Fashion Design News

Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 by Chris Bliss

Simone LeBlanc

Simone LeBlanc, who was a CCA Fashion Design student from 1995 to 1998, is a featured designer this season on Bravo's Project Runway. The popular television reality show begins its fourth season on Wednesday, November 14.

Simone was raised in the Bay Area and transferred to CCA from the College of Marin. She was among the first class of students in CCA's Fashion Design program, which launched in fall 1995. In summer 1998 she participated in an exchange program in Paris and stayed there to finish her fashion education at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design.

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Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2006 by Kim Lessard

Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner, who teaches in the MFA Program in Writing and the Writing and Literature Program, has been selected as a National Book Award finalist in the poetry category, for his book "Angle of Yaw" (Copper Canyon Press).

The announcement was made yesterday by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti at City Lights Books in San Francisco.

The winner in each of the four categories—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature—will be announced at the National Book Awards benefit dinner and ceremony in New York City on November 15, 2006. The dinner will be hosted by writer Fran Lebowitz.

Each winner receives $10,000 plus a bronze statue; each finalist receives $1,000 plus a bronze medal.

The finalists were selected by four panels of judges. Their decisions were made independent of the National Book Foundation, and their deliberations were confidential.

The judges for the poetry category were James Longenbach (chair), Jimmy Santiago Baca, Li-Young Lee, Claudia Rankine, and C. D. Wright.

To be eligible for a 2006 National Book Award, a book must have been published in the United States between December 1, 2005, and November 30, 2006, and must have been written by a United States citizen. This year the judges chose from a record 1,259 entries submitted by publishers.

About Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner is from Topeka, Kansas. His first book, "The Lichtenberg Figures," won the Hayden Carruth Award from Copper Canyon Press and was named by Library Journal as one of the best books of poetry published in 2004.

A former Fulbright Scholar in Spain, Lerner cofounded and coedits "No: A Journal of the Arts."

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Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Bonnie Sherk, Crossroads Community (The Farm), 1980

Curated by Will Bradley, "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later" revolves around contrasting visions of the future put forward in California in the mid-1970s. The exhibition is on view in the Logan Galleries November 28, 2006–March 24, 2007, on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. An opening reception will take place on Tuesday, November 28, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Timothy Leary/Electronic Arts, Mind Mirror, 1984

"Radical Software: Art, Technology, and the Bay Area Underground" charts previously unexplored connections between art, technology, radical politics, and the psychedelic avant-garde.

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Posted on Friday, September 29, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

The Moniac, illustration by Max Gschwind

Michael Stevenson, one of New Zealand's most prominent internationally recognized artists, is a 2006 Capp Street Project resident artist at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. His exhibition, "c/o the Central Bank of Guatemala," is the result of his intense investigation into the world's first economic computer and will be on view in the CCA Wattis Institute's Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts from November 28, 2006 through March 24, 2007. An opening reception will take place November 28 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer, CCA's spring 2007 writer in residence, has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. The $100,000 prize recognizes proven mastery in the art of poetry. The judges for the award were poets Robert Hass, Fanny Howe, Susan Stewart, Arthur Sze, and Dean Young.

Robert Hass, on selecting Palmer to receive the award, wrote, "Michael Palmer is the foremost experimental poet of his generation, and perhaps of the last several generations—a gorgeous writer who has taken cues from Wallace Stevens, the Black Mountain poets, John Ashbery, contemporary French poets, the poetics of Octavio Paz, and from language poetries.

"He is one of the most original craftsmen at work in English at the present time," Hass continued. "His poetry is at once a dark and comic interrogation of the possibilities of representation in language, but its continuing surprise is its resourcefulness and its sheer beauty."

Palmer will give a public reading at CCA in February 2007 as part of the Graduate Lecture Series.

About Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer was born in New York City in 1943 and has lived in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including "Company of Moths" (New Directions, 2005), which was short-listed for the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize; "Codes Appearing: Poems 1979–1988" (2001); "The Promises of Glass" (2000); "The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems 1972-1995" (1998); "At Passages" (1996); "Sun" (1988); "First Figure" (1984); "Notes for Echo Lake" (1981); "Without Music" (1977); "The Circular Gates" (1974); and "Blake's Newton" (1972). He is also the author of a prose work, "The Danish Notebook" (Avec Books, 1999).

Palmer's work, which is both alluringly lyrical and intensely avant-garde, has inspired a wide range of poets working today. Palmer draws on many disparate poetic traditions to create a new voice, a voice that has opened ways to write out of the confines of specific schools of poetry. Palmer has brought his powers of synthesis to his collaborations with artists in several mediums. For over 30 years he has collaborated with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and he created the text for their piece "Danger Orange." Visual artists he has collaborated with include Gerhard Richter, Micaëla Henich, Sandro Chia, Jess Collins, and Augusta Talbot.

Palmer has also translated work from French, Russian, and Portuguese. He edited and contributed translations to "Nothing the Sun Could Not Explain: Twenty Contemporary Brazilian Poets" (Sun & Moon Press, 1997) and "Blue Vitriol" (Avec Books, 1994), a collection of poetry by Alexei Parshchikov. He also translated "Theory of Tables" (1994), a book written by Emmanuel Hocquard, a project that grew out of Hocquard's translations of Palmer's "Baudelaire Series" into French.

Palmer's honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America. In 1999, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

About the Award

The Wallace Stevens Award is given annually by the Academy of American Poets (www.poets.org) to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Established in 1994, the award carries a stipend of $100,000.

The previous recipients are W. S. Merwin, James Tate, Adrienne Rich, Anthony Hecht, A. R. Ammons, Jackson Mac Low, Frank Bidart, John Ashbery, Ruth Stone, Richard Wilbur, Mark Strand, and Gerald Stern.

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Posted on Monday, August 14, 2006 by Kim Lessard

Building on its commitment to prepare students for the design challenges of the 21st century, California College of the Arts (CCA) will offer a new architecture class called "Material Choice and Environmental Impact," beginning fall 2006. The class will address the critical assessment skills architecture students need to determine the environmental and social impact of common construction materials.

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Posted on Friday, August 4, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

Hannah Gallagher

Two CCA fashion alumni, Amber Clisura ('06) and Hannah Gallagher ('06), were chosen out of hundreds of recent Bay Area graduates to show off their designs in the Emerging Stars runway show during San Francisco Fashion Week.

Returning for its second year, the Emerging Stars runway show features creations by 16 carefully selected Bay Area fashion design students. This year's show, themed Black Orchid, is on August 24 at 8 p.m. at the San Francisco Design Center.

Clisura, a native San Franciscan, claims the city is her fashion inspiration.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Fritz Haeg Studio, Bernardi Salcedo Residence, 2006

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents "Humans Were Here! (Building in L.A.)," an exhibition of work by Barbara Bestor Architecture, Escher GuneWardena Architecture, Fritz Haeg Studio, Taalman Koch Architecture, Francois Perrin and Alexis Rochas. Beginning to make a mark on their city and beyond, these six young and diverse architecture and design practices are part of a large community of architects and designers on the east side of Los Angeles. This exhibition was organized by Sundown Salon.

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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Yvonne Mouser, Conjoined

California College of the Arts (CCA) will present a special juried alumni exhibition at the American Craft Council's (ACC) Fine Craft Show held August 11–13 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The work of six CCA alumni will be featured in this special exhibition.

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