Alumni News

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Chris Bliss

Happy CCA graduates gather at the college's 105th commencement

CCA celebrated its largest graduating class in the history of the college on Saturday, May 12, at the Concourse Center in San Francisco. If you were counting, there were about 3,000 smiles. That’s how many family members, faculty, staff, and alumni were on hand to honor the 509 members of the California College of the Arts (CCA) class of 2012 at the 105th commencement exercises.

Make Art That Matters

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Allison Byers

It’s been more than eight years since San Francisco-based artist Mary Button Durrell has exhibited her unique paper sculptures. This month, she returns with Flash: New Works by Mary Button Durell at SF’s La Boutique, a contemporary gallery-cum-shop in Jackson Square.

We recently got a chance to catch up with Durell to talk about her art and inspirations.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Allison Byers

SCOTTS VALLEY - It took only 12 days for Lucas Ainsworth and Alyssa Hamel to obtain Kickstarter funding for their revolutionary new toys.

More than 400 people have pledged more than $32,000 to venture of the young couple, who live in Portland, Ore. The funding window closes in six days; those donating $30 to $60 will get one of the toys.

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Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 by Allison Byers

A couple on a weekend hike through the Oakland hills pick a few blossoms, some wild onions and fennel. They eye the blackberries, just starting to flower, and make a note to come back for those in late summer.

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Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012 by Allison Byers

In a society where many people don’t feel comfortable talking about race, Hank Willis Thomas insists on making art about race.

And he’s O.K. with making people even more uncomfortable.

“I take pleasure in talking about things that people say we don’t need to talk about anymore,” he said. “Just because we think we’re over race, doesn’t really mean that we’re over it.”

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Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 by Allison Byers

True to the title of Zachary Royer Scholz's current exhibition at Eli Ridgway Gallery, "Nothing Is Ever Finished," little is set in stone for the San Francisco artist - apart from the fact that everything in his life seemed to lead him toward his practice.

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Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Signal to Noise
The Foundry: A Literary Collective, 2011
Paperback, 268 pages, $12.75

Postmodernism meets music mash-up, remixing, and collage in this late-1980s coming-of-age story, a much-reworked version of author Jonathan Lyons's (Writing 2005) thesis project. It is an alt-underground music extravaganza that repeatedly breaks the traditional form of the novel. As Connor submerges into the underground music scene, he is enthralled by an industrial/hardcore music legend who goes by the handle "The Siren." Their otherworldly commingling alters them, a physical transmogrification that takes hold whenever they are intimate. Music is woven into the text, as lyrics interplay with the storyline in this hybrid of fabulism, alternative and industrial music, and fiction, a tour of the underground music scene of the mid- to late '80s in Iowa City and beyond. The publisher, the Foundry: A Literary Collective, is a small co-op press (started by Lyons) using CreateSpace for fulfillment and delivery of this, its first title. The book is a nominee for the Pushcart Press Editors Choice Book Award.

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Oyster Culture
Cameron & Co, 2011
Paperback, 144 pages, $19.99

This book authored by Gwendolyn Meyer (Individualized Major 2004) and edited by Doreen Schmid (MA Visual Criticism 2005) features more than 150 photographs and evocative text describing this singular aspect of food culture. It focuses on the oyster farms of West Marin in northern California, including the Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Drake’s Bay Oyster Company, and Hog Island Oyster Company. It also includes 18 delicious oyster recipes prepared for the home cook from West Marin restaurants, chefs, and oyster farmers, including Osteria Stellina, Station House, the Marshall Store, Nick's Cove, and more. The book is about the pleasures of oysters, and the rich intersection between oyster farming and culinary culture in this unique region. Oyster farming itself is in the limelight these days, particularly in West Marin, and this book is aimed at all readers who have an interest in locally sourced food.

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Ceramics and the Human Figure
A&C Black, 2012
Paperback, 176 pages, $40

Edith Garcia (MFA 2004) is a ceramic sculptor and researcher. Her work has been exhibited throughout North America, Mexico, and Europe, and is included in the permanent Sculpture Garden of the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, and other public and private collections across the USA and UK. She authored this book of profiles on an international range of ceramic artists, all practicing within the fields of installation and sculpture. Divided by broad themes, each chapter explores a variety of different expressive works. The book explores the role of figurative ceramics through history and in contemporary contexts. It also reveals the methods of six key artists, using how-to images to illustrate their techniques.

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Paula Hayes
Monacelli Press, 2012
Hardcover, 240 pages, $50

Leah Koransky (Graphic Design 2008) designed this book about the artist Paula Hayes, who is most famous for her exquisite, high-end art terrariums of organically shaped, handblown glass. But her affinity for all things green extends to full gardens as well. She has created more than 20 full gardens for private clients around the country. This volume, the first monograph on her work, is structured in a two-part format that devotes equal attention to both.

Hayes has been a fixture of the New York art scene for more than two decades. Her installation in the lobby of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Nocturne of the Limax Maximus, garnered much critical acclaim and landed her a feature on CBS Sunday Morning. She has an oversized terrarium in the lobby of Lever House in New York, and a solo exhibition on her work was held at the Wexler Art Center in Columbus, Ohio, where she also installed a permanent garden adjacent to the museum's main entrance.