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Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 by Hannah Eldredge

Detail from Kali Lewis's design for the office of See Advertising

The Angelo Donghia Foundation of New York has announced that Kali Lewis, a senior Interior Design student at CCA, is one of only 11 students nationwide selected to receive the prestigious Donghia Foundation Interior Design Scholarship.

The scholarship will cover senior-year tuition, board, and maintenance as well as books and other materials.

Lewis was nominated by CCA faculty and was required to submit both a residential and a nonresidential project that she had already completed. About her designs and her style Lewis observes, "Mobility and manipulation of space and objects are always things I end up playing with. A person's activities and mood shift daily, and design should be able to complement and adapt to those needs."

The Donghia Foundation, established by the internationally recognized interior designer Angelo Donghia, provides support for the advancement of education in the interior design field. Its senior scholarship program awards prizes to exceptional seniors in accredited, undergraduate interior design programs. A jury of professionals in the field, educators, and magazine editors selects the winner of each merit-based scholarship.

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

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 by Brenda Tucker

Susan Cummins is director of the Rotasa Foundation, which supports exhibitions and publications of the work of contemporary jewelry artists. She owned the Susan Cummins Gallery in Marin County for 18 years, and in 1997 she helped found Art Jewelry Forum, a national nonprofit organization. She was on the board of the Headlands Center for the Arts from 1996 until 2000 and served as chair in 1998 and 1999. She is still deeply involved in arts advocacy and arts education, serving on the board of the Grabhorn Institute and the American Craft Council; at the latter she helped organize a recent conference entitled "Shaping the Future of Craft."

Raoul D. Kennedy is a partner in the San Francisco office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom, LLP. A renowned civil litigator with more than 37 years of experience at both the trial and appellate levels, he is also an author, teacher, and active lecturer. A debate champion in college and a graduate of UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall, Kennedy is a past president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and a member of all four by-invitation-only trial lawyer organizations, including the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2005 he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the State Bar of California. He is an art collector and an ardent Giants fan, and he serves on the board at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Kay Kimpton Walker earned her degree from Vassar College and owned K Kimpton Contemporary Art gallery (formerly Ivory/Kimpton) in San Francisco from 1980 to 2006. An active member of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association, Walker served as president of that organization in 1990 and 1991. Since closing her gallery in 2006 she has focused her efforts on CCA's exhibition and writing programs as well as issues of mental health. She currently serves on the board of Friends of Langley Porter and on the National Council of McLean Hospital.

Carlie Wilmans is executive director of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, which for decades has provided generous support to Bay Area arts organizations, including the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Wilmans studied art history at Sonoma State University and the University of Texas at Austin. She is very active in local philanthropic and cultural organizations, including the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, and she is a trustee at both the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the American Conservatory Theater.

Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 by Kim Lessard

In June of last year, while Bay Area grade-school students were just settling into the bliss of summer vacation, more than one hundred of their teachers were in classrooms at California College of the Arts. For three days—unusually balmy ones for San Francisco—they listened carefully to instructions; shared paste, colored pencils, and construction paper; and worked thoughtfully together to complete assignments.

In one of their many workshops, the teachers were asked to consider circles—the numerous ways they exist in nature, for instance, and how humans have used them for centuries to solve problems. From seats on the floor, they offered up examples round-robin style. Once they had exhausted simple ones such as the wheel, doughnut, and compact disc, they had to delve deeper and think harder about the world around them. The red blood cell, ball bearing, and Hubble telescope lens kept the last few players in the game. Afterward, the group created artworks based on circles.

In another workshop, the teachers looked at slides of propaganda art. They compared Nazi recruitment posters with United States army posters from World War II to understand how composition, color, and other visual components made their respective messages effective. Then they took on the challenge of communicating messages to one another—at first using only words, then only images.

These activities were all part of the VALUES Project Summer Teaching Institute, organized by CCA's Center for Art and Public Life. Its purpose was to help teachers better understand how to teach art as a subject and how to successfully integrate it into general subject courses.

In fall 2007, due to a growing need for this kind of specialized instruction, CCA will begin offering an expanded version of the program, the Art in Education Teaching Institute. A comprehensive, year-round development program, the AIE Teaching Institute will be open to K–12 generalist teachers as well as teaching artists. It will feature classes that accommodate a variety of schedules as well as an Arts Learning Specialist Certification option for Alameda County teachers and teaching artists.

Those outside the art and education communities might not perceive the difference between teaching artist and art teacher. But there is a difference. Art teachers, like their colleagues in more traditional subjects, receive training through a teacher credentialing program. Teaching artists, however, are professionally trained artists who receive full or partial funding from third-party organizations to teach art in K–12 schools. They often present a solution for schools in which budget constraints, as well as administrative pressure to prioritize resources for traditional subjects, have resulted in a lack of adequate art programming.

According to Ann Wettrich, associate director of arts education for the Center for Art and Public Life, teaching artists are playing an even more crucial role today. Although there are schools who have managed to keep full-time art teacher positions in their budgets, there is currently a shortage of credentialed art teachers nationwide, so teaching artists are able to fill this gap as well. And now, with the recent decision by the California governor and state legislature to allocate $105 million in new annual funding to restore arts education to California's public schools, there is going to be even more demand for qualified individuals.

"The Art in Education Teaching Institute will give teaching artists the insight, understanding, and skills they need to collaborate successfully with schools, providing engaging art and art-integrated lessons that promote learning across all areas of the curriculum," says Wettrich.

For teachers of traditional subjects, the program will help them develop a deeper understanding of the kind of learning that takes place in the context of art education. Integrating these processes into math or science coursework, for instance, can help students (especially in schools without other kinds of art programming) develop skill sets that they might not otherwise. It can also affect how students learn traditional subjects. Consider, for instance, the exercise on circles as part of an introduction to high-school geometry. For some students, learning to connect math to the world at large in such a conceptual and tactile way is exactly what is needed to awaken their interest in the subject.

Jennifer Stuart, program manager for arts education at the Center for Art and Public Life, says, "The Art in Education Teaching Institute will give teaching artists and K–12 educators the tools they need to deliver an outstanding curriculum, but the overall goal is to foster an understanding of how ideas originating in contemporary art and progressive education can be used to create dynamic and effective learning experiences for all students."

The Art in Education Teaching Institute was developed by the Center for Art and Public Life in collaboration with the Alameda County Office of Education. For more information about the courses or to register for classes, see AIE Teaching Institute.

Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 by Kim Lessard

Two students of the MFA Program in Writing—Adam Nemett, who just finished his first year, and alumna Kate Colby (2003)—have received prestigious recognition by the literary community.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.