CCA News

Posted on Friday, September 10, 2010 by Grace Lee

For the third consecutive year, MYARTSPACE is offering $16,000 in cash scholarships to art students. Registration is free. The deadline is December 12, 2010. Art students currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate study are encouraged to apply.

To find out more information go to:

Posted on Friday, September 10, 2010 by Grace Lee

Feeling stressed? Student Affairs offers FREE yoga and capoiera classes to all CCA students, staff and faculty throughout the year.

Instructor: Sharanjit Sandhu

Mondays, 7:30 – 9pm B1 (OAK)
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9pm, GC5 (SF)

Instructor: Jamel Lindsey

Mondays, 7:30 – 9pm, A2 Cafe (OAK)
Fridays, 7:30 – 9pm, A2 Cafe (OAK)

For more information email .

Posted on Friday, September 10, 2010 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present the exhibition Huckleberry Finn from September 28 through December 11, 2010, in the Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Tuesday, September 28, from 6–8 p.m.

Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Jason Engelund

In spring 2010 Aimee Phan, CCA Writing and Literature chair, led ENGAGE at CCA: 826 Valencia Book Project. In this course, students collaborated with 826 Valencia to mentor high school students in essay writing, in preparation for a book release.

The college's ENGAGE at CCA initiative acts as a hub to connect CCA students and faculty with a world outside the classroom by using creative practices to solve pressing social needs.


Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Jason Engelund

This past semester participants in the ENGAGE at CCA course "Designing Ecology with Año Neuvo Island" designed, built, and deployed nesting modules for rhinoceros aucklets, an endangered sea bird. CCA Ceramics chair Nathan Lynch and his students collaborated with Oikonos eco-science nonprofit and REBAR art, design, and social activism group to design the nesting modules now in place on the island. Last report from the team was the birds are doing well in their new homes!

Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Jason Engelund

In August CCA alumna Maria Ryan (BFA Sculpture 2005) started a community arts project in Africa. Maria emailed over the summer letting me know of her continued community arts practice as well as her upcoming project in Uganda. (Below is an interview with Maria Ryan (MR) and Center for Art in Public Life Design and Marketing Manager Jason Engelund (JE) conducted prior and following Maria's travels.)

Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Samantha Braman

How can craft and technology influence, and cater to, evolving social needs, user demands, and civic infrastructure? This summer, students in Nick Riddle's Industrial Design course titled "Bike Building I: The Frame" set out to answer the question.

Focusing on traditional principles and techniques of bicycle frame building, Riddle led students through the process of researching, designing, crafting, and manufacturing a custom bike. According to each student's individual desire, some of the final bikes were for mountain riding, others were for road riding, and others were purely for leisure. All were conceived, designed, and assembled in just six weeks.

Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 by Marion Anthonisen


Exploring the middle ground between fact and speculation, recent graduate Mathieu Stemmelen (BFA Graphic Design 2010) is inspired by things unseen, like divides that exist only on maps or in unspoken attitudes about society.

Mathieu’s interactive book Visualizing The Invisible, which examines invisibility through biology, culture, and philosophy, received first place in the Book Design category at the 2010 Art Directors Club (ADC) awards. Much of his book’s content is printed using invisible ink, apparent only when placed under ultraviolet fluorescent light.

Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 by Jim Norrena

We welcome Modern Times Bookstore to CCA, where this renowned "neighborhood bookseller for the Mission" will be selling course books to CCA students on each of the college's campuses.

Oakland campus

(in front of A2 Café)

Wednesday, Sept 8: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Thursday, Sept 9: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, Sept 10: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept 14: 3–5 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept 15: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Thursday, Sept 16: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, Sept 17: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

SF campus

(in front of main building)

Wednesday, Sept 8: 3–5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept 9: 2–5 p.m.

Posted on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 by Chris Bliss

Undergraduate Program in Interation Design chair Dr. Kristian Simsarian (left) cofounded IDEO's Software Experiences Practice

Who will create the future mobile experience, invent the next breakthrough in gaming, change the way we listen to music, and reinvent social networks? A new breed of specialists⎯interaction designers⎯who are taking technology and human interaction to the next level.