Before moving to San Francisco to attend CCA, Joy Umali (Furniture 2010) was working in southern California as a civil engineer. Attributing her decision to earn a second bachelor’s degree to a long-standing interest in both engineering and the fine arts, Joy’s mathematical background still shines through in the structural integrity and precise construction of her furniture pieces.
Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 by Marion Anthonisen
Posted on Thursday, April 8, 2010 by Sarah Owens
The Furniture Program at California College of the Arts proudly announces Furniture-ish, an end-of-year exhibition of senior-level work, which is expected to break ground with new and inventive furniture forms.
The exhibition dates are April 30 through May 9 at Swarm Gallery in downtown Oakland, with an opening reception scheduled for Friday, April 30, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 by Brenda Tucker
In 2010, students at California College of the Arts (CCA) will design furniture for Lighthouse Community Charter School, Oakland; help improve communications and systems for seniors at Bethany Center, San Francisco; create protective nesting modules for seabirds on Año Nuevo Island, off the Northern California coast; and work with high school students to publish an anthology of personal essays at 826 Valencia Book Project, San Francisco. These and several other projects are part of ENGAGE at CCA, an innovative initiative that will launch January 11, 2010.
Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by Jim Norrena
Internationally known sculptor, machinist, and hot rod enthusiast, Michael Cooper came to teach how synthesis, rule breaking, and planning without a plan can be a truly liberating experience. Students were lead through a vast series of technical demonstrations and told to create parts/experiments and let the materials guide them through the building process. This approach was a radical departure from the standard design procedure that we train students to use and one that was liberating, exciting, and productive.
Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook
I imagine Mike Bianco (MA Curatorial Practice 2007) planting a flag in the ground in Marfa, Texas, like some kind of Arctic explorer. It's not the greatest metaphor—Marfa has been an art destination for decades, after all. But Bianco's decision to head there, of all the possible places, to establish a gallery and residency program makes him a great example of CCA's curator alumni, who are relentlessly staking out new territories.
Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 by Jim Norrena
(l to r): Julia Anne Goodman, 2nd place; Alicia Escott, 4th place; Scott Oliver; 3rd place; Harriete Estel Berman, 1st place
Can something described as “blue junk,” “disintegrated upholstery,” or “IKEA plastic” become a winning entry in an art competition—one that is affiliated with many of today’s high-profile international artists?
Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 by Sarah Owens
Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 by Brenda Tucker
Team California, the only competitor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon hailing from the West Coast, is out to prove that aesthetics and engineering can work together to create an amazing living space. Combining the latest developments in green technology with their own high-end craft and artisanal skills, and taking into account California’s incredible climate, the students are designing and building an 800-square-foot home that they hope will bring home first prize.
Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by Jim Norrena
The winning short films in CCA's R.A.W. (real artists at work) Video student competition are now available to view and share with family and friends (well, maybe just your friends).
Congratulations go out to five inspired CCA student filmmakers who won the first CCA-juried student video competition. Each artist receives $500. The challenge? Create a short interpretive film that captures the CCA experience from the student's perspective.
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2008 by Jim Norrena
MacArthur Grant Recipient
Walter Kitundu was notified on the way to class early this semester that he had been selected for a MacArthur Grant. This grant awards individuals $500,000 with no strings attached and is based on their unique artistic, cultural, and scientific pursuits. CCA, and in particular the Furniture Program, is incredibly honored and lucky to have Walter in our department.