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Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 by Allison Byers

A comics creator who knows how to milk the fusion of, and tension between, word and image can place us deep inside a character’s head with an immediacy and sensuousness prose writers envy. In comics, style informs substance — physically shapes it to alter our perceptions in intimate ways. Mood and tone don’t emerge over the course of paragraphs and chapters; they’re evident at first glance, infused into the arrangement of panels, thickness of lines and density of detail. We read books; we feel comics.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Allison Byers

Yield Design Co. Picnic Bag

More and more, the talented and driven creatives of the CCA community are turning to Kickstarter -- a funding platform for creative projects. We’ve seen more than 20 successful projects on the CCA Kickstarter page, and even more are out there, achieving their goals.

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Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 by Allison Byers

In 2007, Oakland artist Packard Jennings made headlines when the New York Times cited his sneaky method of placing “battle in Seattle” style Anarchist action figures for sale in local Target and Wal – Mart stores just in time for a holiday season filled with more than a few unsuspecting consumers. In the New York Times, Ian Urbana defined “shopdropping” as the act of “…surreptitiously putting things in stores, rather than illegally taking them out, and the motivations vary.”

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Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by Chris Bliss

Lisel Ashlock, My Escapee, cover art and design

A friendly alligator on a quest to get clean, an imaginary universe of original creatures, and a depiction of the phenomenon called data scraping -- these are just a few of the concepts that CCA Illustration alumni have been challenged to bring to life.

With 167 students currently enrolled, the Illustration Program is one of the largest at CCA. Every year, students, alumni, and faculty are recognized and honored in national illustration competitions. The program consistently produces talented and accomplished artists who go on to build successful careers.

We recently interviewed four Illustration alums to see what paths they have taken since graduation and to ask them to reflect on their time at CCA.

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Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 by Allison Byers

As a conceptual art student, Neil Grimmer created what he considered his greatest design: a wireless hug. He designed a pair of electronic vests that transferred pressure and body temperature to mimic an embrace.
Today, as CEO of Nest Collective, a booming organic baby and child food company with brand name Plum Organics, Grimmer has come a long way from his days at the California College of the Arts. The business he built is still intimate, though it has grown from three employees when it was founded in 2007 to 60 today. The entire company still huddles at the start ...

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Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012 by Clay Walsh

CCA Graphic Design student Tyson Wischerath is the first-place winner of CCA’s 2012 R.A.W. Video (real artists at work) student contest for his video, Boundless City, which best upheld this year’s “No Boundaries” theme.

Wischerath’s winning video depicts skateboarding, exploring, and gathering inspiration on a sunny day in San Francisco. Based on the voting results, the video was a clear favorite among judges and students alike!

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Posted on Friday, November 16, 2012 by Rachel Walther

Glen Helfand (in the green T-shirt) with CCA students and Creativity Explored artists

A hall of mirrors reflecting an artist's actual view of the world; sculptural train tracks coming out of the wall and into the gallery space; colorful, hanging text-mobiles that evoke psychologically charged word-clouds; a fashion magazine devoted to one fabulous model; and a pop-up shop selling equestrian-themed T-shirts, jewelry, and drawings:

These are the works that will be on view in Fabricators, the culminating exhibition for Glen Helfand's fall 2012 ENGAGE at CCA course, at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, December 12-22, 2012. The public is invited to the reception on Saturday, December 15, 3-5 p.m.

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Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Allison Byers

On Grove Street, across from the gilded, Beaux-Arts exterior of City Hall, the San Francisco Arts Commission has a space that it is no longer allowed to use as a gallery – quite. 155 Grove has been deemed seismically unsafe, which means the general public is not allowed inside, but the city does allow SFAC to put the space’s large front window to use: A rotation of artists fill the cube with site-specific installations that the public can view from outside.

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Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Allison Byers

A queer Oakland woman has won the grand prize in an artistic competition and is looking forward to a residency program in New York next year.

Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, a self-identified racially mixed, artistically inclined, lover-of-all-things-nerdy, queer femme woman of color, is being celebrated for all the identities she embodies and expresses through her dynamic and spirited artwork.

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Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Allison Byers

Sebastopol painter Kent Rupp sometimes wonders what life would be like if he had taken a different turn in the road.
In high school, Rupp was a less-than-stellar student who had attended nine grammar schools during his first eight years of formal education because of his father's scattered work in those post-Depression years. At Alameda High School, he said, the only classes where he achieved good grades were English and art. By senior year, Rupp had decided to join the merchant marine.

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