CCA in the Media News

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016 by Laura Braun

Opie spoke to the Bay Area Reporter while in town last month to receive her first honorary doctorate from the California College of the Arts at its 109th commencement ceremony. The Bay Area-based school, which has campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, had invited Opie to deliver the commencement speech at the May 14 ceremony before 400 graduating students.

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Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016 by Laura Braun

The Ospitals have long been active with the California College of the Arts fashion department and organizations PAWS, Creative Growth and Creativity Explored as well as Headlands Center for the Arts and supporting local art and promoting emerging designers.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Laura Braun

Based on 19th century technology, this “Harmonograph” uses pendulums to guide a drawing apparatus. It was made by a team led by Seth Augustine and Christina La Sala at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Laura Braun

The annual fashion show at California College of the Arts was held on Friday, May 13. The whole evening affair felt both more lively and more intimate this year. Prior to the fashion show, the multi-disciplinary student exhibitions that are spread out in the campus building (1111 8th Street, San Francisco) attracted many observers. The Friends of Fashion VIP reception goers weaved their way through fashion design process exhibit, information-overload social app exhibit, and so much more.

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Laura Braun

The capstone show for the school’s graduating fashion designers features unique collections juried by industry professionals. Alumni have gone on to work at companies such as John Varvatos, J. Crew/Madewell, Ralph Lauren, and Badgley Mischka. Next: Spring 2017

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Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

We talk about the life and legacy of boxing champion and activist Muhammad Ali with educator and writer Ishmael Reed, author of the book, "The Complete Muhammad Ali," which was published last year. Reed is a recipient of the MacArthur "genius" award and is currently a visiting scholar at the California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

Moving beyond the constraints of the functional, Bengston advanced to art, studying ceramics at the California College of the Arts and the Otis College of Art and Design, where he was taught, inspired, and challenged by the likes of Richard Diebenkorn, Saburo Hasegawa, and Peter Voulkos. “Voulkos! Ultimately I figured out I couldn’t be as good [a ceramicist] as Voulkos,” he admits. “But I thought, I can paint better than Voulkos!” So Bengston switched media.

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

"It's going to get really hot," artist Sam Lewitt says when standing amongst in his most recent works. Thirty minutes before our meeting, Lewitt activated a series of custom-designed flexible copper heating circuits—a form and material that he first explored for previous solo exhibitions at The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Kunsthalle Basel. Though the copper-clad etchings coated in thin plastic were already at a temperature of 114-degrees Fahrenheit, they would soon be converting the incoming electrical energy into 170-degrees of dissipating heat.

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

Barbara Kasten (born 1936, Chicago; lives and works in Chicago) trained as a painter and textile artist, receiving her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1970. There she studied with pioneering fiber artist Trude Guermonprez, a former teacher at Black Mountain College and associate of Anni Albers. In 1971, Kasten received a Fulbright to travel to Poznan, Poland, to work with noted sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

So I didn't really know her, but she told our mutual friend Carrie Brownstein, 'Hey, there's a curatorial practice program at California College of the Arts.' And Carrie said, 'Call Audrey!' So I guess you could say, if Miranda July and Carrie Brownstein hadn't told me, I wouldn't have gone to grad school. But I almost didn't make it through.

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