CCA News

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2007 by Kim Lessard

Ryan Pierce, Lofoten (detail), 2007

Ryan Pierce, a 2007 graduate of CCA's Graduate Program in Fine Arts, was one of just 15 students nationwide to receive a $15,000 MFA grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2007.

This grant program was created in 1997 to help MFA painters and sculptors transition from academic to professional studio work upon graduation. The candidates are nominated by members of the academic art community across the United States. Images of their artworks are evaluated by an anonymous jury, which this year convened in April at the New York Foundation for the Arts.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in 1993 as a nonprofit corporation following the death of the artist Joan Mitchell in 1992. The foundation seeks to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities. It aids contemporary American painters and sculptors by providing grants, stipends, and scholarships as well as organizing colloquiums, workshops, and other educational activities.

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

Nathan Shedroff

Recognizing the increasing importance of design and its impact on the business world, California College of the Arts (CCA) has launched a new MBA in Design Strategy program, the first of its kind in the United States. Slated to enroll its inaugural class of students in fall 2008, the innovative program will unite the studies of design, finance, and organizational management in a unique curriculum aimed at providing students with tools and strategies to address today's complex and interconnected market.

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

Raimundas Malasauskas is a curator at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius, Lithuania, and he coproduces CAC TV and So-Called Records.

Malasauskas participates in various social events, including carnivals, business meetings, counseling sessions, dinners, and rehearsals. He investigates eventology, tele-action and con-art. He has conducted interviews with a range of people, including George Maciunas, Seth Siegelaub, Rammelzee, Darius Miksys, and Tino Sehgal, and he has written about Missy Eliot, leisure, and time machines. He has recently presented BMW (cocurated with Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy and Alexis Vaillant, CAC Vilnius / ICA London, 2005).

For the fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters, Malasauskas will be working with the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice in the Exhibition Project Classes. For further information on these classes and other events relating to the Curatorial Practice Program, see

Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents Americana: 50 States, 50 Months, 50 Exhibitions, a long-term presentation consisting of 50 displays, each approximately one month long, coorganized by Wattis Institute director Jens Hoffmann and CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Each month's display will examine one of the 50 American states, in alphabetical order by state name. Americana will be on view from September 5, 2007, to May 31, 2012, in the Mary Augustine Gallery on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts.

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2007 by Kim Lessard

This past spring, two CCA alumni participated in cinema's most prestigious event, the Cannes International Film Festival in France, May 16–27.

Ignorance is Bliss, an animated short film by Miriam Wilson (Illustration 2005) and her production company, Animated State, was shown in the short film corner.

Posted on Friday, August 17, 2007 by Jim Norrena

Anselm Berrigan

Anselm Berrigan

Friday, September 14, 2007
3:30–5:30 p.m., Writers' Studio, San Francisco campus

Posted on Friday, August 17, 2007 by Kim Lessard

CCA and EOSA students discuss the flyer for the mentorship class exhibit

Representatives from the California Educational Facilities Authority (CEFA), a program of the California State Treasurer's Office, visited California College of the Arts (CCA) this summer to hand deliver the second installment of a $160,000 academic assistance grant to CCA's Center for Art and Public Life. The grant supports the center's outreach and mentoring programs for Oakland public high school students, encouraging the students to pursue a college education.

CEFA's academic assistance grant program is designed to help eligible private colleges and universities create and expand programs that enhance higher-education opportunities for low-income California students in grades 7–12, promoting access to higher education and preparing the students for college. The Center for Art and Public Life's $160,000 grant, which is being awarded over a three-year period, provides funding for its current partnership with East Oakland School of the Arts.

CCA students enrolled in the Youth Mentorship course spend time mentoring East Oakland School of the Arts students in the visual arts and on the process of applying to college. They help the students relate to artists and experience the process of art making as it is carried out by college students and professional artists. CCA students also benefit from this valuable community partnership experience.

For more information about the program, please see Youth Mentorship Class.

Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents Pioneers, an exhibition organized by Wattis Institute director Jens Hoffmann, which will draw an analogy between the achievements of a number of pioneering artists from the last 100 years and the defining character of the California pioneers of the nineteenth century.

Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Hank Willis Thomas, 21st Century Soul Power, 2005/2006

CCA alumnus Hank Willis Thomas (MFA 2003, MA Visual and Critical Studies 2004) and CCA Photography professor Chris Johnson have won the 2007 Media Arts fellowship from Renew Media, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Thomas and Johnson received the $35,000 award for Question Bridge: Black Male, a documentary film that explores critically divisive issues within the African American male community. The project was initially conceived and produced by Johnson in San Diego in 1996. Recently, Thomas and Johnson teamed up to enhance it, using videotaped question-and-answer sessions.

Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

Mario Ybarra Jr. is the summer 2007 Capp Street Project artist in residence at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Organized by Wattis Institute director Jens Hoffmann, this is Ybarra's first solo project for a San Francisco public art institution. Ybarra has created a large-scale mural that examines the history, anecdotes, and mythology surrounding mural making in the Bay Area.

His mural will be on long-term view starting September 5, 2007, on the staircase outside the entrance to the Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

To conceive his mural, Ybarra took an almost anthropological approach toward the local neighborhood, the greater Bay Area, and his own identity as a Mexican American artist making a mural today. He investigated an exhaustive amount of material from a disparate array of sources, including the iconography and language of urban murals, the defining characteristics of Bay Area street culture (both Mexican American or African American), and the complex socioeconomic situations in the neighborhoods adjacent to the Wattis Institute (Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, the Mission, and the South of Market district).

Ybarra is part of a generation of Mexican American artists who, in contrast to many of their forebears, do not reject their American identities but embrace both of their backgrounds equally, combining and mutating them for critical effect. Ybarra is based in Los Angeles, where he grew up, and a large part of his prolific artistic practice has grown out of issues related to his upbringing in the Mexican American community of Wilmington. He consistently explores the culture and political heritage of America's West Coast to produce, as he says, contemporary art that is filtered through a Mexican American experience.

"Mario Ybarra Jr. draws attention to forms of culture on the fringes of the mainstream, revealing hidden histories. His artistic practice offers a fresh perspective on the fusion of cultures and aesthetics, reenergizing everything from the grassroots workshop to the artist-run gallery," says Hoffmann.

Lead sponsorship for Capp Street Project: Mario Ybarra Jr. is provided by the Nimoy Foundation.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy and Bill Timken. Generous support provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, and the CCA Curator's Forum.

About the Artist
Mario Ybarra Jr. was born in Los Angeles in 1973 and continues to live and work in that city. In 1999 he earned his bachelor's degree from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, and in 2001 he received an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at Tate Modern, London (upcoming 2007); PragueBienniale3 (upcoming 2007); the Manchester Art Gallery, England (2007); the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2006); Serpentine Gallery, London (2006); California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California (2006); Tijuana Biennial, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico (2006); the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2006); Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2006); and Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo (2005).