Fine Arts News

Posted on Friday, January 22, 2016 by Troy Covello

“Fortune favors the brave,” goes the old saying. A living example of that maxim is alumna Debra McGuire, who found success by continuously changing the trajectory of her life and career as a fine artist, jewelry maker, fashion designer, and costume designer.

Since she earned her BFA in Painting and teaching credentials from CCAC in 1974, McGuire has been on a fantastic journey that has taken her from handcrafting jewelry in a New York loft to a 10-year run as a costume designer for the hit show Friends in Los Angeles to her most recent project as a costume designer on a big-budget film set in Hawaii.

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016 by Laura Braun

David Maisel was an undergraduate at Princeton in the summer of 1983 when he accompanied his professor, the renowned photographer Emmet Gowin, on an expedition to Washington state to photograph the aftermath of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. The trip included several rides in a Cessna, the small plane banking turns for the photographers to peer into the ashen crater and document the surrounding scarred earth, entire forests flattened by the mountain’s slide.

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Jim Norrena

2016 Sundance Ignite Fellow Janak Reddy VootkuruView slideshow 

MFA in Film program's Janak Reddy Vootkuru, a second-year student and digital photographer and filmmaker who moved to San Francisco from India to study film at CCA, was recently accepted into the 2016 Sundance Ignite Fellowship program!

Now in its second year, the competitive Sundance Ignite program accepts only a select group of 18-to-24-year-old emerging filmmakers each year. This year’s participants will engage in a rigorous and exciting program schedule set for January 27 to 31 during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

According to MFA in Film co-chair Rob Epstein, “CCA was one of only a select group of schools invited to submit candidates, so this is a really great accomplishment for Janak, our program, and CCA.”

As a studying filmmaker, Vootkuru is exploring the possibilities of time-based media. He is working in narrative, nonfiction, and hybrid forms, immersing himself in a range of practices throughout CCA’s two-year MFA in Film program. 

Watch a selection of Vootkuru’s films

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by Laura Braun

One bright September afternoon in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, I found myself sitting at an orange picnic table on a vacant lot the size of several football fields. It might be one of the most valuable empty lots in the United States.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

During her mid-20s, before she entered graduate school at California College of the Arts in 2004, O’Malley struggled to find a work identity that felt right. “Susan equals waitstaff at a winery?” she once wrote to her friend Matt Haber after she’d moved back home to San Jose post-college. “Yikes.” When she finally found her way into the arts scene, though, she made herself indispensable: curating shows, collaborating with other artists, working as a juror for arts prizes, instigating school-wide doodle contests and other social art projects with high school students.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

David Maisel received his BA from Princeton University, studied at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and received his MFA from California College of the Arts. Maisel is the recipient of a 2008 Artist Residency from the Headlands Center for the Arts, and a 2007 Scholar/Artist Residency from the Getty Research Institute. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Center for Cultural Innovation. He was appointed a Trustee of the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2011.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

The Jewish Community Center’s Katz Snyder Gallery presents as its first show an exhibition that maps the mythologies of places.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

Born in Nigeria and raised in Alabama, Ojih Odutola received her B.A. from the University of Alabama in Hunstville before continuing to California College of the Arts for her M.F.A. "Of Context and Without" marks the artist's fourth solo show in just as many years at Jack Shainmain, but she has also participated in group exhibitions around the world—including one that Thomas curated at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg and another at the Studio Museum in Harlem, which is still on view.

Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

When I first spotted these artfully-made brooms at a California College of the Arts craft fair a few weeks ago, I fell in love. Who knew sweeping could look so good? (Snow White and her animal friends, that’s who.) Quinn designed the bevel-handled, straw-bristled brooms at the Workshop Residence, working with Duane Penner, a third-generation broom maker from Dinuba, CA. They come in American walnut and cherry with black bristles, which looks especially witchy.

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

“My work has always circled a kind of three-way metaphor, linking earth processes with thought and painting processes,” explains Shows, who earned her bachelor of fine arts at San Francisco Art Institute and her master’s at California College of the Arts.

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