Fine Arts News

Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Robert Morrison

I’m a local, born and raised in Oakland. Pretty much everyone I grew up with was interested in one of two things: sports or being a rapper. But my interests went in a different direction: art.

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love Disney films. Seeing The Lion King for the first time, I was infatuated with how realistic and relatable the characters were. I began mimicking my favorite ones on paper, from Simba to SpongeBob, and creating new ones of my own.

Drawing consumed me. I spent all of my time filling pages with character designs and ideas.

Luckily, my parents realized just how passionate I was and put me in all kinds of art and animation programs. Every summer, I had something to do.

Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

The very idea of books’ staying power is what drew alum, adjunct professor, and artist Josh Greene (MFA Sculpture 2001) to found Read by Famous. Since 2012, the project has persuaded luminaries in various fields to turn over books from their personal collections in order to raise money for literary-focused nonprofits.

Operating under the tagline “From Their Hands to Yours,” Read by Famous has already racked up an impressive library ranging in books that belonged to everyone from comedian Jimmy Kimmel to actor Bill Paxton to fellow artist and alum Hank Willis Thomas. Greene asks that the books not just be a copy, but rather the copy that the donor actually read.

Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by Laura Braun shares their favorite photos from the 2015 CCA MFA Thesis Exhibition.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

California College of the Arts’ Graduate Program in Fine Arts 2015 MFA Thesis Show on view from May 14 through the 23rd in the Nave of its San Francisco campus was an exciting culmination of fifty candidates’ journeys to achieve a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from one of California’s most prestigious schools of higher education in the practice and study of the arts.

Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

Kremer was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and currently lives and works in the Bay Area. She earned her MFA from California College of the Arts, and an MA in Art History from Sussex University in Brighton, England. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is found in museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Hammer Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts. 

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Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

Can an art piece portray something both bleak and joyful? Sienna Freeman toes the line with scuptures that manage elegance while also evoking images of internal organs. Her large resin assemblages with bits of butterflies may sound like an item you could buy at Paxton Gate, but there's something about the sense of shape and texture that renders the pieces vaguely menancing (which, come to think of it, also sounds like something you'd see at Paxton Gate). CCA is known for producing great concepts with clean precision. This showing is worth exploring.

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Laura Braun

“I became completely obsessed with it and I shot hundreds of hours of footage, because even though it was always the same, there was this slow evolution to what was happening,” says the professor of film and a graduate at California College of the Arts. It also dovetailed with another project on the relationship of parents to children. “Part of it was letting the camera roll, but I had to be constantly present. I couldn’t leave because any moment something could happen, so it became a very meditative place for me in the studio, which is usually chaotic.

Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Laura Braun

As a graduate from the California College of Arts and Crafts she has written many books reflecting her studies in the craft world. Her work showcases a passion for using natural materials such as leaves, shells, grass and other organic elements. Almost all of her artwork is inspired by nature. 

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Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

Join me for a shambling dance through the fine art departments of UC Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Mills College, the San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State University. (Sorry, Stanford, San Jose and Davis, there’s just one of me.)

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Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

For the last two months, Bernal Heights-based artist and California College of the Arts graduate Leah Rosenberg has been painting a small storefront—three walls, a floor, a desk, a chair, and a vase—a different color every day. The whole thing, covered in a single solid hue. It’s out on Irving Street, a block from Outerlands and Trouble Coffee in the Outer Sunset, and Rosenberg decides which colors to use based on what she finds in the neighborhood: an acid yellow fence, the pistachio exterior of the Francis Scott Key Elementary School Auditorium, a light purple crab on Ocean Beach.