Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 by Chris Bliss
Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena
On Thursday, April 7, Center for Art and Public Life (CAPL) at California College of the Arts presented the spring 2016 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, at which three juried interdisciplinary teams each were awarded a $10,000 grant to create innovative and creative solutions to social problems by collaborating with community experts and partners.
Through such grants, the awards program enables a new generation of creative innovators to develop meaningful social change. Students are challenged to apply their critical and creative problem-solving skills to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally by developing proposals and facilitating actionable next steps.
In the spring CAPL received an unprecedented amount of grant proposals from undergraduate and graduate students across 15 different disciplines with project sites in San Francisco, Utah, India, Pakistan, China, and Columbia.
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Jim Norrena
Congratulations to alumna and interdisciplinary poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (again!) for having been awarded a 2016 Whiting Award, a prestigious accomplishment that carries with it a $50,000 honorarium for each of the four awardees.
In January Diggs was named an awardee of the 2016 Creative Capital Awardees in the Literature category for her project Global Studies, a collection of poems and flash prose that mimes the textbook structure to examine the ambiguity of history.
Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 by Jim Norrena
CCA's Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies participated in a multi-institutional, pluridisciplinary exploration of “gender in translation” sponsored by the French Consulate of San Francisco, dedicated to questioning the concept of gender in the social sciences, philosophy, and artistic disciplines.
Gender in Translation at CCA
From February 23 to 25, gender theorists and enthusiasts engaged on the San Francisco campus, partaking in several events that culminated in a standing-room only presentation given by Butler.
Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016 by Jim Norrena
CCA Film and MFA in Film cochair Rob Epstein's and Jeffrey Friedman's latest film, Hellraiser -- produced by the two-time Academy Award-winning Telling Pictures -- debuts later this month on Amazon Prime Video as part of its groundbreaking new series The New Yorker Presents, a 10-part series produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Jigsaw Productions) and Condé Nast.
Hellraiser is about "a former Evangelical preacher who left the church and is making his own way through the world in this really positive way."
Cinematic Landscape for Readers
The New Yorker Presents brings America's most award-winning magazine, the New Yorker, to the screen with documentaries, short narrative films, comedy, poetry, animation, and cartoons from the hands of acclaimed filmmakers and artists. Thus far the series is composed of 10 parts plus a pilot, with two parts being added to Amazon Prime each week.
Posted on Monday, February 15, 2016 by Janet Vail
Aaron De La Cruz’s (Illustration 2004) work walks the line between organization and chaos. When you first look at his paintings you see tidy curves and lines. You start to search for patterns and repetition, figuring the artist must use some mechanism to produce these massive wall murals.
But the closer you look you realize nothing is repeated, each new mark slightly different from the last. You’re in a maze, heading toward the unknown, and there’s no turning back.
Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena
Editor's note: FACULTY SPOTLIGHT is an editorial series that showcases CCA's wide range of professional faculty members.
Adiele was raised as the sole African girl on a farm in the Pacific Northwest. She later won a fellowship to Nigeria, where she met for the first time her father -- originally thought killed in the Biafran War -- and her siblings.
Adiele serves as an advisory faculty member position for the college's Students of Color organization. She has lectured and taught writing all over the world.
Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Jim Norrena
MFA in Film program's Janak Reddy Vootkuru, a second-year student and digital photographer and filmmaker who moved to San Francisco from India to study film at CCA, was recently accepted into the 2016 Sundance Ignite Fellowship program!
Now in its second year, the competitive Sundance Ignite program accepts only a select group of 18-to-24-year-old emerging filmmakers each year. This year’s participants will engage in a rigorous and exciting program schedule set for January 27 to 31 during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
According to MFA in Film co-chair Rob Epstein, “CCA was one of only a select group of schools invited to submit candidates, so this is a really great accomplishment for Janak, our program, and CCA.”
As a studying filmmaker, Vootkuru is exploring the possibilities of time-based media. He is working in narrative, nonfiction, and hybrid forms, immersing himself in a range of practices throughout CCA’s two-year MFA in Film program.
Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Jim Norrena
The 2016 Creative Capital Awardees have been announced, and alumna LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (MFA Writing 2008) has been named an awardee in the Literature category for her project Global Studies, a collection of poems and flash prose that mimes the textbook structure to examine the ambiguity of history.
According to the Creative Capital website, the nonprofit invests in artists who shape the future. It has awarded $40 million to 642 groundbreaking artists nationwide through funding, counsel, and career development services.
Three distinct categories distinguish the 46 projects (Emerging Fields, Literature, and Performing Arts), and this year only six grantees represent the literature component.
Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists’ projects that are bold, innovative, and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.
Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Laura Kenney
Textiles are my life, not only because of my cultural heritage but due to my family background as well. My mother’s family has been making traditional Mexican cloth dolls for 40 years; I grew up in Mexico City surrounded by colorful fabrics and ribbons. I wanted to do art using the materials and techniques I was raised with: not design, not the textile industry.
My dad is an actor, and he introduced me to the art world. He is a storyteller in his own way, and I guess that’s why I love stories so much; I think everyone has something interesting to say, and the use of narrative in my work is fundamental.
It is odd that even though we have a rich textile culture in Mexico, there’s no program focused on textiles seen as fine art. I was very disappointed and thought about studying something else after high school, but my mom said that I needed to expand my search and look for other schools outside the country.
I was thrilled to discover CCA, and I’ve been very happy here—it has been a whole new experience, and the Textiles Program is amazing.