Attending the MFA show at one of the Bay Area's large art schools is like getting bludgeoned by art. After about a half-dozen presentations I am full, my critical faculties have been short-circuited and I have been forced into submission. Think about it, at any given group show, you might see one or two pieces from (at the most) twenty artists. Or on any Art Murmur or First Thursday outing, you might visit five or ten solo shows.
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Allison Byers
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Rachel Walther
Alumna Mary Meyer (Painting 2001) was born and raised in California, but her affinity for the East Coast eventually drew her to New York, and she's never looked back.
Today she owns and operates Mary Meyer Clothing, a storefront shop in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn and a wholesale business. She produces and sells clothing of her own design, and also represents several other independent designers.
Her work is a mixture of organic and angular -- natural fabrics with sharp angles and bold shapes.
Meyer credits the success of her company to the enthusiasm for experimentation and innovation fostered during her years at CCA.
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Allison Byers
A product is being developed out of the Forest Products Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin collaborating with artist Christine Lee and US Department of Agriculture's John F. Hunt. The product in process is a MDF alternative using no resins and a combination of biodegradable and recycled materials such as used cardboard, cow manure and sawdust.
Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook
Barbara Holmes, "feed/rest/nest" (2013)
The work discussed in this story is on view in the exhibition By-Product Becomes Product at Intersection for the Arts (925 Mission Street, San Francisco) through March 30, 2013. There is an artists' talk on Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. (free and open to the public).
We all know that formaldehyde is toxic, but you may not know that it's an essential component of the glues that bind together such commonly used construction materials as plywood and particle board.
And unlike asbestos, which becomes inhalable and therefore harmful only when disturbed, these composite wood panels actually off-gas formaldehyde all the time.
The artist Christine Lee, who has been a lecturer at CCA for the past several years, was concerned about the effects of formaldehyde gas -- not only on people dwelling in structures made of these materials, but also on the artists who use them, possibly without even knowing they are exposing themselves to harm.
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Ace Lehner
Kate Klingbeil (Printmaking 2012)
CCA alumna Kate Klingbeil (BFA Printmaking 2012) was awarded CCA's 2012 Hamaguchi Emerging Artist Residency at Kala. The award, begun in 2010, is funded by the Hamaguchi Endowment for the advancement of printmaking at CCA and by the Kala Art Institute.
While at CCA Klingbeil became enamored with the traditional print processes of stone lithography and monotype.
Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Allison Byers
When I phoned Bryan Nash Gill last Thursday morning, he was on his way back from a boneyard. The New Hartford, Connecticut-based artist uses the term not in its traditional sense, but instead to describe a good spot for finding downed trees.
Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Allison Byers
For most students, graduation marks the end of their academic career. But for some California College of the Arts alumni, graduation was only the beginning. Many have become educators in their chosen field, and a select few serve in chair and director positions at educational institutions across the country and around the world.
Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook
Passion for Place: Community Reflections on the Carmel River Watershed
Risingleaf Impressions, 2012
Hardcover/Paperback, 200 pages, $85/$49.50
Passion for Place: Community Reflections on the Carmel River Watershed is a bioregional anthology with a global vision, edited and published by Paola Berthoin (Printmaking 1983). It features 37 authors and eight additional individuals featured on a CD of excerpts from interviews mixed with natural sounds from the watershed.
It includes Berthoin's plein air paintings and photographs and works by two local artists, Pamela Takigawa and Anne Greene.
Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Erin Wheeler
On December 15 and 16, four CCA students and one recent alumna will showcase and sell their work at the 4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in San Francisco.
Inspired by the students who took part in the American Craft Council exhibition and the CCA coursework linking craft to entrepreneurship, CCA’s Career Development Office offered students a free shared booth.
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook
Paperback, 50 pages, $14.95
Alisa Golden (Printmaking faculty) specializes in the medium of the book. Unlikely objects such as broken fences, plum pits, discarded papers, and pigeons seen on walks in Berkeley, New York, and Santa Monica were the basis for these 26 tiny stories and their accompanying photographs. The print-on-demand book contains stories and photos she's posted on her blog: sidewalkstory.tumblr.com/.