Jewelry Metal Arts News

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Laura Braun

Local honors: Congratulations to two of our local folks in the news. Artist Marilyn da Silva is being honored in in Washington, D.C., in early April with the 2017 Master of The Medium Award for Metalwork. Da Silva is the jewelry/metal arts program chair at the California College for the Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Nancy Howes at her company Know Yourself

CCA trustee and alumna Nancy Howes (Jewelry / Metal Arts, 2005, with High Distinction) is the founder and co-CEO of Know Yourself, a startup in Oakland that produces innovative educational materials promoting what she calls “self-literacy.”

The idea for the company came to her after her then three-and-half-year-old daughter Zhi ran into the kitchen, excited. “Mom! Mom! Can you feel it?” She put Howes’s hand on her sternum. “Mom, it goes all the time.”

Quick to figure out that her daughter was talking about her heartbeat, Howes then explained about the heart and how it pumps blood, but realized she was only scratching the surface.

Posted on Monday, December 5, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Liam Everett, Untitled (Bagnac), 2016View slideshow 

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has announced the 2017 SECA Art Award Winners, and all five are affiliated with California College of the Arts (CCA).

The winners are:

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

Emi Grannis in her studioView slideshow 

Emi Grannis (Jewelry / Metal Arts 2013) has been fascinated by miniatures since she was a small child.

“My mom still tells me stories about how she’d sit me down with paper and pencil and when she’d return, I’d be drawing these little circles that filled the whole page,” says Grannis.

Her attention to shape and detail continued throughout her education, but when it came time to choose a college and program, Grannis said she still felt a bit lost. Despite her stirring desire to create, she wasn’t sure how her talents could lend themselves to an art practice, or what that practice could really be.

“I was originally at another school and it was fine, but it was a general arts education and I realized that if I stayed there for four years, I’d graduate with no tangible skills. All my life I’ve been interested in making and I’ve always wanted to have an actual skill with my hands.

“I remember looking at CCA when I was in high school and thinking that it was a perfect fit, being craft-based. So, I applied and got in with a merit scholarship, which was awesome!”

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 Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Laura Braun

Hailing from a family of self-starters and entrepreneurs, the support and vote of confidence that Emi Grannis received to start a business of her own — paired with her desire to make — made her road to self-employment an obvious one. But it wasn’t until she attended California College of the Arts that her medium became evident: jewelry-making and the art of metalsmithing.

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 Monday, November 30, 2015 by Laura Braun

"I love to be asked questions about my work and the process," Arima said. "As interim chair of the jewelry metal/arts program at California College of the Arts, I'm an educator. Direct interaction with the public has helped me understand my work and how I want to push and pull it in different directions."

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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.

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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 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.