Alumni News

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

We head to San Francisco for this month’s Designer Dailies to visit with Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming of Yield Design. The co-founders met at California College of the Arts, where Gant studied Industrial Design and Deming studied Design Strategy. Gant leads us through a day as they prepare for their first product launch—the Yield Picnic Bag, a nifty bag that unfolds into a picnic blanket.

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Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

"Vanya Da Dua" Glimpses of a Lost World: An American Boy in the Liberian Bush
CreateSpace, 2012
Paperback/ebook, 176 pages, $33

Erik d'Azevedo (MFA 1976) authored this window into the intimate daily lives of tribal peoples in the interior of the West African country of Liberia in a time before everything was changed by 20 years of civil wars. It is more than the experiences of American children living in the midst of a foreign culture; it is an in-depth glimpse into the deep interior of a region almost unknown to most people. Many of the indigenous villagers and their children had never before seen a white person. This journey chronicles the stories of a six-year old boy, and his personal relationship with the children he befriends, and his integration into a culture he embraces.

Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Square Book 2012
Blurb, 2012
Hardcover/paperback, 66 pages, $40.95/$23.95

Kenneth "Kip" Bryant (MFA 1976) recently retired from how he made a living and has put together this book to documents things he did in 2012.

Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Institutions by Artists
Fillip Editions, 2012
Paperback, 224 pages, $20

Visiting scholar Kristina Lee Podesva edited this book, which includes texts by CCA alumni Peta Rake (MA Curatorial Practice 2012) and Ola El Khalidi (MA Curatorial Practice 2012). Artist-run initiatives in North America provided a space for the presentation and legitimization of experimental work and for the assertion of socially progressive and politically radical ideas and questions. In making such spaces available, artist-run initiatives have operated alternately as flash points for heated debates and controversies, as well as platforms for social understanding and remaining for their audiences. The book presents a collection of texts addressing the performance and promise of contemporary global artist-run centers and initiatives within the historical contexts that saw their emergence. Texts address centers in Amman, Jordan; Brisbane, Australia; Vancouver; Zurich; Tokyo; and Barcelona. The book is published as part of Fillip's ongoing Folio Series, which presents anthologies of new and previously published questions on international contemporary art.

Podesva organized an international conference of the same name as the book. Sessions of the conference are available for viewing at The Curatorial Practice alumni involved were Peta Rake (2012), Ola El Khalidi (2012), Matt Post (2009), and Chris Fitzpatrick (2009).

Reports on the conference:

Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

So Many Mountains But This One Specifically
Carville Annex Press, 2012
Paperback, 60 pages, $10/$15/$20

This is Junior Clemons's (MFA Writing 2010) first book. For the project he was awarded a Poets & Writers reading grant through the James Irvine Foundation. Alexis Petty (MFA Design 2009) designed the book, and took the photographs that appear in it. It was edited by Sarah Fontaine (MFA Writing 2010) Molly Prentiss (MFA Writing 2010), and Emily Jern-Miller (MFA Writing 2010).

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

Interior Design Q&A with CCA Alumni Jonah Becker.

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Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

There are makers of things. There are artists. There are problem solvers. And there are people who do all three. Often simultaneously. Like Haley Toelle.

Once upon a time, Toelle studied sculpture to satisfy her interest in the handcrafting of physical things. As she was exposed to the study of sustainability and the processes of 3D modeling and 3D printing, a different interest was triggered. “For me, being an artist was about reflecting and translating the world around me,” she remembered. “As a designer, I can create the world around me. That is a very powerful thing.”

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

We had such a great time this year peeking into the everyday lives of designers, architects and artists in our monthly Designer Dailies column. Let’s take a look back at all 12 of them.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Allison Byers

Lynn Sondag in her studioView slideshow 

For most students, graduation marks the end of their academic career. But for some California College of the Arts alumni, graduation was only the beginning. Many have become educators in their chosen field, and a select few serve in chair and director positions at educational institutions across the country and around the world.

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Celebrating 25 Years of the Barclay Simpson Award
CCA, 2012
Paperback/digital, 146 pages

In 2012 CCA celebrated 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 featuring works by select recipients. Since its inception in 1987 in honor of CCA Board of Trustee member and 2005 honorary doctorate Barclay Simpson and his wife, Sharon, the Barclay Simpson Award has through financial support, encouragement, and recognition celebrated an entire generation of well-deserving graduating artists.