Students News

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 by Amanda Simons

Career Services events are stellar networking opportunities for CCA students and alumni. [photo: Jim Norrena]

The objective in going to college for most people is to obtain the knowledge and degree that lands a worthwhile job. Yet being a student also affords great inroads to finding career opportunities. Why not take advantage now of the opportunities being a CCA student offers?

Here are several ways to maximize your job search while enrolled:

Spend time in the media centers

Take the facility’s tour, and learn what you can about each machine. Try to use them, if possible, to boost the quality of work in your portfolio.

Posted on Monday, November 28, 2011 by Allison Byers

CCA Industrial Design 2012 student Max Pollock works on part of the bike. [photo: Charlie Weber]

There’s no denying it: Bicycles are super cool. They offer cheap and sustainable transportation while looking great. But when was the last time you tried to ride your bike and carry your portfolio? A box? Your groceries? It’s not easy. Your sleek street bike doesn’t really measure up when it comes to transporting anything besides you.

Enter Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge. Begun as the search for the ultimate utility bike for modern living, Oregon Manifest has become a one-of-a-kind design-build competition for some of the country’s best custom-bike craftspeople. As bicycle culture swells, there is a growing need for a utility bike that can truly integrate seamlessly into everyday life.

Posted on Friday, November 25, 2011 by Jim Norrena

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

"'A Great Day in San Francisco' is a picture of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and families and friends of the LGBT community at California College of the Arts," explains Painting/Drawing chair Kim Anno in reference to her latest project, a tribute to Art Kane's 1958 masterful photograph, "A Great Day in Harlem" (1958), that captured the historic gathering of 57 of the century's most influential jazz musicians on the steps of a Harlem brownstone.

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 by Clay Walsh

Congratulations to this year's juried R.A.W. Video (real artists at work) contest winners! The contest, open to all current CCA students, challenged contestants to create a two-minute (maximum) high-resolution digital film (including audio) with “In and Out of the Studio" as the required theme.

The goal was to encourage students to pick up their digital camcorders and highlight their community at CCA—whether in the classroom, studio, residence hall—or away from the college altogether. And the goal was definitely met several times over!

2011 R.A.W. Video Contest Winners

Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Social Craft builds a home on the campus of Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore

$10,000: It's a daunting amount of money to a student, especially when the task is to spend it in three months on a single project. But three CCA student IMPACT teams proved up to the challenge in summer 2011.

The IMPACT: Social Entrepreneurship Awards is a new initiative at CCA, run by the Center for Art and Public Life under the direction of Center director Sanjit Sethi and program manager Rebecca Wolfe. It is one of a trio of unique programs managed by the Center that connect students with outside communities to address specific, real-world problems.

The three winning IMPACT teams had competed against numerous other contenders, and they all had what the judges were looking for: They were interdisciplinary, they had strong relationships with their proposed community partners, they were attentive to a relevant social and humanitarian need, and they balanced innovation and pragmatism.

Sanjit Sethi says, "The name of this speaks for itself. At its core the IMPACT program is about innovation, community, collaboration, and making. It celebrates the entrepreneurial drive of CCA students combined with their desire to create a tangible, positive impact within a specific community."

(Note to students: Info sessions for summer 2012 IMPACT are happening in San Francisco on Nov. 8 and 17 at 6 p.m. in the Timken reception area, and in Oakland Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in front of A2 Cafe.)

The year-one IMPACT teams reported on their completed projects on September 29, 2011, in Timken Lecture Hall on CCA's San Francisco campus.

Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Sightlines is the annual publication of CCA's Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies. It collects the thesis essays of all of the graduating students. This year's volume features investigations of politics, pop-cultural views of science, identity theory, the meaning of site, and beyond. The students and their essays are:

Levi Barringer: Other Topologies: Transversal Power Across Maps & Diagrams
Abby Chen: On the Edge of Culture, Two 1.5 Generation Artists in America
Jacqueline Clay: BLACK MONOCHROME: Vanessa Beecroft, Race and the Other
Adeleine Daysor: Everyday Myths, Peculiar Wallflowers and Watchful Double Takes
Liesa Lietzke: Felt/Seen, I/it: Probing the Body-World Divide through Rebecca Horn’s Extensions
Emily Macenko: The Politics of Representation: Images of Male Homosexuality during the AIDS Crisis
Rob Marks: The Sublime and The Beautiful in Richard Serra’s The Matter of Time
Marta Martinez: Baring Identities: Queer Women of Color in Neo-Burlesque
Leanna Oen: Under the Microscope: Pop Culture Visualizations of DNA
Danielle Sommer: The Instant and the Interval: Further Investigations in Aby Warburg’s Space-Time
Matthew Harrison Tedford: Tactics of Engagement in Art: Politics, Pluralism, and Program
Kristin Timken: Performing Landscapes: The Politics of Possibility
Lia Wilson: Marketing Madness: The Economy of Outsider Art
Carmen Winant: The Artist is the Athlete: Investigating Practice in Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint 1-6
Madeleine Zinn: After the Blast: Reframing Motherhood Beyond the Nuclear Family

Posted on Friday, September 23, 2011 by Lindsey Lyons

Summer Study Abroad 2011: Iceland

The date is May 22, 2011, just one day before my flight to Iceland to join 13 other CCA graduate and undergraduate students for John Zurier's three-week Iceland: Reykjavik and the Icelandic West study-abroad course. We'll spend three days exploring Reykjavik, followed by two weeks on a remote farm on the Snaefellsness Peninsula, then three more days in Reykjavik.

Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 by Aaron Mckenzie

CSFs receive on-the-job-training in real-world settings such as public school classrooms

The Center for Art and Public Life has 35 positions available for the 2011–12 Community Student Fellows (CSF) work-study program. CSF is a tremendous opportunity to develop professional experience, earn $13/hr., build relationships, and work with organizations directly engaged in the community.

For more information, visit the Center for Art and Public Life website.

How to Apply

Students who are interested in this work-study opportunity may apply online.


Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011 by Clay Walsh

Join or create a student group or organization today!

What do CCA students do when they’re not studying, making, designing, building, creating, or writing? Well, a variety of things of course, including growing a number of CCA student groups and organizations that provide ample opportunities for students to engage in student body planning or socialize, or both.

Depending on your interest and commitment, chances are good there’s a student organization or group that’s right for you.

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Leigh Markopoulos

The event announcement promised: "Learn (almost) everything you need to know to escape civilization." And the public came, to learn about such things as the history of the back-to-the-land movement (from original back-to-the-lander Hank Meals), the construction of simple domes, how to make rope from twigs, and "wildcrafting," or foraging from nature in a way that sustains local ecologies.