I went to Middlebury College (BA) and California College of the Arts (MFA). I started out as a visual artist - a painter, sculptor and multimedia artist - before I started to make films professionally. But, inspired by my father and my grandmother (Marian), who were both avid family archivists, I have been behind the camera creating and filming from a very young age.
Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Allison Byers
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford
Amber Stucke's (MFA 2011) recent works all depict ambiguously biological organisms. Her drawings look like diagrams from 19th-century science books, at once familiar and alien. They are inspired by symbiosis, both as a natural phenomenon and as a metaphor for human relations. "They show imaginary organic forms. The forms have their relationships with each other, and I have a relationship with them."
Imaginary as they may be, Stucke's forms are based on local algae, fungus, moss, and lichen specimens she finds on her frequent trips to the Bay Area's forests and beaches. What she draws are her personal interpretations of these finds. "I'm translating from my own body. I'm more interested in looking at the interactions than doing a strict illustration."
Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford
"Or working on the computer," adds Clive, speaking specifically about the trio's band, Sunbeam Rd., which formed in 2009 during his years at CCA (and was just featured today -- April 5, 2013 -- in the San Francisco Bay Guardian).
The three friends, who all hail from Lompoc, California, definitely perceive a relationship between the graphic design process and the process of producing an album. "With both, you have think about every aspect that you're putting together," says Clive.
Trevor agrees: "There's an overarching thematic element that's happening, but you still have to design each little piece, every idea, and then put them together. All these little tiny parts become the whole."
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by Jim Norrena
Rob Fatal's "La Bamba 2" premieres April 13 at the Victoria Theatre
Fewer than six months ago we reported alumnus Rob Fatal (MFA 2012) had completed his first feature film, La Bamba 2: Hell Is a Drag, which came to fruition as his Graduate Program in Fine Arts thesis. (Look for the CCA all-star crew listed in the credits!)
Fatal was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Berkeley FILM Foundation, which was instrumental in finishing post-production on the film.
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Christina Linden
Teknion NeoCon Showroom by Michael Vanderbyl, Chicago, 2012
"My high school guidance counselor told me I wasn't smart enough to be an architect," Michael Vanderbyl said, wryly, as he handed me the program produced last fall on the occasion of his induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Given the multidisciplinary course of his extraordinary career, perhaps the counselor meant to say something more like, "Vanderbyl is too intelligent to be limited to just one pursuit."
The Hall of Fame award is reserved for individuals who have made a significant contribution to the prominence of the design industry. Other inductees over the years have included such legendary figures as Frank Gehry, Antonio Citterio, and Massimo and Lella Vignelli.
"It's very flattering to be counted among such company," Vanderbyl says. "I had attended the Hall of Fame event in the past -- it's held at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan -- and it was fantastic to be recognized there myself."
Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 by Chris Bliss
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Jim Norrena
Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Jim Norrena
Ishmael Reed is an internationally renowned, award-winning novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist with more than 25 published books and six plays to his credit.
He's also a visiting scholar in the MFA Program in Writing at California College of the Arts.
Recently, his article "Neo-Classical Republicanism" was published in the New York Times in the Opinion Pages section:
Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Allison Byers
CCA Alums Rachael Yu (B.Architecture 2010) and Aaron Taylor Harvey (M.Architecture 2009) of Myriad Harbor named California Home + Design Emerging Designer award winners!