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Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Team California, the only competitor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon hailing from the West Coast, is out to prove that aesthetics and engineering can work together to create an amazing living space. Combining the latest developments in green technology with their own high-end craft and artisanal skills, and taking into account California’s incredible climate, the students are designing and building an 800-square-foot home that they hope will bring home first prize.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Kara Walker

Kara Walker's art has been described in the New York Times as "mocking," "shaming," "startlingly poignant," "absorbing," "excruciatingly personal," "magnetic," and "brilliant." California College of the Arts (CCA) will recognize this extraordinary artist with an honorary doctorate degree at its 102nd commencement exercises, to be held Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco. Walker will deliver the commencement address to the 417 graduates and their families.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Visit CCA's Spring Fair Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

California College of the Arts presents its annual Spring Fair Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 newest 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.

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Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Organized by the nine graduating students in CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

The Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts will reveal The Secret of the Ninth Planet from April 24–May 24, 2009, at two San Francisco venues simultaneously: Queen's Nails Projects (3191 Mission Street) and Photo Epicenter (26 Lilac Street).

An opening reception is planned Friday, April 24, from 7–11 p.m. at each location with a shuttle running between.

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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Conrad Ruiz (Fine Arts 2009), Overload, 2009, watercolor on cavas, 77 x 110 in.

California College of the Arts will present its 2009 MFA Exhibition from Thursday, May 7, through Saturday, May 16 (10 a.m.–7:30 p.m. daily), with an opening reception on May 7 from 6–9 p.m. The exhibition features projects by nearly 50 artists graduating this spring from the college's master of fine arts program. The presentation unfolds throughout CCA's San Francisco campus, giving visitors an opportunity to tour most of the college. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

CCA and Stanford University's Department of Art & Art History will jointly host Rising Tide Conference: The Arts and Ecological Ethics on April 17–19, 2009. The conference takes place at CCA's Timken Lecture Hall and Stanford's Annenberg Auditorium. Various satellite events, including screenings, exhibitions, performances, and lectures, will take place April 6–30 at both campuses. The full schedule and details are available at

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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

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

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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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