully parsing words, and avoiding eye contact — a 2008 YouTube video called "Emily Sings the Blues with Cough Syrup" shows Ritz soliloquizing about honey at a farmers' market, but barely addressing the camera. In performance, though, she's commanding.

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