"In my work, I'm interested in questioning the things we project onto the notion of craftsmanship — ideas of authenticity, cultural identity," said Smith, chair of sculpture at California College of the Arts in the Bay Area. The piling up is meant to suggest someone stockpiling these types of objects "as if the idea of early American nationalism is in danger of extinction."Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by Allison Byers
Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 by Chris Bliss
New Tenure-Track Faculty
Joining the Visual Studies Program is Makeda Best, who comes to CCA from the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the history of photography, with an emphasis on the nineteenth century.
Neeraj Bhatia is teaching in the Architecture Program. His work looks at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism, and he has previously taught at Rice University, Cornell University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo.
The Interaction Design Program welcomes Haakon Faste, who has worked for 15 years in the fields of visual art, interaction design, and virtual reality. Most recently he was on the faculty of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Chris Treggiari is this year’s scholar in residence at the Center for Art and Public Life. Much of his work involves collaborations, often with local nonprofits, often with mobile stages that he brings to public events.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Allison Byers
Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Jim Norrena
According to a comprehensive, two-month study of over 200 fashion design programs, Fashion-Schools.org ranks California College of the Arts tenth among its list of top 75 fashion design schools in the United States for its undergraduate Fashion Design Program!
Also impressive is the fact CCA ranks second among the top 10 fashion schools on the West Coast!
How CCA Was Ranked
The organization consists of seven persons -- writers, designers, developers, and researchers. The end goal is to make the site the most authoritative and comprehensive online resource for aspiring fashion industry professionals.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 by Allison Byers
Students at work during the Bosch-sponsored IxD studio course Time Studio 2: Behavior Craft. [Photo: Andrew Haskin]
In fall 2012, Bosch, a multinational engineering and electronics company, sponsored the final project in CCA’s Interaction Design undergraduate Time Studio 2: Behavior Craft course. The assignment: design a domestic robot.
Students Bring Interaction Experience to Life
Specifically, students were asked to create an interaction experience for a robot who can clean, organize, or secure the home. The frilly aproned “Rosie the Robot” from the The Jetsons may come to mind, but the robots conceived by CCA students were so much more.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by Allison Byers
So when the California College of the Arts launched its new MFA program in comics, Hall was a natural pick to be among the first professors to teach the art, craft, and history of graphic storytelling on a graduate level. The two-year (with summer sessions) 60-student, low-residency program features classes, workshops, talks, and mentorship opportunities designed to immerse students in comics and begin to build an academic base for their study. It looks really cool.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013 by Allison Byers
Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by Jim Norrena
MFA Program in Writing and Writing and Literature Program chair Aimee Phan, author of The Reeducation of Cherry Truong and We Should Never Meet, was featured today in "Motherload: Adventures in Parenting," a New York Times blog that "covers it all -- homework, sex, child care, eating habits, sports, technology, the work-family balance, and much more."
Her piece, "The Price of Urban Family Living," is a response -- one might say reaction -- to the recently released figures by the Economic Policy Institute that prescribe what income is necessary to live modestly.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers
Sculptural works by Nathan Lynch, who chairs the ceramics department at California College of the Arts, are highly enjoyable. They consist of piles: one of wood pieces, their ends painted so they resemble giant matchsticks; others of brilliantly colored clay or glazed porcelain bulbs as visually enticing as they are unsettlingly organic-looking (larvae come to mind).Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Rachel Walther
When you first enter Enlightenment Room (2008), an immersive environment artwork by Jewelry / Metal Arts faculty member Nick Dong, nothing happens. You walk down a short, mirrored corridor in semi-darkness to a gray cushioned seat that faces the entrance.
But the moment you sit down, light begins to fill the space, and thousands of white, oval tiles glisten into view. Ethereal music fills your ears. The light brightens, and the music intensifies. This experience can last a few minutes, or a few hours, depending on how long you remain seated . . . waiting. The moment you stand, the music and lights fade out.Read the rest
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