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Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Tariq Alvi is the spring 2005 Capp Street Project artist in residence at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Recycling and recontextualizing found printed matter into sprawling three-dimensional collage-like works, Alvi creates complex maps of emotional and psychological landscapes. His fragile—and often ephemeral—works operate at the threshold of private and public life and seek to reconcile the often contradictory impulses of reality and desire.

For his Capp Street Project, Alvi will create a site-specific installation incorporating various media.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents a new multichannel video installation by Anthony Burdin, on view from April 7 through May 14 in the CCA Wattis Institute's Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts.

This marks the first West Coast solo exhibition for the artist, whose 2003 exhibition at Maccarone Gallery in New York was singled out by the New York Times as one of the most auspicious debuts of the year. Burdin's installation in the Logan Galleries will incorporate video, sound and sculptural objects.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts (CCA) will host a gala fundraiser on April 28 at San Francisco's Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason. "Threads" will include a cocktail reception and dinner, followed by a special presentation of the CCA Fashion Show. The innovative runway fashion show will feature original designs presented by professional models, in an atmosphere of high energy and excitement. This year's runway show will feature the collections of ten up-and-coming designers, selected from the graduating class of 2005 by a jury of CCA faculty and industry professionals. In addition, seven students will show their work in a gallery setting, which will also be part of the evening's festivities.

Lead sponsorship for the gala is generously provided by Osterweis Capital Management. Kimberly Blattner and Anne Robinson Woods are cochairs for the gala event. Individual tickets are priced at $250; tables may be reserved for $5,000 and $10,000. Proceeds from the gala will support vital scholarships for CCA students. Catering will be provided by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering.

"'Threads' is the first gala fundraiser for the college since 1997. We are delighted with the enthusiastic response we have received so far," said event cochair Kimberly Blattner. "I'd particularly like to thank our sponsors for their generous support of this new event."

Cochair Anne Robinson Woods added, "CCA's annual fashion show is always a sellout, and we're thrilled that we could have a special fundraiser in conjunction with the show. The event will raise money for scholarships, assuring that the best students will continue to have access to the education offered at the college."

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. Graduates from the program have gone on to positions with such prominent designers as Donna Karan, BCBG and Alexander McQueen.

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Posted on Monday, February 14, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts has invited more than 50 artists from around the world to devise proposals for political and social monuments for the United States of America. The proposals—including drawings, diagrams, maquettes, photocollages and written descriptions—will be displayed in "Monuments for the USA," an exhibition on view from April 7 through May 14 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 Wednesday, January 5, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Top California interior designers present trendsetting, provocative and polished new work at the winter 2005 Interior Designers Forum: "Luxury Redefined." Moderated by best-selling design author and editor Diane Dorrans Saeks, "Luxury Redefined" provides the public with the rare opportunity to see new, original design work and engage in lively dialogue on a broad range of design topics. The forum will explore the role of luxury as it relates to today's design: its everyday expression, its details and how tastes in luxury change.

Presented by the California College of the Arts (CCA) Extended Education Department, the forum will take place from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, January 29, at CCA's San Francisco campus.

The program includes "Luxury Is in the Details," with keynote speaker Paul Vincent Wiseman of The Wiseman Group; "Refinement and Restraint," with guest speaker Rebecca Bradley of Rebecca Bradley Interior Design; and "Luxury in Three Acts," with featured speaker Pamela Babey of Babey Moulton Jue & Booth. Other speakers for the day include Martha Angus of Martha Angus, Inc., Collin Burry of Gensler, Gary Hutton of Gary Hutton Design and Fred Lyon of Fred Lyon Pictures.

Moderator Diane Dorrans Saeks is the author of 16 books, most recently "Hollywood Style" and "San Francisco Style." A noted editor and lecturer, Ms. Saeks has written extensively for the New York Times, Garden Design, Departures and many other design publications around the world. She is the California editor of Metropolitan Home and the interior design editor of PaperCity.

Please note that speakers are subject to change. The cost of the seminar is $120 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.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents "Irreducible: Contemporary Short Form Video," an international survey featuring video work by artists from over 20 countries. "Irreducible" brings together recent works that are structured around a single situation, action or individual and often reinterpret the process-oriented concerns of performance and conceptual art from the 1970s, while exploring an expanded social and psychological landscape.

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Posted on Saturday, December 11, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

More than 700 Bay Area students, some hoping to find out if they have what it takes to forge a career as an artist or creative professional and others simply looking to pursue higher education through the arts, will attend National Portfolio Day in San Francisco next month. Hosted this year by California College of the Arts (CCA), National Portfolio Day gives students the opportunity to have their portfolios reviewed by representatives from over thirty institutions from across the nation as well as gather information about the schools. National Portfolio Day will take place on January 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CCA's San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street). Portfolio reviews begin at noon. The event is free and open to the public.

"These are exciting times for students pursing an education through the arts," says CCA President Michael S. Roth. "While art school was once thought of as an option solely for those committed to earning their livelihood through artistic practice, students who have found creative endeavors satisfying throughout their high school years are now considering art school as a college choice whether or not they are certain about wanting a career as a professional artist. This makes them great job candidates in the new 'creative economy' that prizes the capacity for innovation. Of course many art school grads do go on to become successful artists, architects and designers, but as is the case with any undergraduate liberal arts major, many go on to develop meaningful careers in business, politics, education and other professions. An education through the arts enhances not only the development of aesthetic and conceptual abilities, but also contextual and critical thinking, problem solving and entrepreneurial capacity," says Roth.

All of the schools that will be represented at National Portfolio Day are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Students who attend will receive a directory of schools by major and will also have the opportunity to attend workshops on financial aid. Those interested in learning more about National Portfolio Day or obtaining a schedule of the day's events should contact CCA Enrollment Services Office at 415.703.9523 or visit

About National Portfolio Day

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. Since 1978, NPDA members have been hosting portfolio days and career-in-the-arts events throughout the United States and in Canada. The Association consists of accredited art colleges and university art departments which are members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It is the only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education. For more information, visit

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Posted on Monday, November 15, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

Beginning in fall 2005, California College of the Arts (CCA) will be the first art school to offer a Bachelors of Fine Arts Program (BFA) in community arts. An interdisciplinary program, the BFA in Community Arts focuses on community-based arts practice and theory, with an emphasis on service learning, civic engagement and issues in diversity.

The program draws on the rich resources of the CCA Center for Art and Public Life, which creates community partnerships based on creative practice that serve the college and the diverse population of Oakland and San Francisco. Through courses in the Community Arts Program, students will have the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to numerous community settings established through the Center, such as public schools, health centers, non-profit community organizations, museums, cultural centers and neighborhoods. Examples include Children's Hospital, Creative Growth Art Center, the National Institute of Art and Disabilities, Studio One Art Center, Creative Arts Charter School and the Oakland Museum.

"This program is unique because it challenges students to be active participants in society by exploring and practicing the integration of art and social change. As artist citizens, we find creative solutions to political, social and economic issues in urban, rural and global communities. In the last ten years, art practice has changed considerably. While at one time being an artist meant a more solitary way of life, many artists today are seeking direct involvement with their communities. By lending the skills and knowledge of their professions to community organizations, service providers, cultural institutions and government agencies, they are active agents for social engagement and change," says Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, director of the Center for Art and Public Life and chair of diversity studies at CCA.

The community arts curriculum combines coursework in the humanities and sciences with Core studios, studio electives, courses in arts administration and cultural diversity and a required internship. Students graduate with an understanding of how historical, social, economic and political factors of communities relate to community art. Students may choose the SMART (Subject Matter Art) emphasis, a precredential program that meets the basic entry requirement for postgraduate, state-approved teacher credentialing programs. Those interested in learning more about CCA's BFA in Community Arts, should call 800.447.1278.

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Posted on Friday, October 29, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

"Irreducible: Contemporary Short Form Video"
January 19–March 19, 2005
Opening reception: Tuesday, January 18, 7–8:30 p.m.

An international survey featuring video work by artists from over 20 countries. "Irreducible" brings together recent video works that are structured around a single situation, action or individual, often reinterpreting the process-oriented concerns of performance and conceptual art from the 1970s, while exploring an expanded social and psychological landscape. Artists include Mauricio Alejo, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Jesper Alvaer, Yael Bartana, Mircea Cantor, Douglas Gordon, Kimsooja, Glenda Leon, Mark Lewis, Mads Lynnerup, Aernout Mik, Will Rogan, Aida Ruilova, Wilhem Sasnal, Song Dong, Fiona Tan, Su-Mei Tse, Gillian Wearing, Wood & Harrison, David Zink Yi and Artur Zmijewski.

Anthony Burdin: New Work
April 7–May 14, 2005

Articulating a complex and hallucinatory California Gothic, Burdin's video installations and drawings explore a kinship between fact and fantasy, between the conventions of pop music and marketing and the obsessive desires of fans. His videos—many of which are made in the 1973 Chevy Nova in which he has lived during much of the past decade—are characterized by a restlessly nomadic aesthetic. Featuring jittery but fluid handheld camera work and the growling voices of Burdin's various alter egos, these videos explore the urban and desert landscapes of Southern California while investigating the interior of the automobile as a charged psychological space.

Capp Street Project 2005: Tariq Alvi
April 7–May 14, 2005

The British-born Indian artist Tariq Alvi's work takes the form of a complex mapping of emotional and psychological landscapes. Recycling and recontextualizing found printed matter (club flyers, restaurant menus, jewelry catalogs, newspaper headlines, classified ads, maps, etc.) into sprawling three-dimensional collage-like works, Alvi's art orients around his self-designated status as an alien—both ethnic and sexual. Alvi's fragile—and often ephemeral—works operate at the threshold of private and public life and seek to reconcile the often contradictory impulses of reality and desire. For his Capp Street Project, Alvi will create a site-specific installation.

Monuments for the USA
April 7–May 14, 2005

Over 100 international artists will devise proposals for political and social monuments appropriate for the people of the United States. Their proposals—which may take the form of drawings, diagrams, maquettes, photo-collages, verbal descriptions, etc.—will be displayed in the gallery. Information and specifications for the proposed monuments will then be published and circulated in hopes that the works will be commissioned or funded. Featured artists will include Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Jessica Diamond, Sam Durant, Thomas Hirschhorn, Zhang Huan, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Ken Lum, Aleksandra Mir, Gary Simmons, Do-Ho Suh, Mark Wallinger, Fred Wilson and many others.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 5, 2004 by Brenda Tucker

Simon J. Blattner, chair of the Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts (CCA), has announced the appointment of six new trustees: Louis Belden, Tim Brown, Diane Christensen, Byron Kuth, Tim Mott and Alan Stein.

"I'm delighted to welcome our new trustees. They bring a wealth of experience and a high level of commitment and passion to the college," commented Blattner. "I look forward to working with them in the future as we continue to build on CCA's reputation as one of the strongest art and design schools in the country."

Louis Belden is president of Belden and Associates, a San Francisco investment counsel firm. He has been an active community member for many years. He currently serves on the boards of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, Edgewood Center for Families and Children and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO, the nation's largest innovation and design firm. Based in Palo Alto, IDEO has eight locations around the world and more than 350 employees. The firm works on projects in a variety of industries, including computers, furniture, medical, sporting goods, telecommunications, toys and transportation. Prior to his appointment as CEO and president in 2000, Brown was director of IDEO in Europe. He is very committed to design education and has lectured at MIT Sloan School, Stanford University, Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Royal College of Art.

Diane Christensen is CEO of Manzanita Management Corp., an asset management firm. She is also president and board chair of The Christensen Fund, a private, independent foundation dedicated to assisting organizations in the visual arts, conservation science and education. She currently is chair of the board of Verde Valley School in Arizona and serves on the boards of Midland School, the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Wildlife Conservation Society/New York Zoological Society. She is also a member of Stanford's Humanities and Sciences Council and the California Academy of Sciences Council.

Byron Kuth is owner of Kuth/Ranieri Architects, a San Francisco firm specializing in residential, mixed use and commercial projects. The firm has received numerous awards, including ID Magazine's Design Distinction Award—Environments in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and the Architectural League of New York Young Architects Forum "Emerging Voices" award in 2002. Kuth serves on the boards of the LEF Foundation for Art in the Environment and SFMOMA's Architecture and Design Forum. He has been a faculty member at CCA and was visiting faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1999.

Tim Mott is chairman of All Covered, a provider of computer and network services. A cofounder of Electronic Arts, he held a variety of executive positions there from 1982 to 1990. Electronic Arts is now the world's leading interactive entertainment software company, and Mott remains a member of the company's board of directors. Mott also cofounded and was CEO of Macromedia, the leading multimedia software tools company, and he cofounded and was chairman of Audible, the leading Internet spoken word audio company. Currently, in addition to his work with All Covered, Mott manages his investment company, Ironwood Capital. Mott also serves as a trustee of the Dia Art Foundation and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Alan Stein is a managing director of JMP Group. An investment banker for more than 45 years, he has held positions at Weston Presidio Capital, Montgomery Securities and Goldman Sachs and Company. He cofounded and is currently chairman of the board of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the largest nonprofit development company in California. BRIDGE creates and manages a range of affordable, high-quality housing for working families and seniors. A dedicated arts community volunteer, Stein is chairman emeritus of American Conservatory Theater and has served on the board of SFMOMA.

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