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Posted on Monday, September 7, 2009 by Jim Norrena

The Steve Reoutt Memorial Exhibition runs September 1–10 in the Nave.View slideshow 

I paint portraits. Whether of people, trees, shoes, condiments, landscapes. Whatever.

~ Professor Emeritus Steve Reoutt

The Steve Reoutt Memorial Exhibition is on display in the rear of the Nave until September 10. A longtime California College of the Arts Graphic Design faculty member (41 years to be exact) and professor emeritus, Reoutt also was a book illustrator, curator, painter, and genuinely appreciated and loved member of the CCA community.

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Sara SchneiderView slideshow 

"Controlled chaos" doesn't describe it at all; the situation in the Chronicle Books design department is more like beautiful, seductive, art-directed cacophony. There are shelves of books from floor to ceiling, immersing and enveloping the staff designers in a three-dimensional portfolio-gallery of their own work. But there is also spaciousness—room to move, room to think—and clearly everyone is thinking creatively. The few available walls are covered with sketches, drawings, ideas.

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009 by Clay Walsh

California College of the Arts has always been about expression. Today we have more ways to express ourselves than ever before—it’s called social networking, which allows us to keep everyone abreast of exciting news here at CCA. We have so many amazing events and happenings this fall, it’s a wonder we get any sleep! Yet we know you want to know about all of them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!