Faculty News

Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016 by Chris Bliss

High Up. Graphic Design Around Town

Faculty members from California College of the Arts (CCA) present three programs as part of San Francisco Design Week, which will be held June 2–9, 2016. SF Design Week spans the entire Bay Area and offers more than 60 studio tours and 75 events featuring world-renowned designers, entrepreneurs, and innovative thought leaders.

High Up: Design Around Town

Jon Sueda, chair of CCA’s MFA in Design Program, will introduce High Up. Design Around Town, an international collaborative design project that was curated by CCA Design faculty members Geoff Kaplan and Marina Pugliese.

Five teams of designers were matched between Milan and San Francisco and each team produced at least one collaborative image posted in strategic urban locations in both cities during the respective Design Weeks (April in Milan and June in San Francisco).

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Braun

If you visited the second floor galleries of the Asian Art Museum in the months since last November, you may have noticed an interruption in the collection.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Tammy Rae Carland, "I'm Dying Up Here Double Spot" (2013)

CCA Provost Tammy Rae Carland is currently featured at the Jessica Silverman Gallery South in an exhibition of her work, which has a reception Friday, May 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The South gallery is a small, temporary project space located across the street from the main gallery at 488 Ellis Street in San Francisco.

Carland's mini-retrospective of her work (photography, sculpture, etc.) made between 1996 and 2013 opened the new space on May 12. (Note: Guests must first visit the main gallery for access to the South when visiting except for during the reception.)

“The relatively consistent thread in all of my work,” says Carland, “is an interest in personal and political disappearance and the desire to re-perform marginal histories and bodies.” Carland is influenced by Roland Barthes’s assertion that photography as a practice is born out of the theater as much as its siblings in the visual arts.

Carland interrogates the act of appropriation, treating the original as if it were a script that can be re-performed much like a play.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Editor's note: FACULTY SPOTLIGHT is an editorial series that showcases CCA's wide range of professional faculty members.

Ranu Mukherjee has been a member of the MFA Fine Arts faculty since 2004 and now also teaches in the MA in Social Practice & Public Forms program. She has a thriving art practice; her work has been exhibited and screened in major cities throughout the world and is included in private collections as well as collections of the San Jose Museum of Art and the Kadist Foundation.

The last of Mukherjee’s three-part, yearlong solo exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Extracted, is on view until August 14. Commissioned for the museum’s 50th anniversary, this exhibition draws inspiration from California’s Gold Rush, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the ancient text The Classic of Mountain and Seas, and the museum’s own collection.  

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 by Laura Braun

Mia Feuer’s latest installation, Mesh, is, at the time of this writing, disintegrating. Or, more accurately, what’s breaking apart isMesh’s centerpiece: a lumpy, unidentifiable form laid out on the floor of Locust Projects, a gallery in Miami. Suspended above and bound up in straps is a motley assemblage of what looks like chunks of concrete, blocks of crystal formations, plastered-over jugs. At the very top is a bottle of blue liquid, emptying drop by drop via a clear vinyl hose that snakes through it all.

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Michele Carlson appointed executive director of DSAP

Together with California College of the Arts (CCA), Daily Serving and Art Practical (DSAP) announced that Michele Carlson will fill the role of DSAP executive director, effective immediately. Carlson currently teaches fine arts and critical studies at CCA.

In addition to the DSAP position, she has been appointed associate professor of Visual & Critical Studies at CCA beginning in fall 2016.

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 by Laura Braun

Serena Cole and Libby Black are pals from their days at California College of the Arts, and together they are opening two separate solo shows at Gallery 16 tonight. We can't wait to see what they've been cooking up, and though their work is very different, they seem to have created two perfectly complementary shows.

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Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016 by Laura Braun

Bhatia is an assistant professor of architecture at the California College of the Arts, where he co-directs the Urban Works Agency. He is also research director of The Petropolis of Tomorrow, a project that examines the relationship between urbanism and resource extraction. 

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Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Laura Braun

Part of this pivot involves nudging the internal conversation toward sustainability, an important global issue that wasn't directly addressed until recently.

Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016 by Jeremy Joan Hewes

Michael Wertz (left) and Thomas Wojak

The Illustrated Poster is part of a number of interdisciplinary courses at CCA. Taught jointly by Printmaking chair Thomas Wojak and Illustration faculty member Michael Wertz, this studio combines an exploration of the screen printing process with the use of images, type, and color to convey ideas in poster form.

Wertz recalls that he originated the course in 2013 “because I love screen printing and believe that it has great potential for both illustrators and printmakers, and I wanted to create an illustration course based on this highly versatile printmaking method.”

Wertz discussed the idea with Alexis Mahrus, then interim chair of Illustration, and Nance O'Banion, his former teacher and then-chair of Printmaking, and O’Banion introduced Wertz to Wojak.

Master printer Wojak readily agreed to collaborate in teaching the class; as he recalls, “I thought it was an exciting idea as well as a chance to expose more San Francisco campus students to our print program in Oakland.”