Bob Ciano was art director of Opera News magazine for three and a half years in the late 1960s. Published for members of the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York, the magazine cost just 35 cents, but its covers were worth a million bucks. Ciano was the conductor of an ensemble of superb illustrators, including Milton Glaser, whose artworks were preludes to choruses of articles inside. From San Francisco, Ciano told me a little bit about these gems.
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012 by Allison Byers
Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 by Allison Byers
Kevin Wada's fashion illustrations and caricatures have a wry wit and authority mixed with a slick gay sensibility.
In Kevin's own words:
I was born in the greater Los Angeles area, raised in the San Gabriel Valley and went to college at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. I've been here in San Francisco for about five years and couldn't be happier.
Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012 by Allison Byers
"Drawing the Line," an exhibition of the work of the late Dugald Stermer, opens Monday at the CCA campus in San Francisco. In the late '90s, Alexis Mahrus, who as interim chair of the illustration department curated the exhibition with the illustrator and art director's family, was a student of Stermer's.
Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 by Allison Byers
When Illustration chair and Distinguished Professor Dugald Stermer passed away in December 2011, the CCA community experienced a monumental loss. The life and work of Stermer, our “beloved cowboy” chair of the Illustration Program, will be celebrated October 1-12, with the memorial exhibition Drawing the Line.
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Clay Walsh
CCA students work a table at last year's APE
The annual Alternative Press Expo (APO), the Bay Area's premiere showcase for independent comics and crafts, returns October 13-14 to the Concourse Exhibition Center (located at 635 8th Street). CCA is proud to take part in the event, where we will be promoting our newest graduate studies program -- the MFA in Comics!
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook
Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012 by Rachel Walther
Leslie Saiz (Graphic Design 1997) is always working. By day she's the managing producer and creative director for Petpet Park at Nickelodeon's Virtual Worlds Group, the creators of all of Nick's online virtual worlds content.
Nights and weekends you'll find her either volunteering her time for creative organizations in her East Los Angeles community -- such as Self Help Graphics & Art, a nonprofit center providing youth art classes in printmaking and graphic arts -- or working on her own projects at Ex-Voto Design, a creative lab she's developed with her husband, Stephen Saiz.
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 by Allison Byers
Although she has long harbored artistic aspirations, it wasn't until Maine native Mati Rose McDonough ( www.matirose.com) moved to San Francisco in 2000 that she became determined to make art her livelihood. "I was working at a small art law firm as a legal assistant and wishing that instead of helping to draft contracts for the artists that I was on the other side."
Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 by Rachel Walther
Matt Silady loves teaching, storytelling, and drawing. And as CCA's unofficial "Professor of Comics," he gets to do all three every day. Silady's passion for his job is infectious. It is truly a calling, and it explains why every fall and spring semester course he's ever taught as part of both the college's undergraduate Writing and Literature Program and the MFA Program in Writing has been full to capacity.
"Any day that I can spread the word and show people what comics can do, it's a good day," admits Silady, whose plans are afoot to greatly expand CCA's graduate and undergrad comics curriculum to offer more opportunities to students interested in graphic storytelling.
Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by Allison Byers
CCA students take it all in at the New York Times.
Each spring, a group of CCA Illustration students travels to New York to meet big names in the editorial and illustration world. In March 2012, 17 students led by faculty member Robert Hunt visited the Big Apple and met face-to-face with top firms and illustrators.