Alumni News

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Jim Norrena


When Adobe announced the winners of its 2012 Design Achievement Awards in the fall, the list included CCA alumnus Michael Rigley (BFA Graphic Design 2012). Rigley's conceptual thesis project, a video called "Network," won in the student Motion Graphics category.

Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Christina Linden

Medical students fulfilling their residency requirement -- a formative but grueling experience that involves at least three years of treating patients in a hospital -- need to have intense stamina.

"It's common for a resident to finish a 12-hour shift and realize they never stopped to eat, or even go to the bathroom!" says Vinitha Watson, an innovation consultant, CCA trustee, and 2010 alumna of the MBA in Design Strategy program.

Watson knows this from research she did with Nicole Chen (also MBA in Design Strategy 2010) looking into conditions that affect the health and wellness of residents at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The culture of this intense learning environment is geared toward the residents becoming the best doctors they can be . . . and putting their heads down and plowing through by whatever means necessary.

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 by Jim Norrena

(l-r) Graphic Design alumni Sam Wick, Sonja Hernandez, Talin Wadsworth, and Shawn Cheris at Adobe's San Francisco offices

Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Given its international reputation for producing cutting-edge digital content tools and services, it's a highly desired employer for almost any graphic designer.

Given the competition, CCA is proud to learn four talented, career-focused Graphic Design alumni (all within five years of graduation) currently hold senior design positions at Adobe's San Francisco offices.

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 by Allison Byers

Like Miss America, Michele Pred's "Miss Conception" also dons a crown and scepter. Yet instead of jewels and gems, the latter's pageant gear is adorned with birth control pills.

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Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Allison Byers

CCA Alums Rachael Yu (B.Architecture 2010) and Aaron Taylor Harvey (M.Architecture 2009) of Myriad Harbor named California Home + Design Emerging Designer award winners!

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Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Allison Byers

CCA Alum Neil Grimmer's company Plum Organics is named as one of Forbes' Most Promising Companies in America!

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Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Peter St. Lawrence is a codirector of Oakland's FM gallery

CCA alumnus Peter St. Lawrence (BFA Ceramics 2001) is an East Bay-based artist, designer, and entrepreneur who has been an active member of Oakland’s lively arts community for more than a decade.

The 35-year-old artist is adept at experimenting with new concepts, collaborating with artists, transitioning his career path, and reinventing himself as needed. In short, he's an entrepreneur who is making his career happen, rather than waiting for it to happen.

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

In summer 2012, the artwork of alumna Mia Christopher (Painting/Drawing 2012) was exhibited in a high-profile shop window on Market Street . . . but not in its original form. As part of a collaboration with the major clothing brand Anthropologie, Christopher’s two-dimensional paintings had been transformed into prints on dresses, blouses, and jumpers.

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

When blacksmithing is depicted in popular culture, the image tends to be one of brute strength rather than finesse: A male of Wagnerian proportions wields a hammer overhead as veins bulge and sweat drops from his protuberant brow.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Ace Lehner

Kate Klingbeil (Printmaking 2012)

CCA alumna Kate Klingbeil (BFA Printmaking 2012) was awarded CCA's 2012 Hamaguchi Emerging Artist Residency at Kala. The award, begun in 2010, is funded by the Hamaguchi Endowment for the advancement of printmaking at CCA and by the Kala Art Institute.

While at CCA Klingbeil became enamored with the traditional print processes of stone lithography and monotype.