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Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

Amy Campos is the founder of San Francisco-based Amy Campos Architect (ACA), an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm that views every project as an opportunity to improve the way we work, live and play. Her innovative approach to interior design has proven successful in her practice and in the classroom. Campos has taught architecture, urban design and interior design at several prestigious design institutions and is currently an assistant professor at the California College of the Arts.

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014 by Laura Braun

For DuFault, she puts mended or tailored clothing at the top of her sustainable fashion list; reusing what you have.

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014 by Jim Norrena

"Things Fall Apart. Sore Head – No. 2," 2013 glass, wood, gesso, and flashlight, 31 x 28 x 18 in. [Photo: M. Endo]

In the Beginning Was Black is the title of CCA Glass chair Clifford Rainey's current exhibition at Bullseye Glass Resource Center Bay Area in Emeryville, which runs through July 12, 2014.

Autobiographical Work

Following a catastrophic year of upheaval and personal loss, Bay Area artist Rainey mounts a solo exhibition of sculptural work made predominantly of black glass.

Although the work often features popular and classical iconography, Rainey admits that all of his work is somewhat autobiographical.

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun

Owen Smith’s comic style needs very little introduction. His portrait of Jay Z as Jackie Robinson has been a Rolling Stone cover. He’s done cover art for the New Yorker, the LA Times and Sports Illustrated. Currently the Chair of the Illustration Program at the California College of the Arts, his style is comic realism. The main classic comic element at play here is exaggeration. Facial features are almost over-the-top, but still realistic enough to avoid being mistaken for caricature.

Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Zachary Royer Scholz

Curated by Joyce Grimm (MA Curatorial Practice 2006), the exhibition Thresholds of Faith: Four Entries Into the Beyond at San Francisco’s Manresa Gallery features four artists of different faith backgrounds who are all affiliated with CCA.

The artists -- Lynn Marie Kirby (Film faculty), Taraneh Hemami (MFA 1991, now Diversity Studies faculty), Ali Naschke-Messing (MFA 2007), and Cara Levine (MFA 2012, now Sculpture faculty) -- have each produced evocative individual projects that invite reflection on religious practice and experience within contemporary life.

Housed within the active Catholic parish of San Francisco’s Saint Ignatius Church, Manresa Gallery is a unique project (and a surprising one, to many) that allows local and international contemporary artists to directly explore intersections between art and religion.

The resulting exhibitions expand the boundaries of both spiritual and artistic endeavor, and aim to generate far-reaching dialogue within a broad and diverse community.

Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

“The joke for years has been that we have all the worst buildings by the brand-name architects,” David Meckel, director of research and planning at California College of the Arts, told me way back in 2001. “In the future there are going to be first-rate buildings to see, but not yet.” 

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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

But its ambitious geometric plan reflected a larger movement afoot in the mid-19th century, when many idealistic reformers looked to architectural plans—octagon houses, hexagon cities, oval communal mansions—as the geometric scaffolding for a better society. They believed that the morals and values of a society could be reflected in a city's layout, and physical surroundings could bring about change. These architectural plans were also a transparent, unmediated form of expression compared to political rhetoric.

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

Pritikin has been a senior adjunct professor in the curatorial practices graduate program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco since its inception in 2003. He has lectured widely and has served on numerous grant panels and exhibition juries including work with the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, and San Francisco Arts Commission. 

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Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

Aimee Phan, author of the novel The Reeducation of Cherry Truong, says without hesitation that her husband is her Vera. Phan and the poet Matt Shears, both professors at California College of the Arts, have two young children (ages two and five, respectively). Shears prepares 90 percent of the family’s meals these days—a duty he took up after they welcomed their first child.

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

"To me, this is almost like a film strip, a sequence of images," says the artist, Kota Ezawa, 44, who is on the faculty of the California College of the Arts. Ezawa is known internationally for his animated videos, but this is not one of them.

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