CCA News

Posted on Monday, August 14, 2006 by Kim Lessard

Building on its commitment to prepare students for the design challenges of the 21st century, California College of the Arts (CCA) will offer a new architecture class called "Material Choice and Environmental Impact," beginning fall 2006. The class will address the critical assessment skills architecture students need to determine the environmental and social impact of common construction materials.

Posted on Friday, August 4, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

Hannah Gallagher

Two CCA fashion alumni, Amber Clisura ('06) and Hannah Gallagher ('06), were chosen out of hundreds of recent Bay Area graduates to show off their designs in the Emerging Stars runway show during San Francisco Fashion Week.

Returning for its second year, the Emerging Stars runway show features creations by 16 carefully selected Bay Area fashion design students. This year's show, themed Black Orchid, is on August 24 at 8 p.m. at the San Francisco Design Center.

Clisura, a native San Franciscan, claims the city is her fashion inspiration.

Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Cloud Boy

CCA illustration alumnus Rhode Montijo ('95) published his first children's book, "Cloud Boy," with Simon & Schuster in April 2006. Montijo both wrote and illustrated this story about belonging and sharing that goes to the heart of what it means to be an artist.

Montijo said, "After graduating I took an extended education course at CCA in children's books by author/artist Arden Johnson, who showed me the tools I needed to get published. I came up with the idea of 'Cloud Boy' in her class by wondering what it would be like if there were someone up in the clouds, creating the shapes we see. 'Cloud Boy' is about belonging and sharing with art, and a story that I hope will appeal to anyone, especially those who express themselves creatively."

Montijo has also illustrated a new children's book titled "The Three Swingin' Pigs" due out in 2007 from publisher Henry Holt and written by Vicky Rubin. The illustrations are fully painted, which is a first for Montijo.

He is currently illustrating the eight-book series "Melvin Beederman, Superhero" for Henry Holt. Three of the Beederman books are available: "The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich," "The Revenge of the McNasty Brothers," and "The Grateful Fred."

Starting in 1999, Montijo self-published the five-issue comic book "Pablo's Inferno," a Xeric Foundation grant recipient.

For more information, visit Rhode Montijo's website. For more information about the CCA Illustration Program, see Illustration.

Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Fritz Haeg Studio, Bernardi Salcedo Residence, 2006

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents "Humans Were Here! (Building in L.A.)," an exhibition of work by Barbara Bestor Architecture, Escher GuneWardena Architecture, Fritz Haeg Studio, Taalman Koch Architecture, Francois Perrin and Alexis Rochas. Beginning to make a mark on their city and beyond, these six young and diverse architecture and design practices are part of a large community of architects and designers on the east side of Los Angeles. This exhibition was organized by Sundown Salon.

Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Yvonne Mouser, Conjoined

California College of the Arts (CCA) will present a special juried alumni exhibition at the American Craft Council's (ACC) Fine Craft Show held August 11–13 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The work of six CCA alumni will be featured in this special exhibition.

Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge


CCA architecture students Patrick Flynn and Joseph Barajas were recently awarded an honorable mention in the 2005–6 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition. Their project, Billboard, is the design for a natatorium and was created in the fall 2005 semester under the direction of faculty members Charles Dilworth and Sarah Willmer.

The competition is sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and is administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Students had the opportunity to compete in two separate categories.

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Jens Hoffmann

Jens Hoffmann, currently director of exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, has been named as the new director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, as announced today by Michael S. Roth, president of California College of the Arts (CCA).

Hoffmann will be responsible for the development of exhibitions and public programs in venues on the college's San Francisco campus, which include the Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries and Timken Lecture Hall. Hoffmann will take up his position at CCA on November 1, 2006, although he will continue his role at the ICA until early 2007.

Hoffmann succeeds Ralph Rugoff, who was director of the CCA Wattis Institute from August 2000 to May 2006; Rugoff recently was appointed director of the Hayward Gallery in London.

Roth commented on Hoffmann's appointment: "Jens has developed some of the most stimulating and inspired programming in the field of contemporary art. He has worked extensively with a broad range of artists, writers and curators from around the globe. His expertise in the presentation of contemporary art and his considerable teaching, lecturing and publication experience will serve him well in guiding the CCA Wattis Institute. California College of the Arts has become a leading venue for the development of thoughtful, engaging exhibitions and Jens is just the right person to build on the accomplishments of the last several years."

"I'm delighted with my appointment as director of the Wattis," stated Hoffmann, "and I look forward to building on its reputation as a place that can make a difference in the art world. It is a wonderful opportunity to join an institution that embraces both curatorial innovation and critical reflection."

About Jens Hoffmann

Jens Hoffmann has been director of exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London since January 2004. At the ICA he has organized several group exhibitions, including "Artists' Favorite" (2004), "100 Artists See God" (2004–5), "London in Six Easy Steps" (2005), "Around the World in Eighty Days" (2006) and "Alien Nation" (2006). He also has curated solo exhibitions for John Bock, Cerith Wyn Evans, Tino Sehgal, Jonathan Monk and Martha Rosler.

Hoffmann has worked for institutions and exhibitions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; Documenta X, Kassel; Portikus Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; and he has curated exhibitions for KIASMA—Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Kolnischer Kuntstverein, Cologne; Kunstverin, Hamburg; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, as well as a number of institutions in Europe, South America and the United States.

He was co-curator of the 1st Prague Biennial (2003), the 1st Tirana Biennial (2001), and was assistant curator of the 1st Berlin Biennial (1998). As an independent curator, Hoffmann has organized exhibitions since 1998, including "exhibition²," Stockholm (2001); "A Little Bit of History Repeated," Berlin (2001); "A Show That Will Show That A Show Is Not Only A Show," Los Angeles (2002); "The Exhibition As A Work of Art," Rio de Janeiro (2003); "A Walk to Remember," Los Angeles (2005); and "Home of the Free," Chicago (2006).

His most recent publications include "The Next Documenta Should be Curated by an Artist" (Revolver, 2004) and "Perform" (Thames & Hudson, 2005), co-authored with Joan Jonas. He is also one of the authors of forthcoming "Cream 4" (Phaidon, 2007). He has authored more than 100 texts on contemporary art and curatorial practice for art journals and exhibition publications.

He is a lecturer in the curatorial studies program of Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has also led seminars at art schools and universities around the world, including Art Center, Pasadena; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; California Arts Insitute, Los Angeles; Concordia University, Montreal; Escola de Artes Visuais Do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro; Nuova Academia di Belle Arti, Milan; Royal Art Academy, Stockholm; and University of the Arts, Berlin.

About the CCA Wattis Institute

Established in 1998, the CCA Wattis Institute serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of leading-edge local, national and international contemporary culture. Through exhibitions, the Capp Street Project residency program, lectures, symposia, performances and publications in the fields of art, architecture and design, the Wattis Institute fosters interaction among the students and faculty of CCA; art, architecture and design professionals; and the general public.

About California College of the Arts

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 20 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.

Posted on Monday, July 10, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Craig Baldwin, Tribulation 99

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents "Prophets of Deceit," an exhibition that looks into predictions and prophecies as guidelines to the development of history.
This exhibition explores the significance of messianic and apocalyptic cults as systems restraining social behavior. Rather than announcing unsuspected events, claims of anticipated knowledge tend to administer fear and uncertainty in order to dictate the outcome of the future.

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

Mojo Carbon. Photo courtesy of Ibis, Inc.

CCA industrial design alumna Roxy Lo ('99) is the designer behind Ibis Bicycles' new creation, the Mojo Carbon. The Mojo Carbon is a full-suspension carbon fiber bike, which was two years in the making. It made its debut last fall in Las Vegas at the Interbike International Bicycle Expo.

The Mojo Carbon is primarily a mountain bike and is efficient for a variety of terrain and conditions. The carbon fiber frame is new to mountain bike design and allows for more strength and durability, but also keeps the bike lightweight.

When asked about working in bike design, Lo commented, "I really credit my partners for having such extensive industry knowledge. They were able to keep me in check with the realities of riding the bike and the experience and thrill of a good ride. I began heavily riding a few years ago, going to the hot spots of riding, like Whistler, Canada, and great trails all up and down Northern California. It helped with the design and the feel of the bike."

Lo is not only a designer for Ibis Bicycles, but also a partner in the company since 2003. She has extensive experience in the design field, which includes working on design projects at frog design, Design Continuum, fuseproject, Target, and Pottery Barn.

Ibis Bicycles is based in Aptos, California.

For more information on the Mojo Carbon, visit Ibis Bicycles. For more information on the CCA Industrial Design Program, see Industrial Design.

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Crutches have been around for thousands of years, dating back to the time of the pharaohs. In the United States, the design of the common crutch has been unchanged for decades. Recently, BusinessWeek magazine challenged Hartmut Esslinger, founder and co-CEO of frog design, and Steven Skov Holt, distinguished professor of the CCA Industrial Design Program, to redesign the common crutch. When CCA industrial design student Remy Labesque also joined in, the team was complete. The result, the "4arm Brace," is featured in BusinessWeek.

Holt remarked, "It's tempting to think that certain things like the crutch have been around forever and that they've reached their optimum form. But that's not necessarily the case. One of the enduring lessons of design is that things can almost always be made better, improved upon, restated in a more eloquent and elegant way."

The team focused on the places the crutch touches the body as crucial to the redesign. The weight-bearing crutches in use today touch the underarm, which is full of nerve endings, lymph nodes, and blood vessels that do not benefit from this contact. The new crutch design is split into two components, the forearm and the upper arm, which offer better support for the body. Labesque produced the renderings of the final design in Alias.

A design in progress, the new crutch concept is meant to inspire designers and readers of BusinessWeek to encourage change in the area of health care design.