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Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

In 2005, the California College of the Arts in San Francisco established the first of many MFA programs in social practice, prior to the founding of SPARC (Social Practice Arts Research Center) at the nearby University of California, Santa Cruz. Support also comes from foundations such as the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, nonprofit arts organizations such as Creative Time, and some museums, most notably the Queens Museum of Art, New York, which commissions projects by social practice artists who work with immigrants.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Allison Byers

Ms. Breger attended the Art Students League of New York, the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA), where she earned a master's degree in fine arts and taught for 33 years before retiring in 1988.

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Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Three members of the CCA community have been awarded the 2012 SECA Art Award (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists:

Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010); Oakland-based New Orleans native and installation artist

Josh Faught, Textiles, MFA faculty; St. Louis-born, San Francisco-based textile artist

Jonn Herschend, former faculty member and visiting artist; Missouri native and video artist

Considering the fact only four artists (of 250 recommended by Bay Area curators, gallerists, professors, previous winners, and SECA members) are selected to receive the SECA Art Award, it's fair to say CCA artists dominated the awards -- including the fact the exhibition was co-curated by alumna Tanya Zimbardo (Curatorial Practice 2005), the assistant curator of media arts at SFMOMA.

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Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Photographer Sean McFarland (MFA 2004) wasn't that kid who spent his youth in a darkroom, nor was he enrolled in art schools from an early age. "I actually didn't start making art until I was 21," he recalls. "And then, within six years, I'd graduated from CCA with my MFA."

Good thing he didn't miss his calling. Since then he's shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and he has won numerous national art prizes.

McFarland will be having a solo exhibition, Glass Mountains*, at Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco November 7 through December 21, 2013.*

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Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

Previously a professor of sculpture at California College of the Arts, Oakland-based Feldman has been creating for fifty years now, and this is the first retrospective of her fruitful career. Although her work has varied some in form and medium, her recognizable dark humor pervades every piece.

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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

For decades, octogenarian New York native Bella Feldman has been turning out sculpture made of wood and steel; blown, cast and etched glass; and - occasionally - found objects. Her "War Toys," provoked into being by the 1991 Gulf War and its aftermath, rank as canonical Bay Area sculpture.

Though revered as a longtime teacher at California College of the Arts, Feldman says, "I'm not exactly high on a list of collected artists."

The Richmond Art Center honors her with a stirring survey exhibition, in which we met and spoke.

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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

...and Toyin Odutola, a Nigerian-born artist whose black faces — drawn with pens and markers — are peppered with marks resembling tattoo strips, which turn Odutola's profiles into thriving mosaics. Odutola, who earned an MFA last year from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, has said that Weems is one of her cherished role models.

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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

Encouraged by teachers, he began to write essays, including one about the humiliating time his father spent in prison for making illegal liquor during Prohibition. After graduating from high school — the first member of his family to do so — he served on a U.S. Navy minesweeper during the Korean War. He went on to college under the G.I. Bill, earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts and a master's degree in fine arts from Cal State Sacramento, before finding his way into teaching high school.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by A. Will Brown

Sarah Hotchkiss at Southern Exposure's 39th Birthday Block Party, September 2013

HI WELCOME TO A SUSPENDED FUTURE COVERED IN MOONDUST AND GLORY

Reading these provocative and humorous words on the computer screen doesn't do justice to the phrase as it was originally delivered: hanging in four perfect, upside-down arches, weighted by nothing more than the elegant tug of gravity, from the ceiling beams of the Nave on CCA's San Francisco campus. The letters were huge cutouts, shiny and red, reminiscent of a "happy birthday" banner.

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Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

Bing emerged from such lower depths by winning a scholarship to the California College of Arts and Crafts, where she was a student of Richard Diebenkorn. After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from the California College of the Arts and San Francisco Art Institute, Bing took her place at the forefront of the avant-garde art and Beat scene of The City in the 1960s.

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