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Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Ceramics and the Human Figure
A&C Black, 2012
Paperback, 176 pages, $40

Edith Garcia (MFA 2004) is a ceramic sculptor and researcher. Her work has been exhibited throughout North America, Mexico, and Europe, and is included in the permanent Sculpture Garden of the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, and other public and private collections across the USA and UK. She authored this book of profiles on an international range of ceramic artists, all practicing within the fields of installation and sculpture. Divided by broad themes, each chapter explores a variety of different expressive works. The book explores the role of figurative ceramics through history and in contemporary contexts. It also reveals the methods of six key artists, using how-to images to illustrate their techniques.

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Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Paula Hayes
Monacelli Press, 2012
Hardcover, 240 pages, $50

Leah Koransky (Graphic Design 2008) designed this book about the artist Paula Hayes, who is most famous for her exquisite, high-end art terrariums of organically shaped, handblown glass. But her affinity for all things green extends to full gardens as well. She has created more than 20 full gardens for private clients around the country. This volume, the first monograph on her work, is structured in a two-part format that devotes equal attention to both.

Hayes has been a fixture of the New York art scene for more than two decades. Her installation in the lobby of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Nocturne of the Limax Maximus, garnered much critical acclaim and landed her a feature on CBS Sunday Morning. She has an oversized terrarium in the lobby of Lever House in New York, and a solo exhibition on her work was held at the Wexler Art Center in Columbus, Ohio, where she also installed a permanent garden adjacent to the museum's main entrance.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Jim Norrena

(l to r) Fashion Design chair Amy Williams, Maybelline representative Gabriel Almodovar, and program manager Pam Zahedani

CCA's sold-out 2012 Annual Fashion Show, a favorite among the numerous commencement-week events held at the college, took place Friday, May 11. The runway presentation, held inside a trademark tent in front of the main building on the San Francisco campus, is the program's capstone event of the year and serves to showcase the innovative thesis collections built by senior Fashion Design students.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Christina Linden

Amy Campos and CCA students at the Dolores Shelter Program

In fall 2011, CCA faculty member Amy Campos and a group of Interior Design students worked with Dolores Shelter Program (DSP) as part of an ENGAGE at CCA course. Their brief: to generate ideas for the renovation of DSP's homeless shelter on South Van Ness in the Mission District of San Francisco.

The facility's residents are in great need of an empowering and supportive sense of place, hope, and safety, and the aspiration was to facilitate this via better space planning and organization, and the creation of more durable and usable furnishings and storage.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Jim Norrena

Dave Muller and Lana Porcello with Leithian on Muller's lap [photo: Chris Orwig]

Fine artist and restaurateur David Muller (Painting/Drawing 2004) credits CCA with building his confidence in the unknown and broadening his perspective of how to approach art as a lifestyle, rather than a career or project.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Jim Norrena

CCA's Painting/Drawing Program recently caught up with Alison Blickle, a member of the 2005 graduating class, and asked her a few questions about life after CCA. The following interview captures her responses:

How has your CCA education influenced your career accomplishments?

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Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Allison Byers

The California College of the Arts 2012 Graduate Fashion Show was in full celebratory mood on May 11, 2012 at its San Francisco campus, 1111 8th St. Once again, the proud tent hosting “the best street level runway show” was filled with supportive, exuberant friends, families, and fashion lovers. It truly felt like a giant big, warm family (and I was so happy to see Cynthia & Simon from Style Wylde again!!!!).

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Posted on Friday, May 25, 2012 by Rachel Walther

Still from Paul Trillo's "How to Fly a Kite"

Paul Trillo (Film 2007) is a filmmaker, an illustrator, and, above all, a storyteller. Since graduating in 2007 he's been blazing a unique path --first in the Bay Area, and lately in New York -- with a prodigious output of dynamic, experimental short films and music videos. His new short film Happy Birthday Mr. Bracewell will be screening at the Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner in May.

It is a matter-of-fact fictional piece about a man named Gray Bracewell whose birthday is also the anniversary of the day his wife left him three years previous. Events depicted involve a long-lost brother, a decent bit of time travel, and the possibility of recapturing a love lost.

I spoke with Trillo in March 2012 about his recent projects and how CCA helped shape his artistic vision.

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Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Allison Byers

MFA thesis exhibitions, though often overcrowded, are always abuzz with the excitement of eager, budding talent. This year's presentation at California College of the Arts, up through May 19, 2012, is no different. There are over four-dozen artists in the show, each ranging wildly in style, medium, and conceptual aims; selecting a half-dozen thesis students to highlight is no easy task. I can assure, at the very least, that in this bustling and ambitious show, there is something for everyone.

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Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012 by Allison Byers

Contradictory as it may seem, absence can be a potent visual tool for addressing representation. Whether exploring a setting devoid of its central subjects or presenting marginalized histories and persons that have been sidelined from the dominant cultural record, Tammy Rae Carland’s photographs can manifest human intimacies and vulnerabilities, sometimes without any body in the image.

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