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Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

This is only Allison Smith's third semester teaching at CCA—she moved to the Bay Area about a year and a half ago—but she's already hit the art scene here with a powerful dose of positive energy.

Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Senior Kelly McLachlan View slideshow 

Kelly McLachlan is a senior in CCA's Animation Program.

While earning her bachelor of fine arts, Kelly has also been excelling professionally and personally, landing an impressive semester-long internship at DreamWorks Animation SKG, the celebrated Bay Area computer-generated animation company. DreamWorks created Shrek and Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Kung Fu Panda, Flushed Away, Sinbad, Medagascar and Antz, among others.

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 by Chris Bliss

California College of the Arts alum Chris Fitzpatrick (MA Curatorial Practice 2009), a San Francisco-based independent curator, writer, and musician, has been selected as one of three young curators to participate in the prestigious Curatorial Residency Programme in Italy, sponsored by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, an internationally oriented arts center located in Torino, and the Edoardo Garrone Foundation (Fondazione Edoardo Garrone).

Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Vanderbyl Design, proposed USPS rebranding, 2009

How can the U.S. Postal Service be saved? Vanderbyl Design was one of three design firms recently commissioned by Newsweek to propose a rebranding for the beleaguered institution. Of the three propositions, featured in the October 12 issue (and in the slideshow at right) it was the most honorific visually, and also the only one that extended beyond the logo to a full suite of applications. Vanderbyl says he couldn't do just a logo; he had to see how it would play out on the mailboxes, on the airplanes, on the trucks, even (brilliant!) on the little metered-postage stickers.

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Cover: First issue of the MBA in Design Strategy *Student Annual: 2008–2009*View slideshow 

The Student Annual: 2008–2009, published September 13, 2009, marks the premiere issue of the annual publication that showcases student experiences and projects thus far completed within the first year of CCA’s inaugural MBA in Design Strategy program. The student-published annual also features a class profile, faculty interviews, and recorded discussions among students.

Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 by Clay Walsh

The winning short videos in CCA’s annual R.A.W. Video (Real Artists at Work) student competition are playing near you! As expected, the range of subject interpretation was as impressive and wildly creative as the CCA student body itself.

For this year’s competition in which each of the five winning filmmakers received $500 (and a $100 award for honorable mention), undergraduate contestants were challenged to create a short video depicting the CCA-based theme “culture of critique.”

Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Peruvian writer Daniel Alarcón

Celebrated Peruvian writer Daniel Alarcón, fall 2009 writer in residence in the MFA Program in Writing, was named a prizewinner of the first International Literature Award—Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2009—for his debut novel, Lost City Radio (HarperCollins 2007; Wagenbach 2008). The award brings awareness of outstanding and exemplary new works of literature from around the globe.

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Jaime Austin and Dio Mendoza work on the CANCION Courtyard, ZER01 / San Jose Mariachi Festival

Jaime Austin, who graduated last spring from the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, has had a paper accepted to the prestigious Media Modes Graduate Student Conference, which will take place on November 14 at New York's School of Visual Arts. Of the 24 presenters, Austin is the only one from a West-coast school. The others are all current students or recent alumni from highly respected graduate programs in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Two California College of the Arts (CCA) Interior Design students—Breanne Bumanlag and Ginny Uyesugi—were each awarded top honors in the prestigious 2009 Angelo Donghia Foundation Senior Scholarship Award competition. The scholarship provides the students with up to $30,000 each to complete their senior year (2009–10).

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

CCA alumna Adrian Van Allen (MFA 2000) has been awarded the intensely competitive and prestigious Rome Prize. She was one of only two artists in 2010 to receive the award in the Design category. During her residency at the American Academy in Rome from January to June of next year, she will create a multilayered interactive map she calls Mapping Science: Rome (Scientiae Historia Romae).