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Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

People's Kitchen Collective co-founders (L to R): Saqib Keval, Jocelyn Jackson, and Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik.

Civil Eats, a daily news source covering the American food system, highlights the work of the People's Kitchen Collective (PKC)—a food justice project co-founded by CCA visiting professor Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik. Inspired by the Black Panther Party for Self Defense’s free breakfast program, this Oakland-based group has been hosting community dinners, feeding activists, and launching cultural projects for the last 10 years.

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Editors and contributors to Art Practical.

The California Arts Council (CAC) announced its plans to award $12,400 to Art Practical as part of CAC’s Arts and Public Media program.

The Arts and Public Media program supports multiplatform nonprofit media projects that demonstrate a clear approach to building public awareness and support for the arts. The program is rooted in the CAC’s vision to create a state where the arts are a central component of daily life and accessible to all, reflecting contributions from all of California’s diverse populations and fostering civic engagement.

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA alumna and painter Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Frieze magazine recently published an insightful profile on CCA alumna and painter Toyin Ojih Odutola titled Unselfconscious is the New Black for Emerging Artists of Colour. Ojih Odutola’s portraits of a fictional aristocratic Nigerian family push toward an expanded definition of the ‘black experience.’ Distinct from her contemporaries, such as Kehinde Wiley, her work focuses on scenes both bourgeois and banal.

Posted on Friday, April 27, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

ActivateOpenEngagement Class, Spring 2018.

Faculty members Shalini Agrawal and Chris Treggiari received the 2018 IDEC Community Service Award from the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) for their work with the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center (MNRC) in San Francisco. This award recognizes their work engaging the community experiencing homelessness in the Mission neighborhood to collaborate on creative placemaking solutions with their Interior Design Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio class, Activate Open Engagement, with support from the chair of Interior Design Cathrine Veikos.

Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

Still from Love/Amor, an experimental film by CCA lecturer Shylah Hamilton on view in HOME: Making Space for Radical Love and Struggle

The Diversity Studies Program at California College of the Art presents its first-ever faculty exhibition HOME: Making Space for Radical Love and Struggle—a two week long celebration of art and resistance that highlights the program’s history at CCA and its roots in the larger struggle to establish Ethnic Studies programs across the United States in the 1960s and 70s.

Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2017 by Maggie Beasley

Arleene Correa working in her studio

Source: Hyperallergic

In March of this year, I had a conversation with Arleene Correa, an undocumented art student originally from Mexico, who is attending California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. We talked about the hurdles to becoming a student, maintaining the highest possible grade point average, fighting invisibility, and scratching to find the funding to meet the tuition which is upwards of $23,000 per year.

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Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Jim Norrena

David HuffmanView slideshow 

It’s been a banner year for painter and installation artist David Huffman (Painting/Drawing 1986, MFA 1998), a tenured faculty member of CCA’s Painting/Drawing and MFA in Fine Arts programs.

In fact, it’s been his busiest year ever -- five exhibitions, including two solo shows, one at Roberts and Tilton in Los Angeles and another at Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco. Both exhibitions focused on his most recent work: multilayered paintings that explore the politics of race using the basketball and hoop netting as conceptual elements.

Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Laura Braun

“A lot of people seemed to know who I was more than I did,” the animation student at the California College of the Arts told HuffPost. “They would tell me what to be or how I should act based on my heritage.”

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 by Laura Braun

Mokri and his family fled Iran during the 1979 revolution. He then earned degrees from both the Rhode Island School of Design and California College of the Arts. As an Iranian, Mokri diverges from the “typical” image of an Asian American.

Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Laura Braun

Every year, the graduating curatorial practice students at California College of the Arts organize a culminating thesis exhibition of their own choosing. Often, the group looks back, using the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts as a space in which to recontextualize a moment in history through the lens of their particular curatorial conceit.

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