Design News

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2009 by Clay Walsh

Oaxifornia 2009 student Zak Timan learns how to prepare carrizo from artisan Maria Magdalena Angeles VasquezView slideshow 

The fifth annual CCA summer study-abroad course in Oaxaca, Mexico—known as "Oaxifornia"—was again a success, bringing CCA students together with local artists in a truly interdisciplinary setting. In a countryside town about 12 miles outside Oaxaca City, 13 CCA students lived and worked for three weeks this past July in the Ex-Hacienda de Guadalupe.

Read the rest

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Caroline Lu, one of BusinessWeek's "21 People Who Will Change Business"

BusinessWeek magazine has just honored the MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts (CCA) with a spot on its list of the top 30 design programs in the world. The list represents the final results of extensive research and the polling of prominent academics, designers, consultants, and business managers on the best MBA or master's programs that integrate design thinking and business.

Read the rest

Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

An artist uses Matthew Baranauskas's collage stamp

Matthew Baranauskas and Molly Ackerman-Brimberg, two recent graduates from CCA’s Graduate Program in Design, made helping the disabled in the East Bay city of Richmond into a thesis project. They spent more than a year working with the National Institute of Art and Disabilities (NIAD) and creating an exhibition, CCA Design for Disability: Alternative Ways of Making, which is on view through August 23.

Read the rest

Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

The American Institute of Graphic Arts San Francisco (AIGA SF), a chapter of AIGA, the oldest and largest professional organization for design, awarded Doug Akagi, Leslie Becker, and Michael Cronan—all past or present faculty at California College of the Arts—as its 2009 Fellows in recognition of their exemplary achievements and contributions to the design community. AIGA SF honored all three award recipients on June 15, 2009, at a reception that also acknowledged the golden anniversary of Communication Arts magazine, which was founded in 1959.

Read the rest

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Conrad Ruiz (Fine Arts 2009), Overload, 2009, watercolor on cavas, 77 x 110 in.

California College of the Arts will present its 2009 MFA Exhibition from Thursday, May 7, through Saturday, May 16 (10 a.m.–7:30 p.m. daily), with an opening reception on May 7 from 6–9 p.m. The exhibition features projects by nearly 50 artists graduating this spring from the college's master of fine arts program. The presentation unfolds throughout CCA's San Francisco campus, giving visitors an opportunity to tour most of the college. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Read the rest

Posted on Monday, March 9, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

CCA architecture and design students are participating for the first time ever (partnering with Santa Clara University) in the Solar Decathlon, a high-profile competition sponsored by the United States Department of Energy.

Read the rest

Posted on Monday, March 9, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Bruce Levin, adjunct professor in the Graduate Program in Design and the Interior Design Program, has earned a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and do research in Japan during the 2009–10 academic year. The grant is issued to U.S. scholars as part of the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Fulbright Program, proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by Senator J.

Read the rest

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Guillermo Galindo, associate professor in Diversity Studies and Graduate Program in Design

Associate professor Guillermo Galindo (Diversity Studies and Graduate Program in Design) was awarded the ASCAPlus Award (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) late in 2008, part of the approximately $2.7 million in cash awards dispensed by the Society's ASCAPlus Awards Panels.

ASCAP is a 330,000+ membership association of U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers. The ASCAPlus Awards Panels are composed of impartial music experts.

The reputable award is bestowed upon ASCAP members whose music falls into an open-ended array of musical genres. Also, awarded musicians are typically at the early or midlevel range of their careers, and their unique contributions to the music industry typically have generated more prestige value, as opposed to monetary compensation. Many of the award candidates have yet to showcase their work or have it reviewed in mainstream broadcast media.

ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman commented on the awards: "Since 1960, the unique ASCAPLUS Awards program has provided deserving music creators with something meaningful and tangible in the form of recognition and money." Award amounts are determined by the judging panel and each award amount is specific to each recipient.

Galindo's work spans a wide spectrum of artistic expression: symphonic composition, musical computer interaction, electro-acoustic music, opera, film scores, instrument building, multimedia installation, and sound design. His music and work has been performed and shown at major festivals and art exhibitions throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

Galindo's most recent work focuses on music as ritual, live audience interaction, the creation of cyber-totemic/interactive sound objects, symbolism, and site-specific sound environments.

Additionally, Galindo has written two operas: Califas 2000, with text and performance art by MacArthur Fellow Guillermo Gómez-Peña; and Decreation: Fight Cherries, which includes text by MacArthur Fellow Anne Carson (and premiered at CCA in 2001).

For more information visit www.ascap.com/ascapplus.

Also visit Guillermo Galindo's website: www.galindog.com.

Read the rest

Posted on Saturday, November 1, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Indhira Rojas Sanchez, Feminine Resistance (2006), digital photography

Graduate Design student Indhira Rojas (Indhira Susana Rojas Sánchez) earned top prize in the Fine Art Photography category at the XXII Eduardo León Jimenes Competition of Art (Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes). The exhibition is organized by Centro León in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Indhira Rojas's diptych digital photography piece, Feminine Resistance (2006), reflects on themes of sexuality and aggression and will become a part of the institution's permanent collection.

Read the rest

Posted on Monday, September 22, 2008 by Kim Lessard

Amanda Lee, Untitled, 2005

This past spring, the Graduate Program in Design at CCA became the first American academic program to join the Designers Accord. Endorsed by both the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the Designers Accord is a coalition of 100,000 designers, educators, researchers, engineers, business consultants, and corporations who are working toward innovative and sustainable changes in design, industry, and consumer behavior.

Founded by CCA faculty member Valerie Casey, the Designers Accord is regarded in the international design community as a kind of Kyoto Protocol for designers.

Casey is also a lead designer at IDEO, where she creates socially and environmentally sustainable products, services, and business models for companies around the world. She founded the Designers Accord in January 2008, recognizing the need for a more organized effort by designers worldwide to make positive changes with respect to the environmental and social impact of design and industry.

"By adopting the Designers Accord, the Graduate Program in Design affirms its commitment to sustainability and to the sharing of knowledge and expertise with a global community of committed members representing each design discipline," says Brenda Laurel, chair of CCA's Graduate Program in Design.

Read more about the Designers Accord at www.designersaccord.org.
Read more about CCA's Graduate Program in Design at www.cca.edu/design.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 20 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees.

With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls more than 1,650 full-time students. Noted alumni include the painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; the ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the filmmaker Wayne Wang; the conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl. For more information about CCA, visit www.cca.edu.

Read the rest

Pages