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, July 23, 2009 by Brenda Tucker
An artist uses Matthew Baranauskas's collage stamp
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Posted on Friday, February 29, 2008 by Brenda Tucker
PPR French worldwide group is sponsoring a series of design studios at California College of the Arts (CCA) during the 2007–8 academic year. Students in CCA's Architecture, Industrial Design, and Graduate Design programs are examining a variety of design issues while working with representatives from three PPR brands: Gucci, Puma, and Redcats.
"We are delighted to be working with PPR," stated Stephen Beal, provost of CCA. "This partnership enriches our design curriculum considerably and provides our students with unique opportunities to interact with top international professionals."
Sponsored studio courses at CCA give students the prospect of conceptualizing design within the context of a particular brand. They also give the retail, manufacturing, and design industries access to the fresh perspectives of next-generation designers. Other recent sponsored studio collaborations at CCA have included a sustainability studio with the international design firm IDEO and a pet product studio with the Turkish design firm Gaia&Gino.
PPR develops a portfolio of high-growth global brands. Through its general consumer brands and luxury brands, PPR generated sales of EUR 19.8 billion in 2007. The group is present in 90 countries with approximately 93,000 employees. PPR brands include Fnac, Redcats Group (La Redoute, Vertbaudet, Somewhere, Cyrillus, Daxon, Ellos, The Sportsman's Guide, The Golf Warehouse and brands of the plus-size division), Conforama, CFAO, Puma, and the luxury brands of Gucci Group (Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent, YSL Beauté, Balenciaga, Boucheron, Sergio Rossi, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney). Explore the universe of PPR brands at www.ppr.com.
Founded in 1907, CCA offers studies in 20 undergraduate and eight graduate majors in the areas of architecture, business, curatorial practice, design, film, fine arts, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of business administration, and master of fine arts degrees.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2006 by Brenda Tucker
Renowned designer, researcher and author Brenda Laurel has been appointed chair of the MFA Program in Design at California College of the Arts (CCA), Provost Stephen Beal announced today. In this position, Laurel will provide the vision and leadership for the program and engage in collegewide strategic planning. Her start date at the college is September 15.
Under Laurel's leadership, CCA will introduce a new curriculum for the graduate design program in fall 2007. The new program will include disciplined-based tracks in graphic design, industrial design and interactive design. Design students will share common coursework in theory and criticism, research, materials, tools, processes and entrepreneurship. Through special-project studio courses, students will explore transdisciplinary collaborations and will culminate their studies with individual thesis projects.
"I'm tremendously excitied about the opportunity to build a graduate design program with a transdisciplinary approach at its core," Laurel said. "The strengths of CCA and the Bay Area design community are great assets in creating a muscular education for tomorrow's design leaders."
CCA's MFA Program in Design was founded in 2000. Lucille Tenazas served as chair from the program's inception until 2003. Stuart McKee has been chair since 2003 and will continue to teach in the program.
"Interest in our design programs has increased significantly over the last few years, and we are particularly excited about the proposed expansion of our graduate design program," commented Beal. "Brenda Laurel is universally acknowledged as a leader in the field of human-computer interaction, and her extensive experience as a designer, writer, researcher and educator makes her the ideal person to lead our graduate design program. We are extremely fortunate to have her joining the college in this capacity."
About Brenda Laurel
Brenda Laurel's work focuses on interactive narrative, human-computer interaction, and cultural aspects of technology. She designed the curriculum for the graduate Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design and chaired the program from 2002 through 2006. She also served as senior director and distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems Laboratories in 2005–6.
Laurel was one of the founding members of Interval Research Corporation in Palo Alto, where she coordinated research activities exploring gender and technology and coproduced and directed the Placeholder Virtual Reality project. She was also a founder and vice president of design of Purple Moon, an Interval affiliate that was formed to design interactive media for girls based on this research. She has worked as a software designer, producer and researcher for many companies, including Atari, Activision and Apple.
Laurel has published extensively on topics including interactive fiction, computer games, autonomous agents, virtual reality and political and artistic issues in interactive media. She is the author of "Design Research: Methods and Perspectives" (M.I.T. Press, 2004), "Utopian Entrepreneur" (M.I.T. Press, 2001) and "Computers as Theatre" (Addison-Wesley, 1991). She is also the editor of "The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design" (Addison-Wesley, 1991).
Laurel holds an MFA and PhD in theater from Ohio State University.
About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 20 undergraduate and 6 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 and master of fine arts degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students.Read the rest
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