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Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Chris Bliss


San Francisco, Calif., August 25, 2015 -- More than 250 educators, artists, designers, and scientists from across North America will participate in the 2015 AICAD Symposium: Exploring Science in the Studio, November 5–7 at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. 

The symposium, sponsored by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), examines the role of science in contemporary art and design education.

One of the oldest and most influential art and design schools in the country, CCA is pursuing ways to enable its students to take their places as scientifically literate problem solvers in a variety of careers.

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

Yet the exuberant imagery also has deep roots. The riot of color in paintings like “Kudzu Hillside” and “Garland Hill” seems touched by the antic coloration and freewheeling spirit of Bay Area makers.

Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

The award, to be annual, is presented in partnership with the California College of the Arts, Pier 24 Photography and SFMOMA.

Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

As part of the Independent Curators International series "Perspectives in Curating," art historian Terry Smith will launch his second provocative publication by speaking with Kate Fowle (Chief Curator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Director-at-Large, ICI) and Jens Hoffmann (Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs, The Jewish Museum). The discussion will be moderated by Leigh Markopoulos (Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts).

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Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Marlon James at CCA Writers Series reading October 2

MFA in Writing master writer-in-residence Marlon James has been awarded the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications), which tells the story of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley.

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Laura Braun

To a design purist, San Francisco’s flag is all kinds of wrong. Dating from 1900 and featuring a phoenix rising from a crown of flames (a reference to the city’s recovery from the fires of the 1850s), it violates more than a few rules of good flag design. Roman Mars, host of the culty design podcast “99% Invisible,” is so bothered by our flag that he devoted a good portion of his TED talk earlier this year to dissecting it. “The phoenix doesn’t work,” he declares.

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by Laura Braun

Matt Silady of the California College of the Arts was showing off MFA in Comics, an anthology of work by the first graduating class of CCA’s comics course.It’s just the beginning of what he hopes will be a larger comics-focused arts festival in the Bay Area built around a series of lectures called “Comics in the City,” which is in its second year.

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Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

In San Francisco, the latest tech office has the cultural prominence a lavish restaurant or fancy boutique would elsewhere. As the battle to entice technical talent continues, designers strive to outdo the competition with their imaginative environments. One of the latest entries is the Bloomberg Tech Hub, designed by the San Francisco–based firm IwamotoScott. The 20,000-square-foot space houses the financial-technology and media company’s West Coast research-and-development and venture-capital groups, envisioned for a staff of 100.

Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 by Laura Braun

The Booker prize judges didn’t go “looking for diversity” this year, said chair Michael Wood, but they were “slightly relieved” to find it: and it’s evident in the fact that American domination hasn’t come to pass in quite the way some people feared when the prize was opened up in 20

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

Pinder, who also is dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts, and Karen Fiss, a professor at the California College of Arts, worked on pulling together the exhibit for the past year.

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