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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

The BFA Interaction Design Program at California College of Arts, winner of the Design for Experience award for Academic Program, does this by providing students with design skills, communication skills, and a broader understanding of everything that goes into experience design, while also helping them see how our relationship with technology is changing—a set of initiatives that it’s hard to imagine fulfilling in a remote setting.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Em Meine

February 17 - April 12, 2015
Opening reception February 19th, 6 - 8pm

Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

CCA Sculpture faculty Clay Jensen and Linda Fleming, former Sculpture faculty Bella Feldman, and Yoshitomo Saito (MFA '87) are showing new works in an upcoming exhibition at the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015 by Laura Braun

After graduation, I decamped to the West Coast without any real plan other than I wanted to live in a place that had more sunshine. For a year or so, I worked odd jobs (including checking bags at Rasputin’s Records in Berkeley) and during that period I saw an exhibition at the SFMOMA about four Bay Area graphic designers: MIchael Vanderbyl, Michael Cronan, MIchael Manwaring and Gerald Reis. That work—energetic, colorful, witty, multidisciplinary—made a big impression on me.

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Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015 by Laura Braun

Aggregate’s Web platform, instructively named we-aggregate.org, is vital to these ambitions. Designed by Project Projects and realized through a Graham Foundation grant, the site is organized around four thematic “umbrellas” (Discipline, Matter, Plots, Systems) directed by separate groups of editors.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by Laura Braun

As a kid growing up in the small town of Dyersburg, Tennessee, Bryan Keith Thomas' best friends were the eighty-year-old women who lived in his neighborhood. He would sit on their porches in the afternoons and listen to them recount tales of the past. Now, if you ask, the artist and California College of the Arts associate professor will recount his own stories about listening to their stories — describing how they held themselves like royal matriarchs, and paid a meditative attention to reality as a symptom of moving slowly.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

She is an active member of the comic world, publishing her own stories while enrolled in the first Master of Fine Arts in Comics program at California College of the Arts. “Very few people have this degree. This is so new,” she said. “I feel like I’m getting in at the right time.”

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Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

The Space Weaver is a machine that prints large structures in three dimensions, using a 3-axis gantry system and super glue hardened fibrous materials. Created by Prerna Auplish, Evan Bowman, and Ryan Chen from San Francisco’s California College of the Arts, the Space Weaver was designed to create large, ultra-lightweight woven structures with a high strength-to-weight ratio and no support structures, while producing no waste.

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Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

Tom Barbash: Wrote the novel “The Last Good Chance” and nonfiction book “On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, & 9/11: A Story of Loss & Renewal.” Teaches at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

Most recently, Future Cities Lab's Theater of Lost Species and Hydraspan projects were exhibited in the Dissident Futures exhibition (October 18, 2013–February 2, 2014) at YBCA. In 2012, their HYDRAMAX Port Machines project was exhibited at SFMOMA, and they exhibited their work at the 2009–2010 Hong Kong/Shenzhen Biennale and the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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Posted on Thursday, January 1, 2015 by Glen Helfand

Holland Cotter speaking at CCA's Honorary Doctorate Luncheon

Without oversight, the art world might be ruled by spectacle and sales. We hear a lot about record-setting auction prices, blue-chip artists, and art fair attendance figures. All well and good for the beneficiaries, but these are just parts of a much more nuanced arts ecosystem.

Too easily eclipsed is the fact that most art is made by people who have plenty more on their minds than making money. Which is why a critic with the humanistic temperament of Holland Cotter is so important, and so refreshing to read.

About Holland Cotter

Cotter is a Pulitzer prize–winning writer, a poet, and the recipient of CCA’s 2014 honorary doctorate in fine arts. He writes weekly reviews and more extensive essays for the New York Times, where he’s been a full-time critic since 1998.

Cotter is hardly strident -- he’s more like an endearing watchdog -- and his thoughtful writings encourage readers to consider the value of aesthetic and intellectual adventurousness. He also consistently draws attention to artists and perspectives that might otherwise be overlooked.

It’s an important role, and he carries it out with engaged responsibility and humbleness.

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