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Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

To expand and enhance its facilities, help launch new programs, and honor its commitment to making education accessible, California College of the Arts (CCA) has launched the Centennial Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the school's history. With a $25 million goal, the Centennial Campaign is seeking investment in a series of initiatives that will strengthen the college and prepare it for its next 100 years of excellence in arts education. The campaign was announced last night during CCA's Centennial Gala in San Francisco, marking the beginning of its public phase.

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Patricia Esquivias

Graduate students Patricia Esquivias, Reggie Stump, and Gabrielle Teschner were recently selected as winners of the Simpson Award, presented by CCA trustee Barclay Simpson and his wife, Sharon Hanley Simpson. CCA's centennial marks the 20th year this scholarship has been awarded to honor the work of exceptional graduate students.

The Simpson Awards Exhibition is on view April 23–28, 2007, in the Oliver Art Center on the Oakland campus of California College of the Arts. There is a reception April 23, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

The March/April issue of STEP Inside Design features the top 100 designs from the magazine's Design 100 competition. Out of thousands of entries, 13 of the winning projects have ties to CCA. The projects were designed by three CCA faculty and 11 alumni. One of the projects also received the prestigious Judges' Pick award.

The designs are divided into categories based on their content and purpose. Here are the winners with ties to CCA.

Judges' Pick

Novel Writing Kit
Design: Rise-and-Shine Studio, Melissa Tioleco-Cheng (2002)
Art Direction: Chronicle Books, Michael Morris (2004)


Uneasy Nature
Design: Volume, Eric Heiman (1996), Amber Reed (2005), Madhavi Jagdish (2004)

RADAR: Selections From the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan
Design: Aufuldish & Wariner, Bob Aufuldish (faculty)


SINO Restaurant
Design: Public, Todd Foreman (faculty), Nancy Thomas (2002)

Fuego Grill
Design: Pentagram, Erik Schmitt (1992)


Design: Volume, Eric Heiman (1996), Elizabeth Fitzgibbons (2005), Akiko Ito (2004)

Love Hotels
Design: Chronicle Books, Sara Schneider (1998)

Harry Callahan: The Photographer at Work
Design: Aufuldish & Wariner, Bob Aufuldish (faculty)


Paint by Number Kit
Design: Chronicle Books, Alethea Morrison (1998)


The Shins
Design: The Small Stakes, Jason Munn (faculty)

SFMoMA College Night
Design: The Small Stakes, Jason Munn (faculty)

The Books
Design: The Small Stakes, Jason Munn (faculty)

Readers Choice | Exhibit Design

Fuego North America
Design: Pentagram, Erik Schmitt (1992)

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

Elizabeth Mooney

California College of the Arts (CCA) presents the 2007 Graduate Exhibition, featuring almost 100 projects by graduating MFA, MA, and MArch students in the Architecture, Curatorial Practice, Design, Fine Arts, Visual Criticism, and Writing programs. The exhibition is on view from Thursday, May 10, through Saturday, May 19, with an opening reception May 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, a series of readings and presentations hosted by individual programs are planned from March 30 through May 4.

Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

Michael Roth

Michael S. Roth will step down as president of California College of the Arts (CCA), as announced today by Ann Hatch, chair of CCA's board of trustees. Roth has accepted the position of president at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and will assume his new position in late August. CCA's board of trustees has appointed an interim management team and will form a search committee for a new president.

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

Susan Schwartzenberg,

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents The California Files: Re-Viewing Side Effects of Cultural Memory, an exhibition that investigates the abstract idea of California by bringing together artworks and archives that focus on idiosyncratic details of Californian culture. Organized by visiting curator Ariane Beyn, The California Files is on view April 19–June 23, 2007, in the Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts.

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Layout of the new design

For the last two semesters, students of the CCA Design Build course have been working on the redesign of the office space of literary journal McSweeney's, located at 849 Valencia Street in San Francisco.

The project, taught in collaboration with Dwell Magazine, is a unique opportunity for advanced architecture students to gain hands-on experience and allows students to see a project from beginning to end.

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 by Kim Lessard

Flirt Phone by Seth Murray

This past fall, California College of the Arts Industrial Design students partnered with the South Korean cell phone manufacturer Pantech for a sponsored, senior studio course in which they took on the future of mobile communications. Addressing the idea of emotional networking, CCA Industrial Design Program chair Yves Béhar and instructor Noah Reinhertz worked with CCA students and their counterparts in South Korea.

The results included such designs as the Inhealth phone, which encourages exercise and uses NASA's ENose technology to track dietary needs, and the Nike+ phone, which uses social-networking technology to allow users to compete with each other during a run in real time.

At the end of the course, four students selected for their outstanding effort and designs—Gregory Davis, Kristina Lee, Seth Murray, and Cecilia Nguyen—flew to Pantech's headquarters in Seoul to present the cell phone designs on behalf of the entire class. The other students in the class included Edward Allen, Chip Beal, Cubby Golden, Tirshathah Hunter, Kenneth Ng, Nick Shen, and Henry Smith.

"This collaborative class pushed the threshold of what students at CCA can accomplish in terms of the physical realization of designs. The students reached further than the limitations of their own handcrafting skills and broke new ground in the sculptural representation of social and technological interactions," says Reinhertz.

Sponsored studio courses at CCA give students the opportunity to conceptualize product design within the context of a particular brand. They also give product manufacturers access to the fresh perspectives of next-generation designers. Recent sponsored studio collaborations have included a sustainability studio with the international design firm IDEO and a pet product studio with the Turkish design firm Gaia & Gino.

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

Rob Epstein. Photo by Stephen Higgins.

Academy Award–winning filmmaker Rob Epstein has been appointed chair of the new Graduate Program in Film at California College of the Arts (CCA), Provost Stephen Beal announced today. The all-digital program will launch in fall 2008 and will be located on the college's San Francisco campus. Film students will have the opportunity to work in documentary, fiction, and experimental forms, with narrative serving as a common foundation.

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Love Chair

Interior Design student Kerry Bogus (2008) was recently awarded the Honor Awards Scholarship by the Northern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA-NC). Bogus won for her design of the Love Chair, which was designed with sustainability in mind. The chair was created in professor Brian Kane's furniture production course.

When asked about the design and materials of the chair, Bogus replied, "All of the materials are either recyclable or biodegradable and are easily disassembled. The main material of the chair is a single sheet of cork that rolls up and ships easily. I wanted to design a soft buoyant seating option that focused on sustainability."

Bogus was awarded a $6,000 scholarship and was honored on February 15, 2007, at the IIDA-NC Honor Awards Celebration at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco.

For more information about CCA's Interior Design Program, see Interior Design.