Alumni News

Posted on Monday, January 24, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Dennis Oppenheim and installation in Ventura, CAView slideshow 

Prominent CCA alumnus Dennis Oppenheim (Painting 1965) died of liver cancer on January 22. He was 72. A pioneer of Land art, conceptual art, performance art, and video in the 1960s and 1970s, Oppenheim moved fluidly throughout his career from the macrocosm of the landscape to the microcosm of the body.

Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Really Funny Thing About Apathy
Sunnyoutside, 2011
Paperback, 68 pages, $13

Four easily digestible shorts fixate on fleeting incidents in the life of the young and fearful. Says Kevin Sampsell, author of A Common Pornography: "These stories are awesome little jigsaw puzzles that turn into a whole miraculous universe. And in this universe, Chelsea Martin (Individualized Major 2008) is yearning for the answers to life's biggest questions in the most entertaining way possible. This contemplative little book is both funny ha ha and funny peculiar." A knock on the door precipitates the nonaction of "At the End of This Story the Door Will Open and Under Eight Seconds Will Have Passed," in which the narrator mulls over who might be calling. She runs through a series of insignificant scenarios, testing out irony and earnestness, before concluding, "I half believed that the world made sense and I just didn't get it."

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 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

City Arts is pleased to extend a special discounted price of $15 per ticket to all CCA alumni, staff, and friends. To purchase, enter the code CCAMANN online or by phone. For tickets and more information, visit the City Arts & Lectures website.

Posted on Thursday, January 6, 2011 by Samantha Braman

Jessica Silverman (photo by Daniel Trese)View slideshow 

"Art dealer" may be the best way to describe her day-to-day work, but Jessica Silverman (MA Curatorial Practice 2007) wears many hats as the founder and director of Silverman Gallery in San Francisco. While her exhibition programs have garnered increasing visibility and national press and her business has grown and thrived, Silverman has needed to be not only "dealer" but also curator, director, writer, installer . . . and sometimes delivery person!

Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 by Jim Norrena

(film still) Terri, by Azazel Jacobs (2011), 101 min.View slideshow 

Film Program faculty member Julia Shirar (MFA 1997) is the sound designer for Azazel Jacobs's film, Terri, one of 16 films entered into the dramatic competition at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The largest independent cinema festival in the United States, Sundance will take place January 20 through 30 in Park City, Utah.

Posted on Friday, December 17, 2010 by Chris Bliss

Twill Series (Black Cherry/Amethyst/Fire Red), 2007View slideshow 

Last night the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced the recipients of the 2010 SECA Art Award. CCA alumna Ruth Laskey (Painting/Drawing 1999, MFA 2005) was among the four winners.

Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 by Alumni Association

Narangkar Glover, Shangri-La Girls School: Ranjit House Clobberfest, oil on canvas, 35" x 35", 2010 View slideshow 

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

Tell Us About Your Recent Alumni Note

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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John Berry: Solo show: Paintings and Drawings, San Bernardino Valley College, Art Gallery, California, Jan.-Feb. 2011.

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Posted on Thursday, December 9, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Watch the "Math Propulsion" video

A paper submitted by assistant professor and coauthor Wendy Ju and alum Jason Mickelson (MFA Design 2009) has been accepted by TEI: Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction 2011, which is the fifth international conference dedicated to presenting the latest results in tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction.

Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 by Chris Bliss

Anna Von Mertens (MFA 2000)View slideshow 

Last night at a celebration at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York United States Artists, a national grant-making and advocacy organization, announced the recipients of 50 USA Fellowships for 2010, totaling $2.5 million. Winners in the visual arts include faculty member Allison Smith and alumna Anna Von Mertens (MFA 2000).

Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 by Jason Engelund

Banker White with WeOwnTV at work in Sierra Leone

CCA alumnus Banker White (MFA 2000) is a documentary filmmaker. You may know him as the director of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, about a group of Sierra Leonean musicians who gained international renown and landed a record deal.

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