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Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

My wife Nina and I went to Iceland in 2001 on a horseback trip. We rode through the center of Iceland in the highlands. It was one of the most moving trips of my life. But I didn’t go back until 2011. California College of the Arts asked me to teach a summer class there and I knew I wanted to go back. As soon as I got there, I realized it was perfect. I knew I wanted to be there. We’ve been there for the last four summers, arriving in late May to teach a class for students from CCA, and then Nina and I stay on through July and then go back for Christmas.

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Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

San Francisco artist Linda Geary, chair of the painting and drawing program at the California College of the Arts, used color swatches from her collages to create a thick journal with 32 of her hand-saturated hues in the front and back.

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Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 by Laura Braun

At the California College of the Arts (CCA), painting and fine arts professor Kim Anno is leading the way by developing a degree that covers the intersection of art, science, and the environment. CCA was the also first college to participate at the United Nations’ Climate Summits. Anno notes, “There is a distinction between art and activism. They do have overlaps, but they also have differences. Sometimes viewers discount the images of activism if they are too pat, too quickly understood.

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Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

Anno, a professor of painting and fine arts at California College of the Arts (CCA), was impressed. "We marveled at Nasheed's bravery and conceptual skill," she says. "Then we discussed what it would look like if the sea was encroaching on our country, what it would take to adapt. We looked up the statistics of how many people needed to be relocated and read that no country had yet volunteered to take the Maldives' citizens in."

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Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

And I'm still very close to the people that worked there and to the owner of the restaurant. The restaurant is still there, and in fact my son wound up going to California College of the Arts -- which used to be the California College of Arts & Crafts which was my school. He just graduated, and even when he was small I made many trips up there for research. I took a lot of pictures and a lot of notes. We had a scrapbook that was kept by one of the people who worked there.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

If You Knew What I Know It Would Be Strange
Arkitip, 2013
Paperback, 50 pages, $10

This book was published on the occasion of Jason Jagel’s (Painting 1995) exhibition The Bitter End in Paris. The exhibition continues Jägel’s life-long relationship to making art as a part of the daily function of living. His work is a theatrical enactment of an ongoing, never-ending conversation with himself, regarding the nature of reality and his place within it. Jägel takes inspiration from artists traveling deep down their own wormhole: Kurt Schwitters, Bruce Connor, Chris Ware, Otis Jackson Jr., and Philip Guston. This was his first exhibition in Paris.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Take Me With You
The Thing Quarterly, 2014
Book/Bag, 72 pages, $65

Take Me With You, published by The Thing Quarterly, is a limited edition book/bag consisting of two complementary parts:

Part #1 is a sturdy 10 oz. cotton canvas tote silkscreened with the start of the graphic short story “Take Me With You” by CCA alumnus Jason Jagël (Painting 1995). The story begins on the front and back of the bag and continues within, where . . .

Part #2 continues the story within a 72-page, perfect-bound, full-color book that is contained within a special interior pocket sewn into the tote.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

Mimi Pond is a career cartoonist, illustrator, author, and mother

Chances are likely you're already familiar with cartoonist and illustrator Mimi Pond's (Drawing 1978) work.

Of her five books, The Valley Girls’ Guide to Life is a 1980s cult classic, and she holds the credit for writing the first episode of The Simpsons -- a job Matt Groening, the show’s creator, personally offered her.

Pond's latest book, Over Easy, released in April to rave reviews.

And her résumé contains a veritable laundry list of pop-culture favorites including such popular television series writing credits as Pee-wee’s Playhouse and Designing Women.

She also furnished Seventeen magazine with a full-page comic for each issue during the early 1980s as well as worked with National Lampoon, the Village Voice, the New York Times, Adweek, and many more publications.

 

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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 by Rachel Walther

Norval Gill (Art Education 1937) was born in Stockton in 1914. He began his artistic career during the Great Depression, and today, approaching his second century of life, he is still working and enjoying his craft.

Along the way he was on the Federal Art Project, worked as an illustrator and draftsman at an aircraft company, and has been a teacher, a graphic designer, a painter, a sculptor, and a devoted family man.

Gill is reluctant to differentiate between art for illustration, exhibition, personal enjoyment, and advertising. “I’ve always felt that art is art, and art that is done for a particular purpose does not make it less worthwhile.”

His influences have included the writings and philosophy of the British type designer and sculptor Eric Gill as well as his CCA(C) professor Glenn Wessels, who first exposed him to Lewis Mumford’s book Technics and Civilization and connected him with the Federal Art Project after graduation.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

So, last week I popped by the gorgeous California College of the Arts campus in San Francisco. I took a little walk through the students’ studios, and there was so much good work hanging everywhere… but this studio stopped me in my tracks.

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