CCA News

Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 by

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present the exhibition Paul McCarthy's Low Life Slow Life: Part 2 from January 27 through May 30, 2009, in the lower-level Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Tuesday, January 27, from 6–8 p.m.

Low Life Slow Life is an autobiographical exhibition that presents a diverse range of artists and artworks related to Paul McCarthy's memories of his career.

Posted on Friday, December 12, 2008 by

On Thursday, December 11, 2008, Bay Area alumni gathered at alumnus Douglas Sandberg's (Film 1978) photography studio in San Francisco for a holiday soiree. We extend our appreciation to Douglas for generously hosting the event!

The theme was "photo frenzy." With archival photos from CCA(C) on display, disposable cameras available to capture spontaneous snapshots, and a photo gift exchange, the studio was the perfect setting. Sparkling wine, a visit from President Steve Beal, and the company of fellow alumni made for a festive occasion.

Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2008 by

Dr. Mark Breitenberg

Dr. Mark Breitenberg has been appointed provost of California College of the Arts, it was announced today by CCA President Stephen Beal. Currently dean of Humanities and Design Sciences at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Breitenberg will assume his position on February 1, 2009. As provost Breitenberg will be CCA's chief academic officer with broad responsibilities for the strategic planning, development, and administration of the college's academic programs.

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 by

On December 9, 2008, alumni joined hosts Jennifer Hung and John Heida for happy hour in the heart of the Lower East Side at Verlaine. Email if you want the Alumni Association to help promote an alumni happy hour in your area.

Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 by

President Stephen Beal (second from right) on a tour of the Forbidden City in Beijing

My recent trip to China was fascinating. I was part of a small delegation of art school presidents (including representatives from the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Art Institute, Glasgow School of Art, the University of Bern, and the University of New South Wales) invited to participate in an international symposium on art education.

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2008 by Kim Lessard

Sandstrom placed runner-up in the “Chuck it or Keep it” global student competition, part of the Fashioning the Future summit (sponsored by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion)

CCA Fashion Design student Stephanie Sandstrom was a runner-up in the "Chuck it or Keep it" global student competition, part of the Fashioning the Future summit held October 27–28, 2008, in London. Sandstrom was awarded in the innovation category (materials being the other category) for her One Night Stands design—a temporary yet more sustainable shoe specially designed for one-time-only occasions, after which each can be recycled. As a runner-up she received 500 pounds.

Another CCA Fashion Design student, Lauren Devenney, joined the 26 "Chuck it or Keep it" finalists in presenting her work on the runway for the fashion industry elite. The competition and first-time summit garnered international media attention. (Read "Sustaining Fashion," Vogue, October 28, 2008.)

Sponsored by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, in conjunction with, the Fashioning the Future summit competition united established fashion designers, students, and opinion-makers from around the world to explore answering the challenging question: can we bring about long-term lifestyle change and create better lives through a more sustainable fashion industry?

The "Chuck it or Keep it" competition judges included renowned London Times fashion journalist Colin McDowell; Caryn Franklin, host of the popular U.K. television program The Clothes Show; head of London College of Fashion Dr. Frances Corner; and Sim Scavazza, creative director of

Sustainable and Disposable?

The idea of a temporary shoe can at first seem antithetical to sustainable fashion goals, but according to Sandstrom women do typically purchase shoes with the intention of wearing them only once—for such standalone events as weddings, proms, award shows, or just a special night out.

Most shoes are produced outside the United States (typically in China). The extra energy involved in manufacturing and shipping, in addition to the bleaching and dying of the leather or textiles, contribute to industry practices that are far from sustainable.

Made entirely from a single piece of polypropylene plastic, One Night Stands are easily recycled because, unlike a typical shoe, the components (rubber, fabric, glue) do not have to be broken down and separated. Sandstrom even conceptualized the disposal of the shoes; the consumer sends the shoes, including the box (made of the same material), using a prepaid mailer to be recycled into a new pair of One Night Stands.

Posted on Friday, December 5, 2008 by

On Thursday, December 4, 2008, alumni joined Lawrence Azerrad (Graphic Design 1995) for wine and treats at Body Bar Spa in Silverlake. Azerrad created the identity system of the spa and serves as art director. The owners also had a special offer for CCA alumni on mini-facials and massage treatments.

Thanks to all the alumni that attended!

Posted on Monday, November 24, 2008 by

Academy Award–Winning Best Documentary (1985)

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has awarded independent filmmaker, writer, producer, and director (The Times of Harvey Milk) Rob Epstein, current Media Arts Program cochair* and professor, its prestigious 2008 Pioneer Award. The award signifies Epstein's far-reaching contributions in film direction, and will be presented in a ceremony with other distinguished IDA award recipients at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles December 5, 2008.

Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 by Stephen Beal

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to have been named the ninth president of California College of the Arts. In the past 11 years in which I’ve served as provost, I have been privileged to work with CCA’s vibrant community of artists, architects, designers, writers, and scholars. In that time the college has achieved an unprecedented level of renown and become an important part of the cultural landscape both nationally and internationally. Moving forward, we will continue to build on our excellent reputation while assuring the best possible educational experience for our students.

Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 by Jim Norrena

A former model, Jennavave Barbero always wanted to be involved in the fashion industry. While still a student at CCA, she worked as an assistant to local designer Jean Cacicedo and won an award in 2002 in the first annual Bay Area Fashion Design Scholarship Show, organized by Our Tribe Productions.

After graduation the young designer struck out on her own and moved to New York. Barbero, who found her current job through a friend from church, cites her spiritual strength as a key factor in her success.