CCA in the Media News

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

In New York, bright-eyed brands launch every season, each vying to become the next big thing. Occasionally, the designs strike a cord and end up on the arms of editors and shelves of hip boutiques around town. For straight-out-of-school designer Zara Dramov, it all started with the Bone Bag. Inspired by architecture and organic forms, she came up with a folded, three-dimensional design that manages to stay minimalistic while feeling completely fresh.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

California College of the Arts’ Graduate Program in Fine Arts 2015 MFA Thesis Show on view from May 14 through the 23rd in the Nave of its San Francisco campus was an exciting culmination of fifty candidates’ journeys to achieve a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from one of California’s most prestigious schools of higher education in the practice and study of the arts.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

“Who needs bondage? Isolation will do.” Julia Heyward (also known as Duka Delight) is a master at talking dirty. Her words are seductive, to be sure, but more so unctuous and often defiled. In performances and videos made between 1971 and 1984—the purview of her first monographic survey, curated by Jamie Stevens—she lends an incantatory cadence to skeins of metonymy, rhyme, and alliteration. Buoyed by her southern drawl, language revels in its own slipperiness, a fish the artist is quick to gut.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

Perry left Hawaii in 1982 to study at California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts), studying ceramics with renowned ceramic sculptor Viola Frey. Around 1999—2000, he began working with wood. Perry received an MFA from the CCAC, and is currently Director of Installation and Conservation at Runnymede Sculpture Farm. His career includes multiple solo exhibitions, most recently at St. Mary's College in Moraga and Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

"Mark's not a natural schmoozer or glad-hander," said David Meckel, director of research and planning at California College of the Arts. "He's very personable, but mostly focused on doing the work."

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Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

Going to California College of the Arts every year for the graduation fashion show is tremendously exciting. Wondering whether the tent would survive the ridiculously strong wind by the end of the night is always part of the experience of California College of the Arts student fashion show. When some photographers were nervous about falling lights and the videographer looked a little unsure, that’s when you know the wind was especially lively this year. But just like every other year, the California College of the Arts 2015 Fashion Show went off swimmingly.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

Kremer was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and currently lives and works in the Bay Area. She earned her MFA from California College of the Arts, and an MA in Art History from Sussex University in Brighton, England. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is found in museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Hammer Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts. 

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Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

Can an art piece portray something both bleak and joyful? Sienna Freeman toes the line with scuptures that manage elegance while also evoking images of internal organs. Her large resin assemblages with bits of butterflies may sound like an item you could buy at Paxton Gate, but there's something about the sense of shape and texture that renders the pieces vaguely menancing (which, come to think of it, also sounds like something you'd see at Paxton Gate). CCA is known for producing great concepts with clean precision. This showing is worth exploring.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

As the sun rose over an ash-pale stretch of Arizona desert sprinkled with saguaro cacti—a Western scene straight out of Central Casting—25 millennials emerged from bunks on refurbished 1950s Pullmans, grabbed coffee, and began to work.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

"Traditionally, a lot of comics and graphic novels — a predecessor to animation — were more geared to boys," says Bret Parker, Pixar animator and professor at the Bay Area's California College of the Arts. "That's shifted. Now young women are realizing animation is an accessible thing they can go into."

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