International News

Posted on Thursday, November 4, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Filmmaker and CCA alumna Rika Ohara’s (BFA General Fine Arts 1983) recent film, The Heart of No Place (2009), garnered the Best Film (International) award at the eighth annual London Independent Film Festival (LIFF) in April.

Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 by Chris Bliss

Q. Your job involves a lot of international travel. What are some global trends in art and design education?

The overarching trend is simply the belief that art and design education has become more important—that it’s a lively, dynamic field. Creativity and innovation are the most valuable currencies of our time. We hear that China has started around 1,000 new art and design programs in the last 10 to 15 years, and there are similar government-led education initiatives across the globe, particularly in Asia (including India), starting at the primary and secondary school levels.

The premise is that the new global economy will be built on the creative industries, and there will be more professional opportunities and more spheres of influence for artists and designers. In much of Asia, traditional ways of teaching and learning are not seen as conducive to creativity and innovation. When I’m over there I’m often asked questions about how to teach and instill creativity.

Posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Ryan Duke (Industrial Design 2008), an independent Oakland-based industrial designer and CCA alum, won the 2010 Oakland Indie Award in the "Greenie" category this past May.

Posted on Monday, October 4, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Christine Wong Yap during The Great Balloon Giveaway, June 5, 2010 (photo: Paul Kuroda / Kuroda Visuals)

Every artist has an inspiration, whether it is another person, a piece of art, or something more abstract. For two-time CCA alum Christine Wong Yap (Printmaking 1998, MFA 2007), positive psychology is her inspiration and fuel. Positive psychology is about finding and nurturing one's talents to make normal life more fulfilling; it focuses on what you have, not what you don't have.

Posted on Friday, October 1, 2010 by Samantha Braman

From Bridget Riley to Gustav Klimt to Vivienne Westwood: What could they possibly have in common, you might ask? All are fodder for the active imagination and globe-trotting practice of textile artist Morgan Bajardi (Textiles 2009).

Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Huffington Post has just published a wonderful story about CCA faculty member Claudia Bernardi and the great work she is doing around the world.

Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 by Samantha Braman

James McLeod works with Hebron glass masters at the al-Natsheh factory

Among the many destructive effects of the current political discord in the Middle East is the disruption of ancient local glassmaking traditions. CCA alumnus James McLeod (Glass 2002) experienced firsthand the precariousness of this rich thread of knowledge during a 2007 trip to Istanbul to teach a glassblowing workshop. Upon his return he was committed to founding Floating World Projects. The project is dedicated to transcending cultural stereotypes and prejudices via arts education and artistic collaboration.

Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to CCA Industrial Design students Erin Fong, Ryan David Francis, and Marc Levinson, all finalists among 814 participants, who were each awarded an honorable mention at the 23rd Annual Koizumi International Design Lighting Competition for Students, a significantly competitive international competition for lighting design students, whose objective it is to "promote promising youth and improve the cultural lighting situation."

Erin Fong — Quintet
Ryan David Francis — Triode Safety Light

Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Jason Engelund

In August CCA alumna Maria Ryan (BFA Sculpture 2005) started a community arts project in Africa. Maria emailed over the summer letting me know of her continued community arts practice as well as her upcoming project in Uganda. (Below is an interview with Maria Ryan (MR) and Center for Art in Public Life Design and Marketing Manager Jason Engelund (JE) conducted prior and following Maria's travels.)

Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Film festival by film festival, CCA alumnus and filmmaker Etienne Kallos (Film/Video 1997) is gaining renown on the international scene. His short films have screened at numerous festivals, including Cannes (2006), Berlin (2006), Sundance (2007), Telluride (2009), and Venice (2009). He frames much of his work around his unique perspective as a Greek from South Africa, as well as the exploration of sexuality and masculine identity.

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