Awards and Accolades News

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 by Megan Clark

Ashley Saks (MFA 2010) & Radka Pulliam (MFA 2011) with staff of Bay Area Youth On-Air

The Center for Art and Public Life (the Center) at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2016 CCA Community-Engaged Practice Awards:

CCA will issue to each of the above an official letter of commendation, feature them in a compendium of Community-Engaged Practice honorees (to be released in fall 2016), and celebrate them in an exhibition from October 3 to 15 at CCA’s College Avenue Galleries at the Oakland campus, which will include an opening panel and reception on Wednesday, October 5.

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Jim Norrena

"This Future Has a Past …" Christiane Robbins, 2016

Interior Design and Visual Studies associate professor Katherine Lambert, with her partner Christiane Robbins of the San Francisco-based Metropolitan Architecture Practice (MAP), will participate in the official program of the 16th International Venice Biennale of Architecture with the inclusion of their installation, This Future Has a Past ... .

Read the MAP press release »

The Global Art Affairs Foundation (GAAF) selected Lambert's and Robbins' work in recognition of MAP's practice and the projects they have been developing.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Robyn Wise

Installation view of Pryde’s 2015 exhibition at CCA Wattis Institute

London’s Tate Britain recently named artist Josephine Pryde a 2016 Turner Prize finalist for her CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts exhibition Lapses in Thinking by the Person I Am (May 5–August 1, 2015).

Artists Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, and Helen Marten are also on the shortlist.

The prestigious award is given annually to a British artist under the age of 50 for “an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work” held during the preceding year. The winner will be announced in December based on merit of the work for which the artist was nominated.

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Jim Norrena

(l-r) President Stephen Beal, Furniture faculty Donald Fortescue, Stephen Moore, Dean of Design Leslie Roberts, Furniture chair Russell Baldon

CCA student Stephen Moore (Furniture 2017) has been awarded a 2016 Bill Moggridge Award, which affords $10,000 to a selected design student to use toward his or her work and development. Moore was selected based on his display of design innovation, design excellence, design craft, and the overall strength of his vision.

The annual design awards program is sponsored by Techmer PM, IDEO, and the Bill Moggridge Awards Sustaining Committee, and in 2016 CCA was added as one of three new institutions at which Bill Moggridge had a significant impact. Moggridge received an honorary doctorate from the college in 2012.

(The Royal College of Art in London, where Moggridge was a visiting professor in interaction design and Stanford d. School, where he was an associate professor, are the other two institutions.)

Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016 by Alumni Association

Spirit 2 - Necklace by Emanuela Aureli, sterling silver and copper

This collection of alumni notes features recent accomplishments from our alumni.

Tell Us About Your Recent Alumni Note

We encourage all alumni to use the online CCA Alumni Note submission form to inform us about your recent and upcoming exhibitions, honors, and publications.


Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Michele Carlson appointed executive director of DSAP

Together with California College of the Arts (CCA), Daily Serving and Art Practical (DSAP) announced that Michele Carlson will fill the role of DSAP executive director, effective immediately. Carlson currently teaches fine arts and critical studies at CCA.

In addition to the DSAP position, she has been appointed associate professor of Visual & Critical Studies at CCA beginning in fall 2016.

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Catherine Opie. Photo credit: Catherine Opie Studio, 2014View slideshow 

American artist Catherine Sue Opie will be recognized by California College of the Arts (CCA) with an honorary doctorate degree at its 109th commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco.

Opie 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.

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016 by Lindsey Westbrook

SFMOMA // The Story of the New Visual Identity

It was a moment of jubilation--but definitely no rest for the weary designers who’d created them--when the massive S-F-M-O-M-A letters went up first on the facade of the new Snøhetta expansion, then on the Botta edifice, of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The reopening of the museum this week after three years of closure is significant for the city, to be sure, but it is profoundly special to the designers, many of them CCA alumni, who masterminded the new graphic identity that visually ties together everything about the new museum experience.

It is highly unusual for institutions of this size to consider redesigning their identities in-house, but it was a leap SFMOMA -- a museum with a long track record of excellence in design -- was willing to make.

“It made sense that my team could and should take this on given the respect that our work has earned us in the institution and in the field,” notes SFMOMA Design Director Jennifer Sonderby (MFA Design 2002).

Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

(l-r) Liam Cliff, Fashion Design chair Amy Williams, and Olivia Tang

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced its 2016 Scholarship Award winners this week, and two CCA Fashion Design students took top honors.

Fashion Design juniors Liam Cliff and Olivia Tang were each awarded scholarships from the CFDA / Teen Vogue Scholarship in Partnership with Target.

Cliff took home the top $25,000 Target Scholar prize, while Tang was awarded the $12,500 runner-up prize.

The impressive news lands just before CCA's Fashion Design Program's capstone event of the year -- the 2016 Annual Fashion Show -- which takes place Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m. at the college's San Francisco campus.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Jim Norrena

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design recently announced CCA Ceramics senior Katharine Payne and Furniture senior Stacy Motte were each awarded a 2016 Windgate Fellowship Award, bringing to eight the total number of CCA students to date who've earned this distinction since the award program launched.

Now in its 11th year, the recognition continues to be one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards for emerging craft artists in the United States.

Four panelists reviewed a national pool of 95 Windgate Fellowship applicants from 63 universities and 18 Windgate Project Grant applicants to select the 2016 Fellows and Project Grant recipients on the basis of artistic merit.

They also discerned the potential of each applicant to make significant contributions to the field of craft.

Each year more than 100 universities from across the country are invited to nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill to apply for a fellowship award of $15,000 to support a project that will further their careers and contribute to the advancement of the field. Ten fellowships are awarded each year.