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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Jim Norrena

CCA is thrilled to announce In Solution: Water Symposium, a free, public two-day symposium of panels, films, and presentations to be held Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28, on the San Francisco campus.

The symposium is part of Soundwave ((6)) Water Biennial, San Francisco’s acclaimed biennial summer-long, experimental event series of innovative sound, art, and music made possible by MEDIATE Art Group.

Each season investigates a new idea through sound and invites diverse multidisciplinary artists and musicians to explore the season’s theme in new and innovative directions. 

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Not long ago, while visiting a friend in Nicaragua, Aaron Poritz (Architecture 2008) stumbled upon a large source of excellent wood: vast quantities of exotic trees felled by Hurricane Felix.

Before going to Nicaragua, Poritz had designed furniture only as a hobby, but he was so impressed with the country’s local craftsmen that he decided to start his own furniture company.

The resulting 30-piece wood furniture collection has garnered important recognition from Forbes magazine, who put him on a recent Forbes “30 under 30” list. In 2013 the Red Hen, a highly popular Washington DC restaurant, commissioned Poritz to source and fabricate all of its custom chairs and bar stools, tables, benches, plank flooring, ceiling, and even baby bar stools. Each piece has expressive twists and geometric connections.

All of Poritz’s work emphasizes strength, comfort, sustainability, quality, and design. These principles, he says, were instilled in him at CCA. While a student, he participated in the design of Refract House for the 2009 Solar Decathlon.

He was recently asked to be an artist in residence at the the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and designed a sitting stool for their gallery, He currently divides his time between New York and Managua.

Read more at the artist's website »

Article by Steffie Guan

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014 by Chris Bliss

Orientation activities this week will proceed as scheduled.

We send our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the 6.1 earthquake in Napa that occurred early Sunday morning. Neither damage nor injuries were reported on either CCA campus.

Because we live in an area prone to earthquakes, we offer our students opportunities to learn safety tips and to understand the college's safety procedures.

Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2014 by Dustin N. Smith

Emma Ulen-Klees (BFA Printmaking), Progression, 2014View slideshow 

California College of the Arts alumna Emma Ulen-Klees (BFA Printmaking 2014) was awarded a 2014 Hamaguchi Emerging Artist Residency at Kala.

The artist in residence at Kala Art Institute is funded by the Hamaguchi Endowment for the advancement of printmaking at CCA and by the Kala Art Institute.

The award represents a rich collaboration between the two institutions that creates a special opportunity for a recent BFA Printmaking graduate to work in the dynamic Kala facilities with a community of artists from all over the world.

While studying printmaking and visual studies at CCA, Ulen-Klees began to develop a conceptual body of work inspired by the juxtaposition of natural and urban landscapes and uses the multiple to further explore human relationships to ecology within their manufactured environments.


Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Jim Norrena

KPCB fellow Ben Wasserman at Flipboard in Palo Alto

“I didn’t know that it would lead to one of the most successful and exciting summers of my life,” says Ben Wasserman (Graphic Design 2015), referring to his offer letter from Flipboard, a Palo Alto-based startup, in late spring confirming his acceptance to the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Fellows Program.

Wasserman was one of only 11 applicants (out of 2,500) accepted to the design fellowship program, which is led by design and technology pioneer John Meada. Applications come in from more than 200 universities across the Unites States.

KPCB fellows attend private events hosted by portfolio companies, where they meet talented engineering and design luminaries from across Silicon Valley. Coverage of the program has been included in FastCompanyTechCrunchBusiness InsiderInc. and Gigaom

KPCB partners with some of the brightest entrepreneurs to turn disruptive ideas into world-changing businesses. The firm has helped build pioneering companies like Amazon, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Google, Nest, and Twitter.


Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Students and alumni gain experiential learning during internships

CCA student designers are working in exciting, innovative internships at such innovative companies as Google, Motorola, Intel, de Young, Cooper Hewitt, Chronicle Books, Autodesk, frog, Townsquared, Flipboard, and many others -- and by doing so they are positioning themselves to kick-start their careers and reap the benefits.

Today the internship experience has become status quo; employers typically seek to hire only candidates who can demonstrate they already possess the experiential learning creative jobs require.

Don't Get Left Behind

Employers now routinely screen job applicants: Those who have completed an internship can stay; those who haven’t are weeded out.

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Jim Norrena

The following undergraduate Printmaking students have been awarded the 2014 Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship, for which each student received a $3,000 tuition scholarship.

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
Samuel Forrest Alderson
Lisa Mathis
Angel Perez

Alexandra Phelps
Samantha Thompson

Graduate Winner
The graduate winner is Carolina Magis Weinberg.

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Volatile Mutation earns honorable mention at TEX-FABView slideshow 

Congratulations to third-year MArch students Alan Cation and Dustin Tisdale and alum Tim Henshaw-Plath (MArch 2014) for earning honorable mention for their Volatile Mutation project at this year's TEX-FAB Plasticity competition.

Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Ghetto Goldilocks is part of the 25th Street Collective in downtown Oakland

It used to be when an article of clothing became outworn you either gave it away or you threw it away. Those were the options.

Yet today's artists are using their arts education to revisit, rethink, and ultimately repurpose how to use discarded materials in ways that are socially rewarding, environmentally sustainable, and downright eye-catching!

Ghetto Goldilocks

Briget Campbell (BFA Ceramics 2005) is the proprietor of Ghetto Goldilocks, which is part of the 25th Street Collective located at 477 25th Street in downtown Oakland. Artist-merchants within the collective are producing works that not only attract art consumers but also those consumers who are looking for sustainable products.

In Campbell's case, she has ingeniously repurposed recycled and discarded clothing pieces to re-create new fashion pieces that are unique, stylish, comfortable . . . and literally built to last. She takes yesterday's forgotten mediocrity and makes today's stunningly memorable fashion statements.

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 by Rachel Walther

Frank Merritt and Teri Gardiner [Photo: Rachel Walther]

Frank Merritt (Architecture 1999) and Teri Gardiner (Graphic Design 2001) are both CCA alumni. Merritt is a principal at Jensen Architects, based in San Francisco. Gardiner is the marketing and communications manager at Richmond Art Center; she also maintains an active freelance graphic design practice.

They met through mutual CCA friends and married in 2009. They live in the lower Nob Hill / upper Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco and run the alternative/experimental gallery Ramon’s Tailor, located at 628 Jones Street.

CCA: What was the inspiration for starting Ramon’s Tailor in 2011? You are already both very busy people!

Frank: Ironically, the inspiration came out of working really long days. I was overwhelmed. I love my job -- I get to be creative and work with great people -- but I wasn’t making time for myself.

Then I read about Ray Oldenburg’s concept of a “third  place.” In addition to your workplace and your home, he says, to have a good life balance you need a third space: the barbershop, the gym, anything.