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Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by Laura Braun

After graduating from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Weisberg has worked as a full-time artist for the past 10 years and honed his skills under the late legendary sculptor Stephen De Staebler. Weisberg primarily creates figures, busts, masks, jars, hands, and wall reliefs—sometimes even reaching eight feet tall—all by hand. Themes such as death, vulnerability, human dysfunction, longing, and loss come through in his pieces.

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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Jim Norrena

CCA is thrilled to announce In Solution: Water Symposium, a free, public two-day symposium of panels, films, and presentations to be held Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28, on the San Francisco campus.

The symposium is part of Soundwave ((6)) Water Biennial, San Francisco’s acclaimed biennial summer-long, experimental event series of innovative sound, art, and music made possible by MEDIATE Art Group.

Each season investigates a new idea through sound and invites diverse multidisciplinary artists and musicians to explore the season’s theme in new and innovative directions. 

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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

'Devils Den was a project that came out of our current experience of life in the mythmaking/marketing hub of New York City, and our awareness of having grown up in a context of rampant consumerism and growing political unrest. The reenactment reflects themes in the civil war that continue to play out in today's politics. Though this work is inspired in part by the aesthetics of advertising, it is anti-propaganda at its core. We are not trying to sell some sort of nationalist pride. We are just presenting what we saw, through a framework that interests us.'

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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Not long ago, while visiting a friend in Nicaragua, Aaron Poritz (Architecture 2008) stumbled upon a large source of excellent wood: vast quantities of exotic trees felled by Hurricane Felix.

Before going to Nicaragua, Poritz had designed furniture only as a hobby, but he was so impressed with the country’s local craftsmen that he decided to start his own furniture company.

The resulting 30-piece wood furniture collection has garnered important recognition from Forbes magazine, who put him on a recent Forbes “30 under 30” list. In 2013 the Red Hen, a highly popular Washington DC restaurant, commissioned Poritz to source and fabricate all of its custom chairs and bar stools, tables, benches, plank flooring, ceiling, and even baby bar stools. Each piece has expressive twists and geometric connections.

All of Poritz’s work emphasizes strength, comfort, sustainability, quality, and design. These principles, he says, were instilled in him at CCA. While a student, he participated in the design of Refract House for the 2009 Solar Decathlon.

He was recently asked to be an artist in residence at the the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and designed a sitting stool for their gallery, He currently divides his time between New York and Managua.

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Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 by Laura Braun

Hunt has an M.A. in curatorial practice from California College of the Arts, and has curated widely in Los Angeles and elsewhere. “I’ve truly enjoyed being a part of the close-knit West Coast creative community,” she said in a statement released to press, “but I am thrilled to be returning to New York to serve the vital and expanding mission of the Studio Museum under Thelma Golden’s leadership.”

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Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 by Laura Braun

She was plucked from her master's program at the California College of the Arts to set up new Jacquard curricula at the Chicago Institute of Art, where she was a tenured professor until a few years ago. Her work has been included at exhibitions at numerous museums, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art's Renwick Gallery.

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Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

in the past, the natural artists worked primarily with natural materials. nowadays, we have mountains of discarded technology. these junkyards are the modern day quarries. and artists like me can make anything out of these resources. all of my recent works are made from salvaged industrial scraps and surplus technology that our society is burying itself in.’ san francisco-based artist constantine zlatev holds these statements as the driving force behind each of his creations.

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Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

Ireland died in 2009, but early in 2005, when preservationists feared it would be lost as an art treasure, Carlie Wilmans, a trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and California College of the Arts purchased the home to maintain it as an artistic institution. Conservation work on the building will keep it closed until December 2015. Part of the house will be converted into a studio space for artist residencies. A book on the history and context of Ireland’s house will be published in March 2015.

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Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

What does “The Invisible Hand” mean to you?

For Leigh Markopoulos, chair of CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, and alumna Xiaoyu Weng (MA Curatorial Practice 2009), who were invited to participate in the 2nd Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (CAFAM) Biennale in Beijing in February, it meant, above all, opportunity.

About the CAFAM Biennale

The CAFAM Biennale is an international tour de force that, in this second edition, put the focus on curatorial education. As curatorial practice becomes more recognized in China, CAFAM officials took the opportunity to showcase the ways in which other schools teach curation as a discipline.

“This biennial was an enlightened attempt to bring international and national art to Beijing and to allow students to participate not only through lessons, but as interns, et cetera, in the event’s organization,” explained Markopoulos.

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Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2014 by Dustin N. Smith

Emma Ulen-Klees (BFA Printmaking), Progression, 2014View slideshow 

California College of the Arts alumna Emma Ulen-Klees (BFA Printmaking 2014) was awarded a 2014 Hamaguchi Emerging Artist Residency at Kala.

The artist in residence at Kala Art Institute is funded by the Hamaguchi Endowment for the advancement of printmaking at CCA and by the Kala Art Institute.

The award represents a rich collaboration between the two institutions that creates a special opportunity for a recent BFA Printmaking graduate to work in the dynamic Kala facilities with a community of artists from all over the world.

While studying printmaking and visual studies at CCA, Ulen-Klees began to develop a conceptual body of work inspired by the juxtaposition of natural and urban landscapes and uses the multiple to further explore human relationships to ecology within their manufactured environments.

 

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