Awards and Accolades News

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 by Chris Bliss

AIASF winners Matt Adams (MArch 2011) and Liz Lessig (MArch 2012)

It was a CCA lovefest at the AIA San Francisco Design Awards 2013 on Thursday evening, April 25.

Every year AIASF and the local architectural community gather to celebrate exceptional projects. The gala honors the best of Bay Area architectural design and recognizes achievement in a broad range of architectural work.

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Jim Norrena

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics (Fantagraphics Books, 2013), edited by Justin Hall

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are heralded as the "Oscars of the comics industry." This month CCA's MFA in Comics and Writing and Literature faculty member Justin Hall received an Eisner Award nomination for No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics (Fantagraphics Books, 2013), which he edited.

The publication is nominated in the Best Anthology category. (The publisher, Fantagraphics Books, is the leading publisher with 24 Eisner Award nominations.)

"I'm thrilled to have received an Eisner Award nomination for No Straight Lines," exclaimed Hall. "The Eisners are the most important awards in the American comics industry, and this is a dream come true for me!"

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 by Brenda Tucker

Chris Sollars, SUV Rub, 2008

Chris Sollars, adjunct professor in the First Year Program and the Individualized Major Program at California College of the Arts, is the recipient of a prestigious 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 by Chris Bliss

Textile students grow plants in the CCA Community Garden for organic dyeingView slideshow 

For the third year in a row, California College of the Arts has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America, according to The Princeton Review, an education service that helps students select and apply to colleges.

The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges profiles 320 institutions of higher education in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The free guide is the only comprehensive, annually updated guide its kind.

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Chris Bliss

Amory Lovins to receive honorary doctorate from CCA

Amory Lovins, one of the world's leading innovators in energy and sustainability, will be recognized by California College of the Arts (CCA) with an honorary doctorate degree at its 106th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco.

Lovins will deliver the commencement address to 527 CCA graduates and their families. He 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 Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

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.

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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

For friends Clive Hacker (Graphic Design 2012), Trevor Hacker (Graphic Design 2008), and Harrison Pollock (Graphic Design 2010), design is about a lot more than lines, colors, and fonts.

"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."