Clues may be found in “Peak Inspirations,” a show of Schmidt’s artwork now open at the White Walls Gallery. Schmidt had graduated in the top of his class at the California College of the Arts shortly before he left for Pakistan, and his professors say he had an extraordinary eye for the new and innovative that still holds up even now, two years after his death.
Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 by Laura Braun
Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by Laura Braun
(l-r) CCA alumni Shannon Shaw, Cody Blanchard, and Ian Amberson
“They’re one of my favorites,” exclaimed filmmaker John Waters as he introduced the band Shannon and the Clams at the sold-out Burger Boogaloo music festival in Oakland on the fourth of July.
The moment was just the latest career highlight for the Oakland-based trio, who met and formed while attending California College of the Arts.
Posted on Monday, July 13, 2015 by Laura Braun
Alan Christopher Chin is a contemporary American artist. He lives and maintains a studio in Downey, working in variety of traditional and experimental mediums including, painting, photography, sculpture, film, and performance. He received his BFA in Ceramics and Painting (2010) at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California.
Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2015 by Laura Braun
Wayne White was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. An artist, art director, illustrator, and puppeteer, he moved to New York City in 1981 to pursue his art career and find the platform that would support his ambitions. After working in comics and puppeteering, Wayne White became a designer for the hit television show Pee-wee's Playhouse. He received three Emmys for his work on the show, moved to Los Angeles and continues to have success in the arts and entertainment industry. He has two children, both of whom are artists, and lives with his artist wife, Mimi Pond.
Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 by Laura Braun
With a long résumé of well-received shows at museums including MOCA, The Contemporary in Baltimore, and LACMA, Alexandra Grant is just hitting her stride. However, that doesn’t mean the 42-year-old is resting on her laurels—her latest body of work is not what most would expect. Her new series of paintings, “Antigone 3000,” has been hidden in the artist’s studio for the past year, and it has a sense of freedom and play not found in her earlier, often text-based pieces.
Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015 by Laura Braun
Kara Joslyn (b. San Diego, CA) is currently an MFA candidate in Visual Arts at UCSD. In 2008 she received her BFA in Painting from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and lived in Oakland, CA, where she collaborated to begin an artist-run space in Oakland called As Is Ex. from 2010-12. In 2011 she completed a Post-baccalaureate in Painting at Columbia University School of the Arts in NYC.
Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015 by Laura Braun
So it's timely that the Campus Center Galleries at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco hosted two very different shows recently, both of which required one to think about and be present.
Posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Jim Norrena
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by Laura Braun
As a kid growing up in the small town of Dyersburg, Tennessee, Bryan Keith Thomas' best friends were the eighty-year-old women who lived in his neighborhood. He would sit on their porches in the afternoons and listen to them recount tales of the past. Now, if you ask, the artist and California College of the Arts associate professor will recount his own stories about listening to their stories — describing how they held themselves like royal matriarchs, and paid a meditative attention to reality as a symptom of moving slowly.
Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 by Rachel Walther
New York-based alumnus Erik den Breejen’s (BFA Painting 1999) paintings from afar read as simple pop art portraiture, but from up close they acquire another dimension entirely.
His portraits of famous musicians and performers -- including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Pryor, Karen Carpenter, and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, to name just a few -- are composed of meticulously selected texts from the performer’s own body of work that, when laid out on the canvas, fit together to pay tribute to the subject’s impact as an artist.