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CCA grad’s algae filter face mask idea named 2020 Biodesign Challenge runner-up

Faced with limited availability of affordable face masks in Ecuador during the COVID–19 pandemic, Camila Wandemberg (BFA Individualized Studies 2020) devised an innovative, sustainable solution.

Camila Wandemberg

Press release / July 7, 2020

California College of the Arts appoints Ritu Kalra to Board of Trustees

California College of the Arts announces the appointment of Ritu Kalra to the Board of Trustees for an initial three-year term. Kalra is the treasury director and special advisor to the executive vice president of Harvard University.

Ritu Kalra

Media coverage / July 7, 2020

In Plain Sight—a collective of 80 artists, including Tina Takemoto and alum Hank Willis Thomas—skytyped powerful messages above ICE detention centers over July 4 weekend

XMAP: In Plain Sight is a nationwide artist-led intervention fighting migrant detention and the culture of incarceration.

XMAP: In Plain Sight

Media coverage / June 29, 2020

Four DMBA alums help America ditch dairy with JOI, a new almond milk company

Tony Jimenez, Isabelle Shu, Dave Korstad, and Mike O'Hagan, all Class of 2015 graduates of CCA's MBA Design Strategy program, were interviewed in the Miami Herald about their new almond milk company, JOI.



CCA’s fall 2020 semester: Maximum Impact, Minimum Contact

As the college moves toward a hybrid fall 2020 semester, we’re sharing details about our plans to keep students, faculty, and staff safe while living, learning, teaching, and working together on campus.

Back Lot of CCA on SF campus.

Press release / June 24, 2020

CCA awarded $225,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

The grant will support CCA’s work converting to a hybrid, online, and in-person fall 2020 semester by supporting four CCA library staff positions and two online learning platforms.

CCA Library Special Collections

Media coverage / June 23, 2020

The Nation’s review of Dodie Bellamy Is On Our Mind from the CCA Wattis

Writer Claire Mullen on Dodie Bellamy Is On Our Mind, a collection of essays published by the CCA Wattis Institute and Semiotext(e).


Media coverage / June 23, 2020

Alum Joseph Liatela shares what’s on their mind during Pride month with Hyperallergic

Joseph Liatela (BFA Individualized Studies 2017) spoke to Hyperallergic about their work, which “explores the institutional, cultural, and medicolegal ideas of what is considered a ‘correct’ body,” and how they’re honoring Pride month in 2020.

Joseph Liatela


Alum Spotlight: Textile Artist Kira Dominguez Hultgren

Textile artist and dual-degree master’s program alum Kira Dominguez Hultgren shares her research interests and how she’s growing into her practice post-CCA.

A close-up view of Kira Dominguez Hultgren’s Arose.

Media coverage / June 20, 2020

Ishmael Reed in the New York Times: America’s Criminal Justice System and Me

CCA Distinguished Professor Ishmael Reed wrote in the New York Times about his own “frightening, maddening and absurd encounters with police officers.”


Media coverage / June 17, 2020

CCA Assistant Professor Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera on how he’s celebrating Pride month

Faculty and CCA Decolonial School member Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera talked to Hyperallergic about his current work, his project aquí estamos / here we are for the Queer Cultural Center in San Francisco, and his greatest achievements so far.

Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera

Media coverage / June 16, 2020

Alum Mariah Nielson’s new monograph explores the life and work of her father, sculptor JB Blunk

Wallpaper spoke with Mariah Nielson (BArch 2005) about her new monograph about her father, sculptor JB Blunk. The book features unseen archival images and new photographs.

JB Blunk is designed by Åbäke

Press release / June 15, 2020

CCA presents four events during San Francisco Design Week’s 2020 virtual festival

CCA’s 2020 San Francisco Design Week events feature discussions exploring long-term design thinking, designing the future of music, and what matters now in design and architecture education.



Artistic encounters through the Wattis Library

The Wattis staff share some of their favorite videos, essays, and performances available through the free digital library.

The Wattis Library


Upholding racial justice and equity

These statements were sent to members of the CCA community in emails from President Stephen Beal and Provost Tammy Rae Carland.

Image of view of front of main CCA building on San Francisco campus.


A stitch in time

Deborah Stein’s Diachronic course discovers a common thread over three generations.

Camila Wandemberg's embroidery

Media coverage / June 1, 2020

CCA Architecture students Cera Yeo (BArch 2020) and Jingyi Emma Luo (BArch 2020) selected as winners in AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Design Competition

Cera Yeo and Jingyi Emma Luo were honored with an American Institute of Architects 2020 COTE sustainability award for their project “Waterline.” Yeo and Luo were part of the fall 2019 Buoyant Blueprint studio led by faculty Margaret Ikeda and Evan Jones.

"Waterline" by Cera Yeo and Jingyi Emma Luo

Media coverage / May 29, 2020

Bay Area’s fashion design students nip and tuck their collections from home

The San Francisco Chronicle talked to CCA’s Yesenia Villaseñor (BFA Fashion Design 2020) for an article about how graduating fashion design students pivoted to create their thesis collections from home during the COVID–19 pandemic.

Designs by Yesenia Villasenor (BFA Fashion Design 2020)


On this land, a cultural site

Archaeological testing on CCA’s Backlot made the exciting discovery of organic materials that signify human activity, including tool making, from almost 7,500 years ago.

A group of students and a professor sit in a circle on the San Francisco campus’s Backlot.

Media coverage / May 26, 2020

CCA alum Rosannah Harding wins 2020 Forge Prize

An innovative cantilevered pedestrian bridge and elevated park concept by CCA alum Rosannah Harding (BArch 2007) and Matthew Ostrow of HardingOstrow won the $10,000 Forge Prize at a judging event streamed live on YouTube.

Rosannah Harding