Faculty News

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Allison Byers

Mr. Schwartz, who teaches at the California College of the Arts and owns a firm called Schwartz and Architecture, is used to counseling anxious city dwellers trying to squeeze more room out of small houses. But after watching several clients get in a knot over whether to go with prefabricated or custom construction, he designed a house of his own to prove a point: that custom design doesn’t have to cost much more, and it has all the advantages that come from a bespoke fit.

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by Rachel Walther

The Berkeley studio of Textiles faculty member Lia Cook is furnished with every tool a textile artist could want, from the cutting-edge to the antique. A Mac computer displaying MRI images rests five feet away from a two-story Jacquard loom manufactured in 1900, and in between are a dozen spools of vivid pink, red, and yellow thread.

In order to create her woven pieces, whose dimensions range from eight inches to seven feet, Cook draws upon 40 years of professional experience in which she has developed a unique, hybrid workflow that incorporates the digital, the mechanized, and the handmade.

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Allison Byers

Barbash has published two books previously: the award-winning novel The Last Good Chance, based on the years he spent reporting in upstate New York, and the New York Times bestseller On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11, a nonfiction account of the revival of the financial services firm after it lost nearly seven hundred employees in the Twin Towers. He teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts and lives in Marin County, Calif.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Stay Up With Me
Ecco, 2013
Hardcover, 224 pages, $22.99

The stories in this collection by MFA in Writing faculty member Tom Barbash explore characters reacting to the chaos and consequences of their everyday lives, from fractured relationships to the loss of a loved one and instant regret. The newly single mother in "The Break" interferes in her son's love life over his Christmas vacation from college. The anxious young man in "Balloon Night" persists in hosting his and his wife's annual watch-the-Macy's-Thanksgiving-Day-Parade-floats-be-inflated party while trying to keep the myth of his marriage equally afloat. "Somebody's Son" tells the story of a young man guiltily conning an elderly couple out of their home in the Adirondacks. And the narrator in "The Women" watches his widowed father become the toast of Manhattan's midlife dating scene, as he struggles to find his own footing in life.

Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013 by Allison Byers

Brainstorming for the Mix & Stir Accelerator at CCA [Photo: Gary Iwatani]

For some, summer is a time for relaxation. But for the teams in the Mix & Stir Start-Up Accelerator at CCA, it is crunch time. For eight weeks, teams hoping to found new start-up ventures come together here for studio space, support, and mentoring from the Mix & Stir Studio partners and an extensive network of mentors. It’s a lot of work, but the payoff can be huge.

Starting a Start-Up to Help Start-Ups

Mix & Stir began as a collaboration between CCA Graduate Design faculty member Christopher Ireland, fellow faculty member and brand and innovation strategist Mary Anne Masterson, and the venture capitalist Hiroshi Wald.

Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 by Allison Byers

Cheryl Dunye is an award-winning filmmaker and native of Liberia whose work as a queer black cinema artist attempts to provide visibility to disenfranchised identities and bring the most marginalized of our society to the center. She has five feature films under her belt and currently works as an Associate Professor of Film, Diversity Studies, and the Graduate Writing Programs at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

"In my work, I'm interested in questioning the things we project onto the notion of craftsmanship — ideas of authenticity, cultural identity," said Smith, chair of sculpture at California College of the Arts in the Bay Area. The piling up is meant to suggest someone stockpiling these types of objects "as if the idea of early American nationalism is in danger of extinction."

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Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 by Chris Bliss

Neeraj Bhatia is a new Architecture faculty memberView slideshow 

New Tenure-Track Faculty

Joining the Visual Studies Program is Makeda Best, who comes to CCA from the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the history of photography, with an emphasis on the nineteenth century.

Neeraj Bhatia is teaching in the Architecture Program. His work looks at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism, and he has previously taught at Rice University, Cornell University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo.

The Interaction Design Program welcomes Haakon Faste, who has worked for 15 years in the fields of visual art, interaction design, and virtual reality. Most recently he was on the faculty of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Visiting Faculty

Chris Treggiari is this year’s scholar in residence at the Center for Art and Public Life. Much of his work involves collaborations, often with local nonprofits, often with mobile stages that he brings to public events.

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Allison Byers

Jim Goldberg is a Professor of Art at the California College of Arts and Crafts and a member of Magnum Photos. He has been exhibiting for over 30 years and his innovative use of image and text make him a landmark photographer of our times.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Jim Norrena

According to a comprehensive, two-month study of over 200 fashion design programs, Fashion-Schools.org ranks California College of the Arts tenth among its list of top 75 fashion design schools in the United States for its undergraduate Fashion Design Program!

Also impressive is the fact CCA ranks second among the top 10 fashion schools on the West Coast!

How CCA Was Ranked

The organization consists of seven persons -- writers, designers, developers, and researchers. The end goal is to make the site the most authoritative and comprehensive online resource for aspiring fashion industry professionals.