Office of the President News

Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 by Chris Bliss

New Provost Melanie Corn

Melanie Corn has been appointed provost of California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by President Stephen Beal. Currently CCA’s associate provost, she will assume the position in May 2012. As provost Corn will be CCA's chief academic officer with broad responsibilities for the strategic planning, development, and administration of the college's academic programs.

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Chris Bliss

Mara Hancock appointed CIO

Mara Hancock has been appointed to the position of chief information officer (CIO) at California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by CCA President Stephen Beal. As the senior technology officer of the college, she will lead the Educational Technology Services (ETS) division, which is responsible for the support of faculty, students, and staff in their use of technology; the acquisition and support of academic and administrative applications; and the design, installation, and maintenance of CCA’s networking, telecommunications, and web infrastructure. She will oversee a staff of 30 and manage a budget of $2.5 million. Hancock comes to CCA from University of California, Berkeley, where she holds the concurrent positions of director of educational technology services, director of online learning, and associate CIO for academic engagement. She will begin at CCA on September 1, 2012.

President Beal commented, “CCA has experienced tremendous growth in the last 10 years, adding several new academic programs and increasing enrollment by more than 500 students. We are now at a critical juncture where strategic leadership is needed to meet the growing technology needs of our evolving institution. Mara will have a tremendous opportunity to lead and support a new era of technological planning and innovation at CCA. Her extensive experience in academic technology will serve us very well. I am particularly pleased and proud that Mara is a CCA alumna; she received her BFA here in 1986. Having forged a highly successful career in institutional technology, she is a wonderful example of where an education in the arts can lead.”

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by Chris Bliss

David Sedaris [photo: Anne Fishbein]

Best-selling author and NPR humorist David Sedaris will appear at a special benefit reading for California College of the Arts (CCA) on May 3, 2012, at Zellerbach Auditorium on the UC Berkeley campus. The evening will include a reading from new and unpublished material, a book signing, and, for sponsorship donors, a VIP cocktail party with the author at Berkeley Art Museum. Proceeds will benefit the CCA Scholarship Fund.

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 by Chris Bliss

Bill Moggridge, CCA's 2012 Honorary Doctorate candidate

UPDATE: the Honorable Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, will be attending Commencement and addressing the graduates.

Design world guru, elder statesman, pioneer, and renegade. These are just a few of the terms that have been used to describe Bill Moggridge, founder of the global design firm IDEO, designer of the first laptop computer, and the first design practitioner to head up the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in its 115-year history.

Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Film faculty member Lynn Marie Kirby with students at CAFA

What began in 2008 as a visit by CCA President Stephen Beal to the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing is now blossoming into a productive relationship between the two schools. This fall CCA enrolled six more undergraduate students from CAFA’s International Foundation Course; they join the first four students who began their studies at CCA in fall 2010.

In the first foray into faculty exchanges, David Hisaya Asari (Graphic Design) and Lynn Marie Kirby (Film) spent spring break 2011 at CAFA. An IFC instructor visited CCA in August. And Furniture faculty member Christopher Loomis is in Beijing now teaching for the semester.

What inspired this relationship between the two schools and what are the plans for the future?

Laying the Groundwork

In October 2008 President Beal was invited to participate in a forum on international art education, as part of CAFA's 90th anniversary celebration. He was impressed with the 4,000-student institution and its leaders, many of whom have ties with U.S. institutions. President Pang Gongkai was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. Vice President Xu Bing, well-known artist and recipient of the prestigious MacArthur “genius” award, lived and worked in New York for more than 10 years. Dean of Design Min Wang completed his graduate work in design at Yale and worked for more than 20 years in the United States, including a stint at Adobe before forming his own firm in San Francisco.

Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Untitled, 2011, acrylic gouache on wood panel 20 x 20 in.View slideshow 

"Steve Beal’s gorgeous, dare I say radiant paintings incorporate the bones of the work, the scaffolding, the process, the getting ready to take, and the contemplation before, the plunge."

— Carol Becker, Dean Columbia School of the Arts

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Team CCA's efforts will help benefit dozens of Bay Area AIDS services

Team CCA Meets Goal, Places Among Top 50 Fundraising Teams!

California College of the Arts joined AIDS Walk San Francisco 2011 held in Golden Gate Park Sunday, July 17, which marked the 25th anniversary of the event. Team CCA exceeded its $5,000 fundraising goal by almost 20 percent, contributing $5,810 to the largest AIDS fundraising event in Northern California that attracts hundreds of thousands of donors from the Bay Area and across the country.

Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Happy Earth Day, CCA!

California College of the Arts is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review, an education service that helps students select and apply to colleges.

CCA's inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition reinforces the college's reputation as an exemplary institution of higher education committed to sustainability.

The news, which USA Today reported Wednesday, April 20, arrives just in time for today's Earth Day celebration—and brings to a close CCA's Earth Week festivities with a remarkable bang!

The Guide to 311 Green Colleges, the first and only free comprehensive college guidebook to focus solely on high-ranking U.S. colleges and universities, showcases outstanding commitments to environmental sustainability in and out of the classroom (e.g., environmentally related practices, policies, and academic offerings). The 220-page guide contains profiles of 308 institutions of higher education in the United States and three in Canada, all of which demonstrate a significant commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Cochairs Jennifer Morla (l) and Ann Hatch (r) with Jon Leafsted of Gump's

The dress code on the invitation read “Black/Glitter/Glam,” and the 370 guests more than obliged at the Mirror Mirror gala on March 31, held in honor of the 150th anniversary of legendary retail store Gump’s. The sold-out event raised $417,000, with net proceeds earmarked for the California College of the Arts (CCA) Scholarship Fund.

Cochairs Ann Hatch, CCA trustee, and Jennifer Morla, CCA Graphic Design faculty member, couldn’t have been happier with the results. “We are so grateful to Gump’s for selecting CCA as the beneficiary for the gala. Our mutual interest in supporting artists and designers makes us ideal partners. Through the generous sponsorship of Gump’s, we will be able to help many talented and deserving students obtain a CCA education,” said Hatch.

Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Betty Reid Soskin and John Baldessari (photo by Sidney Felsen)

He has been hailed as a pioneer of Conceptual art; she has been honored as Woman of the Year by the California State Legislature for her community activism. California College of the Arts (CCA) will recognize two extraordinary octogenarians—John Baldessari and Betty Reid Soskin—with honorary doctorate degrees at its 104th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco. Soskin will deliver the commencement address to more than 450 CCA graduates and their families. Baldessari and Soskin will also be honored at a private dinner and participate in the post-commencement reception at CCA’s San Francisco campus.