Much has already been written of Steven Leiber’s unique contribution to the artistic landscape of the Bay Area — from the collection and dissemination of arts-related ephemera, as an educator at California College of the Arts and as a generous tour guide of his own basement archive. For those of us who didn’t have the luck of forging a personal relationship to Leiber before he passed away in 2012, a recent publication attempts to give form to his wide-ranging influence and enduring legacy.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Laura Braun
Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Laura Braun
It fits that, as the page turned and Leiber died of cancer in 2012, 14 of the artists he helped and educated as an instructor at the California College of the Arts returned past favors by contributing to “Artists & Editions,” a limited edition of 35 boxes, the proceeds of which go to the Steven Leiber Scholarship fund at CCA.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by Laura Braun
Bruno Fazzolari, a painter, sculptor, and professor at California College of the Arts, is a self-trained “nose,” brewing fragrances in the comfort of his studio apartment in the Mission. Fazzolari credits mild synesthesia—a neurological peculiarity that causes him to experience scents as visuals—for his perfume passion.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
When current CCA Director of Fine Arts Tammy Rae Carland was in college, Nirvana played the rent parties she and her friends threw at their student-founded alternative gallery space. “This was before they released records and got super-famous,” she avers. “But still!”
They called the gallery Reko-Muse. The place: Olympia, Washington. “It really was a ‘build it and they will come’ kind of a scene. Everyone I knew was playing in a band, starting a gallery, putting out zines, precisely because there was nothing to do otherwise, culturally speaking. And people would drive from Seattle -- or further, even -- to come to shows. Olympia’s music scene became a really big deal.”
Carland, who was also in bands, ran a record label, and put out more than a few zines herself, is today a rock star in another realm: photography.
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Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 by Kari Marboe
True collaborations come easily, especially when they combine history and clay.
Ceramics faculty member Kari Marboe, Director of Alumni Relations Jessica Russell, Director of Libraries Annemarie Haar, and CCA alumnae Eve Steccati-Tanovitz (Graphic Design 1969) and Arlene Streich (Arts Education 1961; Painting 1966) worked together to reveal the history of the college’s archived woodblocks and incorporate these historical tools at the Ceramic Program’s Open House, which took place as part of CCA’s Alumni Weekend earlier this month.
Story of the Woodblocks
In the late 1960s, Professor Emeritus Vincent Perez was teaching woodblock printing and drawing at what was then CCAC. An Alumni Office staff member in Treadwell Hall (now Macky Hall) asked Perez if he would like to take possession of the woodblocks.
The woodblocks had been previously used to print the college’s publications (course catalogs, newsletters, and diplomas) going back to its founding in 1907 and decades thereafter.
If Perez hadn’t wanted them, they would have been thrown away.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 by Laura Braun
My wife Nina and I went to Iceland in 2001 on a horseback trip. We rode through the center of Iceland in the highlands. It was one of the most moving trips of my life. But I didn’t go back until 2011. California College of the Arts asked me to teach a summer class there and I knew I wanted to go back. As soon as I got there, I realized it was perfect. I knew I wanted to be there. We’ve been there for the last four summers, arriving in late May to teach a class for students from CCA, and then Nina and I stay on through July and then go back for Christmas.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Laura Braun
Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 by Laura Braun
At the California College of the Arts (CCA), painting and fine arts professor Kim Anno is leading the way by developing a degree that covers the intersection of art, science, and the environment. CCA was the also first college to participate at the United Nations’ Climate Summits. Anno notes, “There is a distinction between art and activism. They do have overlaps, but they also have differences. Sometimes viewers discount the images of activism if they are too pat, too quickly understood.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 by Laura Braun
Anno, a professor of painting and fine arts at California College of the Arts (CCA), was impressed. "We marveled at Nasheed's bravery and conceptual skill," she says. "Then we discussed what it would look like if the sea was encroaching on our country, what it would take to adapt. We looked up the statistics of how many people needed to be relocated and read that no country had yet volunteered to take the Maldives' citizens in."Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by Laura Braun