Visual and Critical Studies News

Posted on Friday, February 4, 2011 by Samantha Braman

Elyse Mallouk, "Always On My Mind," 2010 (photo by Alex Greenburg)

Finding a balance between two passions can be challenging, but Elyse Mallouk (MFA 2010, MA in Visual and Critical Studies 2010) built her dual loves into her CCA education. Midway through her first year as an MFA student, she decided to enroll in the dual-degree program with Visual and Critical Studies. Having previously thought of herself as an artist with an interest in writing, she began developing a deeper balance between writing and art.

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Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Whoa! This is last year's event. You probably want the 2012 event, right? Let me take you there now »


Please join California College of the Arts at the College Art Association’s 99th annual conference in New York February 9–12. CCA Faculty and alumni will be participating in various panel discussions throughout the conference (see events below).

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Posted on Friday, November 5, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Several members from CCA’s community are engaging themselves in OPENwater, a two-day event scheduled for November 13–14 that celebrates the collaboration between SFMOMA and the artists, chefs, and educators who comprise OPENrestaurant—a self-described “collective of restaurant professionals who sought to move their environment to an art space as a way to experiment with the language of their daily activities.”

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Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Brion Nuda Rosch
Little Paper Planes, 2010
Paperback, 90 pages, $24

Kelly Lynn Jones (MFA 2010, Painting/Drawing 2002), owner of the online artist store Little Paper Planes (which carries work by many CCA artists!), offers this survey of the San Francisco artist Brion Nuda Rosch as her first publishing venture. Foreword by Zachary Royer Scholz (MFA 2006, MA Visual and Critical Studies 2009).

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Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010 by Samantha Braman

On August 6–7, Zach Gibson, a student in CCA's Graduate Program in Design, will host Strangers, a 48-hour bookmaking project at the Levi's Workshop at 580 Valencia in San Francisco. He and 10 other Bay Area artists will gather to produce content for a book about the work they do.

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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010 by Jim Norrena

(l to r) CCA chairs Julian Carter, Melinda L. de Jesús, and Tirza Latimer at the diversity conference [photo: Jim Norrena]

The “Doing ‘Diversity’: Making It or Faking It?” conference was the first-of-its-kind, all-day planning and discussion meeting devoted specifically to the issues of diversity representation and celebration here at California College of the Arts. The discussion panels laid the groundwork for the college to ratchet up its commitment to fostering greater diversity at CCA.

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Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2009 by Clay Walsh

Oaxifornia 2009 student Zak Timan learns how to prepare carrizo from artisan Maria Magdalena Angeles VasquezView slideshow 

The fifth annual CCA summer study-abroad course in Oaxaca, Mexico—known as "Oaxifornia"—was again a success, bringing CCA students together with local artists in a truly interdisciplinary setting. In a countryside town about 12 miles outside Oaxaca City, 13 CCA students lived and worked for three weeks this past July in the Ex-Hacienda de Guadalupe.

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Posted on Monday, August 3, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Candacy Taylor [photo: Katie Baum]

Candacy Taylor (MA Visual and Critical Studies) is anything but the stereotypical scattered artist. Indeed, her calendar already has days booked well into 2010: a maze of book tour dates, interviews, bullfights, grant application deadlines, and more. “I spend about 50 percent of my time actually working on my projects,” she says half-jokingly, half-ruefully, “and the rest of the time doing things that prevent me from having to get a day job: marketing, fundraising, consulting.” Although really, for her it’s all of a piece, and definitely a labor of love.

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Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Hank Willis Thomas, 21st Century Soul Power, 2005/2006

CCA alumnus Hank Willis Thomas (MFA 2003, MA Visual and Critical Studies 2004) and CCA Photography professor Chris Johnson have won the 2007 Media Arts fellowship from Renew Media, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Thomas and Johnson received the $35,000 award for Question Bridge: Black Male, a documentary film that explores critically divisive issues within the African American male community. The project was initially conceived and produced by Johnson in San Diego in 1996. Recently, Thomas and Johnson teamed up to enhance it, using videotaped question-and-answer sessions.

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