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Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Student-designed lampshades will be auctioned at the gala
(photo by Zakary Zide)

Heads turned Wednesday, September 17, 2008, when Gump's—a purveyor of fine arts and crafts—hosted an over-the-top arts benefit: Made in the Shade. The gala paved the way for Gump's to give back to artists, with proceeds benefiting CCA in the form of an endowed scholarship.

Made in the Shade featured a silent auction where attendees could bid on custom-designed lampshades. While that in and of itself is a glowing idea, it gets brighter: several of the lampshades were designed by CCA students. Yet what's absolutely brilliant is that in order to illuminate the designs, models wore the one-of-kind lampshades atop their heads while on the catwalk! (Yes, it takes . . . gumption to pull off the old lampshade-on-the-head routine!)

Even if you didn't make the gala, you can continue to bid on 10 lampshades by visiting Clothes Off Your Back, but only until Friday, September 26. Don't miss your chance to wear a custom-designed lampshade on your head (or not) and help support the CCA scholarship that Gump's has so generously extended.

Several of the CCA participants were on hand mixing and mingling with supporters and answering questions about their designs.

Made in the Shade was an illuminating and inspired evening of high fashion (literally!) where once again those who wore the lampshades on their heads were the life of the party. The benefit gala was all in the name of art—only at this gala the familiar name was Gump's.

Event details:

Gump's San Francisco at 135 Post Street
Event starts at 6 p.m. (with cocktails & hors d'oeuvres)
Silent auction begins (ends at 9 p.m.)
Fashion show and live auction begin at 8 p.m.
Cost: $100 per ticket

For questions, please call Carmen Roberson at 415.984.9297.

CCA Participants

Kim Anno, Curtis Arima, Kelly Ball, David Cole, Jack da Silva, Marilyn da Silva, John de Fazio, Mark Eanes, Sally Elesby, Tony Esola, Chris Finley, Linda Geary, Camellia George, James Gobel, Katie Lewis, Deborah Lozier, Nathan Lynch, Nate Mahoney, Kari Marboe, KC Rosenberg, Marta Salas-Porras, Bryan Keith Thomas, Mariana Tocornal, Chano Uribe, Alison Yates, Zakary Zide, John Zurier

Remember, ask not what your lampshade can do for you, but rather what you can do with your lampshade.

—Anonymous

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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

Nick DeMarco's XS Chair is called out in the New York Times

CCA stole the show with innovative furniture as one of four design schools selected to exhibit work at the 2008 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York this past May.

With over 25,000 attendees, ICFF is one of the world's most prestigious design events and the premier showcase for contemporary design in North America.

Each year ICFF invites the world's leading design schools to participate in an industry leader–juried competition. This year's other selected design schools were Savannah College of Art and Design, the School of Visual Arts, and Yale University.

Nick DeMarco's XS Chair received special attention in the New York Times (also pictured in several links below).

The New York Times, I.D. magazine, Inhabitat, treehugger.com, and Home Furnishing News magazine, and other established media sources covered the 2008 ICFF.

Both the Furniture and Industrial Design programs were presented at the CCA booth. The Furniture project represented the outcomes of the Bevara Design House / Walmart.com–sponsored studio that was run by faculty member Oblio Jenkins in the fall 2007 semester. That interdisciplinary furniture studio addressed the theme "sustainable design for mass production."

After researching the complex issues associated with sustainability and the wide range of locally available production technologies, students worked with Bevara Design House and Wal-Mart to develop relevant designs with market potential.

CCA's Industrial Design Program coordinated two projects, which also were featured at the booth: Glass+, a collaboration with the Glass Program, and the Kitchen Sink, a joint effort with the Ceramics Program.

The students worked individually and in teams to design and develop a wide range of products for the home, from cocktail sets to kitchen sinks, using such real-world production techniques as blow-molded glass and slip-cast ceramics.

For more information, visit ICFF online.

Related links:

The New York Times
I.D. magazine
Inhabitat
Treehugger.com
Home Furnishing News magazine

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Posted on Friday, September 5, 2008 by Chris Bliss

Hank Dunlop is an associate professor in the Interior Design and Visual Studies programs

Hank Dunlop, associate professor in Interior Design and Visual Studies, will receive the Leadership Award of Excellence from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) on September 23 in San Francisco. He will be honored for his many contributions to IIDA and for elevating the profession through his leadership in design and education.

Dunlop has been working in the field of design preservation and restoration since the 1960s. He is noted for his expertise in California interiors of the 19th and early 20th centuries and has worked on some of the most historically significant sites in California.

From 2002–6 Dunlop served as historic interiors consultant on the restoration of the award-winning Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento. Other California-based projects include the Sanchez Adobe in Pacifica, the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park in Chico, and the James Johnson House in Half Moon Bay.

Dunlop is currently working on the Larkin House—State Historic Park Monterey, originally the home and business of Thomas Oliver Larkin, the first and only U.S. consul to Alta California (upper California) under Mexican rule; and the David Glass House in San Ramon. Also on tap is a return to the Antonio Peralta House (a.k.a. Peralta Grant) in Oakland, where he will continue work started several years ago.

Dunlop also is a principal at Hank Dunlop and Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in interior and architectural history, restoration, and property development. Prior to starting his firm, he served as associate and senior project manager at Gensler from 1969–79.

Teaching has been an important part of Dunlop's life for 30 years. In 1978 he was offered positions at California College of the Arts and San Jose State University. The choice was easy for him: "I could see that CCA was a school where I could affect change."

In 1981 he was appointed chair of the Interior Design Program, leading the first FIDER accreditation effort. Among his published articles is "Living with Antiques, the Brune-Reutlinger House, San Francisco," which appeared in the August 2005 issue of Magazine Antiques.

Dunlop also has studied at the Winterthur Institute in Delaware; the Attingham Trust in London; the Victorian Society in America's Summer Schools in Newport, RI; and the West Dean College Conservation Symposium on architecture. He holds a bachelor of science from the University of Oregon, School of Architecture, where he majored in interior architecture.

With such a long and distinguished career, Hank has much cause to be proud of his IIDA award. When asked what he finds most rewarding in life, he answers, "the experience [of] teaching and working with so many students as they grow into professional designers."

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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

CCA student (Graphic Design) and Olympic bronze medal champion Jill Kintner

Another Bronze Age? It is for CCA—

Jill Kintner (Graphic Design) knows better than most the truth behind the old adage "All that glitters is not gold." In fact, she'll tell you bronze—particularly Olympic bronze—also has the substance of true championship.

In the first-ever bicycle motocross (BMX) racing event at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics last week, Kintner medaled bronze in the women's race. Additionally, she was the only qualifying American woman, which is not surprising considering by age 21 she was the American Bicycle Association (ABA) BMX World Champion.

In fact, the Beijing Olympics was the last remaining major biking event in which Kintner had yet to compete; she has won every title in 4-cross mountain biking, and all major titles in BMX racing.

Yet despite a history of toggling BMX and mountain bike racing, in which she also held a world title in 2007 before committing herself to attaining an Olympic medal in Beijing, Kintner's multifaceted competitive nature runs pure as gold.

Growing up with a bike track down the street, it was easy for 8-year-old Kintner and her brother to take up the sport together. She started competing professionally at 14. Now 26, she is an Olympic champion.

During a break from her BMX and mountain-biking career, Kintner applied to CCA to pursue a BFA in graphic design. However, at the time her passion to wear a medal was stronger than her desire to design one, so she picked up her BMX bike and literally went for gold in Beijing. (Kintner is registered to return to CCA this fall.)

Where will one next find Kintner? She splits her time between her native Seattle and Australia, where she shares a home with boyfriend Bryn Atkinson (a former mountain bike team member).

To view Kintner's art, visit her self-designed website: www.jillkintner.com.

To read additional coverage of this remarkable athlete-designer, visit the NBC Olympic athlete bio for Jill Kintner.

All photos (c) Justin Kosman / Red Bull Photofiles.

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Posted on Monday, August 18, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Meet three inspiring CCA artists who collaborated at this past weekend's American Craft Show at Fort Mason:

Kari Marboe (Ceramics 2008) is codirector of mg gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Oakland
Adam Green (Glass) is codirector of mg gallery
Clare Beilby (Ceramics) also is acting president of the Ceramics Guild at CCA and assistant to the studio manager within the Ceramics department

On August 15-16 these artists put together the Interactive Tile Making (a four-square game) demonstration on behalf of CCA at this year's American Craft Show at Fort Mason.

See images of the fired four-square court, a collaboration of artists in action.

As participants played, their movements made indentations in the unfired clay slabs that made up the court. One man even bent down to put his fingerprint in the clay!

The group would like to acknowledge the following for their support and encouragement:

Nathan Lynch
Mark Takiguchi
Monica Hampton
Tony Annino

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Posted on Friday, August 8, 2008 by Chris Bliss

Oppenheim's Engagement sculpture was first created in 1998

Alumnus Dennis Oppenheim (BFA 1965) is one of 19 international artists selected to create monumental sculpture for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, which begin today in Beijing, China.

The sculptures are on public display during the games and will remain as part of an outdoor permanent collection in Beijing Sculpture Park.

Of the 19 artists, only Oppenheim was awarded two commissions: Raining Halos will be installed in Beijing; Engagement in Hong Kong.

Raining Halos, composed of 60 stainless steel rings, stands 35 feet high and pays homage to the Olympic emblem of interlocking rings, as well as the natural phenomenon of the aurora borealis. As the rings spin, a fine water mist cools spectators under the pavilion.

Engagement, first created in 1998, is a 30-foot-tall sculpture of conjoined rings with pitched-roof houses perched on top of each band. The sculpture is installed in Hong Kong's Olympic Equestrian Park.

Oppenheim, who was born in 1938, is regarded as a pioneer of the 60s and 70s for his land art, performance art, and video. In addition to his BFA from CCA, he received an MFA from Stanford University.

His numerous solo-exhibition venues include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Kunsthalle Basel; the Musée d'art contemporain, Montreal; and the Museo de Arte Alvar, Mexico City.

Oppenheim's many commissions from institutions worldwide include Ballerup Kommune, Copenhagen; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Olympic Park, South Korea.

Visit the artist's website.

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Posted on Friday, August 8, 2008 by Sarah Owens

Industrial Design student Gabriel Lam received the ISDA Western District Student Merit Award for his Miranda project, which protects officers, as well as protesters, during volatile demonstrations.

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) partnered with BusinessWeek to copresent the 2008 International Design in Excellence Awards (IDEAs), the most distinguished award in the field, at which CCA's Industrial Design Program emerged an industrial-sized winner.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 by Sarah Owens

Film still: Oscar Garcia's Three Mother Fucking Amsterdams

Media Arts student Oscar Garcia is the first CCA student to present a short film in the San Francisco Festival of Short Films (a.k.a. SF Shorts), a festival organized by CCA Graphic Design faculty member James Kenney and award-winning Graphic Design alum Michael Coyne.

Garcia's Three Mother Fucking Amsterdams—one of only 49 programmed films—was selected from more than 1,100 international entries for this year's third annual event. The 12-minute short documentary interview film is about a gay American art student in Paris who, after drinking three enormous beers, is harassed by his classmates.

SF Shorts runs August 6–9 in several San Francisco movie theaters. Now in its third year, the festival is organized by Kenney. This year's judges include Pixar animator Bret Parker, Jeff Goodby (Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, a San Francisco-based advertising agency), and Nikki Silva (NPR's The Kitchen Sisters).

For screening times and locations, visit www.sfshorts.org.

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Posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 by Sarah Owens

CCA artists worked with students from Stuttgart, Germany

The Institute for Social Research and the Discovery of Art God started as a pedagogical experiment between California College of the Arts students and learners from the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, Germany, to make art while living in a self-organized commune.

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) emerged from the experiment and the result is a collection of mixed-media works: films, altars, songs, performances, truth-tellings, Art God, an idol to which to pray and ask guidance—even a sofa-Jacuzzi—all of which are currently on exhibit at the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, California, through July 26, 2008.

Artist and CCA Graduate Fine Arts Chair Brian Conley and Berlin-based, teacher-artist (and recent CCA visiting artist) Christian Jankowski initiated the collaborative exhibition by offering a for-credit class, simply titled Commune, that was based on the experience of self-organization, self-agency, and experience in an intensive laboratory-style learning environment.

The students rented a communal house between August and December in 2007 in San Francisco's Ocean Beach neighborhood in which to live and work, without set parameters for their creations. Christian Jankowski loosely supervised the group, often from overseas, offering little direction or discipline. The goal was for students to create art for the exhibition and academic advancement.

Curator and CCA alumna Erin Elder (Curatorial Practice 2007) discusses how Art God materialized: "Participating artist Byung-Chul introduced prayers to the ISR's daily regimen, asking for guidance, support, and authenticity from something called Art God. The group joined him in these strange rituals and within very little time Art God became part of the group's regular vocabulary, showing up in collaborative artworks, conversation, and even public events."

Elder's essay, "793 Possibilities and How to Make Sense of it?," is featured in the exhibition's 450-page catalogue, as are essays by Conley and Jankowski.

The ISR is planning a second exhibition at the Württembergischer Kunstverin near Stuttgart that opens in August 2008.

For more information and a complete list of ISR participating artists, visit the Richmond Art Center website.

The Richmond Art Center
2540 Bartlett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804
510.620.6772

THIS PROJECT IS KINDLY SUPPORTED BY:

Ministry for Science, Research and Art, Baden-Württemberg
Rectorship of the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart
Friends of the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart
DAAD German Academic Exchange Service
California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
The Richmond Art Center
The German Consulate of San Francisco
Lobot Gallery, Oakland

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Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Pierre Collier designed the official poster of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival (an adaptation of a photograph by David Lynch)

While much of the stargazing that took place at the 61st annual Cannes Film Festival (May 14–25) focused on established industry moguls—movie stars, directors, and producers—it was also an international arena wherein several CCA students, in collaboration with San Jose–based nonprofit Reel Ideas Studios, not only were selected to participate in the prestigious Cannes Student Filmmaking Program but also received highest honors for their contributions.

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