Alumni News

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Katherine Robards

Playwright Calamity West (MFA Writing 2007) is one of 10 Chicago-based female artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts who received a prestigious 3Arts Award, which carries with it a no-strings-attached $25,000 cash award!

Since West left CCA, she has been continually working with theater companies -- playwriting and producing plays. Her work has appeared locally (San Francisco), nationally (Chicago), and internationally (Melbourne).

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Most recent full-length productions of West's work: Ibsen is Dead, The Peacock (Jackalope Theatre Company); The Gacy Play (Sideshow Theatre Company); and Common Hatred (The Ruckus).

Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Shauna majored in ceramics at San Francisco’s California College of Arts and Crafts, which seems at first glance an unlikely prerequisite to winemaking.

“Most people don’t realize that in order to major in ceramics, you have to take two semesters of chemistry to understand what can and cannot be heated up to 3,000 degrees,” she said.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Laura Braun

O’Malley earned a BA in Urban Studies with a focus on Community Organizations from Stanford University and an MFA in Social Practices from California College of the Arts. Her work, with collaborator Leah Rosenberg, was recently featured in Bay Area Now 7 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has also exhibited at numerous alternative spaces and institutions, including Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX), the Parthenon Museum (Nashville, TN), and Montalvo Art Center.

Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

freelance architecture and yacht designer lujac desautel, well known for his nomination for the 2014 young designer of the year award by the boat international media, unveils the luxurious ‘SALT’ yacht to follow the ‘glass’ concept, envisioned in 2014. designed to provide passengers with a flexible, transparent and honest life aboard, its framework enables people to transform and engage the watercraft with the sea.

Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

San Francisco–based artist and curator Susan O’Malley has passed away, according to Romer Young Gallery.

After receiving a BA from Stanford University in 1999, and an MFA from California College of the Arts, O’Malley saw her work exhibited at venues including the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art—where she also curated shows.

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Laura Braun

Lynnea Holland-Weiss just opened a new show called Unfold All Over at Space 1026 in Philly, showcasing large-scale figurative paintings that expertly capture and convey emotions and moods related to transformative travels. From the gallery’s website: “Lynnea Holland-Weiss is a painter originally from Oakland, CA. There she received her BFA from California College of the Arts.

Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

I consider myself truly blessed to do what I love everyday. Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs in my family, I always knew I wanted to own my own creative business. However, like many things in life, it took a few detours before MAIKA was born. A business degree from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, followed by a stint in banking and a serendipitous series of events, resulted in acceptance at the design program at the California College of the Arts.

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his nominations for the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Public Design Commission. Among them is the artist Hank Willis Thomas, nominated for the Painter seat of the PDC.

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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Chris Bliss

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce that it will assume publication of the online contemporary arts journals Art Practical (AP) and Daily Serving (DS), effective immediately.

This creates the unprecedented opportunity for the two publications to continue to serve a broad community while enabling students to learn professional skills in publishing and to conceive of new audiences for their ideas.

As the publisher, CCA will serve as the fiscal agent for Art Practical and Daily Serving. The two publications have been run as independent entities since their founding in 2006 (DS) and 2009 (AP).

Each will retain its core mission, editorial vision, and autonomy in all areas, including content, staffing, and programming.

Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

Check out Beyoncé's website right now and you'll get an eyeful of the work of New York artist Hank Willis Thomas. There's a slideshow of the artist's sculptures, photographs, and interactive projects, which frequently confront issues of race head-on. The images flash by within a graphic of a picture frame adorned with a plaque reading “Black History Month."

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