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Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Ashley Eva Brock in her West Marin studio

Ashley Eva Brock (Fashion Design 2012) is a busy fashion designer, costume designer, and textile artist who runs her own company, Of Quartz, and also does freelance design and patternmaking, including performative costume design for music videos.

Before she moved to her live/work space in West Marin she was an assistant dyer/painter/textile manipulator in the costume shop at the San Francisco Opera.

Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Comics: Art in Relationship

Based on the success of CCA's MFA in Comics program, the college recently initiated a collaboration with Kadenze, an online course provider to universities and creative technology-based institutions, that has resulted in the college's first free, publicly offered online course.

As of its official launch, Kadenze Communications Manager John Johnson confirmed: "The current student population of Comics: Art in Relationship is 7,189 students." And the Kadenze promotional YouTube video for the course has over 10,000 views!

Art Education with Global Reach

"Our partnership with Kadenze offers CCA's graduate comics program the opportunity to reach future cartoonists around the world," explains MFA in Comics chair Matt Silady.

"Since the first session went live, we have sign-ups from the US, Europe, South America, Asia, India, and more . . . artists and writers from every walk of life."

Posted on Monday, February 15, 2016 by Janet Vail

FREE THE DATA

Aaron De La Cruz’s (Illustration 2004) work walks the line between organization and chaos. When you first look at his paintings you see tidy curves and lines. You start to search for patterns and repetition, figuring the artist must use some mechanism to produce these massive wall murals.

But the closer you look you realize nothing is repeated, each new mark slightly different from the last. You’re in a maze, heading toward the unknown, and there’s no turning back.

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Editor's note: FACULTY SPOTLIGHT is an editorial series that showcases CCA's wide range of professional faculty members.

Here we learn more about Writing and Literature and MFA in Writing faculty member Faith Adiele, who was born of a Nordic-American mother and a Nigerian father. 

Adiele was raised as the sole African girl on a farm in the Pacific Northwest. She later won a fellowship to Nigeria, where she met for the first time her father -- originally thought killed in the Biafran War -- and her siblings.

Adiele serves as an advisory faculty member position for the college's Students of Color organization. She has lectured and taught writing all over the world.

Schedule of upcoming community events »

 

Posted on Friday, January 22, 2016 by Troy Covello

“Fortune favors the brave,” goes the old saying. A living example of that maxim is alumna Debra McGuire, who found success by continuously changing the trajectory of her life and career as a fine artist, jewelry maker, fashion designer, and costume designer.

Since she earned her BFA in Painting and teaching credentials from CCAC in 1974, McGuire has been on a fantastic journey that has taken her from handcrafting jewelry in a New York loft to a 10-year run as a costume designer for the hit show Friends in Los Angeles to her most recent project as a costume designer on a big-budget film set in Hawaii.

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Chris Bliss

Tammy Rae Carland Appointed CCA Provost

Tammy Rae Carland has been appointed provost of California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by President Stephen Beal. Currently CCA’s Dean of Fine Arts, she will undertake her new duties March 1.

As provost, Carland will serve as CCA's chief academic officer with broad responsibility for the strategic planning, development, and administration of the college's academic programs.

Program areas under her supervision are the college’s four divisions: Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities and Sciences; the First Year Program; the Center for Art and Public Life; and Special Programs, which includes year-round CCA Extension courses and all summer programming. She will succeed Melanie Corn, who was appointed in May 2012 and recently was named president of Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio.

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Jim Norrena

2016 Sundance Ignite Fellow Janak Reddy VootkuruView slideshow 

MFA in Film program's Janak Reddy Vootkuru, a second-year student and digital photographer and filmmaker who moved to San Francisco from India to study film at CCA, was recently accepted into the 2016 Sundance Ignite Fellowship program!

Now in its second year, the competitive Sundance Ignite program accepts only a select group of 18-to-24-year-old emerging filmmakers each year. This year’s participants will engage in a rigorous and exciting program schedule set for January 27 to 31 during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

According to MFA in Film co-chair Rob Epstein, “CCA was one of only a select group of schools invited to submit candidates, so this is a really great accomplishment for Janak, our program, and CCA.”

As a studying filmmaker, Vootkuru is exploring the possibilities of time-based media. He is working in narrative, nonfiction, and hybrid forms, immersing himself in a range of practices throughout CCA’s two-year MFA in Film program. 

Watch a selection of Vootkuru’s films

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Laura Braun

Undergraduate Writing and Literature and MFA in Comics associate professor Justin Hall has a busy life outside his day-to-day responsibilities at CCA.

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Jim Norrena

The 2016 Creative Capital Awardees have been announced, and alumna LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (MFA Writing 2008) has been named an awardee in the Literature category for her project Global Studies, a collection of poems and flash prose that mimes the textbook structure to examine the ambiguity of history.

According to the Creative Capital website, the nonprofit invests in artists who shape the future. It has awarded $40 million to 642 groundbreaking artists nationwide through funding, counsel, and career development services.

Three distinct categories distinguish the 46 projects (Emerging Fields, Literature, and Performing Arts), and this year only six grantees represent the literature component.

Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists’ projects that are bold, innovative, and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by Chris Bliss

San Francisco is known both for its rich architectural and urban history and for being a center of technological innovation.

The Architecture division at California College of the Arts (CCA) will explore the intersection of these two domains -- architectural history and digital technology -- in a three-part event January 28–30 titled Platforms: Augmented Histories of Space.

The event will focus on a range of apps, podcasts, and virtual tours that have been developed for uncovering the history of buildings and cities around the world.

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