Fine Arts News

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Em Meine

Student Liuchengxi Liu tests the buoyancy of a piece for WILL IT FLOAT?! with faculty Denise Newman and Kari Marboe


Kari Marboe and Denise Newman 

Based on David Letterman's classic sketch Will It Float?!, this collaboration between Denise Newman's First Year Writer's Workshop and Kari Marboe's Intro to Ceramics: Push/Pull had students break into teams tasked with creating stories and buoyant sculptures based on a verb from Richard Serra.

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Em Meine

Data Slabs

DATA SLABS: AICAD Symposium Exhibition

Faculty members Kari Marboe and Megan Werner, with Ben Cirgin (Teaching Assistant, CCA MFA candidate)

Posted on Monday, November 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

I am currently pursuing my master of fine arts degree at California College of the Arts. A lot of the work I am making is around the concept of color, specifically orange. I was having a discussion with the show’s curator, Rene Yanez, about the possibility of creating a space that honored the life of Sandra Bland.

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Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Chris McCall (MFA Photography 2003) is the director at Pier 24 Photography

Christopher McCall (MFA Photography 2003) has spent the last seven years serving as the founding director at Pier 24 Photography, an exhibition space on the Embarcadero considered to be the largest in the world dedicated solely to photography.

It’s here where the Pilara Foundation Collection is housed -- a collection of more than 4,000 photographs established by Andrew and Mary Pilara that spans the history of the medium and its international breadth.

Since its inception in 2008, Pier 24 Photography has hosted seven exhibitions, including works by acclaimed photographers such as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Thomas Demand, Lee Friedlander, Rinko Kawauchi, Henry Wessel, Garry Winogrand, and, most recently, Paul Graham.

The Pilaras’ goal was to create a space that would complement -- not replace -- other local arts organizations. They wanted to engage the community through exhibitions, publications, and public programs.

Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

"Our approach is mass customization—as both 3-D printing and 3-D capturing technologies are rapidly getting better, cheaper, and faster, we think that in the near future products can become highly customizable," Maya Kremien, an MFA student in industrial design at California College of the Arts. "Specifically for helmets, customization would be valuable, since a snug fit can substantially reduce the risk for a serious brain injury from a bike fall."

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Posted on Monday, November 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

Where We Find Ourselves: The exhibition of works in various media that map the mythology of places (by California College of the Arts students Angela Berry, Emmanuel Sevilla, Joshua Peder Stulen, Amanda Walters, Carolina Magis Weinberg and Ying Zou) opens with a reception. [4 p.m., Katz Snyder Gallery. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

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Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Laura Braun

Today, fifty-year-old Carland is known mostly for her fine art photography. Her minimal photographs track the traces that people leave behind and the capacity for objects to encapsulate certain feelings. She's a dean at the California College of the Arts, where she also teaches photography. But, once in a while, she's also called upon to contribute to a documentary, scholarly article, or archive concerning the feminist and queer-centric punk subcultures that she was involved in during the Eighties and Nineties.

Posted on Monday, October 19, 2015 by Laura Braun

In the 1970s and ’80s, Bay Area residents Kathleen and Peter Golden had been learning to dial up their enlightenment and intuition. Kathleen, a family counselor, honored her hunch to pursue a holistic education with teachers from Big Sur’s famed Esalen Institute, scene of many spiritual awakenings.

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Chris Bliss


San Francisco, Calif., August 25, 2015 -- More than 250 educators, artists, designers, and scientists from across North America will participate in the 2015 AICAD Symposium: Exploring Science in the Studio, November 5–7 at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. 

The symposium, sponsored by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), examines the role of science in contemporary art and design education.

One of the oldest and most influential art and design schools in the country, CCA is pursuing ways to enable its students to take their places as scientifically literate problem solvers in a variety of careers.

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Andrea Fraser, 'Little Frank and his Carp', 2001. Courtesy: Andrea Fraser and Galerie Nagel Draxler

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco will present Men on the Line: Men Committed to Feminism, KPFK, 1972, a performance by internationally acclaimed artist Andrea Fraser (b.1965, lives and works in Los Angeles), at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco’s Mission District on October 30, 2015, at 7:15 p.m. 

This special performance is produced in collaboration with the Pacifica Radio Archives in Berkeley, from which Men on the Line was sourced. This event marks the conclusion of Pacifica’s large-scale archival project “American Women,” which included the digitization of nearly 1,700 reel-to-reel tapes. Profits from the event will be donated to the Pacifica Radio Archives.