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Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by Allison Byers

East Bay ceramicist Brük Dunbar explores ecological catastrophe of the Southwest in her new show.

A few years ago, when East Bay ceramic sculptor Brük Dunbar was on a trip with her mother through her homeland, deep in the badlands of New Mexico near El Malpais National Monument, she encountered a sheepherder. "This guy was totally off the grid — well, there is no grid out there," Dunbar recalled. "We met him standing under a sign that read, 'I'm an attorney. Were you a miner in the 1960s? I can help you.' The whole place is ruined by uranium mining!"

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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by Chris Bliss

Reviewing portfolios at CCA's annual Career Expo

Findings from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a national study released last week, show that Americans with arts degrees are highly satisfied with their educational and career experiences. Nine out of 10 (87 percent) of arts graduates responding to the survey who are currently employed are satisfied with their jobs.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by Rachel Walther

When CCA alumni (and married couple) Kevin Krueger and Kristin Olson (both Individualized Major 2011) were looking around the Bay Area for an affordable studio the year after graduation, they found their dream space at 1158 Howard Street in San Francisco, formerly the home of leather bondage shop Stormy Leather.

There was just one problem: With its multiple ground floor rooms, basement areas, and loft, it was simply too large for their needs. "We didn't know what to do at first with that much space," remembers Krueger. But then the answer presented itself: They opened up their more-than-enough studio to a larger community of friends and colleagues. Staring in January 2012, the newly named Alter Space began hosting a series of exhibitions, workshops, and live performances.

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Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012 by Allison Byers

Sasha Duerr is a CCA alumna (MFA 2003), a member of the CCA faculty, and the founder of the Permacouture Institute. Just like the cloth she dyes by hand, everything about Duerr radiates passion, a generous investment of time and hand labor, and a deep respect for history.

When you think of the color red, you probably imagine a bright, saturated red, like a Crayola crayon. Yet when Duerr thinks of red, she imagines a living, breathing, mottled red -- the red that comes from a fern, or a pinecone.

Just like the cloth she dyes by hand using what she calls a garden-to-garment process, everything about Duerr radiates passion, a generous investment of time and hand labor, and a deep respect for history.

She focuses her teaching and research practices on organic dyes, alternative fibers, and the creative reuse of materials. She has written and lectured extensively, becoming a well-known authority in these emerging fields over the last 10 years. Her artworks have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States and in Japan, and she has taught at artist residencies, colleges, and community and school garden programs.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Allison Byers

The research Proposal by Michael Ippolito from the California College of the Arts proposes a radical rethinking of architecture and landslides. The Marin Headlands is home to over twenty landslides. The most notable and fastest acting landslide in the Headlands is located on the Oceanside of the park between rodeo cove and Tennessee Valley. It is known as place that has been left behind and rendered a volatile wasteland. This wasteland has consumed many man-made structures including eight abandoned military buildings, and two roadways.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Chris Bliss

Happy CCA graduates gather at the college's 105th commencement

CCA celebrated its largest graduating class in the history of the college on Saturday, May 12, at the Concourse Center in San Francisco. If you were counting, there were about 3,000 smiles. That’s how many family members, faculty, staff, and alumni were on hand to honor the 509 members of the California College of the Arts (CCA) class of 2012 at the 105th commencement exercises.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Allison Byers

It’s been more than eight years since San Francisco-based artist Mary Button Durrell has exhibited her unique paper sculptures. This month, she returns with Flash: New Works by Mary Button Durell at SF’s La Boutique, a contemporary gallery-cum-shop in Jackson Square.

We recently got a chance to catch up with Durell to talk about her art and inspirations.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Allison Byers

SCOTTS VALLEY - It took only 12 days for Lucas Ainsworth and Alyssa Hamel to obtain Kickstarter funding for their revolutionary new toys.

More than 400 people have pledged more than $32,000 to venture of the young couple, who live in Portland, Ore. The funding window closes in six days; those donating $30 to $60 will get one of the toys.

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Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 by Allison Byers

A couple on a weekend hike through the Oakland hills pick a few blossoms, some wild onions and fennel. They eye the blackberries, just starting to flower, and make a note to come back for those in late summer.

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Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012 by Allison Byers

In a society where many people don’t feel comfortable talking about race, Hank Willis Thomas insists on making art about race.

And he’s O.K. with making people even more uncomfortable.

“I take pleasure in talking about things that people say we don’t need to talk about anymore,” he said. “Just because we think we’re over race, doesn’t really mean that we’re over it.”

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