Painting Drawing News

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Studio Visit
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.

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:

Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010); Oakland-based New Orleans native and installation artist

Josh Faught, Textiles, MFA faculty; St. Louis-born, San Francisco-based textile artist

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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