CCA in the Media News

Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab prototype.

Architectural Ecologies Lab (AEL) was recently recognized by Architect Magazine with a 2018 R+D Award for the Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab. This project, housed within AEL, has dedicated years of research to biofouling—the phenomenon in which surfaces placed underwater attract plankton, fish, and other sea life, which can erode structures and impair movement for vessels.

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

People's Kitchen Collective co-founders (L to R): Saqib Keval, Jocelyn Jackson, and Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik.

Civil Eats, a daily news source covering the American food system, highlights the work of the People's Kitchen Collective (PKC)—a food justice project co-founded by CCA visiting professor Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik. Inspired by the Black Panther Party for Self Defense’s free breakfast program, this Oakland-based group has been hosting community dinners, feeding activists, and launching cultural projects for the last 10 years.

Posted on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA alumna Reena Merchant. Photo by Tony DiLorenzo.

CCA’s MBA in design strategy gave alumna Reena Merchant the skills she needed to elevate her career as a user experience leader. In the June issue of Modern Luxury Silicon Valley, a profile on Merchant’s success looks at her professional career in the tech world as well as her love of art and design. Through CCA’s design strategy graduate program, she was able to combine her two passions with the necessary leadership and business skills to take her career to the next level.

Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA associate professor and chair of illustration Owen Smith.

CCA associate professor and chair of the Illustration program Owen Smith is the designer of 19 New Yorker covers, subway images for San Francisco MTA, award-winning murals and sculptures. Smith’s artistic inspiration is a blend of Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, film noir, femme fatales, pulp illustrations, and the high-drama of Renaissance art. A recent article in The Daily Beast boasts a number of his accomplishments—including "killing Christmas."

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA alumna and painter Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Frieze magazine recently published an insightful profile on CCA alumna and painter Toyin Ojih Odutola titled Unselfconscious is the New Black for Emerging Artists of Colour. Ojih Odutola’s portraits of a fictional aristocratic Nigerian family push toward an expanded definition of the ‘black experience.’ Distinct from her contemporaries, such as Kehinde Wiley, her work focuses on scenes both bourgeois and banal.

Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith will give a free public reading in CCA's Nave Alcove space tomorrow as part of the "Fridays in the Garden" series--a weekly fall reading series organized by the College's MFA Writing program that brings the vital voices of pioneering writers, poets, and literary figures to the entire Bay Area community. 

Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2017 by Maggie Beasley

Photo: Flooding on Highway 37 last February shut down this road through Novato for about two weeks

Ten teams of experts will hit the ground this week in a yearlong blitz to bolster the Bay Area against rising seas and other potentially catastrophic risks posed by the changing climate.

The project, dubbed Resilient by Design, was inspired by a similar planning challenge to rebuild east coast locations ravaged by “Superstorm” Sandy in October of 2012.

“We’ve realized that our current systems aren’t set up to address what we know is happening,” says Amanda Brown-Stevens, a land use advocate who is heading up the project. “So we want the teams to think outside the box.”

Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2017 by Maggie Beasley

Photo: Remake

The Presidio’s picturesque lawns and historic buildings are similarly light years away from Cambodia, Indonesia and India, where dozens of brands manufacture their elevated garments. And yet it’s here that the San Francisco nonprofit Remake is trying to change the way we see clothes productions in these countries.

Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2017 by Maggie Beasley

Arleene Correa working in her studio

Source: Hyperallergic

In March of this year, I had a conversation with Arleene Correa, an undocumented art student originally from Mexico, who is attending California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. We talked about the hurdles to becoming a student, maintaining the highest possible grade point average, fighting invisibility, and scratching to find the funding to meet the tuition which is upwards of $23,000 per year.

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Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Harun Farocki, ‘Deep Play’ (video still), 2007

Source: KQED Arts

Mechanisms

In these parts, art and technology get paired up on the regular, reinforcing the false binary the very words have come to represent. On art’s side: artists, affordable housing, the city’s creative soul. And for technology: tech workers, the housing crisis, venture capitalism run rampant. But Wattis director Anthony Huberman has managed to turn this old and tired juxtaposition into an exhibition that looks at technology not as a local industry, but as a group of machines — objects, devices, systems and infrastructure.

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