Sculpture News

Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 by Chris Bliss

Anna Von Mertens (MFA 2000)View slideshow 

Last night at a celebration at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York United States Artists, a national grant-making and advocacy organization, announced the recipients of 50 USA Fellowships for 2010, totaling $2.5 million. Winners in the visual arts include faculty member Allison Smith and alumna Anna Von Mertens (MFA 2000).

Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 by Jason Engelund

Banker White with WeOwnTV at work in Sierra Leone

CCA alumnus Banker White (MFA 2000) is a documentary filmmaker. You may know him as the director of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, about a group of Sierra Leonean musicians who gained international renown and landed a record deal.

Posted on Friday, November 5, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Several members from CCA’s community are engaging themselves in OPENwater, a two-day event scheduled for November 13–14 that celebrates the collaboration between SFMOMA and the artists, chefs, and educators who comprise OPENrestaurant—a self-described “collective of restaurant professionals who sought to move their environment to an art space as a way to experiment with the language of their daily activities.”

Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Jason Engelund

In August CCA alumna Maria Ryan (BFA Sculpture 2005) started a community arts project in Africa. Maria emailed over the summer letting me know of her continued community arts practice as well as her upcoming project in Uganda. (Below is an interview with Maria Ryan (MR) and Center for Art in Public Life Design and Marketing Manager Jason Engelund (JE) conducted prior and following Maria's travels.)

Posted on Friday, June 25, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Have you ever reached out to touch a painting or sculpture . . . only to receive an immediate smackdown from the museum guard? The Oakland Museum of California Sculpture Court has temporarily dispensed with the conventional museological for display only restriction to honor the artistic intent of Shawn HibmaCronan (Sculpture and Furniture 2009). In fact, the Berkeley-based artist encourages viewers to totally engage with his art—not just visually, but physically as well.

Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 by Clay Walsh

Untitled, mid-1960's: "I think mystery is more interesting than explanation, so let's leave this as a mystery." Louise Bourgeois

French-born American artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) passed away Monday at age 98. The artist first studied painting at École du Louvre, then at École des Beaux-Arts. She was an assistant to Fernand Léger, a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker, before moving to New York in 1938, where she continued displaying her work until the end of her life.

Posted on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 by Marion Anthonisen

This is the first in a short series of Q&A sessions with students in CCA's First Year Program, or "first years." The sequence is aimed at familiarizing prospective CCA students with our Bay Area art-making community. Maybe you’ll imagine yourself here!

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Allison Smith: Needle Work
University of Chicago Press, 2010
Paperback, 64 pages, $15

Allison Smith (Sculpture faculty) critically engages popular forms of historical reenactment and artifacts through sculpture, textiles, ceramics, photography, and other media. This catalog accompanies her solo exhibition at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University. The works take masklike forms, intertwining the horrific and the playful and questioning essential notions of camouflage and masquerade. The project also includes staged photographic portraits of the remade masks being worn, held, or positioned as props, and a set of silk parachutes printed with patterns based on early masks, further engaging the material culture of war.

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 by Brenda Tucker

Sanjit Sethi will head ENGAGE at CCAView slideshow 

In 2010, students at California College of the Arts (CCA) will design furniture for Lighthouse Community Charter School, Oakland; help improve communications and systems for seniors at Bethany Center, San Francisco; create protective nesting modules for seabirds on Año Nuevo Island, off the Northern California coast; and work with high school students to publish an anthology of personal essays at 826 Valencia Book Project, San Francisco. These and several other projects are part of ENGAGE at CCA, an innovative initiative that will launch January 11, 2010.

Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

This is only Allison Smith's third semester teaching at CCA—she moved to the Bay Area about a year and a half ago—but she's already hit the art scene here with a powerful dose of positive energy.