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Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Braun

If you visited the second floor galleries of the Asian Art Museum in the months since last November, you may have noticed an interruption in the collection.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Braun

Born in Los Angeles, Unity was raised in both LA and Sacramento, CA. By the age of 3, a young Unity was learning to draw, paint and sculpt. For college, Unity moved to Oakland to attend California College of the Arts (CCA). His passion for art is no surprise. Unity’s grandmother is Dr. Samella Lewis, artist and author of the history making Black Artists on Art book series from the 1960s. In 2015, Unity helped continue with his grandmothers series with The Legacy Exhibit which celebrated the 46th anniversary of the book and featured current African-American artists.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Tammy Rae Carland, "I'm Dying Up Here Double Spot" (2013)

CCA Provost Tammy Rae Carland is currently featured at the Jessica Silverman Gallery South in an exhibition of her work, which has a reception Friday, May 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The South gallery is a small, temporary project space located across the street from the main gallery at 488 Ellis Street in San Francisco.

Carland's mini-retrospective of her work (photography, sculpture, etc.) made between 1996 and 2013 opened the new space on May 12. (Note: Guests must first visit the main gallery for access to the South when visiting except for during the reception.)

“The relatively consistent thread in all of my work,” says Carland, “is an interest in personal and political disappearance and the desire to re-perform marginal histories and bodies.” Carland is influenced by Roland Barthes’s assertion that photography as a practice is born out of the theater as much as its siblings in the visual arts.

Carland interrogates the act of appropriation, treating the original as if it were a script that can be re-performed much like a play.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Editor's note: FACULTY SPOTLIGHT is an editorial series that showcases CCA's wide range of professional faculty members.

Ranu Mukherjee has been a member of the MFA Fine Arts faculty since 2004 and now also teaches in the MA in Social Practice & Public Forms program. She has a thriving art practice; her work has been exhibited and screened in major cities throughout the world and is included in private collections as well as collections of the San Jose Museum of Art and the Kadist Foundation.

The last of Mukherjee’s three-part, yearlong solo exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Extracted, is on view until August 14. Commissioned for the museum’s 50th anniversary, this exhibition draws inspiration from California’s Gold Rush, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the ancient text The Classic of Mountain and Seas, and the museum’s own collection.  

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Editor's note: FACULTY SPOTLIGHT is an editorial series that showcases CCA's wide range of professional faculty members.

Ranu Mukherjee has been a member of the MFA Fine Arts faculty since 2004 and now also teaches in the MA in Social Practice & Public Forms program. She has a thriving art practice; her work has been exhibited and screened in major cities throughout the world and is included in private collections as well as collections of the San Jose Museum of Art and the Kadist Foundation.

The last of Mukherjee’s three-part, yearlong solo exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Extracted, is on view until August 14. Commissioned for the museum’s 50th anniversary, this exhibition draws inspiration from California’s Gold Rush, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the ancient text The Classic of Mountain and Seas, and the museum’s own collection.  

Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by Laura Braun

Gilsdorf, who received her master’s of fine art degree from California College of the Arts, has incorporated the imagery of 18th and 19th century paintings into her flags, which point to the ways people construct American identity.

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by Laura Braun

For the aspiring artist with a high tolerance for student debt, there’s nowhere quite like San Francisco. We’re home to a holy trinity of art schools in the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, and Academy of Art University, which every year collectively release more than 3,000 students into the art-world wilds. 

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Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 by Laura Braun

A Minnesota native, Bergerson has always been interested and fascinated by art. “I can distinctly remember when I was a little girl seeing this amazing painting by Lyonel Feininger at the institute [Minneapolis Institute of Arts], she says. “I recall loving how these tall buildings and forms would meld and interact with strong angular lines and planes of color. His inspiration really surfaces in my work.” Although she and her husband, Mark, would eventually own a custom framing business for over 30 years, Judith never lost her desire to create.

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Michele Carlson appointed executive director of DSAP

Together with California College of the Arts (CCA), Daily Serving and Art Practical (DSAP) announced that Michele Carlson will fill the role of DSAP executive director, effective immediately. Carlson currently teaches fine arts and critical studies at CCA.

In addition to the DSAP position, she has been appointed associate professor of Visual & Critical Studies at CCA beginning in fall 2016.

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 by Laura Braun

Serena Cole and Libby Black are pals from their days at California College of the Arts, and together they are opening two separate solo shows at Gallery 16 tonight. We can't wait to see what they've been cooking up, and though their work is very different, they seem to have created two perfectly complementary shows.

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