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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.
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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."

Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

For friends Clive Hacker (Graphic Design 2012), Trevor Hacker (Graphic Design 2008), and Harrison Pollock (Graphic Design 2010), design is about a lot more than lines, colors, and fonts.

"Or working on the computer," adds Clive, speaking specifically about the trio's band, Sunbeam Rd., which formed in 2009 during his years at CCA (and was just featured today -- April 5, 2013 -- in the San Francisco Bay Guardian).

The three friends, who all hail from Lompoc, California, definitely perceive a relationship between the graphic design process and the process of producing an album. "With both, you have think about every aspect that you're putting together," says Clive.

Trevor agrees: "There's an overarching thematic element that's happening, but you still have to design each little piece, every idea, and then put them together. All these little tiny parts become the whole."

Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Rob Fatal's "La Bamba 2" premieres April 13 at the Victoria Theatre

Fewer than six months ago we reported alumnus Rob Fatal (MFA 2012) had completed his first feature film, La Bamba 2: Hell Is a Drag, which came to fruition as his Graduate Program in Fine Arts thesis. (Look for the CCA all-star crew listed in the credits!)

Fatal was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Berkeley FILM Foundation, which was instrumental in finishing post-production on the film.

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 by Allison Byers

California artist Ann Weber began her career making large ceramic pottery. She studied with Viola Frey at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, whose totemic clay figures inspired the scale of Weber's own work.

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