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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 Fortune 500 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.

Read about McFlynn's entrepreneurial endeavors »

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.

See Coolidge's art in action at Maker Faire »

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.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Laura Braun

O’Malley earned a BA in Urban Studies with a focus on Community Organizations from Stanford University and an MFA in Social Practices from California College of the Arts. Her work, with collaborator Leah Rosenberg, was recently featured in Bay Area Now 7 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has also exhibited at numerous alternative spaces and institutions, including Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX), the Parthenon Museum (Nashville, TN), and Montalvo Art Center.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by Laura Braun

As a kid growing up in the small town of Dyersburg, Tennessee, Bryan Keith Thomas' best friends were the eighty-year-old women who lived in his neighborhood. He would sit on their porches in the afternoons and listen to them recount tales of the past. Now, if you ask, the artist and California College of the Arts associate professor will recount his own stories about listening to their stories — describing how they held themselves like royal matriarchs, and paid a meditative attention to reality as a symptom of moving slowly.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Laura Braun

When it comes to decor, one tiny change can make a big difference. One place to start is from the ground up, with an area rug. At 4 feet and 6 feet in diameter, these bright, nature-derivative whimsical designs by artistMonreaux Ruth Monroe deliver high impact in small spaces. The recent California College of the Arts graduate says rugs are a quick, easy and affordable way to inject some personality into living spaces without dramatically altering the spatial confines.

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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Jim Norrena

CCA is thrilled to announce In Solution: Water Symposium, a free, public two-day symposium of panels, films, and presentations to be held Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28, on the San Francisco campus.

The symposium is part of Soundwave ((6)) Water Biennial, San Francisco’s acclaimed biennial summer-long, experimental event series of innovative sound, art, and music made possible by MEDIATE Art Group.

Each season investigates a new idea through sound and invites diverse multidisciplinary artists and musicians to explore the season’s theme in new and innovative directions. 

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Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Allison Byers

Inspiration comes in many forms for designers. But for Matt Dick (Individualized Major 1997) inspiration comes from a simple act that takes place all over the world, every day. “People getting dressed. Everywhere. Then and now. That is what inspires my work.”

Dick is the founder of Small Trade Company, a San Francisco–based workshop and studio, begun in 2010. “We develop products of our own, and we develop projects with other people,” Dick told Station to Station.

“I try to keep this space really without parameters. The team works on everything.” His designs are in stores and boutiques all over the world: Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Dallas, and all around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Recently, Dick has collaborated with Levi's XX, the brand’s premium division, and on restaurant uniforms for Blue Bottle Coffee, State Bird Provisions, and Bar Agricole.

The famed event designer Stanlee Gatti has gone on record with the San Francisco Chronicle that he calls on Dick “for everything wearable. I just love the ease with which he greets people and situations.”

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Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun

I fell in love with indigo while I was a student at California College of the Arts. Indigo is a really magical natural dye because it requires a constant relationship of care-taking. The vat must be checked on daily in order to maintain it's delicate anaerobic balance- but what is amazing is that it can be kept "alive" indefinitely. For me, Indigo became a studio companion that kept me enchanted and curious about everything that it could offer. Right now I am obsessed with batik (a hot-wax resist method).

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Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Three members of the CCA community have been awarded the 2012 SECA Art Award (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists:

Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010); Oakland-based New Orleans native and installation artist

Josh Faught, Textiles, MFA faculty; St. Louis-born, San Francisco-based textile artist

Jonn Herschend, former faculty member and visiting artist; Missouri native and video artist

Considering the fact only four artists (of 250 recommended by Bay Area curators, gallerists, professors, previous winners, and SECA members) are selected to receive the SECA Art Award, it's fair to say CCA artists dominated the awards -- including the fact the exhibition was co-curated by alumna Tanya Zimbardo (Curatorial Practice 2005), the assistant curator of media arts at SFMOMA.

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Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 by Jim Norrena

CCA's booth at Maker Faire received two Make magazine editor's choice awards

Ever since the college was founded in 1907, making art has defined what we do at California College of the Arts -- both what we create and how we create it.

Today we have a new challenge to how we create art. The Bay Area has become a vast melting pot of innovation driven by the demands of technology-reliant and design-savvy enthusiasts.

We live in the innovation corridor -- a unique stomping grounds where the doers and makers are integrating time-honored principles of craft into the ever-changing technological landscape.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Western Roads
Grind Show Editions, 2013
Paperback, 172 pages, $14

Western Roads is a semiautobiographical tale of wanderlust, friendship, and murder by CCA alumnus Michael Walsh (Individualized Major 1995). The story follows Walsh and his confederate, Othello Bolen, who flee Minneapolis after an incident in St. Paul. They meet a few years later in California and boil toward the climactic finish. The work is experimental and urgent, like a bebop jazz solo. It depicts the multifarious characters Walsh meets while rambling, his hatred of institutions and societal control, his struggle with depression, and, above all, his insatiable desire to "see what's out there, "to move," whether it be by hitchhiking, train hopping, or driving a dilapidated Mustang. "The tar roll was my sanctuaire. My Muse. My mentor. Passage to the bright midnight's pageant of actors, scenes -- and I got to play a part."

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