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Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Refract House
CCA, 2012
Hardcover, 68 pages, $25

Refract House explores the evolution of CCA's solar-powered house (a joint project with Santa Clara University) that competed in the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The competition brief was to design, build, and operate a maximally energy-efficient, attractive, and comfortable solar-powered house. Every detail was considered by the CCA student team, from the landscaping and the solar collection arrays to the furniture and plateware (made of California mud). CCA's house was awarded first place in architecture and communications, second in engineering, and third overall. It outperformed contributions from such renowned schools as Cornell and Virginia Tech.

The Refract House book reframes the team's efforts within a larger context of contemporary architectural practice. It is divided into four parts, addressing the conceptual trajectories underlying the project, the different design strategies that were explored, the integration of technological systems, and the material fabrication. It also discusses the implications of the project in terms of architectural education today. It features full-color photographs and renderings of every phase of the house's development. There is an introduction by CCA Architecture Director Ila Berman and essays by Ila Berman, Nataly Gattegno, Andrew Kudless, Tim Hight, Kate Simonen, Peter Anderson, Matt Hutchison, and Oblio Jenkins.

Purchase a copy by emailing Lia Wilson in CCA's Architecture Program: lwilson@cca.edu

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by Allison Byers

Starting at a new school can be an exciting yet nerve-wracking experience. Will I like my teachers? Will I do well in my classes? Will I be able to talk about my ideas and be understood? Will I be able to find my way around? Will I make friends? What about my roommate?

Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 by Jim Norrena

Work for The GRAMMYS? No way? Way!

The recording industry is one of the most sought-after, high-profile fields among college students. The Recording Academy provides an exciting work environment that can challenge and help develop the best marketing, finance, technical, and creative skills. Becoming a GRAMMY U student representative is one of the best ways to gain vital experience and make important contacts.

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Amanda Simons

Rise above the competition by attending "Fiscal Sponsorship and Fundraising for Individual Artists" [photo: Jim Norrena]

Career artists depend on grants for survival and exhibition of their artwork. Grants are essentially loans that don’t need to be paid back. Anyone who meets certain specified criteria can receive a grant for just about anything. Proposers simply have to meet the organization, company, or institution’s award guidelines and terms.

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 by Alexis Mahrus

A big congratulations to the following eight Illustration students for placing in the 2012 NY Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition:

Afu Chan
Monica Garwood
Jeff Gomez
Christina Jung (repeat winner from 2011!)
Caitlin Ng
Maggie Olson
Sara Sydnor
Jenna Trost

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Wendover
CCA Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, 2010
Paperback, 152 pages, free

Wendover documents a series of three Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice courses led by Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) Director Matthew Coolidge and Curatorial Practice faculty member Marina McDougall. Analyzing exhibition and residency models, and looking more broadly at factors such as audience and site-specific programming, the enrolled students engaged with the CLUI outpost and artist residency in Wendover over a three-year period. A reader of sorts, the publication distills the students' activities and interactions with Wendover and documents their resulting projects: an audio tour (2008); a film program (2009); and an archive expansion (2010). Also included are interviews with Coolidge, Center for Art and Environment Director William Fox, and numerous texts contributed by students and visiting faculty. Contact sstone@cca.edu for a copy.

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by Allison Byers

You know you're a winner when a panel of judges wants to wear what you've just designed.

"We all wanted to order Justin Jamison's jeans on the spot," said designer Jeanne Allen, referring to one of six emerging fashion designers selected for a new Fashion Incubator San Francisco program.

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Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2012 by Allison Byers

California College of the Arts (CCA) has joined the It Gets Better Project, an online video campaign aimed at eliminating suicide among LGBTQ people by providing real-world testimonials illustrating hope.

CCA is the first arts college in the US to submit an official college-wide It Gets Better video. The video features students, alumni, faculty and staff who volunteered to share their life experiences regarding coming out and living openly as a member of the LGBTQ community.

Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by Jim Norrena

"A Great Day in San Francisco" [photo: Chris Nickel]

California College of the Arts proudly announces the release of It Gets Better: CCA, the official college submission in the It Gets Better Project, a national gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth suicide-prevention campaign. CCA is among the first art colleges to create an institutional video for the internationally recognized project.

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by Clay Walsh

Sally Mann [courtesy of City Arts & Lectures]

Sally Mann

In Conversation with Steven Jenkins
Wednesday, March 21, 8 p.m.
Venue: Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister)
San Francisco

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