Diversity News

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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Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 by Jim Norrena

Highest filmmaking honors went to Barry Jenkins, a former visiting Film faculty member and Cinema Visionaries guest lecturer, at the 89th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles February 26. His film Moonlight won the Best Picture Oscar, bringing to three the film's total number of Academy Awards.

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Laura Kenney

February is Black History Month; to mark the occasion CCA is highlighting a few of the compelling projects created by members of our vibrant community.

From our Diversity Studies program (formerly Black Studies), founded in 1970, to our various coalitions and organizations celebrating our diverse community to our Oakland mural championing cultural change and social justice, we are immensely proud of CCA’s unique and welcoming population of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Here are just a few CCA-related artists whose work explores black history, culture, and identity.

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