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Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

The American Association of Museums has awarded the CCA Wattis Institute second prize in the category of exhibition catalogs for the design of Monuments for the USA. Graphic Design student Michael Morris ('04) designed the catalog. Morris also designed the poster/custom cover, which was screen-printed by Printmaking faculty member Thomas Wojak ('92).

The 25th annual Museum Publications Design Competition drew more than 900 entries from museums across America and around the world.

The Wattis was honored in the category of institutions with budgets of $500,000 or less.

Monuments for the USA presented proposals for political and social monuments for the United States of America, including drawings, diagrams, maquettes, photocollages, and written descriptions. The exhibition was on view in spring 2005 and was curated by the director of the CCA Wattis Institute, Ralph Rugoff.

"This award shows what a wonderful advantage the Wattis Institute enjoys from being part of the art and design culture at CCA. I am very proud of Morris's work as a designer, especially as this was his first exhibition catalog. He found a concept that worked with 60 very different proposals by 60 very different artists," said Rugoff.

More information about the competition can be found at www.aam-us.org.

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Posted on Monday, April 17, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Two CCA graduate students have been accepted into the 2006 residency program of the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Media arts students Patricia Esquivias and Marcella Faustini were selected from 1,643 applicants worldwide. Both are in the college's MFA Program in Fine Arts.

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.

"The Skowhegan residency 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 continues to be 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 2006 Skowhegan residency program runs June 10 through August 12.

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Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

Students Paul Trillo and Noah Cunningham have won VH1's and IFILM's "Show Us Your Junk" Contest, a viewer-generated video competition. Their video, "Disaster Series," is about Cunningham's bad luck and clumsiness and shows some worst-case scenarios in everyday tasks.

The two Media Arts students initially produced the 1 minute 26 second video for fun, and later did the sound design in Richard Beggs's Sound for the Moving Image course. All of the sound in the video was produced through the Foley technique, through which sound effects are added to a film's sound track.

The student's video aired on VH1's "Web Junk 20," a show devoted to comical Internet video clips. The video is also available for viewing at IFILM's website.

For their work, Trillo and Cunningham won an HP digital media center with Intel technology and a Sharp Aquos liquid crystal television.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Brandon Warren, Wild. Photo by Marcus Hanschen.

Industrial design students at California College of the Arts have created a new line of pet products for the Turkish design firm Gaia & Gino through a fall 2005 studio course sponsored by the firm. Eleven of the student designs were selected for production. Under the brand name Gino the Dog, the products—including dog bowls, beds and houses—will be unveiled during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furniture Fair held in Milan, Italy, from April 5 to April 10, 2006. Thanks to the sponsorship, seven of the students are attending the fair in Milan to see the reception of their designs in person. The course was taught by Steven Skov Holt, Susan Kralovec and program chair Yves Béhar.

"We are thrilled to take student projects from conception to production and show them at the Milan International Furniture Fair," Béhar commented. "Gaia & Gino had the forethought to use a studio course as a laboratory for great design ideas, and I applaud their support. I also look forward to continuing the relationship between their brand and CCA." Béhar, an award-winning industrial designer who is founder and principal of fuseproject, a San Francisco–based design studio, will act as design director for Gino the Dog as the brand develops additional products and design collaborations.

Gaye Cevikel, owner of Gaia & Gino, decided to produce selected designs by the CCA students in order to show her firm's commitment not only to the generation of designers it currently works with but also to the young creatives who represent the future of design. Among the student designs to be featured in the Gino the Dog product line is Brandon Warren's "Wild," a food and water bowl made of formed glass, with natural fill lines for food and water, in a sculptural shape inspired by river rock. In its shape and function, the "Wild" bowl represents the same paradox of domesticated nature as the dog, a creature evolved to live in the human world.

Also selected for production is Brian Mclntyre's "Collar," a soft, portable doghouse that appeals to both pet and owner. Its thick, soft cushion is covered with cleanable fabric; the same fabric is stitched to contrasting leather to make a base for the cushion and a cover for the doghouse. The cover and base zip together so that the doghouse can be disassembled and partially folded for transportation to a weekend getaway. Other innovative designs for bowls, dog beds, a chew toy and additional pet accessories fill out the product line.

The Gino the Dog line will be launched in New York during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in late May 2006 and released for retail sale in fall 2006.

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 19 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 1,600 full-time students.

About Gaia & Gino

Gaia & Gino is a global design brand with a Turkish identity, founded by Gaye Cevikel in Istanbul. The name Gaia & Gino combines Cevikel's nickname and the name of her golden retriever. The firm works with designers to produce innovative tabletop objects and accessories for the home and, now, for pets. For more information, visit www.gaiaandgino.com.

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Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

The Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts presents an exhibition of artwork created by West Oakland families for the fourth and final segment of "100 Families Oakland: Art and Social Change." In this community art project, the participating families spent the past 10 weeks getting to know one another while working individually and collaboratively on art projects centered on the theme of family.

The exhibition will be on view April 27–May 27 at The African American Museum + Library at Oakland (AAMLO), 659 14th Street. An opening and family celebration will take place on Thursday, April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. Both the exhibition and opening celebration are free and open to the public.

The West Oakland exhibition brings to a close the inaugural year of CCA's "100 Families Oakland" project, founded by Silicon Valley artist and venture capitalist F. Noel Perry. Over the past year, "100 Families Oakland" brought together 25 families from four Oakland neighborhoods-East Oakland, Chinatown, Fruitvale and most recently West Oakland-to create art during a 10-week series of workshops led by professional artists. The purpose of this community art project was for individuals, families and communities to experience what Perry calls "the transformative power of art."

The "100 Families" project has been so popular that the organizers are now working to secure funding for a new round of neighborhood rotations. They also hope that organizations in other cities will take notice and create similar programs for their communities.

The West Oakland workshops took place from January 11 through March 15 and were hosted by Attitudinal Healing Connection's ArtEsteem Program at the M. Robinson Baker YMCA. Artists involved in the West Oakland phase of the project included CCA alumna Amana Harris and graduate student Ana Fernandez, along with Russell "Eesuu" Albans, Nancy Eastep, Rodney Ewing, Sharifah Ihsan, Michael Jacobson, Jamila Johnson, Tamu Mosley, Irene Nzinga Pace and Sarah Patton.

"To date, the program has exceeded expectations. The time spent together as a family and community is reflected in the artwork being created by Oakland families," said F. Noel Perry, creative director, artist and social entrepreneur.

"We've seen the project create stronger connections within and between families. We hope this experience also encourages all families to work together to address challenges that affect the greater community," said Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, director of the CCA Center for Art and Public Life.

About 100 Families Oakland

One hundred families from four Oakland neighborhoods (East Oakland, Chinatown, Fruitvale and West Oakland) participated in the yearlong project in which they worked together under the guidance of professional artists to create paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works centered on the theme of family. The sites for these workshops were East Oakland Youth Development Center, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Unity Council Fruitvale Village and the M. Robinson Baker YMCA in West Oakland.

The families were encouraged to create individual art projects as well as work together to create a collaborative art piece. The purpose of "100 Families Oakland" is to demonstrate and celebrate the power of families, the creative spirit of Oakland and how art can connect families to families, families to neighborhoods and neighborhoods to neighborhoods.

The project will culminate with an exhibition opening in January 2007 at the Oakland Museum of California that will feature work from all of the families. Oakland families who would like information about participating in "100 Families Oakland" in the future should contact the CCA Center for Art and Public Life at 510.594.3757.

About the Center for Art and Public Life

The Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts (CCA) is at the intersection of art, education and community. Connecting art and design with community development, the Center for Art and Public Life enriches education and artistic practice at the college. Its mission is to create community partnerships based on creative practice that serve the CCA community and the diverse populations of Oakland and San Francisco. For more information, please visit our website, center.cca.edu, or call 510.594.3757.

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 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 1,600 full-time students.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Jamie Treacy, Mystery of the Meat Rack

California College of the Arts (CCA) presents the 2006 Graduate Exhibition, featuring over 125 projects by graduating MFA, MA and MArch students in the areas of architecture, curatorial practice, design, fine arts, visual criticism and writing. The visual arts exhibition is on view from Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 20. In addition, a series of readings and presentations are planned from April 29 through May 3. All events are free and open to the public and take place on the CCA San Francisco campus at 1111 Eighth Street.

The Graduate Exhibition opens on May 11 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and a literary salon featuring readings by graduates of the MFA Program in Writing at 7:30 p.m. in room 107.

Curated by faculty member and critic Glen Helfand, the Graduate Exhibition features many new and innovative works, including a number of projects that engage political process and dialogue. For example, the graduating class of the MA Program in Curatorial Practice will use the exhibition as a platform for a commissioned project by Los Angeles–based artist Jeffrey Vallance. Titled "Preserving America's Cultural Heritage," the piece proposes a federal bill to create a fund to support visual artists working in the United States.

Some graduates of the MFA Program in Fine Arts are creating works that address international treaties and the two-party political system. Thematically, the show touches on pervasive themes of contemporary culture such as big box commerce and escapism. The show unfolds throughout the school, giving visitors the opportunity to tour much of the San Francisco campus. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Images are available upon request.

Visit the exhibition website: sites.cca.edu/gradexhibition.

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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 19 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 1,600 full-time students.

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Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2006 by Jim Norrena

As I end my tenure as president of the Alumni Council, I look back on my four years with a sense of accomplishment and continued hope for a better and brighter future.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

CCA Writing and Literature professor Marianne Rogoff's story "Raven" appears in The Best Travel Writing 2006, an annual anthology that celebrates the world's best travel writing.

"Raven" is about the author's journey to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and the people she gets to know there.

Rogoff and other contributors will read at Book Passage, Corte Madera, on Sunday, March 19, and Get Lost Books, San Francisco, on Wednesday, March 22, both at 7 pm.

Her story "Human Nature" is also forthcoming at www.travelerstales.com.

Rogoff comments, "I've always admired Travelers' Tales publications for being the most literary in the genre, so I'm thrilled to have my story selected for The Best Travel Writing series . . . and for a story that was so much fun to research."

About Marianne Rogoff

Marianne Rogoff is an adjunct professor in the Writing and Literature Program and has taught at CCA since 1994.

She is the author of a memoir, Silvie's Life (1995), which is forthcoming in Portuguese translation from Gradiva Editions. Rogoff will be speaking at the Lisbon Bookfair and other venues at the end of May in connection with the Portuguese edition.

She is the winner of two Marin Arts Council fiction grants and has published numerous short stories, essays, and book reviews.

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Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Students Paul Trillo and Noah Cunningham are regional finalists in Scion xPress Fest, a nationwide music video competition sponsored by the car company Scion.

The two Media Arts students are among 10 finalists selected from hundreds of entrants around the country. Trillo and Cunningham's video, for the band Something for Rockets, is screening in the festival's 10-city tour this spring.

In the Scion xPress Fest competition, filmmakers from the nation's top film schools competed for a chance to make a music video, fully funded by Scion. A panel of industry judges chose the 10 finalists, who went on to create a video for one of the 10 participating bands—all rising stars in the indie rock scene. Audiences on the screening tour will help decide which filmmakers will walk away with the $20,000 grand prize.

The xPress Fest tour kicked off in Portland, Oregon, on March 2 and winds up in Los Angeles on April 6. Other screening venues are in Philadelphia, New York, Savannah, Detroit, Chicago, Iowa City, San Francisco, and Austin.

The San Francisco event takes place on March 30 at the Roxie, 3117 16th Street, from 7 to 11 p.m. (The screening begins at 8 p.m.) All screenings are free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. To RSVP, visit www.scionxpressfest.com/rsvp. There is a hosted bar for those age 21 and older.

Visit the Scion xPress Fest website to learn more and to hear music by the participating bands.

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Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Threads 2005

What will we be wearing in the future? Who are the designers of tomorrow? The answers may be revealed when California College of the Arts (CCA) hosts its second annual gala fashion show, Threads, on May 10 in San Francisco's Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. Threads will feature the original collections of up-and-coming designers in CCA's class of 2006, in a high-caliber runway presentation with professional models. The gala event begins at 6 p.m. with a lavish cocktail reception and dinner, catered by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, followed by the fashion show.

Lead sponsorship for the gala is generously provided by Osterweis Capital Management and by Saturn. Levi Strauss Signature is a major sponsor. Lorna Meyer and Lisa Miller are cochairs for the gala event. Individual tickets are $250 and $500; tables may be reserved for $5,000 and $10,000. Proceeds from the gala will support vital scholarships for CCA students.

"Threads was tremendously successful last year and, given the enthusiastic response we have received so far, we have every reason to believe this year will be even better," said event cochair Lisa Miller. "I'd particularly like to thank our sponsors and patrons; their support is key to the success of this event."

Cochair Lorna Meyer added, "CCA's fashion show is always one of the major highlights of the year. The gala will raise money for scholarships, assuring that the most deserving students will have access to the quality education offered at the college."

"We at Osterweis Capital Management are delighted to serve once again as lead sponsor of CCA's Threads gala. We continue to be impressed with the college's broad curriculum in art, architecture, design and writing. By supporting the college's scholarship program in this way, we are making an investment in CCA's important mission of educating those who will shape our culture in the future," commented John S. Osterweis, president and chief investment officer.

In addition, CCA is pleased to welcome Saturn as a lead sponsor:

> Saturn is a proud sponsor of the 2006 Threads gala and will display the 2007 Saturn SKY on-site. At Saturn, we never stop looking ahead. With its combination of dynamic design and agile performance, the 2007 Saturn SKY signals a bold new direction for the Saturn brand. Saturn is proud to partner with California College of the Arts, which is a leader among U.S. colleges in design education.

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. Alumni of the program have gone on to positions with such prominent designers as Donna Karan, BCBG and Alexander McQueen.

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 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 1,600 full-time students.

Sponsors

California College of the Arts is pleased to thank Threads lead sponsors, Osterweis Capital Management and Saturn, and major sponsor, Levi Strauss Signature.

Special thanks to our Haute Couture Patrons, Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein, Claire and Noel Perry, and Barclay and Sharon Simpson; and our Nouvelle Couture Patrons, Louis Belden, Kimberly and Simon Blattner, Tecoah and Thomas Bruce, Diane Christensen and Jean Pierret, E. J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc., Janice Hansen and Jonathan N. Zakin, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, Nancy and Tim Howes, Leigh Hudson and Chris Panos with Lisa and Jason McDonell, Byron Kuth and Liz Ranieri, Leigh and Bill Matthes, Anthony and Celeste Meier, Lorna Meyer and Dennis Calas, Lisa and John Miller, Tim Mott and Ann Jones, Karen and Ronald Rose, Michael S. Roth and Kari Weil, Dorothy and George Saxe, Phil Schlein, Ruth and Alan L. Stein, Judy and Bill Timken, Kay Kimpton Walker and Sandy Walker, and Ronald and Anita Wornick.

In addition, CCA would like to thank our media sponsor, Surface Magazine.

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