2011 is the inaugural year of the IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards program, one of the anchor initiatives of CCA's Center for Art and Public Life. This program enables interdisciplinary teams of CCA students to develop and implement social innovations through their studies in art, architecture, design, and writing. We are pleased to announce the winning IMPACT Teams for 2011! Each team has been awarded $10,000 toward their project.
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 by Jason Engelund
courtesy WAZO Design Institute
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Note: This page showcases the wide selection of end-of-year events CCA hosted in 2011. Events listed here are for illustrative purposes only; all events have passed.
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 by Samantha Braman
Growing up on a wildlife preserve in California surrounded by farms, homesteaders, nature writers, and the Tahoe National Forest, Maria Ryan (Sculpture 2005) spent most of her time outdoors. When she got to CCA and heard about the availability of Center Student Grants, an idea germinated, and the outcome proved life-changing. She used the grant money to spend the following summer studying plants in the Sierra Nevada and teaching a complementary course, titled "Quilting Indigenous Plant Life of the Sierra Foothills." The project combined her love for nature, handwork, and textiles, and in the end led to the production of a public artwork.
"I used an abandoned building as a community center where I held classes for local children. I hired two guest teachers: one a Maidu woman, who taught the ecological and botanical value of each indigenous plant, and the other Louis Bluecloud, a skilled Mohawk artist who gave lessons in graphic pattern design by stenciling.
"Writing the proposal and seeing this project to completion, I recognized the strength that any project acquires through collaboration. I gained priceless experience, working to engage various factions of the community and utilizing local institutions as assets in the creative process."
Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 by Samantha Braman
Community Partner Organization: Bethany Center Senior Housing, San Francisco
CCA Faculty Leaders: Rachel Robinette and Charlie Sheldon, Design
Goal: Define pragmatic, cost-effective design solutions that benefit elder residents and administrators at Bethany Center
Bethany Center is a progressive, publicly subsidized, low-income, 133-unit elder living facility in San Francisco's Mission District. Its population is incredibly diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, language, and the residents' personal histories. It also has a specific policy of encouraging and welcoming the arts, which made it an obvious ENGAGE match for faculty leaders Rachel Robinette and Charlie Sheldon.
"The Bethany Center was really excited to get a fresh take on its problems -- which are mostly centered on communications, residential life, and community engagement -- from a design perspective," says Sheldon.
Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook
Graduate Program in Design and Graphic Design faculty member Jeremy Mende is the 2010-11 Fellow in Design at the American Academy in Rome, and his project, 100yearsfromnow, was recently unveiled. It is a public art installation produced in the streets of Rome with the cooperation of the city.
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen
The only collection of its kind at any art school in the country, the CCA Materials Library is an interdisciplinary space where students explore texture and engage imagination. Within its walls, fashion students envision constructing purses from heavy-duty conveyor belt textiles. Film students see high-performance sailcloth and imagine large-scale video projection screens. The idea is to inspire through tactile experimentation, and it's a pretty awesome place. Check out the video tour above. Many thanks to CCA alum Jake Sollins for taking us through the archive!
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook
MIT Press, 2010
Hardcover, 240 pages, $29.95
What happens when designers think beyond the object to creative positive, unexpected design experiences? This book by Branko Lukic with text by Barry Katz offers inventive perspectives on design and engineering that help reframe and reinvent the way we think about traditional (and often mundane) objects. Branko Lukic is founder and principal of Nonobject Studio in Palo Alto, which provides design innovation solutions and strategic consulting services to established companies, nonprofit organizations, and startups worldwide. Barry Katz helped to articulate the philosophy of the Nonobject; in addition to serving on CCA's faculty he is also a consulting professor at Stanford University and a fellow at IDEO.
Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010 by Sarah Owens
The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present the exhibition The Way Beyond Art: Wide White Space January 20 through February 5, 2011, in the lower-level Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 20, from 6–8 p.m.
Posted on Thursday, December 9, 2010 by Jim Norrena
Watch the "Math Propulsion" video
A paper submitted by assistant professor and coauthor Wendy Ju and alum Jason Mickelson (MFA Design 2009) has been accepted by TEI: Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction 2011, which is the fifth international conference dedicated to presenting the latest results in tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction.
Posted on Monday, October 25, 2010 by Jim Norrena
Graduate Program in Design student Jesse Geller's Home Street Home earned highest honors in CCA's R.A.W. Video student contest. Want to cast your own vote? Details about CCA's first-ever R.A.W. Video Audience Award coming soon!