Alumni News

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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Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Jim Norrena

Kaii Tu's innovative design process has him in the spotlight. (Photo: Clint Bowers, Interiors & Sources)View slideshow 

Windgate Fellow

To say CCA alumnus Kaii Tu (BFA Individualized Major 2012) is on the right path toward career success is probably the understatement of the year. That's because Tu, who graduated with high distinction, was recently awarded a 2012 Windgate Fellowship by UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD).

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The $15,000 fellowship, for which more than 120 universities across the United States nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill in craft, is one of the largest awards in art and design in the nation.

Tu graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies, but he's also one of the youngest persons to reach the level of brand manager at Procter & Gamble, his employer from 2005 to 2009 in Cincinnati, where he worked in product design, brand architecture, and business management.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Brittany Luby (with friend Chhat Chea in the CCA photo booth) and Larissa Erin Greer

The following speeches were delivered by CCA students at the spring 2012 commencement ceremony.

Brittany Luby

While I am proud to have been chosen to speak to my graduating class, I had to ask myself, What qualifies me to address my own peers, the very people who spent entire nights in the studio alongside myself? What advice could I possibly bestow upon those with whom I have been growing and learning in concert . . . other than "Ginger is good for settling an upset stomach, and always drink water."

I'm not quite sure, and hopefully by the end of this something pithy yet insightful will have fallen out of my being here. But for now, I think I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the last four years and congratulate my classmates on following through to the end.

This is for everyone who slept in their studio. For those who took poorly paying freelance jobs only to empty their bank accounts again the next day in the name of art. This is for my friends who took two buses and a train five days a week to get to their six classes and two jobs (you know who you are); for those who left home without looking back to fearlessly take charge of their own destiny. You are the reason that I keep going, keep making, keep thriving.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Scholarship recipients Renata Maria Araujo (in black dress, with a friend) and Lionel Ramazzini

The following speeches were delivered by CCA scholarship recipients at the Scholarship Dinner in fall 2011.

Renata Maria Araujo

My name is Renata Maria Araujo. I am a fourth-year Architecture student, and I would not be here without the Lloyd H. Oliver Memorial Scholarship. It is the reason I attend CCA. I share your understanding that education is the most transcendent gift one can be given, and it allows us to have a foot in the door of the future.

Knowing I have been awarded this scholarship makes me feel proud, and, at the same time, obliged. No artist is an island, and I am very aware of the community I aspire to be part of. More than anything, though, every time I present my work I am thankful for the trust and encouragement this award represents.

I lived abroad almost all my life, so arriving at CCA was a dramatic change. I was even unsure about pursuing architecture. Now, I am in my fourth year, and it is my future career. I've met new housemates, work buddies, and the city of San Francisco. I've learned how to take a design from my mind, to paper, to physical reality. This knowledge has changed the way I see the world. Sometimes I'll look at a building today and think now I understand, or, sometimes, ignorance is bliss.

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