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Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by Jim Norrena

The students in CCA’s MFA in Comics program have returned to San Francisco for their second year of study.

To celebrate their return, California College of the Arts will host its second annual Comics in the City, a public summer guest-speaker series featuring four of today's most celebrated comics creators.

Join us each Friday in July when Comics in the City will highlight various aspects of the comics medium -- from independent publishing to the craft of writing and the future of digital comics.

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Simon Hodgson

David Gissen, Mound of Vendôme

Whereas most folks look at Paris and see the Eiffel Tower and the river Seine, the architectural historian and CCA faculty member David Gissen sees many different Parises, sequenced and layered, pockmarked and potholed by history.

Gissen has an eye for the vestigial histories of cities and their landscapes -- the parts that are buried, forgotten, or unseen. The decay of 1970s Manhattan, the underwater landscape of London’s River Thames, and the revolutionary landscapes of the Paris Commune have all come under his idiosyncratic scrutiny.

Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

Mimi Pond is a career cartoonist, illustrator, author, and mother

Chances are likely you're already familiar with cartoonist and illustrator Mimi Pond's (Drawing 1978) work.

Of her five books, The Valley Girls’ Guide to Life is a 1980s cult classic, and she holds the credit for writing the first episode of The Simpsons -- a job Matt Groening, the show’s creator, personally offered her.

Pond's latest book, Over Easy, released in April to rave reviews.

And her résumé contains a veritable laundry list of pop-culture favorites including such popular television series writing credits as Pee-wee’s Playhouse and Designing Women.

She also furnished Seventeen magazine with a full-page comic for each issue during the early 1980s as well as worked with National Lampoon, the Village Voice, the New York Times, Adweek, and many more publications.

 

Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Jim Norrena

(l-r) Stephanie Smith, Erin Wheeler, Kate Dey, and CCA President Stephen Beal

Right on the cusp of CCA's commencement exercises this Saturday, May 17, at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center, a timely WalletHub article, "Best & Worst Entry-Level Jobs," includes expert career advice from CCA's Career Development Director Kate Dey.

The featured article is written by Evolution Finance senior editor and writer John Kiernan and uses information sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Indeed.com, and Salary.com.

More on Career Development at CCA »

Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Rachel Walther

Jen Banta Yoshida interviews Nancy Hom for her Bernice Bing documentary

Jen Banta Yoshida (MA Visual and Critical Studies 2009) is many things: an activist, a writer, an artist, a San Francisco native. For the past seven years, she has been delving into the biography of the artist Bernice Bing.

Her intensive research culminated in The Worlds of Bernice Bing, a documentary film released in late 2013. (Watch the trailer »)

The film will screen next at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento on June 26, 2014 , followed by a Q&A with Jen Banta Yoshida and Lenore Chinn.

Bing was also a San Francisco native. She was born in 1936 in Chinatown and worked in the city for most of her life, as a painter and an activist for community-based arts.

Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Submitted by CCA students Leslie Greene and Sam Bertain

Congratulations to CCA's 2014 Royal Society of Arts U.S. Student Design Award Winners -- and to their faculty advisors!

This year's awardees included an impressive sampling from not one, but two CCA design programs -- Fashion Design and Industrial Design:

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014 by Rachel Walther

Gregory Kloen with a work in progress [photo: Rachel Walther]

Gregory Kloehn (Glass 1998) is working hard to build a better community -- literally. At his West Oakland live-work space, he is engaged in an ongoing project to build mobile shelters for the homeless residents of his neighborhood.

His efforts have attracted attention from all over the world, and from all types, from off-the-grid survivalists to the media (he’s been featured on Inside Edition, Rachel, and many other shows) to green-minded micro-home design enthusiasts.

Read the San Jose Mercury News and KQED features on Gregory Kloehn.

Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Janey Smith reads in front of San Francisco's Federal Building

To commemorate the 100th birthday of William S. Burroughs in February 2014, the poet and CCA alumnus Janey Smith (MFA Writing 2012) was invited to read at San Francisco’s City Lights bookstore alongside Dead Kennedys front man Jello Biafra, the renowned poets Daphne Gottlieb and Kevin Killian, and other writers and musicians.

When Smith was introduced, his friend Dorothy NotRobot took to the podium instead. “Mistakenly” thinking the gathering was in honor of Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan, she proceeded to read selections from the other Burroughs’s work.

Some minutes in, Smith yelled from across the room, “Dorothy, it’s time to do our William Tell trick!” Notrobot placed an apple on her head and Smith pelted it with marshmallows from a slingshot, referencing William S. Burroughs’s accidental killing of his wife in 1951, in a William Tell trick gone wrong.

Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 by Jim Norrena

With revenue in excess of $24 billion and having more than 44,000 employees worldwide, Nike Inc. is one of the world's largest suppliers of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment.

For those California College of the Arts alumni who went to work at Nike, they describe their careers as innovative, creative, and truly rewarding.

CCA Prepares Alumni to "Just Do It"

CCA's alumni at Nike attribute their successful careers to their CCA education.

According to Industrial Design chair Sandrine Lebas: "The college offers courses that delve into soft goods and wearables, technology and user interface, crafts and making, and even bike-frame design and building; all with an emphasis on user-centric research, sustainability, market context, and entrepreneurship."

Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Zachary Royer Scholz

Curated by Joyce Grimm (MA Curatorial Practice 2006), the exhibition Thresholds of Faith: Four Entries Into the Beyond at San Francisco’s Manresa Gallery features four artists of different faith backgrounds who are all affiliated with CCA.

The artists -- Lynn Marie Kirby (Film faculty), Taraneh Hemami (MFA 1991, now Diversity Studies faculty), Ali Naschke-Messing (MFA 2007), and Cara Levine (MFA 2012, now Sculpture faculty) -- have each produced evocative individual projects that invite reflection on religious practice and experience within contemporary life.

Housed within the active Catholic parish of San Francisco’s Saint Ignatius Church, Manresa Gallery is a unique project (and a surprising one, to many) that allows local and international contemporary artists to directly explore intersections between art and religion.

The resulting exhibitions expand the boundaries of both spiritual and artistic endeavor, and aim to generate far-reaching dialogue within a broad and diverse community.

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