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Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by Laura Braun

One bright September afternoon in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, I found myself sitting at an orange picnic table on a vacant lot the size of several football fields. It might be one of the most valuable empty lots in the United States.

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

By shifting night photography’s focus to a suburban background, the tone immediately changes from something lively and vibrant to something haunting and alluring. Hido, a graduate of Tufts, The Rhode Island School of Design, and The California College of Arts and Crafts, often explores artificial light and it’s partnership with the dark. This collection, a small representation of his work with where humans choose to live (and not live), is a glowing and sinister portrayal of something most of us associate with comfort and safety.

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

Ivan Cash teaches in CCA's Graphic Design Program. He is a San Francisco-based interactive artist and filmmaker who’s collaborated with Airbnb, Facebook, L’Oreal and Toyota. He created Snailmail My Email, an annual worldwide community art project where volunteers write and send out strangers’ emails through the post office. Cash got his start selling hand-printed t-shirts outside Madison Square Garden during college.

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Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

Perched high above Silicon Valley, this sprawling Los Gatos home literally emerged from the flames.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Find Your Mentor at California College of the Arts (CCA)

Student: Faculty Ratio

With a seven-to-one student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 13, CCA students receive a lot of individual attention from their instructors.

Faculty of Professionals

The vast majority of CCA’s faculty members (88 percent) are practicing professionals. This often leads to professional opportunities for students in the form of internships and, in many cases, jobs after graduation.

Posted on Friday, December 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

Matt Silady is the chair of the comics program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

"When I look at Roberts work, I don't just see nostalgia, I see an exploration of the things that shaped him as an artist," Silady said.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

The ethics of capitalism. It's a fitting time to contemplate more deeply what really matters, and to that end, here is a timely essay from Nathan Shedroff, the founder and chair of the Design MBA programs at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

What accounts for this unusual rate of success? Rinder credits ‘‘the character of these studios and the methodology that somehow inspires creativity at a consistent and high level.’’ The center does offer ideal working conditions. Stephen Beal, president of the California College of the Arts and former board president of Creative Growth, also cites them: ‘‘The flexibility they have, how they support an artist’s evolving way of working, who sits where, all those small things contribute to the quality that comes out of there.

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

Luz Marina Ruiz was born in Cali, Colombia. She immigrated with her family at the age of three to New York, where she lived until she graduated from high school. She studied printmaking, painting and drawing at the University of California at Berkeley, where she received a BA, MA, and MFA. After graduate school, Ruiz pursued a career in teaching. She taught design, drawing, painting and printmaking at the college level, planning and implementing a printmaking program at Diablo Valley College.

Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

When I first spotted these artfully-made brooms at a California College of the Arts craft fair a few weeks ago, I fell in love. Who knew sweeping could look so good? (Snow White and her animal friends, that’s who.) Quinn designed the bevel-handled, straw-bristled brooms at the Workshop Residence, working with Duane Penner, a third-generation broom maker from Dinuba, CA. They come in American walnut and cherry with black bristles, which looks especially witchy.