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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.

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.


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.

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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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

The decision to include Jake Longstreth was a natural one. Longstreth, who, like McFarland, graduated from California College of the Arts about 10 years ago, focuses on painting. His portraits of sprawling landscapes are minimal -- stripped down to basic, elegant shapes.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Mati Rose McDonough never expected to be a professional artist.

But when McDonough (whose first name, Mati, is pronounced Matey) got laid off from her job at a San Francisco law firm in 2007, the urge to paint grew so strong that she decided to take the plunge and apply to the California College of the Arts in Oakland.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Nature - as seen through the strange, rough magic of memory - has been the overriding force behind Los Angeles painter Jake Longstreth's latest paintings, his "Particulate Matter" series. Dark or hazy landmasses are rendered with what he describes as "thin, nervous-looking strokes, done in an off-the-cuff manner," in contrast with tonal skies and the occasional rambunctious pink or green cloud.

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 by Laura Braun

Oxford received a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Fine Arts in painting/drawing with a concentration in video art from the California College of the Arts. Starting in March, she will write a biweekly blog series focused on connections between the museum collections and the local community.

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