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Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Clay Walsh

All CafePress purchases benefit the CCA scholarship fund.

Just in time for the holidays, a wide variety of new products featuring new California College of the Arts designs, our motto “Make Art That Matters,” and the CCA logo are now available at CafePress.com.

Available to Purchase

You'll find the following items (and lots more!), all of which can be customized to show off your CCA pride:

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Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for the Stylish Home
St. Martin's Griffin, 2013
Hardcover, 160 pages, $19.99

CCA alumna Susanne LaGasa (Graphic Design 2005) coauthored this user-friendly guidebook that details everything you need to know about hanging, framing, decorating, and displaying art. Think of it as Strunk & White’s Elements of Style for how to put art on your wall.

The book outlines not only technical pitfalls and mishaps—crumbling plaster, ruined antique lath, mismatched art hung too close together, poorly-mounted photographs warping in their frames—but also more essential aesthetic lessons. The skill and consideration with which you decorate your home makes a statement about the world you inhabit. And when it’s done right, it very clearly looks a whole lot better.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

2012 SECA Art Award: Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, David Wilson
SFMOMA, 2013
Paperback, 40 pages, $9.95

Three of the four winners of the 2012 SECA Art Award are CCA affiliates: Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010) is an alumna, Josh Faught is on the Textiles faculty, and Jonn Herschend is a former faculty member and visiting artist. The award, given every two years by SFMOMA, honors Bay Area artists.

This SECA exhibition catalogue features interviews and texts by the award curators Jenny Gheith and Tanya Zimbardo (MA Curatorial Practice 2005), documentation of the commissions, and illustrations of previous work.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Seven Essential Practices for the Professional Artist
Editions Fri, 2013
Paperback, 72 pages, $7.95

Many talented people give up on a creative career because they were taught the tools and skills of their craft but not how to actually live a fulfilling life as an artist. This book by CCA alumna Michele Théberge (MFA 2004) puts forth habits, practices, and mindsets crucial for artists to create and share their work while maintaining health and a sense of well-being. It contains practical advice about how to develop and sustain a creative practice while dealing with rejection and self-doubt, the importance of crafting a vision for one's work and setting specific goals for it, and cultivating a critical and supportive community.

Living and working in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, the artist and author Michele Théberge floundered her first few years out of art school. Her daily meditation practice taught her how to lead a productive and satisfying life as an artist by creating a solid inner foundation. She is known for the quiet, meditative quality of her drawings, paintings, and installations, which are constructed from delicate materials such as paper, paint, fabric, mylar, foil, and pins. Collected internationally, her work has been exhibited in New York, Osaka, Kyoto, London, Cologne, Chicago, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Miami, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Racing Coconuts Boats Around Red Rock
Hairy Fish Press, 2013
Hardcover, 78 pages

Wicky Sticket (Ceramics 1995) is the pen name of the author, illustrator, and publisher of Racing Coconuts Boats Around Red Rock. The author says:

“These events happened while racing my sailboat.
Every character and poem was created in clay.
The sand came from Baker Beach in Sausalito, California.
Buoy X is an actual buoy off San Francisco city front.
Sailor's also race around Red Rock, found in our bay.
The water was carefully tested for color, transparency, opacity, and harmony.
It’s a rhyming fiesta, with exotic foods included.
Along with a racing storyline, intrusions of kitchenware and possible seafood incidents, among many other issues arise.
A bit of a giggle fest can ensue, for the young and elderly alike.

Email hairyfishpress@gmail.com for pricing and to order.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Allison Byers

Compresscity, designed by Master of Architecture graduate Garrett Ryan Miller from California College of the Arts, is a speculative architectural intervention that allows for a more sophisticated cross-occupation of urban vacancies near commercial and industrial zones along the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, Washington.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Allison Byers

The overlap of technical and aspirational - science and art - influencing people through environments, this resonated with me as a meaningful lifelong pursuit. I eventually transferred to California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where I launched my career after graduation. As we all know, this work is intense and requires 110% commitment. I am so grateful that I followed my father’s advice and chose something that I am 110% passionate about.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Allison Byers

Uriarte sketching in Gharma, Iraq, in 2009View slideshow 

Maximilian Uriarte (Animation 2013) literally draws from experience to create the virally popular comic strip Terminal Lance. Started in late 2009 and based on Uriarte’s experiences as a Marine in Iraq, Terminal Lance is now published weekly in the Marine Corps Times newspaper and online.

In the Marines for “Art’s Sake”

There are many reasons men and women join the military, but Uriarte’s reasoning at age 19 was quite unique. “As an artist, I felt an intense need to experience the world in order to give a kind of legitimacy to my art. It might sound strange, but ultimately I joined for the sake of my art. I wanted to find the most difficult thing I could imagine.”

Uriarte joined in 2006, with the war in Iraq in full swing. With high scores on his ASVB entrance exam, Uriarte chose to go into the infantry. “My actual MOS ended up being 0351, Infantry Assaultman. I was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines in Hawaii, where I deployed to Iraq twice between 2007 and 2009.”

Art at War

During Uriarte’s second tour, his battalion commander saw his penchant for art and photography and offered him the opportunity to serve as combat artist and photographer. Through this, Uriarte was able to travel all over Iraq, taking photos and sketching the Marines’ daily lives.

“Most of the work I did was official, classified, documentary photojournalism. On a rare occasion, I would embed with a unit and effectively be allowed to capture anything I wanted, photographically or otherwise. This was the most fun, as I was given artistic freedom to sketch and take pictures of basically anything.

Part of my billet was also photographing for use our battalion “Cruise Book” (a yearbook for the deployment), which I designed cover to cover.

“This would ultimately prove to be an important step in my career, as it not only gave me experience I could draw from, but also laid the groundwork for Terminal Lance.”

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Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

George Pfau is an artist intrigued by zombies. Since graduating with an MFA from California College of the Arts in 2010, Pfau has dedicated a large chunk of his professional life to the study of the undead. He's given numerous lectures on the subject across the country, and, as Boing Boing reports, most recently created Zombiescapes, a series of oil paintings that captures famous scenes from a number of classic horror movies and TV shows.

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Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 by Allison Byers

Hunt's love for the arts eventually led her to San Francisco's California College of the Arts, where she earned a Masters degree from the Curatorial Practice program. Upon graduation in 2011, she relocated to the City of Angels for a position with LAXART and swiftly fell for her new home base.

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