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Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

His life and art have been rooted in Bay Area lower-middle-class life. "I've been wallowing in the Americanness of it all," he said, "so familiar that I know it from inside."

Proficient at drawing from an early age, he entered California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in 1950, intent on studying graphic arts and advertising design.
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Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Amber Stucke's (MFA 2011) recent works all depict ambiguously biological organisms. Her drawings look like diagrams from 19th-century science books, at once familiar and alien. They are inspired by symbiosis, both as a natural phenomenon and as a metaphor for human relations. "They show imaginary organic forms. The forms have their relationships with each other, and I have a relationship with them."

Imaginary as they may be, Stucke's forms are based on local algae, fungus, moss, and lichen specimens she finds on her frequent trips to the Bay Area's forests and beaches. What she draws are her personal interpretations of these finds. "I'm translating from my own body. I'm more interested in looking at the interactions than doing a strict illustration."

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Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Rob Fatal's "La Bamba 2" premieres April 13 at the Victoria Theatre

Fewer than six months ago we reported alumnus Rob Fatal (MFA 2012) had completed his first feature film, La Bamba 2: Hell Is a Drag, which came to fruition as his Graduate Program in Fine Arts thesis. (Look for the CCA all-star crew listed in the credits!)

Fatal was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Berkeley FILM Foundation, which was instrumental in finishing post-production on the film.

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Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 by Allison Byers

The NYU-educated photographer, who recently moved to San Francisco to pursue her MFA in Photography and MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts, has been walking behind those ancient walls for over a year now, with just her Mamiya RB67 medium-format film camera in hand.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Allison Byers

Eric Gottesman will speak on April 3, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ralls Painting Studio at the California College of the Arts Oakland campus.

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Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Allison Byers

A product is being developed out of the Forest Products Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin collaborating with artist Christine Lee and US Department of Agriculture's John F. Hunt. The product in process is a MDF alternative using no resins and a combination of biodegradable and recycled materials such as used cardboard, cow manure and sawdust.

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Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Allison Byers

"Being a black artist, the first thing people want to talk about is your blackness, the importance of your blackness and your black presence. What I like about this show is that I felt free from that blackness and I could really exploit the pen and do crazy patterns and have that be the focal point of it," says Odutola, 27, who graduated from California College of the Arts last year. "I'm celebrating the ink and what it can do and transforming what it can be."

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Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by Allison Byers

STEM has been a huge acronym buzz word in education in recent years, standing for the “hard science” pillars of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, but an initiative led by the Rhode Island School of Design is hoping to turn that into STEAM. Aimed at promoting the national movement of putting arts and design in the STEM education program, STEM to STEAM seems to be picking up momentum with its argument that creativity and flexible thinking are just as important to innovation as science.

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Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

A National Guard facility. A professional boxing venue. A Star Wars shooting location. And now, most recently, a massive online fetish porn factory. The San Francisco Armory has a history befitting its Moorish, lost-in-time exterior. It’s also the backdrop of photographer Elizabeth Moran’s porn-sans-porn photo project, The Armory.

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Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Allison Byers

For Farewell! (2011), Elizabeth Moran collected, printed, and framed a series of "good bye" emails written and sent employees who had either quit, fired, or laid off from various companies between 2011 and 2008. As she writes on her website, "Though the sending of these email are discouraged, employees view them as their last chance to reach out to thank or disparage those who will remain in the company." This artwork is a powerful documentation of the 2008 financial crisis: these ephemeral, epistolary traces are both tragic and comic, in an Office Space slash Margin Call sort of way.

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