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Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Ann Hatch

At its annual meeting on April 25, the Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts (CCA) approved the appointment of Ann M. Hatch as chair. The appointment is effective in June 2005. Hatch succeeds Simon Blattner, who has served as chair since May 2002.

"I am inspired by CCA, a nationally recognized college committed to providing students with a strong opportunity to explore their creativity and build a meaningful foundation in the arts. This is a real asset to the Bay Area," stated Hatch.

CCA President Michael S. Roth commented on the appointment, "As a board member for the past seven years, Ann has developed a deep understanding of the core academic mission of the college and, perhaps most importantly, she has a clear vision of the institution's promise. She is an ardent and articulate advocate for contemporary art and design. I look forward to working with her and our board to advance the college's important mission."

Ann M. Hatch is a native San Franciscan and a philanthropist. In 1983 she founded Capp Street Project (CSP), a nationally recognized artist residency program. She was instrumental in bringing CSP to the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in 1998. In 1997 Hatch, together with Robert and Margrit Mondavi, cofounded the Oxbow School, an independent high school for the arts in Napa. She will be stepping down as chair of Oxbow's board to assume her new position at CCA. She has served on the boards of many arts organizations, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN (since 1973), the Berkeley Art Museum (1996–99), Oakland Museum of California (1995–99) and the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA (1992–99). She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including honorary doctorates from CCA (2003) and the San Francisco Art Institute (1991) and an award for achievement in the prevention of child abuse (1988). In 1991, San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos declared January 31 Ann Hatch Day in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the community.

About the College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts and master of fine arts degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students. Noted alumni include painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey and Peter Voulkos; filmmaker Wayne Wang; conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Four CCA graduate students were accepted into the 2005 residency program of the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Textile artists Matt Gerring, Angela Hennessy, and Sarah Wagner and painter Isaac Lin were selected from 1,400 applicants worldwide.

Open to only 65 students each year, this summer program is an intensive nine-week residency for advanced students, giving them the opportunity to work with a visiting faculty of leading contemporary artists.

"Skowhegan offers an unparalleled environment for creating new work. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can be a launching pad for emerging artists," said Lawrence Rinder, CCA's dean of graduate studies. "I'm thrilled that the high caliber of the work of our students was recognized by the Skowhegan jury."

Founded in 1946 on lakeside farmland in rural Maine, Skowhegan has served as an important resource for artists and a catalyst for the advancement of their work. Founded by artists, and still governed by artists, Skowhegan provides a rigorous, supportive atmosphere in which emerging artists are encouraged to work and explore free from the expectations of the marketplace and academia.

From Ellsworth Kelly and Janet Fish, to Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin, Skowhegan alumni represent a diverse line of some of the most influential artists of the last five decades.

The 2005 Skowhegan residency programs runs June 11 through August 15.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts (CCA) will confer honorary doctorate degrees on art historian Samella Lewis, poet Michael McClure and philanthropist Barclay Simpson at the 98th Commencement Exercises held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco. Michael McClure is the commencement speaker; his speech will take the form of a performance with noted composer Terry Riley, founder of the minimalist and new tonality movements. In addition to attending the commencement ceremonies, Lewis, McClure and Simpson will be honored at a private dinner the night before and will participate in the post-commencement reception on CCA's San Francisco campus.

The career of teacher, scholar and artist Samella Lewis has spanned more than 50 years. One of the first African-American women to obtain a doctorate in art history, Lewis has championed the artists of her time, including Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Lois Mailou Jones and John Biggers. While professor of art history at Scripps College, she founded the International Review of African American Art (originally released as Black Art, An International Quarterly). She has curated many exhibitions both in the United States and abroad and was founding director of the Museum of African American Art. As an artist, Lewis is primarily known for her prints, which in the 1960s and 1970s reflected the struggle for humanity and freedom among people of color. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 1993 Charles White Lifetime Achievement Award and the 1995 UNICEF Award for the Visual Arts. In 1996–97 she was a distinguished scholar at the Getty Research Institute.

The Los Angeles Times called him "the role model for Jim Morrison." Poet and playwright Michael McClure burst onto the literary scene in 1954 at the legendary Six Gallery in San Francisco with fellow writers Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac. Author of more than 30 volumes of poetry and 20 plays, he has given hundreds, if not thousands, of readings at clubs, colleges and theaters and has also conducted numerous writing workshops. His many awards include a New York Theater Critic's Award, two Obies, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry from the National Poetry Association and grants and fellowships from such prestigious organizations as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been teaching at CCA since 1963—the longest tenure of any faculty member at the college. Most recently, McClure has been performing and recording with Ray Manzarek, former keyboardist for the Doors. In December 2004, the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley acquired McClure's journals from the years 1956 through 2002.

Entrepreneur and art aficionado Barclay Simpson is founder and chairman of Dublin-based Simpson Manufacturing. A member of CCA's Board of Trustees since 1986, Simpson and his wife, Sharon, have supported a variety of projects at the college, including the Sharon Hanley Simpson Library on the San Francisco campus and the award-winning sculpture facility on the Oakland campus. Each year the Simpson Scholarship is awarded to outstanding graduate students. The Simpsons are also generous donors to the Berkeley Art Museum; 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 University; Wardrobe for Opportunity; and Pacific Vision Foundation. In November 2004 they received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon in San Francisco.

The college will confer degrees on 361 students at the 2005 Commencement Exercises. For more information about CCA's honorary doctorate degrees or about the college's 98th Commencement Exercises, please call 510.594.3666.

About the College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 18 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts and master of fine arts degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,500 full-time students. Noted alumni include painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey and Peter Voulkos; filmmaker Wayne Wang; conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl.

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Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Responding to overwhelming interest, California College of the Arts (CCA) will present a special encore production of the senior fashion show that will take place immediately following the "Threads" gala and fashion show. "Threads" and the encore runway show, titled "Pulling Threads," will both take place Thursday, April 28, at Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, in San Francisco. Tickets for "Pulling Threads" are $10 and go on sale at 9:45 p.m.; the doors will open at 10 p.m.

"Threads," a fundraiser benefiting scholarship programs at the college, will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event includes a cocktail reception, dinner and a special presentation of the CCA Senior Fashion Show. Individual tickets are priced at $250; tables may be reserved for $5,000 and $10,000.

Fashion design at CCA is an idea-driven program that emphasizes both design concepts and skill development. Students learn the technical skills of pattern making, sewing, draping and fashion illustration, as well as visual and oral communication skills. CCA offers innovative courses, passionate teaching and vigorous design discipline. The program's goal is to graduate fashion designers of daring individuality and originality who will contribute to fashion as an aspect of modern art and culture as they participate in the global fashion industry.

p. California College of the Arts is pleased to thank Osterweis Capital Management, lead sponsor of "Threads." Special thanks to our Haute Couture Patrons, Diane Christensen and Jean Pierret, Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein and Anita and Ronald Wornick, and our Nouvelle Couture Patrons, Kimberly and Simon Blattner, Tom and Jan Boyce, Tecoah and Thomas Bruce, E. J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc., Lois Gordon and Robin Strawbridge, Mary Green, Leigh Hudson, Eve and Harvey Masonek, Tony and Celeste Meier, Lorna F. Meyer and Dennis Calas, Timothy Mott, Steven and Nancy Oliver, David and Mary Robinson, Karen and Ronald Rose, Michael S. Roth and Kari Weil, Dorothy and George Saxe, Phil Schlein, Barclay and Sharon Simpson, Alan and Ruth Stein, Judy and Bill Timken, Kay and Frank Woods and Mary and Harold Zlot. In addition, CCA would like to thank in-kind donor Robert Mondavi Family of Wines and our media sponsor, Surface Magazine.

About the College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 18 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers the bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of architecture, master of fine arts, master of arts and master of architecture degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,500 full-time students.

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"Threads": Gala and Fashion Show
Thursday, April 28, 6–10 p.m.
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco
Information: 510.594.3776
Tickets: Individual $250; tables $5,000–$10,000

"Threads," a gala fundraiser hosted by California College of the Arts (CCA), will include a cocktail reception, dinner and a special presentation of the CCA Senior Fashion Show. The innovative runway fashion show will feature original designs presented by professional models, in an atmosphere of high energy and excitement. Proceeds from the gala will support vital scholarships for CCA students.

"Pulling Threads": CCA Senior Fashion Show
Thursday, April 28, doors open 10 p.m. (tickets on sale 9:45 p.m.)
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco
Information: 415.703.9519
Tickets: Individual $10; free to CCA students with ID

An encore production of the CCA Senior Fashion Show, the innovative runway show will feature original designs presented by professional models, in an atmosphere of high energy and excitement.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts (CCA) presents the 2005 Graduate Exhibition, featuring the work of 87 graduating MFA and MA students in the areas of design, fine arts, visual criticism, writing and curatorial practice. The visual arts exhibition is on view from May 12 through May 21. A series of readings and presentations is planned from April 30 through May 21. All events are free, open to the public and take place on the CCA San Francisco campus at 1111 Eighth Street. A schedule of programs is below.

The Graduate Exhibition opens Thursday, May 12, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and tantalizing one-minute readings by writing students at 7:30 p.m. Work by students in design and fine arts will be on view.

Curated by faculty member Glen Helfand, the exhibition features many new and innovative works, including an embroidered globe of the moon, 3-D pixel sculptures, interactive woven textiles and a full-scale tree covered with mosaic tile, along with works in painting, video, sound, sculpture, photography and social interaction.

The show unfolds throughout the school, giving visitors the opportunity to tour much of the San Francisco campus.

Hours are 10 a.m.–8 p.m. daily. The exhibition continues through May 21. Images are available upon request.

Thesis presentations by students in the MA Program in Visual Criticism are scheduled for Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A literary salon, presented by the MFA Program in Writing, will take place Friday, May 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. "Downtime: Constructing Leisure," the exhibition curated by curatorial practice students, continues through Saturday, May 14 at New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom Street. For more information, call CCA's Graduate Office at 415.551.9251.

About the College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 18 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers the bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of architecture, master of fine arts, master of arts and master of architecture degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,500 full-time students.

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Art Exhibition
Thursday, May 12–Saturday, May 21
2005 CCA Graduate Exhibition
Open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Opening reception: Thursday, May 12, 6–9 p.m.
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin), San Francisco
Work by students in design and fine arts will be on view. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 415.551.9251.

Readings and Presentations
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Visual Criticism Thesis Presentations
Timken Lecture Hall
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin), San Francisco

Morning presentations, 10 a.m.–noon

  • Shana Agid, "'Fags Doom Nations' and Other Parables of Hate"
  • Doreen Schmid, "Original Sin in India and Other Colonized Edens"
  • Ekta Ohri, "Transnational Altar-ations: Constructing Indian-ness in American Kitchens"
  • Bruce King-Shey, "Queering the Universal Rhetoric of Objects"

Afternoon presentations, 1–3 p.m.

  • Kathleen Maloney, "Visual Listening in Sound Performance"
  • Emily Clark, "Artists Using Medical Imaging: What of I.T.?"
  • Annie Lawson, "Porch Stories: Changes in Hawaiian Social Space"
  • Ramsay Bell Breslin, "Memorializing in New (Old) Harmony"

Reception: 3–4 p.m.

Free and open to the public. For more information, call 415.551.9251.

The One-Minute Writing Extravaganza
Thursday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin), San Francisco
Students graduating from the MFA Program in Writing read tantalizing one-minute excerpts from their work. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 415.551.9251.

MFA in Writing Literary Salon
Friday, May 13, 7–9 p.m.
Writers' Studio, Room 107
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin), San Francisco
Readings in fiction, poetry and experimental work, by students graduating from the MFA Program in Writing. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 415.551.9251.

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Posted on Monday, April 4, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts (CCA) and New Langton Arts present "Downtime: Constructing Leisure," an exhibition that explores our lives off the clock. Curated by the nine members of the inaugural class of the CCA MA Program in Curatorial Practice, "Downtime" is on view April 13–May 14, 2005, at New Langton Arts, located at 1246 Folsom Street in San Francisco.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts (CCA) presents the annual Graduate Open Studios, featuring the work of students in fine arts, architecture, design and writing. On Sunday, April 3, from 12 to 5 p.m., more than 175 students will open their studios to the public on the CCA San Francisco campus at 1111 Eighth Street.

All of the artists will be present to converse with those interested in their work, and the event will offer an informal preview of works to be shown in the 2005 CCA Graduate Exhibition (May 13–21).

In conjunction with Open Studios, graduate creative writing students and faculty will read excerpts from original work, throughout the day in the Writer's Studio, room 107.

Clearly labeled self-guided tour maps will be available, as well as on-site representatives to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the CCA Graduate Office at 415.551.9213.

About the College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts and master of fine arts degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,500 full-time students.

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April 3
California College of the Arts
Graduate Open Studios
12–5 p.m., California College of the Arts, San Francisco campus
1111 Eighth Street
Cost: Free
Un-metered street parking available
Info: 415.551.9213

California College of the Arts graduate students in fine arts, architecture, design and writing open their studios to the public.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts presents its annual Spring Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. The event will be held on the CCA Oakland campus, located at 5212 Broadway (at College Avenue).

Enjoy live jazz music and stroll the campus grounds while collecting one-of-a-kind work by CCA's freshest student and alumni talent. The sale will feature unique yet inexpensive hand-crafted items such as ceramics, blown glass, jewelry, clothing, photography, textiles and paintings.

Proceeds go to the individual artists. Refreshments, food and baked goods will be available for purchase.

Those interested should call 510.594.3666 for more information.

About the College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts and master of fine arts degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,500 full-time students.

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April 16
California College of the Arts
Spring Fair
11 a.m.–3 p.m., main walkway, California College of the Arts, Oakland campus, 5212 Broadway
Info: 510.594.3666

Collect work by CCA's newest talent at the annual Spring Fair. Presented by Student Affairs Office. Shop for unique gifts handmade by the talented students and alumni of California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

On Saturday, April 2, 25 families will meet at the East Oakland Youth Development Center to kick off 100 Families Oakland: Art & Social Change (100 Families Oakland), a community art project for 100 families from Oakland neighborhoods (East Oakland, Fruitvale, Chinatown and West Oakland).

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Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Tariq Alvi is the spring 2005 Capp Street Project artist in residence at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Recycling and recontextualizing found printed matter into sprawling three-dimensional collage-like works, Alvi creates complex maps of emotional and psychological landscapes. His 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 incorporating various media.

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