During a time when it’s almost impossible not to feel insanely frustrated about the state of women’s reproductive rights, we can take solace in incredible activist/artists like Michele Pred. Pred’s work stands out at first glance because it's eye-catching (and super badass), but her pieces are powerful beyond their awesome aesthetic: Their messages are—unfortunately—very relevant to issues women in the U.S. face daily.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015 by Laura Braun
Posted on Monday, April 6, 2015 by Laura Braun
Born in 1971 in Santa Monica, CA, Josh Greene has exhibited widely including at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and more. He holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts where he is currently an adjunct professor. Greene works in the conceptual art tradition with a focus on public actions and interchange.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by Laura Braun
“A lot of this has to do with lamenting simpler times,” said Greene, a conceptual artist and adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts. “It’s hedging against, or bumping up against the world we live in…but I think some of that goes away a little bit, and it’s just about the book and what it means to people.”Read the rest
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.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by Laura Braun
Bruno Fazzolari, a painter, sculptor, and professor at California College of the Arts, is a self-trained “nose,” brewing fragrances in the comfort of his studio apartment in the Mission. Fazzolari credits mild synesthesia—a neurological peculiarity that causes him to experience scents as visuals—for his perfume passion.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
Critical Studies faculty member Christine Metzger is a crafty scientist. She’s “crafty” in the CCA sense of the word, but she’s also “canny” and “astute,” having spearheaded, along with faculty member Stuart Kendall, former faculty member Rachel Schreiber, and former staff member Kathy Butler, a very long but very happily concluded campaign for a National Science Foundation grant.
The grant of $200,000 was not only more than they’d requested, but also one of the largest NSF awards ever made to an art college.
Over three years, it will support Exploring Science in the Studio, an innovative project dedicated to the idea that science at CCA should be more than just a general education requirement. The aspiration is to integrate science into the arts, enabling art and design students to develop an understanding of their native fields from a science-based perspective.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014 by Laura Braun
For DuFault, she puts mended or tailored clothing at the top of her sustainable fashion list; reusing what you have.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Laura Braun
Oakland, California-based animator David Lauer created “Goodbye Blue Camper” as a film thesis for The California College of the Arts. The stop-motion short features yeti hunting, human sacrifice and a fair bit of puppet-on-puppet violence. According to Lauer, the project began as way of paying tribute to an old puppet.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Jim Norrena
Carol Ladewig (MFA Painting/Drawing 1991) is a Bay Area artist worth knowing. Aside from her delightful demeanor, her decades-long experience within Oakland’s art scene is formidable: artist, activist, gallerist, curator, teacher, and more.
But to know Ladewig requires us to first revisit some of Oakland's history.
Oakland's Pardee Artists
In 1932, at the southwest corner of 16th Street and San Pablo Avenue, a three-story commercial building, then known as the Wetmore Pardee BuildingRead the rest
Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Allison Byers
So don't miss this Thursday's "METAMORPHOSIS," when the talented artist/designers from the California College of the Arts transform the Academy (and possibly you) into something unexpected. Explore a multitude of industrial, interaction, illustration, fashion, furniture and graphic designers from CCA as they showcase an amazing, cutting-edge array of work, highlighting new technologies and innovative ideas that explore the concept of metamorphosis.Read the rest