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Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Calamity West is a Chicago-based award-winning playwright. Her most recent productions include "The Peacock" (Jackalope Theatre), "The Gacy Play" (Sideshow Theatre), "Common Hatred" (The Ruckus), and "Ibsen Is Dead!" Her play "Give It All Back" was commissioned by Sideshow Theatre in 2015 and was cited on The Kilroys List the same year. In February 2016 her newest play, "Rolling," will receive its world premiere at Jackalope Theatre.

Posted on Monday, October 12, 2015 by Laura Braun

She was not from a family of readers, so she gravitated toward men whose academic bona fides made her feel a bit better about her own lack. In the mid-1990s she was studying in San Francisco at the California College of Arts and Crafts and living with an Ivy League-educated looker she now calls “Jack Ash.”

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Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

After spending four decades dedicated to a singular and consistent practice, artist Barbara Kasten's first comprehensive survey "Barbara Kasten: Stages" is inarguably due. The show, which is currently on view at the Graham Foundation in the 79-year-old's hometown of Chicago, originated at Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art, and per its title, presents stages of Kasten's career dating back to 1972, just after she earned her MFA at the California College of Arts and Crafts. The significance of the show's title, however, extends further.

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

Marsalis started out as a still photographer at a young age, shooting punk bands as a teenager and then studying at California College of Arts and Crafts. She went on to garner various honors, including being named a Surface Avant Guardian and earning inclusion into The PDN (Photo District News) 30. Her photo ran on the cover of PDN in September 2012.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

The irresistible band of Oakland weirdos met at the California College of the Arts and put out their first album, “I Wanna Go Home,” in 2009. Shaw also was part of queer-core outfit Hunx and His Punx.

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Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

I went to school at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. I got my Bachelor’s in fine arts and majored in Fashion Design. My senior project was a fashion show, and I had an entire collection that actually is SCF’s first collection, Foreign Cinema. So, I took my senior collection after we both graduated, we made a blog, worked in my parents’ extra room downstairs, and tried to sell it by word of mouth. From then on it grew into our careers.

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Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

Barbara Kasten (born 1936, Chicago; lives Chicago) trained as a painter and textile artist, receiving her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) in Oakland in 1970. There she studied with pioneering fiber artist Trude Guermonprez, a former teacher at Black Mountain College and an associate of Anni Albers. In 1971 Kasten received a Fulbright to travel to Poznań, Poland, to work with noted sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by Laura Braun

Calamity West is a Chicago-based award-winning playwright. Her most recent productions include The Peacock (Jackalope Theatre), The Gacy Play (Sideshow Theatre),Common Hatred (The Ruckus), and Ibsen Is Dead! Her play Give It All Back was commissioned by Sideshow Theatre in 2015 and was cited on The Kilroys List the same year. In February 2016 her newest play, Rolling, will receive its world premiere at Jackalope Theatre.

Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

One such moment came in 2007, after McFlynn moved to the Bay Area to attend California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

Artist David Huffman explores ideas about identity, cultural trauma and social relationships through paintings, performance and sculptures that revolve around the symbolism of basketball and the space program. In this episode of Art School, watch Huffman at work in his studio as he explains his visual language that manifests as multi-layered imagery, blending abstraction with a psychologically-charged narrative.

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