Alumni News

Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

From the Serpent & Bow blog

When Rachel Blodgett (Textiles/Printmaking, 2011) first arrived at CCA’s Oakland campus, she knew she had found her place. As someone drawn to history and nature, the century-old college and its foliage-laden campus instantly called to her.

In fact, the lush landscape of the campus served as an impetus for her fascination with dyes, which inspired her to launch Serpent & Bow, a full-fledged online business specializing mainly in sustainable indigo-dyed lingerie.

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“The Oakland campus felt magical and it just felt like home to me. I enjoyed taking the shuttle between campuses. My first year I took Fashion [Design] and had to get up early and it was just really beautiful,” says Blodgett.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Em Meine

February 17 - April 12, 2015
Opening reception February 19th, 6 - 8pm

Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

CCA Sculpture faculty Clay Jensen and Linda Fleming, former Sculpture faculty Bella Feldman, and Yoshitomo Saito (MFA '87) are showing new works in an upcoming exhibition at the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts.

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Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

In early December at Art Basel Miami Beach, rappers seemed to outnumber artists at times. Andre 3000 presented an exhibition of the 47 sloganized jumpsuits he wore on the Outkast Reunion Tour. P Diddy was on the lookout for his very own Picasso, 2 Chainz turned up to party with designer Jon Buscemi and producer Swizz Beatz curated an exhibition for international art group SCOPE. Meanwhile A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown and OG Maco were pulling in large crowds from the graffiti-filled streets of the Wynwood neighborhood.

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Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 by Jim Norrena

In 2011 students Anna Acquistapace (DMBA 2011), Olivia Nava (DMBA 2012), and Eric Persha (DMBA 2012), launched an idea inspired by the MBA in Design Strategy program's Social Ventures course (taught by faculty member Steve Diller).

The idea involves working with members of a solar-distribution company as a partner organization to offer community members in rural Tanzania connectivity services that use renewable solar energy.

(Initially the partner organization had wanted to address better solar-powered lighting solutions in Tanzania, which evolved into the more wide-serving Juabar business model.)

"Our [CCA] education helped us realize that you don’t approach innovation by answering questions, but rather you look to understand end-users’ needs.

"So we didn’t come to that project on 'how can we better sell solar lights?' but more 'how do we understand the electricity experience of Tanzanians with little or no electricity experience?'"

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Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015 by Laura Braun

After graduation, I decamped to the West Coast without any real plan other than I wanted to live in a place that had more sunshine. For a year or so, I worked odd jobs (including checking bags at Rasputin’s Records in Berkeley) and during that period I saw an exhibition at the SFMOMA about four Bay Area graphic designers: MIchael Vanderbyl, Michael Cronan, MIchael Manwaring and Gerald Reis. That work—energetic, colorful, witty, multidisciplinary—made a big impression on me.

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Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 by Laura Braun

Sarah Thibault received her MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2011. In addition to Wolfe Contemporary, she has exhibited with Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles, and in group shows and art fairs in Miami, Minneapolis, New York, and Paris. She lives and works in San Francisco.

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Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 by Rachel Walther

New York-based alumnus Erik den Breejen’s (BFA Painting 1999) paintings from afar read as simple pop art portraiture, but from up close they acquire another dimension entirely.

His portraits of famous musicians and performers -- including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Pryor, Karen Carpenter, and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, to name just a few -- are composed of meticulously selected texts from the performer’s own body of work that, when laid out on the canvas, fit together to pay tribute to the subject’s impact as an artist.

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Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Most call centers are the antithesis of unpredictability and stress, yet Airbnb’s Customer Experience (CX) hub couldn’t be more different. From standard website issues to lost apartment keys, Airbnb travelers call CX agents with uniquely challenging problems. With that in mind, Airbnb’s internal environments designers Aaron Taylor Harvey and Rachael Yu set out to design a new CX center in Portland to house 250 employees serving over 150 thousand listings across North America.

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Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Having seen many artists struggle to survive, Herrero makes no apologies for the decades he was a painter for hire. Starting in 1953, four years after graduating from what was then called the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAF), he and two partners formed their own studio and turned out sought-after work for companies ranging from Shell Oil to Chevrolet, Morton Salt to the Milk Advisory Board. In 1969, he was commissioned by the U.S. Air Force Art Program to commemorate the lunar launch of Apollo 11.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

The tear sheet section of Coronado, California-based Dana Neibert's website has the imprint of the quintessential commercial pro. What separates him from many of his globe-trotting, camera-toting colleagues is the variety of images he creates for an unusually diverse range of clients from American Airlines, American Express and AT&T to the United States Postal Service, the United States Tennis Association and United Way, with banks, drug companies, and automotive and food manufacturers in between.

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