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Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016 by Leora Lutz

Students watch a demonstration of circular knitting machines at North Carolina State UniversityView slideshow 

Last summer, several Fashion Design and Textiles students, along with Fashion Design chair Amy Williams, embarked on a memorable research trip to North Carolina, experiencing firsthand the production of fabrics from farm to mill; from fiber to fabric to fashion.

“The students heard directly about how their insights, interests, and dreams can and are affected by the bigger world story (recession, import vs. export, local vs. international). The students, all visual and hands-on learners, got it loud and clear by the end of the trip!” explains Williams.

They visited companies with long-standing roots in the Carolinas, many family owned and operated and many especially conscious of environmental impact, providing not only sustainable products and ecologically sensitive materials but also supporting the people who work for them.

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

We talk about the life and legacy of boxing champion and activist Muhammad Ali with educator and writer Ishmael Reed, author of the book, "The Complete Muhammad Ali," which was published last year. Reed is a recipient of the MacArthur "genius" award and is currently a visiting scholar at the California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016 by Benjamin Austin

Kellyn Borst demonstrates the use of the Leap Motion sensor in her game prototype

Gaming is storytelling. From a design perspective, a good game presents a world that is both accessible and fantastic; at its center are good characters.

The cross-disciplinary educational opportunities for gaming at CCA combine the latest tech with back-to-basics instruction on character development and world building, with the goal of training designers to create a fully immersive experience for the player. From this simple model, infinite variation emerges.

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 Friday, June 3, 2016 by Laura Braun

The Oakland Fence Project is an ongoing initiative to collect photographs taken in Oakland by locals only. The ultimate goal is to turn it into a citywide photography installation by putting the artworks on fences throughout the the Town and erecting a fence specifically for the project in Jack London Square that can serve as a destination and backdrop for performances. The hope is also to launch an accompanying augmented reality mobile app that pulls up the story behind each photo when users hold their phone up to the image.

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Laura Braun

As if their spacious location at the corner of Leavenworth and Ellis Streets wasn’t enough, Jessica Silverman Gallery went for an additional project space across the street. JSG South opens with a mini retrospective of Bay Area artist Tammy Rae Carland, beginning with an arresting self-portrait as a blood-soaked “Carrie” and ending with cast-bronze banana peels. The tall and narrow new space very much resembles the old Silverman Gallery location on Sutter Street, an intimate venue a little less intimidating than the buzz-to-enter vibes you experience nowadays.

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Jim Norrena

"This Future Has a Past …" Christiane Robbins, 2016

Interior Design and Visual Studies associate professor Katherine Lambert, with her partner Christiane Robbins of the San Francisco-based Metropolitan Architecture Practice (MAP), will participate in the official program of the 16th International Venice Biennale of Architecture with the inclusion of their installation, This Future Has a Past ... .

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The Global Art Affairs Foundation (GAAF) selected Lambert's and Robbins' work in recognition of MAP's practice and the projects they have been developing.

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

As a design practitioner and educator for the last 20 years at the California College of the Arts (CCA), I respectfully take exception with your assessment. Design schools and educators are doing a remarkable job of educating the next generation of designers; however, talented professionals like yourself could be more involved in making the system even better.

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by Laura Braun

We are sailing into new and uncharted waters, and our analog past would seem to offer little guidance to our digital future. But still, it will not go away, that “empty jingle,” that mesmerizing mantra of modernism: form follows function. What it invites — what it demands — is a renewed introspection into the relationships between ourselves and our things.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Laura Braun

Since, Carland (who is now the provost of the California College of the Arts) has taken up many projects and aesthetics, from her late-Nineties series of self portraits in which she performed identities inspired by her parents, to her 2013 “discograms,” which monochromatically captured the ecstatic reflections off a disco ball on large, photosensitive paper. 

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