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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Rachel Walther

ARCADE’s new website, fall 2012 (photo by Scott Thiessen)

Between her responsibilities running a thriving nonprofit and being the single mom of an 11-year-old daughter, Kelly Rodriguez (Architecture 1997) is always working: to support her family, enrich her community, and improve the world at large. And she wouldn't have it any other way.

Rodriguez is the executive director of ARCADE, a Seattle-based nonprofit that promotes multidisciplinary dialogues centering on the integration of architecture, design, culture, science, the arts, and everything in between. It publishes a quarterly magazine, coordinates cultural events for the community, and maintains an increasingly robust web and social media presence.

A glance at ARCADE's calendar reveals a bevy of options offered weekly for anyone interested in design, architecture, and the arts, from lectures by visiting scholars to documentary film screenings and info nights featuring free tutorials on design software.

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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

CCA DMBA Alum Ardy Sobhani and business partner Anton Willis of Oru Kayak are featured in this episode of CNN Blueprint, as well as former Industrial Design Chair Yves Behar.

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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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