Diversity News

Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Chris Bliss

CCA students pose in front of new mural with faculty member Eduardo Pineda

A stunning new mural was unveiled this month on the Oakland campus of California College of the Arts (CCA).

Six CCA students were selected this summer to paint a new mural on the side of Martinez Hall. Led by faculty member and noted muralist Eduardo Piñeda, the team set out to create a mural that would celebrate and promote diversity and social justice, two core values of the college.

Read more about CCA's core values »

Queen Califia Rules!

The central focus of the colorful mural is Califia, a mythical warrior queen who ruled over a kingdom of black women living on the "island" of California. Her representation here was inspired by depictions of the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego, the 16th century Mexican peasant to whom the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared.

In the CCA mural Queen Califia represents the people, culture, and land of California, and she is surrounded by a landscape that is both natural and political.

Juan Diego, depicted as a black youth wearing a hoodie, offers Queen Califia light, water, and corn. Diego represents the long struggle for freedom and equality, while Queen Califia symbolizes an untamed and bountiful land prior to the arrival of Europeans to the Americas.

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Xiaoyu Weng (Curatorial Practice 2009)

Xiaoyu Weng's (Curatorial Practice 2009) recent appointment to curate two exhibitions in 2016 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York is part of the museum's Contemporary Chinese Art Initiative, which was launched in 2013.

Weng was selected as The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art along with Hou Hanru as consulting curator. Together the two will curate two exhibitions of commissioned works to advance The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's longstanding commitment to the study and support of contemporary Chinese artists.

Read the press release »

Leigh Markopoulos, chair of CCA's MA in Curatorial Practice, expressed her delight at Weng's appointment: "Xiaoyu is the first of our students to be appointed to a position at the Guggenheim, and we couldn't be happier.

"We're thrilled that she'll be joining such a fantastic team and working on projects that draw on her experiences and interests -- this appointment is a real tribute to her as a person and a curator."

Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Nick Janikian

The Tree of Life mural project (2015)

The Tree of Life (El Árbol de la Vida) is a six-foot-high by 30-foot-long community-based mural project made in May 2015 by currently detained* undocumented immigrant Central American youths and The School of Art and Open Studio of Perquin / Walls of Hope in El Salvador (cofounded by CCA faculty member Claudia Bernardi) and students and faculty from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.

* The location is undisclosed to protect the unaccompanied alien children (UACs).

The mural depicts the perilous journey Central American youths face as they cross the United States / Mexico border. It also alludes to the brutality and violence that exists due to trafficking of narcotics.

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Hanh Nguyen (Film/Media 2009) recently completed her first feature documentary, Caffeinated, which was recently picked by New York-based distributor Filmbuff -- a company that specializes in independent films and documentaries -- following the film's screening at the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival earlier this year.

The documentary is a coproduction of Running Reel Films and Evoke Mediaworks. Nguyen codirected and coproduced Caffeinated with Vishal Solanki and Vinay Gandhi as well as coedited the film with Ramon Cervantes and Christopher Roth.

The documentary is a coproduction of Running Reel Films and Evoke Mediaworks, and it was recently picked by New York-based distributor Filmbuff, specializing in independent films and documentaries, following its screening at the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival this past fall.

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Meet Alumna Hanh Nguyen

Nguyen is a Los Angeles-based director, cinematographer, and editor who approaches her work with professionalism, creativity, and dedication.

As a visual storyteller, her distinguishing style lies in her acute attention to detail, artful compositions, and skilled camera work. (Nguyen's visual techniques can be traced back to CCA Film cochair Rob Epstein.)

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 by Chris Bliss

CCA joins the 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade

This past weekend (June 26-28) marked the first time California College of the Arts (CCA) participated in the annual San Francisco Pride Parade -- the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parade in the nation.

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 by Nick Janikian

Community Arts major Zach Brozman

Congratulations to Community Arts major and poet Zach Ozma (né Brozman), who was awarded an All-College Honors Award (Fine Arts division) as well as won the 2015 annual Student Book Arts Competition (sponsored by the CCA Libraries).

Each spring CCA sponsors the All-College Honors Awards competition, which recognizes outstanding student achievement. Twenty-three scholarship awards are given to students in the BA, BFA, and BArch undergraduate programs and the MA, MBA, MFA, and MArch graduate programs. (The awards are granted during the fall semester.)

Learn more about All-College Honors Awards »

There's No Other Ghost I'd Rather Get Cruised By, a handmade book Ozma has been working on intensely this year, was selected as one of two winning books in the 2015 annual Student Book Arts Competition.

Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Robert Morrison

I’m a local, born and raised in Oakland. Pretty much everyone I grew up with was interested in one of two things: sports or being a rapper. But my interests went in a different direction: art.

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love Disney films. Seeing The Lion King for the first time, I was infatuated with how realistic and relatable the characters were. I began mimicking my favorite ones on paper, from Simba to SpongeBob, and creating new ones of my own.

Drawing consumed me. I spent all of my time filling pages with character designs and ideas.

Luckily, my parents realized just how passionate I was and put me in all kinds of art and animation programs. Every summer, I had something to do.

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 by Rachel Walther

Amanda Cachia

Amanda Cachia (Visual and Critical Studies 2012) is an independent curator originally from Sydney who is currently working on her PhD at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation is on the intersections between contemporary art, phenomenology, and disability.

Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Friends and family encouraged to join!
Please join the CCA Pride Parade contingent Sunday, June 28, as faculty, staff, students, and alumni march in the 45th annual San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Parade, described as the "largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation."
 
Equality Without Exception is the theme, and we're thrilled to represent CCA and show just how much pride the college has for its diverse community.
 
We want you and your family to join us!

Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Ming & Khen Soh pose with Ming's 32-pound king salmon

The following exchange between Wai Khen Soh and Wai Ming Soh -- twin brothers and each an Illustration major -- appears in the spring 2015 edition of Glance, the college magazine, as part of the How We Got Here series.

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Ming: I started thinking about my next course of action in life while I was serving my mandatory service in the Singapore Armed Forces. I had taken a diploma in digital media design in a polytechnic (which is like American community college) prior to my enlistment.

I asked myself: Shall I embark on work, or further my studies? Whatever path I pursued, I wanted to do the same thing as my twin brother, Khen, as it would be cool to see a pair of twins in the same profession.

Khen: It’s nice seeing brothers face tribulations side by side, especially when they have the same faces! Like most twins, we are always tearing at each other’s throats, only to give the other a friendly pat on the back when the going gets tough.

Also like most twins, we have similar interests. Drawing and creating stories are passions going way back to our childhood. It helped that our parents were encouraging.

I went to a polytechnic, too, and took a diploma in graphic design, and while the education was invaluable, I felt more interested in drawing and painting narratives. So we decided to take an undergraduate program in illustration together.

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