Office of the President News

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted on Friday, February 25, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Property in San Francisco is adjacent to the CCA campus [photo: Jim Norrena]

California College of the Arts (CCA) has purchased from Greyhound Lines, Inc. a two-and-a-half-acre (approximately 102,000 square feet) vacant lot in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco. The property, formerly a bus maintenance facility, abuts CCA’s main San Francisco campus building at 1111 Eighth Street and is bordered by 7th, Hooper, and Irwin Streets. The purchase price was $8.4 million.

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Posted on Friday, October 15, 2010 by Chris Bliss

1-4-5 no. 1, 2010, oil and graphite on wood panel, 14.75 x 16.5 in.

George Lawson Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by President Stephen Beal November 2 through 27, 2010. An opening reception will be held Thursday, November 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition features more than 20 recent paintings; an illustrated catalogue accompanies the show. Beal has been exhibiting his work since the 1970s in Chicago. More recently he exhibited at Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art in San Francisco in 2009.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Dear Friends,

As the summer draws to a close, I look forward with enthusiasm to the return of our students and faculty. Before we become fully immersed in the new semester, I would like to share with you some recent developments at the college.

Fall Enrollment

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Posted on Monday, August 30, 2010 by Mark Breitenberg

CCA Provost Mark Breitenberg

Fall 2010 / Spring 2011

Dear friends,

As I begin my second full year at CCA as provost, I am enthusiastic about the ambitious goals we have set for ourselves, as well as our ability to accomplish them. Much of my enthusiasm derives from the fact that our agenda for this year has been generated by many different voices in our community: students, faculty, chairs, directors and administrators. Our commitment to creative collaboration, productive debate and collective action is our greatest strength as an institution.

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Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009 by Chris Bliss

President Stephen Beal and Yang Li, director of CAFA's Executive Committee (photo: Jim Norrena)

Building on relationships established by President Stephen Beal in visits to China last year, representatives from Beijing's Central Academy of Fine Arts visited CCA's San Francisco campus in early December. The visit culminated with Yang Li, director of CAFA's Executive Committee, and Stephen Beal signing a faculty and student exchange agreement.

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