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Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

Splitting time between Brooklyn, New York and Managua, Nicaragua, Aaron Poritz designs and creates furniture and accessories that are meant to endure. His architecture studies at the California College of the Arts instilled in him the principles of sustainability, which continues to inform Poritz’s designs today. Many of his designs are made from hurricane-felled lumber and local materials from Nicaragua.

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Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

After growing up in Oklahoma and earning her bachelor's degree at the University of Central Oklahoma, Dallas moved to Oakland, Calif., to pursue a career in advertising, then her master of fine arts in design at the California College of the Arts, where she developed the concept for Afrikanation Artists while working on her thesis. An encounter at a Kenyan mall with an artist who was not allowed to sell his work outside of a single gallery sparked her to turn the idea into an organization.

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Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 by Rachel Walther

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At Madewell’s bustling fashion design offices in Manhattan, CCA alumna Laura Schmits (Fashion Design 2010) is part of a growing creative team. Madewell is owned and nurtured by its parent company, J.Crew.

Schmits’s career has seen a rapid rise into New York’s fashion scene aided by her consistent vision of clothing that is minimal and precise.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Laura Braun

I first saw Wolowiec's work at a 2013 California College of the Arts Thesis Exhibition in San Francisco. I stopped by with a friend of mine, who pointed the work out. It looked good. I missed her one-person show at Anat Ebgi in Los Angeles in 2014, so I was excited that Ebgi was bringing her work to the NADA Miami Art Fair later that year. If you only looked at reproductions, you might be tempted to lump Wolowiec in with the dozens of other artists now busy producing Process Painting, or what many have now begun to call Zombie Painting. Seeing them in person is a must.

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Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014 by Em Meine

Metamorphosis: the Transformation of Everyday Objects is a current exhibition of Jewelry / Metal Arts alumni at the Museum of Craft and Design. The exhibition is curated by CCA faculty member David Cole and features the work of 10 California College of the Arts alumni.

About Metamorphosis

What is beautiful? How do artists see the world around us?

These artworks were selected to examine the creative process of makers who choose to use common and even humble objects as their medium. Some of these things were found in thrift stores -- or the trash -- and have an entire history of manufacture and use before they were rediscovered for another purpose.

Their relationship to some previous, unknown owner and the journey of that object into and out of the life of that person, is recorded in the patterns of wear on the surfaces.

Other materials have inherent beauty that is easy to overlook because of the context in which we perceive them. The luster and radiance that would distinguish the rarest pearl is viewed quite differently when it is seen in grains of rice or pencil leads.

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Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

It’s been 10 years since the stroke that changed his life, and he is no longer in a wheelchair, but walking (albeit with a limp). Art has always been his way of expression and it’s carried him through. He graduated with his BFA in Illustration from the California College of the Arts this year, a couple of months before Mike Brown was shot and killed in the streets of Ferguson.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

The 55-year-old Hong is one of the most well-known Korean directors in the international film circuit. HIS Films depict Everyday human Relationships, Mostly male-Female Relationships, and sometimes explore larger Political themes through HIS unique aesthetic style, Which avoids the cliche. Born in Seoul, Hong studied film at Seoul's Chung-Ang University, the California College of Arts and Crafts , and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Laura Braun

Raised by her grandmother and great-aunts, Thomas, whose given first name is Lavynell, followed a similar arc. Enchanted by the art she saw at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a child, she remembered thinking, “If there’s a way I can do this, this is what I want to do.” But as a working mother herself, she didn’t have the means to study art until later, first at UCLA and then at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts) in Oakland.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Laura Braun

Andrew Deming and Rachel Gant are the designers behind Yield, a brand of minimalist, high quality homewares and accessories. Both originally Southern natives, the two met at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. After gaining experience at various agencies in SF (Andrew at ID firm fuseproject, Rachel at architecture firm CCS) the two joined together and formed Yield.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Sienna DeGovia (Sculpture 1999) is a sculptor and food stylist based in Los Angeles, with 15 years of commercial experience styling food for film, TV, and print. 

Unlike many of her peers, she comes to the field from a three-dimensional art stance rather than a purely culinary one. 

Unique Specialty Pays Off

Her specialty is highly decorated baked goods and anything sweet, though she enjoys styling all of the food groups and beverages, too. 

Her list of clients includes Mad Men, The Muppets, Coca-Cola, Target, Disney, and Bon Appetit.

It was at CCA that DeGovia started creating artworks using food as a medium, specifically as a means to elicit emotional responses. She articulated for herself the connection between beauty and food that has characterized all of her work since.

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