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Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 by Kim Lessard

Architecture alumnus Chad De Witt's firm, DEWITT Residential Design & Interiors, is the interior designer for Sunset magazine's 2006 Celebration Idea House. The architects are Siegel & Strain Architects, and the builder is Clarum Homes.

The first to be built in the backyard of the magazine's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, the 2006 Idea House will be unveiled at Sunset's ninth annual Celebration Weekend, May 20?21, and is open for tours May 26–June 18. Hours are 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday–Sunday.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Gregory Gavin (MFA '93) has been the April 2006 artist in residence at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. At the beginning of the month, Gavin set up his mobile studio in the museum's Kimball Education Gallery to create "De Young River: Universal Solvent." As part of the month-long project, visitors have been invited to view the evolving river/landscape sculpture and make art to add to it.

Gavin creates large-scale sculptural installations in public spaces—often containing running water—and invites the public to add to them spontaneously using a variety of materials. His goal is to reclaim art production as a social activity for both children and adults, with the potential of luring people of diverse backgrounds into casual conversation and dialogue.

The public is invited to a final celebration on Friday, April 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Kimball Gallery. Live music will begin at 6:30 p.m. Gavin will give an artist's talk at 8 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium.

The project will be on display through Sunday, April 30.

All events take place in the free area of the museum.

About the Artist-in-Residence Program

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Artist-in-Residence Program brings working artists into the museum setting. This program enables museum visitors to meet artists and gives artists an opportunity to work with the public.

By watching an artist work, talking with an artist, and engaging in art-making activities, visitors learn more about various techniques and processes, thus gaining a greater understanding and appreciation for the art on view.

For more information, visit www.thinker.org/fam/education.

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Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

The CCA Architecture Program has received a prestigious National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) prize for its studio curriculum in comprehensive building design. Individual faculty members were honored for their work at the recent design awards sponsored by the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

NCARB Prize Goes to Studio Curriculum

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Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

The American Association of Museums has awarded the CCA Wattis Institute second prize in the category of exhibition catalogs for the design of Monuments for the USA. Graphic Design student Michael Morris ('04) designed the catalog. Morris also designed the poster/custom cover, which was screen-printed by Printmaking faculty member Thomas Wojak ('92).

The 25th annual Museum Publications Design Competition drew more than 900 entries from museums across America and around the world.

The Wattis was honored in the category of institutions with budgets of $500,000 or less.

Monuments for the USA presented proposals for political and social monuments for the United States of America, including drawings, diagrams, maquettes, photocollages, and written descriptions. The exhibition was on view in spring 2005 and was curated by the director of the CCA Wattis Institute, Ralph Rugoff.

"This award shows what a wonderful advantage the Wattis Institute enjoys from being part of the art and design culture at CCA. I am very proud of Morris's work as a designer, especially as this was his first exhibition catalog. He found a concept that worked with 60 very different proposals by 60 very different artists," said Rugoff.

More information about the competition can be found at www.aam-us.org.

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Posted on Monday, April 17, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Two CCA graduate students have been accepted into the 2006 residency program of the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Media arts students Patricia Esquivias and Marcella Faustini were selected from 1,643 applicants worldwide. Both are in the college's MFA Program in Fine Arts.

Open to only 65 students each year, this summer program is an intensive nine-week residency for advanced students, giving them the opportunity to work with a visiting faculty of leading contemporary artists.

"The Skowhegan residency is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can be a launching pad for emerging artists," said Lawrence Rinder, CCA's dean of graduate studies. "I'm thrilled that the high caliber of the work of our students continues to be recognized by the Skowhegan jury."

Founded in 1946 on lakeside farmland in rural Maine, Skowhegan has served as an important resource for artists and a catalyst for the advancement of their work. Founded by artists, and still governed by artists, Skowhegan provides a rigorous, supportive atmosphere in which emerging artists are encouraged to work and explore, free from the expectations of the marketplace and academia.

From Ellsworth Kelly and Janet Fish to Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin, Skowhegan alumni represent a diverse line of some of the most influential artists of the last five decades.

The 2006 Skowhegan residency program runs June 10 through August 12.

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Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

Students Paul Trillo and Noah Cunningham have won VH1's and IFILM's "Show Us Your Junk" Contest, a viewer-generated video competition. Their video, "Disaster Series," is about Cunningham's bad luck and clumsiness and shows some worst-case scenarios in everyday tasks.

The two Media Arts students initially produced the 1 minute 26 second video for fun, and later did the sound design in Richard Beggs's Sound for the Moving Image course. All of the sound in the video was produced through the Foley technique, through which sound effects are added to a film's sound track.

The student's video aired on VH1's "Web Junk 20," a show devoted to comical Internet video clips. The video is also available for viewing at IFILM's website.

For their work, Trillo and Cunningham won an HP digital media center with Intel technology and a Sharp Aquos liquid crystal television.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 by Hannah Eldredge

CCA Writing and Literature professor Marianne Rogoff's story "Raven" appears in The Best Travel Writing 2006, an annual anthology that celebrates the world's best travel writing.

"Raven" is about the author's journey to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and the people she gets to know there.

Rogoff and other contributors will read at Book Passage, Corte Madera, on Sunday, March 19, and Get Lost Books, San Francisco, on Wednesday, March 22, both at 7 pm.

Her story "Human Nature" is also forthcoming at www.travelerstales.com.

Rogoff comments, "I've always admired Travelers' Tales publications for being the most literary in the genre, so I'm thrilled to have my story selected for The Best Travel Writing series . . . and for a story that was so much fun to research."

About Marianne Rogoff

Marianne Rogoff is an adjunct professor in the Writing and Literature Program and has taught at CCA since 1994.

She is the author of a memoir, Silvie's Life (1995), which is forthcoming in Portuguese translation from Gradiva Editions. Rogoff will be speaking at the Lisbon Bookfair and other venues at the end of May in connection with the Portuguese edition.

She is the winner of two Marin Arts Council fiction grants and has published numerous short stories, essays, and book reviews.

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Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Students Paul Trillo and Noah Cunningham are regional finalists in Scion xPress Fest, a nationwide music video competition sponsored by the car company Scion.

The two Media Arts students are among 10 finalists selected from hundreds of entrants around the country. Trillo and Cunningham's video, for the band Something for Rockets, is screening in the festival's 10-city tour this spring.

In the Scion xPress Fest competition, filmmakers from the nation's top film schools competed for a chance to make a music video, fully funded by Scion. A panel of industry judges chose the 10 finalists, who went on to create a video for one of the 10 participating bands—all rising stars in the indie rock scene. Audiences on the screening tour will help decide which filmmakers will walk away with the $20,000 grand prize.

The xPress Fest tour kicked off in Portland, Oregon, on March 2 and winds up in Los Angeles on April 6. Other screening venues are in Philadelphia, New York, Savannah, Detroit, Chicago, Iowa City, San Francisco, and Austin.

The San Francisco event takes place on March 30 at the Roxie, 3117 16th Street, from 7 to 11 p.m. (The screening begins at 8 p.m.) All screenings are free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. To RSVP, visit www.scionxpressfest.com/rsvp. There is a hosted bar for those age 21 and older.

Visit the Scion xPress Fest website to learn more and to hear music by the participating bands.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Work by alumni of Sputnik, the college's award-winning student design team, is on view in Sputnik X, a group show celebrating the 10th anniversary of the program. The exhibition is on view February 13–18 at the CCA San Francisco campus. A reception takes place February 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. The designers will discuss their work at a symposium in Timken Lecture Hall on February 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition and symposium are free and open to the public.

Designers in the exhibition include Ayako Akazawa of Chronicle Books, Bryan Burkhart of modernhouse, G. Dan Covert of MTV, Lindsay Daniels of Digital Kitchen, Alex DeArmond of McGinty, Eric Heiman of Volume, Stella Lai of Tree-Axis, Nadine Stellavato-Brown of Chemistry Design, Jon Sueda of Stripe Design, and Natalia Tjandra of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The Sputnik program was established in 1995 to create the college's print materials. Today, under the direction of staff and faculty advisors, CCA graphic design students produce 70 to 80 print and web projects for the college each year. In 2004, the e-Sputnik class designed this website.

The Sputnik X group show and symposium are sponsored by the Graphic Design Program.

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Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 by Brenda Tucker

Work by alumni in ceramics from the past 50 years is on view in The Family of Clay: CCACeramics 1950–2005, a major exhibition at the Oliver Art Center on the Oakland campus. Featured artists include Robert Arneson '56 (1930–92), Viola Frey '56 (1933–2004), and Peter Voulkos '52 (1924–2002), arguably the world's three leading figures in contemporary ceramics. The exhibition is on view from January 17 to February 6, 2006. An opening reception will take place on January 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Ceramics Program will also present artists' demonstrations in the ceramics studio on Saturday, January 21.

The Family of Clay surveys work by graduates of both the BFA and MFA programs in ceramics, together with work by faculty and technicians who have made noteworthy contributions to the college, ceramics, and the field of art. The exhibition highlights the significant influence that CCA artists have had on the medium of clay. Approximately 90 works of both two- and three-dimensional art will be on view.

While many alumni continued with clay as their preferred medium, others moved toward work in other media—including painting, glass, video, wood, installation, and film—whose development and success were informed by their earlier study of ceramics. The work, provided by the artists or on loan from private collections, will include both intimate pieces and masterful accomplishments. Some works are from the college's own collection.

Artists in the exhibition include Robert Arneson, Robert Brady, John de Fazio, Viola Frey, Karen Koblitz, Lawrence LaBianca, Maggie Larsen, Art Nelson, Lana Renfroe, Ruth Rippon, Peter Voulkos, Ann Weber, and many others. Photographs and ephemera documenting the evolution of the program will also be on view.

The Family of Clay: CCACeramics 1950–2005 is sponsored by the Ceramics Program and is organized by a committee headed by Arthur Gonzalez, chair of the Ceramics Program; John Toki, adjunct professor of sculpture; and Nancy M. Servis, senior lecturer in the history of ceramics.

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