CCA News

Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Jim Norrena

In fall 2012 California College of the Arts welcomed Cathrine Veikos as the new chair of its undergraduate Interior Design Program.

With the first semester behind us, we sat down with Veikos to check in and hear firsthand about what she brings to the program and how she plans to use her expertise in her future endeavors.

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Carol Pitts

Japan | In Search of Emptiness & Wabi Sabi

Instructor: Doug Akagi

SF Campus: May 21 & 23
Japan: May 29–June 12, 2013
SF Campus: July 11 & August 8


This course is a journey of discovery - documenting dichotomies, synergies and juxtapositions, and experiencing the power of the old and the shock of the new. Participants explore Japan’s present day capital, Tokyo, and its ancient capital, Kyoto (from 794-1868 CE), discovering, recording, and interpreting examples of traditional Japanese aesthetic values and their modern day manifestations.

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by

Lynn Sondag in her studioView slideshow 

For most students, graduation marks the end of their academic career. But for some California College of the Arts alumni, graduation was only the beginning. Many have become educators in their chosen field, and a select few serve in chair and director positions at educational institutions across the country and around the world.

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Carol Pitts

Babylon Kino in Mitte district

The following course was held in summer 2013. Complete information for Summer Study Abroad 2014 will be posted (dates, descriptions, pricing) by December 20, 2013.

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Jim Norrena

CCA Interior Design student Eric Rogers has been named a finalist in the 2012 Donghia Student Scholarship Award in Interior Design competition.

Rogers is among a select group of 13 faculty-recommended students from a pool of more than 200 applicants representing accredited universities, colleges, and schools across the United States and Canada to win this year's Donghia Award, which offers each finalist a scholarship award of up to $30,000!

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Carol Pitts

Many visitors to Iceland begin and end their trip in the warm mineral water of the Blue Lagoon, near Keflavík airport.

This course concentrates on the relationship of nature to creativity and art. Open to all disciplines and to both graduates and undergraduates who have completed their sophomore level, this three-week intensive immerses students in the nature and culture of Iceland and offers insight and practice in how to travel and document those experiences for use in future projects.

ICELAND: Reykjavic and the Icelandic West

Instructor: John Zurier
May 20–June 10, 2013

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Carol Pitts

Paris squat. Paris has a long history of street art and some very creative expressions.


Instructor: Erik Adigard, with Laurence Arcadias
July 22–August 9 (August 9–22 / exploration of Paris)


Big cities naturally tend toward entropy, but great cities adapt through great design. Urban culture is all that happens between these two notions. This is what we will explore in one of the world’s most beautiful yet complex cities.

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Way Beyond Art 2: Wide White Space
CCA Wattis Institute, 2012
Paperback, 146 pages, $17

To see more pages from the book visit the official Wide White Space website.

Edited and designed by Jon Sueda (Graphic Design faculty), this book investigates graphic design's evolving relationship with the practice of exhibition making as it intersects with the visual arts and the work of both artists and curators. It features notable designs (in full color) and essays by Project Projects and CCA faculty members Rachel Berger, Eric Heiman, Brett MacFadden, Emily McVarish, and Scott Thorpe.

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Celebrating 25 Years of the Barclay Simpson Award
CCA, 2012
Paperback/digital, 146 pages

In 2012 CCA celebrated 25 years of the Barclay Simpson Award -- a social and historical record of the past quarter of a century -- with a special retrospective exhibition, We’re All Here Because We’re Not All There, and an accompanying catalogue featuring works by select recipients. Since its inception in 1987 in honor of CCA Board of Trustee member and 2005 honorary doctorate Barclay Simpson and his wife, Sharon, the Barclay Simpson Award has through financial support, encouragement, and recognition celebrated an entire generation of well-deserving graduating artists.

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Ode to Happiness
Steidl, 2011
Hardcover, 40 pages, $55

Alexandra Grant (MFA 2000) illustrates this book by the celebrated actor and writer Keanu Reeves. It is a grown-up's picture book about making the best of a bad situation, a charming reminder not to take oneself too seriously. In the tradition of a classic "hurtin' song," Reeves's text externalizes a melancholy internal monologue and subtly pokes fun at it. Grant's images, delicately realized in somber inky washes, reflect the dark and light, the pathos and humor, of the text. Neither entirely earnest nor wholly ironic, Ode to Happiness is both a meditation and a gentle tease about how we cope with life's sorrows.