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Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 by Allison Byers

Bing grew up during a period in history when discrimination based on race and gender was prevalent in America, but her talent enabled her to win a scholarship to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts (now known as California College of the Arts) where she earned her BFA.

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Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Marketing your own work can be the hardest part of being an artist. It can feel artificial, foreign, tedious, and even antithetical to the work itself. Yet for professional artists it's necessary, and, when done right, it can actually be rewarding and fruitful.

Social media is free and ubiquitous, and as a marketing tool it comes easy for some. But for every artist to whom it seems totally natural to tweet their latest pins using a series of well-placed hashtags, there are plenty more artists who are wondering what the heck you're talking about.

For those in the latter group: Take comfort and read on. Innumerable artists are successfully using social media in ways that are true to their personalities and their work . . . and even fun to keep up with.

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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

As students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Aretha Sack and Janine Lee would mix nail polishes into their own custom colors, pour them back into the jar, and sell them - "just making some Franken-polish," said Lee, using the term popularized on crafting websites.

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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

The friends met at California College of the Arts in Rockridge, where Lee, now 24, was a fashion major and Sacks, 25, studied painting. Unsatisfied with the nail polish on the market, Sacks mixed her own nail polish colors for fun and shared them with Lee and their other friends.

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Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Didn't We Have Fun!
Crickhollow Books, 2012
Hardcover, 48 pages, $19.95

This children’s picture book is a collaboration between the Oakland-based artist Hilda Robinson and CCA alumnus Jeff Kunkel (Painting/Drawing). Kunkel wrote the text based on interviews with Robinson, whose colorful paintings celebrate African American playground games and recreation, family, church, and school life, drawn from her memories of growing up in an urban neighborhood in the days before television.

Kunkel is United Methodist minister and the author of a number of books for adults and young readers. This is his ninth book. He lives in Oakland.

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Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Allison Byers

"My Country Has No Name"

The work of 28-year-old Nigerian-born artist Toyin Odutola (MFA 2012) may literally be black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink, but speaking figuratively, her work speaks volumes. Addressing issues of identity, race, and nationhood, her art resonates strongly with her audiences.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by Allison Byers

The first thing you might notice about Aretha Sack — apart from her tattoos and prodigiously blond, wavy, and long hair — are her fingernails, which on any given occasion are painted some shade of lime green, coral, or other eye-catching hues. The 25-year-old Oakland resident dresses up her digits daily, and has done so everywhere from BART stations to the Legion of Honor. Although she moved to the Bay Area from Austin in 2007 to study painting and drawing at the California College of the Arts, she soon found that she preferred her own lacquer and nails to acrylic and canvas.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by Allison Byers

When we asked the 2013 Tribeca filmmakers what schools they went to, we were not expecting such a diverse crop of responses. While a fair number did not attend film school, NYU was heartily represented. Boston University, Tel Avivi University and the program at University of Florida (now at Wake Forest) all were fairly well represented. Compare this list to the Sundance filmmakers from earlier this year.

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Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Allison Byers

Attending the MFA show at one of the Bay Area's large art schools is like getting bludgeoned by art. After about a half-dozen presentations I am full, my critical faculties have been short-circuited and I have been forced into submission. Think about it, at any given group show, you might see one or two pieces from (at the most) twenty artists. Or on any Art Murmur or First Thursday outing, you might visit five or ten solo shows.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Rachel Walther

Alumna Mary Meyer (Painting 2001) was born and raised in California, but her affinity for the East Coast eventually drew her to New York, and she's never looked back.

Today she owns and operates Mary Meyer Clothing, a storefront shop in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn and a wholesale business. She produces and sells clothing of her own design, and also represents several other independent designers.

Her work is a mixture of organic and angular -- natural fabrics with sharp angles and bold shapes.

Meyer credits the success of her company to the enthusiasm for experimentation and innovation fostered during her years at CCA.

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