Alumni News

Posted on Monday, October 4, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Christine Wong Yap during The Great Balloon Giveaway, June 5, 2010 (photo: Paul Kuroda / Kuroda Visuals)

Every artist has an inspiration, whether it is another person, a piece of art, or something more abstract. For two-time CCA alum Christine Wong Yap (Printmaking 1998, MFA 2007), positive psychology is her inspiration and fuel. Positive psychology is about finding and nurturing one's talents to make normal life more fulfilling; it focuses on what you have, not what you don't have.

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Posted on Friday, October 1, 2010 by Samantha Braman

From Bridget Riley to Gustav Klimt to Vivienne Westwood: What could they possibly have in common, you might ask? All are fodder for the active imagination and globe-trotting practice of textile artist Morgan Bajardi (Textiles 2009).

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Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 by Alumni Association

Anne Devine, forward3 triangulation, Giza Plateau, Egypt, 2010

This collection of alumni notes features recent accomplishments from our alumni.

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We encourage all alumni to use the online CCA Alumni Note submission form to inform us about your recent and upcoming exhibitions, honors, and publications.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Jason Engelund

This fall the performance group We Players will present Shakespeare's Hamlet on Alcatraz Island, and recent graduate Anna Whitehead (MFA Social Practice 2010) has been heavily involved in the project. She was awarded a Center Student Grant to work with at-risk youth, people incarcerated, and people on probation to create large-scale puppets and masks that will be used in the play. Hamlet opens Saturday, October 2, and continues through November 21.

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Posted on Friday, September 24, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Zara Franks wears her finished work for Fibershed, a 1920s-inspired hat and scarf.View slideshow 

CCA alumna Zara Franks (BFA Fashion Design 2009), owner/designer of Venn Apparel, is currently working with a unique research project, named “Fibershed,” that focuses for one year on a particular woman’s clothing. The project’s founder and subject, Rebecca Burgess, wears only locally produced garments made from sustainably manufactured fibers—all grown within 150 miles of her home in Marin County!

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Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 by Samantha Braman

James McLeod works with Hebron glass masters at the al-Natsheh factory

Among the many destructive effects of the current political discord in the Middle East is the disruption of ancient local glassmaking traditions. CCA alumnus James McLeod (Glass 2002) experienced firsthand the precariousness of this rich thread of knowledge during a 2007 trip to Istanbul to teach a glassblowing workshop. Upon his return he was committed to founding Floating World Projects. The project is dedicated to transcending cultural stereotypes and prejudices via arts education and artistic collaboration.

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Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Jason Engelund

In August CCA alumna Maria Ryan (BFA Sculpture 2005) started a community arts project in Africa. Maria emailed over the summer letting me know of her continued community arts practice as well as her upcoming project in Uganda. (Below is an interview with Maria Ryan (MR) and Center for Art in Public Life Design and Marketing Manager Jason Engelund (JE) conducted prior and following Maria's travels.)

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Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Samantha Braman

How can craft and technology influence, and cater to, evolving social needs, user demands, and civic infrastructure? This summer, students in Nick Riddle's Industrial Design course titled "Bike Building I: The Frame" set out to answer the question.

Focusing on traditional principles and techniques of bicycle frame building, Riddle led students through the process of researching, designing, crafting, and manufacturing a custom bike. According to each student's individual desire, some of the final bikes were for mountain riding, others were for road riding, and others were purely for leisure. All were conceived, designed, and assembled in just six weeks.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 by Marion Anthonisen

Exploring the middle ground between fact and speculation, recent graduate Mathieu Stemmelen (BFA Graphic Design 2010) is inspired by things unseen, like divides that exist only on maps or in unspoken attitudes about society.

Mathieu’s interactive book Visualizing The Invisible, which examines invisibility through biology, culture, and philosophy, received first place in the Book Design category at the 2010 Art Directors Club (ADC) awards. Much of his book’s content is printed using invisible ink, apparent only when placed under ultraviolet fluorescent light.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Alum Rommel Taylor (BArch 1999) and SFNOMA instructor [photo: Jim Norrena]

SFNOMA may sound like the newest fashionable neighborhood in San Francisco, or even a new museum, but it stands for the San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, whose first Summer Architecture Workshop 2010, targeting middle-school students, took place on CCA’s San Francisco campus July 15–17.

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