CCA in the Media News

Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 by Laura Braun

Last fall, when the Oakland Museum of California approached Chris Johnson for ideas on connecting the museum to a broader range of Oakland residents, Johnson was blunt. “I said, with all the rise in gentrification, this is a really charged moment in Oakland,” the California College of the Arts professor, former Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission chair and three-decade Oakland resident says. Fortunately, Johnson is an expert in getting people to talk candidly about heated topics.

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Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 by Laura Braun

Curated by students of the Curatorial Studies program at the California College of the Arts, this compact, well-considered gathering of work across many media byMartin Wong is a marvel of what the small-scale and seemingly ephemeral can communicate. The artist, who died in 1999 of complications from AIDS, was moderately recognized in his own lifetime, but has been experiencing a recent escalation of attention, peaking perhaps in Julie Ault’s curation of some of his work into the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

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Posted on Friday, April 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

That could also more or less be the thesis of “Martin Wong: Painting is Forbidden," currently up (through April 18) at the Wattis Institute in San Francisco. Organized by members of the Curatorial Practice program at the California College of the Arts, the modest but wide-ranging show brings together some 150 pieces, both works by the artist and previously unseen ephemera. It shows an overlooked side of a major figure, but also, through his story, offers a glimpse of the now-passed creative world of 1960s and 70s counterculture that formed him.

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Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

For their efforts, Steigmann and Jensen, juniors at The California College of the Arts in San Francisco, won the top prize at the recent global competition for designing products and services to improve the lives of older adults.

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Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

Winning design SPAN by Nicholas Steigmann and Maiya Jensen

The Stanford Center on Longevity, in collaboration with Aging2.0, announced Nicholas Steigmann and Maiya Jensen from the California College of the Arts and their project “SPAN” as the winner of the second annual student Design Challenge, the finals of which were held yesterday, April 9, 2015 at Stanford University.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Laura Braun

Today, scientists and artists don’t seem to have much in common. On first look, even their raw materials appear different. But on closer inspection, they all pull from the universal pot of energy and matter. Stephen Beal, President of California College of the Arts says that artists and designers tend to work subjectively — they find ways to express what is seen and felt. Scientists focus on objective data to acquire and explain new knowledge in measurable, empirical processes.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Laura Braun

On Thursday morning, 52 elaborate art installations, ranging from a giant kitchen table and chairs to a walk-through kaleidoscope, will be open to interpretation on the double-wide sidewalks of Market Street. On Saturday evening, the exhibition ends, and by Monday morning, it will all be gone without a trace.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Laura Braun

At the end of last month we, along with just about every other tech news site on the planet, were captivated by the somewhat disasterful (yes, I made that word up) performance of a 3D printer which printed using an aerosol-like can of Easy Cheese. The creation was the brainchild of California College of the Arts (CCA) Hybrid Lab manager Andrew Maxwell-Parish.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Laura Braun

No stranger to communal connectivity, CE2 partners with the California College of the Arts through an externship program, and hosts six art shows throughout the year, attracting roughly 15,000 visitors. 

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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Laura Braun

Born in San Francisco in 1932, raised in Alameda, artist Robert Bechtle has lived most of his 82 years in the Bay Area.  He received his Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and taught painting at San Francisco State University for 30 years.  He currently resides in Potrero Hill.

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