Jewelry designer Ariel Clute was always fascinated by foreign cultures. She also collected beads and stones as a child, so it’s no surprise that her pieces feel luxuriously exotic and modern at the same time. Designed in her Berkeley studio, Clute’s necklaces combine antique, contemporary and African beads with wool and cotton fibers, and range from minimal and modest to high impact and festive. After graduating from California College of the Arts in 2008, she started designing in 2011, after her first daughter was born. She also teaches printmaking at Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center.
Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Laura Braun
Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena
On Thursday, April 7, Center for Art and Public Life (CAPL) at California College of the Arts presented the spring 2016 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, at which three juried interdisciplinary teams each were awarded a $10,000 grant to create innovative and creative solutions to social problems by collaborating with community experts and partners.
Through such grants, the awards program enables a new generation of creative innovators to develop meaningful social change. Students are challenged to apply their critical and creative problem-solving skills to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally by developing proposals and facilitating actionable next steps.
In the spring CAPL received an unprecedented amount of grant proposals from undergraduate and graduate students across 15 different disciplines with project sites in San Francisco, Utah, India, Pakistan, China, and Columbia.
Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 by Chris Bliss
In today’s world, across every imaginable industry, there’s a growing demand for creative people. Skilled artists are needed who can bring to the table an entrepreneurial spirit, unique problem-solving skills, and a hacker/DIY mentality.
Fine arts graduates can be found at the cutting edge of creative solutions, working in industry and in the community, and founding partnerships and enterprises of their own.
Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 by Jim Norrena
Student: Faculty Ratio
With a seven-to-one student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 13, CCA students receive a lot of individual attention from their instructors.
Faculty of Professionals
The vast majority of CCA’s faculty members (88 percent) are practicing professionals. This often leads to professional opportunities for students in the form of internships and, in many cases, jobs after graduation.
Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Jim Norrena
CCA's spring School to Market course is offered as part of the interdisciplinary craft curriculum initiative and is cotaught by David Cole (Jewelry / Metal Arts Program) and Anne Wolf (Textiles Program).
Now in its fifth year, the School to Market workshop represents a partnership between CCA and the American Craft Council to help bring hands-on entrepreneurial experience to young makers working in craft media.
American Craft Council Show
Over the course of the semester, the faculty members guide students through the process of producing, displaying, and then exhibiting their their fine craft works and that of their peers at the prestigious American Craft Council Show held July 31 through August 2 at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion in San Francisco.
Posted on Monday, June 15, 2015 by Laura Braun
Last semester, California College of the Arts (CCA) scholar-in-residence Chris Treggiari turned to Potrero Hill to serve as his studio class’s primary subject. Treggiari directed students in his Making the Invisible Visible course to develop new ways to enliven Starr King Open Space.
Posted on Friday, June 5, 2015 by Laura Braun
Books are powerful mechanisms for encountering and shaping oneself, and for making rapid but lasting connections with strangers. San Francisco-based conceptual artist Josh Greene reminds viewers of this capacity in his solo exhibition Bound to Be Held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. The gallery holds two intersecting projects: a selection from Greene’s ongoing work Read by Famous, which presents books donated and inscribed by various well-known individuals; and The Library of Particular Significance, a lending library of approximately 1,000 books donated by the public.
Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 by Laura Kenney
During the spring semester, six interdisciplinary student teams competed for three $10,000 grants to develop and actualize a socially innovative project. The IMPACT program encourages students across all disciplines to facilitate social change by applying their creative skills and implement solutions collaboratively with community partners.
The awards program supports the mission of The Center for Art and Public Life with the belief that community engagement is the cornerstone of a practice focused on changing the world.
Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015 by Laura Braun
Sahar Al-Sarheed, a 2010 graduate of the California College of the Arts, had not slept much. Her portfolio on Sunday included t-shirts based on binary codes (she sold out the first day and had to return to Soma’s Tech Shop Saturday night to print more), lovely framed knits, books, body jewelry, earrings and prints.
Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Jim Norrena
Travis McFlynn (l) & Josh Coolidge with "186.282.4 MPS"
CCA alums Travis McFlynn (BFA Ceramics 2013) and Josh Coolidge (BFA Individualized Major 2014) were recently enlisted by Lam Research -- a high-tech engineering-oriented company that is a leading supplier in the semiconductor equipment industry -- to create compelling new artwork that integrates the company’s hardware with an inspirational narrative.
The innovative company aims to be even more reliant on creative thinking, practices, and culture to stay ahead in an environment of increasingly complex business and technical opportunities.
Lubab Sheet, who leads innovation, emerging technology strategy, and communications at Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) in Fremont, California, worked with Doug Solomon, former chief technology officer of IDEO and chief strategy officer at both Palm and Apple, to drive Lam’s initiative to incorporate dramatic design changes to reinforce the spirit of creativity.
“I was fortunate to have a lot of freedom to create an innovation lab and draw in some truly creative assets,” said Sheet.