Faculty News

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

A Walk Among the Bogus
Lavender Ink, 2014
Paperback, 150 pages, $16

First Year faculty member Elizabeth Leger made the artwork, titled Sneaky Pete, for the cover of a new poetry anthology by the Bay Area poet Owen Hill. Leger says: “It affords a glimpse at the people who walk through this book of poems. Some are from old Hollywood, some are has-beens and would-bes, others are charming denizens of the street.”

About the book: “Owen Hill’s short satirical poems make their point with sly insouciance. Gleaned from many years of chapbooks, pamphlets, and appearances in underground literary magazines they nudge, prod, delight, and sometimes stop just short of insult. Hill is also a crime fiction writer and there’s a more than subtle whiff of the mean streets in his verse.”

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Critical Studies faculty member Christine Metzger is a crafty scientist. She’s “crafty” in the CCA sense of the word, but she’s also “canny” and “astute,” having spearheaded, along with faculty member Stuart Kendall, former faculty member Rachel Schreiber, and former staff member Kathy Butler, a very long but very happily concluded campaign for a National Science Foundation grant.

The grant of $200,000 was not only more than they’d requested, but also one of the largest NSF awards ever made to an art college.

Over three years, it will support Exploring Science in the Studio, an innovative project dedicated to the idea that science at CCA should be more than just a general education requirement. The aspiration is to integrate science into the arts, enabling art and design students to develop an understanding of their native fields from a science-based perspective.

Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

But then I got busy, and fell out of touch with Owen (a former Nike, Intel, and NASA design contractor who is former acting director of the industrial design department at the California College of the Arts). Recently I learned that the Sparse lights were available for online ordering, and I bought my own pair, for $140. They’re great, and they make my clownishly large Specialized crosstrail bicycle (it’s XXL-sized, to fit my 6’3” frame) look a little bit cooler—maybe even like something you’d find parked in the Batcave.

Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Laura Braun

In the second significant departure this week from the Syracuse University School of Architecture, professor Jonathan Massey has been named the Director of Architecture at California College of the Arts (CCA). Massey, who chaired the Bachelor of Architecture program at Syracuse from 2007 to 2011, succeeds Ila Berman in the position.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Laura Braun

Last Friday, San Francisco’s California College of the Arts hosted their annual fashion show incorporated by their graduating senior class. The lot of designers showcased garments filled with promising talent based on sustainability. Each designer embodied original thought of what fashion is today, which brought wearable clothing to the forefront– notably with large collars, voluminous silhouettes, and punk references. Sponsors of this year’s show included Abercrombie and Fitch, Levis Strauss & Co., diPietro Todd Salons Academy, 7×7 Magazine, Nicholson Ranch Wines, and Aubri Balk Inc.

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

One way to do that is to wear used new-to-you clothing, such as vintage. “When clothing stays in circulation longer, those material resources—that wild water that’s been diverted from the mill or the mountaintop that’s been removed to get to coal to fuel the plants—last longer,” says Grose, who created Esprit’s groundbreaking Ecollection in the early 1990s and is currently an associate professor of fashion design at the California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Simon Hodgson

David Gissen, Mound of Vendôme

Whereas most folks look at Paris and see the Eiffel Tower and the river Seine, the architectural historian and CCA faculty member David Gissen sees many different Parises, sequenced and layered, pockmarked and potholed by history.

Gissen has an eye for the vestigial histories of cities and their landscapes -- the parts that are buried, forgotten, or unseen. The decay of 1970s Manhattan, the underwater landscape of London’s River Thames, and the revolutionary landscapes of the Paris Commune have all come under his idiosyncratic scrutiny.

Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Laura Braun

This past Sunday at Escapist Comics on Claremont Ave. in Berkeley, the 3rd Annual California College of the Arts (CCA) Student Comics Fair showcased comics from the college’s Master’s of Fine Arts in Comics program, as well as from Introduction to Graphic Novels, an undergraduate class that teaches students about comic books and the process of making their own. Justin Hall and Matt Silady, both Adjunct Professors in the MFA program, put together the show and introduced each student creator and their work.

Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

Last week, Ford and the Industrial Designers Society of America teamed up to host “Designing Innovation” in San Francisco – a panel featuring Nathan Shedroff of the California College of the Arts, Yves Behar of fuseproject, Jordan Brandt of Autodesk, and Freeman Thomas of Ford Motor Company. The panelists discussed the status and responsibility of product design today.

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Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014 by Laura Braun

Shedroff, Chair of MBA Strategy and Design at California College of the Arts, started the discussion by asking about the role of sustainability in design and strategic operations today. Sustainability is a criteria for research and development, design, materials and even production at every step. Yet, although it is fundamentally important to successful design, both Béhar, CEO and founder at Fuseproject, and Thomas, Director of Strategic Design at Ford Motor Company, emphasized that sustainability is no longer so prominently featured—it's become one theme of all the questions.