Alumni News

Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by Laura Braun

KIDMob usually works on projects on a community scale—Ganim said this summer they worked to build a youth hub with students in the Philippines. But with support from organizations including Autodesk, the Helping Hands Foundation, and California College of the Arts that donated computers, 3D scanners and other hardware, they were able to host their second Superhero Cyborgs event in the Bay Area with a small group of individuals.

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 by Laura Braun

They invited Kokin to speak as part of their annual lecture series Saturday at the Santa Museum of Art and History. Renowned for her mixed media work, Kokin lives and works in El Sobrante in Contra Costa County and received her bachelor’s and master’s from the California College of the Arts in Oakland.

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Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 by Laura Braun

But for anyone who thinks comics are for kids and coloring is where it's at, Boyd has a more hands-on project coming your way: Her first coloring book, Color Me Mod, will be a 24-page ode to Boyd's beloved midcentury style and intrigue, with text by guest writer Jason Whitten, author of the blog Spy Vibe.

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by Laura Braun

Doug Brown, a 1963 graduate of the California College of the Arts, recently traveled to Italy. His paintings in the exhibit feature Italian landscapes, including a courtyard in Tuscany. He focused on his career as an art director and package designer for 50 years, but four years ago he started drawing again. Now retired, he works in oil and watercolor media in addition to pencil drawings.

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Posted on Friday, January 22, 2016 by Troy Covello

“Fortune favors the brave,” goes the old saying. A living example of that maxim is alumna Debra McGuire, who found success by continuously changing the trajectory of her life and career as a fine artist, jewelry maker, fashion designer, and costume designer.

Since she earned her BFA in Painting and teaching credentials from CCAC in 1974, McGuire has been on a fantastic journey that has taken her from handcrafting jewelry in a New York loft to a 10-year run as a costume designer for the hit show Friends in Los Angeles to her most recent project as a costume designer on a big-budget film set in Hawaii.

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by Laura Braun

Conceived in 2009, the band consist of Shannon Shaw (vocals/bass), Cody Blanchard (guitars/vocals) and Nate Mahan (drums), all of whom are friends that met and started playing together while at California College of the Arts. The band then began performing around the Bay Area, finding local and national recognition. If you ever have doubts about playing music or forming a band, Shaw explains, “Just go for it. If you want to do it, you can, and you should. I’m a big fake it till you make it kind of person, and I’m a late bloomer as well. I didn’t start playing until I was 25.

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2016 by Laura Braun

Morris is the designer and creative marketing director for Stone Cold Fox, which she started from her 2009 senior collection while studying at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016 by Laura Braun

David Maisel was an undergraduate at Princeton in the summer of 1983 when he accompanied his professor, the renowned photographer Emmet Gowin, on an expedition to Washington state to photograph the aftermath of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. The trip included several rides in a Cessna, the small plane banking turns for the photographers to peer into the ashen crater and document the surrounding scarred earth, entire forests flattened by the mountain’s slide.

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016 by Laura Braun

Ireland died in May of 2009, two months before I moved to San Francisco to attend California College of the Arts (an institution he also attended, long before the school dropped “and Crafts” from the end of its name).

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Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Laura Braun

Moran is the only local contestant who also learned her craft at Oakland's California College of the Arts. Torres, a native of Mexico, attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and Yale, from Cincinnati, went to the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning.