Fine Arts News

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

In her ongoing project Men and Women in Water Cities, painter and multimedia artist Kim Anno creates large-scale events in collaboration with actors, composers and dancers that culminate as finely-edited films.

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Laura Braun

Performance artist Debby Kajiyama will participate in Rock the Garden, a free outdoor art extravaganza, 6pm -10pm, Friday, July 24, 2015 at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga. Photo credit: Kim Anno From Cairo to Kyoto, artists from all over the world will come together to celebrate the artistic innovation of Montalvo's Lucas Artist Residency Program, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year (the oldest artist residency west of the Rockies).

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Untitled, 2015. Acrylic gouache on linen, 36 x 42 inches

New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) presents the work of CCA President Stephen Beal in an exhibition titled Stephen Beal: Warp and Weft Selected Grid Paintings 2005–15.

The exhibit explores 10 years of Beal’s grid paintings and is the most comprehensive exhibition of his work to date.

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Edith Garcia with Viola Frey's sculpture Woman with Elbow on Raised Knee (1994) at the Oakland Museum of California

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce artist and visual critic Edith Garcia is the 2015–16 Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professor. Garcia is a sculptor, installation artist, and author noted for her innovative use of clay and haunting forms that reinterpret the figure. She has shown throughout the United States, Mexico, and Italy.

This fall she will teach Craft Theory and other courses; she will also give a free public lecture, “My Life in Sculpture,” at Nahl Hall on the Oakland campus on October 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Garcia is engaged in scholarship around “the absence and presence of human form” in figurative ceramics. As visiting professor she will have full access to the Viola Frey Archives at Artists’ Legacy Foundation in Oakland, a resource for scholars, curators, and the general public. Garcia plans to research a not widely known period of Frey’s work produced in the late 1970s.        

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

Ezawa is on the fine art and film faculty of the California College of the Arts and recently moved to Oakland after 20 years in San Francisco. He describes enjoying “seeing all kinds of people engaging with the work, especially those who don’t normally make it into an art gallery or museum. Art can be kind of an ivory tower, an elitist discipline, and public art like this broadens the conversation.”

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Jim Norrena

CCA's spring School to Market course is offered as part of the interdisciplinary craft curriculum initiative and is cotaught by David Cole (Jewelry / Metal Arts Program) and Anne Wolf (Textiles Program).

Now in its fifth year, the School to Market workshop represents a partnership between CCA and the American Craft Council to help bring hands-on entrepreneurial experience to young makers working in craft media.

American Craft Council Show

Over the course of the semester, the faculty members guide students through the process of producing, displaying, and then exhibiting their their fine craft works and that of their peers at the prestigious American Craft Council Show held July 31 through August 2 at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion in San Francisco.

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Although Kasten’s concerns can recall Hans Hofmann’s painterly push and pull, her art DNA goes through Light and Space artists and the textile weave of Anni Albers and Trude Guermonprez, who was her teacher at the California College of Arts and Crafts.

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Xiaoyu Weng (Curatorial Practice 2009)

Xiaoyu Weng's (Curatorial Practice 2009) recent appointment to curate two exhibitions in 2016 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York is part of the museum's Contemporary Chinese Art Initiative, which was launched in 2013.

Weng was selected as The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art along with Hou Hanru as consulting curator. Together the two will curate two exhibitions of commissioned works to advance The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's longstanding commitment to the study and support of contemporary Chinese artists.

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Leigh Markopoulos, chair of CCA's MA in Curatorial Practice, expressed her delight at Weng's appointment: "Xiaoyu is the first of our students to be appointed to a position at the Guggenheim, and we couldn't be happier.

"We're thrilled that she'll be joining such a fantastic team and working on projects that draw on her experiences and interests -- this appointment is a real tribute to her as a person and a curator."

Posted on Monday, August 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

This knockout show combines new and vintage photographs and straddles abstraction and representation. Organized by the artist Aspen Mays, it juxtaposes pictures by Minor White, Man Ray, and Frederick Sommer with works by young newcomers, several of whom make impressive débuts here. John Opera’s big, blue-black cyanotype image of melted venetian blinds has an eerie presence, and Jackie Furtado’s picture of a man’s face in a nearly impenetrable shadow finds an odd echo in a piece by Nick George that suggests a featureless George Condo portrait. Through Aug. 7.

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Performance artist Minji Sohn from Korea (a California College of the Arts graduate) creates color-soaked spaces in which to “redefine chaos” through ritualized acts of repetitive counting, marking and hammering.

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