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Posted on Monday, April 17, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Two CCA graduate students have been accepted into the 2006 residency program of the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Media arts students Patricia Esquivias and Marcella Faustini were selected from 1,643 applicants worldwide. Both are in the college's MFA Program in Fine Arts.

Open to only 65 students each year, this summer program is an intensive nine-week residency for advanced students, giving them the opportunity to work with a visiting faculty of leading contemporary artists.

"The Skowhegan residency is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can be a launching pad for emerging artists," said Lawrence Rinder, CCA's dean of graduate studies. "I'm thrilled that the high caliber of the work of our students continues to be recognized by the Skowhegan jury."

Founded in 1946 on lakeside farmland in rural Maine, Skowhegan has served as an important resource for artists and a catalyst for the advancement of their work. Founded by artists, and still governed by artists, Skowhegan provides a rigorous, supportive atmosphere in which emerging artists are encouraged to work and explore, free from the expectations of the marketplace and academia.

From Ellsworth Kelly and Janet Fish to Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin, Skowhegan alumni represent a diverse line of some of the most influential artists of the last five decades.

The 2006 Skowhegan residency program runs June 10 through August 12.

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Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

Students Paul Trillo and Noah Cunningham have won VH1's and IFILM's "Show Us Your Junk" Contest, a viewer-generated video competition. Their video, "Disaster Series," is about Cunningham's bad luck and clumsiness and shows some worst-case scenarios in everyday tasks.

The two Media Arts students initially produced the 1 minute 26 second video for fun, and later did the sound design in Richard Beggs's Sound for the Moving Image course. All of the sound in the video was produced through the Foley technique, through which sound effects are added to a film's sound track.

The student's video aired on VH1's "Web Junk 20," a show devoted to comical Internet video clips. The video is also available for viewing at IFILM's website.

For their work, Trillo and Cunningham won an HP digital media center with Intel technology and a Sharp Aquos liquid crystal television.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

CCA Writing and Literature professor Marianne Rogoff's story "Raven" appears in The Best Travel Writing 2006, an annual anthology that celebrates the world's best travel writing.

"Raven" is about the author's journey to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and the people she gets to know there.

Rogoff and other contributors will read at Book Passage, Corte Madera, on Sunday, March 19, and Get Lost Books, San Francisco, on Wednesday, March 22, both at 7 pm.

Her story "Human Nature" is also forthcoming at www.travelerstales.com.

Rogoff comments, "I've always admired Travelers' Tales publications for being the most literary in the genre, so I'm thrilled to have my story selected for The Best Travel Writing series . . . and for a story that was so much fun to research."

About Marianne Rogoff

Marianne Rogoff is an adjunct professor in the Writing and Literature Program and has taught at CCA since 1994.

She is the author of a memoir, Silvie's Life (1995), which is forthcoming in Portuguese translation from Gradiva Editions. Rogoff will be speaking at the Lisbon Bookfair and other venues at the end of May in connection with the Portuguese edition.

She is the winner of two Marin Arts Council fiction grants and has published numerous short stories, essays, and book reviews.

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Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Students Paul Trillo and Noah Cunningham are regional finalists in Scion xPress Fest, a nationwide music video competition sponsored by the car company Scion.

The two Media Arts students are among 10 finalists selected from hundreds of entrants around the country. Trillo and Cunningham's video, for the band Something for Rockets, is screening in the festival's 10-city tour this spring.

In the Scion xPress Fest competition, filmmakers from the nation's top film schools competed for a chance to make a music video, fully funded by Scion. A panel of industry judges chose the 10 finalists, who went on to create a video for one of the 10 participating bands—all rising stars in the indie rock scene. Audiences on the screening tour will help decide which filmmakers will walk away with the $20,000 grand prize.

The xPress Fest tour kicked off in Portland, Oregon, on March 2 and winds up in Los Angeles on April 6. Other screening venues are in Philadelphia, New York, Savannah, Detroit, Chicago, Iowa City, San Francisco, and Austin.

The San Francisco event takes place on March 30 at the Roxie, 3117 16th Street, from 7 to 11 p.m. (The screening begins at 8 p.m.) All screenings are free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. To RSVP, visit www.scionxpressfest.com/rsvp. There is a hosted bar for those age 21 and older.

Visit the Scion xPress Fest website to learn more and to hear music by the participating bands.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Work by alumni of Sputnik, the college's award-winning student design team, is on view in Sputnik X, a group show celebrating the 10th anniversary of the program. The exhibition is on view February 13–18 at the CCA San Francisco campus. A reception takes place February 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. The designers will discuss their work at a symposium in Timken Lecture Hall on February 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition and symposium are free and open to the public.

Designers in the exhibition include Ayako Akazawa of Chronicle Books, Bryan Burkhart of modernhouse, G. Dan Covert of MTV, Lindsay Daniels of Digital Kitchen, Alex DeArmond of McGinty, Eric Heiman of Volume, Stella Lai of Tree-Axis, Nadine Stellavato-Brown of Chemistry Design, Jon Sueda of Stripe Design, and Natalia Tjandra of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The Sputnik program was established in 1995 to create the college's print materials. Today, under the direction of staff and faculty advisors, CCA graphic design students produce 70 to 80 print and web projects for the college each year. In 2004, the e-Sputnik class designed this website.

The Sputnik X group show and symposium are sponsored by the Graphic Design Program.

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Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Work by alumni in ceramics from the past 50 years is on view in The Family of Clay: CCACeramics 1950–2005, a major exhibition at the Oliver Art Center on the Oakland campus. Featured artists include Robert Arneson '56 (1930–92), Viola Frey '56 (1933–2004), and Peter Voulkos '52 (1924–2002), arguably the world's three leading figures in contemporary ceramics. The exhibition is on view from January 17 to February 6, 2006. An opening reception will take place on January 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Ceramics Program will also present artists' demonstrations in the ceramics studio on Saturday, January 21.

The Family of Clay surveys work by graduates of both the BFA and MFA programs in ceramics, together with work by faculty and technicians who have made noteworthy contributions to the college, ceramics, and the field of art. The exhibition highlights the significant influence that CCA artists have had on the medium of clay. Approximately 90 works of both two- and three-dimensional art will be on view.

While many alumni continued with clay as their preferred medium, others moved toward work in other media—including painting, glass, video, wood, installation, and film—whose development and success were informed by their earlier study of ceramics. The work, provided by the artists or on loan from private collections, will include both intimate pieces and masterful accomplishments. Some works are from the college's own collection.

Artists in the exhibition include Robert Arneson, Robert Brady, John de Fazio, Viola Frey, Karen Koblitz, Lawrence LaBianca, Maggie Larsen, Art Nelson, Lana Renfroe, Ruth Rippon, Peter Voulkos, Ann Weber, and many others. Photographs and ephemera documenting the evolution of the program will also be on view.

The Family of Clay: CCACeramics 1950–2005 is sponsored by the Ceramics Program and is organized by a committee headed by Arthur Gonzalez, chair of the Ceramics Program; John Toki, adjunct professor of sculpture; and Nancy M. Servis, senior lecturer in the history of ceramics.

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Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Work by Lynn Marie Kirby

As part of its ongoing MediaScope programming, the Museum of Modern Art in New York will present "An Evening with Lynn Marie Kirby" on January 30 at 8 p.m. The program includes several of her works, including C to C: Several Centuries After the Double Slit Experiment (1995); Study in Choreography for Camera Remote (2001); and pieces from the Latent Light Excavation series (2004–5). Lynn Marie Kirby is a professor at CCA and teaches in the Media Arts, MFA in Fine Arts, and First Year programs.

Kirby has created a body of work that includes film, video, performance, installation, and sound art. A past Guggenheim Fellow, she has shown regionally at SFMOMA, the Pacific Film Archive, and the Cinematheque, as well as nationally at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York and L.A.C.E. in Los Angeles. She has also exhibited internationally at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as different art venues in Berlin, Istanbul, London, and Sarajevo. In 2002, the Film Arts Foundation and the San Francisco Cinematheque presented Discreet and Continuous Boundary Crossings: The Multi Media Art of Lynn Marie Kirby, a mid-career retrospective.

Kirby inventively draws upon vernacular imagery from domestic life and the American landscape, transforming the material in the process. She also explores the unique properties of the mechanical and the digital. Her work bridges the cinema and conceptual art worlds by putting tools to unanticipated uses, whether editing by remote control, reframing production gear as subject, or turning the editing console into an instrument for live performance. Kirby's multimedia practice establishes the "frame" as a delimited space of improvisation and openness-for artist and viewer alike-in works of astonishing beauty and vibrancy.

Dedicated to experimentation with cinematic form and content, MOMA's MediaScope program presents emerging and recognized artists who discuss their work with the audience. The program explores filmmaking and videomaking, as well as web-based installation and digital art practices.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Lawrence Rinder

Lawrence Rinder, dean of Graduate Studies at CCA, has won an award from the U.S. chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA/USA). The annual awards are given in recognition of excellence in gallery and museum shows across the country. Rinder was curator of "Tim Hawkinson," a mid-career retrospective that was exhibited last year at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition was awarded first place in the category "Best Monographic Museum Show in New York City." Rinder will accept the award at a ceremony on February 2 at the Jewish Museum in New York.

Each year, AICA/USA invites its more than 400 members to nominate and vote for the outstanding exhibitions of the previous season. AICA/USA, the nation's largest art critics organization, is the only group to formally recognize excellence in this cultural arena. The annual AICA Awards are the art-world equivalent to those given by the New York Film Critics Circle or the Drama Desk.

For the 2004–5 awards, there are 20 winners in 13 categories, including best museum, gallery, and alternative-space exhibitions in New York and nationally; best show in a public space; and best exhibit of art using the internet.

For a complete list of winners, visit www.aicausa.org.

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Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

CCA student Tony Meredith was named the U.S. winner of the Translations in Tupperware global design contest, with a beautifully lit and shot photograph entitled "Tupper Rose Window," which uses multicolored and multitextured, vintage and contemporary Tupperware bowls, coasters, and tumblers to replicate a stained-glass window. He is a student in the college's Industrial Design Program.

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Posted on Friday, December 2, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Marilyn da Silva, Rock Paper Scissors

The work of three CCA faculty members—Lia Cook, professor of Textiles; Marilyn da Silva, chair of Jewelry/Metal Arts; and Donald Fortescue, chair of Wood/Furniture—is featured in Transformations: The Language of Craft, an international exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. The exhibition showcases recent work by the world's leading studio craft artists and is the first of its kind at the National Gallery. Transformations is on view through January 29, 2006.

Three years in the making, the exhibition includes 85 Australian and international artists and 135 works in the area of studio craft, including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, metalwork, sculpture, textiles, and wood.

Transformations was organized by Robert Bell, senior curator of decorative arts and design at the National Gallery. Bell comments, "The work of international artists most prominent and influential in these fields is seldom seen in Australia; this exhibition offers visitors a chance to encounter their unique and compelling objects that challenge our perceptions of design and function, and the meaning of the materials they use."

Cook and Da Silva each gave presentations on their work during a two-day conference held in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition. They were among the 18 artists from Australia, the United States, Europe, and Asia who were invited to speak.

A full-color exhibition catalog is available from the National Gallery of Australia online shop. For more information, see www.nga.gov.au.

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