Visual and Critical Studies News

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Editors and contributors to Art Practical.

The California Arts Council (CAC) announced its plans to award $12,400 to Art Practical as part of CAC’s Arts and Public Media program.

The Arts and Public Media program supports multiplatform nonprofit media projects that demonstrate a clear approach to building public awareness and support for the arts. The program is rooted in the CAC’s vision to create a state where the arts are a central component of daily life and accessible to all, reflecting contributions from all of California’s diverse populations and fostering civic engagement.

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

James Voorhies to chair CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Curator and art historian James Voorhies, CCA’s current dean of Fine Arts, will fully assume the role of chair of the school’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice (CURP) on August 1, 2018. Voorhies has served as acting chair of CURP since the untimely passing of the program’s former chair, curator, and educator Leigh Markopoulos in February 2017. 

Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

Photo by Nathan Bajar

The New York Times profiled CCA Alumnus and American conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas on the occasion of his first solo show in Britain, "The Beautiful Game" on view at Ben Brown Fine Arts through November 24. 

Using the colors, energy, and spectacle of international sport, the show explores the deeper forces at play in games like soccer, rugby and cricket from colonialism to the dangers hiding behind the rewards and fame of sport and more. 

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Laura Kenney

February is Black History Month; to mark the occasion CCA is highlighting a few of the compelling projects created by members of our vibrant community.

From our Diversity Studies program (formerly Black Studies), founded in 1970, to our various coalitions and organizations celebrating our diverse community to our Oakland mural championing cultural change and social justice, we are immensely proud of CCA’s unique and welcoming population of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Here are just a few CCA-related artists whose work explores black history, culture, and identity.

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by Laura Braun

Among them are photographer David Maisel; arts faculty members Julia Bryan-Wilson (UC Berkeley), TJ Demos (UC Santa Cruz), Jennifer Gonzalez (UC Santa Cruz), Tirza Latimer and Julian Myers-Szupinska (California College of the Arts), and Pamela Lee (Stanford); and Stanford artist-in-residence Trevor Paglen.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by Laura Braun

The Harvard Art Museums announced today that it has appointed Makeda Best as curator of photography. Best will leave her current position as assistant professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts and take up her new role on January 17.

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Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 by Laura Braun

Summer education assistant Hailey Beaman ‘18 recently spoke with artist L. J. Roberts about portraiture, abstraction, and the world of contemporary art. Roberts, who creates politically themed textile works, studied at the University of Vermont and the California College of the Arts. Their work has been shown in galleries and exhibitions nationwide. Roberts created the piece Portrait of Deb (1988-199?) for the Museum’s exhibition This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today.

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2016 by Laura Braun

Before moving to San Diego in 2012, Cachia made one more stop in San Francisco in 2010 to get her second master's in Visual & Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. That's where she really developed her interest in artistically exploring disability.

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Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 by Megan Clark

Ashley Saks (MFA 2010) & Radka Pulliam (MFA 2011) with staff of Bay Area Youth On-Air

The Center for Art and Public Life (the Center) at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2016 CCA Community-Engaged Practice Awards:

CCA will issue to each of the above an official letter of commendation, feature them in a compendium of Community-Engaged Practice honorees (to be released in fall 2016), and celebrate them in an exhibition from October 3 to 15 at CCA’s College Avenue Galleries at the Oakland campus, which will include an opening panel and reception on Wednesday, October 5.

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by Laura Braun

For the aspiring artist with a high tolerance for student debt, there’s nowhere quite like San Francisco. We’re home to a holy trinity of art schools in the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, and Academy of Art University, which every year collectively release more than 3,000 students into the art-world wilds. 

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