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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

For decades, octogenarian New York native Bella Feldman has been turning out sculpture made of wood and steel; blown, cast and etched glass; and - occasionally - found objects. Her "War Toys," provoked into being by the 1991 Gulf War and its aftermath, rank as canonical Bay Area sculpture.

Though revered as a longtime teacher at California College of the Arts, Feldman says, "I'm not exactly high on a list of collected artists."

The Richmond Art Center honors her with a stirring survey exhibition, in which we met and spoke.

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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

...and Toyin Odutola, a Nigerian-born artist whose black faces — drawn with pens and markers — are peppered with marks resembling tattoo strips, which turn Odutola's profiles into thriving mosaics. Odutola, who earned an MFA last year from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, has said that Weems is one of her cherished role models.

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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

"If you lay a home out sensibly, you don't need 3,500 square feet," said Miranda, who has taught design at California College of the Arts and runs the development company GREENpads. "It doesn't need to be gigantic, just smartly laid out."

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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

Encouraged by teachers, he began to write essays, including one about the humiliating time his father spent in prison for making illegal liquor during Prohibition. After graduating from high school — the first member of his family to do so — he served on a U.S. Navy minesweeper during the Korean War. He went on to college under the G.I. Bill, earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts and a master's degree in fine arts from Cal State Sacramento, before finding his way into teaching high school.

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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

The architecture school at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco was only founded in 1986 and did not have its own campus until 1997. But the school—housed in a light filled old bus shed in the city’s Potrero Hill Design District—is quickly carving out a unique role for itself as a center of architectural creativity and pedagogy.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by A. Will Brown

Sarah Hotchkiss at Southern Exposure's 39th Birthday Block Party, September 2013

HI WELCOME TO A SUSPENDED FUTURE COVERED IN MOONDUST AND GLORY

Reading these provocative and humorous words on the computer screen doesn't do justice to the phrase as it was originally delivered: hanging in four perfect, upside-down arches, weighted by nothing more than the elegant tug of gravity, from the ceiling beams of the Nave on CCA's San Francisco campus. The letters were huge cutouts, shiny and red, reminiscent of a "happy birthday" banner.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by David Morini

Writing and Literature and MFA Program in Writing faculty member Caroline Goodwin was recently named San Mateo County’s first poet laureate.

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Once approved, her position will take a two-year term, from January 2014 to December 2015. A committee of San Mateo County supervisors chose Goodwin out of a pool of 15 nominations.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Chris Bliss

José Montoya in 2001 (Photo: Dick Schmidt / The Sacramento Bee)

He was one of the most influential and inspirational figures in California Latino history. The poet, artist, and activist José Montoya died on September 25, 2013, at age 81, in his midtown Sacramento home.

He earned his teaching credential at CCA in 1962. Montoya was an important Latino leader, not only among the artists and activists of the 1960s and 1970s, but among innumerable artists of subsequent generations as well.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Alumni Association

Last year we asked our alumni to participate in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) survey, a national survey designed to enhance the quality of arts education. Over 1,300 undergraduate and graduate alumni from across the years and disciplines completed the survey.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Tom Barbash at Mrs. Dalloway's Books in Berkeley for a reading from "Stay Up With Me"

MFA Program in Writing faculty member and critically acclaimed author, educator, and critic Tom Barbash has many notable literary successes under his belt.

His recent effort, however, a recently published collection of short stories, titled Stay Up With Me (Ecco/HarperCollins), puts him among some of the most celebrated writers of the day.

Barbash, who wrote the novel The Last Good Chance and the bestselling nonfiction work On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick & 9/11: A Story of Loss & Renewal, has also had his fiction appear in Tin House magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Indiana Review, among other publications.

He is no stranger to seeing his words in print.

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