Faculty News

Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA associate professor and chair of illustration Owen Smith.

CCA associate professor and chair of the Illustration program Owen Smith is the designer of 19 New Yorker covers, subway images for San Francisco MTA, award-winning murals and sculptures. Smith’s artistic inspiration is a blend of Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, film noir, femme fatales, pulp illustrations, and the high-drama of Renaissance art. A recent article in The Daily Beast boasts a number of his accomplishments—including "killing Christmas."

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

California College of the Arts is pleased to announce Keith Krumwiede as its new Dean of Architecture.

California College of the Arts is pleased to announce Keith Krumwiede as its new Dean of Architecture beginning August 2018. Krumwiede joins CCA from the American Academy in Rome, where he is currently an Arnold W. Brunner/Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture. Previously, he served as the Director of Graduate Architecture Programs from 2012–2017 at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and Assistant Dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University from 2004–2012, where he was awarded the King-lui Wu Teaching Award.

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 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

James Voorhies to chair CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Curator and art historian James Voorhies, CCA’s current dean of Fine Arts, will fully assume the role of chair of the school’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice (CURP) on August 1, 2018. Voorhies has served as acting chair of CURP since the untimely passing of the program’s former chair, curator, and educator Leigh Markopoulos in February 2017. 

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. 

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