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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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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts (CCA) presents the annual Graduate Open Studios, featuring the work of students in fine arts, architecture, design and writing. On Sunday, April 3, from 12 to 5 p.m., more than 175 students will open their studios to the public on the CCA San Francisco campus at 1111 Eighth Street.

All of the artists will be present to converse with those interested in their work, and the event will offer an informal preview of works to be shown in the 2005 CCA Graduate Exhibition (May 13–21).

In conjunction with Open Studios, graduate creative writing students and faculty will read excerpts from original work, throughout the day in the Writer's Studio, room 107.

Clearly labeled self-guided tour maps will be available, as well as on-site representatives to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the CCA Graduate Office at 415.551.9213.

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 1,500 full-time students.

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April 3
California College of the Arts
Graduate Open Studios
12–5 p.m., California College of the Arts, San Francisco campus
1111 Eighth Street
Cost: Free
Un-metered street parking available
Info: 415.551.9213

California College of the Arts graduate students in fine arts, architecture, design and writing open their studios to the public.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

California College of the Arts presents its annual Spring Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. The event will be held on the CCA Oakland campus, located at 5212 Broadway (at College Avenue).

Enjoy live jazz music and stroll the campus grounds while collecting one-of-a-kind work by CCA's freshest student and alumni talent. The sale will feature unique yet inexpensive hand-crafted items such as ceramics, blown glass, jewelry, clothing, photography, textiles and paintings.

Proceeds go to the individual artists. Refreshments, food and baked goods will be available for purchase.

Those interested should call 510.594.3666 for more information.

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 1,500 full-time students.

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April 16
California College of the Arts
Spring Fair
11 a.m.–3 p.m., main walkway, California College of the Arts, Oakland campus, 5212 Broadway
Info: 510.594.3666

Collect work by CCA's newest talent at the annual Spring Fair. Presented by Student Affairs Office. Shop for unique gifts handmade by the talented students and alumni of California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

On Saturday, April 2, 25 families will meet at the East Oakland Youth Development Center to kick off 100 Families Oakland: Art & Social Change (100 Families Oakland), a community art project for 100 families from Oakland neighborhoods (East Oakland, Fruitvale, Chinatown and West Oakland).

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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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