Alumni News

Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 by Allison Byers

This article is by Molly Ackerman-Brimberg, executive insights and trends strategist at Ziba, in Portland, Oregon. A
graduate of design programs at Stanford and California College of the Arts, she leads many of Ziba’s consumer research efforts, using insights gained through observation and collaborative work to identify opportunities for innovation.

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Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 by Jim Norrena


Please join California College of the Arts at the College Art Association’s 100th annual conference in Los Angeles February 22–25. CCA faculty and alumni will be participating in various panel discussions throughout the conference. (See event schedule below.)

We invite you to drop by the CCA booth at the conference’s Book and Trade Fair to meet esteemed members of our faculty. We're looking forward to meeting you!

Special Reception for Alumni

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Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

5 Cities / 41 Artists / Artadia 08/09
Artadia, 2011
Paperback, 168 pages, $40

This full-color publication features more than 140 artworks and comments by Artadia Awardees 2009 Atlanta, 2009 Boston, 2008 Chicago, 2008 Houston, and 2009 San Francisco. It includes biographies of the 41 artists and essays by foremost curators and thinkers in Artadia's program cities, including guest editor Franklin Sirmans (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Andrea Barnwell Brownlee (Spelman College of Fine Art, Atlanta), René de Guzman (Oakland Museum of California), Jen Mergel (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Stephanie Smith (Smart Museum of Art, Chicago), and Michelle White (The Menil Collection, Houston). CCA affiliates featured include James Gobel (Painting/Drawing and Fine Arts faculty), Allison Smith (Sculpture chair), Leslie Shows (MFA 2006), Weston Teruya (Painting/Drawing 2006), and Moses Nornberg (student).

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Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Jim Norrena

2nd Alumination Table, 36" (h) x 23" (w) x 23" (d); cherry, aluminum, glass, 2011 (in the collection of Simon Blatner)View slideshow 

Posted at February 14, 2012: "We like San Francisco-based furniture designer Andrew Perkins's take on sustainability: 'Sustainable design is foremost about the quality and emotional longevity of the object,' he writes. '[I know] that if the idea isn't present then the object will not persist.'"

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Who Is Furniture Alumnus Andrew Perkins?

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Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Allison Byers

We like San-Francisco-based furniture designer Andrew Perkins' take on sustainability: "Sustainable design is foremost about the quality and emotional longevity of the object," he writes. "[I know] that if the idea isn't present than the object will not persist."

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Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Samantha Braman

Todd Hido, Untitled #9197, 2010

Todd Hido (MFA 1996, and currently a Photography faculty member) has built several remarkable and highly recognizable bodies of work over the two decades of his career thus far. He is best known for his night shots of suburban houses, desolate landscapes obscured by rain and snow, and uneasy, haunting portraits.

"Photographing people and places -- and putting them together to create narratives and suggest stories -- has consistently been my focus," says Hido. "It never ceases to amaze me what happens when you combine a portrait and a place. Your mind can't help filling in the gaps between them."

Hido's latest solo exhibition, Excerpts from Silver Meadows, is on view now through February 25 at Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco. Sequenced to form an almost cinematic narrative, its main "characters" are atmospheric, uninhabited wintertime landscapes and somewhat spooky portraits of beautiful, dramatic-looking women. Silver Meadows is a real place -- a suburban development that sprang up around 1970 on the outskirts of Kent, Ohio, where Hido grew up, which makes the development and the artist about the same age.

While shooting the pictures, he wandered around Silver Meadows and its adjacent areas deliberately, yet randomly, in search of scenes that would connect with his recollections. The exhibition presents both Hido's reckoning with his own past and a summation of the suburban childhood experience in general, in which communities are constructed from whole cloth, and "ticky tacky" homes, built similarly to convey stability, actually conceal lives seething with sexual and psychological instability. The pictures feel simultaneously familiar, yet imaginary and dreamlike, transcending any specific time and place.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Pantone: The 20th Century in Color
Chronicle Books, 2011
Hardcover, 208 pages, $40

Pantone, the worldwide color authority, invites you on a rich visual tour of 100 transformative years. The book is designed by Brooke Johnson, who is a 2003 alumna of CCA's Graphic Design Program and now a member of our faculty and a senior designer at Chronicle Books. From the Pale Gold (15-0927 TPX) and Almost Mauve (12-2103 TPX) of the 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris to the Rust (18-1248 TPX) and Midnight Navy (19-4110 TPX) of the countdown to the millennium, the 20th century brimmed with color. The authors -- longtime Pantone collaborators and color gurus Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker -- identify more than 200 touchstone works of art, products, decor, and fashion, and carefully match them with 80 different official PANTONE color palettes to reveal the trends, radical shifts, and resurgences of various hues.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Steidl, 2012
Hardcover, 152 pages, $125

DIRTY BABY presents a provocative trialogue between the paintings of Ed Ruscha, the music of Nels Cline, and the poetry of David Breskin. The book is designed by Graphic Design faculty Angie Wang (who is also an MFA alumna of CCA) and Mark Fox of the San Francisco firm DesignIsPlay and the package includes two full-length music CDs. The title refers to the fact that when different art forms mate, there is never a purebred offspring, but rather a muttish and raunchy one: gloriously dirty. The 66 pictures in the book are drawn from two of Ruscha's bodies of work, the Silhouettes and the Cityscapes. In these works, Ruscha uses censor strips in place of the words or phrases that characteristically occupy a prominent place in his pictures. Their obfuscation gives the missing words a powerfully subversive presence: Language is emphasized even as it is obscured.

The book is in two "sides" in the manner of a vinyl record. Side A presents a kind of "time-lapse" history of Western civilization. Side B returns to the cradle of that civilization, charting the American misadventure in Iraq. For his poetic form, Breskin uses the ancient Arabic ghazal, a perfect foil and fencing partner for Ruscha's language-sensitive strategies. To this mix, Cline adds music for a large ensemble.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Pisco Book
ClearGrape, 2011
Paperback, 138 pages, $19.99

For the modern American cocktail enthusiast, The Pisco Book, designed by Graphic Design faculty Tom Ingalls with Kseniya Makarova (Graphic Design alumna) reveals pisco's long and colorful history through pictures and stories capturing the diverse range of approaches and styles that go into producing it, the legendary personalities who craft it, and the excitement for it among today's leading mixologists. Renowned pisco producers and industry experts share their personal ruminations about their connections to pisco. Also featured is the rich historic connection between Peruvian pisco and San Francisco that began during the Gold Rush and which is undergoing a Renaissance today. The book includes nearly 50 pisco cocktail recipes from leading bar chefs and mixologists in the U.S. and Peru.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Amanda Simons

Rise above the competition by attending "Fiscal Sponsorship and Fundraising for Individual Artists" [photo: Jim Norrena]

Career artists depend on grants for survival and exhibition of their artwork. Grants are essentially loans that don’t need to be paid back. Anyone who meets certain specified criteria can receive a grant for just about anything. Proposers simply have to meet the organization, company, or institution’s award guidelines and terms.

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