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Posted on Thursday, October 7, 2010 by Grace Lee

Pick up a pumpkin from Student Affairs starting Monday, October 18. Fifteen pumpkins are available or you may supply your own.

Drop-off deadline:
Sunday, October 24, 2 p.m.
Center Gallery (OAK)

Pumpkin Bash Reception

Wednesday, October 27, 5:30 p.m.
Center Gallery (OAK)

Carved pumpkins will be on display in the Center Gallery on the Oakland campus, and the CCA community will be able to vote for their favorite pumpkin throughout the week of October 25–30. Voting will also take place on the CCA Chimera Council page on Facebook. Friend us and vote!

Posted on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 by Chris Bliss

California College of the Arts (CCA) announces the launch of the IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards. The program will enable interdisciplinary teams of CCA students to develop and implement social innovations through their studies in art, architecture, design, and writing. Three IMPACT Awards up to $10,000 each will be given annually, beginning in spring 2011.

Posted on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 by Grace Lee

The Arts Market, located in the UN Plaza, is looking for local artists who are interested in renting tent space. The market runs every Thursday, from noon–6 p.m.

For more information, visit

Posted on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to CCA alumna Robin Powlesland (MFA Writing 2005), who was recently named a finalist in the 2010 Omnidawn Chapbook Poetry contest, a prestigious small-press award, for her work verbs without a past. Powlesland currently resides in Taos, New Mexico, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Mexico–Taos.

The five Omnidawn finalists (listed below in alphabetical order) were selected by Elizabeth Robinson:

  • The City Salutes Itself by Jackie Clark (Jersey City, NJ)

Posted on Monday, October 4, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Christine Wong Yap during The Great Balloon Giveaway, June 5, 2010 (photo: Paul Kuroda / Kuroda Visuals)

Every artist has an inspiration, whether it is another person, a piece of art, or something more abstract. For two-time CCA alum Christine Wong Yap (Printmaking 1998, MFA 2007), positive psychology is her inspiration and fuel. Positive psychology is about finding and nurturing one's talents to make normal life more fulfilling; it focuses on what you have, not what you don't have.

Posted on Monday, October 4, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Paul McCarthy's Low Life Slow Life
Hatje Cantz, 2010
Paperback, 640 pages, $75

Posted on Saturday, October 2, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Caracas, a vertical-growing system on display at West Coast Green in San FranciscoView slideshow 

San Francisco's West Coast Green, the preeminent symposium on green innovation, took place at Fort Mason from Thursday to Sunday, September 30 through October 2, and included four pieces of work by Diversity Studies faculty member Lauren Elder.

Posted on Friday, October 1, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Best Travel Writing 2010
Travelers' Tales, 2010
Paperback, 352 pages, $19.95

In "12 Hours in Barcelona" Writing & Literature professor Marianne Rogoff has a dusk-till-dawn layover in the city of Gaudi. She leaves her bags in an airport locker, buses to the center of town, and finds herself one among many on a festival occasion, out "on a night when free ballets and symphonies and theatrical performances are taking place all over town, lending a glow, heightening our pleasure, focusing the eye out of the chaos of so-much-to-see into the framework of the arts: dance, music, language. Over there, young spoken-word poets are rapping hip-hop beats; here, it's Shakespeare in Spanish; now, a celebratory speech; in my ear, the stories of Barcelona's past and future. I see it all from my perch atop this slow-moving red bus."

Posted on Friday, October 1, 2010 by Samantha Braman

From Bridget Riley to Gustav Klimt to Vivienne Westwood: What could they possibly have in common, you might ask? All are fodder for the active imagination and globe-trotting practice of textile artist Morgan Bajardi (Textiles 2009).

Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 by Alumni Association

Anne Devine, forward3 triangulation, Giza Plateau, Egypt, 2010

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