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Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Student-designed lampshades will be auctioned at the gala
(photo by Zakary Zide)

Heads turned Wednesday, September 17, 2008, when Gump's—a purveyor of fine arts and crafts—hosted an over-the-top arts benefit: Made in the Shade. The gala paved the way for Gump's to give back to artists, with proceeds benefiting CCA in the form of an endowed scholarship.

Made in the Shade featured a silent auction where attendees could bid on custom-designed lampshades. While that in and of itself is a glowing idea, it gets brighter: several of the lampshades were designed by CCA students. Yet what's absolutely brilliant is that in order to illuminate the designs, models wore the one-of-kind lampshades atop their heads while on the catwalk! (Yes, it takes . . . gumption to pull off the old lampshade-on-the-head routine!)

Even if you didn't make the gala, you can continue to bid on 10 lampshades by visiting Clothes Off Your Back, but only until Friday, September 26. Don't miss your chance to wear a custom-designed lampshade on your head (or not) and help support the CCA scholarship that Gump's has so generously extended.

Several of the CCA participants were on hand mixing and mingling with supporters and answering questions about their designs.

Made in the Shade was an illuminating and inspired evening of high fashion (literally!) where once again those who wore the lampshades on their heads were the life of the party. The benefit gala was all in the name of art—only at this gala the familiar name was Gump's.

Event details:

Gump's San Francisco at 135 Post Street
Event starts at 6 p.m. (with cocktails & hors d'oeuvres)
Silent auction begins (ends at 9 p.m.)
Fashion show and live auction begin at 8 p.m.
Cost: $100 per ticket

For questions, please call Carmen Roberson at 415.984.9297.

CCA Participants

Kim Anno, Curtis Arima, Kelly Ball, David Cole, Jack da Silva, Marilyn da Silva, John de Fazio, Mark Eanes, Sally Elesby, Tony Esola, Chris Finley, Linda Geary, Camellia George, James Gobel, Katie Lewis, Deborah Lozier, Nathan Lynch, Nate Mahoney, Kari Marboe, KC Rosenberg, Marta Salas-Porras, Bryan Keith Thomas, Mariana Tocornal, Chano Uribe, Alison Yates, Zakary Zide, John Zurier

Remember, ask not what your lampshade can do for you, but rather what you can do with your lampshade.

—Anonymous

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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

Nick DeMarco's XS Chair is called out in the New York Times

CCA stole the show with innovative furniture as one of four design schools selected to exhibit work at the 2008 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York this past May.

With over 25,000 attendees, ICFF is one of the world's most prestigious design events and the premier showcase for contemporary design in North America.

Each year ICFF invites the world's leading design schools to participate in an industry leader–juried competition. This year's other selected design schools were Savannah College of Art and Design, the School of Visual Arts, and Yale University.

Nick DeMarco's XS Chair received special attention in the New York Times (also pictured in several links below).

The New York Times, I.D. magazine, Inhabitat, treehugger.com, and Home Furnishing News magazine, and other established media sources covered the 2008 ICFF.

Both the Furniture and Industrial Design programs were presented at the CCA booth. The Furniture project represented the outcomes of the Bevara Design House / Walmart.com–sponsored studio that was run by faculty member Oblio Jenkins in the fall 2007 semester. That interdisciplinary furniture studio addressed the theme "sustainable design for mass production."

After researching the complex issues associated with sustainability and the wide range of locally available production technologies, students worked with Bevara Design House and Wal-Mart to develop relevant designs with market potential.

CCA's Industrial Design Program coordinated two projects, which also were featured at the booth: Glass+, a collaboration with the Glass Program, and the Kitchen Sink, a joint effort with the Ceramics Program.

The students worked individually and in teams to design and develop a wide range of products for the home, from cocktail sets to kitchen sinks, using such real-world production techniques as blow-molded glass and slip-cast ceramics.

For more information, visit ICFF online.

Related links:

The New York Times
I.D. magazine
Inhabitat
Treehugger.com
Home Furnishing News magazine

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Posted on Friday, September 5, 2008 by Chris Bliss

Hank Dunlop is an associate professor in the Interior Design and Visual Studies programs

Hank Dunlop, associate professor in Interior Design and Visual Studies, will receive the Leadership Award of Excellence from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) on September 23 in San Francisco. He will be honored for his many contributions to IIDA and for elevating the profession through his leadership in design and education.

Dunlop has been working in the field of design preservation and restoration since the 1960s. He is noted for his expertise in California interiors of the 19th and early 20th centuries and has worked on some of the most historically significant sites in California.

From 2002–6 Dunlop served as historic interiors consultant on the restoration of the award-winning Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento. Other California-based projects include the Sanchez Adobe in Pacifica, the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park in Chico, and the James Johnson House in Half Moon Bay.

Dunlop is currently working on the Larkin House—State Historic Park Monterey, originally the home and business of Thomas Oliver Larkin, the first and only U.S. consul to Alta California (upper California) under Mexican rule; and the David Glass House in San Ramon. Also on tap is a return to the Antonio Peralta House (a.k.a. Peralta Grant) in Oakland, where he will continue work started several years ago.

Dunlop also is a principal at Hank Dunlop and Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in interior and architectural history, restoration, and property development. Prior to starting his firm, he served as associate and senior project manager at Gensler from 1969–79.

Teaching has been an important part of Dunlop's life for 30 years. In 1978 he was offered positions at California College of the Arts and San Jose State University. The choice was easy for him: "I could see that CCA was a school where I could affect change."

In 1981 he was appointed chair of the Interior Design Program, leading the first FIDER accreditation effort. Among his published articles is "Living with Antiques, the Brune-Reutlinger House, San Francisco," which appeared in the August 2005 issue of Magazine Antiques.

Dunlop also has studied at the Winterthur Institute in Delaware; the Attingham Trust in London; the Victorian Society in America's Summer Schools in Newport, RI; and the West Dean College Conservation Symposium on architecture. He holds a bachelor of science from the University of Oregon, School of Architecture, where he majored in interior architecture.

With such a long and distinguished career, Hank has much cause to be proud of his IIDA award. When asked what he finds most rewarding in life, he answers, "the experience [of] teaching and working with so many students as they grow into professional designers."

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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

CCA student (Graphic Design) and Olympic bronze medal champion Jill Kintner

Another Bronze Age? It is for CCA—

Jill Kintner (Graphic Design) knows better than most the truth behind the old adage "All that glitters is not gold." In fact, she'll tell you bronze—particularly Olympic bronze—also has the substance of true championship.

In the first-ever bicycle motocross (BMX) racing event at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics last week, Kintner medaled bronze in the women's race. Additionally, she was the only qualifying American woman, which is not surprising considering by age 21 she was the American Bicycle Association (ABA) BMX World Champion.

In fact, the Beijing Olympics was the last remaining major biking event in which Kintner had yet to compete; she has won every title in 4-cross mountain biking, and all major titles in BMX racing.

Yet despite a history of toggling BMX and mountain bike racing, in which she also held a world title in 2007 before committing herself to attaining an Olympic medal in Beijing, Kintner's multifaceted competitive nature runs pure as gold.

Growing up with a bike track down the street, it was easy for 8-year-old Kintner and her brother to take up the sport together. She started competing professionally at 14. Now 26, she is an Olympic champion.

During a break from her BMX and mountain-biking career, Kintner applied to CCA to pursue a BFA in graphic design. However, at the time her passion to wear a medal was stronger than her desire to design one, so she picked up her BMX bike and literally went for gold in Beijing. (Kintner is registered to return to CCA this fall.)

Where will one next find Kintner? She splits her time between her native Seattle and Australia, where she shares a home with boyfriend Bryn Atkinson (a former mountain bike team member).

To view Kintner's art, visit her self-designed website: www.jillkintner.com.

To read additional coverage of this remarkable athlete-designer, visit the NBC Olympic athlete bio for Jill Kintner.

All photos (c) Justin Kosman / Red Bull Photofiles.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts announces the continuation of the exhibition Americana in the Mary Augustine Gallery (a special vitrine in the shape of the United States) on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition, begun in September 2007 and now entering its second year, is organized by Jens Hoffmann (director of the Wattis Institute) and CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. It is free and open to the public.

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Posted on Monday, August 18, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Meet three inspiring CCA artists who collaborated at this past weekend's American Craft Show at Fort Mason:

Kari Marboe (Ceramics 2008) is codirector of mg gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Oakland
Adam Green (Glass) is codirector of mg gallery
Clare Beilby (Ceramics) also is acting president of the Ceramics Guild at CCA and assistant to the studio manager within the Ceramics department

On August 15-16 these artists put together the Interactive Tile Making (a four-square game) demonstration on behalf of CCA at this year's American Craft Show at Fort Mason.

See images of the fired four-square court, a collaboration of artists in action.

As participants played, their movements made indentations in the unfired clay slabs that made up the court. One man even bent down to put his fingerprint in the clay!

The group would like to acknowledge the following for their support and encouragement:

Nathan Lynch
Mark Takiguchi
Monica Hampton
Tony Annino

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Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Fall 2008 Speakers

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Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2008 by Jim Norrena

The Gift of Education

Each year more than 500 alumni, friends, faculty, and staff make gifts to student scholarships at CCA. Every gift, large and small, helps promising students earn their degrees and pursue their dreams of working in art, design, architecture, and writing.

This year we face a critical challenge. Many CCA students have hardships at home that may put their education in jeopardy. Due to the economic downturn, requests for financial aid are growing at the same time that CCA is experiencing a significant loss in endowed scholarship revenue.

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Posted on Friday, August 15, 2008 by Kim Lessard

Students and faculty from the Jewelry / Metal Arts Program at California College of the Arts are calling on local residents to donate their unwanted jewelry—gold, silver, or other—between now and September 11, 2008, to be recycled into exciting new pieces for the Radical Jewelry Makeover. A nationwide program, the Radical Jewelry Makeover was founded by Ethical Metalsmiths, an artist-run nonprofit organization that is working to galvanize mining reform efforts and educate the public about alternatives to traditional mining practices and jewelry production.

Jewelry donations can be made at the drop box located in the Jewelry / Metal Arts Program offices at CCA's Oakland campus (5212 Broadway), or mailed to the Richmond Art Center at 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond CA 94804. Donations can also be made at any of the other participating organizations (for more information, see radicaljewelrymakeover.blogspot.com).

The unique, handmade pieces from the Radical Jewelry Makeover will be exhibited and offered for sale October 22–November 9 at Velvet da Vinci, 2015 Polk Street (between Broadway and Pacific), San Francisco. There will be a reception on Friday October 24. Jewelry donors receive discount coupons, and all sales benefit Ethical Metalsmiths' efforts to inform and connect people with responsibly sourced materials. CCA students will work together on the project with other participating Bay Area organizations, schools, and studios, including Metal Arts Guild San Francisco, Academy of Art University, City College, the Crucible, Revere Academy, Richmond Art Center, and Scintillant Studio.

The San Francisco Bay Area Radical Jewelry Makeover will be the largest event to date. According to Ethical Metalsmiths, San Francisco Bay is lined with several feet of sediment from hydraulic gold mining that took place more than a century ago, and the waters are contaminated with dangerous levels of mercury as a result. The organization Earthworks reports that an estimated 80 percent of the gold mined each year is used for jewelry, and that a single gold ring leaves 20 tons of mine waste. Mining is currently the most toxic industry in the nation, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 20 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls more than 1,650 full-time students. Noted alumni include the painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; the ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the filmmaker Wayne Wang; the conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl.

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