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Media coverage / July 10, 2024

CCA faculty member Genevieve Quick wins the Artadia Award

Congratulations to Film faculty member Genevieve Quick for receiving the 2024 San Francisco Bay Area Artadia Award.

Still from Genevieve Quick’s “Hello World” (2022-Present).

Media coverage / July 2, 2024

Making the most of each moment with alum Chelsea Ryoko Wong

In an interview with The Creative Independent, painter and muralist Chelsea Ryoko Wong (BFA Printmaking 2010) talks about challenging yourself, changing focus, and being conscientious of how you use your time.

Photo of Chelsea Ryoko Wong.

Media coverage / June 25, 2024

CCA wins the Outstanding Science Award at the 2024 BioDesign Challenge Summit

Led by faculty members Margaret Ikeda, Evan Jones, and Negar Kalantar, CCA Architecture students collaborated with UCSF microbiology students to develop a biomaterial architectural system out of shellfish and eggshell waste.

Shell We Dance project.

Media coverage / June 17, 2024

Two notable alums that have shaped the San Francisco art scene

CCA alums Robert Arneson (BFA Art Education 1956) and Viola Frey (BFA Ceramics 1956) are among ten artists featured in a roundup of Bay Area creatives who have significantly influenced the art scene unique to San Francisco.

The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization by Viola Frey, 1992.


A look back at our Materiality of Resistance Symposium

A two-day event uncovering how materials are creatively wielded to imagine, promote, and enact resistance to the status quo in American art and visual culture.

A bundle of patches that spell out the word "Materiality."

Media coverage / June 11, 2024

Architecture students explore how California's high-speed rail can connect communities

Students Layla Namak and Shane Chavez design a high-speed rail system to enhance educational opportunities and connect the Central Valley to various cities throughout California.

Layla Namak and Shane Chavez visits the Central Valley construction.

Media coverage / June 6, 2024

A conversation with faculty member Julian Carter

In an interview with LA Review of Books, Critical Studies faculty member Julian Carter shares the intimate stories and ideas behind his new multi-genre book Dances of Time and Tenderness.

An illustration of chains by Julian Carter.

Media coverage / June 5, 2024

CCA student collections shine in spotlight about Bay Area fashion shows

Find out the inspiration behind the stunning collections by recent fashion graduates Pamela Alcala, Winny Qingzihua Guan, and Yiwei Wang in this spotlight about Bay Area student fashion shows.

Hand-crocheted look by Pamela Alcala at the California College of the Arts show on May 10, 2024.


Two CCA faculty win SFMOMA’s SECA Art Award

Congratulations to Illustration faculty member Lauren D’Amato and Associate Professor of Critical Studies and Graduate Fine Arts Angela Hennessy.

Photo of a darkened gallery room spotlighting black and gold scultpural works

Media coverage / May 21, 2024

CCA faculty member Jack Leamy turns a local middle school into a museum

Critical Ethnic Studies faculty member Jack Leamy (aka John Leamy III) and over 100 students come together to paint the hallways of Bret Harte Middle School with murals of local and national heroes.

An accomplished painter, John Leamy III is in his fourth year teaching art at Bret Harte Middle School.

Media coverage / May 20, 2024

Incoming faculty member Diedrick Brackens presents a series of tapestries about trying to love and be loved

blood compass, a solo exhibition by alum Diedrick Brackens (MFA Fine Arts 2014), encounters the imagined space at dusk, twilight, and nighttime. Brackens will be joining CCA as an assistant professor in Textiles this fall.

Photo of Diedrick Brackens.

Media coverage / May 13, 2024

CCA alum Jose "Pepe" Mar dives deep into his alter ego Paprika

In an interview with BOMB Magazine, Pepe Mar (BFA Painting & Drawing 2001) explores themes of identity, alter ego, and myth, exemplified by his retrospective exhibition Myth and Magic.

Installation view of Pepe Mar: Myth and Magic, 2023–24. Tampa Museum of Art. Tampa, Florida. Photo by Zachary Balber.

Media coverage / May 8, 2024

San Francisco’s unofficial fashion week is about to hit the runway

KQED looks behind the scenes with fashion students from CCA, San Francisco State University, and Academy of Art University, as they hustle to prepare for their annual runway show.

A shot from California College of the Arts' 2023 fashion show.


Crafting sustainability within jewelry and metal arts

The CCA community of jewelers and metalsmiths are at the forefront of pushing their industry forward to a more ethical and responsible future.

A ring comprised of a detailed colorful bird


Get to know CCA’s new director and chief curator of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Learn about Daisy Nam’s background and what she’ll bring to the college in this new chapter for the institute as the gallery debuts its new space on CCA’s expanded campus.

Daisy Nam sits on a white ladder with a desert backdrop behind her.


The CAPL Impact Award propels bold ideas forward

CCA students like Katayoun Bahrami grow their visionary projects into murals, installations, and more with the Center for Art and Public Life’s (CAPL) annual Impact Award.

A mural with a central figure holding a red poppie over her eye


CCA’s community of alumni give back to the college in a variety of ways

Four esteemed graduates of the college—artists, industry leaders, and designers in their own right—share why they stay involved with our community and continue to give back to CCA.

A group of visitors mingle with posters in hand at the opening of the Studio Forward exhibition.


The art of making writing at CCA Humanities and Sciences

The magazine Sightlines published by the graduate program in Visual and Critical Studies program reveals how scholarly research combines with creative inquiry to uncover hidden stories or uneasy truths.

Cover art for the Sightlines 2023 publication

Media coverage / May 2, 2024

CCA student Kimberley D.C. Schroder founded a startup that connects you with a repair artist

MBA Design Strategy student Kimberley D.C. Schroder founded Nimble, a startup that connects you with a repair artist to fix your broken household goods.

Picture of a soldering iron.


Student spotlight: Qadir Parris’s creative practice knows no limits

The CCA Film student discusses his time as an artist in residence at San Francisco’s Recology, his interdisciplinary practice, and how family inspires his work.

A headshot of Qadir Parris wearing a neon pink hat and black shirt