Diversity Studies News

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 by Laura Braun

Despite delivering a hard-hitting message to Trump, the work featured in Lofoco Chaps is also, at times, funny. Like Tabios, Melinda Luisa de Jesús, a poet and diversity studies professor at California College of the Arts in Oakland, is among Several Bay Area contributors to the project. Her poem titled “Kwansaba: Espionage” in her chapbook Adios, Trumplandia! is as biting as it is hilarious.

Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017 by Laura Braun

In 2015, Saqib met Sita Bhaumik and Joceyln; and together with their efforts, the People’s Kitchen became the People’s Kitchen Collective. Sita, an artist and teacher at A Taste of Resistance at the California College of the Arts, wanted not just to make food look and taste delicious, but to build a dining experience that she could identify and connect with, one that was no longer Eurocentric.

Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 by Laura Braun

Ogbu designs for social impact, not buildings, as she explained in a 2014 TED Talk. This ethos drives all of the work produced by Studio O, Ogbu’s innovation firm. Armed with design and creative strategy chops she honed at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and IDEO.org’s “Innovators in Residence” program, Ogbu routinely tackles “wicked social problems” related to health, infrastructure, and inequality facing struggling communities across the globe.

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.

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Laura Braun

From a hotel in Berlin, Guillermo Galindo is speaking about the first time he visited the Mexico-US border. Mexican by birth but now living in California, where he is a senior adjunct professor at the California College of Arts, Galindo is used to hopping between the two countries. For him, the journey is smooth. ‘I usually fly,’ he says. ‘For me, the border is the airport.’

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Posted on Monday, December 12, 2016 by Laura Braun

“We just wanted to create a sacred space,” said Treggiari, an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts. “We just wanted to get people talking and thinking and sharing.”

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Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2016 by Chris Bliss

New Architecture faculty Iñaqui Carnicero and Lorena del Río

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to welcome new tenure-track faculty, visiting faculty, dean of Fine Arts, and program chairs for the academic year 2016–17.

New Tenure-Track Faculty

Meghana Bisineer joins the Animation faculty. She comes to CCA from the University of Portsmouth, UK, where she was teaching in the School of Creative Technologies. Her film Dog won the East West Arts Award for Animation in 2014 (London). She holds an MA in animation from the Royal College of Art in London.

The Architecture division welcomes three new tenure-track faculty members: Lorena del Rio, Janette Kim, and Clark Thenhaus.

Lorena del Río holds a master of architecture from Escuela Téchnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, where she is currently pursuing her PhD. Her research concentrates on materiality in architecture. She has taught at Cornell University and is the cofounder of RICA*Studio, a design practice based in Madrid and New York.

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 by Megan Clark

Ashley Saks (MFA 2010) & Radka Pulliam (MFA 2011) with staff of Bay Area Youth On-Air

The Center for Art and Public Life (the Center) at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2016 CCA Community-Engaged Practice Awards:

CCA will issue to each of the above an official letter of commendation, feature them in a compendium of Community-Engaged Practice honorees (to be released in fall 2016), and celebrate them in an exhibition from October 3 to 15 at CCA’s College Avenue Galleries at the Oakland campus, which will include an opening panel and reception on Wednesday, October 5.

Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by Jordana Moore Saggese

Việt Lê, "Charlie's Angels," from the lovebang! Series, 2014, music video still from projected video installation, 5 minutes, 31 seconds; edition of 3. Courtesy of the artist.

The exhibition Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê will open on Saturday, February 27 at the Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona. Co-curated by Mary Yu Danico and Michele Cairella Fillmore, this exhibition highlights the nuanced nature of Transnational Lives in Motion among Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 by Laura Braun

Raised in Tehran, Iran, and living and working in San Francisco, Taraneh Hemami continues to explore themes of displacement, preservation and representation in her collective and curatorial projects, creating connections through experimental projects between artists, writers and scholars.