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Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Jim Norrena

Textiles faculty member Lia Cook (photo: Liz Hafalia, SF Chronicle)

As an award-winning textile artist and longtime professor at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, Berkeley resident Lia Cook admits to a slight bias about the importance of craft to a person's emotional well-being.

"We're a visually oriented culture, one in which other senses aren't emphasized," she says. "But using your hands to make something is part of what it means to be human."

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Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Allison Byers

Dabbling in a night of high glam nails, local San Jose consignment boutique, Black and Brown, in conjunction with Nail Jerks, mobile nail art service, indulged fellow vintage fashion lovers to an afternoon full of Floss Gloss fun.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Allison Byers

This year’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) marks its 19th year and it seems the Undead Apocalypse has gone underground. Even this close to San Francisco’s sacred holiday, Halloween, vampires and other miscellaneous undead made nary an appearance in APE’s hallowed halls, which featured the best in alternative, small press, and self-published comics.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Allison Byers

In December 2011, 12,000 people gathered in Durban, South Africa, at the 17th annual Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change to discuss and assess progress in dealing with climate change.

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Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 by Carol Pitts

Graffiti, New York

Open to all visual artists, graduate and undergraduate, this three-week studio course set in New York is open to the discussion of interdisciplinary art practices with an emphasis on contemporary dialogues around painting.

New York Studio

Instructor: Linda Geary
June 10–28, 2013

Visiting artists: TBA
(visiting artists in 2012: Tony Feher, Eric Sall, Alex Hubbard, Katie Bell, Jeff Gibson, Rachel Hayes, Hudson, Lauren Luloff, Kate Shepard, Eric Sall, Wendy White, and B Wurtz)

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Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Allison Byers

It’s not always quite this bustling, Hank Willis Thomas tells me as we make our way into his small, fifth-floor studio located in Midtown Manhattan; it’s just when he’s gearing up for a major project or a show—which, these past few years, has been more or less his perpetual state.

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Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

The Cast of La Bamba 2: Hell Is a Drag

"I wrote a sequel to From Dusk Till Dawn when I was in seventh grade."

So began the filmmaking career of Rob Fatal (MFA 2012). His obsession with film proceeded apace, but it took him a surprisingly long time, he says, to realize that there was a person called a director -- that movies didn't just spring into existence like Athena from Zeus's head.

Inspired by Quentin Tarantino, Mel Brooks, and Robert Rodriguez, Fatal began writing screenplays at age 12. "I loved camp and sci-fi films before I even knew they were genres." At 19 he borrowed his father's camcorder and made a 30-minute film about DJs with magical turntables. "It was accidentally campy. It was accidentally bad. But it had a lot of sincerity." Much to his surprise, it did well, even getting into a couple of festivals.

Film Maker, Filmmaker, or Artist?

Fast forward a few years. Fatal was still working in film and experimenting with video art, but not quite to the point of considering himself a filmmaker, and certainly not an "artist," whatever that meant. But one day, in the midst of editing a video documenting an experimental opera by Fatal's collaborator/mentor Juliana Snapper, he recomposed portions of the footage into a new composition and showed it to CCA faculty member Cheryl Dunye. Dunye delivered the unexpected news that what he was doing was art, and urged him to apply to CCA's MFA program. The faculty there, she said, were pushing the boundaries of genres, and dealing with gender politics and racial identity -- fields of study Fatal had been researching for years in his graduate program at Sacramento State University. CCA presented Fatal with a place to finally bridge his dual love of film theory and practice.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Allison Byers

Slip-in Urbanism, by Anesta Iwan

CCA Architecture student Anesta Iwan (BArch, 2013) received an honorable mention for her project design entered in “Reimagining Tall: Considering Context, Sustainability & Efficiency,” the second annual International Student Design Competition sponsored by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

The goal of the 2012 competition was to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Allison Byers

As an award-winning textile artist and longtime professor at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, Berkeley resident Lia Cook admits to a slight bias about the importance of craft to a person's emotional well-being.
"We're a visually oriented culture, one in which other senses aren't emphasized," she says. "But using your hands to make something is part of what it means to be human."

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Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Jim Norrena

CCA MFA Program in Writing and Writing and Literature Program faculty member Gloria Frym recently was invited to read at the historic City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, a landmark independent bookstore and publisher that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics.

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