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Posted on Friday, August 5, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

As the new school year begins, California College of the Arts is presenting a variety of exhibitions showcasing new art by undergraduate students at the college.

The exhibitions feature artwork by students in a variety of media, from first-time freshmen to artists receiving recognition for outstanding work in their majors. The work of recent CCA alumni has appeared in exhibitions from Bay Area Now at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to the Whitney Biennial in New York. For the savvy gallery goer, the college's undergraduate exhibitions program offers a special opportunity to view the work of artists who might be making waves in the art world in just a few years' time.

Kicking off the season is the Tenth Annual Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship Awards Exhibition, on view from August 31 to September 15 in the Isabelle Percy West Gallery on the Oakland campus. The Hamaguchi scholarship—named for the late Yozo Hamaguchi, a renowned master of color mezzotint printmaking—is awarded to exceptional students in printmaking.

September brings the New Student Exhibition, on view September 6–9 in the North/South Galleries at 5241 College Avenue (across the street from the Oakland campus).

October 6–22, the All-College Honors and Scholarship Awards Exhibition is on view in the Oliver Art Center on the Oakland campus.

Rounding out the awards season is the Seventh Annual Ronald and Anita Wornick Awards Exhibition, honoring talented students working in the wood arts. The Wornick exhibition is on view October 26–November 4 on the San Francisco campus.

In addition to these special exhibitions, the CCA undergraduate exhibitions program presents shows featuring the work of individual students almost every week of the academic year. Exhibitions are on view on the San Francisco campus in the Thomas and Tecoah Bruce Galleries and in Oakland at the Irwin Student Center Gallery and Isabelle Percy West Gallery on campus and the North/South Galleries at 5241 College Avenue (across the street from campus).

For more information about student exhibitions, visit the Calendar.

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Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

The college recently received grants from three important foundations: the James Irvine Foundation, the Fletcher Jones Foundation, and the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. Notification of a sizable award also came from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Irvine Foundation renewed its leadership support of CCA with a three-year grant of $450,000. This award will underwrite educational opportunities for youth from low-income and underserved communities, including mentorship classes, the Pre-College summer program, the new Community Arts major, and student scholarships. In 2002, the Irvine Foundation awarded CCA a three-year grant of $700,000 to fund a collegewide program to increase sustainable diversity as part of the Campus Diversity Initiative.

The college also received a $100,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation to create the Fletcher Jones Endowed Scholarship. This is the first award that the college has received from this foundation. The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, established after the death of this beloved benefactor, is also a new supporter. The college has received $150,000 for exhibitions and related programs of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

In addition to foundation support, CCA also received two awards from the National Endowment for the Arts: (1) a $40,000 Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth grant to underwrite curriculum and professional development for teachers at the Center for Art and Public Life's partner schools in Oakland and (2) a $20,000 Access grant to digitize the Capp Street Project archive.

CCA president Michael S. Roth commented, "Receiving support from foundations and government agencies is crucial to maintaining and growing the diverse programs at CCA. Because these organizations receive requests for many worthy projects, it's particularly gratifying to be selected. Foundation and government support validates the direction we're taking with our programs and is an indication that we are doing important, state-of-the-field work in arts education. When funders renew their support, as in the case of the Irvine Foundation, it allows us to take what we've learned and build on it. We are extremely grateful to these organizations for their generosity and foresight."

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Posted on Friday, July 29, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Luana Coonen, Ivy Encasement

California College of the Arts (CCA) was invited to present a special exhibition at the American Craft Council's (ACC) 30th Anniversary Show held August 12–14 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The work of 10 CCA alumni, selected by CCA faculty, will be featured in this special exhibition.

The 10 CCA alumni represented in the special exhibition are:

  • Linda Lee Boyd, MFA 1984, Printmaking
  • Sara Clugage, BFA 2005, Textiles
  • Luana Coonen, BFA 2004, Jewelry/Metal Arts
  • Eric Eiserling, BFA 1993, Glass
  • Mike Farruggia, BFA 2002, Wood/Furniture
  • Gavin Kermode, BFA 2004, Ceramics
  • Mary Alison Lucas, BFA 2003, Ceramics
  • Nora Merz, BFA 2005, Textiles
  • Ann Morhauser, BFA 1979, Glass
  • Barbara J. Rogers, MFA 1969, Printmaking

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the ACC show, which is the largest juried crafts show in the West. The show includes jewelry, clothing, furniture, quilts, and sculptural and functional objects of clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood. More than 300 artists from across the country will be participating. In addition to the alumni exhibition, many CCA alumni have taken exhibit space and will be selling their work at the show. For more information, visit the Craft Council website.

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Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Coffee grinder

CCA Industrial Design student Christine Miller was selected as a 2005 Bronze IDEA winner for her ACORN manual coffee grinder. Alumna and current faculty member Evelyne Chaubert (ID 2004) also won a Bronze award for "Family Class," an aircraft travel project that was her senior thesis.

Business Week magazine and the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) co-sponsor this annual international competition, which is highlighted in the July 4 issue of the magazine. It is considered one of the world's most prestigious design competitions, attracting entries from 20 countries, including the United States.

Newly appointed Industrial Design chair Yves Béhar also fared well in the annual competition. His firm, fuesproject, picked up five awards. CCA trustee Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, was pleased to see his company selected for a total of seven awards. The CCA Graduate Center won a Silver award in the Environments category.

A jury of 17 world-renowned designers and critics reviewed the IDEA entries. Judging criteria for each entry focused on five areas of industrial design excellence: design innovation, benefit to the user, benefit to the client/business, ecological responsibility, and appropriate aesthetics and appeal. Thirty-eight Gold, 59 Silver, and 51 Bronze awards were given.

The winners will be honored at a black tie ceremony in Washington, DC, on August 27, the final day of the 2005 IDSA National Conference & Design Gallery.

All 148 winning entries can be viewed at www.idsa.org.

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Posted on Monday, June 13, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

Work by 12 CCA Graphic Design students has been selected for the "New Talent Design Annual 2005," published by Graphis, publishers of the eponymous international design magazine, design annuals, and numerous other publications. Designs were selected in the categories of logos, posters, promotion, and typography.

The 256-page "New Talent" volume is considered the premier international forum for work produced by students about to enter the professional arena.

Work was completed in 2003 and 2004 in the following courses: Graphic Design 1, Graphic Design 2, Graphic Design 3, Graphic Agitation, Screen Printing, Summer Design Intensive, and the Sputnik student design team.

Below is a complete list of winners.

Marcelo Viana Neto
Anjel Van Slyke
Michael Coyne
Andrew Kinzer
Sumi Shin

Connal Hughes
Wishmini Perera
Mabel Liang
G. Dan Covert
Andre Andreev
Nissa Ellison

G. Dan Covert

Dennis Pasco

For more information on Graphis, visit www.graphis.com.

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Posted on Monday, June 13, 2005 by Kim Lessard

CCA faculty member Douglas Burnham and alumni Robert Pei and Chris Weir, of Envelope A+D Architects in Oakland, received one of two $10,000 first-place prizes awarded today for their Octavia Boulevard housing design proposal. The prizes were given by the San Francisco Mayor's Office and San Francisco Prize. The winning project team also included Michael Cotton and Tolya Stonorov.

San Francisco Prize conducted the Octavia Boulevard Housing Design Competition for six parcels that front San Francisco's newly constructed Octavia Boulevard to generate creative housing ideas for those and other sites formerly occupied by the freeway.

"The removal of the Central Freeway has given us a unique opportunity to think creatively about new housing opportunities," said Mayor Gavin Newsom. "The housing design competition and the winning designs should encourage innovative, cutting-edge architecture for in-fill housing throughout San Francisco."

The Envelope A+D team submitted a proposal for Parcels M and N, which are on Octavia Boulevard and are only 15-feet deep. The competition jury selected the glass and steel design because the architects took maximum advantage of the proposed zoning for the area, creating an active street level, innovative unit types, and a dignified living place, all on a very narrow lot.

While construction of the winning designs is not guaranteed, the competition sponsors will encourage developers to team up with designers of the winning entries to bring architectural distinction to the boulevard.

The winning designs were selected by a jury of architects and urban design professionals from among 167 anonymous entries from around the world. The jury awarded six prizes: two first-place winners, a second-place winner and three honorable mentions. The jury also noted several community design ideas from other entries that could be incorporated in future housing developments. Complete descriptions, along with images of the projects, are available at www.sfprize.org.

An exhibition of all the entries will take place June 13–19 in the Nave at the California College of the Arts San Francisco campus, 1111 Eighth Street. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information on the exhibition, please contact 415.703.9562 or architecture@cca.edu.

Sponsors of the Octavia Boulevard Competition included the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Economic Development, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, the San Francisco Planning Department, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter, San Francisco Beautiful, California College of the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Hayes Valley neighborhood representatives, Lennar Communities, the Gap, A.F. Evans, Tandoori Grill, Absinthe Brasserie and Rene Netter.

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Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

This summer, interior design is hot at two Extended Education events in July: the Interior Designers Forum (July 16) and Behind the Scenes in Interior Design (July 23), both in San Francisco.

The theme of the Interior Designers Forum is "Generations: A Legacy of Style," focusing on the role of mentors and design greats in interior design. Seven leading California designers will show slides of their newest work, discuss their influences, and illuminate their own career paths. Keynote speaker Suzanne Tucker of Tucker & Marks will discuss the legacy of Michael Taylor, one of the giants of California design. Best-selling design author Diane Dorrans Saeks moderates. The event is held in conjunction with the San Francisco Design Center's Summer Market and takes place at the CCA San Francisco campus from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $120 (includes lunch and refreshments).

The following Saturday, in Behind the Scenes in Interior Design, join Diane Dorrans Saeks on an insider's tour to four San Francisco interior design and architecture studios that are normally closed to the public. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $125 (includes lunch).

This summer's Extended Education classes range from one-day workshops to comprehensive multisession courses; from introductions to drawing, painting, and photography to specialized workshops taught by visiting artists. Day, evening, and weekend classes are available. During the summer, CCA also offers for-credit degree courses, study abroad programs, and, for young people, the Pre-College Program, Ninth-Grade Summer Atelier, and Young Artist Studio Program.

For more information about these programs, call 510.594.3710 or visit Summer at CCA.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

The spring 2005 issue of "Eleven Eleven," the annual journal of literature and art at California College of the Arts, is now available at independent bookstores Modern Times, Green Apple, and Dog Eared Books in San Francisco, as well as others throughout the Bay Area. The journal can also be ordered directly by contacting the editorial staff at eleveneleven@cca.edu or on Amazon.

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Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

An exhibition featuring close to 200 housing design proposals for San Francisco's newly constructed Octavia Boulevard will take place June 6–10 and then June 13–19, after the winners have been selected. Both exhibitions take place in the Nave at CCA's San Francisco campus. Also placing in the competition was CCA alum Wayne Campell, whose group from Elevation Architects received one of five Awards for Meritorious Community Ideas.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

About the Competition

San Francisco Prize is conducting an architectural design competition for six parcels that front the new Octavia Boulevard. Two of the parcels will be subsidized by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency as affordable housing. The city will sell the others to private developers. The purpose of the competition is to generate creative housing ideas for those and other sites formerly occupied by the freeway. While construction of the winning designs is not guaranteed, the competition sponsors will encourage developers to team up with designers who submit entries that will bring architectural distinction to the boulevard. Winning designs will win cash awards and subsequently be exhibited and published.

Sponsors of the competition include the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Economic Development, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research, the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter, San Francisco Beautiful, California College of the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and neighborhood representatives.

For More Information

For more information on the exhibition, please contact 415.703.9562 or .

For more information about the Octavia Boulevard Housing Design Competition, please visit www.sfprize.org.

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Posted on Friday, May 13, 2005 by Brenda Tucker

The suggested attire was fashionista and 475 guests came duly clad for an evening of food, fashion, and feeling good. Threads, the inaugural fashion and fundraising gala on April 28, exceeded all expectations by bringing in $245,000 in support of CCA's scholarship program.

Guests began filling the vast Herbst Pavilion at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy cocktails and conversation, followed by a delectable dinner prepared by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. But the centerpiece of the evening was the runway fashion show, which featured original designs from the collections of ten up-and-coming designers, selected from the graduating class of 2005 by a jury of CCA faculty and industry professionals. With music thundering and lights flashing, professional models sauntered their way down the eighty-foot runway, eliciting spontaneous bursts of applause. The production quality was high and the show came off without a hitch, thanks to the tremendous efforts of CCA's Fashion Design faculty and students. Following the show, several guests were seen scribbling down contact information for the young designers—perhaps a commission for next year's gala?

Threads co-chairs Kimberly Blattner and Anne Robinson Woods accepted the challenge of creating the college's first fundraising gala in seven years and turned it into CCA's most successful event to date. The college is grateful to them for their vision, leadership, and hard work. Special thanks also are in order to the members of the committee and the honorary committee.

California College of the Arts is pleased to thank Osterweis Capital Management, lead sponsor of Threads. Special thanks to our Haute Couture Patrons, Diane Christensen and Jean Pierret, Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein and Anita and Ronald Wornick, and our Nouvelle Couture Patrons, Kimberly and Simon Blattner, Tom and Jan Boyce, Tecoah and Thomas Bruce, E. J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc., Lois Gordon and Robin Strawbridge, Mary Green, Leigh Hudson, Eve and Harvey Masonek, Tony and Celeste Meier, Lorna F. Meyer and Dennis Calas, Timothy Mott, Steven and Nancy Oliver, David and Mary Robinson, Karen and Ronald Rose, Michael S. Roth and Kari Weil, Dorothy and George Saxe, Phil Schlein, Barclay and Sharon Simpson, Alan and Ruth Stein, Judy and Bill Timken, Kay and Frank Woods, and Mary and Harold Zlot. In addition, CCA would like to thank in-kind donors Annieglass and Robert Mondavi Family of Wines and our media sponsor, Surface Magazine.

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