Career Development News

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Jim Norrena

CCA's spring School to Market course is offered as part of the interdisciplinary craft curriculum initiative and is cotaught by David Cole (Jewelry / Metal Arts Program) and Anne Wolf (Textiles Program).

Now in its fifth year, the School to Market workshop represents a partnership between CCA and the American Craft Council to help bring hands-on entrepreneurial experience to young makers working in craft media.

American Craft Council Show

Over the course of the semester, the faculty members guide students through the process of producing, displaying, and then exhibiting their their fine craft works and that of their peers at the prestigious American Craft Council Show held July 31 through August 2 at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion in San Francisco.

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Xiaoyu Weng (Curatorial Practice 2009)

Xiaoyu Weng's (Curatorial Practice 2009) recent appointment to curate two exhibitions in 2016 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York is part of the museum's Contemporary Chinese Art Initiative, which was launched in 2013.

Weng was selected as The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art along with Hou Hanru as consulting curator. Together the two will curate two exhibitions of commissioned works to advance The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's longstanding commitment to the study and support of contemporary Chinese artists.

Read the press release »

Leigh Markopoulos, chair of CCA's MA in Curatorial Practice, expressed her delight at Weng's appointment: "Xiaoyu is the first of our students to be appointed to a position at the Guggenheim, and we couldn't be happier.

"We're thrilled that she'll be joining such a fantastic team and working on projects that draw on her experiences and interests -- this appointment is a real tribute to her as a person and a curator."

Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by Laura Braun

(l-r) CCA alumni Shannon Shaw, Cody Blanchard, and Ian Amberson

“They’re one of my favorites,” exclaimed filmmaker John Waters as he introduced the band Shannon and the Clams at the sold-out Burger Boogaloo music festival in Oakland on the fourth of July.

See images of John Waters at CCA »

The moment was just the latest career highlight for the Oakland-based trio, who met and formed while attending California College of the Arts.

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Hanh Nguyen (Film/Media 2009) recently completed her first feature documentary, Caffeinated, which was recently picked by New York-based distributor Filmbuff -- a company that specializes in independent films and documentaries -- following the film's screening at the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival earlier this year.

The documentary is a coproduction of Running Reel Films and Evoke Mediaworks. Nguyen codirected and coproduced Caffeinated with Vishal Solanki and Vinay Gandhi as well as coedited the film with Ramon Cervantes and Christopher Roth.

The documentary is a coproduction of Running Reel Films and Evoke Mediaworks, and it was recently picked by New York-based distributor Filmbuff, specializing in independent films and documentaries, following its screening at the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival this past fall.

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Meet Alumna Hanh Nguyen

Nguyen is a Los Angeles-based director, cinematographer, and editor who approaches her work with professionalism, creativity, and dedication.

As a visual storyteller, her distinguishing style lies in her acute attention to detail, artful compositions, and skilled camera work. (Nguyen's visual techniques can be traced back to CCA Film cochair Rob Epstein.)

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 by Rachel Walther

Steven Miller (Interior Architecture 1992)

Throughout Steven Miller’s (Interior Architecture 1992) professional design career in San Francisco -- spanning more than two decades -- he’s been satisfying his clients with innovative design solutions that are always fresh and unique, with a style that’s distinctly West Coast.

In 2014, his firm’s design was chosen as House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year, and his gallery and fabrication space The NWBLK is partnering with a firm from New York that will enable them to expand the scale of their corporate events and gallery openings.

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Miller always had an interest in furniture and interior design. “It’s in my DNA,” he explains. “My grandfather had a furniture store in the 1940s and 1950s on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.”

After an initial stint studying liberal arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder, “I took a semester off and went to New York for eight months. I lived in Manhattan and worked at Sam Flax Art Supply. I went to all the museums and met a lot of people working in the arts, including the cartoonist Gary Larson, who was a regular customer.”

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Register now!

CCA’s Architecture division presents FORMATIONS Summer: A series of workshops for college students, professionals, and members of the broader architectural community.

Led by CCA faculty, these one-week-long workshops expose students to innovative methods and techniques of 3D modeling, modelmaking, computational design, and digital fabrication. 

This is a great opportunity for students who would like some additional exposure to new techniques, or a refresher on certain skills before the fall semester starts.

Workshops run Monday through 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and will have access to studio space, computer labs, woodshops, and fabrication labs.

Cost & Registration

Students: $395 per workshop

Professionals: $595 per workshop

Register now at the Formations website including additional details, workshop descriptions, and additional registration information. Register soon to ensure placement.

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 by Allison Byers

Artist Heather Johnson biked from New Jersey to Joshua Tree and back.

CCA alumna Heather Johnson’s (MFA 2001) artist residency with BoxoHOUSE, one of the newer residency programs in Joshua Tree, California, provided her with a unique opportunity -- an ambitious motorcycle journey and visual art project called In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful -- which has forever changed her life’s trajectory and art practice.

About the BoxoHOUSE Artist Residency

Johnson began the BoxoHOUSE artist residency, conceived and directed by former Judd Foundation deputy director, Bernard Leibov, in 2012. The residency targets artists who work across diverse media and prioritizes those who are exploring issues of site, community, and the environment.

"Heather’s practice is composed primarily of creating very detailed handmade embroideries that resemble highly defined drawings," explains Leibov on the BoxoHOUSE website. "She layers the embroideries so that the base imagery deals with the experience of the project and the upper layers portray mechanical drawings related to the subject matter.

"In the works inspired by this latest project, the under layer consists of a series of topographical and navigation maps that capture the experience of being on the road with its ups and downs and twists and turns. The upper layer is made up of technical drawings of her motorcycle and of its constituent parts.

"Heather considers the bike to be an extension of herself – they are as one when on the road – and the parts to be like her body parts."

Johnson found the project to be a dream opportunity: “In addition to one month of uninterrupted research and art making, this meant a motorcycle journey across the United States and back -- something I’ve dreamed of since the day I learned to keep a 500 pound hunk of metal upright and moving forward on two wheels.”

Backed by a crowdfunding campaign, Johnson spent April, May, and June of 2013 out on the road and at residency in Joshua Tree, developing In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful.”

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 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.

Read about McFlynn's entrepreneurial endeavors »

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.

See Coolidge's art in action at Maker Faire »

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.

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).

Watch an excerpt »

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).

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Chris Bliss

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce that it will assume publication of the online contemporary arts journals Art Practical (AP) and Daily Serving (DS), effective immediately.

This creates the unprecedented opportunity for the two publications to continue to serve a broad community while enabling students to learn professional skills in publishing and to conceive of new audiences for their ideas.

As the publisher, CCA will serve as the fiscal agent for Art Practical and Daily Serving. The two publications have been run as independent entities since their founding in 2006 (DS) and 2009 (AP).

Each will retain its core mission, editorial vision, and autonomy in all areas, including content, staffing, and programming.

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