Alumni News

Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Em Meine

Despairing Adolescent, Clifford Rainey, 2014, 3D printed cast yellow uranium glassView slideshow 

CCA's Glass Program chair Clifford Rainey is currently showing work alongside MFA Glass alumni Lynne-Rachel Altman (MFA 1994) and David Ruth (MFA 1987) in an exciting group exhibition at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, a gallery space in Oakland. 

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 by Rachel Walther

Steven Miller (Interior Architecture 1992)

Throughout Steven Miller’s (Interior Architecture 1992) professional design career in San Francisco -- spanning more than two decades -- he’s been satisfying his clients with innovative design solutions that are always fresh and unique, with a style that’s distinctly West Coast.

In 2014, his firm’s design was chosen as House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year, and his gallery and fabrication space The NWBLK is partnering with a firm from New York that will enable them to expand the scale of their corporate events and gallery openings.

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Miller always had an interest in furniture and interior design. “It’s in my DNA,” he explains. “My grandfather had a furniture store in the 1940s and 1950s on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.”

After an initial stint studying liberal arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder, “I took a semester off and went to New York for eight months. I lived in Manhattan and worked at Sam Flax Art Supply. I went to all the museums and met a lot of people working in the arts, including the cartoonist Gary Larson, who was a regular customer.”

Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Robert Morrison

I’m a local, born and raised in Oakland. Pretty much everyone I grew up with was interested in one of two things: sports or being a rapper. But my interests went in a different direction: art.

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love Disney films. Seeing The Lion King for the first time, I was infatuated with how realistic and relatable the characters were. I began mimicking my favorite ones on paper, from Simba to SpongeBob, and creating new ones of my own.

Drawing consumed me. I spent all of my time filling pages with character designs and ideas.

Luckily, my parents realized just how passionate I was and put me in all kinds of art and animation programs. Every summer, I had something to do.

Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

It was just one of the stories documentarian Morgan Schmidt-Feng’s mother told him about growing up on a farm, but it certainly ranks as the most vivid: Back where she grew up in Iowa, she remembers watching her grandmother twist the head right off a chicken for the first time.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

I graduated with an English Lit degree, and sort of meandered for a few years after that. I wasn’t totally aimless, but somewhat. I worked in a record store for awhile and as a receptionist at an in-flight magazine publisher (“Good morning, Alaska, Horizon and Midwest Express magazines”). Eventually I worked into a desktop publishing position in a non-profit where I designed brochures and newsletters. I enjoyed it, so I decided to go back to school at California College of the Arts (then CCAC) to study further. That’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.

Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

The very idea of books’ staying power is what drew alum, adjunct professor, and artist Josh Greene (MFA Sculpture 2001) to found Read by Famous. Since 2012, the project has persuaded luminaries in various fields to turn over books from their personal collections in order to raise money for literary-focused nonprofits.

Operating under the tagline “From Their Hands to Yours,” Read by Famous has already racked up an impressive library ranging in books that belonged to everyone from comedian Jimmy Kimmel to actor Bill Paxton to fellow artist and alum Hank Willis Thomas. Greene asks that the books not just be a copy, but rather the copy that the donor actually read.

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

In New York, bright-eyed brands launch every season, each vying to become the next big thing. Occasionally, the designs strike a cord and end up on the arms of editors and shelves of hip boutiques around town. For straight-out-of-school designer Zara Dramov, it all started with the Bone Bag. Inspired by architecture and organic forms, she came up with a folded, three-dimensional design that manages to stay minimalistic while feeling completely fresh.

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

Perry left Hawaii in 1982 to study at California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts), studying ceramics with renowned ceramic sculptor Viola Frey. Around 1999—2000, he began working with wood. Perry received an MFA from the CCAC, and is currently Director of Installation and Conservation at Runnymede Sculpture Farm. His career includes multiple solo exhibitions, most recently at St. Mary's College in Moraga and Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco.

Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

Kremer was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and currently lives and works in the Bay Area. She earned her MFA from California College of the Arts, and an MA in Art History from Sussex University in Brighton, England. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is found in museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Hammer Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts. 

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Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

Can an art piece portray something both bleak and joyful? Sienna Freeman toes the line with scuptures that manage elegance while also evoking images of internal organs. Her large resin assemblages with bits of butterflies may sound like an item you could buy at Paxton Gate, but there's something about the sense of shape and texture that renders the pieces vaguely menancing (which, come to think of it, also sounds like something you'd see at Paxton Gate). CCA is known for producing great concepts with clean precision. This showing is worth exploring.