Alumni News

Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Allison Byers

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past three years, odds are you’ve heard of Angry Birds. That horribly addictive smartphone game in which you fling a variety of “angry” birds at mischievous, thieving pigs was downloaded eight million times on Christmas Day alone. It’s undeniably entertaining.

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

When I phoned Bryan Nash Gill last Thursday morning, he was on his way back from a boneyard. The New Hartford, Connecticut-based artist uses the term not in its traditional sense, but instead to describe a good spot for finding downed trees.

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Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 by Jim Norrena

It's been 100 years since instructor Harry Dixon taught the first jewelry and metal arts course at what was then called California School of Arts and Crafts in 1912. One hundred years later, the Jewelry / Metal Arts Program, housed on the historic Oakland campus of California College of the Arts, is one of the oldest and most recognized in the field.

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by Allison Byers

Michael Cronan, a San Francisco-based graphic designer and marketing executive who placed his stamp on popular culture when he created the brand names TiVo and Kindle, died on Tuesday in Berkeley, Calif. He was 61.

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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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