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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?

Posted on Monday, July 13, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

First Place: Urban Reef, ACSA's Green Community 2008–2009 Intl Design Competition

California College of the Arts Architecture faculty and students kicked off the summer with a host of impressive industry awards, including the college's first-ever Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) award. This unique honor, including others listed below, accentuates CCA's stated commitment to developing sustainable design practices and supporting environmental consideration.

FIRST PRIZE: Green Community—International Student Design Competition

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Karina MichelView slideshow 

Karina Michel only graduated in 2008, but she's already making waves internationally. This CCA Fashion Design alum is in the middle of an intense five-month internship designing for Pratibha Syntex, a 4,000-employee Indian company that produces organic cotton yarn, fabric, and garments for export and local markets. Michel is working on site in India, creatively devising new strategies to reuse and redirect the company's waste as part of a concerted effort to increase sustainability.

Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

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 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

Frederick Loomis, The DIOS Neuroprocessor . . . a Proposal for the Cover of the New Yorker, 2008View slideshow 

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 Jim Norrena

Designer James J. Edwards received Surface magazine's Emerging Talent Award [Photo: Jim Norrena]View slideshow 

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 Tuesday, May 19, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Six recent California College of the Arts graduates were showcased in Unhinged, the 2009 Graduating Senior Furniture Exhibition presented by the Furniture Program May 1–8 at the Mina Dresden Gallery in San Francisco’s Mission district.