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Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 by Allison Byers

Bing grew up during a period in history when discrimination based on race and gender was prevalent in America, but her talent enabled her to win a scholarship to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts (now known as California College of the Arts) where she earned her BFA.

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Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Marketing your own work can be the hardest part of being an artist. It can feel artificial, foreign, tedious, and even antithetical to the work itself. Yet for professional artists it's necessary, and, when done right, it can actually be rewarding and fruitful.

Social media is free and ubiquitous, and as a marketing tool it comes easy for some. But for every artist to whom it seems totally natural to tweet their latest pins using a series of well-placed hashtags, there are plenty more artists who are wondering what the heck you're talking about.

For those in the latter group: Take comfort and read on. Innumerable artists are successfully using social media in ways that are true to their personalities and their work . . . and even fun to keep up with.

Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by Allison Byers

Kate Pocrass is a San Francisco artist. In 2011, she published the magazine Average, about average things. There was great acclaim. The next issue is coming out in ... well, it's hard to say.

A Pennsylvania native, she arrived in San Francisco in 1999, intent on completing her masters degree at California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

Dog-eared Rand McNally road atlases and battered spiral-bound Thomas Guides may be things of the past for most travelers, post-GPS, but they still compel San Francisco artist Val Britton, who chose to follow their lead while attending California College of the Arts as a graduate student about nine years ago.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Ace Lehner

The following undergraduate Printmaking students have been awarded the 2013 Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship. Each received a $3,000 tuition scholarship.

Brooke Burrowes
Allison Chalco
Wilson Erb
Samantha Graf
Angel Perez
Emma Ulen-Klees

Graduate Winners
The graduate winners are Channing Morgan and Sarah Jones.

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art
Ten Speed Press, 2013
Hardcover, 224 pages, $25

This book features recipes developed for SFMOMA’s fifth-floor Blue Bottle Café by CCA alumna Leah Rosenberg (MFA 2008), who is head pastry chef there.

The desserts are modeled after well-known modern and contemporary artworks, for instance a fudge pop based on an Ellsworth Kelly sculpture, a pristinely segmented cake fashioned after Mondrian, and works by Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse Cindy Sherman, Henri Matisse, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Avedon, and Wayne Thiebaud.

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime
Steidl, 2013
Hardcover, 240 pages, $85

Black Maps, designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish, is the first in-depth survey of the major aerial projects by alumnus David Maisel (MFA 2006), whose images of radically altered terrain have transformed the practice of contemporary landscape photography. In more than 100 photos that span Maisel's career, Black Maps presents a hallucinatory worldview encompassing both stark documentary and tragic metaphor, and exploring the relationship between nature and humanity today.

Maisel's images of environmentally impacted sites consider the aesthetics of open-pit mines, clear-cut forests, rampant urbanization and sprawl, and zones of water reclamation. These surreal and disquieting photos take us towards the margins of the unknown and as the Los Angeles Times has stated, "argue for an expanded definition of beauty, one that bypasses glamour to encompass the damaged, the transmuted, the decomposed.”

See more of the design at Aufuldish’s website.

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Allison Byers

"My Country Has No Name"

The work of 28-year-old Nigerian-born artist Toyin Odutola (MFA 2012) may literally be black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink, but speaking figuratively, her work speaks volumes. Addressing issues of identity, race, and nationhood, her art resonates strongly with her audiences.

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

Uriarte recently graduated from California College of the Arts with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and is pursuing a career in animation at a major studio. He publishes “Terminal Lance” online twice a week and works as a collaborator on another comic strip, “Into the Mangrove.”

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

"I was interested in exploring that impulse to perform and repeat American history and something that seemed very nationalistic and conservative and hetero normative," she explains. "A lot of the re-enactments I went to seemed like performances of masculinity, so I wanted to look at it."

The California College of the Arts professor, 41, holds a master's degree in sculpture from Yale, and her work has been acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Saatchi Gallery London.

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