Awards and Accolades News

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

Glenn Adamson, honorary doctorate and 2018 CCA commencement speaker

Groundbreaking visual artist Lia Cook and curator, writer, and historian Glenn Adamson will be recognized by California College of the Arts with honorary doctorate degrees at the college’s annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12 on the San Francisco campus. 

Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

On October 24, Furniture Program students Malachi Trent and Helen Vanleuven were celebrated for their excellent work in the wood arts as recipients of the annual Ronald and Anita Wornick Award.

The Ronald and Anita Wornick Award recognizes, nourishes, and encourages talented students working in the field of contemporary craft at CCA by providing them with scholarships and showcasing their work in a special exhibition on campus. Trent and Vanleuven’s works are currently on view in an exhibition in CCA’s Nave Alcove space. 

Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Rob Epstein, co-chair of CCA's Film Program

Source: Movie Maker Magazine

Out of the hundreds of bachelors and masters degree programs in the United States and Canada, we’ve chosen 40 that we believe represent the best of what higher education has to offer the film world, organized by region.

Accomplished Faculty: California College of the Arts

When a two-time Oscar-winner is the film program’s co-chair, it’s safe to assume standards are high. At this San Francisco- and Oakland-based school, documentarian Rob Epstein, who received his statuettes for The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, spearheads a team of educators that range from accomplished independent director Chris Mason Johnson (Test) to expert sound mixer Dan Olmsted and Emmy-winning Guggenheim Fellow Jack Walsh. 

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Laura Braun

Jennifer Morla established San Francisco-based Morla Design in 1984 as a multi-disciplinary studio and has worked on projects ranging from motion graphics and branding to retail environments and textiles. She  has created design programs for Levi’s, Design Within Reach and the Mexican Museum, San Francisco. Morla lectures internationally and has taught at California College of the Arts for 23 years.

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Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Laura Kenney

Judy Leung's Bini helmet

Judy Leung (Industrial Design 2017) has won the 2017 Industrial Designers Society of America Student Merit Award for the western district.

Each winner was chosen from among candidates at about a dozen schools in each region. The five district-level winners are invited to attend the annual IDSA International Design Conference that takes place this August in Atlanta, where they will be recognized on stage at an awards ceremony. 

This year, for the first time, the winners from all five districts are women.

Leung presented four projects for the contest, all of which she completed while she was a student at CCA.

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Neal Benezra wil receive an honorary doctorate degree from CCAView slideshow 

Neal Benezra, the Helen and Charles Schwab Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), will be recognized by California College of the Arts (CCA) with an honorary doctorate degree at its 110th commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Benezra will deliver the commencement address to more than 400 CCA undergraduates and their families. He will also be honored at a private reception the day before.

Prior to the undergraduate ceremony, commencement exercises for students in CCA's graduate programs will be held at 10 a.m. on May 14 at Nourse Theater. CCA alumna Miwa Ikemiya (MFA Design 2012) will be the distinguished speaker.

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 by Jim Norrena

Highest filmmaking honors went to Barry Jenkins, a former visiting Film faculty member and Cinema Visionaries guest lecturer, at the 89th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles February 26. His film Moonlight won the Best Picture Oscar, bringing to three the film's total number of Academy Awards.

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Jim Norrena

It Is What It Is - Trailer

Second-year MFA in Film student Cyrus Yoshi Tabar's short documentary It Is What it Is will screen as part of the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival, taking place January 20-26 in Park City, Utah.

This marks the first time a CCA graduate Film student has earned such an honor.

The short documentary will also have its California / Bay Area premiere at CAAMFest35 (Asian American International Film Festival) in San Francisco March 19 at 12:10 p.m., preceding the documentary Random Acts of Legacy (directed by Ali Kazimi).

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 by Jim Norrena

Janelle Monae and "Moonlight" writer-director Barry Jenkins. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Editor's Note: It was announced January 24 Barry Jenkins' Moonlight was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Lutz Bacher, "Menu," 2002. Private collection.

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, a nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute dedicated to contemporary art and ideas, has been approved by

the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a $20,000 grant to support its major fall 2017 exhibition Mechanisms, the largest presentation the organization has mounted.

The award is part of the NEA’s Art Works funding category, which “focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts,” according to the federal grant-making agency’s announcement.

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