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Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Hope Meng not only is a graphic designer but also a small-business owner and author. (Impressive accomplishments considering she graduated only less than a year ago.) In 2004 Meng opened Stitch Lounge, an urban sewing lounge in San Francisco, which inspired her to author not one but two books that address crafts and sewing for the next generation.

Meng currently works for Noon, a San Francisco-based graphic design studio founded by CCA Graphic Design Program Chair Cinthia Wen.

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Alumna and visionary Michele Pred has been instrumental in transforming into art security checkpoint–confiscated objects loaded with socio-political and cultural meanings—Swiss Army knives, scissors, and razor blades—all of which were at one time destined for meltdown at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by Jim Norrena

For alumnus Nick Cronan (né Christopher HibmaCronan), an Oakland native, CCA is a literal cross-generational family affair; he’s a lecturer in CCA’s Industrial Design Program; his father, Michael Cronan, is a graphic designer who also taught at CCA; and his brother, Shawn Hibma Cronan, entered CCA’s Sculpture Program.

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Sergio de la Torre was taking photography classes at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California, when his instructor, artist Liz Sisco, gave him sound advice: “She told me that with the kind of work I was doing I had to move away from San Diego,” he remembers, “and she said my work would fit well with what Jeanne Finley was doing at CCAC.” (Finley is a CCA media arts professor and artist/filmmaker who works with photography, video, and media installation.)

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Tim Perks always knew he wanted to attend art school; however, majoring in architecture was at the bottom of his list of interests. When Perks entered CCA he assumed his major would be either graphic design or illustration. The campus recruiter even tried to convince him to major in architecture, but he refused.

Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

The Puerto Rico–based artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz will present the world premiere of her new film Flowers of Antimony on Tuesday, November 25, at 7 p.m. at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. There will be a reception from 6–7 p.m. Both the reception and the screening are free and open to the public.

This is Santiago's first-ever solo project on the West Coast.

Posted on Saturday, November 1, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Indhira Rojas Sanchez, Feminine Resistance (2006), digital photography

Graduate Design student Indhira Rojas (Indhira Susana Rojas Sánchez) earned top prize in the Fine Art Photography category at the XXII Eduardo León Jimenes Competition of Art (Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes). The exhibition is organized by Centro León in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Indhira Rojas's diptych digital photography piece, Feminine Resistance (2006), reflects on themes of sexuality and aggression and will become a part of the institution's permanent collection.

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 by Chris Bliss

California College of the Arts has engaged the innovation and design firm IDEO to assist with its strategic planning process.

"We're delighted to have one of the most innovative companies in the world guiding us in the development of our next five-year strategic plan," states Stephen Beal, president of CCA. "IDEO's human-centered, design-based approach will help us achieve our goal of engaging a broad sector of the CCA community—alumni, donors, faculty, staff, students, and trustees—in envisioning the future of the college."

"IDEO is extremely excited to be collaborating with CCA on their five-year strategic planning process. Our organizations are closely aligned around common passions such as art, design, education, and innovation. The opportunity to be part of shaping an institution that is building the next generation of creative thinkers is an honor and a privilege," comments Erik Moga, project lead for IDEO.

Project Scope and Structure
IDEO has designed a highly collaborative 17-week project structure. Core development teams from CCA and IDEO (see below) will be joined by members of the CCA community and a larger group of IDEO designers who will participate in the project. This collaborative structure will allow broad segments of the CCA community to engage in the development of the strategic plan and will give those involved a greater awareness of collegewide values and vision, with the goal of greater participation in decisions affecting the college's future.

Over the course of this project, there will be several opportunities for members of the CCA community to participate, including facilitated visioning sessions, meetings, and interviews. We have set up a project blog to help spark conversation among the participants.

Project Time Frame
The core development team met in early October 2008 to design the project plan. Research will take place from October 27 through November 7, with IDEO staff conducting stakeholder interviews and leading group discussions on both CCA campuses. A project plan outlining the 17 weeks of activity will be posted soon.

Core Development Team

Susan Avila, senior vice president for advancement
Stephen Beal, president
Melanie Corn, interim provost
Mik Gaspay, educational technology services user support manager
Pamela Jennings, vice president for student affairs
Barbara Jones, fundraising services manager
David Kirshman, senior vice president for finance
David Meckel, director of planning and research
Noel Perry, CCA trustee
Robynne Royster, director of undergraduate enrollment
Nathan Shedroff, MBA in Design Strategy program chair
Deborah Valoma, director of fine arts

Holly Bybee, transformation practice
Dana Cho, associate partner
Brianna Cutts
Erik Moga, human factors
Sandy Speicher, transformation practice

Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by Sarah Owens

Yee Jan Bao, untitled, 2008, 36 x 48 in., oil on canvas

Painting faculty member Yee Jan Bao received a praiseworthy $25,000 individual support grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Inc. Bao was awarded the grant in honor of his status as a mature artist—defined by having spent a minimum of 20 years in the specific fields of painting, sculpture, or printmaking—who has dedicated his life to his work.

Established in 1976, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Inc.

Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by Jim Norrena

CCA's R.A.W. Video student competition yielded some rather raw interpretations. See for yourself!

The winning short films in CCA's R.A.W. (real artists at work) Video student competition are now available to view and share with family and friends (well, maybe just your friends).

Congratulations go out to five inspired CCA student filmmakers who won the first CCA-juried student video competition. Each artist receives $500. The challenge? Create a short interpretive film that captures the CCA experience from the student's perspective.