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Posted on Saturday, December 11, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

More than 700 Bay Area students, some hoping to find out if they have what it takes to forge a career as an artist or creative professional and others simply looking to pursue higher education through the arts, will attend National Portfolio Day in San Francisco next month. Hosted this year by California College of the Arts (CCA), National Portfolio Day gives students the opportunity to have their portfolios reviewed by representatives from over thirty institutions from across the nation as well as gather information about the schools. National Portfolio Day will take place on January 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CCA's San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street). Portfolio reviews begin at noon. The event is free and open to the public.

"These are exciting times for students pursing an education through the arts," says CCA President Michael S. Roth. "While art school was once thought of as an option solely for those committed to earning their livelihood through artistic practice, students who have found creative endeavors satisfying throughout their high school years are now considering art school as a college choice whether or not they are certain about wanting a career as a professional artist. This makes them great job candidates in the new 'creative economy' that prizes the capacity for innovation. Of course many art school grads do go on to become successful artists, architects and designers, but as is the case with any undergraduate liberal arts major, many go on to develop meaningful careers in business, politics, education and other professions. An education through the arts enhances not only the development of aesthetic and conceptual abilities, but also contextual and critical thinking, problem solving and entrepreneurial capacity," says Roth.

All of the schools that will be represented at National Portfolio Day are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Students who attend will receive a directory of schools by major and will also have the opportunity to attend workshops on financial aid. Those interested in learning more about National Portfolio Day or obtaining a schedule of the day's events should contact CCA Enrollment Services Office at 415.703.9523 or visit

About National Portfolio Day

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. Since 1978, NPDA members have been hosting portfolio days and career-in-the-arts events throughout the United States and in Canada. The Association consists of accredited art colleges and university art departments which are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It is the only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education. For more information, visit

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Posted on Monday, November 15, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

Beginning in fall 2005, California College of the Arts (CCA) will be the first art school to offer a Bachelors of Fine Arts Program (BFA) in community arts. An interdisciplinary program, the BFA in Community Arts focuses on community-based arts practice and theory, with an emphasis on service learning, civic engagement and issues in diversity.

The program draws on the rich resources of the CCA Center for Art and Public Life, which creates community partnerships based on creative practice that serve the college and the diverse population of Oakland and San Francisco. Through courses in the Community Arts Program, students will have the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to numerous community settings established through the Center, such as public schools, health centers, non-profit community organizations, museums, cultural centers and neighborhoods. Examples include Children's Hospital, Creative Growth Art Center, the National Institute of Art and Disabilities, Studio One Art Center, Creative Arts Charter School and the Oakland Museum.

"This program is unique because it challenges students to be active participants in society by exploring and practicing the integration of art and social change. As artist citizens, we find creative solutions to political, social and economic issues in urban, rural and global communities. In the last ten years, art practice has changed considerably. While at one time being an artist meant a more solitary way of life, many artists today are seeking direct involvement with their communities. By lending the skills and knowledge of their professions to community organizations, service providers, cultural institutions and government agencies, they are active agents for social engagement and change," says Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, director of the Center for Art and Public Life and chair of diversity studies at CCA.

The community arts curriculum combines coursework in the humanities and sciences with Core studios, studio electives, courses in arts administration and cultural diversity and a required internship. Students graduate with an understanding of how historical, social, economic and political factors of communities relate to community art. Students may choose the SMART (Subject Matter Art) emphasis, a precredential program that meets the basic entry requirement for postgraduate, state-approved teacher credentialing programs. Those interested in learning more about CCA's BFA in Community Arts, should call 800.447.1278.

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Posted on Friday, November 12, 2004 by Jim Norrena

When he was four years old, Tomie dePaola wanted to become a writer, an illustrator, and a tap dancer. In his long and varied career, dePaola has done all of that and more. He is a prolific author of some two hundred children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Award–winning Strega Nona. He still works seven days a week.

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Posted on Friday, November 12, 2004 by Jim Norrena

Although Tory Cross began his arts education studying sculpture at Northern Arizona University, he sought something more—and he found it in the Bay Area’s culture, energy, and size, including discovering California College of the Arts.

In addition to the move, he also switched his focus to industrial design. He explains: “A lot of the sculpture I was doing was very interactive—it wasn’t passive work—it was work where I was trying to engage viewers to interact with the pieces.”

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Posted on Friday, November 12, 2004 by Jim Norrena

Designer Roxanne “Roxy” Lo has set in motion the coolest Ibis bikes in the Bay Area, designed for CamelPak and Pottery Barn, and worked for Design Continuum, frog design, fuseproject, and Gingko Designs in San Francisco. Roxy’s talent has taken her to worldwide locations, yet she attributes her success to empathy. “I truly care about the product, and developing new ideas is fun!”

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Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

CCA trustee Barclay Simpson and his wife Sharon Hanley Simpson will receive the Outstanding Philanthropist Award at the 2004 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon in San Francisco on November 15. The award, given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, pays tribute to an exceptional individual donor who generously provides a lead gift or substantially assists a nonprofit organization.

A member of the board of trustees since 1986, Barclay has served in several leadership positions, including development committee chair for six years. During that time, he increased contributions significantly, brought on new trustees and new donors, and made leadership gifts that set the stage for the college's expansion in the late 1990s.

Barclay and Sharon have given generously to the college over the years to support a variety of projects. In 1998, the Simpsons' gift built the Sharon Hanley Simpson Library, a critical part of the San Francisco campus. The Simpson Library—much larger and better equipped than the previous facility—enabled a dramatic expansion in academic resources, including strategic growth in the library collection. The Simpson name also graces the award-winning sculpture facility in Oakland, which was completed in 1993. The couple have also been generous supporters of the Center for Art and Public Life.

CCA president Michael Roth commented, "The magnitude of the Simpsons' support for the college is only surpassed by their leadership and their caring as donors. They are gracious and unassuming patrons. The only recognition they desire is that their gifts inspire others to give. Barclay has been an exceptional leader on our board of trustees, not only motivating others to give, but also giving wise counsel on a variety of issues and maximizing the effectiveness of the staff/trustee partnership in leading the school."

CCA is not the only Bay Area organization fortunate enough to receive the Simpsons' thoughtful support. They are generous donors to Berkeley Art Museum; a range of other departments at UC Berkeley; Girls Inc of Alameda County; California Shakespeare Festival; Museum of Children's Art; Bay Area Discovery Museum; Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and San Leandro; Berkeley Public Library and Orinda Public Library; Chabot Space and Science Center; John F. Kennedy Universtiy; Wardrobe for Opportunity; and the Pacific Vision Foundation.

"The Simpsons have used their giving and their passion for the college to motivate others to support our mission of excellence in art education," said Roth. "We are grateful to them and congratulate them on this well-deserved award."

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Posted on Friday, October 29, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

"Irreducible: Contemporary Short Form Video"
January 19–March 19, 2005
Opening reception: Tuesday, January 18, 7–8:30 p.m.

An international survey featuring video work by artists from over 20 countries. "Irreducible" brings together recent video works that are structured around a single situation, action or individual, often reinterpreting the process-oriented concerns of performance and conceptual art from the 1970s, while exploring an expanded social and psychological landscape. Artists include Mauricio Alejo, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Jesper Alvaer, Yael Bartana, Mircea Cantor, Douglas Gordon, Kimsooja, Glenda Leon, Mark Lewis, Mads Lynnerup, Aernout Mik, Will Rogan, Aida Ruilova, Wilhem Sasnal, Song Dong, Fiona Tan, Su-Mei Tse, Gillian Wearing, Wood & Harrison, David Zink Yi and Artur Zmijewski.

Anthony Burdin: New Work
April 7–May 14, 2005

Articulating a complex and hallucinatory California Gothic, Burdin's video installations and drawings explore a kinship between fact and fantasy, between the conventions of pop music and marketing and the obsessive desires of fans. His videos—many of which are made in the 1973 Chevy Nova in which he has lived during much of the past decade—are characterized by a restlessly nomadic aesthetic. Featuring jittery but fluid handheld camera work and the growling voices of Burdin's various alter egos, these videos explore the urban and desert landscapes of Southern California while investigating the interior of the automobile as a charged psychological space.

Capp Street Project 2005: Tariq Alvi
April 7–May 14, 2005

The British-born Indian artist Tariq Alvi's work takes the form of a complex mapping of emotional and psychological landscapes. Recycling and recontextualizing found printed matter (club flyers, restaurant menus, jewelry catalogs, newspaper headlines, classified ads, maps, etc.) into sprawling three-dimensional collage-like works, Alvi's art orients around his self-designated status as an alien—both ethnic and sexual. Alvi's fragile—and often ephemeral—works operate at the threshold of private and public life and seek to reconcile the often contradictory impulses of reality and desire. For his Capp Street Project, Alvi will create a site-specific installation.

Monuments for the USA
April 7–May 14, 2005

Over 100 international artists will devise proposals for political and social monuments appropriate for the people of the United States. Their proposals—which may take the form of drawings, diagrams, maquettes, photo-collages, verbal descriptions, etc.—will be displayed in the gallery. Information and specifications for the proposed monuments will then be published and circulated in hopes that the works will be commissioned or funded. Featured artists will include Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Jessica Diamond, Sam Durant, Thomas Hirschhorn, Zhang Huan, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Ken Lum, Aleksandra Mir, Gary Simmons, Do-Ho Suh, Mark Wallinger, Fred Wilson and many others.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 5, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

Simon J. Blattner, chair of the Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts (CCA), has announced the appointment of six new trustees: Louis Belden, Tim Brown, Diane Christensen, Byron Kuth, Tim Mott and Alan Stein.

"I'm delighted to welcome our new trustees. They bring a wealth of experience and a high level of commitment and passion to the college," commented Blattner. "I look forward to working with them in the future as we continue to build on CCA's reputation as one of the strongest art and design schools in the country."

Louis Belden is president of Belden and Associates, a San Francisco investment counsel firm. He has been an active community member for many years. He currently serves on the boards of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, Edgewood Center for Families and Children and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO, the nation's largest innovation and design firm. Based in Palo Alto, IDEO has eight locations around the world and more than 350 employees. The firm works on projects in a variety of industries, including computers, furniture, medical, sporting goods, telecommunications, toys and transportation. Prior to his appointment as CEO and president in 2000, Brown was director of IDEO in Europe. He is very committed to design education and has lectured at MIT Sloan School, Stanford University, Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Royal College of Art.

Diane Christensen is CEO of Manzanita Management Corp., an asset management firm. She is also president and board chair of The Christensen Fund, a private, independent foundation dedicated to assisting organizations in the visual arts, conservation science and education. She currently is chair of the board of Verde Valley School in Arizona and serves on the boards of Midland School, the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Wildlife Conservation Society/New York Zoological Society. She is also a member of Stanford's Humanities and Sciences Council and the California Academy of Sciences Council.

Byron Kuth is owner of Kuth/Ranieri Architects, a San Francisco firm specializing in residential, mixed use and commercial projects. The firm has received numerous awards, including ID Magazine's Design Distinction Award—Environments in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and the Architectural League of New York Young Architects Forum "Emerging Voices" award in 2002. Kuth serves on the boards of the LEF Foundation for Art in the Environment and SFMOMA's Architecture and Design Forum. He has been a faculty member at CCA and was visiting faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1999.

Tim Mott is chairman of All Covered, a provider of computer and network services. A cofounder of Electronic Arts, he held a variety of executive positions there from 1982 to 1990. Electronic Arts is now the world's leading interactive entertainment software company, and Mott remains a member of the company's board of directors. Mott also cofounded and was CEO of Macromedia, the leading multimedia software tools company, and he cofounded and was chairman of Audible, the leading Internet spoken word audio company. Currently, in addition to his work with All Covered, Mott manages his investment company, Ironwood Capital. Mott also serves as a trustee of the Dia Art Foundation and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Alan Stein is a managing director of JMP Group. An investment banker for more than 45 years, he has held positions at Weston Presidio Capital, Montgomery Securities and Goldman Sachs and Company. He cofounded and is currently chairman of the board of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the largest nonprofit development company in California. BRIDGE creates and manages a range of affordable, high-quality housing for working families and seniors. A dedicated arts community volunteer, Stein is chairman emeritus of American Conservatory Theater and has served on the board of SFMOMA.

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Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has awarded the Architecture Program a 2004 NCARB Prize for the course "Integrated Building Systems." The prize includes $7,500.

The NCARB Prize honors educational initiatives that unite classroom and office dynamics in creative ways. The Architecture Program was one of six programs that received the prize in 2004.

Part of a building technology sequence for second-year Architecture and Interior Design students, "Integrated Building Systems" is built around a collaborative teaching partnership with a consulting engineering firm and professional mentors.

By introducing students to the complexities of building systems, the course helps them establish a foundation for future knowledge. The collaborative teaching model comprises professional architects and engineers who demonstrate why technical requirements are integral to architectural design. Students study actual buildings and their respective systems, learning to dissect components and functions, analyze their behavior, and represent performance through diagrams. As an added twist, the professional mentors are the designers of the studied buildings.

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See the NCARB Prize webpage for more information about the winning architecture programs.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 1, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

Nine CCA students received Adobe Design Awards this year. Graphic Design student G. Dan Covert won first place in the print category. This is the second year in a row that a CCA student has won first place in that category. In past years, CCA students have also won for their work in video.

The winners were honored on July 29, 2004, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

G. Dan Covert
Print, first place

Michael Morris
Print, third place

Olivia Isabel "Via" San Mateo
Print, honorable mention

Elizabeth Craig and Man Hui Chan
Print collaboration, third place

Ellen Y. Hsu and Edward Maravilla
Print collaboration, honorable mention

Sarah Skaggs and Robby Pande
Print collaboration, honorable mention

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See the Adobe Design Achievement Awards webpage for more information about the winners and their projects.

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