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Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

Join us at CCA's 2016 Annual Fashion Show

Friday, May 13, San Francisco, Calif. -- The undergraduate Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the 2016 Annual Fashion Show, which takes place Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m. on the Back Lot of CCA’s San Francisco campus located at 1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin Streets).

The capstone event of the Fashion Design Program, the event features the unique collections of 12 senior designers and is juried by industry professionals and showcased by professional runway models. General admission tickets are $40 each. VIP tickets are $100 each and include admission to the Friends of Fashion pre-party at 6:30 p.m. and preferred seating at the event.

“CCA’s Fashion Design seniors are bright design innovators ready to take their next steps into the fashion profession,” says Fashion Design chair Amy Williams. “They’ve created their capsule collections that share their personal aesthetic approaches to material responses with regard to innovation and craftsmanship. They have considered how, why, and where to share their newly honed skills to today’s fashion marketplace.”

This year’s sponsors include Levi Strauss & Co., diPietro Todd Salons + Academy, MAC Cosmetics, Freda Salvador, Abercrombie & Fitch, Stance, San Francisco Magazine, and E&J Gallo Winery.

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Honoree Stanlee Gatti (center) with co-chairs Lorna Meyer and Patricia Fitzpatrick

California College of the Arts (CCA) drew more than 450 supporters to the stunning Nave of its San Francisco campus on March 23, 2016, for a gala celebration honoring renowned Bay Area designer and community leader Stanlee R. Gatti.

The annual fundraising event -- a benefit to support CCA student scholarships -- was helmed by co-chairs and CCA trustees Patricia Fitzpatrick and Lorna Meyer Calas, with honorary chair and CCA trustee Kay Kimpton Walker. Surpassing all financial goals by grossing more than $1.24 million in donations, it brought together long-standing and new CCA patrons to fete the honoree, who has elevated event-design to an art form and made significant contributions to the city’s art and philanthropy scene over the years.

Festivities began with a lively cocktail reception with drinks by Spirit works and No. 209 Gin and wines by Peregrine Ranch California Tap Wine and Saini Vineyards.

Guests were then ushered into a verdant dining experience designed by Gatti’s design team, replete with felt dipped Sansevieria succulent centerpieces, and a dinner of locally sourced organic greens and poultry served by McCalls, followed by live music from the nationally acclaimed Oakland-based band Shannon and the Clams (featuring CCA alumni musicians), whose artistry was recently lauded by as "shimmy-shake dance grooves and sexy moonlit vocals."

Posted on Friday, March 18, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2014 (oil, Flashe, and silkscreen ink on linen)

A new body of work by Los Angeles–based artist Laura Owens will debut at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts from April 28 through July 23, 2016. Curated by Wattis Institute director and chief curator Anthony Huberman, the exhibition presents a selection of mixed-media works on canvas, artist books, and hand-printed wallpaper installations that were created for the presentation and will fill the entire 4,000-square-foot exhibition space, marking the artist’s first solo institutional show in the United States since 2004.

Posted on Monday, March 7, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Honoree Stanlee R. Gatti with event co-chairs Patricia Fitzpatrick (right) and Lorna Meyer Calas (left), February 2016; photo: Drew Altizer Photography

California College of the Arts (CCA) celebrates renowned San Francisco designer and community leader Stanlee R. Gatti as honoree of its annual gala on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The evening fundraising event -- a benefit to support CCA student scholarships -- will gather luminaries from across the Bay Area to toast Gatti and his significant contributions to the city’s art and philanthropy communities over the years.

“Gatti is among the most innovative and influential event designers out there,” notes CCA President Stephen Beal. “With endless imagination and energy, he’s not only an artist of rare ability, but also a true leader who has helped raised millions of dollars for worthy causes in the Bay Area—particularly in the cultural sphere. CCA is thrilled to celebrate his achievements as one of the few designers to approach event-making as a visual art form.”

Held in the spectacular Nave of CCA’s San Francisco campus—transformed for the occasion by Stanlee Gatti Designs as a salute from his own company’s team—the stylish soirée is co-chaired by Patricia Fitzpatrick and Lorna Meyer Calas, with honorary chair and CCA trustee Kay Kimpton Walker.

The evening includes a cocktail hour with libations by Peregrine Ranch California Tap Wine, Saini Vineyards, and local distilleries Spirit Works and No. 209; a sumptuous seated dinner by McCalls; live music by Oakland-based band Shannon and the Clams (featuring CCA alumni musicians); and other special surprises.

“I have always admired CCA’s program and its exceptional dedication to students,” says Gatti. “I think it’s among the finest art colleges anywhere, and I’m proud to be honored by an institution that represents the best of creative thinking and is nurturing the artists of tomorrow.”

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Benjamin Quinn, MFA 2016View slideshow 

On view March 15 through April 23, 2016

39 artists, 4 exhibitions, 3 venues: Discover the Bay Area’s most promising young voices in contemporary art at CCA’s graduate show

San Francisco, Calif., March 2, 2016 – Debuting a progressive new format for the school’s annual MFA in Fine Arts graduate show, California College of the Arts (CCA) will present its 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition as a four-part series of showcases to be hosted at off-campus art venues and launched over the course of four weeks between March 15 and April 23. The exhibition and related events are all free and open to the public.

The presentation series, formerly conceived as a single exhibition installed on CCA’s San Francisco campus, breaks with previous iterations by offering this year’s 39 graduate students the experience of mounting work in public, professional gallery settings and in focused exhibitions with fewer artists, allowing greater appreciation of individual work.

The three off-site venues -- all located in the burgeoning Potrero Hill/Dogpatch arts district surrounding CCA’s main campus -- include Fused Space, founded and directed by CCA alumni Yves Béhar and Jessica Silverman; the Perry Family Event Center, located adjacent to the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art; and the soon-to-open Minnesota Street Project, founded by Deborah and Andy Rappaport, where CCA’s MFA show will be part of the complex’s inaugural slate of exhibitions.

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Void California: 1975-1989 is an exhibition that surveys punk-inflected media that emerged from California subcultures in the late 1970s and 1980s. Encompassing zines, photography, collage, video montage, documentary film, and sound collage, the exhibition presents its artists and musicians as subcultural anthropologists, documenting a world at the brink of disaster.

The exhibition, curated by the 2016 class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts with the support of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, is free and open to the public.

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Laura Kenney

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is pleased to present Wang Bing: Three Portraits, an exhibition of three films by Wang Bing (b. 1967, lives and works in Beijing).  This will be the artist’s first museum exhibition in the United States. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Tammy Rae Carland Appointed CCA Provost

Tammy Rae Carland has been appointed provost of California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by President Stephen Beal. Currently CCA’s Dean of Fine Arts, she will undertake her new duties March 1.

As provost, Carland will serve as CCA's chief academic officer with broad responsibility for the strategic planning, development, and administration of the college's academic programs.

Program areas under her supervision are the college’s four divisions: Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities and Sciences; the First Year Program; the Center for Art and Public Life; and Special Programs, which includes year-round CCA Extension courses and all summer programming. She will succeed Melanie Corn, who was appointed in May 2012 and recently was named president of Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio.

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 by Chris Bliss

CCA Provost Melanie Corn named president of CCAD

Melanie Corn, provost of California College of the Arts (CCA), has been named president of Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) in Ohio. She will be CCAD’s fifth president and the first woman to hold that office. She leaves CCA at the end of February and will begin her new position at CCAD on March 21, 2016.

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015 by Laura Kenney

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair shoppers, 2014

SFMade presents its fifth Annual Holiday Gift Fair on Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The shopping extravaganza is free and open to the public and features locally made gift items from over 60 SFMade vendors.