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Posted on Friday, August 26, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

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.

Visiting Artists

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.

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Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Twenty-five Oakland families have been working at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in Chinatown since June 23 to create artwork for the second phase of 100 Families Oakland: Art & Social Change, a multi-phase community art project, sponsored by F. Noel Perry and the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts. The families have been working with professional artists and students from California College of the Arts (CCA) for 10 consecutive Thursdays to create individual and collaborative art projects.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents "General Ideas: Rethinking Conceptual Art 1987–2005," an exhibition that considers the legacy of conceptual art in works produced by a generation of artists born during or close to the first phase of conceptual art production (1965–1975). Organized by Matthew Higgs, adjunct curator for the Wattis Institute and Director of White Columns in New York, "General Ideas" is on view September 15–November 13 in the CCA Wattis Institute's Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

David Meckel, FAIA, has been appointed to the newly created position of director of research and planning at California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by CCA President Michael S. Roth. In this position he will oversee the planning and implementation of technology, manage the strategic development of facilities and infrastructure for the college's two campuses and supervise institutional research.

Meckel has a long association with the college. In 1985, he was hired to develop CCA's architecture program and served as founding chair for two years. From 1987 to 1992, he was campus architect, responsible for developing facilities to support the college's growing enrollment. He was appointed dean of the School of Architectural Studies in 1992 and served in that capacity until 2000. Following an academic restructuring in 2000, Meckel became special assistant to the president, advising on facilities and strategic planning.

Roth commented on Meckel's appointment, "David has been a tremendous asset to CCA for 20 years. In this new capacity, he will continue to play a leadership role in shaping the future of the college. His extensive experience in facility planning and program development, his professional expertise as an architect and his thorough knowledge of our programs make him invaluable to the college."

Meckel holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. He began his career working with renowned designers Charles and Ray Eames in their Venice, California studio. He directed all the design work for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles; recently he received a City Legacy Award for this effort. He co-founded the Interior Architecture program at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. In 1997, he was chosen as one of ID Magazine's "ID Forty" Design and Technology Innovators and was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1998.

Currently he is campus architect for the University of the Pacific and serves on the Design Advisory Committee for the selection of architects for the UCSF campuses. He is chair of SFMOMA's Architecture and Design Accessions Committee and is active on several other nonprofit boards, including Public Architecture, the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco, red dot Americas, the Stanford University Architecture & Engineering Advisory Council and the Monterey Design Conference. As a competition advisor, Meckel has worked on several projects, including the Memphis Riverf ront, Santa Rosa's Museum of Contemporary Art and Habitat for Humanity in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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 1,500 full-time students.

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Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Twenty-five Oakland families begin the second phase of 100 Families Oakland: Art & Social Change, a multi-phase community art project, on Thursday, June 23, at 5:00 p.m. at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center at 388 Ninth Street.

The families will meet with professional artists and students from California College of the Arts (CCA) for 10 consecutive Thursdays to create individual art projects and collaborate with the other families to produce a collective public artwork.

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Posted on Monday, June 6, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Yves Béhar

Award-winning designer Yves Béhar has been appointed chair of the Industrial Design Program at California College of the Arts (CCA), Provost Stephen Beal announced today. His appointment is effective September 1. Béhar succeeds Steven Skov Holt, who served as chair from 1995 to 2004 and will remain chair emeritus.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Ann Hatch

At its annual meeting on April 25, the Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts (CCA) approved the appointment of Ann M. Hatch as chair. The appointment is effective in June 2005. Hatch succeeds Simon Blattner, who has served as chair since May 2002.

"I am inspired by CCA, a nationally recognized college committed to providing students with a strong opportunity to explore their creativity and build a meaningful foundation in the arts. This is a real asset to the Bay Area," stated Hatch.

CCA President Michael S. Roth commented on the appointment, "As a board member for the past seven years, Ann has developed a deep understanding of the core academic mission of the college and, perhaps most importantly, she has a clear vision of the institution's promise. She is an ardent and articulate advocate for contemporary art and design. I look forward to working with her and our board to advance the college's important mission."

Ann M. Hatch is a native San Franciscan and a philanthropist. In 1983 she founded Capp Street Project (CSP), a nationally recognized artist residency program. She was instrumental in bringing CSP to the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in 1998. In 1997 Hatch, together with Robert and Margrit Mondavi, cofounded the Oxbow School, an independent high school for the arts in Napa. She will be stepping down as chair of Oxbow's board to assume her new position at CCA. She has served on the boards of many arts organizations, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN (since 1973), the Berkeley Art Museum (1996–99), Oakland Museum of California (1995–99) and the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA (1992–99). She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including honorary doctorates from CCA (2003) and the San Francisco Art Institute (1991) and an award for achievement in the prevention of child abuse (1988). In 1991, San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos declared January 31 Ann Hatch Day in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the community.

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 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.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts (CCA) will confer honorary doctorate degrees on art historian Samella Lewis, poet Michael McClure and philanthropist Barclay Simpson at the 98th Commencement Exercises held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco. Michael McClure is the commencement speaker; his speech will take the form of a performance with noted composer Terry Riley, founder of the minimalist and new tonality movements. In addition to attending the commencement ceremonies, Lewis, McClure and Simpson will be honored at a private dinner the night before and will participate in the post-commencement reception on CCA's San Francisco campus.

The career of teacher, scholar and artist Samella Lewis has spanned more than 50 years. One of the first African-American women to obtain a doctorate in art history, Lewis has championed the artists of her time, including Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Lois Mailou Jones and John Biggers. While professor of art history at Scripps College, she founded the International Review of African American Art (originally released as Black Art, An International Quarterly). She has curated many exhibitions both in the United States and abroad and was founding director of the Museum of African American Art. As an artist, Lewis is primarily known for her prints, which in the 1960s and 1970s reflected the struggle for humanity and freedom among people of color. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 1993 Charles White Lifetime Achievement Award and the 1995 UNICEF Award for the Visual Arts. In 1996–97 she was a distinguished scholar at the Getty Research Institute.

The Los Angeles Times called him "the role model for Jim Morrison." Poet and playwright Michael McClure burst onto the literary scene in 1954 at the legendary Six Gallery in San Francisco with fellow writers Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac. Author of more than 30 volumes of poetry and 20 plays, he has given hundreds, if not thousands, of readings at clubs, colleges and theaters and has also conducted numerous writing workshops. His many awards include a New York Theater Critic's Award, two Obies, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry from the National Poetry Association and grants and fellowships from such prestigious organizations as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been teaching at CCA since 1963—the longest tenure of any faculty member at the college. Most recently, McClure has been performing and recording with Ray Manzarek, former keyboardist for the Doors. In December 2004, the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley acquired McClure's journals from the years 1956 through 2002.

Entrepreneur and art aficionado Barclay Simpson is founder and chairman of Dublin-based Simpson Manufacturing. A member of CCA's Board of Trustees since 1986, Simpson and his wife, Sharon, have supported a variety of projects at the college, including the Sharon Hanley Simpson Library on the San Francisco campus and the award-winning sculpture facility on the Oakland campus. Each year the Simpson Scholarship is awarded to outstanding graduate students. The Simpsons are also generous donors to the Berkeley Art Museum; Girls Inc. of Alameda County; California Shakespeare Festival; Museum of Children's Art; Bay Area Discovery Museum; Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and San Leandro; Berkeley Public Library and Orinda Public Library; Chabot Space and Science Center; John F. Kennedy University; Wardrobe for Opportunity; and Pacific Vision Foundation. In November 2004 they received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon in San Francisco.

The college will confer degrees on 361 students at the 2005 Commencement Exercises. For more information about CCA's honorary doctorate degrees or about the college's 98th Commencement Exercises, please call 510.594.3666.

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 18 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 1,500 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.

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Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Responding to overwhelming interest, California College of the Arts (CCA) will present a special encore production of the senior fashion show that will take place immediately following the "Threads" gala and fashion show. "Threads" and the encore runway show, titled "Pulling Threads," will both take place Thursday, April 28, at Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, in San Francisco. Tickets for "Pulling Threads" are $10 and go on sale at 9:45 p.m.; the doors will open at 10 p.m.

"Threads," a fundraiser benefiting scholarship programs at the college, will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event includes a cocktail reception, dinner and a special presentation of the CCA Senior Fashion Show. Individual tickets are priced at $250; tables may be reserved for $5,000 and $10,000.

Fashion design at CCA is an idea-driven program that emphasizes 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 daring individuality and originality who will contribute to fashion as an aspect of modern art and culture as they participate in the global fashion industry.

p. California College of the Arts is pleased to thank Osterweis Capital Management, lead sponsor of "Threads." Special thanks to our Haute Couture Patrons, Diane Christensen and Jean Pierret, Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein and Anita and Ronald Wornick, and our Nouvelle Couture Patrons, Kimberly and Simon Blattner, Tom and Jan Boyce, Tecoah and Thomas Bruce, E. J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc., Lois Gordon and Robin Strawbridge, Mary Green, Leigh Hudson, Eve and Harvey Masonek, Tony and Celeste Meier, Lorna F. Meyer and Dennis Calas, Timothy Mott, Steven and Nancy Oliver, David and Mary Robinson, Karen and Ronald Rose, Michael S. Roth and Kari Weil, Dorothy and George Saxe, Phil Schlein, Barclay and Sharon Simpson, Alan and Ruth Stein, Judy and Bill Timken, Kay and Frank Woods and Mary and Harold Zlot. In addition, CCA would like to thank in-kind donor Robert Mondavi Family of Wines and our media sponsor, Surface Magazine.

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 18 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 1,500 full-time students.

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"Threads": Gala and Fashion Show
Thursday, April 28, 6–10 p.m.
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco
Information: 510.594.3776
Tickets: Individual $250; tables $5,000–$10,000

"Threads," a gala fundraiser hosted by California College of the Arts (CCA), will include a cocktail reception, dinner and a special presentation of the CCA Senior Fashion Show. The innovative runway fashion show will feature original designs presented by professional models, in an atmosphere of high energy and excitement. Proceeds from the gala will support vital scholarships for CCA students.

"Pulling Threads": CCA Senior Fashion Show
Thursday, April 28, doors open 10 p.m. (tickets on sale 9:45 p.m.)
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco
Information: 415.703.9519
Tickets: Individual $10; free to CCA students with ID

An encore production of the CCA Senior Fashion Show, the innovative runway show will feature original designs presented by professional models, in an atmosphere of high energy and excitement.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts (CCA) presents the 2005 Graduate Exhibition, featuring the work of 87 graduating MFA and MA students in the areas of design, fine arts, visual criticism, writing and curatorial practice. The visual arts exhibition is on view from May 12 through May 21. A series of readings and presentations is planned from April 30 through May 21. All events are free, open to the public and take place on the CCA San Francisco campus at 1111 Eighth Street. A schedule of programs is below.

The Graduate Exhibition opens Thursday, May 12, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and tantalizing one-minute readings by writing students at 7:30 p.m. Work by students in design and fine arts will be on view.

Curated by faculty member Glen Helfand, the exhibition features many new and innovative works, including an embroidered globe of the moon, 3-D pixel sculptures, interactive woven textiles and a full-scale tree covered with mosaic tile, along with works in painting, video, sound, sculpture, photography and social interaction.

The show unfolds throughout the school, giving visitors the opportunity to tour much of the San Francisco campus.

Hours are 10 a.m.–8 p.m. daily. The exhibition continues through May 21. Images are available upon request.

Thesis presentations by students in the MA Program in Visual Criticism are scheduled for Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A literary salon, presented by the MFA Program in Writing, will take place Friday, May 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. "Downtime: Constructing Leisure," the exhibition curated by curatorial practice students, continues through Saturday, May 14 at New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom Street. For more information, call CCA's Graduate Office at 415.551.9251.

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 18 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 1,500 full-time students.

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Art Exhibition
Thursday, May 12–Saturday, May 21
2005 CCA Graduate Exhibition
Open daily, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Opening reception: Thursday, May 12, 6–9 p.m.
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin), San Francisco
Work by students in design and fine arts will be on view. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 415.551.9251.

Readings and Presentations
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Visual Criticism Thesis Presentations
Timken Lecture Hall
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin), San Francisco

Morning presentations, 10 a.m.–noon

  • Shana Agid, "'Fags Doom Nations' and Other Parables of Hate"
  • Doreen Schmid, "Original Sin in India and Other Colonized Edens"
  • Ekta Ohri, "Transnational Altar-ations: Constructing Indian-ness in American Kitchens"
  • Bruce King-Shey, "Queering the Universal Rhetoric of Objects"

Afternoon presentations, 1–3 p.m.

  • Kathleen Maloney, "Visual Listening in Sound Performance"
  • Emily Clark, "Artists Using Medical Imaging: What of I.T.?"
  • Annie Lawson, "Porch Stories: Changes in Hawaiian Social Space"
  • Ramsay Bell Breslin, "Memorializing in New (Old) Harmony"

Reception: 3–4 p.m.

Free and open to the public. For more information, call 415.551.9251.

The One-Minute Writing Extravaganza
Thursday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin), San Francisco
Students graduating from the MFA Program in Writing read tantalizing one-minute excerpts from their work. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 415.551.9251.

MFA in Writing Literary Salon
Friday, May 13, 7–9 p.m.
Writers' Studio, Room 107
California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin), San Francisco
Readings in fiction, poetry and experimental work, by students graduating from the MFA Program in Writing. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 415.551.9251.

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