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Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

A lifelong educator, Sultan taught photography for 10 years at the San Francisco Art Institute (1978–88) and for 20 years at the California College of the Arts (1989–2009), where he served as a Distinguished Professor of Photography. His work is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

The late singer is the subject of two exhbitions currently at the CJM.

San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has a slogan that reads: “Connecting art, people, and ideas." So when the museum launched its two new Amy Winehouse exhibitions -- Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait and its corresponding exhibition You Know I’m No Good -- assistant curator Pierre-François Galpin (MA Curatorial Practice 2014) jumped at the chance to do just that.

“I’ve always been an Amy Winehouse fan, and I was looking to work around pop culture -- not just art -- so I was really glad and excited when this opportunity came up,” says Galpin.

Best known for her 2006 hit song “Rehab,” Winehouse passed away in 2011 at just 27 years old from alcohol poisoning after a long and public battle with substance abuse.

Both exhibitions opened July 23 at CJM, mere weeks after the release of Amy, a critically praised documentary about the singer. With the spotlight back on Winehouse, the museum sought to help fans and spectators see past the fame and tabloid fodder and present her life in a more intimate and previously unseen way.

For the stateside debut of A Family Portrait, Galpin worked closely with the curators of the Jewish Museum London, where the show originally opened under the careful supervision of Winehouse’s brother, Alex.

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

"We wanted to do a beautiful, quiet show," she explains, adding that she was familiar with Beal, both as a working artist and in his role as president of the California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Join us for the many public events planned during the symposium!

Join us Friday evening, November 6, for CCA's 2015 AICAD Symposium: Exploring Science in the Studio opening reception in the Nave on the San Francisco campus.

The symposium opening reception is free and open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. at CCA’s main campus building at 1111 Eighth Street.

AICAD Symposium Exhibitions, Events & Installations


Titled The Cult of the Nine Muses, the exhibition features interdisciplinary artwork by students enrolled in CCA Sci-Studio courses -- studio courses in which embedded scientists give lectures, lead workshops, or otherwise bring together art and science.

The exhibition is on view in the Campus Center Galleries November 3-14, with a special opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on November 6.

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Laura Braun

Today, fifty-year-old Carland is known mostly for her fine art photography. Her minimal photographs track the traces that people leave behind and the capacity for objects to encapsulate certain feelings. She's a dean at the California College of the Arts, where she also teaches photography. But, once in a while, she's also called upon to contribute to a documentary, scholarly article, or archive concerning the feminist and queer-centric punk subcultures that she was involved in during the Eighties and Nineties.

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Chris Bliss


San Francisco, Calif., August 25, 2015 -- More than 250 educators, artists, designers, and scientists from across North America will participate in the 2015 AICAD Symposium: Exploring Science in the Studio, November 5–7 at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. 

The symposium, sponsored by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), examines the role of science in contemporary art and design education.

One of the oldest and most influential art and design schools in the country, CCA is pursuing ways to enable its students to take their places as scientifically literate problem solvers in a variety of careers.

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

Yet the exuberant imagery also has deep roots. The riot of color in paintings like “Kudzu Hillside” and “Garland Hill” seems touched by the antic coloration and freewheeling spirit of Bay Area makers.

Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

The award, to be annual, is presented in partnership with the California College of the Arts, Pier 24 Photography and SFMOMA.

Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

As part of the Independent Curators International series "Perspectives in Curating," art historian Terry Smith will launch his second provocative publication by speaking with Kate Fowle (Chief Curator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Director-at-Large, ICI) and Jens Hoffmann (Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs, The Jewish Museum). The discussion will be moderated by Leigh Markopoulos (Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts).

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Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Marlon James at CCA Writers Series reading October 2

MFA in Writing master writer-in-residence Marlon James has been awarded the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications), which tells the story of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.