Since graduating from the California College of the Arts in 2012, Toyin Odutola’s trajectory has been on a significant uptick. The Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist has been included among Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of notable names in art, been featured on Nowness with gal pal Solange Knowles and now has her first major solo exhibition, The Constant Wrestler, at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IndyMoCA). These well-deserved accolades all stem from her visually arresting portraits, which are almost all created using a humble ink pen.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 by Laura Braun
The RCAF was born in 1969, the brainchild of Montoya and Esteban Villa, who had met at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland while studying on the GI Bill. In the early ’70s both were teaching at what was then Sacramento State College, Villa in the art department and Montoya in the barrio outreach program.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Jim Norrena
Carol Ladewig (MFA Painting/Drawing 1991) is a Bay Area artist worth knowing. Aside from her delightful demeanor, her decades-long experience within Oakland’s art scene is formidable: artist, activist, gallerist, curator, teacher, and more.
But to know Ladewig requires us to first revisit some of Oakland's history.
Oakland's Pardee Artists
In 1932, at the southwest corner of 16th Street and San Pablo Avenue, a three-story commercial building, then known as the Wetmore Pardee BuildingRead the rest
Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013 by Allison Byers
On Sunday evening, the museum is presenting the first installment of a three-part series, Painting Beyond Belief, featuring a discussion between the painters Amy Sillman and Peter Doig, moderated by Jordan Kantor, associate professor of painting at California College of the Arts. The group will consider the course of painting since Chagall’s death in 1985Read the rest
Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook
Edition One, 2013
Paperback, 204 pages, $35
Painting/Drawing chair Linda Geary documents the visits she made to 100 Bay Area artists, curators, writers, and gallerists in 2011. A subjective recollection of each meeting is paired with a selection of vibrant colors, chosen by each subject from a stack of 285 color swatches hand painted by Geary. The result is a striking and original book that captures the vibrant spirit of the Bay Area art community. Numerous CCA affiliates were among those who spoke with Geary. Interviewees include Bill Berkson, Apsara DiQuinzio, Nathaniel Dorsky, Chris Duncan, Jens Hoffmann, Andrew Masullo, Lawrence Rinder, Alison Smith, and David Wilson.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 by Jim Norrena
Three members of the CCA community have been awarded the 2012 SECA Art Award (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists:
Jonn Herschend, former faculty member and visiting artist; Missouri native and video artist
Considering the fact only four artists (of 250 recommended by Bay Area curators, gallerists, professors, previous winners, and SECA members) are selected to receive the SECA Art Award, it's fair to say CCA artists dominated the awards -- including the fact the exhibition was co-curated by alumna Tanya Zimbardo (Curatorial Practice 2005), the assistant curator of media arts at SFMOMA.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 by Allison Byers
Bing emerged from such lower depths by winning a scholarship to the California College of Arts and Crafts, where she was a student of Richard Diebenkorn. After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from the California College of the Arts and San Francisco Art Institute, Bing took her place at the forefront of the avant-garde art and Beat scene of The City in the 1960s.Read the rest
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.Read the rest
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.Read the rest
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.Read the rest