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Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

North Pitney and Erin Elliott

Five CCA Media Arts students participated in Yahoo!'s University Design Expo, an annual event that explores how humans interact with technology and showcases student projects illustrating future uses for technology services and devices.

Yahoo!'s User Experience & Design (UED) group and Yahoo! Research hosted the annual event on July 31 at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale.

CCA and four other interdisciplinary graduate design programs were invited to participate: New York University, Interactive Telecommunications Program; Royal College of Art (London), Interaction Design Program; UCLA, Design and Media Arts Program; ESDI (Rio de Janeiro), Graphic Design Program.

Yahoo! provided CCA with $10,000 to create and present five projects. Professors Barney Haynes, Todd Blair, Allison Sant, and Anthony Burke led the students and encouraged out-of-the-box thinking in creating their interfaces.

Media Arts students Erin Elliott, Kate Richards, North Pitney, Rhonda Holberton, and Lucas Ketelle created projects for the expo. Projects ranged from Richards's living grass interactive project, in which users could run their hand over grass to trigger a video showing the world from a bug's perspective, to Elliott and Pitney's lollipop project, which consisted of lollipops with sensors that, when licked, controlled the movement of robotic babies.

"The mouth is underused in interactive art and design. This is a good example of a fun way to show you how you can use your mouth to control computers and machines," said Elliott.

The expo was launched 17 years ago by Joy Mountford, who was looking for a way to promote new ways of thinking about computers and design among engineers. She began the expo while at Apple Computer, but has recently moved to Yahoo! and has kept the expo going. She estimates 1,800 students have participated over the years.

CCA has received an invitation to participate in the event next year as well.

For more information about the CCA Media Arts Program, see Media Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2006 by Kim Lessard

Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner, who teaches in the MFA Program in Writing and the Writing and Literature Program, has been selected as a National Book Award finalist in the poetry category, for his book "Angle of Yaw" (Copper Canyon Press).

The announcement was made yesterday by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti at City Lights Books in San Francisco.

The winner in each of the four categories—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature—will be announced at the National Book Awards benefit dinner and ceremony in New York City on November 15, 2006. The dinner will be hosted by writer Fran Lebowitz.

Each winner receives $10,000 plus a bronze statue; each finalist receives $1,000 plus a bronze medal.

The finalists were selected by four panels of judges. Their decisions were made independent of the National Book Foundation, and their deliberations were confidential.

The judges for the poetry category were James Longenbach (chair), Jimmy Santiago Baca, Li-Young Lee, Claudia Rankine, and C. D. Wright.

To be eligible for a 2006 National Book Award, a book must have been published in the United States between December 1, 2005, and November 30, 2006, and must have been written by a United States citizen. This year the judges chose from a record 1,259 entries submitted by publishers.

About Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner is from Topeka, Kansas. His first book, "The Lichtenberg Figures," won the Hayden Carruth Award from Copper Canyon Press and was named by Library Journal as one of the best books of poetry published in 2004.

A former Fulbright Scholar in Spain, Lerner cofounded and coedits "No: A Journal of the Arts."

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Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

Donald Fortescue, *Self Contained*, 2001

The FOR-SITE Foundation has awarded its first Educator Fellowship to Donald Fortescue, associate professor and chair of the Wood/Furniture Program at CCA. Fortescue has been awarded the opportunity to organize a graduate-level course at the FORE-SITE residency site near Nevada City for fall 2007 and will also receive a monetary award to cover materials, supplies, and transportation.

"I am honored to be awarded FOR-SITE's first Educator Fellowship. It is exciting to be challenged to set up a practicum at FOR-SITE and to make connections between the urban institution of CCA and the edge-of-wilderness collaborative site provided by FOR-SITE. I can't wait to get up there next year with my students and see what comes out of the experience," said Fortescue.

The FOR-SITE Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, understanding, and presentation of art about place and provides learning opportunities that extend beyond the parameters of traditional academic curricula.

The foundation's board of directors awards an annual fellowship to a gifted educator affiliated with one of the foundation's educational partners.

For more information on the FOR-SITE Foundation, visit FOR-SITE Foundation. For more about the CCA Wood/Furniture Program, see Wood/Furniture.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer, CCA's spring 2007 writer in residence, has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. The $100,000 prize recognizes proven mastery in the art of poetry. The judges for the award were poets Robert Hass, Fanny Howe, Susan Stewart, Arthur Sze, and Dean Young.

Robert Hass, on selecting Palmer to receive the award, wrote, "Michael Palmer is the foremost experimental poet of his generation, and perhaps of the last several generations—a gorgeous writer who has taken cues from Wallace Stevens, the Black Mountain poets, John Ashbery, contemporary French poets, the poetics of Octavio Paz, and from language poetries.

"He is one of the most original craftsmen at work in English at the present time," Hass continued. "His poetry is at once a dark and comic interrogation of the possibilities of representation in language, but its continuing surprise is its resourcefulness and its sheer beauty."

Palmer will give a public reading at CCA in February 2007 as part of the Graduate Lecture Series.

About Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer was born in New York City in 1943 and has lived in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including "Company of Moths" (New Directions, 2005), which was short-listed for the Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize; "Codes Appearing: Poems 1979–1988" (2001); "The Promises of Glass" (2000); "The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems 1972-1995" (1998); "At Passages" (1996); "Sun" (1988); "First Figure" (1984); "Notes for Echo Lake" (1981); "Without Music" (1977); "The Circular Gates" (1974); and "Blake's Newton" (1972). He is also the author of a prose work, "The Danish Notebook" (Avec Books, 1999).

Palmer's work, which is both alluringly lyrical and intensely avant-garde, has inspired a wide range of poets working today. Palmer draws on many disparate poetic traditions to create a new voice, a voice that has opened ways to write out of the confines of specific schools of poetry. Palmer has brought his powers of synthesis to his collaborations with artists in several mediums. For over 30 years he has collaborated with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and he created the text for their piece "Danger Orange." Visual artists he has collaborated with include Gerhard Richter, Micaëla Henich, Sandro Chia, Jess Collins, and Augusta Talbot.

Palmer has also translated work from French, Russian, and Portuguese. He edited and contributed translations to "Nothing the Sun Could Not Explain: Twenty Contemporary Brazilian Poets" (Sun & Moon Press, 1997) and "Blue Vitriol" (Avec Books, 1994), a collection of poetry by Alexei Parshchikov. He also translated "Theory of Tables" (1994), a book written by Emmanuel Hocquard, a project that grew out of Hocquard's translations of Palmer's "Baudelaire Series" into French.

Palmer's honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America. In 1999, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

About the Award

The Wallace Stevens Award is given annually by the Academy of American Poets (www.poets.org) to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Established in 1994, the award carries a stipend of $100,000.

The previous recipients are W. S. Merwin, James Tate, Adrienne Rich, Anthony Hecht, A. R. Ammons, Jackson Mac Low, Frank Bidart, John Ashbery, Ruth Stone, Richard Wilbur, Mark Strand, and Gerald Stern.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Wen-Hua Hu, Trans-sensing

Every year I.D. magazine searches for the best work from the top design schools around the world. Three CCA alumni from the class of 2005 were recently honored in the Student Design Review 2006.

CCA alumna Wen-Hua Hu (Graphic Design '05) won the competition's top prize for her thesis project, Trans-sensing: Seeing Music, in which she developed a complex graphic system to explore what it would be like to see music. She based the project on the idea of synesthesia, literally "joined perception," the rare neurological condition in which the senses cross.

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Posted on Friday, August 4, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

Hannah Gallagher

Two CCA fashion alumni, Amber Clisura ('06) and Hannah Gallagher ('06), were chosen out of hundreds of recent Bay Area graduates to show off their designs in the Emerging Stars runway show during San Francisco Fashion Week.

Returning for its second year, the Emerging Stars runway show features creations by 16 carefully selected Bay Area fashion design students. This year's show, themed Black Orchid, is on August 24 at 8 p.m. at the San Francisco Design Center.

Clisura, a native San Franciscan, claims the city is her fashion inspiration.

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Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Cloud Boy

CCA illustration alumnus Rhode Montijo ('95) published his first children's book, "Cloud Boy," with Simon & Schuster in April 2006. Montijo both wrote and illustrated this story about belonging and sharing that goes to the heart of what it means to be an artist.

Montijo said, "After graduating I took an extended education course at CCA in children's books by author/artist Arden Johnson, who showed me the tools I needed to get published. I came up with the idea of 'Cloud Boy' in her class by wondering what it would be like if there were someone up in the clouds, creating the shapes we see. 'Cloud Boy' is about belonging and sharing with art, and a story that I hope will appeal to anyone, especially those who express themselves creatively."

Montijo has also illustrated a new children's book titled "The Three Swingin' Pigs" due out in 2007 from publisher Henry Holt and written by Vicky Rubin. The illustrations are fully painted, which is a first for Montijo.

He is currently illustrating the eight-book series "Melvin Beederman, Superhero" for Henry Holt. Three of the Beederman books are available: "The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich," "The Revenge of the McNasty Brothers," and "The Grateful Fred."

Starting in 1999, Montijo self-published the five-issue comic book "Pablo's Inferno," a Xeric Foundation grant recipient.

For more information, visit Rhode Montijo's website. For more information about the CCA Illustration Program, see Illustration.

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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Yvonne Mouser, Conjoined

California College of the Arts (CCA) will present a special juried alumni exhibition at the American Craft Council's (ACC) Fine Craft Show held August 11–13 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The work of six CCA alumni will be featured in this special exhibition.

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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge


CCA architecture students Patrick Flynn and Joseph Barajas were recently awarded an honorable mention in the 2005–6 ACSA/AISC Steel Design Student Competition. Their project, Billboard, is the design for a natatorium and was created in the fall 2005 semester under the direction of faculty members Charles Dilworth and Sarah Willmer.

The competition is sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and is administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Students had the opportunity to compete in two separate categories.

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Posted on Monday, June 26, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

Mojo Carbon. Photo courtesy of Ibis, Inc.

CCA industrial design alumna Roxy Lo ('99) is the designer behind Ibis Bicycles' new creation, the Mojo Carbon. The Mojo Carbon is a full-suspension carbon fiber bike, which was two years in the making. It made its debut last fall in Las Vegas at the Interbike International Bicycle Expo.

The Mojo Carbon is primarily a mountain bike and is efficient for a variety of terrain and conditions. The carbon fiber frame is new to mountain bike design and allows for more strength and durability, but also keeps the bike lightweight.

When asked about working in bike design, Lo commented, "I really credit my partners for having such extensive industry knowledge. They were able to keep me in check with the realities of riding the bike and the experience and thrill of a good ride. I began heavily riding a few years ago, going to the hot spots of riding, like Whistler, Canada, and great trails all up and down Northern California. It helped with the design and the feel of the bike."

Lo is not only a designer for Ibis Bicycles, but also a partner in the company since 2003. She has extensive experience in the design field, which includes working on design projects at frog design, Design Continuum, fuseproject, Target, and Pottery Barn.

Ibis Bicycles is based in Aptos, California.

For more information on the Mojo Carbon, visit Ibis Bicycles. For more information on the CCA Industrial Design Program, see Industrial Design.

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