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Posted on Friday, May 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

The son of an architect and grandson of a woodworker, Marschak says he fell into woodworking because it's a combination of architecture and product design. He received his degree from formerly California College of Arts and Crafts (now called California College of the Arts) in 2009. He's particularly interested in fabricating well-built items because of their ability to last for generations. "It's sustainable in the fact that a quality piece of furniture is passed down to your kids. It's never going to end up in a landfill. It always has a second life," he told us.

Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Friends and family encouraged to join!
Please join the CCA Pride Parade contingent Sunday, June 28, as faculty, staff, students, and alumni march in the 45th annual San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Parade, described as the "largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation."
Equality Without Exception is the theme, and we're thrilled to represent CCA and show just how much pride the college has for its diverse community.
We want you and your family to join us!

Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

California College of the Arts (CCA) held its Black is the New Black alumni fashion show gala at the school’s San Francisco campus. Designer Stanlee Gatti transformed CCA’s central nave into a contemporary space with a runway and family-style seating for a dinner catered by Taste. Proceeds benefited CCA’s student scholarships.

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Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

There's a unique program for aspiring musicians called Zoo Labs.

During the program, musicians live in a building in West Oakland, and spend 10 days honing their craft.

The teachers there try to show musicians how to make a living off their art. Soon, the free program might be going global.

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Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

When I went to Hank Willis Thomas’s studio a few weeks ago, the artist showed me two photographs. The first showed model and actress Rebecca Romijn clad in a cream-colored bikini in the middle of Times Square clutching a glass of milk with a milk mustache on her face in a 1998 Got Milk? ad. The second image was of model Kate Upton 14 years later, on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2012 Swimsuit issue, wearing an ombré bikini.

Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

Hank Willis Thomas’s work examines the ways in which advertising has fabricated notions of gender and race, and then convinced us all to buy into them. “I always talk about racism as the most successful advertising campaign of all time,” Thomas says. His work serves as a sort of counter-campaign; one that aims to muddy the myths we’ve been marketed. “I want to complicate the way that I’m seen and the way that I look at other people.”

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Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

I came to photography through my mother, Deborah Willis, and I really think it is almost through osmosis that I became a photographer, because pictures and cameras and darkrooms were everywhere when I was growing up.

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Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

Christopher’s background includes a BFA in painting from California College of the Arts and a recent solo exhibition at Little Big Space in Albany, California. Currently based in San Francisco, she describes herself as “an enthusiastic viewer of landscapes who never tires of shifting perspectives.”

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Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 by Allison Byers

Artist Heather Johnson biked from New Jersey to Joshua Tree and back.

CCA alumna Heather Johnson’s (MFA 2001) artist residency with BoxoHOUSE, one of the newer residency programs in Joshua Tree, California, provided her with a unique opportunity -- an ambitious motorcycle journey and visual art project called In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful -- which has forever changed her life’s trajectory and art practice.

About the BoxoHOUSE Artist Residency

Johnson began the BoxoHOUSE artist residency, conceived and directed by former Judd Foundation deputy director, Bernard Leibov, in 2012. The residency targets artists who work across diverse media and prioritizes those who are exploring issues of site, community, and the environment.

"Heather’s practice is composed primarily of creating very detailed handmade embroideries that resemble highly defined drawings," explains Leibov on the BoxoHOUSE website. "She layers the embroideries so that the base imagery deals with the experience of the project and the upper layers portray mechanical drawings related to the subject matter.

"In the works inspired by this latest project, the under layer consists of a series of topographical and navigation maps that capture the experience of being on the road with its ups and downs and twists and turns. The upper layer is made up of technical drawings of her motorcycle and of its constituent parts.

"Heather considers the bike to be an extension of herself – they are as one when on the road – and the parts to be like her body parts."

Johnson found the project to be a dream opportunity: “In addition to one month of uninterrupted research and art making, this meant a motorcycle journey across the United States and back -- something I’ve dreamed of since the day I learned to keep a 500 pound hunk of metal upright and moving forward on two wheels.”

Backed by a crowdfunding campaign, Johnson spent April, May, and June of 2013 out on the road and at residency in Joshua Tree, developing In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful.”

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015 by Laura Braun

Sahar Al-Sarheed, a 2010 graduate of the California College of the Arts,  had not slept much.  Her portfolio on Sunday included t-shirts based on binary codes (she sold out the first day and had to return to Soma’s Tech Shop Saturday night to print more), lovely framed knits, books, body jewelry, earrings and prints.

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