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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Allison Byers

Uriarte sketching in Gharma, Iraq, in 2009View slideshow 

Maximilian Uriarte (Animation 2013) literally draws from experience to create the virally popular comic strip Terminal Lance. Started in late 2009 and based on Uriarte’s experiences as a Marine in Iraq, Terminal Lance is now published weekly in the Marine Corps Times newspaper and online.

In the Marines for “Art’s Sake”

There are many reasons men and women join the military, but Uriarte’s reasoning at age 19 was quite unique. “As an artist, I felt an intense need to experience the world in order to give a kind of legitimacy to my art. It might sound strange, but ultimately I joined for the sake of my art. I wanted to find the most difficult thing I could imagine.”

Uriarte joined in 2006, with the war in Iraq in full swing. With high scores on his ASVB entrance exam, Uriarte chose to go into the infantry. “My actual MOS ended up being 0351, Infantry Assaultman. I was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines in Hawaii, where I deployed to Iraq twice between 2007 and 2009.”

Art at War

During Uriarte’s second tour, his battalion commander saw his penchant for art and photography and offered him the opportunity to serve as combat artist and photographer. Through this, Uriarte was able to travel all over Iraq, taking photos and sketching the Marines’ daily lives.

“Most of the work I did was official, classified, documentary photojournalism. On a rare occasion, I would embed with a unit and effectively be allowed to capture anything I wanted, photographically or otherwise. This was the most fun, as I was given artistic freedom to sketch and take pictures of basically anything.

Part of my billet was also photographing for use our battalion “Cruise Book” (a yearbook for the deployment), which I designed cover to cover.

“This would ultimately prove to be an important step in my career, as it not only gave me experience I could draw from, but also laid the groundwork for Terminal Lance.”

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Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Jim Norrena

What do filmmaking luminaries Gus Van Sant, John Waters, Barbara Hammer, and Werner Herzog all have in common?

Sure, each has an extensive career and has been honored with any number of prestigious industry accolades (think Oscars, Emmys, Teddys, Golden Globes, Sundance and Berlin Film Festival audience awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, Career Achievement Awards . . . even a Filmmaker on the Edge award!).

But did you know each of these world-renowned filmmakers has paid a visit to California College of the Arts within the past three years? It's true. And what brought them to the college? Each was invited by the Film Program to teach a master class.

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Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

CCA has launched a new MFA in Film program co-chaired by Rob Epstein and Brook Hinton.

Watch the new MFA in Film video »

The filmmaking landscape today is undergoing constant changes in its modes of production, distribution, and exhibition, and these changes offer an amazing opportunity for creative and agile filmmakers to discover powerful new modes of cinematic expression and supportive infrastructures.

Here we ask Epstein 10 questions about the program and his career:

With HOWL (2010) and Lovelace (2013), you’ve gone from being strictly a documentary filmmaker to also being a feature filmmaker. What is it like to make that transition?

It’s exciting, and something we at Telling Pictures have always wanted to do. It’s possible to get to another kind of truth about the world and the human condition when you’re not tied to representing actual reality. HOWL and Lovelace do talk about historical people and events, though, so the projects still involve “looking back.” They’re just told in the present tense.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Chris Bliss

untitled #32 (from "The Linens"), 2013

George Lawson Gallery in San Francisco presents colored linens featuring recent work by CCA President Stephen Beal November 16–December 21.

An opening reception is planned for November 16 from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Brenda Tucker

The perfect jump shot

The new Autodesk workshop at Pier 9 feels like a mad scientist’s lab, despite the bright sunlight coming in the windows, reflected off the San Francisco Bay. Before entering, everyone must put on protective eyewear and sign an extensive release form. “Spooky” comes to mind when you see the large, dark gray machinery, weighing multiple tons, lurking in all corners.

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Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Three members of the CCA community have been awarded the 2012 SECA Art Award (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists:

Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010); Oakland-based New Orleans native and installation artist

Josh Faught, Textiles, MFA faculty; St. Louis-born, San Francisco-based textile artist

Jonn Herschend, former faculty member and visiting artist; Missouri native and video artist

Considering the fact only four artists (of 250 recommended by Bay Area curators, gallerists, professors, previous winners, and SECA members) are selected to receive the SECA Art Award, it's fair to say CCA artists dominated the awards -- including the fact the exhibition was co-curated by alumna Tanya Zimbardo (Curatorial Practice 2005), the assistant curator of media arts at SFMOMA.

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Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Photographer Sean McFarland (MFA 2004) wasn't that kid who spent his youth in a darkroom, nor was he enrolled in art schools from an early age. "I actually didn't start making art until I was 21," he recalls. "And then, within six years, I'd graduated from CCA with my MFA."

Good thing he didn't miss his calling. Since then he's shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and he has won numerous national art prizes.

McFarland will be having a solo exhibition, Glass Mountains*, at Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco November 7 through December 21, 2013.*

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Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 by Molly Mitchell

Simin Eivazi (BFA Sculpture 2013)

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced in June that recent CCA alumna Simin Eivazi (BFA Sculpture 2013) was one of 20 scholars selected to receive the Graduate Arts Award for 2013.

The award provides each Jack Kent Cooke Scholar with funding up to $50,000 per year for up to three years to support graduate studies in visual arts, performance, or creative writing at accredited institutions in the United States or abroad.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Cal State Long Beach faculty member Chris Miles led a ReMODEL discussion at CCA

California College of the Arts participated in the second annual all-day ReMODEL 2 Sculpture Symposium on Saturday, October 19, at Claremont Graduate University, as part of the university's art department's Bradshaw Conference series.

CCA hosted the inaugural ReMODEL symposium in 2012, which was organized by Sculpture Program faculty member Terri Friedman and Shirley Tse (California Institute of the Arts).

Other participating CCA Sculpture faculty members included current chair Allison Smith and Linda Fleming.

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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Rachel Walther

ARCADE’s new website, fall 2012 (photo by Scott Thiessen)

Between her responsibilities running a thriving nonprofit and being the single mom of an 11-year-old daughter, Kelly Rodriguez (Architecture 1997) is always working: to support her family, enrich her community, and improve the world at large. And she wouldn't have it any other way.

Rodriguez is the executive director of ARCADE, a Seattle-based nonprofit that promotes multidisciplinary dialogues centering on the integration of architecture, design, culture, science, the arts, and everything in between. It publishes a quarterly magazine, coordinates cultural events for the community, and maintains an increasingly robust web and social media presence.

A glance at ARCADE's calendar reveals a bevy of options offered weekly for anyone interested in design, architecture, and the arts, from lectures by visiting scholars to documentary film screenings and info nights featuring free tutorials on design software.

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