CCA in the Media News

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Allison Byers

Since 1868, the University of California's motto has been "Let there be light." Now the university's new logo is bringing plenty of heat.
Critics have compared the recently unveiled logo - a yellow, half-realized "C" inside a stylized blue "U" - to a napkin doodle, a bidet or a banana label. One online commenter said it "looks like it's still loading."

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Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 by Allison Byers

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The sound can be compared to humpback whale calls with a sprinkle of alchemy. It might send a shiver down your spine — it’s a little eerie, like the soundtrack of a dream sequence.

It’s the music made with a Waterphone, the creation of Richard Waters of Gulfport. Waters crafts the instruments in the carport and sunroom of his house, using matching serving trays welded together, solid bronze rods and other common items.

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Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 by Allison Byers

Interior Design today announced its 2012 inductees into the Hall of Fame, which include Alexandra Champalimaud, Patrick Jouin, Jim Olson and Tom Kundig, and Michael Vanderbyl.
“I’m tremendously excited by this year’s stellar lineup,” said Cindy Allen, editor in chief of Interior Design, which will formally induct the group during the 28th annual Hall of Fame event on November 28th at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. “This group designs the full spectrum and, most importantly, positively impacts lives all over the world.”

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Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 by Allison Byers

A comics creator who knows how to milk the fusion of, and tension between, word and image can place us deep inside a character’s head with an immediacy and sensuousness prose writers envy. In comics, style informs substance — physically shapes it to alter our perceptions in intimate ways. Mood and tone don’t emerge over the course of paragraphs and chapters; they’re evident at first glance, infused into the arrangement of panels, thickness of lines and density of detail. We read books; we feel comics.

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Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 by Allison Byers

In 2007, Oakland artist Packard Jennings made headlines when the New York Times cited his sneaky method of placing “battle in Seattle” style Anarchist action figures for sale in local Target and Wal – Mart stores just in time for a holiday season filled with more than a few unsuspecting consumers. In the New York Times, Ian Urbana defined “shopdropping” as the act of “…surreptitiously putting things in stores, rather than illegally taking them out, and the motivations vary.”

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Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 by Allison Byers

As a conceptual art student, Neil Grimmer created what he considered his greatest design: a wireless hug. He designed a pair of electronic vests that transferred pressure and body temperature to mimic an embrace.
Today, as CEO of Nest Collective, a booming organic baby and child food company with brand name Plum Organics, Grimmer has come a long way from his days at the California College of the Arts. The business he built is still intimate, though it has grown from three employees when it was founded in 2007 to 60 today. The entire company still huddles at the start ...

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Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Allison Byers

On Grove Street, across from the gilded, Beaux-Arts exterior of City Hall, the San Francisco Arts Commission has a space that it is no longer allowed to use as a gallery – quite. 155 Grove has been deemed seismically unsafe, which means the general public is not allowed inside, but the city does allow SFAC to put the space’s large front window to use: A rotation of artists fill the cube with site-specific installations that the public can view from outside.

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Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Allison Byers

A queer Oakland woman has won the grand prize in an artistic competition and is looking forward to a residency program in New York next year.

Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, a self-identified racially mixed, artistically inclined, lover-of-all-things-nerdy, queer femme woman of color, is being celebrated for all the identities she embodies and expresses through her dynamic and spirited artwork.

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Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Allison Byers

Sebastopol painter Kent Rupp sometimes wonders what life would be like if he had taken a different turn in the road.
In high school, Rupp was a less-than-stellar student who had attended nine grammar schools during his first eight years of formal education because of his father's scattered work in those post-Depression years. At Alameda High School, he said, the only classes where he achieved good grades were English and art. By senior year, Rupp had decided to join the merchant marine.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Allison Byers

Dabbling in a night of high glam nails, local San Jose consignment boutique, Black and Brown, in conjunction with Nail Jerks, mobile nail art service, indulged fellow vintage fashion lovers to an afternoon full of Floss Gloss fun.

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