Alumni News

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 by Chris Bliss

AIASF winners Matt Adams (MArch 2011) and Liz Lessig (MArch 2012)

It was a CCA lovefest at the AIA San Francisco Design Awards 2013 on Thursday evening, April 25.

Every year AIASF and the local architectural community gather to celebrate exceptional projects. The gala honors the best of Bay Area architectural design and recognizes achievement in a broad range of architectural work.

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Allison Byers

Todd Hido is not your average photographer. The art photos he does have a life of their own. Hido uses his still camera like a movie camera but he only keeps the one scene that defines the entire “movie”. His work is a reflection of the lost “American Dream” that left with the 50’s with an emphasis on the alienation and fracturing of suburban America. His is the stuff of noir films and pulp fiction.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Rachel Walther

It's been more than 50 years since Rima West (Painting 1960) studied painting in the studios of CCA's Oakland campus. And not a day has gone by since that she hasn't relied on her craft for solace and community. She settled in Carmel after leaving CCA and developed a strong support base in the area, which continues today. She maintains a regular studio practice of painting and drawing, and she teaches dance at the Carmel Foundation.

West was born in the Bronx during the Great Depression, and during her childhood her father had a commercial art studio on Broadway in Manhattan. "Art was always in the house," she remembers. An opportunity to do medical illustration for the National Institute of Health took the family from New York to the Washington DC area, and eventually to California. West's father worked up and down the West Coast, designing exhibits for the state's visitor centers. When West was old enough, she started utilizing her painting and drawing skills to assist on these projects, including designs for a visitor center at Yosemite National Park.

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Allison Byers

ust as with the first album, visual art is a major component of the story. At SOMArts, the duo will perform behind a screen of videos created by Córdova, who works as the studio manager for photographer Richard Misrach and has an MFA from California College of the Arts (CCA). The disorienting, disturbing projections include a live fish being sliced open with a knife, a recurring image of a solar eclipse, and vintage television clips of variety shows.

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Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 by Allison Byers

The store carries the works of Jonathan Plotzker (who created custom organic scents for the museum), Qiana Ellis (whose jewelry is inspired by architectural details) and Meghan Urback (a California College of the Arts graduate who makes felt baskets), to name just a few Bay Area artists and artisans.

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Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Kathryn Van Dyke (Painting 1990)

I have worked off and on in my Sausalito studio since 1996. As a painter, light is important to me. In my studio there is adequate daylight, reflected light, sunlight, light from space, light from fog. Large paintings fit in it; the ceilings are high so that they can be easily turned over and moved around. It is well ventilated.

Culture and nature surround the studio. I hear birds and feel the ground shake from trucks on the road. I can feel the weather and hear the city noise.

Photography by Andria Lo

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Allison Byers

Ms. Morgan, who has an M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, and who teaches drawing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, baked all 47 recipes to open the show last month.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

I went to Middlebury College (BA) and California College of the Arts (MFA). I started out as a visual artist - a painter, sculptor and multimedia artist - before I started to make films professionally. But, inspired by my father and my grandmother (Marian), who were both avid family archivists, I have been behind the camera creating and filming from a very young age.

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Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

His life and art have been rooted in Bay Area lower-middle-class life. "I've been wallowing in the Americanness of it all," he said, "so familiar that I know it from inside."

Proficient at drawing from an early age, he entered California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in 1950, intent on studying graphic arts and advertising design.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/art/article/Robert-Bechtle-s-artwork-speaks-f...

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Amber Stucke's (MFA 2011) recent works all depict ambiguously biological organisms. Her drawings look like diagrams from 19th-century science books, at once familiar and alien. They are inspired by symbiosis, both as a natural phenomenon and as a metaphor for human relations. "They show imaginary organic forms. The forms have their relationships with each other, and I have a relationship with them."

Imaginary as they may be, Stucke's forms are based on local algae, fungus, moss, and lichen specimens she finds on her frequent trips to the Bay Area's forests and beaches. What she draws are her personal interpretations of these finds. "I'm translating from my own body. I'm more interested in looking at the interactions than doing a strict illustration."

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