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Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 by Allison Byers

Hank Willis Thomas is an artist based in New York and Paris. His collaborative project Question Bridge: Black Males premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and is currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Oakland Museum of California, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City, and Chastain Arts Center in Atlanta.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 by Amanda Simons

Artists can easily express their personality even within strict dress codes. Try it out at the Career Expo on 3/30!

San Francisco dress codes are noticeably more relaxed, but artists can still use their business casual attire to express their personalities without violating the more traditional or conservative dress code policies at a place of employment that is less artistically oriented.

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Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 by Allison Byers

CCA alumna Tara Tucker’s (Sculpture 1992, MFA 1994) artwork is honest. Intricate. Thought provoking and unnerving, yet simultaneously comforting and familiar. You could also call it ambitious and unwavering, and in this sense it is an accurate embodiment of Tucker as a person. The artist’s surreal depictions of animal creatures reflect a lifetime of memories, experiences, and observations.

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Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 by Allison Byers

The American Institute of Graphic Arts San Francisco (AIGA) has awarded its prestigious AIGA Fellow Award to not one, not two, but three prominent designers affiliated with California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Self as Super Hero: Handbook on Creating the Life-Size Self-Portrait
Sankofa Publishing, 2011
Kindle edition, $18

This book is by Amana Harris, CCA alumna and faculty member in Diversity Studies The ArtEsteem Self as Super Hero curriculum was inspired by a need for heroes for our children, youth, and communities. The heroes we need are defined as exceptional individuals or beings who inspire, protect, and serve, standing and taking action for justice and for the well-being of the environment, people, and animals. This multidisciplinary curriculum takes children, youth, and adults through a journey of self-exploration, family and cultural research, societal assessment, and development of aesthetic tools for artistic creation. The ArtEsteem Super Hero is a re-created version of self that embodies superpowers that help create a more loving and peaceful world. In the end, the goal is to allow you to stretch your imagination and integrate your ideas to expand and make this curriculum your own.

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Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 by Allison Byers

From its title to its sprightly array of modestly scaled works, “Seven Young Los Angeles Painters I Like,” at George Lawson, exudes refreshing honesty. There is no real agenda in play, but an aesthetic consensus forms around the sufficiency of paint on a flat surface. However self-evident that sounds, it’s a quietly invigorating experience to look at two dozen paintings by emerging artists who subscribe to “old media” and make it new.

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Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Allison Byers

Some materials have a way of not only resisting efforts to manipulate them but also almost battling back.

That seemed the case when, not long ago, S.F. artist Jonathan Runcio was attempting to work with one of the ungainly, rough chunks of concrete that he screenprints with collages of buildings. While he was printing one raw slab on a dolly, it shifted and his leg was pinned. Fortunately, before a scenario akin to an art-world "127 Hours" ensued, a friend freed him.

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Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 by Jim Norrena

Production stills from CCA's newest "drama queens": Candacy Taylor, Greacian Goeke, Susan Sobeloff, and Jennifer Roberts

"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being." -- Oscar Wilde

In the last year a growing number of CCA graduates -- each representing a unique program of study -- has tapped into the Bay Area's richly diverse and proliferating performing arts scene to have a full-scale world premiere of their work brought to fruition. Among these impressive alumnae are:

Candacy Taylor (MFA Visual Criticism 2002)

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Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 by Allison Byers

This article is by Molly Ackerman-Brimberg, executive insights and trends strategist at Ziba, in Portland, Oregon. A
graduate of design programs at Stanford and California College of the Arts, she leads many of Ziba’s consumer research efforts, using insights gained through observation and collaborative work to identify opportunities for innovation.

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Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 by Jim Norrena

CCA at CAA

Please join California College of the Arts at the College Art Association’s 100th annual conference in Los Angeles February 22–25. CCA faculty and alumni will be participating in various panel discussions throughout the conference. (See event schedule below.)

We invite you to drop by the CCA booth at the conference’s Book and Trade Fair to meet esteemed members of our faculty. We're looking forward to meeting you!

Special Reception for Alumni

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