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Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Laura Braun

The play of light on San Francisco Bay was a major factor in his decision to settle permanently in Berkeley, where he worked as a preschool teacher and art supply cashier to support himself, finally becoming an adjunct professor for California College of the Arts. But all the paintings in the Matrix show are inspired by Iceland. CCA asked Zurier to teach a summer painting class anywhere he wanted in 2011, and remembering a horseback riding trip he once took with his wife, Nina Zurier, a photographer, he chose the far-north country.

Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 by Jim Norrena

The Center for Art & Public Life (The Center) and the MBA in Design Strategy program, both at California College of the Arts, last month co-organized TechRaking 7, an annual hackathon series put on by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), which focused on the intersection of journalism and design.

TechRaking 7, the first within the series to work exclusively with college students (and CCA as its official partner), had CIR CEO Joaquín Alvarado reaching out to CCA to pose the question: How can we rethink human interaction around the news within our communities?

CIR enlisted colleagues from two of its local media partners -- Bruce Koon of KQED and Martin Reynolds of the Bay Area News Group (BANG) -- to challenge CCA students with some of their toughest community-engagement issues. For example, how might:

CIR create new ways for people to communicate about the role of guns in their neighborhoods?
BANG offer a more participatory model that empowers residents to share overlooked topics?
KQED develop cross-regional tools to communicate better the personal effects of the growing technology industry?

Far be it for anyone at CCA to turn away a challenge, thought leaders at The Center decided to enlist the help of CCA students -- working in small teams representing a wide range of disciplines -- to collectively come up with innovative solutions that could encourage greater public participation in today's changing news gathering and distribution policies and procedures.

In short, TechRaking 7 challenged students to give the concept of the traditional newsstand a much-needed facelift.

Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

I grew up with an appreciation for object making. I started sewing and making jewelry when I was a kid. I studied painting, sculpture, and installation art at California College of the Arts, but it wasn't until I was about to graduate I started getting interested in jewelry and started using my school's laser cutter to make necklaces.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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