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Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

The Center for Art and Public Life at CCA is currently accepting applications from families wishing to participate in the 2008 installments of 100 Families Oakland: Art and Social Change. The CCA Center for Art and Public Life initiated this ongoing community arts program in June 2005. Founded by CCA trustee F. Noel Perry, it brings together 100 families each year from all over Oakland to work on projects with professional artists for the purpose of strengthening and revitalizing their communities.

The first 2008 program will take place in the West Oakland neighborhood in partnership with Attitudinal Healing Connection Inc. and the YAH Village Collaborative. Those interested should contact Nikki Cooper, office manager of Attitudinal Healing Connection, at 510.652.5530. The deadline to apply is January 26, 2008.

About the CCA Center for Art and Public Life
The Center for Art and Public Life was founded by California College of the Arts in 1998 for the purpose of creating and facilitating programs that provide and enhance arts education in underserved communities within and beyond the San Francisco Bay Area. The center fosters opportunities for CCA students and working artists to partner with public schools and community organizations, where they use their talents to make a difference as mentors for youth and leaders in community development. The center administers the college's Community Arts Program as well as the art teacher pre-credential program and courses in diversity studies. It also offers intensive programs in arts education and integration for K–12 educators through the Art in Education Teaching Institute.

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

Approximately 800 Bay Area students, some hoping to find out if they have what it takes to forge a career as an artist or creative professional and others simply looking to pursue higher education through the arts, will attend National Portfolio Day in San Francisco on Saturday, January 19, 2008. Hosted this year by CCA, National Portfolio Day gives high school and transfer students the opportunity to have their portfolios reviewed by representatives from more than 40 art colleges from across the nation and to gather information about the schools. National Portfolio Day will take place from noon–4 p.m. at CCA's San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street). This event is free and open to the public.

All of the schools represented at National Portfolio Day are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Attendees receive a directory of schools by major and also have the opportunity to attend workshops on financial aid. Those interested in learning more about National Portfolio Day or obtaining a schedule of the day's events should contact the CCA Enrollment Services Office at 415.703.9523 or visit

About National Portfolio Day
The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. Since 1978 NPDA members have been hosting portfolio
days and career-in-the-arts events throughout the United States and Canada. The association consists of accredited art colleges and university art departments that are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It is the only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of education in the visual arts. For more information visit

Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

Tim Lee, Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black), Neil Young, 1979, 2007

Tim Lee was the fall 2007 Capp Street Project artist in residence at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. An exhibition of the work he completed during his residency, organized by Wattis Institute director Jens Hoffmann, will be on view from January 8, 2008, to January 10, 2009. This is Lee's first solo project for a San Francisco public art institution. The exhibition is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Tuesday, January 8, from 6–8 p.m.

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present the exhibition Paul McCarthy's Low Life Slow Life: Part 1 from February 7 to April 5, 2008, in the lower-level Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. This is the first solo project in San Francisco by the acclaimed Los Angeles–based artist. The exhibition is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Thursday, February 7, from 6–8 p.m.

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2007 by Kim Lessard

Boat ride, West Lake, Hangzhou

CCA's first study-abroad program in China took place in summer 2007, with an interdisciplinary group of 13 undergraduate and grad students led by faculty member Pauline Yao and the Beijing-based independent curator and critic Carol Yinghua Lu. Yao and Lu's insider knowledge of cutting-edge artists and architects working in China enabled the students to get an intimate look at the dynamic, thriving art scene in Shanghai, Beijing, and beyond.

During the three-week program, the group attended morning lectures by a wide array of artists, curators, designers, and architects working at the forefront of their respective fields. In the afternoons they visited museums, galleries, studios, and architectural sites.

"We also gave the students individual field assignments in Beijing and Shanghai," said Yao. "The end results were quite successful despite some initial fears with going out alone in such a large and unfamiliar place."

The group was granted special entree into private openings at art spaces both mainstream and off the beaten path. They attended screenings of student films and viewed new-media installation work at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, and they visited an NGO (nongovernmental organization) working on architectural preservation in Beijing. They also, of course, made time for the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and other major attractions.

"One of my favorite experiences," says MFA student Danielle Colen, "was seeing Pauline Yao perform in a conceptual art band called the Contractors at Borderline Festival for Moving Images in Beijing. They used music and images to describe the close relationship in China between the art market and real estate and consumerism. It was amazing having teachers who knew Beijing so well and were so involved with local artists and curators and could help educate us about the cultural and political issues operating both in the art world and outside of it."

One of the students' most exciting encounters with the new Chinese architecture was made possible through Yao's connection with the office of the prominent architect Steven Holl. They got an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the construction site of the Grand MOMA housing complex in Beijing, one of the few such projects being designed and built inside and out—interior design as well as exterior and construction—by an American architectural firm (most major foreign building projects in China are commercial real estate or Olympic venues).

Says Peter Hyer, an Architecture student: "With more than 80 percent of all the building in the world taking place in China, there is no place more volatile and exciting in architecture. The sheer volume of construction is both exciting and terrifying. The cities of the 21st century are being formed now; they operate on a different scale and under different rules."

Other summer 2007 CCA study-abroad programs took students to Amsterdam, Argentina, Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland. "Study abroad is incredibly important and I highly recommend it," Hyer continues. "As artists, designers, and practitioners we aim to engage the larger world through our work. Since we can never be truly free of our own cultural, social, economic, and physical perspective, it makes this kind of interaction even more valuable and productive."

For more photos and commentary on the 2007 Art & Culture in China course, visit Pauline Yao's photo album and Kristin Murtagh's blog.

For information about studying abroad in summer 2008 or to inquire about CCA's semester study-abroad options, contact the Office of Special Programs at 510.594.3710 or visit

Posted on Monday, November 19, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

An eclectic mix of top California interior designers, architects, and design experts will present original new work along with their ideas and inspirations for the future at the California College of the Arts (CCA) winter 2008 Interior Designers Forum: "World View on Design." The forum is presented by CCA's Extended Education Department and will take place from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2008, on CCA's San Francisco campus.

Moderated by the best-selling design author and editor Diane Dorrans Saeks, the forum participants will discuss a range of design philosophies and approaches, focusing on the influence and scope of international design. The day's presenters are seasoned travelers who scour the cities of Paris, London, Rome, and beyond for inspiration, immersing themselves in other cultures while studying new directions in art and attending antique fairs and art exhibitions. They will show images of their newest projects and products and discuss how their travels have influenced their work.

The forum's program includes keynote speaker Gary Hutton, creator of the Gary Hutton Furniture Collection. Special guest speakers include Andrea Cochran, chair of the San Francisco Arts Commission's Civic Design Review Committee and an executive board member of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Architecture + Design Forum, and Byron Kuth and Elizabeth Ranieri, founders of the award-winning firm KUTH/RANIERI Architects. Other speakers include Cass Calder Smith of CCS Architecture, John Cary of Public Architecture, and Mark Dziewulski, the winner of three Excellence in Design awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for significant works of architecture, two Pacific Coast Builders design awards, and the International Design and Development Award.

Diane Dorrans Saeks is the author of 18 books, including California Country Style (Chronicle Books), Michael S. Smith: Elements of Style (Rizzoli), and Hollywood Style (Rizzoli). A noted editor and lecturer, Saeks has written extensively for the New York Times, Departures, Garden Design, and many other design publications around the world. She is the San Francisco editor-at-large for C magazine and the California editor of Metropolitan Home.

The cost of the forum is $125 (plus a $20 registration fee). Lunch and refreshments are included. ASID members may earn 0.6 CEU credit. Preregistration is required. Those interested should call 510.594.3710 to register or to request more information.

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2007 by Sarah Owens

Micah Landworth, Lab Coat, 2007

Lab coat designs by CCA students took the runway on October 11, 2007, at the first annual Above & Beyond Gala at the San Francisco Design Center. The creatively reinterpreted hospital garments, worn by live models, were designed by CCA students in courses led by Textiles adjunct professor Richard Elliott and students from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The coats were bold conflations of art and science, ranging from bright green to pink with patterns mimicking cancer cells, bacteria, and stitches.

The Above & Beyond Gala also featured a performance by Gregangelo and Velocity Circus, a theatrical and acrobatic troupe led by CCA alumnus Gregangelo Herrera (Individualized Major 1989). Their spectacular show invoked the beauties of science with acrobats and dancers decked out in costumes whose patterns, under black light, showed images of the inside of the human body. Their props were inspired by iconic scientific images such as the double helix.

The gala benefited NCIRE, the Veterans Health Research Institute, the country's largest nonprofit research institute associated with a Veterans Administration medical center. For more information on the NCIRE please visit

Photos by Gitty Duncan

Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 by Chris Bliss

Simone LeBlanc

Simone LeBlanc, who was a CCA Fashion Design student from 1995 to 1998, is a featured designer this season on Bravo's Project Runway. The popular television reality show begins its fourth season on Wednesday, November 14.

Simone was raised in the Bay Area and transferred to CCA from the College of Marin. She was among the first class of students in CCA's Fashion Design program, which launched in fall 1995. In summer 1998 she participated in an exchange program in Paris and stayed there to finish her fashion education at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design.

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2007 by Jim Norrena

In October 2007 Jennifer Hung (Graphic Design 2001) started her new job at T: The New York Times Style Magazine with a massive, looming deadline before she’d even sat down at her desk: just six weeks to populate the magazine’s new website with more than a dozen brand-new films.

Not only did the site launch go off without a hitch, but four of those first films were nominated for Webby awards (two won) and two others were nominated for Emmys.

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts presents its annual Holiday Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2007, at the Oliver Art Center on CCA's Oakland campus, 5212 Broadway (at College Avenue).

Shoppers will enjoy live jazz music while perusing one-of-a-kind gifts made by CCA's talented students, alumni, and staff. The sale will feature unique yet inexpensive handcrafted items such as ceramics, glass, jewelry, clothing, photography, textiles, and paintings.

Proceeds go to the individual artists. Refreshments will be available.

Parking on nearby streets is free.