Alumni News

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Travis McFlynn (l) & Josh Coolidge with "186.282.4 MPS"

CCA alums Travis McFlynn (BFA Ceramics 2013) and Josh Coolidge (BFA Individualized Major 2014) were recently enlisted by Lam Research -- a high-tech engineering-oriented Fortune 500 company that is a leading supplier in the semiconductor equipment industry -- to create compelling new artwork that integrates the company’s hardware with an inspirational narrative.

Read about McFlynn's entrepreneurial endeavors »

The innovative company aims to be even more reliant on creative thinking, practices, and culture to stay ahead in an environment of increasingly complex business and technical opportunities.

See Coolidge's art in action at Maker Faire »

Lubab Sheet, who leads innovation, emerging technology strategy, and communications at Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) in Fremont, California, worked with Doug Solomon, former chief technology officer of IDEO and chief strategy officer at both Palm and Apple, to drive Lam’s initiative to incorporate dramatic design changes to reinforce the spirit of creativity.

“I was fortunate to have a lot of freedom to create an innovation lab and draw in some truly creative assets,” said Sheet.

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Laura Braun

Originally from Los Angeles, Armstrong studied painting in Northern Holland and completed a BFA at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. His deft handling of oil paint clearly demonstrates a facility inspired by traditional painting techniques, and a material aptitude for the dense capture of light and color. The intense realism of his style is often tempered by a looser, more painterly approach, and by a stylized handling of light and dimension.

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Laura Braun

The winning teams were then assigned to five “design captains” tasked with overseeing the installations along their respective stretches of the festival’s two-mile route — Autodesk, Gensler, the Exploratorium, the Studio for Urban Projects, and the California College of the Arts. A design charrette in January offered an opportunity for design captains to dispense advice and constructive criticism to their charges while signaling the start of a sprint to the finish in time for the April deadline.

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

In charge of film and performance at the 124-year-old nonprofit South London Gallery, Anna Gritz is cooking up exhibitions devoted to artists Kapwangi Kiwanga, who draws on academic training for research-based projects, as well as veteran comic performer Michael Smith. After earning an MA in curatorial practice at California College for the Arts, she cut her teeth at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Hayward Gallery, both in London, and ran programs at New York's apexart.

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Em Meine

Ceramics alumnus Luke Shalan was recently profiled on CFile, a leading resource on contemporary ceramics and clay online.

Luke has been building contraptions to drop porcelain slabs over common household objects and tools since he was a student at CCA, and has continued to refine his mechanisms since graduating and moving to LA. In the profile, Justin Crowe writes: 

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Katherine Robards

Playwright Calamity West (MFA Writing 2007) is one of 10 Chicago-based female artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts who received a prestigious 3Arts Award, which carries with it a no-strings-attached $25,000 cash award!

Since West left CCA, she has been continually working with theater companies -- playwriting and producing plays. Her work has appeared locally (San Francisco), nationally (Chicago), and internationally (Melbourne).

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Most recent full-length productions of West's work: Ibsen is Dead, The Peacock (Jackalope Theatre Company); The Gacy Play (Sideshow Theatre Company); and Common Hatred (The Ruckus).

Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Shauna majored in ceramics at San Francisco’s California College of Arts and Crafts, which seems at first glance an unlikely prerequisite to winemaking.

“Most people don’t realize that in order to major in ceramics, you have to take two semesters of chemistry to understand what can and cannot be heated up to 3,000 degrees,” she said.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Laura Braun

O’Malley earned a BA in Urban Studies with a focus on Community Organizations from Stanford University and an MFA in Social Practices from California College of the Arts. Her work, with collaborator Leah Rosenberg, was recently featured in Bay Area Now 7 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has also exhibited at numerous alternative spaces and institutions, including Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX), the Parthenon Museum (Nashville, TN), and Montalvo Art Center.

Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

freelance architecture and yacht designer lujac desautel, well known for his nomination for the 2014 young designer of the year award by the boat international media, unveils the luxurious ‘SALT’ yacht to follow the ‘glass’ concept, envisioned in 2014. designed to provide passengers with a flexible, transparent and honest life aboard, its framework enables people to transform and engage the watercraft with the sea.

Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

San Francisco–based artist and curator Susan O’Malley has passed away, according to Romer Young Gallery.

After receiving a BA from Stanford University in 1999, and an MFA from California College of the Arts, O’Malley saw her work exhibited at venues including the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art—where she also curated shows.

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