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Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

President Stephen Beal (second from right) on a tour of the Forbidden City in Beijing

My recent trip to China was fascinating. I was part of a small delegation of art school presidents (including representatives from the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Art Institute, Glasgow School of Art, the University of Bern, and the University of New South Wales) invited to participate in an international symposium on art education.

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2008 by Kim Lessard

Sandstrom placed runner-up in the “Chuck it or Keep it” global student competition, part of the Fashioning the Future summit (sponsored by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion)

CCA Fashion Design student Stephanie Sandstrom was a runner-up in the "Chuck it or Keep it" global student competition, part of the Fashioning the Future summit held October 27–28, 2008, in London. Sandstrom was awarded in the innovation category (materials being the other category) for her One Night Stands design—a temporary yet more sustainable shoe specially designed for one-time-only occasions, after which each can be recycled. As a runner-up she received 500 pounds.

Another CCA Fashion Design student, Lauren Devenney, joined the 26 "Chuck it or Keep it" finalists in presenting her work on the runway for the fashion industry elite. The competition and first-time summit garnered international media attention. (Read "Sustaining Fashion," Vogue, October 28, 2008.)

Sponsored by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, in conjunction with Adili.com, the Fashioning the Future summit competition united established fashion designers, students, and opinion-makers from around the world to explore answering the challenging question: can we bring about long-term lifestyle change and create better lives through a more sustainable fashion industry?

The "Chuck it or Keep it" competition judges included renowned London Times fashion journalist Colin McDowell; Caryn Franklin, host of the popular U.K. television program The Clothes Show; head of London College of Fashion Dr. Frances Corner; and Sim Scavazza, creative director of Adili.com.

Sustainable and Disposable?

The idea of a temporary shoe can at first seem antithetical to sustainable fashion goals, but according to Sandstrom women do typically purchase shoes with the intention of wearing them only once—for such standalone events as weddings, proms, award shows, or just a special night out.

Most shoes are produced outside the United States (typically in China). The extra energy involved in manufacturing and shipping, in addition to the bleaching and dying of the leather or textiles, contribute to industry practices that are far from sustainable.

Made entirely from a single piece of polypropylene plastic, One Night Stands are easily recycled because, unlike a typical shoe, the components (rubber, fabric, glue) do not have to be broken down and separated. Sandstrom even conceptualized the disposal of the shoes; the consumer sends the shoes, including the box (made of the same material), using a prepaid mailer to be recycled into a new pair of One Night Stands.

Posted on Monday, November 24, 2008 by Brenda Tucker

Academy Award–Winning Best Documentary (1985)

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has awarded independent filmmaker, writer, producer, and director (The Times of Harvey Milk) Rob Epstein, current Media Arts Program cochair* and professor, its prestigious 2008 Pioneer Award. The award signifies Epstein's far-reaching contributions in film direction, and will be presented in a ceremony with other distinguished IDA award recipients at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles December 5, 2008.

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 by Jim Norrena

The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarctica (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) by Leslie Carol Roberts

Leslie Carol Roberts is a faculty member in both the MFA Writing and Graduate Design programs. She's also the first-ever Fulbright Fellow in Antarctic Studies! Roberts will be promoting her book, The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarctica (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), in the Bay Area with planned readings. (See author's website and bookstore links below for details.)

According to Roberts: "This book pieces together the tragic and heroic tales of nineteenth-century exploration, interviews with scientists, and the author's personal observations. The result is a remarkable collage that evokes the beauty and the complexity, the perils and the rewards of a lifelong engagement with the earth's last wilderness."

Additionally, Roberts has delivered talks and papers on her multidisciplinary work at the Stanford Linear Accelerator and the New Zealand Studies Association (London), as well as to scientific groups at universities in the United States and abroad.

Roberts, who's been invited as a distinguished writer in residence at St. Mary's College in 2009, has written hundreds of articles and essays for magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including the Bellevue Literary Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Sydney Morning Herald. She has written hundreds of articles and essays for magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including the Bellevue Literary Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Join Roberts at Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley on Friday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. for a reading and signing.

Read the East Bay Express article.

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008 by Jim Norrena

The Path to 9/11, with Lindsay Daniels's animation and design support, was nominated for an Emmy

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences tonight (Saturday, September 8, 2007) awarded
the 2006–7 Creative Arts Primetime Emmys for programs and individual achievements at
the 59th Emmy Awards presentation at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Eric Anderson, creative director; Josh Bodnar, editor; Lindsay Daniels, designer; Colin Davis, main title producer

Posted on Saturday, November 1, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Indhira Rojas Sanchez, Feminine Resistance (2006), digital photography

Graduate Design student Indhira Rojas (Indhira Susana Rojas Sánchez) earned top prize in the Fine Art Photography category at the XXII Eduardo León Jimenes Competition of Art (Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes). The exhibition is organized by Centro León in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Indhira Rojas's diptych digital photography piece, Feminine Resistance (2006), reflects on themes of sexuality and aggression and will become a part of the institution's permanent collection.

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 by Chris Bliss

California College of the Arts has engaged the innovation and design firm IDEO to assist with its strategic planning process.

"We're delighted to have one of the most innovative companies in the world guiding us in the development of our next five-year strategic plan," states Stephen Beal, president of CCA. "IDEO's human-centered, design-based approach will help us achieve our goal of engaging a broad sector of the CCA community—alumni, donors, faculty, staff, students, and trustees—in envisioning the future of the college."

"IDEO is extremely excited to be collaborating with CCA on their five-year strategic planning process. Our organizations are closely aligned around common passions such as art, design, education, and innovation. The opportunity to be part of shaping an institution that is building the next generation of creative thinkers is an honor and a privilege," comments Erik Moga, project lead for IDEO.

Project Scope and Structure
IDEO has designed a highly collaborative 17-week project structure. Core development teams from CCA and IDEO (see below) will be joined by members of the CCA community and a larger group of IDEO designers who will participate in the project. This collaborative structure will allow broad segments of the CCA community to engage in the development of the strategic plan and will give those involved a greater awareness of collegewide values and vision, with the goal of greater participation in decisions affecting the college's future.

Over the course of this project, there will be several opportunities for members of the CCA community to participate, including facilitated visioning sessions, meetings, and interviews. We have set up a project blog to help spark conversation among the participants.

Project Time Frame
The core development team met in early October 2008 to design the project plan. Research will take place from October 27 through November 7, with IDEO staff conducting stakeholder interviews and leading group discussions on both CCA campuses. A project plan outlining the 17 weeks of activity will be posted soon.

Core Development Team

Susan Avila, senior vice president for advancement
Stephen Beal, president
Melanie Corn, interim provost
Mik Gaspay, educational technology services user support manager
Pamela Jennings, vice president for student affairs
Barbara Jones, fundraising services manager
David Kirshman, senior vice president for finance
David Meckel, director of planning and research
Noel Perry, CCA trustee
Robynne Royster, director of undergraduate enrollment
Nathan Shedroff, MBA in Design Strategy program chair
Deborah Valoma, director of fine arts

Holly Bybee, transformation practice
Dana Cho, associate partner
Brianna Cutts
Erik Moga, human factors
Sandy Speicher, transformation practice

Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by Sarah Owens

Yee Jan Bao, untitled, 2008, 36 x 48 in., oil on canvas

Painting faculty member Yee Jan Bao received a praiseworthy $25,000 individual support grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Inc. Bao was awarded the grant in honor of his status as a mature artist—defined by having spent a minimum of 20 years in the specific fields of painting, sculpture, or printmaking—who has dedicated his life to his work.

Established in 1976, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Inc.

Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by Jim Norrena

CCA's R.A.W. Video student competition yielded some rather raw interpretations. See for yourself!

The winning short films in CCA's R.A.W. (real artists at work) Video student competition are now available to view and share with family and friends (well, maybe just your friends).

Congratulations go out to five inspired CCA student filmmakers who won the first CCA-juried student video competition. Each artist receives $500. The challenge? Create a short interpretive film that captures the CCA experience from the student's perspective.

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Hard work and artistic vision paid off for Andy Nicholson (MFA Writing 2008) who was awarded the 2008 Schaeffer Fellowship in poetry

Congratulations to Andy Nicholson, 2006 graduate of CCA's MFA Program in Writing, who is a recipient of the Schaeffer Fellowship in poetry. This fall he began the PhD in English program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

UNLV's PhD in English with a creative dissertation focuses on English and American literature with the goal of preparing students to pursue writing careers—be they instructional at the college or university level or based in editing or publishing. The Atlantic heralded the program as among the top five in the nation.