Alumni News

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 by Rachel Walther

Amanda Cachia

Amanda Cachia (Visual and Critical Studies 2012) is an independent curator originally from Sydney who is currently working on her PhD at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation is on the intersections between contemporary art, phenomenology, and disability.

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Laura Braun

Shalom and Colby, who met while working on their master’s degrees in fine arts at California College of the Arts, planned “Duly Noted” meticulously over the course of a year, visiting the deCordova several times to perfect the route, pacing, and segues. But a degree of uncertainty and room for spontaneity remained.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

San Francisco-born Japanese artist Kay Sekimachi has created a beautiful set of leaf bowl sculptures using skeletons of actual maple leaves. The artist added Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon coating to the leaves to create these ethereal works of art. Sekimachi studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland from 1946 to 1949. She's best known for her labor intensive loom works.

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

Kara Joslyn (b. San Diego, CA) is currently an MFA candidate in Visual Arts at UCSD. In 2008 she received her BFA in Painting from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and lived in Oakland, CA, where she collaborated to begin an artist-run space in Oakland called As Is Ex. from 2010-12. In 2011 she completed a Post-baccalaureate in Painting at Columbia University School of the Arts in NYC.

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Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

He boldly began his full-time art career in middle age after taking a circuitous route to his calling. In the two decades between his completion of a Bachelor of Applied Art degree from California College of the Arts (now California College of the Arts) in 1953 and finishing his graduate work at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974, he followed a winding path through military service, marriage, fatherhood, insurance sales, carpentry, and extensive world travel in Asia and East Africa as a safari guide and importer of artifacts. 

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.