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Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016 by Laura Braun

Opie spoke to the Bay Area Reporter while in town last month to receive her first honorary doctorate from the California College of the Arts at its 109th commencement ceremony. The Bay Area-based school, which has campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, had invited Opie to deliver the commencement speech at the May 14 ceremony before 400 graduating students.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Editor's note: FACULTY SPOTLIGHT is an editorial series that showcases CCA's wide range of professional faculty members.

Ranu Mukherjee has been a member of the MFA Fine Arts faculty since 2004 and now also teaches in the MA in Social Practice & Public Forms program. She has a thriving art practice; her work has been exhibited and screened in major cities throughout the world and is included in private collections as well as collections of the San Jose Museum of Art and the Kadist Foundation.

The last of Mukherjee’s three-part, yearlong solo exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Extracted, is on view until August 14. Commissioned for the museum’s 50th anniversary, this exhibition draws inspiration from California’s Gold Rush, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the ancient text The Classic of Mountain and Seas, and the museum’s own collection.  

Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016 by Jeremy Joan Hewes

Michael Wertz (left) and Thomas Wojak

The Illustrated Poster is part of a number of interdisciplinary courses at CCA. Taught jointly by Printmaking chair Thomas Wojak and Illustration faculty member Michael Wertz, this studio combines an exploration of the screen printing process with the use of images, type, and color to convey ideas in poster form.

Wertz recalls that he originated the course in 2013 “because I love screen printing and believe that it has great potential for both illustrators and printmakers, and I wanted to create an illustration course based on this highly versatile printmaking method.”

Wertz discussed the idea with Alexis Mahrus, then interim chair of Illustration, and Nance O'Banion, his former teacher and then-chair of Printmaking, and O’Banion introduced Wertz to Wojak.

Master printer Wojak readily agreed to collaborate in teaching the class; as he recalls, “I thought it was an exciting idea as well as a chance to expose more San Francisco campus students to our print program in Oakland.”

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Master of Architecture students Rafael Berges, Jared Clifton, Vaama Joshi, and Shirin Monshipouri have been announced as winners of the AIA COTE Top Ten for Students awards.
 
The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), selected the recipients of the national awards.
 
The competition challenged students to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment.

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.

Diggs (MFA in Writing 2008) was honored in the poetry category of the annual awards competition issued by the Whiting Foundation.

Recent Honors

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.

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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.

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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

FREE THE DATA

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.

Here we learn more about Writing and Literature and MFA in Writing faculty member Faith Adiele, who was born of a Nordic-American mother and a Nigerian father. 

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.

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