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Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

San Francisco artist Linda Geary, chair of the painting and drawing program at the California College of the Arts, used color swatches from her collages to create a thick journal with 32 of her hand-saturated hues in the front and back.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by Laura Braun

That question is at the heart of a thriving curriculum at the California College of the Arts - one of the world's most successful design programs - where students earn a Design MBA, and alumni have snatched enviable positions at notable Bay Area companies.

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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Jim Norrena

CCA is thrilled to announce In Solution: Water Symposium, a free, public two-day symposium of panels, films, and presentations to be held Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28, on the San Francisco campus.

The symposium is part of Soundwave ((6)) Water Biennial, San Francisco’s acclaimed biennial summer-long, experimental event series of innovative sound, art, and music made possible by MEDIATE Art Group.

Each season investigates a new idea through sound and invites diverse multidisciplinary artists and musicians to explore the season’s theme in new and innovative directions. 

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Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 by Laura Braun

“Chaos is a great metaphor for funk and flash,” says Melissa Leventon, a fashion history professor at the California College of the Arts. “The artisans had an uncanny ability to layer very different sizes, colors, ideas, images, and textures to create confusion that actually made sense.”

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Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 by Laura Braun

At the California College of the Arts (CCA), painting and fine arts professor Kim Anno is leading the way by developing a degree that covers the intersection of art, science, and the environment. CCA was the also first college to participate at the United Nations’ Climate Summits. Anno notes, “There is a distinction between art and activism. They do have overlaps, but they also have differences. Sometimes viewers discount the images of activism if they are too pat, too quickly understood.

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Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

What does “The Invisible Hand” mean to you?

For Leigh Markopoulos, chair of CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, and alumna Xiaoyu Weng (MA Curatorial Practice 2009), who were invited to participate in the 2nd Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (CAFAM) Biennale in Beijing in February, it meant, above all, opportunity.

About the CAFAM Biennale

The CAFAM Biennale is an international tour de force that, in this second edition, put the focus on curatorial education. As curatorial practice becomes more recognized in China, CAFAM officials took the opportunity to showcase the ways in which other schools teach curation as a discipline.

“This biennial was an enlightened attempt to bring international and national art to Beijing and to allow students to participate not only through lessons, but as interns, et cetera, in the event’s organization,” explained Markopoulos.

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Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

Anno, a professor of painting and fine arts at California College of the Arts (CCA), was impressed. "We marveled at Nasheed's bravery and conceptual skill," she says. "Then we discussed what it would look like if the sea was encroaching on our country, what it would take to adapt. We looked up the statistics of how many people needed to be relocated and read that no country had yet volunteered to take the Maldives' citizens in."

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Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Molly Mitchell

CCA Ceramics chair Nathan Lynch and faculty member Kari Marboe had their new works exhibited in the group show Magical Thinking at Root Division, which ran from August 6 to 23.

Magical Thinking was co-curated by Kari Marboe and Erin Colleen Johnson, who met in UC Berkeley's MFA program. The artist-curators have been investigating modes of magical thinking within their collaborative and individual practices and had asked eight fellow artists to join them in considering this theme using a variety of strategies and materials.

The works ranged from sculptural installations to video projections to participation in past customs redesigned for today’s needs.

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Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

Visionary arts patrons Gordon and Jane Herr bought the 160-acre Walker Ranch above Guerneville in 1939 with the idea of establishing a Bauhaus-inspired art colony that would, as they said, be a “sustainable sanctuary for artists away from a world gone amok.” Two years earlier they had met Wildenhain and her husband, Frans, on a recruiting trip. As things heated up in 1940, Wildenhain immigrated, leaving behind Frans, who was forced into the German Army. She taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, then made her way to what would be called Pond Farm.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Laura Braun

Polyester, a synthetic and non-biodegradable fiber, makes up more than half of the world's fiber market. Polyester from plastic bottles is the most recycled fiber for new clothing products-it constitutes 10 percent of global polyester production-and has been around for about 25 years, says Lynda Grose, associate professor of fashion design at California College of the Arts.

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