Faculty News

Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

(from left to right) Tina Takemoto, Allison Smith, and James Voorhies

Today, California College of the Arts (CCA) announced the appointment of two new deans to the college—Allison Smith as Dean of Fine Arts and Tina Takemoto as Dean of Humanities and Sciences. Smith and Takemoto are internationally renowned for their respective artistic practices and scholarship, and each has a long history teaching at the college and advancing its programs. Both will assume their positions on August 1, 2018.

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 Friday, February 16, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

CCA Ceramics Department and Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge Working on Año Nuevo Island

Ceramics Professor and Chair Nathan Lynch and Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for their Seabird Nest Program. The project, originally brought together with Matthew Passmore at MoreLab, focuses on designing and fabricating ceramic nesting modules for seabirds around the world who are at risk from habitat degradation and predation. You can watch videos of Nathan and CCA students' work on California's remote Año Nuevo Island on

Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

A Project by CCA's Center for Art + Public Life

Last week, the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF) awarded members of the CCA community for their contributions to the advancement and enrichment of the quality of life in the Bay Area through design. 

CCA's Center for Art + Public Life and Architecture Professor Sandra Vivanco were awarded for excellence in advancing architectural education through teaching, design, scholarship, research + service.

Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

Confetti Urbanism by Clark Thenhaus

Assistant Professor in Architecture at CCA Clark Thenhaus is the winner of the 2017 A/N Best Public Landscape award for his work Confetti Urbanism in CCA’s Back Lot.  The work shapes the vast outdoor space of the Lot with painted discs, ribbons, and bands that cue visitors to move, stand and look in particular ways. 

Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

Museum of the Hidden City Demo

CCA faculty member Michael Epstein has been awarded a $100,000 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities to create an immersive media project on the history of affordable housing in San Francisco. 

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by Maggie Beasley

Pallavi Sharma adds a garland to her artwork “In Memory Of.” (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Sharma, 48, is a multidisciplinary artist born in Patna, Bihar, in eastern India. She immigrated to join her husband, Satyendra Kumar, in 1997. They are parents of two boys; one attending UC Berkeley and the other a high school sophomore. Sharma received her BFA and MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, India and her Ph.D. in Art History from India’s National Museum Institute of History of Art and Conservation. She teaches at California College of the Arts, serves on the board of the Asian American Women Artists Association and founded Inner Eye Art, a nonprofit based in San Ramon.

Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Beija, the main character of Nicole Georges' book

If you’re not a dog person, you may not think that Nicole J. Georges’ new graphic novel, Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home, has a place in your library. You’re wrong. 

Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Rob Epstein, co-chair of CCA's Film Program

Source: Movie Maker Magazine

Out of the hundreds of bachelors and masters degree programs in the United States and Canada, we’ve chosen 40 that we believe represent the best of what higher education has to offer the film world, organized by region.

Accomplished Faculty: California College of the Arts

When a two-time Oscar-winner is the film program’s co-chair, it’s safe to assume standards are high. At this San Francisco- and Oakland-based school, documentarian Rob Epstein, who received his statuettes for The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, spearheads a team of educators that range from accomplished independent director Chris Mason Johnson (Test) to expert sound mixer Dan Olmsted and Emmy-winning Guggenheim Fellow Jack Walsh. 

Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Shanthi Sekaran

Born and raised in Sacramento to parents who immigrated from India as medical professionals in the 1960s, Shanthi Sekaran finds that her background continually informs her work. Her first novel, The Prayer Room, (MacAdam/Cage; 2009) is the story of Viji, a young Indian woman who marries an American man, moves to Sacramento, gives birth to triplets, and navigates culture clashes as an immigrant in 1974 America.

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