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.