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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

...and Toyin Odutola, a Nigerian-born artist whose black faces — drawn with pens and markers — are peppered with marks resembling tattoo strips, which turn Odutola's profiles into thriving mosaics. Odutola, who earned an MFA last year from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, has said that Weems is one of her cherished role models.

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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

Encouraged by teachers, he began to write essays, including one about the humiliating time his father spent in prison for making illegal liquor during Prohibition. After graduating from high school — the first member of his family to do so — he served on a U.S. Navy minesweeper during the Korean War. He went on to college under the G.I. Bill, earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts and a master's degree in fine arts from Cal State Sacramento, before finding his way into teaching high school.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by A. Will Brown

Sarah Hotchkiss at Southern Exposure's 39th Birthday Block Party, September 2013

HI WELCOME TO A SUSPENDED FUTURE COVERED IN MOONDUST AND GLORY

Reading these provocative and humorous words on the computer screen doesn't do justice to the phrase as it was originally delivered: hanging in four perfect, upside-down arches, weighted by nothing more than the elegant tug of gravity, from the ceiling beams of the Nave on CCA's San Francisco campus. The letters were huge cutouts, shiny and red, reminiscent of a "happy birthday" banner.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Chris Bliss

José Montoya in 2001 (Photo: Dick Schmidt / The Sacramento Bee)

He was one of the most influential and inspirational figures in California Latino history. The poet, artist, and activist José Montoya died on September 25, 2013, at age 81, in his midtown Sacramento home.

He earned his teaching credential at CCA in 1962. Montoya was an important Latino leader, not only among the artists and activists of the 1960s and 1970s, but among innumerable artists of subsequent generations as well.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Alumni Association

Last year we asked our alumni to participate in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) survey, a national survey designed to enhance the quality of arts education. Over 1,300 undergraduate and graduate alumni from across the years and disciplines completed the survey.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Tom Barbash at Mrs. Dalloway's Books in Berkeley for a reading from "Stay Up With Me"

MFA Program in Writing faculty member and critically acclaimed author, educator, and critic Tom Barbash has many notable literary successes under his belt.

His recent effort, however, a recently published collection of short stories, titled Stay Up With Me (Ecco/HarperCollins), puts him among some of the most celebrated writers of the day.

Barbash, who wrote the novel The Last Good Chance and the bestselling nonfiction work On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick & 9/11: A Story of Loss & Renewal, has also had his fiction appear in Tin House magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Indiana Review, among other publications.

He is no stranger to seeing his words in print.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Allison Byers

If the whole idea sounds too academic, consider the creator. Rubin is an associate professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University. He also has a master of fine arts degree from the California College of the Arts. He likes using public places as art projects. He founded the Independent School of Art in San Francisco and set up the Museum of Modern Failure in Pittsburgh for a semester in 2007.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Alumni Association

Alexandra Grant, Drawn to Language, USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Sept.-Dec. 2013.View slideshow 

This collection of alumni notes features recent accomplishments from our alumni.

Tell Us About Your Recent Alumni Note

We encourage all alumni to use the online CCA Alumni Note submission form to inform us about your recent and upcoming exhibitions, honors, and publications.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Minnows: A Shattered Novel
Journal of Experimental Fiction Press / Depth Charge Publishing, 2013
Paperback, 320 pages, $17

Jønathan Lyons (MFA Writing 2005) wrote this book about a child and his younger brother, who get out of school for the summer and have their world come crashing down around them, shards raining across the text. Creating this work of experimental fiction involved cutting up and rearranging blocks and columns of text, hanging them on walls throughout Lyons's basement, and then striving to bring this exploded narrative into a coherent whole.

Lyons lives and writes in Central Pennsylvania. He teaches writing and literature at Bucknell University. His writing has appeared in the Journal of Experimental Fiction, Hotel Amerika, Exquisite Corpse, and elsewhere.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Star 82 Review issues 2 and 3
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
Paperback, 44 pages, $9.95

In the spirit of summer travel, the second issue of Star 82 Review, an online and print art and literature magazine edited by Printmaking faculty member Alisa Golden, features personal essays, poems, and stories that revolve around planes, trains, and automobiles. Layered and worthy of multiple readings, these pieces deal with parents and children, dreams and daydreams, life-cycle events and life in general. A special feature is a page from Tom Phillips's A Humument app.

Contributors with CCA connection this issue: Zack Rogow, former MFA Program in Writing faculty.

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