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Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 by Kim Lessard

Scalloped-draped amethyst tones chiffon gown by designer Paloma Von Broadley, 2009 (photo by Navid Baraty)

The Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the 2009 Senior Fashion Show, to be held at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, on the college's San Francisco campus, located at 1111 Eighth Street. This runway show, juried by an industry panel, features original designs worn by professional models. General-admission tickets are $25; VIP tickets are $100 and include reserved seating at the event plus admission to the Friends of Fashion cocktail preparty.

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Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009 by Chris Bliss

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce the successful completion of its Centennial Campaign, raising just over $27.5 million. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of 1,000 campaign donors, the college significantly exceeded its original $25 million goal. The campaign has been the most ambitious fundraising effort in the college's history, providing vital revenue for student scholarships, academic programs, and facility improvements.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 by Kim Lessard

Stephanie Sandstrom

California College of the Arts Fashion Design undergraduate Stephanie Sandstrom will compete in Project Outdoor Retailer, a 48-hour "concept-to-prototype" student design competition that takes place in conjunction with the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City January 22–25, 2009. This is the leading outdoor-industry trade show, bringing together manufacturers, retailers, industry advocates, media, and other professionals. CCA's Fashion Design Program is one of only five in the United States sending a student competitor. Project Outdoor Retailer debuted in 2008 at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.

Sandstrom and the four other hand-picked students will have just 48 hours to produce garment prototypes that are original, make innovative use of performance and eco-friendly materials, and have a practical application in the outdoor market. Once they complete their initial garment designs, they will turn their drawings into products using the latest fabrics, zippers, and other components provided by participating exhibitors. They will then spend the remainder of the 48-hour timeframe at their workstations (equipped with sewing machines, cutting tables, and other tools), building their final prototypes.

Project Outdoor Retailer's panel of judges, comprised of professional designers and industry trendsetters, will review each contestant's final prototype and presentation on January 25, the last day of the trade show. The winning student will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2009 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and a profile in Textiles Intelligence.

The participants will be filmed in a reality-competition-style format that begins with an initial design brief and then follows them through conception, sourcing, production, and the final presentations. Attendees and others will be able to follow their progress in designated areas throughout the show, and also via streaming video at www.outdoorretailer.com.

Sandstrom recently garnered international attention at the Fashioning the Future summit in London, when she was a runner-up in the "Chuck It or Keep it" global student competition.

About CCA's Fashion Design Program

Established in 1996, CCA's Fashion Design Program is an idea-driven, craft-based course of study that emphasizes design concepts and skill development. The goal is to produce designers of daring originality who are willing to explore across disciplines and contribute to fashion as an aspect of modern art and culture. Students gain technical expertise in pattern making, sewing, draping, and fashion illustration. They develop creative solutions to the challenges of sustainability by designing fashions that respect the environment and preserve native cultures. Alumni of the program work in all aspects of the industry for companies such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Gap Inc., Gymboree, Jones of NYC, Levi Strauss & Co., TIBI, Ralph Lauren, Narciso Rodriguez, Athleta, Elie Tahari, and Thom Browne. Many have developed their own firms in the United States and abroad.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 20 undergraduate and seven 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, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees. With campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, CCA currently enrolls 1,740 full-time students. Noted alumni include the painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; the ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the filmmaker Wayne Wang; the conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl. For more information about CCA, visit www.cca.edu.

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Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present the exhibition Paul McCarthy's Low Life Slow Life: Part 2 from January 27 through May 30, 2009, in the lower-level Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Tuesday, January 27, from 6–8 p.m.

Low Life Slow Life is an autobiographical exhibition that presents a diverse range of artists and artworks related to Paul McCarthy's memories of his career.

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Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

Dr. Mark Breitenberg

Dr. Mark Breitenberg has been appointed provost of California College of the Arts, it was announced today by CCA President Stephen Beal. Currently dean of Humanities and Design Sciences at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Breitenberg will assume his position on February 1, 2009. As provost Breitenberg will be CCA's chief academic officer with broad responsibilities for the strategic planning, development, and administration of the college's academic programs.

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Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

The Puerto Rico–based artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz will present the world premiere of her new film Flowers of Antimony on Tuesday, November 25, at 7 p.m. at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. There will be a reception from 6–7 p.m. Both the reception and the screening are free and open to the public.

This is Santiago's first-ever solo project on the West Coast.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 by Chris Bliss

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today that Walter Kitundu, faculty member at California College of the Arts, has been named one of its 25 fellows for 2008. MacArthur Fellowship awardees each receive $500,000 in unrestricted, "no strings attached" support over five years. The recipients work across a broad spectrum of endeavors, including science, medicine, the humanities, and the visual and performing arts.

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Posted on Monday, September 22, 2008 by Kim Lessard

Amanda Lee, Untitled, 2005

This past spring, the Graduate Program in Design at CCA became the first American academic program to join the Designers Accord. Endorsed by both the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the Designers Accord is a coalition of 100,000 designers, educators, researchers, engineers, business consultants, and corporations who are working toward innovative and sustainable changes in design, industry, and consumer behavior.

Founded by CCA faculty member Valerie Casey, the Designers Accord is regarded in the international design community as a kind of Kyoto Protocol for designers.

Casey is also a lead designer at IDEO, where she creates socially and environmentally sustainable products, services, and business models for companies around the world. She founded the Designers Accord in January 2008, recognizing the need for a more organized effort by designers worldwide to make positive changes with respect to the environmental and social impact of design and industry.

"By adopting the Designers Accord, the Graduate Program in Design affirms its commitment to sustainability and to the sharing of knowledge and expertise with a global community of committed members representing each design discipline," says Brenda Laurel, chair of CCA's Graduate Program in Design.

Read more about the Designers Accord at www.designersaccord.org.
Read more about CCA's Graduate Program in Design at www.cca.edu/design.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 20 undergraduate and seven 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, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees.

With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls more than 1,650 full-time students. Noted alumni include the painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; the ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the filmmaker Wayne Wang; the conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl. For more information about CCA, visit www.cca.edu.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts announces the continuation of the exhibition Americana in the Mary Augustine Gallery (a special vitrine in the shape of the United States) on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition, begun in September 2007 and now entering its second year, is organized by Jens Hoffmann (director of the Wattis Institute) and CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. It is free and open to the public.

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Posted on Friday, August 15, 2008 by Kim Lessard

Students and faculty from the Jewelry / Metal Arts Program at California College of the Arts are calling on local residents to donate their unwanted jewelry—gold, silver, or other—between now and September 11, 2008, to be recycled into exciting new pieces for the Radical Jewelry Makeover. A nationwide program, the Radical Jewelry Makeover was founded by Ethical Metalsmiths, an artist-run nonprofit organization that is working to galvanize mining reform efforts and educate the public about alternatives to traditional mining practices and jewelry production.

Jewelry donations can be made at the drop box located in the Jewelry / Metal Arts Program offices at CCA's Oakland campus (5212 Broadway), or mailed to the Richmond Art Center at 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond CA 94804. Donations can also be made at any of the other participating organizations (for more information, see radicaljewelrymakeover.blogspot.com).

The unique, handmade pieces from the Radical Jewelry Makeover will be exhibited and offered for sale October 22–November 9 at Velvet da Vinci, 2015 Polk Street (between Broadway and Pacific), San Francisco. There will be a reception on Friday October 24. Jewelry donors receive discount coupons, and all sales benefit Ethical Metalsmiths' efforts to inform and connect people with responsibly sourced materials. CCA students will work together on the project with other participating Bay Area organizations, schools, and studios, including Metal Arts Guild San Francisco, Academy of Art University, City College, the Crucible, Revere Academy, Richmond Art Center, and Scintillant Studio.

The San Francisco Bay Area Radical Jewelry Makeover will be the largest event to date. According to Ethical Metalsmiths, San Francisco Bay is lined with several feet of sediment from hydraulic gold mining that took place more than a century ago, and the waters are contaminated with dangerous levels of mercury as a result. The organization Earthworks reports that an estimated 80 percent of the gold mined each year is used for jewelry, and that a single gold ring leaves 20 tons of mine waste. Mining is currently the most toxic industry in the nation, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 20 undergraduate and seven 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, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls more than 1,650 full-time students. Noted alumni include the painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; the ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the filmmaker Wayne Wang; the conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl.

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