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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Rachel Walther

When you first enter Enlightenment Room (2008), an immersive environment artwork by Jewelry / Metal Arts faculty member Nick Dong, nothing happens. You walk down a short, mirrored corridor in semi-darkness to a gray cushioned seat that faces the entrance.

But the moment you sit down, light begins to fill the space, and thousands of white, oval tiles glisten into view. Ethereal music fills your ears. The light brightens, and the music intensifies. This experience can last a few minutes, or a few hours, depending on how long you remain seated . . . waiting. The moment you stand, the music and lights fade out.

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Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

This year, the San Francisco metal arts and jewelry gallery Velvet da Vinci celebrates its 23rd anniversary. Its cofounders, CCA alumnus Mike Holmes (Jewelry / Metal Arts 1984) and his business partner Elizabeth Shypertt, originally met in 1984 in a studio class at the de Young Museum. Both had had some success selling their jewelry work independently, and it seemed like a natural idea to start a gallery to capitalize on that momentum.

"We found this wonderful little storefront in Hayes Valley," Holmes remembers. "The smallest one on the sunny side of Hayes Street!" It was a fortuitous moment: just after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake had damaged the Central Freeway there, but before the freeway had actually been torn down and rents started to rise.

(The name "Velvet da Vinci," in case you are wondering, was inspired by an old Perry Mason television episode.)

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Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

CCA Interaction Design Chair Kristian Simsarian talks to BBC Click's Sumi Das about Google design.

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Jim Norrena

"Serpentine" is a 3D clay printer prototype [photo: Future Cities Lab]

Alex Woodhouse (MAAD 2013) and Shawn Komlos (MArch 2014) are part of the Serpentine development team at Future Cities Lab, run by CCA Architecture faculty member Jason Johnson.

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Serpentine was awarded an editor's choice blue ribbon at the 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire.

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Jim Norrena

The "eggs" represent alternative fabrication procesess.View slideshow 

As part of Architecture's presence at the CCA booth at the 2013 Maker Faire, instructor Andrew Kudless presented 16 "eggs" students created during his advanced studio course.

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Josh Coolidge's project from the "Off the Grid" interdisciplinary courseView slideshow 

Josh Coolidge (Individualized Major 2014) created a laser installation called that uses Peltier junctions (the use of cooling and heating processors to create electricity) while taking the interdisciplinary "Off the Grid" course at CCA.

He used candles to create the heat, which caused lasers to light up a water-filled tube of plastic bubbles (purchased at a hydroponics store) that would then melt, creating an amazing visual effect.

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Jim Norrena

The Craft Carriage by Patima Pataramekin (Industrial Design)

Patima Pataramekin is a second-degree junior in CCA's Industrial Design Program. Her work, coined The Craft Carriage, was exhibited in CCA's booth at the Bay Area Maker Faire (May 18-19).

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Looking for an innovate way to address this problem, the city reached out to an unlikely source: a class of undergraduate art students at the San Francisco-based California College of the Art, who partnered with Silicon Valley tech giant Intel.

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

The cardinal rule of home buying is "location, location, location." But it can also apply to educational institutions.

"Any college or university takes much of its character from its location," says Stephen Beal, president of California College of the Arts. "An increasing part of a student's education isn't just about what's happening in the classroom, but also outside of it."

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Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 by Jim Norrena

CCA's booth at Maker Faire received two Make magazine editor's choice awards

Ever since the college was founded in 1907, making art has defined what we do at California College of the Arts -- both what we create and how we create it.

Today we have a new challenge to how we create art. The Bay Area has become a vast melting pot of innovation driven by the demands of technology-reliant and design-savvy enthusiasts.

We live in the innovation corridor -- a unique stomping grounds where the doers and makers are integrating time-honored principles of craft into the ever-changing technological landscape.

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