Faculty News

Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015 by Laura Braun

The college's board of trustees this morning chose 40-year-old Melanie Corn, who is currently provost of the California College of the Arts. Corn was selected from a pool of 29 candidates to succeed Thomas White, who resigned last March. He stepped aside after only eight months on the job. Corn will take over on March 21 of next year.

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Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 by Laura Braun

"I love to be asked questions about my work and the process," Arima said. "As interim chair of the jewelry metal/arts program at California College of the Arts, I'm an educator. Direct interaction with the public has helped me understand my work and how I want to push and pull it in different directions."

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Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Laura Braun

Dedicated donors recently turned out in force at Root Division Gallery, where First Exposures Executive Director Erik Auerbach hosted a reception saluting photographer and California College of the Arts Professor Jim Goldberg.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Laura Braun

One of the mantras of CCA’s Secret Project is, “If your dream can be accomplished in your lifetime, you aren’t thinking big enough.” Perhaps that’s why second year Interaction Design student Weiwei Hsu hit the ground running after just a few experiences with the project.

Led by award-winning designer and faculty member John Bielenberg, Secret Project is a cross-departmental effort that puts CCA’s “make art that matters” motto into motion. Through a class and a series of blitzes, Secret Project aims to inspire problem solving and diverse thinking via rapid prototyping using existing resources. The program launched in 2014 with a string of workshops that soon attracted something of a following.

“During the last academic year, John and I were running these ‘blitz’ workshops. We did six to eight of them and Weiwei and her friends always showed up. They were awesome. They always came and gave it their all,” says Marc O’Brien, Graphic Design adjunct professor and co-captain of Secret Project.

Hsu’s first experience with Secret Project was a blitz in East Palo Alto partnering with Google, where participants brainstormed ways of encouraging community interactions to create a safer environment.

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015 by Laura Braun

“We wanted to connect the Southeast Asian diasporic communities and the world with artists working in and around Southeast Asia,” said co-organizer Viet Le, an artist, writer and assistant professor at California College of the Arts.

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

"For the TV series to be true to the creative legacy of the 'Alias' comics, it must also contrast a hard, unflinching look at the effects of trauma and vulnerability with the superhero's pretensions of perfect, unassailable power and morality," says Justin Hall, cartoonist and California College of the Arts assistant professor of comics.

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Posted on Friday, November 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Welcome to awards season 2015, when we at Curbed will be profiling the best people in the design biz, nominated by you and juried by the staff editors. We just kicked off the week with an intro to our Young Guns winners, who will be profiled all week long here on Curbed; and now, some details on our first-ever class of Groundbreakers.

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Posted on Friday, November 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

That's not to say that all of their work is (or will ever be) built. Perhaps because they both have one foot in academia—she is an architecture professor at University of California at Berkeley, he holds the same title at California College of the Arts in San Francisco—they have a healthy number of entries in purely intellectual design challenges.

Posted on Monday, November 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Lynda Grose, a consultant and associate professor at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, who specializes in ecologically responsible design, notes that the fashion industry is dependent on the idea of disposal, of people always wanting new designs.

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Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Chris McCall (MFA Photography 2003) is the director at Pier 24 Photography

Christopher McCall (MFA Photography 2003) has spent the last seven years serving as the founding director at Pier 24 Photography, an exhibition space on the Embarcadero considered to be the largest in the world dedicated solely to photography.

It’s here where the Pilara Foundation Collection is housed -- a collection of more than 4,000 photographs established by Andrew and Mary Pilara that spans the history of the medium and its international breadth.

Since its inception in 2008, Pier 24 Photography has hosted seven exhibitions, including works by acclaimed photographers such as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Thomas Demand, Lee Friedlander, Rinko Kawauchi, Henry Wessel, Garry Winogrand, and, most recently, Paul Graham.

The Pilaras’ goal was to create a space that would complement -- not replace -- other local arts organizations. They wanted to engage the community through exhibitions, publications, and public programs.

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