Jewelry designer Ariel Clute was always fascinated by foreign cultures. She also collected beads and stones as a child, so it’s no surprise that her pieces feel luxuriously exotic and modern at the same time. Designed in her Berkeley studio, Clute’s necklaces combine antique, contemporary and African beads with wool and cotton fibers, and range from minimal and modest to high impact and festive. After graduating from California College of the Arts in 2008, she started designing in 2011, after her first daughter was born. She also teaches printmaking at Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center.
Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Laura Braun
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 Friday, May 6, 2016 by Lindsey Westbrook
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
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.
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.http://indiraallegra.com/home.html
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.
Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2016 by Chris Bliss
CCA students learn about job opportunities at annual Career Expo
California College of the Arts (CCA) ranks number-one arts college in the nation for return on investment (ROI), according to a recent survey conducted by PayScale, the leading provider of compensation data, in its 2016 College ROI Report.
“We’re pleased to see CCA garner the top rating in this survey -- it confirms our belief that a CCA education has tremendous value,” commented Provost Tammy Rae Carland.
“It’s clear that innovation and ingenuity are increasing in value in the workplace. There is a pressing need for creative people across a broad range of industries and CCA excels at providing students with the skills, connections, and confidence to build lifelong creative careers.”
CCA’s 20,000 alumni have been employed at some of the most innovative companies and organizations -- Adobe, Apple, BCBG, Nike, Pixar, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art -- and many have embarked on successful entrepreneurial businesses.
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016 by Janet Vail
Jeremy Drucker (BArch 2000) has always worked to make the world a better place through design and construction, whether rebuilding slums in Mumbai; building energy-efficient, environmentally friendly housing in Sacramento; or injecting new energy and vitality into a venerable window manufacturing company.
Drucker is the owner, lead product designer, architectural consultant, sales manager, and head cheerleader and evangelist for Blomberg Window Systems, a custom window manufacturer in the Bay Area that produces “the most efficient windows manufactured on the West Coast.”
A winding path led Drucker to Blomberg, a path that, in retrospect, made him uniquely suited to take charge of the company.
Growing up in a Bernard Maybeck house surrounded by art and design, Drucker always wanted to be a builder–designer. In high school he paid his dues in the construction industry; later he worked in high-end metal fabrication, and he eventually made his way to a degree in architecture at CCA.
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Laura Kenney
Jeremy Mende works with Desirae Rivera at his studio
With a seven-to-one student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 13, CCA students receive a lot of individual attention from their instructors. The vast majority of CCA’s faculty members -- 88 percent -- are practicing professionals.
This can lead to professional opportunities for students in the form of internships and, in many cases, jobs after graduation.
A good example can be found in the story of recent alumna Desirae Rivera (Graphic Design 2015) and longtime CCA Graphic Design faculty member Jeremy Mende, founder and principal of MendeDesign in San Francisco.
Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Laura Braun
And surprise emcee S.F. Giants announcer Renel Brooks-Moon (channeling the ballpark buzz of Gatti’s favorite team) declared that CCA further honored this honoree by establishing the Stanlee Gatti Endowed Scholarship for a graduate or undergrad student in one of the school’s art, architecture or design programs.
Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 by Chris Bliss
In today’s world, across every imaginable industry, there’s a growing demand for creative people. Skilled artists are needed who can bring to the table an entrepreneurial spirit, unique problem-solving skills, and a hacker/DIY mentality.
Fine arts graduates can be found at the cutting edge of creative solutions, working in industry and in the community, and founding partnerships and enterprises of their own.