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Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Playwright and CCA alum Evan Schnair (MFA Writing 2009)View slideshow 

To complete his thesis project last spring, poet and playwright Evan Schnair (MFA Writing 2009) approached the directors of the American Conservatory Theater Master of Fine Arts Program to solicit a collaboration: his play, their actors, one performance.

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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Students meet Adelaide, Pie Ranch's cow.

An interdisciplinary group of CCA students gathered this summer to connect with a rural community and get their hands dirty. Pie Ranch, a local nonprofit organization and farm that teaches about sustainable farming practices, served as their classroom. It is located near Pescadero, a coastal town about 70 miles south of San Francisco.

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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Accomplished painter Squeak Carnwath (MFA 1977) just had her first major museum show in 20 years at the Oakland Museum of California. Painting Is No Ordinary Object was curated by Karen Tsujimoto and accompanied by a large catalog.

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Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Garment by Fashion Design student Talisa AlmonteView slideshow 

California College of the Arts Fashion Design faculty—chair Amy Williams and lecturer Lyndsie Nash—developed a unique project that was put to use during this summer’s Pre-College Program. Students were given two men’s shirts to work with—one striped, the other plaid—and challenged to create completely new sustainable fashion from the old discarded shirts.

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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 Tuesday, July 28, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Modern Cottage is a prefabricated, eco-friendly housing solution offered by Modern Cabana.

Award-winning Architecture alum Casper Mork-Ulnes founded Modern Cabana, a San Francisco-based architecture company specializing in prefabricated home materials, in 2004 with business partner Nick Damner. Today Mork-Ulnes is the company’s creative director of design, and their recent project, Modern Cottage, has been selected as Sunset magazine’s 2009 demonstration house.

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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009 by Jim Norrena

CCA’s MFA Program in Writing adjunct professor Holly Payne has been in the spotlight before, having authored The Virgin’s Knot and The Sound of Blue, but this summer seems to be shining the brightest. The spirited novelist, screenwriter, and writing coach released her third novel, Kingdom of Simplicity, in July—and it's already on the Bay Area best-seller list in the quality paperbacks category!

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Posted on Friday, July 24, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Given two men’s shirts to work with, one striped, the other plaid or patterned, 2009 Pre-College students had to create completely new sustainable fashion. Innovative and fashion forward, there is little resemblance of the shirts that once were.

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Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

An artist uses Matthew Baranauskas's collage stamp

Matthew Baranauskas and Molly Ackerman-Brimberg, two recent graduates from CCA’s Graduate Program in Design, made helping the disabled in the East Bay city of Richmond into a thesis project. They spent more than a year working with the National Institute of Art and Disabilities (NIAD) and creating an exhibition, CCA Design for Disability: Alternative Ways of Making, which is on view through August 23.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 by Jim Norrena

(l to r): Julia Anne Goodman, 2nd place; Alicia Escott, 4th place; Scott Oliver; 3rd place; Harriete Estel Berman, 1st place

Can something described as “blue junk,” “disintegrated upholstery,” or “IKEA plastic” become a winning entry in an art competition—one that is affiliated with many of today’s high-profile international artists?

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