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Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Designers: CCA students Daniel Castro and Jake Collin

On Saturday, April 16, California College of the Arts is proud to present 24/7 2011: The State of the Art in DIY Video a one-day summit presented by the Visual Studies Program. The event is dedicated to the world of video-making practices and digital visual culture and will offer a series of workshops, panels, screenings, and discussions related to the emerging trends and techniques from the DIY video scene.

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Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Sarah Owens

California College of the Arts will present its 2011 Graduate Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition from Thursday, May 12, through Saturday, May 21 (10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily), with an opening reception on May 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. The exhibition features works by the nearly 50 artists graduating this spring from CCA’s MFA 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, April 14, 2011 by Sarah Owens

The Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the Annual Fashion Show 2011, to be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2011, at CCA’s San Francisco campus, located at 1111 Eighth Street. The show is juried by industry professionals and features original designs worn by runway models. General-admission tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door; VIP tickets are $100 and include a champagne reception at 6:30 p.m. and preferred seating at the event.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Betty Reid Soskin and John Baldessari (photo by Sidney Felsen)

He has been hailed as a pioneer of Conceptual art; she has been honored as Woman of the Year by the California State Legislature for her community activism. California College of the Arts (CCA) will recognize two extraordinary octogenarians—John Baldessari and Betty Reid Soskin—with honorary doctorate degrees at its 104th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco. Soskin will deliver the commencement address to more than 450 CCA graduates and their families. Baldessari and Soskin will also be honored at a private dinner and participate in the post-commencement reception at CCA’s San Francisco campus.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

Slammer: Writing In and About Prison class photo (photo by Jeff Von Ward)

On March 4, 2011, ten CCA writing students followed in the footsteps of Johnny Cash into the oldest correctional facility in California: San Quentin State Prison. We were there to attend a creative writing class, an invitation arranged by MFA Program in Writing faculty member Anne Marino. Last year, Marino participated in a literary contest pitting a handful of Bay Area professional writers against a group of inmate writers. After experiencing the inmates' responses and the quality of their work, she organized a new graduate-level course as part of the ongoing ENGAGE at CCA initiative: "Slammer: Writing In and About Prison," in which students would read works about incarceration and explore the roots, themes, and social and psychological significance of prison literature. Which is how Paul Blumer, Lauren Camacho, Max Cherney, Kyler Hood, Luisa Leija, Julian Quisquater, Rae Thomas, Rachael Volk, Jeff Von Ward, and I came to pass through the razor-wire gates of San Quentin on this blustery Friday evening.

Before driving out to the bleak, wind-swept promontory in Marin County, we'd all familiarized ourselves with San Quentin's guest handbook. The guidance notes issued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) were intimidatingly direct. For instance: "Wear shoes you can run in." No visitors are allowed to wear green (the color of the guards' uniforms), orange (the jumpsuits worn by recently arrived inmates), or blue. Inmates wear dark-blue denim pants and shirts the color of Tar Heel blue, both stenciled with "CDCR PRISONER" in large yellow print.

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Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 by Jason Engelund

courtesy WAZO Design Institute

2011 is the inaugural year of the IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards program, one of the anchor initiatives of CCA's Center for Art and Public Life. This program enables interdisciplinary teams of CCA students to develop and implement social innovations through their studies in art, architecture, design, and writing. We are pleased to announce the winning IMPACT Teams for 2011! Each team has been awarded $10,000 toward their project.

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Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 by Samantha Braman

(This is the fourth of four installments describing highlights of the spring 2010 ENGAGE at CCA courses. You can also download the whole story as it appeared in Glance, CCA's college magazine.)

Community Partner Organization: 826 Valencia, San Francisco

CCA Faculty Leader: Aimee Phan, Writing and Literature

Outside Expert: Judith Tannenbaum, teaching artist and writer

Goal: Mentor John O'Connell High School students through the process of producing an anthology of personal essays

Dave Eggers is one of San Francisco's precious few hometown celebrities, famous for his books and his literary journal McSweeney's. And then there's his awesome pirate store at 826 Valencia, where just behind the peg legs, eye patches, and bottles of Scurvy-Be-Gone is a space devoted to helping students ages 6 to 18 develop their writing skills.

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Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Students, staff, and faculty can get involved in many ways! [photo: Jim Norrena]

All CCA students, staff, and faculty are invited to celebrate sustainability and the environment by participating in Earth Week @ CCA, which runs from April 17 to 22.

As we continue to "Dream Big" at CCA, the Office of Student Life and the President's Sustainability Steering Group have put together a series of events and initiatives to celebrate sustainability and the environment!

Here's how to get involved in Earth Week @ CCA:

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Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Join us at the many events scheduled to celebrate CCA's 2011 graduating class

Note: This page showcases the wide selection of end-of-year events CCA hosted in 2011. Events listed here are for illustrative purposes only; all events have passed.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Mentor Alicia Escott (MFA 2009) at the January kickoff sessionView slideshow 

CCA's new Alumni/Student Mentorship Program connects students with alumni for a semester of one-on-one mentoring sessions. The alumni draw on their own experiences and expertise to provide the students with professional advice, encouragement, inspiration, and realistic critiques.

The pilot session began in spring 2010, with 10 fine arts alumni matched with 10 third-year and fourth-year students in fine arts programs. It was so successful that the program has doubled its numbers in spring 2011, matching 20 alumni with 20 students.

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