Faculty News

Posted on Friday, February 19, 2016 by Laura Braun

Smith, who is a tenured professor and chair of the Sculpture Program at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, said she did a lot of work in the 1990s and early 2000s looking at the connection between craft and war. That grew out of the cultural phenomenon of Civil War re-enactments, she said, in which much attention was paid to authenticity in the uniforms and paraphernalia that the participants used.

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Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Laura Braun

Nathan Shedroff, California College of the Arts (NS): At a mechanical level there's the need to be multimodal and multi-spectral—different people learn in different ways and we can't rely on teaching in one way anymore. Education shouldn’t be all about someone standing in front of a classroom of 30, 60, or 100 people looking at them, that just doesn't work anymore. Pedagogy is changing around more collaboration. But we need to teach people how to be creative in a collaborative space together in order to be successful, and that doesn't come automatically.

Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Laura Braun

“The secondary unit has the potential to create a new paradigm for density and affordability in cities,” Neeraj Bhatia, a professor at the California College of the Arts who curated an exhibit on in-law units at the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, or SPUR, told me.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Comics: Art in Relationship

Based on the success of CCA's MFA in Comics program, the college recently initiated a collaboration with Kadenze, an online course provider to universities and creative technology-based institutions, that has resulted in the college's first free, publicly offered online course.

As of its official launch, Kadenze Communications Manager John Johnson confirmed: "The current student population of Comics: Art in Relationship is 7,189 students." And the Kadenze promotional YouTube video for the course has over 10,000 views!

Art Education with Global Reach

"Our partnership with Kadenze offers CCA's graduate comics program the opportunity to reach future cartoonists around the world," explains MFA in Comics chair Matt Silady.

"Since the first session went live, we have sign-ups from the US, Europe, South America, Asia, India, and more . . . artists and writers from every walk of life."

Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by Laura Braun

A principal designer focused on architecture namely as a craft, and inspired by urban settings and optimization, Christopher has helped Studio VARA earn a name of excellence.  Skilled at the exploration of how all disciplines are related in city design, he is the confident co-coordinator of The Urban Works Agency at the California College of the Arts, where he is also adjunct professor and urban landscape curriculum developer.

Posted on Friday, February 12, 2016 by Laura Braun

“It started as an idea to plant new trees,” says urban gardener Hui, but government organizations balked at her public planting efforts. Then, at a permaculture guild in 2010, she met c an educator at California College of the Arts in Oakland. The pair formed the Guerrilla Grafters, a group of furtive fruit activists whose mission is to transform existing ornamental trees into fruit producers. “I was interested in what makes an urban agriculture project legal or not,” says Haughwout, a former volunteer at the Hayes Valley Farm. “Why are only some projects permitted?”

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Editor's note: FACULTY SPOTLIGHT is an editorial series that showcases CCA's wide range of professional faculty members.

Here we learn more about Writing and Literature and MFA in Writing faculty member Faith Adiele, who was born of a Nordic-American mother and a Nigerian father. 

Adiele was raised as the sole African girl on a farm in the Pacific Northwest. She later won a fellowship to Nigeria, where she met for the first time her father -- originally thought killed in the Biafran War -- and her siblings.

Adiele serves as an advisory faculty member position for the college's Students of Color organization. She has lectured and taught writing all over the world.

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Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 by Laura Braun

Raised in Tehran, Iran, and living and working in San Francisco, Taraneh Hemami continues to explore themes of displacement, preservation and representation in her collective and curatorial projects, creating connections through experimental projects between artists, writers and scholars.

Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

He later developed the glass program at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland -- now the California College of the Arts -- where he remained until 1987, when he left to work full time in his studio in Berkeley.

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Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

Tina Takemoto, an artist and associate professor of visual studies at California College of the Arts, discussed the display on Jiro Onuma, a gay Japanese immigrant who arrived in California in 1923. The exhibit, which was curated by Takemoto, contains photographs of Onuma with his friends and lovers around San Francisco and a small selection of homoerotic kitsch, including his postcard of a matador with a bronze erect penis, which could be detached and used as a necktie pin (then placed back on the matador at the end of the day), she said.