After being in two abusive relationships as a teenager, California College of the Arts student Camille Urso uses her online presence to reach out to female victims of domestic violence.
Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Laura Braun
Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Laura Kenney
Textiles are my life, not only because of my cultural heritage but due to my family background as well. My mother’s family has been making traditional Mexican cloth dolls for 40 years; I grew up in Mexico City surrounded by colorful fabrics and ribbons. I wanted to do art using the materials and techniques I was raised with: not design, not the textile industry.
My dad is an actor, and he introduced me to the art world. He is a storyteller in his own way, and I guess that’s why I love stories so much; I think everyone has something interesting to say, and the use of narrative in my work is fundamental.
It is odd that even though we have a rich textile culture in Mexico, there’s no program focused on textiles seen as fine art. I was very disappointed and thought about studying something else after high school, but my mom said that I needed to expand my search and look for other schools outside the country.
I was thrilled to discover CCA, and I’ve been very happy here—it has been a whole new experience, and the Textiles Program is amazing.
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Laura Braun
The California College of the Arts (CCA) is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is a region rich with world-class museums, art galleries, theaters, film festivals, and performance areas. The school was originally founded in 1907, and currently has two campuses, one in San Francisco and one in Oakland. There are over 20 undergraduate and seven graduate programs to choose from in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing.
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.
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."
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.]
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.