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Posted on Friday, May 13, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

The suggested attire was fashionista and 475 guests came duly clad for an evening of food, fashion, and feeling good. Threads, the inaugural fashion and fundraising gala on April 28, exceeded all expectations by bringing in $245,000 in support of CCA's scholarship program.

Guests began filling the vast Herbst Pavilion at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy cocktails and conversation, followed by a delectable dinner prepared by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. But the centerpiece of the evening was the runway fashion show, which featured original designs from the collections of ten up-and-coming designers, selected from the graduating class of 2005 by a jury of CCA faculty and industry professionals. With music thundering and lights flashing, professional models sauntered their way down the eighty-foot runway, eliciting spontaneous bursts of applause. The production quality was high and the show came off without a hitch, thanks to the tremendous efforts of CCA's Fashion Design faculty and students. Following the show, several guests were seen scribbling down contact information for the young designers—perhaps a commission for next year's gala?

Threads co-chairs Kimberly Blattner and Anne Robinson Woods accepted the challenge of creating the college's first fundraising gala in seven years and turned it into CCA's most successful event to date. The college is grateful to them for their vision, leadership, and hard work. Special thanks also are in order to the members of the committee and the honorary committee.

California College of the Arts is pleased to thank Osterweis Capital Management, lead sponsor of Threads. Special thanks to our Haute Couture Patrons, Diane Christensen and Jean Pierret, Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein and Anita and Ronald Wornick, and our Nouvelle Couture Patrons, Kimberly and Simon Blattner, Tom and Jan Boyce, Tecoah and Thomas Bruce, E. J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc., Lois Gordon and Robin Strawbridge, Mary Green, Leigh Hudson, Eve and Harvey Masonek, Tony and Celeste Meier, Lorna F. Meyer and Dennis Calas, Timothy Mott, Steven and Nancy Oliver, David and Mary Robinson, Karen and Ronald Rose, Michael S. Roth and Kari Weil, Dorothy and George Saxe, Phil Schlein, Barclay and Sharon Simpson, Alan and Ruth Stein, Judy and Bill Timken, Kay and Frank Woods, and Mary and Harold Zlot. In addition, CCA would like to thank in-kind donors Annieglass and Robert Mondavi Family of Wines and our media sponsor, Surface Magazine.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Ann Hatch

At its annual meeting on April 25, the Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts (CCA) approved the appointment of Ann M. Hatch as chair. The appointment is effective in June 2005. Hatch succeeds Simon Blattner, who has served as chair since May 2002.

"I am inspired by CCA, a nationally recognized college committed to providing students with a strong opportunity to explore their creativity and build a meaningful foundation in the arts. This is a real asset to the Bay Area," stated Hatch.

CCA President Michael S. Roth commented on the appointment, "As a board member for the past seven years, Ann has developed a deep understanding of the core academic mission of the college and, perhaps most importantly, she has a clear vision of the institution's promise. She is an ardent and articulate advocate for contemporary art and design. I look forward to working with her and our board to advance the college's important mission."

Ann M. Hatch is a native San Franciscan and a philanthropist. In 1983 she founded Capp Street Project (CSP), a nationally recognized artist residency program. She was instrumental in bringing CSP to the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in 1998. In 1997 Hatch, together with Robert and Margrit Mondavi, cofounded the Oxbow School, an independent high school for the arts in Napa. She will be stepping down as chair of Oxbow's board to assume her new position at CCA. She has served on the boards of many arts organizations, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN (since 1973), the Berkeley Art Museum (1996–99), Oakland Museum of California (1995–99) and the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA (1992–99). She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including honorary doctorates from CCA (2003) and the San Francisco Art Institute (1991) and an award for achievement in the prevention of child abuse (1988). In 1991, San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos declared January 31 Ann Hatch Day in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the community.

About the College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts and master of fine arts degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students. Noted alumni include painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey and Peter Voulkos; filmmaker Wayne Wang; conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Four CCA graduate students were accepted into the 2005 residency program of the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Textile artists Matt Gerring, Angela Hennessy, and Sarah Wagner and painter Isaac Lin were selected from 1,400 applicants worldwide.

Open to only 65 students each year, this summer program is an intensive nine-week residency for advanced students, giving them the opportunity to work with a visiting faculty of leading contemporary artists.

"Skowhegan offers an unparalleled environment for creating new work. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can be a launching pad for emerging artists," said Lawrence Rinder, CCA's dean of graduate studies. "I'm thrilled that the high caliber of the work of our students was recognized by the Skowhegan jury."

Founded in 1946 on lakeside farmland in rural Maine, Skowhegan has served as an important resource for artists and a catalyst for the advancement of their work. Founded by artists, and still governed by artists, Skowhegan provides a rigorous, supportive atmosphere in which emerging artists are encouraged to work and explore free from the expectations of the marketplace and academia.

From Ellsworth Kelly and Janet Fish, to Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin, Skowhegan alumni represent a diverse line of some of the most influential artists of the last five decades.

The 2005 Skowhegan residency programs runs June 11 through August 15.

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Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

On Saturday, April 2, 25 families will meet at the East Oakland Youth Development Center to kick off 100 Families Oakland: Art & Social Change (100 Families Oakland), a community art project for 100 families from Oakland neighborhoods (East Oakland, Fruitvale, Chinatown and West Oakland).

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