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Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Laura Braun

One of the mantras of CCA’s Secret Project is, “If your dream can be accomplished in your lifetime, you aren’t thinking big enough.” Perhaps that’s why second year Interaction Design student Weiwei Hsu hit the ground running after just a few experiences with the project.

Led by award-winning designer and faculty member John Bielenberg, Secret Project is a cross-departmental effort that puts CCA’s “make art that matters” motto into motion. Through a class and a series of blitzes, Secret Project aims to inspire problem solving and diverse thinking via rapid prototyping using existing resources. The program launched in 2014 with a string of workshops that soon attracted something of a following.

“During the last academic year, John and I were running these ‘blitz’ workshops. We did six to eight of them and Weiwei and her friends always showed up. They were awesome. They always came and gave it their all,” says Marc O’Brien, Graphic Design adjunct professor and co-captain of Secret Project.

Hsu’s first experience with Secret Project was a blitz in East Palo Alto partnering with Google, where participants brainstormed ways of encouraging community interactions to create a safer environment.

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2015 by Jim Norrena

California College of the Arts devotes a significant amount to student scholarships. In fact, two out of three undergraduates receive scholarship support of some kind, averaging $18,744 per student.

We firmly believes an excellent art and design education is made possible with the inclusion of diverse persons and perspectives on campus. Financial barriers should not prevent any talented, committed student from enrolling at CCA.

To achieve this goal, CCA dedicates significant institutional resources to need-based aid, with the highest fundraising priority being the scholarship fund.

 

Posted on Monday, November 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

I am currently pursuing my master of fine arts degree at California College of the Arts. A lot of the work I am making is around the concept of color, specifically orange. I was having a discussion with the show’s curator, Rene Yanez, about the possibility of creating a space that honored the life of Sandra Bland.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

"Our approach is mass customization—as both 3-D printing and 3-D capturing technologies are rapidly getting better, cheaper, and faster, we think that in the near future products can become highly customizable," Maya Kremien, an MFA student in industrial design at California College of the Arts. "Specifically for helmets, customization would be valuable, since a snug fit can substantially reduce the risk for a serious brain injury from a bike fall."

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Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

But the most innovative project is Urbanism from Within, by California College of the Arts, which studies a number of strategies for reformatting the interiors of existing Victorian houses in San Francisco to create “in-law units.” Some of these include retrofitting garages to create high-ceilinged ground-floor apartments, maximizing the usage of gable spaces, and adding new street access to upper stories. These schemes are effective in spite of San Francisco’s almost impossibly restrictive zoning and development regulations.

Posted on Monday, November 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

Where We Find Ourselves: The exhibition of works in various media that map the mythology of places (by California College of the Arts students Angela Berry, Emmanuel Sevilla, Joshua Peder Stulen, Amanda Walters, Carolina Magis Weinberg and Ying Zou) opens with a reception. [4 p.m., Katz Snyder Gallery. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

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Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 by Laura Braun

The late singer is the subject of two exhbitions currently at the CJM.

San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has a slogan that reads: “Connecting art, people, and ideas." So when the museum launched its two new Amy Winehouse exhibitions -- Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait and its corresponding exhibition You Know I’m No Good -- assistant curator Pierre-François Galpin (MA Curatorial Practice 2014) jumped at the chance to do just that.

“I’ve always been an Amy Winehouse fan, and I was looking to work around pop culture -- not just art -- so I was really glad and excited when this opportunity came up,” says Galpin.

Best known for her 2006 hit song “Rehab,” Winehouse passed away in 2011 at just 27 years old from alcohol poisoning after a long and public battle with substance abuse.

Both exhibitions opened July 23 at CJM, mere weeks after the release of Amy, a critically praised documentary about the singer. With the spotlight back on Winehouse, the museum sought to help fans and spectators see past the fame and tabloid fodder and present her life in a more intimate and previously unseen way.

For the stateside debut of A Family Portrait, Galpin worked closely with the curators of the Jewish Museum London, where the show originally opened under the careful supervision of Winehouse’s brother, Alex.

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Join us for the many public events planned during the symposium!

Join us Friday evening, November 6, for CCA's 2015 AICAD Symposium: Exploring Science in the Studio opening reception in the Nave on the San Francisco campus.

The symposium opening reception is free and open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. at CCA’s main campus building at 1111 Eighth Street.

AICAD Symposium Exhibitions, Events & Installations

Exhibitions

Titled The Cult of the Nine Muses, the exhibition features interdisciplinary artwork by students enrolled in CCA Sci-Studio courses -- studio courses in which embedded scientists give lectures, lead workshops, or otherwise bring together art and science.

The exhibition is on view in the Campus Center Galleries November 3-14, with a special opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on November 6.

Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

At the Panoramic, the first high-rise micro-unit building to be approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission, apartments range from a teensy 254 square feet to 540 square feet. Though the 160-unit mid-Market building was designed with nearby Twitter employees in mind (“We would have rented it out to garden-variety hipsters,” says Panoramic Interests developer Patrick Kennedy), as of August, the building was flooded with a different sort of tenant: students from California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by Laura Braun

Since leaving Stanford in 2012, she began pursuing a master of fine arts in creative writing at California College of the Arts' San Francisco campus.

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