Stephen Beal, provost of California College of the Arts (CCA), is pleased to announce several new faculty appointments for fall 2005.
Designer Yves Bé;har Is New Chair of Industrial Design
Internationally recognized designer Yves Bé;har has been named the new chair of the Industrial Design Program. Bé;har brings to the college a collaborative and integrative approach to the design process, combined with extensive knowledge of contemporary design practice. Bé;har is the founder and principal of the San Francisco–based design studio fuseproject. He is renowned for his innovative design of products for Birkenstock, Herman Miller, Microsoft, Nike and other industry giants.
Artist Brian Conley Chairs Graduate Fine Arts
Brian Conley is the new chair of the MFA Program in Fine Arts. Conley, whose work employs a range of disciplines to explore our perceptions of humanity, nature, technology, language and consciousness, exhibits his work widely throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to his art practice, Conley is the founding coeditor of Cabinet magazine.
Academy Award Winning Director and Acclaimed Artist Join Media Arts Faculty
Rob Epstein, one of the most acclaimed nonfiction film directors today, is this year's Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professor. As well as teaching in the Media Arts program, Epstein will assist the program in exploring curricular innovation. Epstein won his first Oscar for the classic documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk," and a second for "Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt." He has also received three Peabody Awards, four Emmys, and a Guggenheim fellowship.
Artist Kota Ezawa also joins the Media Arts faculty this fall and will teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Ezawa was recently honored at the Shanghai Biennale for his work in digital animation, investigating recent history and current events. His work was featured in the recent exhibition "Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art," seen at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and three other major West Coast venues.
New Faculty Hires in Painting Program
CCA's Painting Program welcomes four new faculty members to tenure-track positions.
Linda Geary's work has been seen in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including "Bay Area Now 3" at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and "Being There: 45 Oakland Artists" at the Oakland Museum of California.
James D. Gobel comes to CCA from CSU San Bernardino, where he was an assistant professor of painting and served as director of three university galleries. His work has been shown widely, including a solo show at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the group show "100 Artists See God" at the Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Laguna Museum of Art, CA; and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
CCA alumnus David Huffman (BFA '86, MFA '98) has had recent solo shows at Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery in Los Angeles and the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. His work in the group shows "Black Belt" and "Freestyle" at the Studio Museum of Harlem received wide critical acclaim.
Jordan Kantor comes to CCA from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he was an assistant curator in the department of drawings and curated the exhibition "Drawing from the Modern, 1975–2005," on view this fall. Kantor has a PhD from Harvard University in history of art and architecture; he publishes and lectures extensively on contemporary art.
A number of prominent visiting artists and scholars will be teaching at CCA this fall, including New York performance artist Andrea Fraser, award-winning writer Julie Orringer, sculptors Jane Bruce and Mary Shaffer and playwright/screenwriter/performer Paul Magrid of The Flying Karamazov Brothers.
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.Read the rest