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Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Christopher Ireland doesn’t surf, but the adjunct professor in the graduate design program at the California College of the Arts (CCA) knows a coming wave when she sees one. “Desktop, laptop, mobile,” Ireland says, summarizing the waves of technology that have transformed our society utterly in the last 20 years. “We can see the wave of wearables coming.”

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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

I am excited to share the highlights of our second-annual partnership with California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco.  We worked with the Advanced Materiality class and Amy Campos, the class instructor.  The purpose of the class was to have students understand how materiality and design affect global ecology.  More specifically, how could potential waste be transformed into real world usable applications.  This is where 49 Square Miles came in by donating thousands of sample or waste leather belts to the class (about 6,000).  Since the project was focused on “materiality,” or ho

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Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 by Jeremy Joan Hewes

Scott Minneman and JD Beltran demonstrate the Cinema SnowglobeView slideshow 

Everyone relies on highly portable technology to stay in touch, find a restaurant or a parking space, and grab images on the go. But a few lucky folks have seen or held the Cinema Snowglobe, a marriage of art and technology that is an object of pure delight.

Designed and created by CCA Graduate Program in Design faculty members JD Beltran and Scott Minneman, this new snowglobe updates the old-fashioned little scene in glass that you shake to see the snow fly and settle. When you shake this palm-sized marvel, you see video or animated images that are looped to play repeatedly.

The several early editions of the Cinema Snowglobe feature a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge, a fireworks display, or a walk through the Rose Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Another snowglobe is a collaboration with the artist Leo Villareal and displays his marvelous Bay Lights installation that illuminates the west span of the San Francisco­–Oakland Bay Bridge.

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Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 by Laura Braun

“I will sit and sketch and then will quickly try to make a digital draft, print something out, make another model, redline it, and then go back into the computer. It’s a feedback loop between analog and digital,” she said. Gattegno believes it is this fluidity between the two methods that promotes authenticity and originality.

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Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015 by Em Meine

Changing Tides, Marilyn da Silva. (Courtesy of the artist)

Jewelry / Metal Arts chair Marilyn da Silva was recently selected by The Maloof Foundation and Craft in America as one of 12 "core artists" to exhibit her work and nominate other artists working in craft-based fields for California Handmade: State of the Arts

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Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Laura Braun

What are the ethical boundaries for architecture? Architecture is one of the learned professions, like medicine or law. It requires a license, giving architects a monopoly over their practices, in return for a minimal promise that buildings won’t fall down. Raphael Sperry, the Bay Area architect who spearheaded the petition to the institute, thinks the public deserves more in return for that monopoly.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

The earliest works in the exhibition come from Sultan’s collaborations with Mandel, which lasted almost 30 years. The two men met as students in the San Francisco Art Institute’s graduate program, where Sultan would eventually teach before becoming an influential teacher at the California College of Arts. Together Sultan and Mandel made art characterized by a punk energy entirely different from the contemplative stillness of Sultan’s solo photographic work. 

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Posted on Monday, February 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

Putnam senior editor Tara Singh Carlson took world rights to Shanthi Sekaran’s new novel, Lucky Boy, in a preempt.Lindsay Edgecombe at Levine Greenberg Rostan represented the author, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., and teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts. The novel, which is slated for spring 2016, follows the stories of two women whose lives collide: an undocumented 19-year-old Mexican immigrant trying to establish a life in the U.S., and an Indian-American woman longing (and struggling) to have a child.

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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Chris Bliss

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce that it will assume publication of the online contemporary arts journals Art Practical (AP) and Daily Serving (DS), effective immediately.

This creates the unprecedented opportunity for the two publications to continue to serve a broad community while enabling students to learn professional skills in publishing and to conceive of new audiences for their ideas.

As the publisher, CCA will serve as the fiscal agent for Art Practical and Daily Serving. The two publications have been run as independent entities since their founding in 2006 (DS) and 2009 (AP).

Each will retain its core mission, editorial vision, and autonomy in all areas, including content, staffing, and programming.

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Posted on Friday, February 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

Although Californian photographer Larry Sultan is one of the most prominent positions of the so-called “post-conceptual” photography in the United States, in Germany he has only been known among connoisseurs so far. Sultan was born in New York in 1946, but grew up in San Fernando Valley close to Los Angeles. His teaching career includes a professorship for photography at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He died in 2009. 

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