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Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Rob Fatal's "La Bamba 2" premieres April 13 at the Victoria Theatre

Fewer than six months ago we reported alumnus Rob Fatal (MFA 2012) had completed his first feature film, La Bamba 2: Hell Is a Drag, which came to fruition as his Graduate Program in Fine Arts thesis. (Look for the CCA all-star crew listed in the credits!)

Fatal was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Berkeley FILM Foundation, which was instrumental in finishing post-production on the film.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Christina Linden

Teknion NeoCon Showroom by Michael Vanderbyl, Chicago, 2012

"My high school guidance counselor told me I wasn't smart enough to be an architect," Michael Vanderbyl said, wryly, as he handed me the program produced last fall on the occasion of his induction into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Given the multidisciplinary course of his extraordinary career, perhaps the counselor meant to say something more like, "Vanderbyl is too intelligent to be limited to just one pursuit."

The Hall of Fame award is reserved for individuals who have made a significant contribution to the prominence of the design industry. Other inductees over the years have included such legendary figures as Frank Gehry, Antonio Citterio, and Massimo and Lella Vignelli.

"It's very flattering to be counted among such company," Vanderbyl says. "I had attended the Hall of Fame event in the past -- it's held at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan -- and it was fantastic to be recognized there myself."

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Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013 by Chris Bliss

Anthony Huberman Named Director of CCA Wattis Institute

Anthony Huberman, director of The Artist’s Institute in New York, has been named the new director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, it was announced today by Stephen Beal, president of California College of the Arts (CCA).

Huberman will be responsible for the development and presentation of exhibitions and public programs in venues on CCA’s San Francisco campus, including the college’s new facility on Kansas Street, which includes the Logan Galleries and a dynamic event space. Huberman will start at CCA in August 2013.

Huberman succeeds Jens Hoffmann, who was director of the CCA Wattis Institute from November 2006 to November 2012. Hoffmann recently was appointed a deputy director at the Jewish Museum in New York.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Chris Bliss

untitled # 7 (from The Linens), 2012 acrylic, graphite on polished medium-weight Belgian linen 20 x 22 in.

George Lawson Gallery in Los Angeles presents the work of CCA President Stephen Beal March 15-April 27 (the opening reception was held March 16 from 5 to 8 pm.).

The gallery will showing selections from two series by Beal -- paintings on wooden panels and stretched linen that predominately engage white. A 140-page hardcover book with 62 color reproductions accompanies the exhibition.

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Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Allison Byers

At 23, Rosannah Sandoval is the AIA's youngest licensed architect. Currently a designer in Perkins + Will's San Francisco office, she attended Auburn and its Rural Studio program, as well as CCA. One of her recent projects at Perkins + Will, Calexico West Land Port of Entry, won a 2013 Progressive/Architecture Award from Architect magazine. AIA San Francisco reached out to Sandoval to learn more about her experiences in architecture, the challenges she has faced, and her future goals.

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Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Christina Linden

In the past year, Orfeo Quagliata (Wood/Furniture 1999) has designed: exterior vinyl graphics for an Aeromexico 767 airplane; sets for Mexico's massively popular annual 24-hour-long television and radio broadcast benefit Teletón; glass tiles for architectural interiors and exteriors; jewelry; window displays for Barneys New York; hotel lobbies; coffee tables; whiskey glasses; and garden features for millionaires' homes.

Quagliata was born and raised in the Bay Area; today his studio is based in Mexico City, and the world is his oyster. It is extremely unusual for a designer to operate in so many media and at so many scales of production, from a tiny piece of jewelry to an airplane exterior, but maintaining a robust and diverse practice keeps his creative energies high . . . and ensures that his design work will be in demand no matter whether the global economy is ebbing or flowing.

His schedule is typically jam-packed; when we spoke for this piece, he was getting ready to catch a plane for a new overseas commission: "I'm going to Taiwan to work on an installation on the grounds of new high-rise residential towers. The work is two reflecting pools with these big, faceted, blinged-out, illuminated glass sculptural forms. These kinds of huge commissions are always fun and overwhelming at the same time."

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Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by Chris Bliss

Laura Hazlett appointed senior vice president for finance and administration

Stephen Beal, president of California College of the Arts (CCA), announced today the appointment of Laura Hazlett, PhD, as senior vice president (SVP) for finance and administration. Hazlett is currently chief financial officer (CFO) for Athletics at the University of California, Berkeley, a position she has held since 2009.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by Christina Linden

The 38 Harriet Street micro-studio building in San Francisco

"Sustainability" and "green building" in architecture are elusive concepts. Does a sustainable building simply support its own energy needs for the duration of its existence? Or does it also need to compensate somehow for the energy involved in its "birth" and "death" -- its initial construction and eventual demolition?

The architect and alumna Taeko-Karyn Takagi (Architecture 2002) has spent her career deeply engaged in both defining and answering such questions.

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Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Barbara Holmes, "feed/rest/nest" (2013)

The work discussed in this story is on view in the exhibition By-Product Becomes Product at Intersection for the Arts (925 Mission Street, San Francisco) through March 30, 2013. There is an artists' talk on Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. (free and open to the public).

We all know that formaldehyde is toxic, but you may not know that it's an essential component of the glues that bind together such commonly used construction materials as plywood and particle board.

And unlike asbestos, which becomes inhalable and therefore harmful only when disturbed, these composite wood panels actually off-gas formaldehyde all the time.

The artist Christine Lee, who has been a lecturer at CCA for the past several years, was concerned about the effects of formaldehyde gas -- not only on people dwelling in structures made of these materials, but also on the artists who use them, possibly without even knowing they are exposing themselves to harm.

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Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 by Chris Bliss

Animation faculty member Mark Andrews accepts Oscar for "Brave"

Make room for Oscar on the mantelpiece! Pixar's Brave won Best Animated Feature at the 85th Annual Academy Awards held February 24 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Accepting the award was Director Mark Andrews, CCA Animation faculty member, and Brenda Chapman, codirector.

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