Alumni News

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 by Allison Byers

It’s not easy to get 160 black men from 11 American cities in one room to talk about their identity.

So the four collaborators who created “Question Bridge: Black Males,” the latest multimedia exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, did the next best thing.

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Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 by Simon Hodgson

Joseph Becker in the Dieter Rams exhibition at SFMOMA [photo: Michael Armenta]

Joseph Becker (BArch 2007) comes from a creative family: In the 1980s, his parents combined their film and education backgrounds to open Southern California's first Gymboree kids' program, and his sister has her own fashion line. His North Hollywood high school actually offered classes in set design, and he further developed what he calls "a taste for space" with classes in architecture and design at UCLA and Art Center College of Design. He arrived at CCA in 2002 to formally begin his undergraduate studies with a plan to become a product designer, but he switched to architecture during his first year. He is now an assistant curator of architecture and design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

How would you sum up your CCA experience?

There was a real sense of connection to San Francisco. With the Architecture faculty made up of professors who were also designing independently, I knew I was learning from people who were actually doing things. The studio environment, with late late nights and a palpable energy buzzing around you, was catalytic. You could get everything out of it if you put in the work, and if you were motivated by your own inquisitiveness.

Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2012 by Allison Byers

California College of the Arts (CCA) has joined the It Gets Better Project, an online video campaign aimed at eliminating suicide among LGBTQ people by providing real-world testimonials illustrating hope.

CCA is the first arts college in the US to submit an official college-wide It Gets Better video. The video features students, alumni, faculty and staff who volunteered to share their life experiences regarding coming out and living openly as a member of the LGBTQ community.

Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by Jim Norrena

"A Great Day in San Francisco" [photo: Chris Nickel]

California College of the Arts proudly announces the release of It Gets Better: CCA, the official college submission in the It Gets Better Project, a national gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth suicide-prevention campaign. CCA is among the first art colleges to create an institutional video for the internationally recognized project.

Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 by Allison Byers

Filming Question Bridge: Black Males

On any given day we encounter dozens, even hundreds, of people who are different from us: a different race, a different gender, a different class, a different age . . . We intellectually understand that our own identity is multifaceted, yet sometimes we cannot help grouping people into stereotypes, even within what others would consider a diverse demographic.

A team of four artists—CCA Photography faculty Chris Johnson, two CCA alumni, Hank Willis Thomas (MFA and MA Visual Criticism 2004) and Bayeté Ross Smith (MFA 2004), and Kamal Sinclair—have begun a far-reaching conversation on this topic, engaging a diverse group of African American males in a question-and-answer exchange. Their innovative trans-media project is entitled Question Bridge: Black Males, and it seeks to represent and redefine black male identity in America.

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by Clay Walsh

Sally Mann [courtesy of City Arts & Lectures]

Sally Mann

In Conversation with Steven Jenkins
Wednesday, March 21, 8 p.m.
Venue: Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister)
San Francisco

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by Allison Byers

As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it's important to remember that we still have a long way to go in the fight against racial discrimination. A recent exhibition that confronts stereotypes and attempts to bridge divisions between people is "Question Bridge: Black Males" -- a new video installation currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum that consists of a series of interviews with Black men in the United States today.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by Allison Byers

Stacey Rozich is a Seattle-based Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Stacey studied Illustration at California College of the Arts as well as Design at Seattle Central Creative Academy.

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Posted on Monday, January 9, 2012 by Allison Byers

Taha Belal was educated in Europe and the United States, but he chanced on the most exciting moment to move back to his native country and be schooled on the making of revolution. Just months after he relocated to Cairo, where he was born, from the Bay Area, where he received his master of fine arts at California College of the Arts, the first protesters of the Egyptian uprising began taking to the streets, eventually toppling the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

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Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011 by Samantha Braman

Delphi Digital Optics, designed by Lucas Ainsworth

What do Delphi Optics (special wilderness goggles that use satellite info to provide specific information about your surroundings), Jungle Walkers (100 percent sustainable cardboard puzzle animals), and the Snowkite (a kite that pulls you across snowy slopes) all have in common? They're all the brainchildren of alumnus Lucas Ainsworth (Industrial Design 2010), and they're all in one way or another expressions of Ainsworth's passion for the outdoors.

Before he came to CCA's Industrial Design Program, Ainsworth studied environmental science at UC Davis. "I always intrinsically loved design, but I was never exposed to it growing up. I thought products were designed by mechanical engineers. Then, during my time at UC Davis I was a whitewater guide in their outdoor program on weekends. The guy who runs the program was a designer at Black Diamond, and he used to tell stories about designing and testing outdoor gear. After graduating and working for a few years, I called him up and asked what it takes to be a designer at Black Diamond. He introduced me to the field of industrial design and said, basically, 'Your only chance is to get into a top-notch design school and rock it.'"

While at CCA, Ainsworth developed and marketed all kinds of products, from toys to high-end electronic devices. It was in Jay Baldwin's Industrial Design 1 class that he conceived the Jungle Walker, an environmentally conscious toy elephant made of cardboard that, when assembled, walks and moves its head with surprising realism.

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