This is especially true for playwright and MFA Writing faculty member Claire Chafee, whose critically praised play Why We Have a Body (Bay Area premiere 1993) launched the Magic Theatre's 2011-12 season on Tuesday, September 6, at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The play, directed by Katie Pearl, and which runs through October 2, is part of a "revival effort" the theater is undertaking to include a previously produced hit play in each of its upcoming seasons.
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Thanks to the recent restoration at the hands of ArtCare, a partnership between the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Art Dealers Association (SFADA), now is an ideal time to visit acclaimed local sculptor and CCA alumnus Peter Voulkos (1924–2002)'s (MFA '52) prominent spiraling sculpture that rests on the west corner lawn of San Francisco Hall of Justice at Seventh and Bryant streets.
Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Jim Goldberg's photography is currently featured in two San Francisco exhibitions
Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 by Jim Norrena
The 16th Annual Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship Awards Exhibition is set for August 23–September 15, 2011, in the Isabelle Percy West Gallery on the Oakland campus, with a reception planned for Wednesday, September 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. (See the college's event calendar for complete exhibition details.)
2011 Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship Awardees
The 2011 Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship undergraduate winners listed below each received a $3,000 tuition scholarship.
Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 by Simon Hodgson
Rebecca Najdowski with Tio Lino. They created Rocinha Foto Project, a photography course for community youth
Even after the end date of her nine-month Fulbright scholarship in São Paulo, Brazil, the photographer and artist Rebecca Najdowski (MFA 2010) couldn't resist staying just a little longer to make one more trip, south to the Argentinean border, to see the legendary waterfalls of Iguaçu.
Art and travel have been soldered together in her life for as long as Najdowski can remember. She grew up in Santa Fe, a city world-renowned for its art scene. "I was surrounded by this impulse for craft. My dad was a silversmith and had a studio attached to the house. His work wasn't separate from his regular daily life. My mom was a school counselor and teacher at a public elementary school. During school holidays, she'd take off to Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, with organizations like Save the Rainforest, and often brought me with her. I've definitely inherited my love for travel from her, the drive to really experience other parts of the world."
Movement infuses Najdowski's own artistic practice, from her Spectra photogram experiments with color and light to her photographs of rural Brazilian storefronts to her roaming investigations into South American shamanism. "Travel forces you to be really open to new people and experiences. During my time in Brazil I couldn't stop traveling, moving around to collect experiences and material. I went to Rio, to Brasília, to Recife for a folk carnival (a super cool experience), and took a three-day boat trip on the Amazon River between Belém and Santarém. The river is so massive, sometimes you feel you're on a lake. Near the northern Brazilian outpost of São Luís, I went to see a tidal bore known as the pororoca, from the word for 'destructive noise' in the indigenous Tupi language. It is an immense wave caused by salt water crashing over fresh water during the new and full moons. It's not exactly on the tourist map -- I had to go through hoops to get in touch with local surfers to reach it."
Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2011 by David Asari
Adobe Design Achievement Awards
First Place, Environmental Graphics and Packaging, 2007
Po-Yun Jack Wang
Honorable Mention, Print, 2007
Finalist, Print Multi-Page, 2006
Albert Ignacio, Marcelo Viana Neto, and Yaeger Rosenberg
Honorable Mention, Live Action, 2006
First Place, Print, 2004
G. Dan Covert
Third Place, Print, 2004
Honorable Mention, Print, 2004
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook
Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs win the best documentary feature award for Inside Job (photo: Mark Ralston, Getty Images)
From the mosh pits of Olympia, Washington, to collecting an Oscar on stage at the Staples Center. From indie music scenester to hit documentary maker. (With a stop along the way in CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.)
Audrey Marrs -- former punk rock musician, Ladyfest cofounder, and CCA alumna -- won the 2011 Academy Award for best documentary feature for producing Inside Job, the story of the 2008 financial crisis. The statuette was handed over to Marrs and her artistic partner, the director Charles Ferguson, by none other than Oprah Winfrey. Marrs and Ferguson had been nominated in 2008 for their documentary No End in Sight about the American occupation of Iraq.
The two began working together in 2003. Ferguson posted a job listing on Craigslist for an "assistant to a writer/investor," and three (grueling) interviews later, Marrs got the gig.
Fast forward a bit. Marrs really likes her assistant job but wants more out of life. She applies to and enters CCA's Curatorial Practice Program, but continues working for Ferguson, and they begin making No End in Sight.
Fast forward again. Six months prior to her thesis deadline, she and Ferguson realize that she has actually been producing No End in Sight since the beginning. "We were so naive about the process of filmmaking," she says, "that we didn't realize that 'producer' was the function I'd been performing all along!" The film was received to great acclaim and led naturally to the next documentary project, Inside Job.
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by Sarah Owens
YBCA's grand lobby
California College of the Arts and San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) paired up this spring when “Production Furniture 1” students, taught and developed by Furniture Program chair Russell Baldon, created new and original furniture designs for YBCA’s grand lobby. The course is a part of ENGAGE at CCA, an interdisciplinary project-based learning initiative at the college that encourages interaction and collaboration between CCA students and community partners.
The idea for a project-based furniture course in collaboration with YBCA stemmed from a conversation between Baldon and YBCA graphic designer crystal am-nelson. They had started a conversation at a previous YBCA event about the lack of unique, dynamic furniture in the grand lobby space. The project was born soon thereafter.
“We started with a basic problem in that we needed new furniture for our lobby,” said nelson. “And I felt that whatever we chose had to be very representative of who we truly are, which is not easy to find at a furniture store. That’s when I thought about continuing to work with local design students by co-creating a process where their work could be transformed into a real-life situation while they were still in school.
“I also was interested in experimenting with the museum as a laboratory for emerging artists and educational institutions,” nelson revealed. “It was wonderful to witness their development and excitement for the project throughout the various stages.”
Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Congratulations to Jason K. Johnson and Nataly Gattegno—awardees of the 2011 New York Architectural League Prize
Architecture faculty members Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno, the founding design principals of San Francisco–based Future Cities Lab, an interdisciplinary design and research collaborative, are among this year's winners of the juried New York Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers competition. Johnson and Gattegno represent the only West Coast architects selected this year.
Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2011 by Jim Norrena