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Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Jim Norrena

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MFA Program in Writing second-year student Alka Joshi is heading off to Florida in October for a three-week artists residency (Comic Book Workshop / Graphic Novels Residency) at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) with Russian master artist and seasoned graphic novelist Svetlana Chmakova (Dramacon, 2007, and Nightschool, 2006), who also drew and wrote a monthly serialized manga strip (aka comic strip) for CosmoGirl and has recently finished

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Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Jason Engelund

This fall the performance group We Players will present Shakespeare's Hamlet on Alcatraz Island, and recent graduate Anna Whitehead (MFA Social Practice 2010) has been heavily involved in the project. She was awarded a Center Student Grant to work with at-risk youth, people incarcerated, and people on probation to create large-scale puppets and masks that will be used in the play. Hamlet opens Saturday, October 2, and continues through November 21.

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Posted on Friday, September 24, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Zara Franks wears her finished work for Fibershed, a 1920s-inspired hat and scarf.View slideshow 

CCA alumna Zara Franks (BFA Fashion Design 2009), owner/designer of Venn Apparel, is currently working with a unique research project, named “Fibershed,” that focuses for one year on a particular woman’s clothing. The project’s founder and subject, Rebecca Burgess, wears only locally produced garments made from sustainably manufactured fibers—all grown within 150 miles of her home in Marin County!

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Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 by Grace Lee

Saturday, October 16, 2010, 8:30am-5pm
Pauley Ballroom

This conference seeks to network and empower college students from across the Bay Area to learn skills and understand issues to create positive social change on their campuses and in their communities.
Students, faculty, and staff from U.C. Berkeley, Saint Mary's College of California, Santa Clara University, Sonoma State University, and University of San Francisco and local community partners will be in attendance.

Workshops include:

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Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 by Samantha Braman

James McLeod works with Hebron glass masters at the al-Natsheh factory

Among the many destructive effects of the current political discord in the Middle East is the disruption of ancient local glassmaking traditions. CCA alumnus James McLeod (Glass 2002) experienced firsthand the precariousness of this rich thread of knowledge during a 2007 trip to Istanbul to teach a glassblowing workshop. Upon his return he was committed to founding Floating World Projects. The project is dedicated to transcending cultural stereotypes and prejudices via arts education and artistic collaboration.

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Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010 by Grace Lee

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is currently seeking a volunteer undergraduate student to represent the organization at CCA during the 2010/11 year.

About YBCA

YBCA a contemporary, multidisciplinary arts center anchoring the Yerba Buena Gardens in the downtown San Francisco arts district. We are a space committed to innovation in our practices, exceptional diversity in our range of work, and the engagement of audiences with art that speaks to the ideas and issues of the contemporary world.

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Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010 by Grace Lee

In 2006 the James Family Foundation provided a grant to SFMOMA supporting free admission to students attending California College of the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, and Academy of Art University. The James Family Foundation grant has been extended until the end of 2010.

To receive free admission at SFMOMA, CCA students must show their current student ID card (with a validation sticker). Validation stickers must be obtained from the Public Safety office on either campus every semester.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 by Jeanne C. Finley

Schein & Schein features antique maps and prints

The students in the Graduate Fine Arts seminar Land Minds / Site Lines, taught by Jeanne C. Finley, took their first field trip of the semester exploring land/walking art. They visited 1435 Grant Avenue (formerly Dupont Street, known as the oldest street in San Francisco) in the North Beach neighborhood, home to the antique book and map retailer Schein & Schein, named after the husband-and-wife proprietors, Jimmie and Marti Schein. Students searched through the drawers and bins and pulled out maps of particular interest.

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Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to CCA Industrial Design students Erin Fong, Ryan David Francis, and Marc Levinson, all finalists among 814 participants, who were each awarded an honorable mention at the 23rd Annual Koizumi International Design Lighting Competition for Students, a significantly competitive international competition for lighting design students, whose objective it is to "promote promising youth and improve the cultural lighting situation."

Erin Fong — Quintet
Ryan David Francis — Triode Safety Light

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