The Stanford Center on Longevity, in collaboration with Aging2.0, announced Nicholas Steigmann and Maiya Jensen from the California College of the Arts and their project “SPAN” as the winner of the second annual student Design Challenge, the finals of which were held yesterday, April 9, 2015 at Stanford University.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Laura Braun
Winning design SPAN by Nicholas Steigmann and Maiya Jensen
Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Chris Bliss
Joan Jonas to receive honorary doctorate from CCA
American artist Joan Jonas will be recognized by California College of the Arts (CCA) with an honorary doctorate degree at its 108th commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco.
Jonas will deliver the commencement address to more than 400 CCA undergraduates and their families. She will also be honored at a private lunch the day before and participate in the post-commencement reception at the college's San Francisco campus.
About Joan Jonas
A world-renowned pioneer of video and performance art, Joan Jonas is lauded as one of the most important female artists of the 1960s and 1970s and will represent the United States in the 2015 Venice Biennale. She has performed and exhibited her work extensively throughout the world.
In 1994, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam presented a major retrospective, and another retrospective was organized by the Queens Museum of Art in 2004. She has been included in the Whitney Biennial and in Documentas 5, 6, 8, 11, and 13.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Jim Norrena
Travis McFlynn (l) & Josh Coolidge with "186.282.4 MPS"
CCA alums Travis McFlynn (BFA Ceramics 2013) and Josh Coolidge (BFA Individualized Major 2014) were recently enlisted by Lam Research -- a high-tech engineering-oriented Fortune 500 company that is a leading supplier in the semiconductor equipment industry -- to create compelling new artwork that integrates the company’s hardware with an inspirational narrative.
The innovative company aims to be even more reliant on creative thinking, practices, and culture to stay ahead in an environment of increasingly complex business and technical opportunities.
Lubab Sheet, who leads innovation, emerging technology strategy, and communications at Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) in Fremont, California, worked with Doug Solomon, former chief technology officer of IDEO and chief strategy officer at both Palm and Apple, to drive Lam’s initiative to incorporate dramatic design changes to reinforce the spirit of creativity.
“I was fortunate to have a lot of freedom to create an innovation lab and draw in some truly creative assets,” said Sheet.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Katherine Robards
Playwright Calamity West (MFA Writing 2007) is one of 10 Chicago-based female artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts who received a prestigious 3Arts Award, which carries with it a no-strings-attached $25,000 cash award!
Since West left CCA, she has been continually working with theater companies -- playwriting and producing plays. Her work has appeared locally (San Francisco), nationally (Chicago), and internationally (Melbourne).
Most recent full-length productions of West's work: Ibsen is Dead, The Peacock (Jackalope Theatre Company); The Gacy Play (Sideshow Theatre Company); and Common Hatred (The Ruckus).Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Jim Norrena
ACSA recently announced the 2014-15 Architectural Education Award Winners, and CCA Architecture faculty member Neal Schwartz is the recipient of the 2014-15 ACSA Diversity Achievement Award.
Each year ACSA honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service.
Schwartz won for his work with the Q-Arc initiative at CCA, part of a broader effort to expand diversity collegewide through the discussion of LGBTQ issues.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Jim Norrena
Jaydan Moore, "Specimens" (2013), found materials
More than a century old, CCA's Jewelry / Metal Arts Program continues to produce award-winning fine artists, as evidenced by Jaydan Moore's (BFA 2008) recent American Craft Council (ACC) Emerging Voices Award.
This is the first ACC award to recognize emerging talent among scholars, curators, and critics. In addition to cash prizes, winners will also be promoted in the June/July issue of American Craft magazine.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 by Jim Norrena
In 2011 students Anna Acquistapace (DMBA 2011), Olivia Nava (DMBA 2012), and Eric Persha (DMBA 2012), launched an idea inspired by the MBA in Design Strategy program's Social Ventures course (taught by faculty member Steve Diller).
The idea involves working with members of a solar-distribution company as a partner organization to offer community members in rural Tanzania connectivity services that use renewable solar energy.
(Initially the partner organization had wanted to address better solar-powered lighting solutions in Tanzania, which evolved into the more wide-serving Juabar business model.)
"Our [CCA] education helped us realize that you don’t approach innovation by answering questions, but rather you look to understand end-users’ needs.
"So we didn’t come to that project on 'how can we better sell solar lights?' but more 'how do we understand the electricity experience of Tanzanians with little or no electricity experience?'"Read the rest
Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by Laura Braun
Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 by Jim Norrena
The Center for Art & Public Life (The Center) and the MBA in Design Strategy program, both at California College of the Arts, last month co-organized TechRaking 7, an annual hackathon series put on by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), which focused on the intersection of journalism and design.
TechRaking 7, the first within the series to work exclusively with college students (and CCA as its official partner), had CIR CEO Joaquín Alvarado reaching out to CCA to pose the question: How can we rethink human interaction around the news within our communities?
CIR enlisted colleagues from two of its local media partners -- Bruce Koon of KQED and Martin Reynolds of the Bay Area News Group (BANG) -- to challenge CCA students with some of their toughest community-engagement issues. For example, how might:
CIR create new ways for people to communicate about the role of guns in their neighborhoods?
BANG offer a more participatory model that empowers residents to share overlooked topics?
KQED develop cross-regional tools to communicate better the personal effects of the growing technology industry?
Far be it for anyone at CCA to turn away a challenge, thought leaders at The Center decided to enlist the help of CCA students -- working in small teams representing a wide range of disciplines -- to collectively come up with innovative solutions that could encourage greater public participation in today's changing news gathering and distribution policies and procedures.
In short, TechRaking 7 challenged students to give the concept of the traditional newsstand a much-needed facelift.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 by Rachel Walther
Brink’s vision to partner her expertise in design with companies and organizations that are seeking sustainable solutions for projects that will benefit communities, locally or globally, has come to fruition.
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I knew from a very early age that I was a creative person. There were no artists in my family; my father was a pilot and all of our family was in the airline industry. I didn’t think that art could be a career, but my parents were really supportive.
When in Doubt, Go to CCA
I decided to leave Switzerland and go to the U.S. to learn English and spend a year at an art school. I liked the CCA catalogue best. I moved to Oakland in 1988, and within my first year I discovered photography and decided to stay.
I experimented a lot (this was predigital) and became good at the craft of studio work. Four teachers still stand out for me: Larry Sultan was a big influence -- a great mentor and a really inspiring person!Read the rest