Fine Arts News

Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Joan Jonas to receive honorary doctorate from CCA

American artist Joan Jonas will be recognized by California College of the Arts (CCA) with an honorary doctorate degree at its 108th commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco.

Jonas will deliver the commencement address to more than 400 CCA undergraduates and their families. She will also be honored at a private lunch the day before and participate in the post-commencement reception at the college's San Francisco campus.

About Joan Jonas

A world-renowned pioneer of video and performance art, Joan Jonas is lauded as one of the most important female artists of the 1960s and 1970s and will represent the United States in the 2015 Venice Biennale. She has performed and exhibited her work extensively throughout the world.

In 1994, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam presented a major retrospective, and another retrospective was organized by the Queens Museum of Art in 2004. She has been included in the Whitney Biennial and in Documentas 5, 6, 8, 11, and 13.

Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Laura Braun

Born in San Francisco in 1932, raised in Alameda, artist Robert Bechtle has lived most of his 82 years in the Bay Area.  He received his Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and taught painting at San Francisco State University for 30 years.  He currently resides in Potrero Hill.

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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

At San Francisco’s California College of the Arts (CCA) students use Othermill in their cutting-edge Hybrid Lab, a multidisciplinary creative technology lab that makes tools of engineering accessible to students in art and design. Students prototype circuit boards for computers, and wearables for mechatronics. Instructors said it has lowered the barrier to getting started with electronics.

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

When we digest a printed advertisement, whether it's for a skin cream or an underwear brand or a fast food joint, the actual commercial good being plugged is often irrelevant. Behind the logo, messages such as this is how you want to look and this is how you want to be seen bubble beneath the surface, instructing us all how to look, act and speak in order to be accepted, valued, loved.

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Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

In the year of Barack Obama’s election, the artist Hank Willis Thomas created a project called “Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America, 1968–2008.” It was made up of 82 magazine advertisements, two from each year, that showed or made reference to African-Americans — except that he’d stripped all the text out.

Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Last fall, when the Oakland Museum of California approached Chris Johnsonfor ideas on connecting the museum to a broader range of Oakland residents, Johnson was blunt.

Posted on Monday, April 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

Mendenhall was born in 1937 and lives and works in Oakland, California. He studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he also taught. He received a Purchase Award from the Butler Institute of American Art, and has exhibited in the Tokyo Biennial as well as a traveling exhibition, Realism Since 1960. His work is in the collections of the University of California, Berkeley and the Oakland Museum.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by Laura Braun

The world’s first roller-skating artist has says she wants to reinvigorate traditional Chinese art for the next generation - by painting with wheels instead of a pen.

Tian Haisu’s latest painting, ‘Blood-Lane-Line’ has gone on exhibition in the California College of Arts, The People's Daily Online has reported.

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Laura Braun

Originally from Los Angeles, Armstrong studied painting in Northern Holland and completed a BFA at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. His deft handling of oil paint clearly demonstrates a facility inspired by traditional painting techniques, and a material aptitude for the dense capture of light and color. The intense realism of his style is often tempered by a looser, more painterly approach, and by a stylized handling of light and dimension.

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Em Meine

Current CCA Glass faculty Elin Christopherson and former faculty Marvin Lipofsky are included in the exhibition Studio Glass: The Art of Marvin Lipofsky, Richard Marquis, John Lewis, and Elin Christopherson on view in Terminal 2 of the San Francisco International Airport through May. 

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