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Posted on Friday, May 4, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

Work by student Eva Garcia

The suggested dress was "up" and 720 guests came duly clad for an evening of food, fashion, and feeling good. The CCA Centennial Gala and Threads Fashion Show held on April 25 exceeded all expectations by bringing in nearly $600,000 in support of the college's scholarship program.

At 6 p.m., patrons began filling the vast Festival Pavilion—beautifully transformed by designer Stanlee Gatti—to enjoy cocktails and conversation, followed by a delectable dinner prepared by Taste. As patrons finished the last of their dessert, the curtains dramatically parted to reveal bleacher seats filled to the rafters with families, friends, and fashion enthusiasts there to enjoy the fashion show portion of the evening. President Michael Roth welcomed the crowd, which now numbered over 1,300.

But before the show could begin, there was a little business to take care of. Renowned San Francisco retailer Wilkes Bashford was honored for his contributions to the fashion community with the CCA Fashion Industry Award. President Roth then announced the winner of the Surface Emerging Talent Award. CCA fashion student Christopher Weiss will receive a trip to New York and his designs will appear in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

Then CCA trustee Judy Timken took the stage to announce the college's $25 million Centennial Campaign. She commented, "CCA's centennial is a momentous occasion to celebrate our past, to reflect on the hard work and values that brought us to this point, and to consider CCA's tremendous potential for the future." She informed the crowd that $22 million had already been raised, and she graciously thanked all the donors for their generosity.

The evening culminated with the runway fashion show, which featured original designs from the collections of 21 up-and-coming designers of the graduating class of 2007. With music thundering and lights flashing, professional models sauntered their way down the 130-foot runway, eliciting spontaneous bursts of applause. The production quality was high, and the show came off without a hitch, thanks to the efforts of CCA's Fashion Design faculty and students.

Gala cochairs Kay Kimpton and Allison Speer accepted the challenge of creating the college's 100th birthday celebration 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 honorary chair Emily Carroll and the honorary committee.

The college is pleased to thank lead sponsors Osterweis Capital Management, Levi Strauss Signature, and Saturn, along with the evening's other sponsors. See Sponsors for a complete list.

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Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Patricia Esquivias

Graduate students Patricia Esquivias, Reggie Stump, and Gabrielle Teschner were recently selected as winners of the Simpson Award, presented by CCA trustee Barclay Simpson and his wife, Sharon Hanley Simpson. CCA's centennial marks the 20th year this scholarship has been awarded to honor the work of exceptional graduate students.

The Simpson Awards Exhibition is on view April 23–28, 2007, in the Oliver Art Center on the Oakland campus of California College of the Arts. There is a reception April 23, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

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Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

The March/April issue of STEP Inside Design features the top 100 designs from the magazine's Design 100 competition. Out of thousands of entries, 13 of the winning projects have ties to CCA. The projects were designed by three CCA faculty and 11 alumni. One of the projects also received the prestigious Judges' Pick award.

The designs are divided into categories based on their content and purpose. Here are the winners with ties to CCA.

Judges' Pick

Novel Writing Kit
Design: Rise-and-Shine Studio, Melissa Tioleco-Cheng (2002)
Art Direction: Chronicle Books, Michael Morris (2004)


Uneasy Nature
Design: Volume, Eric Heiman (1996), Amber Reed (2005), Madhavi Jagdish (2004)

RADAR: Selections From the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan
Design: Aufuldish & Wariner, Bob Aufuldish (faculty)


SINO Restaurant
Design: Public, Todd Foreman (faculty), Nancy Thomas (2002)

Fuego Grill
Design: Pentagram, Erik Schmitt (1992)


Design: Volume, Eric Heiman (1996), Elizabeth Fitzgibbons (2005), Akiko Ito (2004)

Love Hotels
Design: Chronicle Books, Sara Schneider (1998)

Harry Callahan: The Photographer at Work
Design: Aufuldish & Wariner, Bob Aufuldish (faculty)


Paint by Number Kit
Design: Chronicle Books, Alethea Morrison (1998)


The Shins
Design: The Small Stakes, Jason Munn (faculty)

SFMoMA College Night
Design: The Small Stakes, Jason Munn (faculty)

The Books
Design: The Small Stakes, Jason Munn (faculty)

Readers Choice | Exhibit Design

Fuego North America
Design: Pentagram, Erik Schmitt (1992)

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Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Layout of the new design

For the last two semesters, students of the CCA Design Build course have been working on the redesign of the office space of literary journal McSweeney's, located at 849 Valencia Street in San Francisco.

The project, taught in collaboration with Dwell Magazine, is a unique opportunity for advanced architecture students to gain hands-on experience and allows students to see a project from beginning to end.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Love Chair

Interior Design student Kerry Bogus (2008) was recently awarded the Honor Awards Scholarship by the Northern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA-NC). Bogus won for her design of the Love Chair, which was designed with sustainability in mind. The chair was created in professor Brian Kane's furniture production course.

When asked about the design and materials of the chair, Bogus replied, "All of the materials are either recyclable or biodegradable and are easily disassembled. The main material of the chair is a single sheet of cork that rolls up and ships easily. I wanted to design a soft buoyant seating option that focused on sustainability."

Bogus was awarded a $6,000 scholarship and was honored on February 15, 2007, at the IIDA-NC Honor Awards Celebration at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco.

For more information about CCA's Interior Design Program, see Interior Design.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Matthew Gale, Excubo, 2006

Matthew Gale, who graduated from the Industrial Design Program in 2006, is the winner of the third annual Eye for Why student design competition, sponsored by Dyson and the Industrial Designers Society of America.

Gale won for his design of the Excubo jacket, which helps commuters comfortably sleep on various forms of public transportation. The jacket is designed with a system of cords and polystyrene foam padding that, when tightened, cause the jacket to transform into a sleeping cocoon. The collar becomes a sleeping mask, the lapels become pillows, the sides tighten around the torso to support upright posture, and the cuffs unwrap to become mittens. The Excubo (Latin for "I sleep outside") provides effective support for the body to sleep while traveling on planes, buses, subways, and other forms of transportation.

Gale was awarded $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York, where he was honored at a reception hosted by James Dyson, founder of Dyson. Gale is also now eligible to compete for the James Dyson Award, an international competition between the winners from all the national Dyson award programs, which are held in 13 countries.

Gale designed the Excubo as part of the Industrial Design 6 course, instructed by Bill Wurz and Joanne Oliver. The course is one of the final Industrial Design courses to fulfill the undergraduate program and is tied to the final presentation and Senior Show, which is open to the design community.

For more information on the CCA Industrial Design Program, see Industrial Design. For more information on Dyson, visit Dyson.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Milpitas City Hall, Charles Dilworth

AIA Fellowship Program

Three architecture faculty members—Peter Anderson, Charles Dilworth, and Paulett Taggart—have recently been elected into the Fellowship program in the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Fellowship program recognizes architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. This is the highest honor the AIA gives nationally, and only 76 out of 80,000 members received the award this year.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art recently announced the recipients of the 2006 SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) Art Award. Four of the five winners have a CCA affiliation: faculty members Kota Ezawa and Amy Franceschini, alumna Mitzi Pederson (MFA '04), and current MFA student Leslie Shows. Sarah Cain was the other recipient.

The biennial award honors local artists of exceptional promise with an exhibition at SFMOMA, an accompanying catalog, and a modest cash prize.

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Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

For years, alumni and friends of the college have been asking for CCA merchandise. Now, just in time for the college's centennial, a wide variety of products featuring the CCA logo are available through CafePress.com.

Sweatshirts, T-shirts, caps, bags, license-plate frames, tote bags, and mugs are a just a few of the products you will find. Choose among three different designs: classic, centennial, and alumni.

Profits from the sales will benefit the CCA scholarship fund.

Visit CafePress.com.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

Animal Subjects, an interdisciplinary course designed to examine a wide range of stories, theories, and images of animals in history, is the 2006 winner of the Animals and Society Course Award from the Humane Society of the United States and the Center for Respect of Life and Environment.

This award is granted each year to three college undergraduate and graduate courses worldwide. The award includes a $1,500 prize, which will be used to expand CCA's library with resources relating to animal subjects.

Animal Subjects is part of the Critical Studies Program under the category of Methods of Knowledge, which are interdisciplinary humanities seminars required of all CCA undergraduate students in their third or fourth year. These courses are designed to teach critical thinking and to show students historical and cultural contexts.

Kari Weil, chair of Critical Studies and associate professor of Writing and Literature, teaches the course. By teaching Animal Subjects, she hopes for students to "sometime in their work try to make the empathic leap of envisioning a nonhuman perspective." The course evolved from her work on horse-human relations in 19th-century France, but has grown both in response to her research and student interest. Weil tries to integrate students' areas of study into the course. Last year the class took a field trip to the Oakland Zoo, where they learned about zoo design and conservation, which incorporated architecture and design.

Weil has been teaching at CCA for six years, and this is the fourth time she has taught the Animal Subjects course. She is near completion of the book The Equine Other in Nineteenth-Century France, a study that looks at the discourses around and representations of riding and breeding horses. Parts of the book are already published as articles. She also has a forthcoming essay called "Animal Death and the Struggle for Ethics" in a special issue of Configurations, a journal dedicated to animal and agricultural studies.

To learn more about the Critical Studies Program, see Critical Studies.

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