The American Institute of Graphic Arts San Francisco (AIGA SF), a chapter of AIGA, the oldest and largest professional organization for design, awarded Doug Akagi, Leslie Becker, and Michael Cronan—all past or present faculty at California College of the Arts—as its 2009 Fellows in recognition of their exemplary achievements and contributions to the design community. AIGA SF honored all three award recipients on June 15, 2009, at a reception that also acknowledged the golden anniversary of Communication Arts magazine, which was founded in 1959.
Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2009 by Brenda Tucker
Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 by Sarah Owens
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, awarded one of its three national scholarships to Interior Design student Ginny Uyesugi. The Keith Hooks Scholarship, a national scholarship is awarded to junior-level interior design students. It was created in 2008 in honor of the former CIDA volunteer director and founder of Hooks Design + Architecture in San Francisco (now ASD) who died that year after a long battle with cancer.
Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook
It's 3 p.m., and the Interface exhibition opens in four hours, but Media Arts chair Barney Haynes is calm amid a sea of laptops and electronics. "It'll all come together," he says. "Well, most of it will."
Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2009 by Kim Lessard
Struck by the devastating impact of the current economic recession on lower-income communities, CCA students Arya Cayton and Yennika Ekstrand decided to make their senior thesis project about the issue of predatory lending, a practice known to be a major culprit in the global economic crisis. Both students graduated this past May, Cayton from the Community Arts program with a concentration in sculpture and ceramics, and Ekstrand with an Individualized Major with a focus in animation and screenprinting.
Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook
Nathan Oliveria and David Ireland, 2008, photo by Douglas Sandberg
We are sad to report that one of CCA's most illustrious alumni, David Ireland, died on Sunday.
Ireland was born on August 25, 1930, in Bellingham, Washington. He studied printmaking and industrial arts at CCA, receiving a BFA in 1953, then spent two years in the army. After leaving the army he traveled around Europe, working as an illustrator, and led safaris in Africa. In the 1970s he returned to the United States and completed an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. He received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from CCA in 1991.
Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 by Sarah Owens
Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 by Jim Norrena
What comes to town once a year, showcases extraordinary outfits, makeup, and attitude, offers one-of-a-kind prizes, and packs a one-city-block tent with cheering fans of all ages? Why, the California College of the Arts end-of-year Fashion Show, of course!
Posted on Friday, May 8, 2009 by Chris Bliss
F. Noel Perry took the helm as chair of CCA’s Board of Trustees on May 1, succeeding Ann Hatch who served for four years. Perry is the founder and managing director of Baccharis Capital Inc., a private venture capital firm in Menlo Park.
Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 by Jim Norrena
CCA Alumna and poet Laura LeHew (MFA in Writing 2003) is one of 100 contemporary poets being featured in Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems, published by Ragged Sky Press, which includes other noteworthy local writers and literary luminaries such as Kim Addonizio, Margaret Atwood, Billy Collins, Elaine Equi, Jorie Graham, Maxine Kumin, Paul Muldoon, and Charles Simic. Eating Her Wedding Dress celebrates clothing in its many forms and functions as: desire, ghost, body, poetry, talisman, and transformer of the soul.
Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 by Sarah Owens
FLUX: Architecture in a Parametric Landscape
California College of the Arts hosted FLUX: Architecture in a Parametric Landscape, an exhibition focused on the integration of digital practices and design, the Architecture Program's MEDIAlab digital workshops, and the International SmartGeometry Conference (held in spring 2009). The exhibition took place March 30–April 17, 2009, in the Nave at the San Francisco campus.