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Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Though he graduated from California College of the Arts with a degree in wood/furniture, Orfeo Quagliata initially spent four years as an industrial design major. "I liked ID but got sick of the little tiny plastic parts," he says. "I wanted to get my hands on bigger materials."

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Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Walking through Gregangelo Herrera's front door is a little like stepping through Alice's looking glass. From the Solstice Room to the Eclipse Room to the Midnight Hall, the whole thing is decorated down to the smallest detail in Winchester Mystery House–meets–Ali Baba style. Like the productions he puts on with his arts and entertainment troupe, Gregangelo and Velocity Circus, there's some history there, as well as some fine art, some fantasy, and some pure, unadulterated ambition to entertain.

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Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 by Jim Norrena

What do you do when, despite the multitudes of floral and polka dot options, you just can’t find the right bedspread? If you’re an art-school grad, you design one yourself, of course. That’s what Linda and Max Geiser did back in 1999 after they bought their first house, two years out of CCA. From that little experiment with pen, paper, and sewing machine, the thirtysomething couple has spun an entire business that now produces pillows, bedding, wall decor, and mobiles with a subtle 1960s retro flair.

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Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 by Jim Norrena

As a child, Meagan Geer remembers going to CCA alumni barbecues with her mom, Sally Maxwell. Meagan also grew up hearing her mother’s stories about CCAC in the 1960s, including the time Jim Morrison came to Sally’s poetry class to read poetry with Michael McClure. When it came time to choose a college, these childhood memories helped influence her decision. “I would be part of a community that I already felt comfortable with, because I pretty much grew up on the campus.”

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Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Rita C. Organ has over two decades of museum experience, and she credits CCA with giving her the tools to excel in her career. As an interdisciplinary fine arts major, Organ had the opportunity to take classes in almost every program at the college. “My CCA education helps me to this day,” she says. “In the museum world I have to deal with all kinds of artists, and I can speak their language, so it paid off for me.”

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Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Charly Wittock has the alphabet to thank for his successful architecture career. At 17 he left Brussels to windsurf in Hawaii, but after two years his parents wanted him back in school. While registering for the University of Hawaii he scanned the alphabetical list of majors and picked the first one that sounded laid-back. "I had friends in Brussels studying architecture. They were always at the café hanging loose, so I thought I'd have a lot of time to windsurf. I realize now I chose a very busy profession. I've never windsurfed again."

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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 by Jim Norrena

As a high school student at Oakland Tech, Amana Harris spent much of her time painting and drawing. She even hung out a few times on the CCA campus up the street, so when it came time to apply to colleges, California College of the Arts seemed a logical choice.

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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 by Jim Norrena

When Gary Hutton found himself working at a mall after graduating from UC Davis with a degree in fine arts, he decided it was time to go back to school. He had always loved interiors, and CCA seemed like the natural choice.

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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 by Jim Norrena

"I never thought I'd be a businessperson," says Mike Yang, proud owner of the Golden Gate Badminton Club. "I always thought I'd be a designer." Growing up in Taiwan he was always interested in architecture and design, inspired especially by I. M. Pei. He was also quite a badminton player. So when he came to the United States for college in 1999, he soon found himself juggling three careers: nationally ranked badminton competitor, badminton coach at UC Berkeley, and full-time Industrial Design student at CCA.

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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Aaron Petersen researched all the Bay Area’s art schools, but was most impressed with California College of the Arts. “I felt like a lot of the other schools were loosey-goosey,” he laughs. He enrolled at CCA because of its stalwart first-year core curriculum required of entering students.

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