CCA News

Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents a new multichannel video installation by Anthony Burdin, on view from April 7 through May 14 in the CCA Wattis Institute's Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts.

This marks the first West Coast solo exhibition for the artist, whose 2003 exhibition at Maccarone Gallery in New York was singled out by the New York Times as one of the most auspicious debuts of the year. Burdin's installation in the Logan Galleries will incorporate video, sound and sculptural objects.

Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts (CCA) will host a gala fundraiser on April 28 at San Francisco's Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason. "Threads" will include a cocktail reception and dinner, followed by a special presentation of the CCA Fashion Show. The innovative runway fashion show will feature original designs presented by professional models, in an atmosphere of high energy and excitement. This year's runway show will feature the collections of ten up-and-coming designers, selected from the graduating class of 2005 by a jury of CCA faculty and industry professionals. In addition, seven students will show their work in a gallery setting, which will also be part of the evening's festivities.

Lead sponsorship for the gala is generously provided by Osterweis Capital Management. Kimberly Blattner and Anne Robinson Woods are cochairs for the gala event. Individual tickets are priced at $250; tables may be reserved for $5,000 and $10,000. Proceeds from the gala will support vital scholarships for CCA students. Catering will be provided by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering.

"'Threads' is the first gala fundraiser for the college since 1997. We are delighted with the enthusiastic response we have received so far," said event cochair Kimberly Blattner. "I'd particularly like to thank our sponsors for their generous support of this new event."

Cochair Anne Robinson Woods added, "CCA's annual fashion show is always a sellout, and we're thrilled that we could have a special fundraiser in conjunction with the show. The event will raise money for scholarships, assuring that the best students will continue to have access to the education offered at the college."

Established in 1996, the fashion design program at CCA is an idea-driven program, emphasizing 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 great individuality and originality who will contribute to fashion as an aspect of modern art and culture as they participate in the global fashion industry. Graduates from the program have gone on to positions with such prominent designers as Donna Karan, BCBG and Alexander McQueen.

Posted on Monday, February 14, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts has invited more than 50 artists from around the world to devise proposals for political and social monuments for the United States of America. The proposals—including drawings, diagrams, maquettes, photocollages and written descriptions—will be displayed in "Monuments for the USA," an exhibition on view from April 7 through May 14 in the CCA Wattis Institute's Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts.

Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Four CCA Industrial Design students have won the top prizes in "An Eye for Why," a national student design competition sponsored by Dyson and the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA). Brandon Warren won first prize ($5,000), Isamu Yoda took second place ($2,000), and third prizes were awarded to Jennifer Olsen and Christine Miller ($1,000).

The students were enrolled in ID3 Studio in the fall 2004 semester. Instructors Kiersten Muenchinger and Rick Lewis led a semester-long investigation into the potential for innovation within the realm of domestic products. This study area was chosen as a level-appropriate investigation within the ID curriculum and also to coincide with the design competition.

Brandon's project will represent the USA in the next phase, the international ID competition called Dyson Blue Print, where his project will compete against winners from other countries. Additionally, Brandon will be flown to New York in late February for the American press celebration and unveiling, accompanied by Kiersten and Rick.

"An Eye for Why" is Dyson's first U.S. student design competition and was open to students at any of the NASAD-accredited degree programs or individual student members of IDSA. The assignment was to create a product that "will reflect Dyson's philosophy and commitment to intelligent, function-first design and will be designed to work better by solving a problem." Founded by British design entrepreneur James Dyson, Dyson is best known for its line of vacuum cleaners. For more information, visit the Dyson website.

Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Third-year architecture students Joseph Barajas, Michael Boone, Patrick Flynn, and Daniel Robb have received the distinction Design of Note for their submission to the National AIDS Memorial Design Competition. The competition was created to identify an outstanding artistic complement for the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.

There were nearly 200 entries for the competition from 21 states and 22 countries.

Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts will host an exhibition of entries received from throughout the world for the National AIDS Memorial Design Competition. The exhibition will run from Monday, January 17, through Friday, January 21, 2005 (8 a.m.–9 p.m.) at the CCA San Francisco campus. There will be a reception honoring Bay Area entrants from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Posted on Wednesday, January 5, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Top California interior designers present trendsetting, provocative and polished new work at the winter 2005 Interior Designers Forum: "Luxury Redefined." Moderated by best-selling design author and editor Diane Dorrans Saeks, "Luxury Redefined" provides the public with the rare opportunity to see new, original design work and engage in lively dialogue on a broad range of design topics. The forum will explore the role of luxury as it relates to today's design: its everyday expression, its details and how tastes in luxury change.

Presented by the California College of the Arts (CCA) Extended Education Department, the forum will take place from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, January 29, at CCA's San Francisco campus.

The program includes "Luxury Is in the Details," with keynote speaker Paul Vincent Wiseman of The Wiseman Group; "Refinement and Restraint," with guest speaker Rebecca Bradley of Rebecca Bradley Interior Design; and "Luxury in Three Acts," with featured speaker Pamela Babey of Babey Moulton Jue & Booth. Other speakers for the day include Martha Angus of Martha Angus, Inc., Collin Burry of Gensler, Gary Hutton of Gary Hutton Design and Fred Lyon of Fred Lyon Pictures.

Moderator Diane Dorrans Saeks is the author of 16 books, most recently "Hollywood Style" and "San Francisco Style." A noted editor and lecturer, Ms. Saeks has written extensively for the New York Times, Garden Design, Departures and many other design publications around the world. She is the California editor of Metropolitan Home and the interior design editor of PaperCity.

Please note that speakers are subject to change. The cost of the seminar is $120 and will include lunch. ASID members may earn 0.6 CEU credit. Preregistration is required. Those interested should call 510.594.3710 to register or receive more information.

Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents "Irreducible: Contemporary Short Form Video," an international survey featuring video work by artists from over 20 countries. "Irreducible" brings together recent works that are structured around a single situation, action or individual and often reinterpret the process-oriented concerns of performance and conceptual art from the 1970s, while exploring an expanded social and psychological landscape.