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Posted on Monday, July 10, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Craig Baldwin, Tribulation 99

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents "Prophets of Deceit," an exhibition that looks into predictions and prophecies as guidelines to the development of history.
This exhibition explores the significance of messianic and apocalyptic cults as systems restraining social behavior. Rather than announcing unsuspected events, claims of anticipated knowledge tend to administer fear and uncertainty in order to dictate the outcome of the future.

Posted on Friday, June 9, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

An eclectic mix of top California interior designers, architects and design experts present original new work along with their ideas and inspirations for the future at the California College of the Arts (CCA) summer 2006 Interior Designers Forum: "The Next Great Thing: New and Emerging Directions in Design."

Moderated by best-selling design author and editor Diane Dorrans Saeks, the Interior Designers Forum will focus on the latest directions in interior design, architecture, landscape design, home electronics and art. Seven leading design and architecture innovators will discuss issues pertaining to fashion and furniture design, arts and popular culture, sustainable design and the influence of new technologies in their professions.

The forum is presented by the CCA Extended Education Department and will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at CCA's San Francisco campus.

The forum's program includes "Transcending the Trend: The Enduring Importance of Quality," with keynote speaker Douglas Durkin of Douglas Durkin Design, and "Luxury Hotels: New Design Directions," with featured speaker Gerry Jue of Babey Moulton Jue & Booth.

Other speakers include William Leddy and Marsha Maytum of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects on "Architecture in the Service of the Community"; Silvina Blasen and Eric Blasen of Blasen Landscape Architecture on "Green Is the New Green: Sustainability and Style in Landscape Design"; Richard Green of Rich Green Ink on "The Future of Home Electronics"; Todd Hosfelt of Hosfelt Gallery on "Art World Darlings: Recent Directions in Collecting Art"; and Elisa Stancil and James Stancil of Stancil Studios on "Engaging the Emotions in Design."

Diane Dorrans Saeks is the author of 17 books, including her most recent, "Michael Smith Elements of Style" (Rizzoli), "Hollywood Style" (Rizzoli) and "San Francisco Style" (Chronicle Books). A noted editor and lecturer, Ms. Saeks has written extensively for the New York Times, Departures, Garden Design and many other design publications around the world. She is the interior design editor of PaperCity, the San Francisco editor at large for C Magazine and the California editor of Metropolitan Home.

The cost of the forum is $120 (plus $20 registration fee) and will include lunch. ASID members may earn 0.6 CEU credit. Preregistration is required. Those interested should call (510) 594-3710 to register or receive more information.

About the College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts and master of fine arts degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students. Noted alumni include painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey and Peter Voulkos; filmmaker Wayne Wang; conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl.

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts (CCA) will confer honorary doctorate degrees on artists Julia Florence Parker and Richard Tuttle at the 99th Commencement Exercises, to be held on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco. Tuttle will deliver the commencement address. In addition to attending the commencement ceremonies, Parker and Tuttle will be honored at a reception at the Oliver Art Center on the Oakland campus the night before and will participate in the post-commencement reception on the college's San Francisco campus.

Julia Florence Parker is one of the country's preeminent Native American basketmakers—a prolific artist, as well as a teacher, storyteller and cultural treasure. Throughout more than 40 years of study, practice and experimentation, she has emerged as an expert in California Native basketry, including the traditions of her own Coast Miwok and Kashaya Pomo people and her husband's people, the Sierra Miwok and Mono Lake Paiute. Grounded in traditional knowledge and age-old custom, she is nonetheless innovative in approach. Parker is known for her "intertribal" style of weaving, in which she synthesizes design elements and techniques of diverse groups in original and complex structures.

Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; the Yosemite Museum, Yosemite National Park; the Norwegian Ski Association headquarters, Oslo, Norway; the private collection of Queen Elizabeth II of England; and numerous other private collections. In 2004 Parker's work was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition, "The Past in Present Tense: Four Decades of Julia Parker Baskets," at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, Calif., which was curated by CCA Textiles Program Chair Deborah Valoma. Parker has worked as an Indian cultural specialist at the Yosemite Museum since 1960, demonstrating basketry, telling Native stories and acting as a cultural interpreter. She also travels nationally, consulting, teaching and lecturing.

One of the foremost artists of our time, Richard Tuttle is often described as a maverick. Beginning in the mid-1960s, Tuttle's work formed an essential part of the groundbreaking developments that reconceived Minimalism. Purposefully blurring the boundaries among painting, sculpture and drawing, he creates small, eccentrically playful objects in humble materials such as paper, string, cloth, wire, twigs, cardboard, bubble wrap, nails, Styrofoam and plywood. Although most of Tuttle's prolific artistic output has taken the form of three-dimensional objects, he commonly refers to his work as drawing rather than sculpture, emphasizing the small scale and idea-based nature of his practice.

Tuttle had his first solo exhibition at Betty Parsons Gallery in New York in 1965 and was introduced to the greater public in a 1975 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. A major retrospective of his work, organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, was on view there in 2005 and is currently on a national tour, with stops at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Des Moines Art Center; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Tuttle's works are in renowned private collections and museums, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts and master of fine arts degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students. Noted alumni include painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey and Peter Voulkos; filmmaker Wayne Wang; conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl.

The college will confer degrees on over 450 students at the 2006 Commencement Exercises. For more information about CCA's honorary doctorate degrees or about the college's 99th Commencement Exercises, please call (510) 594-3666.

Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Brandon Warren, Wild. Photo by Marcus Hanschen.

Industrial design students at California College of the Arts have created a new line of pet products for the Turkish design firm Gaia & Gino through a fall 2005 studio course sponsored by the firm. Eleven of the student designs were selected for production. Under the brand name Gino the Dog, the products—including dog bowls, beds and houses—will be unveiled during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furniture Fair held in Milan, Italy, from April 5 to April 10, 2006. Thanks to the sponsorship, seven of the students are attending the fair in Milan to see the reception of their designs in person. The course was taught by Steven Skov Holt, Susan Kralovec and program chair Yves Béhar.

"We are thrilled to take student projects from conception to production and show them at the Milan International Furniture Fair," Béhar commented. "Gaia & Gino had the forethought to use a studio course as a laboratory for great design ideas, and I applaud their support. I also look forward to continuing the relationship between their brand and CCA." Béhar, an award-winning industrial designer who is founder and principal of fuseproject, a San Francisco–based design studio, will act as design director for Gino the Dog as the brand develops additional products and design collaborations.

Gaye Cevikel, owner of Gaia & Gino, decided to produce selected designs by the CCA students in order to show her firm's commitment not only to the generation of designers it currently works with but also to the young creatives who represent the future of design. Among the student designs to be featured in the Gino the Dog product line is Brandon Warren's "Wild," a food and water bowl made of formed glass, with natural fill lines for food and water, in a sculptural shape inspired by river rock. In its shape and function, the "Wild" bowl represents the same paradox of domesticated nature as the dog, a creature evolved to live in the human world.

Also selected for production is Brian Mclntyre's "Collar," a soft, portable doghouse that appeals to both pet and owner. Its thick, soft cushion is covered with cleanable fabric; the same fabric is stitched to contrasting leather to make a base for the cushion and a cover for the doghouse. The cover and base zip together so that the doghouse can be disassembled and partially folded for transportation to a weekend getaway. Other innovative designs for bowls, dog beds, a chew toy and additional pet accessories fill out the product line.

The Gino the Dog line will be launched in New York during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in late May 2006 and released for retail sale in fall 2006.

About the College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers the bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of architecture, master of fine arts, master of arts and master of architecture degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students.

About Gaia & Gino

Gaia & Gino is a global design brand with a Turkish identity, founded by Gaye Cevikel in Istanbul. The name Gaia & Gino combines Cevikel's nickname and the name of her golden retriever. The firm works with designers to produce innovative tabletop objects and accessories for the home and, now, for pets. For more information, visit www.gaiaandgino.com.

Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

The Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts presents an exhibition of artwork created by West Oakland families for the fourth and final segment of "100 Families Oakland: Art and Social Change." In this community art project, the participating families spent the past 10 weeks getting to know one another while working individually and collaboratively on art projects centered on the theme of family.

The exhibition will be on view April 27–May 27 at The African American Museum + Library at Oakland (AAMLO), 659 14th Street. An opening and family celebration will take place on Thursday, April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. Both the exhibition and opening celebration are free and open to the public.

The West Oakland exhibition brings to a close the inaugural year of CCA's "100 Families Oakland" project, founded by Silicon Valley artist and venture capitalist F. Noel Perry. Over the past year, "100 Families Oakland" brought together 25 families from four Oakland neighborhoods-East Oakland, Chinatown, Fruitvale and most recently West Oakland-to create art during a 10-week series of workshops led by professional artists. The purpose of this community art project was for individuals, families and communities to experience what Perry calls "the transformative power of art."

The "100 Families" project has been so popular that the organizers are now working to secure funding for a new round of neighborhood rotations. They also hope that organizations in other cities will take notice and create similar programs for their communities.

The West Oakland workshops took place from January 11 through March 15 and were hosted by Attitudinal Healing Connection's ArtEsteem Program at the M. Robinson Baker YMCA. Artists involved in the West Oakland phase of the project included CCA alumna Amana Harris and graduate student Ana Fernandez, along with Russell "Eesuu" Albans, Nancy Eastep, Rodney Ewing, Sharifah Ihsan, Michael Jacobson, Jamila Johnson, Tamu Mosley, Irene Nzinga Pace and Sarah Patton.

"To date, the program has exceeded expectations. The time spent together as a family and community is reflected in the artwork being created by Oakland families," said F. Noel Perry, creative director, artist and social entrepreneur.

"We've seen the project create stronger connections within and between families. We hope this experience also encourages all families to work together to address challenges that affect the greater community," said Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, director of the CCA Center for Art and Public Life.

About 100 Families Oakland

One hundred families from four Oakland neighborhoods (East Oakland, Chinatown, Fruitvale and West Oakland) participated in the yearlong project in which they worked together under the guidance of professional artists to create paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works centered on the theme of family. The sites for these workshops were East Oakland Youth Development Center, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Unity Council Fruitvale Village and the M. Robinson Baker YMCA in West Oakland.

The families were encouraged to create individual art projects as well as work together to create a collaborative art piece. The purpose of "100 Families Oakland" is to demonstrate and celebrate the power of families, the creative spirit of Oakland and how art can connect families to families, families to neighborhoods and neighborhoods to neighborhoods.

The project will culminate with an exhibition opening in January 2007 at the Oakland Museum of California that will feature work from all of the families. Oakland families who would like information about participating in "100 Families Oakland" in the future should contact the CCA Center for Art and Public Life at 510.594.3757.

About the Center for Art and Public Life

The Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts (CCA) is at the intersection of art, education and community. Connecting art and design with community development, the Center for Art and Public Life enriches education and artistic practice at the college. Its mission is to create community partnerships based on creative practice that serve the CCA community and the diverse populations of Oakland and San Francisco. For more information, please visit our website, center.cca.edu, or call 510.594.3757.

About the College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers the bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of architecture, master of fine arts, master of arts and master of architecture degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students.

Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Jamie Treacy, Mystery of the Meat Rack

California College of the Arts (CCA) presents the 2006 Graduate Exhibition, featuring over 125 projects by graduating MFA, MA and MArch students in the areas of architecture, curatorial practice, design, fine arts, visual criticism and writing. The visual arts exhibition is on view from Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 20. In addition, a series of readings and presentations are planned from April 29 through May 3. All events are free and open to the public and take place on the CCA San Francisco campus at 1111 Eighth Street.

The Graduate Exhibition opens on May 11 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and a literary salon featuring readings by graduates of the MFA Program in Writing at 7:30 p.m. in room 107.

Curated by faculty member and critic Glen Helfand, the Graduate Exhibition features many new and innovative works, including a number of projects that engage political process and dialogue. For example, the graduating class of the MA Program in Curatorial Practice will use the exhibition as a platform for a commissioned project by Los Angeles–based artist Jeffrey Vallance. Titled "Preserving America's Cultural Heritage," the piece proposes a federal bill to create a fund to support visual artists working in the United States.

Some graduates of the MFA Program in Fine Arts are creating works that address international treaties and the two-party political system. Thematically, the show touches on pervasive themes of contemporary culture such as big box commerce and escapism. The show unfolds throughout the school, giving visitors the opportunity to tour much of the San Francisco campus. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Images are available upon request.

Visit the exhibition website: sites.cca.edu/gradexhibition.

About the College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers the bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of architecture, master of fine arts, master of arts and master of architecture degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students.

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Threads 2005

What will we be wearing in the future? Who are the designers of tomorrow? The answers may be revealed when California College of the Arts (CCA) hosts its second annual gala fashion show, Threads, on May 10 in San Francisco's Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. Threads will feature the original collections of up-and-coming designers in CCA's class of 2006, in a high-caliber runway presentation with professional models. The gala event begins at 6 p.m. with a lavish cocktail reception and dinner, catered by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, followed by the fashion show.

Lead sponsorship for the gala is generously provided by Osterweis Capital Management and by Saturn. Levi Strauss Signature is a major sponsor. Lorna Meyer and Lisa Miller are cochairs for the gala event. Individual tickets are $250 and $500; tables may be reserved for $5,000 and $10,000. Proceeds from the gala will support vital scholarships for CCA students.

"Threads was tremendously successful last year and, given the enthusiastic response we have received so far, we have every reason to believe this year will be even better," said event cochair Lisa Miller. "I'd particularly like to thank our sponsors and patrons; their support is key to the success of this event."

Cochair Lorna Meyer added, "CCA's fashion show is always one of the major highlights of the year. The gala will raise money for scholarships, assuring that the most deserving students will have access to the quality education offered at the college."

"We at Osterweis Capital Management are delighted to serve once again as lead sponsor of CCA's Threads gala. We continue to be impressed with the college's broad curriculum in art, architecture, design and writing. By supporting the college's scholarship program in this way, we are making an investment in CCA's important mission of educating those who will shape our culture in the future," commented John S. Osterweis, president and chief investment officer.

In addition, CCA is pleased to welcome Saturn as a lead sponsor:

> Saturn is a proud sponsor of the 2006 Threads gala and will display the 2007 Saturn SKY on-site. At Saturn, we never stop looking ahead. With its combination of dynamic design and agile performance, the 2007 Saturn SKY signals a bold new direction for the Saturn brand. Saturn is proud to partner with California College of the Arts, which is a leader among U.S. colleges in design education.

Established in 1996, the Fashion Design Program at CCA is an idea-driven program, emphasizing both design concepts and skill development. Students learn the technical skills of pattern making, sewing, draping and fashion illustration, as well as visual and oral communication skills. CCA offers innovative courses, passionate teaching and vigorous design discipline. The program's goal is to graduate fashion designers of great individuality and originality who will contribute to fashion as an aspect of modern art and culture as they participate in the global fashion industry. Alumni of the program have gone on to positions with such prominent designers as Donna Karan, BCBG and Alexander McQueen.

About the College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers the bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of architecture, master of fine arts, master of arts and master of architecture degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students.

Sponsors

California College of the Arts is pleased to thank Threads lead sponsors, Osterweis Capital Management and Saturn, and major sponsor, Levi Strauss Signature.

Special thanks to our Haute Couture Patrons, Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein, Claire and Noel Perry, and Barclay and Sharon Simpson; and our Nouvelle Couture Patrons, Louis Belden, Kimberly and Simon Blattner, Tecoah and Thomas Bruce, Diane Christensen and Jean Pierret, E. J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc., Janice Hansen and Jonathan N. Zakin, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, Nancy and Tim Howes, Leigh Hudson and Chris Panos with Lisa and Jason McDonell, Byron Kuth and Liz Ranieri, Leigh and Bill Matthes, Anthony and Celeste Meier, Lorna Meyer and Dennis Calas, Lisa and John Miller, Tim Mott and Ann Jones, Karen and Ronald Rose, Michael S. Roth and Kari Weil, Dorothy and George Saxe, Phil Schlein, Ruth and Alan L. Stein, Judy and Bill Timken, Kay Kimpton Walker and Sandy Walker, and Ronald and Anita Wornick.

In addition, CCA would like to thank our media sponsor, Surface Magazine.

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents "Utopia, Utopia = One World, One War, One Army, One Dress," an exhibition of new work by Swiss-born, Paris-based artist Thomas Hirschhorn. This multilayered project explores the current world situation, permeated by military conflicts and violence, through the metaphor of camouflage, which has been adapted from battlefield uniform to street fashion statement. Coorganized with the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, "Utopia, Utopia" is a dynamic environment comprising sculptural works, wall graphics, film and video footage, vitrines and maquettes. The exhibition is on view March 10–May 13, 2006, in the CCA Wattis Institute's Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public. (The ICA presentation of the exhibition was on view September 21, 2005–January 16, 2006.)

The conceptual leaping-off point for "Utopia, Utopia" is the prevalence of camouflage in contemporary culture and politics—as a style of dress on the streets of SoHo and as an emblem of battle in the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. On the level of fashion, camouflage signifies toughness—an affectation that draws attention to the self. In contrast, soldiers wear camouflage to disappear, to better function within the group or army by removing themselves from view. Hirschhorn sees this as an allegory for the dystopia of current events, asking what it means when a costume of war becomes a look or a style. The artist takes this fashion trend to the extreme, creating a utopian world of equality whereby military camouflage becomes the clothing of everybody on earth.

"Hirschhorn's work, like the best of philosophy, helps us to grapple with and more deeply understand the world we live in," says Ralph Rugoff, director of the CCA Wattis Institute. "Challenging yet also accessible, 'Utopia, Utopia' engages the dark side of our society while reaffirming art's power to illuminate the condition of contemporary culture."

Hirschhorn is known for energetic installations that reference philosophy, politics and pop culture. His multifaceted constructions often combine ephemeral materials, such as aluminum foil, cardboard, plastic, plywood or pages torn from magazines, with a wide array of cultural references and theoretical texts. For "Utopia, Utopia," Hirschhorn exaggerates traditional display elements from museums, combining abundant signage, illustrations, interpretive material, mannequins, vitrines and artworks.

"With its sprawling presentation and charged political content, 'Utopia, Utopia' seeks to engage visitors on many levels, literally and figuratively surrounding them with ideas," says Nicholas Baume, ICA chief curator. "Its dramatic presentation and aggressive design represent a collision of aesthetics and politics."

Philosopher Marcus Steinweg provides the major textual component of the installation design. A publication designed in collaboration with the artist documents the exhibition and includes writings by Hirschhorn and art historian Pamela M. Lee about camouflage, subjectivity and war. The publication is free to visitors.

Thomas Hirschhorn was born in 1957 in Bern, Switzerland, and lives and works in Aubervilliers, France. After studying graphic design at the Schule für Gestaltung in Zurich, Hirschhorn moved to France and joined Grapus, a Parisian collective of communist graphic designers. Since abandoning design for visual art in the mid-1980s, he has exhibited internationally, with major works included in the 1st Biennial of Johannesburg (1995), the Venice Biennale (1999) and Documenta XI (2002).

About the Wattis

Established in 1998, the CCA Wattis Institute serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of leading-edge local, national and international contemporary culture. Through exhibitions, the Capp Street Project residency program, lectures, symposia, performances and publications in the fields of art, architecture and design, the CCA Wattis Institute fosters interaction among the students and faculty of California College of the Arts; art, architecture and design professionals; and the general public.

Generous lead sponsorship for "UTOPIA, UTOPIA = ONE WORLD, ONE WAR, ONE ARMY, ONE DRESS" is provided by Raoul Kennedy, Chara Schreyer and Gordon Freund and Susan Swig Watkins. Major support has been provided by étant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy and Bill Timken. Generous support provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe and the CCA Curator's Forum.

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Ralph Rugoff

Ralph Rugoff, director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, has accepted the position of director of the Hayward Gallery at the South Bank Centre in London, England. The Hayward Gallery is one of London's most important venues for the exhibition of contemporary art. Rugoff, who has been director of the CCA Wattis Institute since 2000, will leave California College of the Arts after the spring 2006 semester.

Rugoff commented, "I arrived here from London (with my British wife and our son) over five and a half years ago. It has been without doubt the richest five years of my life. My experience at the CCA Wattis Institute has been challenging, stimulating and deeply satisfying. A major part of that satisfaction has come from the warmth and support of colleagues and trustees. It also derives from the dynamic character of the college and its embrace of change and intelligent adventure, including maintaining an exhibition program that has been truly international in its ambitions. In short, I can't imagine a better place to have worked, and it is only a rare opportunity that is drawing me back to London: namely, the chance to help reshape an institution, the Hayward Gallery, that for almost 40 years has been one of the leading venues in that city for presenting contemporary art."

Rugoff added, "The past year has seen some major accomplishments for the college and CCA Wattis Institute. I look forward to seeing the Wattis continue to develop its potential, and I plan to be part of its future, contributing to next year's exhibition schedule with a group show tentatively titled 'Amateurs.' With its MA Program in Curatorial Practice and celebrated curators on the faculty, CCA is developing as a hub of curatorial thinking. I hope that a new relationship with the Hayward Gallery will add to this rich mix."

Michael S. Roth, president of California College of the Arts, commented, "For more than five years, Ralph Rugoff has done an exemplary job of leading the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. He has made a profound impact on the contemporary art world in San Francisco, across the country and internationally. Ralph will be sorely missed, but we congratulate the Hayward Gallery in bringing a most creative mind to their great institution. We look forward to working with Ralph next year on his exhibition 'Amateurs' and to collaborations with the Hayward in the future."

About Ralph Rugoff

Ralph Rugoff has been director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts since 2000. His curatorial experience at the Wattis includes "Monuments for the USA," "Capp Street Project: 20th Anniversary Exhibition," "Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art" (with Daina Augaitis, Lisa Corrin, Matthew Higgs and Toby Kamps), and "Sudden Glory: Sight Gags and Slapstick in Contemporary Art." Rugoff was also the founding chair of CCA's Curatorial Practice Program.

In 2005 he won the inaugural Ordway Prize in the category of arts writer and/or curator from the Penny McCall Foundation. One of the most generous international art prizes awarded in the United States, the biennial Ordway Prize recognizes two recipients, a midcareer artist and an arts writer and/or curator, each of whom receives an unrestricted monetary award of $100,000.

Rugoff's principal publications include monographs on George Condo, Mark Wallinger and Anya Gallacio. He is the author of "Circus Americanus" (Verso). Rugoff also served as editor and coauthor of "Scene of the Crime" (MIT Press) and "At the Threshold of the Visible" (Independent Curators International). In addition, Rugoff has been a research fellow at Goldsmiths College in London and a Pew Arts Journalism Fellow at Columbia University in New York.

About the Wattis

Established in 1998, the CCA Wattis Institute serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of leading-edge local, national and international contemporary culture. Through exhibitions, the Capp Street Project residency program, lectures, symposia, performances and publications in the fields of art, architecture and design, the CCA Wattis Institute fosters interaction among the students and faculty of California College of the Arts; art, architecture and design professionals; and the general public.

About the College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers the bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of architecture, master of fine arts, master of arts and master of architecture degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students.

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Laurene Powell Jobs

Ann Hatch, chair of the Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts (CCA), has announced the appointment of four new trustees: Nancy Howes, Laurene Powell Jobs, F. Noel Perry, and Phil Schlein. Hatch commented, "Our new trustees bring a wealth of experience and a high level of commitment and energy to the college. They are joining us at an important time in the college's history, as we continue to build on CCA's reputation as one of the strongest art and design schools in the country. I'm delighted to welcome them to the CCA community."

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