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Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by Jim Norrena

(inset l-r) Emi Watanabe, Kyaligaba Frank, and Andrew Maxwell-Parish

California College of the Arts Hybrid Lab manager Andrew Maxwell-Parish spent his holiday break far away from the college, helping a community he’d never met before. 

After crowd-sourcing funds from friends and family in order to travel to Kampala, Uganda, he and his "instructables" colleague Emi Watanabe flew half-way around the globe to meet Paola de Cecco, who is in charge of the 3D printers owned by local Kampala-based nonprofit, Village Energy. 

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Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Jim Norrena

From CCA to IDEO to Plum Organics . . . see where an arts education is taking this alum!

Career Success: A Media Synopsis

In June 2012 the New York Times sunk its teeth into Neil Grimmer (BFA Sculpture 1995) and his human-interest, business-savvy success story with Plum Organics, the organic baby-food company that has reshaped the industry by changing not only what we're packaging but also how we're packaging it. 

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Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

On a crystal-clear June evening in summer 2013, the sun is setting in Marfa, Texas, and a dozen CCA students -- together with a dozen more students from two art schools in the Netherlands -- are settling into the evening rhythms of their tent city.

The tents are cozily nestled in the courtyard of a former officer’s club, long abandoned by the US military. Elsewhere in the building complex, an old bar has been converted into an ad hoc Internet lounge. A spookily empty ballroom houses a broken-down old piano. The kitchen has accommodated the making of many a communal dinner.

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Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 by Allison Byers

Hydra Cities students and faculty at the Parthenon in Athens.

In summer 2011, MArch student Liz Lessig (MArch 2012) embarked on a summer travel studio in Athens. This opportunity, in addition to being a great learning experience, led her to form a close bond with Architecture faculty member Nataly Gattegno, who became Lessig’s thesis advisor as well as a friend and mentor.

Hydra Cities: Meeting Nataly Gattegno

It was the summer before her thesis year when Lessig took part in Hydra Cities, a summer study-abroad studio course in Athens led by Nataly Gattegno. Gattegno is currently an associate professor and chair of the Master of Architecture Program, and she was born and raised in Athens.

The course began in San Francisco, as the students investigated the history, culture, and ecosystem of the Mediterranean and Athens. They then traveled to Athens for two weeks.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Carol Ladewig (MFA Painting/Drawing 1991) is a Bay Area artist worth knowing. Aside from her delightful demeanor, her decades-long experience within Oakland’s art scene is formidable: artist, activist, gallerist, curator, teacher, and more.

But to know Ladewig requires us to first revisit some of Oakland's history.

Oakland's Pardee Artists

In 1932, at the southwest corner of 16th Street and San Pablo Avenue, a three-story commercial building, then known as the Wetmore Pardee Building

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Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Allison Byers

CCA alum Adam Dole (MBA in Design Strategy 2010) has been spending an exciting several months in Washington DC as part of the second cohort of Presidential Innovation Fellows; he was one of 43 selected out of more than 2,000 applicants.

This program pairs top innovators from the private sector, nonprofits, and academia with top innovators in government to collaborate during focused “tours of duty” to develop solutions that can save lives, save taxpayer money, and fuel job creation.

The fellows have a unique opportunity to make an impact on a truly massive scale.

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Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Chris Bliss

President Stephen Beal and the entire California College of the Arts community send very best wishes for the holidays and for the new year.

Holiday Schedule

Friday, December 13, 2013
Fall classes end.

Saturday, December 20, 2013 through Sunday, January 5, 2014
All CCA offices are closed.

Monday, January 6, 2014
CCA administrative offices reopen.

Monday, January 20, 2014
All CCA offices are closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

"Japan totally blew my mind."

That's a typical comment from a student after returning from Doug Akagi's summer study-abroad trip to Japan. Akagi created the course -- titled "In Search of Emptiness and Wabi-Sabi" -- three years ago, and he has led it each summer since. It's often difficult for the students to put into words what the adventure means to them and their work.

"Most of them," Akagi observes, "have never experienced a metropolis like Tokyo or the sublime beauty of an ancient city like Kyoto. And I realize that the trip is expensive, with the tuition and the airfare and the incidentals. So I try to make it a trip of a lifetime.

"Leading 14 students to almost 30 venues in two different cities in 12 days without incident is a challenge, and exhausting. Dozens of subway, train, and bus rides, endless miles of walking, and counting heads at every juncture.”

But there is plenty of beauty and inspiration as a reward. And Akagi gets a profound kick out of showing off his old haunts from when he was a young graphic designer living and working in Tokyo and Kyoto.

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Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 by Simon Hodgson

John Chiara, “20th at San Bruno,” 2002

For Bay Area native John Chiara (MFA 2004), who is preparing to create a series of photographs in and of New York, swapping the Bay Area for the Big Apple presents a few challenges.

The issue is not at all about tackling New York's art scene; having had 2013 shows at Pier 24 Photography and the de Young in San Francisco, as well as at galleries in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Zurich, it's clear that he is already coming into focus for an increasing audience worldwide.

Rather, New York will be a challenge in terms of the subject matter it offers up, given that until now Northern California has been such a looming presence in Chiara's work. The Bay Area infuses the photography of this San Francisco-born artist like the terroir of a vintage bottle of Saint-Emilion.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Allison Byers

On October 10, 2013, CCA hosted an OpenCo session, an event that announces itself as “a mix between a business conference and artist’s open studio with the vibe of a music festival.”

OpenCo launched in 2012 in San Francisco and has since expanded to four cities. At this year’s San Francisco edition, more than 3,600 attendees -- investors, marketers, job seekers, and curious neighbors -- visited 135 different companies and organizations, getting direct access to local innovation leaders in, you might say, their natural habitat.

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