Office of the President News

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Dear Friends,

California College of the Arts was founded in 1907, just after San Francisco’s cataclysmic earthquake and fire, in a time of challenges, transition, and opportunity.

Our founders had a remarkable vision: connect artists to social, economic, and political life to deepen the power of creative work and change our world for the better.

After a century of growth, CCA and its founding ideals have never been more relevant. Artists and designers contribute significantly to a culture that increasingly relies on a combination of invention and creative content.

At CCA, we cultivate ingenuity by educating the most promising creative people from across the country and around the world.  

Framing the Future for CCA

CCA is on the threshold of an important step forward to strengthen the education we offer all students and to expand our impact.

Over the next five years, we will be working to unify and reshape our two campuses into one vibrant and innovative institution. We will dramatically expand the college’s role as a wellspring of creative talent, producing the trailblazers of tomorrow who can solve the seemingly intractable problems of today’s society.

CCA will set a new standard for art and design education in the 21st century.

We plan to create a campus in the heart of San Francisco’s DoReMi arts district (the overlapping neighborhoods of Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and the Mission) for makers and thinkers of all kinds -- a campus that is flexible, sustainable, interdisciplinary, and ahead of its time.

Here we will bring together all our programs in art, crafts, design, architecture, and writing to create new adjacencies and interactions while developing yet-to-be-discovered modes of making.

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Honoree Stanlee Gatti (center) with co-chairs Lorna Meyer and Patricia Fitzpatrick

California College of the Arts (CCA) drew more than 450 supporters to the stunning Nave of its San Francisco campus on March 23, 2016, for a gala celebration honoring renowned Bay Area designer and community leader Stanlee R. Gatti.

The annual fundraising event -- a benefit to support CCA student scholarships -- was helmed by co-chairs and CCA trustees Patricia Fitzpatrick and Lorna Meyer Calas, with honorary chair and CCA trustee Kay Kimpton Walker. Surpassing all financial goals by grossing more than $1.24 million in donations, it brought together long-standing and new CCA patrons to fete the honoree, who has elevated event-design to an art form and made significant contributions to the city’s art and philanthropy scene over the years.

Festivities began with a lively cocktail reception with drinks by Spirit works and No. 209 Gin and wines by Peregrine Ranch California Tap Wine and Saini Vineyards.

Guests were then ushered into a verdant dining experience designed by Gatti’s design team, replete with felt dipped Sansevieria succulent centerpieces, and a dinner of locally sourced organic greens and poultry served by McCalls, followed by live music from the nationally acclaimed Oakland-based band Shannon and the Clams (featuring CCA alumni musicians), whose artistry was recently lauded by as "shimmy-shake dance grooves and sexy moonlit vocals."

Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Laura Braun

CCA President Stephen Beal writes on The Huffington Post . . .

If innovation is so valued in our society, then the protagonist of the story must be the entrepreneur. To some, the word entrepreneur conjures up the image of caffeinated tech workers whose start-up was just bought by Google. Not a bad thing, but also not a model of the entrepreneur that I had in mind. I’m interested in someone who crosses deep boundaries and foregrounds positive social and cultural values as much as economic value.

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Tammy Rae Carland Appointed CCA Provost

Tammy Rae Carland has been appointed provost of California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by President Stephen Beal. Currently CCA’s Dean of Fine Arts, she will undertake her new duties March 1.

As provost, Carland will serve as CCA's chief academic officer with broad responsibility for the strategic planning, development, and administration of the college's academic programs.

Program areas under her supervision are the college’s four divisions: Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities and Sciences; the First Year Program; the Center for Art and Public Life; and Special Programs, which includes year-round CCA Extension courses and all summer programming. She will succeed Melanie Corn, who was appointed in May 2012 and recently was named president of Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio.

Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Neil Grimmer appointed to CCA's Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts (CCA) recently approved CCA alumnus Neil Grimmer, CEO of Plum, PBC, as a new trustee.

"I'm so happy to welcome Neil to our Board of Trustees," commented Chair of the Board C. Diane Christensen. "As an alumnus of the college, Neil possesses the qualities we hope to see in our graduates -- he's creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial while caring deeply about improving society.

"As we grow CCA's reputation as an international leader in art and design education, he will be important contributor and advocate."

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 by Chris Bliss

CCA Provost Melanie Corn named president of CCAD

Melanie Corn, provost of California College of the Arts (CCA), has been named president of Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) in Ohio. She will be CCAD’s fifth president and the first woman to hold that office. She leaves CCA at the end of February and will begin her new position at CCAD on March 21, 2016.

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Symposium participants ready for the design blitz

This summer an impressive group of 100 economists, educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and scientists from across the country filled the Nave on CCA’s San Francisco campus. What could possibly bring them to a college of art and design?

The answer: The Future Is Up to Us: Symposium & Design Blitz, held on July 9, 2015.

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Untitled, 2015. Acrylic gouache on linen, 36 x 42 inches

New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) presents the work of CCA President Stephen Beal in an exhibition titled Stephen Beal: Warp and Weft Selected Grid Paintings 2005–15.

The exhibit explores 10 years of Beal’s grid paintings and is the most comprehensive exhibition of his work to date.

Posted on Friday, February 6, 2015 by Jim Norrena

CCA's Oakland campus

Editor's note: CCA Graphic Design associate professor David Asari met with Art.College.Life blogger Elaine Pelz, who highlighted the benefits of a CCA education at

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

Unlike many traditional colleges and universities, the most tangible asset of an art and design education is the distinctive structure and style of teaching and learning that occurs daily on our campuses, across all disciplines. It's the kind of pedagogy that many traditional schools are beginning to recognize and strive to incorporate into their practice.

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