Faculty News

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012 by Allison Byers

"Drawing the Line," an exhibition of the work of the late Dugald Stermer, opens Monday at the CCA campus in San Francisco. In the late '90s, Alexis Mahrus, who as interim chair of the illustration department curated the exhibition with the illustrator and art director's family, was a student of Stermer's.

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Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012 by Allison Byers

Although a photographer’s process is integral to his/her work, it is often a carefully guarded secret. Most photographers tend to keep the development of their work to themselves, sometimes choosing to seek counsel only from a small circle of trusted friends.

It comes as a surprise, then, to find Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg’s reworked sketches, videos and maquettes of his groundbreaking books openly shared online.

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Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 by Allison Byers

When Illustration chair and Distinguished Professor Dugald Stermer passed away in December 2011, the CCA community experienced a monumental loss. The life and work of Stermer, our “beloved cowboy” chair of the Illustration Program, will be celebrated October 1-12, with the memorial exhibition Drawing the Line.

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 by Chris Bliss

Sandrine Lebas, chair of CCA's Industrial Design Program

Sandrine Lebas, creative director at the San Francisco firm LUNAR, has been appointed chair of the Industrial Design Program at California College of the Arts (CCA). The undergraduate program is one of the largest programs at the college with approximately 155 students.

Lebas was selected after an intensive international search. Previous chairs of the program have included fuseproject founder Yves Béhar and design scholar and CCA Distinguished Professor Steven Holt.

Lebas commented, “Drawing from 15 years of core industrial design experience in the Bay Area and Europe, I am thrilled to become a key contributor of the CCA design community. The craft assets of the college resonate with my design beliefs of thinking and making, allowing students to develop their own design voice through experimentation and creative intuition.”

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2012 by Allison Byers

When Doug Caldwell went to see the movie X-Men, he wasn't thinking about his day job. But what he saw would change his life ... and the way the U.S. military makes war.

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 by Allison Byers

Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg’s in-depth collaborations with marginalized subjects have had a lasting influence on visual artist Hank Willis Thomas.

“He was the first person who I got to know as a student, who was working with photography and text,” says Thomas, who studied with Goldberg at the California College of the Arts in Oakland.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Contra Mundum Press, 2012
Paperback, 344 pages, $18

Composed over 2,500 years, then lost in the deserts of Iraq for 2,000 more, Gilgamesh presents a palimpsest of ancient Middle Eastern cultic and courtly lyrics and lore. It is the story of a visionary journey beyond the limits of human experience. The legends it collects ultimately informed Greek and Egyptian myths, Hebrew Scriptures, and Islamic literature. Scholarly translations of Gilgamesh often dilute the expressive force of the material through overzealous erudition. Popular versions of the poem frequently gloss over gaps in the text with accessible and comforting, but ultimately falsely ecumenical language. In this new version, Stuart Kendall (Critical Studies chair) animates the latest scholarship with a contemporary poetic sensibility, inspired by the pagan worldview of the ancient work. Transcriptions of all of the available tablets and tales have been harnessed to present a fluid and holistic text, true to the archaic mind.

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics
Fantagraphics, 2012
Hardcover, 304 pages, $35

This book, edited by Writing and Literature faculty member Justin Hall, showcases some of the best and most interesting queer comics of the last four decades. The work tackles complex issues of identity and a changing society with intelligence, humor, and imagination. No Straight Lines showcases major names such as Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, and Ralf Koenig; high-profile, cross-over creators who have dabbled in LGBT cartooning, such as the legendary artist David Wojnarowicz and media darling and advice columnist Dan Savage; and many talented but lesser known creators whose work deserves wider attention.

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel
D.A.P, 2012
Hardcover, 264 pages, $70

The artistic collaboration between Larry Sultan (1946-2009), longtime member of CCA's Photography faculty, and Mike Mandel began in 1972. Over 30 years they created 20 photographic projects, including the landmark book Evidence; exhibitions; the film JPL; three public commissions; and 12 billboard series displayed throughout California and the continental U.S. They evolved a seemingly authorless style; most of their works adapted found imagery from archives or from popular media, neutralizing the intended commercial or documentary content by uncovering and emphasizing the inherent banality. This substantial overview surveys Sultan and Mandel's three-decade collaboration. Five critical essays provide valuable insights.

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

CCA Furniture: Wilsonart International
Blurb, 2012
Hardcover/paperback, 50 pages, $28.95/37.95

Russell Baldon (Furniture chair) put together this book to document the coursework and travels of his furniture class in fall 2011. The finished works were exhibited in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Read more in these CCA news articles:
CCA Furniture Department in NYC
Furniture Program Wilsonart Challenge Exhibition