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Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

To say that's an oversimplification of his career is a colossal understatement. Just out with his heavyweight, 421-page biographical/historical tome, "The Complete Muhammad Ali," the famed Oakland poet, playwright and author of 30-plus books is more than the sum of his two current positions as Poet Laureate at the San Francisco Jazz Center, and as lecturer at the California College of the Arts. He's well known for his biting satire and critical works on political culture and social oppression.

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Anchoring the Market Street Prototyping Festival in San Francisco, the Mobile Craft Module is a prototype for a series of flexible and reconfigurable mobile stations incorporating workshop and exhibition space in one, rolling craft module. Each module is partially open, with equally modular storage, exhibition and work spaces inside, using a plug-and-play system that allows for easy reconfiguring. The steel frame is clad in Cedar; as a branding touch, the cladding is cut robotically into a series of abstract shapes that happen to spell “CCA” if one looks from the right angle.

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Hido cites a guiding statement “about photography hovering in a suggestive zone” by American landscape photographer Lewis Baltz, who died last year: “He said, ‘Photography is a profound corner that sits in between literature and film.’ That quote was in my thesis from CCA (California College of the Arts) in 1998, and I think about it still to this day.”

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Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Laura Braun

Tim Belonax is a man of letters and a man of books. He is a designer, writer, and design educator. Currently, he is graphic design lead at Airbnb where he works with design teams to craft the company’s global brand narrative. Concurrently, he is a Senior Lecturer at California College of the Arts (CCA), where he teaches graphic design.

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Laura Braun

Data spatialization takes larges data sets—the types engineers, architects, scientists, and many other professionals can now simulate and visualize in three dimensions via software—into the physical world. It’s an emerging way of representing that data artistically, says Adam Marcus, an architect and artist who created the project with his three collaborators—Daniel Dean, John Kim, and Molly Reichert—at the design-and-build company Futures North.

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

California College of the Arts (CCA) was founded in 1907. It is home to 1,968 students enrolled in 21 undergraduate and 13 graduate degree programs. Several programs are available for aspiring fashion designers. Offerings include a BFA in Fashion Design, a BFA in Jewelry/Metals Arts, and a BFA in Textiles.

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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015 by Laura Braun

I graduated from California College of the Arts 2014 with a Master of Art in Visual & Critical Studies and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture.

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

During a visit to a sister in California in 1963, she met George Seka, an Austrian-born lawyer. They married, she stayed, and they have stayed married. Seka studied ceramics at the California College of Arts and Crafts under the paradigm-shifting Viola Frey, who took ceramics from craft to art.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Nick Janikian

The Tree of Life mural project (2015)

The Tree of Life (El Árbol de la Vida) is a six-foot-high by 30-foot-long community-based mural project made in May 2015 by currently detained* undocumented immigrant Central American youths and The School of Art and Open Studio of Perquin / Walls of Hope in El Salvador (cofounded by CCA faculty member Claudia Bernardi) and students and faculty from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.

* The location is undisclosed to protect the unaccompanied alien children (UACs).

The mural depicts the perilous journey Central American youths face as they cross the United States / Mexico border. It also alludes to the brutality and violence that exists due to trafficking of narcotics.

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

The impact the school has had on contemporary craft is immeasurable: Ceramist Viola Frey taught there, as did glass artist Marvin Lipofsky, who founded the glass program in 1967. Ceramist Peter Voulkos and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi are among its prominent alumni, as is furniture maker (and Oakland icon) Garry Knox Bennett, whose workshop is near Jack London Square.

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