Fine Arts News

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.

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

After spending four decades dedicated to a singular and consistent practice, artist Barbara Kasten's first comprehensive survey "Barbara Kasten: Stages" is inarguably due. The show, which is currently on view at the Graham Foundation in the 79-year-old's hometown of Chicago, originated at Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art, and per its title, presents stages of Kasten's career dating back to 1972, just after she earned her MFA at the California College of Arts and Crafts. The significance of the show's title, however, extends further.

Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

Barbara Kasten (born 1936, Chicago; lives Chicago) trained as a painter and textile artist, receiving her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) in Oakland in 1970. There she studied with pioneering fiber artist Trude Guermonprez, a former teacher at Black Mountain College and an associate of Anni Albers. In 1971 Kasten received a Fulbright to travel to Poznań, Poland, to work with noted sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

Artist David Huffman explores ideas about identity, cultural trauma and social relationships through paintings, performance and sculptures that revolve around the symbolism of basketball and the space program. In this episode of Art School, watch Huffman at work in his studio as he explains his visual language that manifests as multi-layered imagery, blending abstraction with a psychologically-charged narrative.

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Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 by Laura Braun

Pinder, who also is dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts, and Karen Fiss, a professor at the California College of Arts, worked on pulling together the exhibit for the past year.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Rema Ghuloum extracts evocative response from her surroundings, referencing subjective impulses or objects in her studio. Her eccentric brushstrokes lead the viewer into a journey of subtle colors and fascinating boundaries. A Sky with Edges features her most recent work, paintings and sculptures that explore spatial density with various textures and elevated softness. 

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Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

Not only is Kim Anno a painter, photographer, video-maker, activist, mother, and professor, she has also been a mentor and creative inspiration to me for several years, since my time as a graduate student. Ville Kansanen, is a photographer whose work I was recently introduced to by a mutual colleague while directing a media project in the Caribbean.