The exhibition Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê will open on Saturday, February 27 at the Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona. Co-curated by Mary Yu Danico and Michele Cairella Fillmore, this exhibition highlights the nuanced nature of Transnational Lives in Motion among Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by Jordana Moore Saggese
Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 by Laura Braun
Raised in Tehran, Iran, and living and working in San Francisco, Taraneh Hemami continues to explore themes of displacement, preservation and representation in her collective and curatorial projects, creating connections through experimental projects between artists, writers and scholars.
Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Chris Bliss
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San Francisco, Calif., August 25, 2015 -- More than 250 educators, artists, designers, and scientists from across North America will participate in the 2015 AICAD Symposium: Exploring Science in the Studio, November 5–7 at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco.
The symposium, sponsored by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), examines the role of science in contemporary art and design education.
One of the oldest and most influential art and design schools in the country, CCA is pursuing ways to enable its students to take their places as scientifically literate problem solvers in a variety of careers.
Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Chris Bliss
CCA students pose in front of new mural with faculty member Eduardo Pineda
A stunning new mural was unveiled this month on the Oakland campus of California College of the Arts (CCA).
Six CCA students were selected this summer to paint a new mural on the side of Martinez Hall. Led by faculty member and noted muralist Eduardo Pineda, the team set out to create a mural that would celebrate and promote diversity and social justice, two core values of the college.
Queen Califia Rules!
The central focus of the colorful mural is Califia, a mythical warrior queen who ruled over a kingdom of black women living on the "island" of California. Her representation here was inspired by depictions of the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego, the 16th century Mexican peasant to whom the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared.
In the CCA mural Queen Califia represents the people, culture, and land of California, and she is surrounded by a landscape that is both natural and political.
Juan Diego, depicted as a black youth wearing a hoodie, offers Queen Califia light, water, and corn. Diego represents the long struggle for freedom and equality, while Queen Califia symbolizes an untamed and bountiful land prior to the arrival of Europeans to the Americas.
Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015 by Laura Braun
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.