CCA in the Media News

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

It can be overwhelming to walk through an MFA exhibition (much less try and write about it). This year’s MFA show at the California College of the Arts was no exception.

Andrea Roberts’s text-based installation piece “Helpful Things,” mirrored the sensation I had of walking down the main hall. The work consisted of a stack of printed signs, the kind you see people using to advertise sample sales or corporate events. The cramped wording and choppy language reminded me of the e snippets of visual dialogue that jumped out at me, but were quickly interrupted by something else.

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Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

“Aren’t you going to ask me who I’m wearing?” California College of the Arts (CCA) Fashion Department Chair Amy Williams teased at the reception for the 2014 CCA Student Fashion Show on Friday, May 16. “It’s my own design” Williams shared of the evening pine satin jumpsuit “but the antique Tiffany silver belt is a gift from my mother-in-law.”

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Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

After seeing the fashion student designers’ work featured at California College of the Arts (CCA) Annual Fashion Show for 4 years, I genuinely feel that CCA has the knack of showing what being a student designer is all about. Their creativity, personality, and their craftsmanship shine clearly on that runway. It’s not always perfect or generally relevant or commercial, but being experimental and creative are the two things student designers need to take advantage of while they are still students, and CCA fashion students never fail to do that year after year. 

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Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

7x7 had the privilege of naming CCA's Class of 2014’s Emerging Designer of the Year. We want to extend a big congratulation to Erick Lopez, whose team of soccer players in oversized neoprene jerseys, jackets with exaggerated shoulders, and one man-skirt won us over. A nod to Belgian designers with perhaps a dash of Yeezy, his vision was what Levi’s Chief Merchandising Officer Grant Barth said, “on the pulse of the growing trend of athletic fashion.”

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Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

Lis Kula aka Alek Morawski is a Bay Area native creating fantastically whimsical illustrations. SInce graduating California College of the Arts he now lives in Poland, focusing mostly on illustration and mural paintings he is inspired by Eastern European cartoons he used to watch as a kid. Painting imaginary worlds and translating dreams to painted pictures he entertains with eccentrically quirky figures throughout his portfolio.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Laura Braun

This past Sunday at Escapist Comics on Claremont Ave. in Berkeley, the 3rd Annual California College of the Arts (CCA) Student Comics Fair showcased comics from the college’s Master’s of Fine Arts in Comics program, as well as from Introduction to Graphic Novels, an undergraduate class that teaches students about comic books and the process of making their own. Justin Hall and Matt Silady, both Adjunct Professors in the MFA program, put together the show and introduced each student creator and their work.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Laura Braun

This year I finally made it to California College of the Arts’ (CCA) MFA Thesis Exhibition. CCA has one of the best graduate art programs in the Bay Area, and I was eager to see the work coming out of its studios. While the walls in the school always have work from various class projects on display, the thesis show was jam-packed with art, taking up a large part of the huge 1111 Eighth Street building.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, the New York Times art critic and 2009 Pulitzer-Prize winner Holland Cotter will receive an honorary doctorate from California College of the Arts (CCA). In light of this occasion, Art Practical is pleased to republish its profile on Cotter, which originally appeared on June 1, 2012.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

Last week, Ford and the Industrial Designers Society of America teamed up to host “Designing Innovation” in San Francisco – a panel featuring Nathan Shedroff of the California College of the Arts, Yves Behar of fuseproject, Jordan Brandt of Autodesk, and Freeman Thomas of Ford Motor Company. The panelists discussed the status and responsibility of product design today.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

Serpent & Bow use sustainably sourced fabrics and natural dyes such as indigo to create these handcrafted textiles and fashion items that evoke mythical mer-people. Founded by Rachel Blodgett and Julian Farmar-Bowers, from Northern California, the pair studied at California College of the Arts. While Rachel studied textiles, Julian studied printmaking, and began developing this combined interest in creating beautiful, hand-painted garments that, according to them, honors nature, their source.

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