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Student spotlight: Design Strategy’s Mickie Lau

Mickie Lau shares how the MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts is catalyzing her dream career.

Photograph of CCA student Mickie Lau and her sister Rachel Lau holding bubble tea drinks.

Media coverage / Jan. 8, 2020

Frieze reviews Professor Emeritus Franklin Williams's new work at Parker Gallery

View images of Franklin Williams's latest work, including woven self-portraits, and learn about his journey away from abstract expressionism and towards his intricately crafted paintings and sculptures.

Franklin Williams, Slovakian Mask, 2018, acrylic and ink on canvas, crochet thread, fabric and glue, 102 × 76 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Parker Gallery, Los Angeles.

Media coverage / Jan. 2, 2020

MFA Printmaking alum Adele Crawford transforms printed pages into sculptures

Oakland artist and CCA graduate Adele Crawford (MFA Printmaking 2003) often finds her materials, old reference books, at estate sales. Discover how she turns their pages in sculptural works.

Portrait of Adele Crawford.

Media coverage / Dec. 23, 2019

Asst. Professor Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera discusses international and multilingual art and design students

In conversation with Allison Yasukawa, Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera, an assistant professor for CCA's Design division, discusses international and multilingual art and design students for a College Art Association podcast.

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Press release / Dec. 18, 2019

CCA Wattis Institute presents صرخة شمسية Solar Cry by Algerian artist Lydia Ourahmane

Ourahmane's ambitious sound installation will envelop visitors creating more of a physical experience than simply an auditory one. On view February 6–March 28, 2020.

lith, ¼ inch freeze frame, 2019.

Media coverage / Dec. 17, 2019

How alum Samuel Rodriguez blends his graffiti background and illustration degree

A self-taught graffiti artists who graduated from CCA with a BFA in Illustration (2006), Samuel Rodriguez now shows his work in museums, galleries, and public art spaces.

Street view of Samuel Rodriguez's mural 'Xochitl' in Los Angeles.

Media coverage / Dec. 17, 2019

Feature story on the versatile and critical work of alum Hank Willis Thomas

Learn about the importance of Hank Willis Thomas's work (MA Visual and Critical Studies, MFA Photography 2004), which excavates and comments on America's inequities through public art, photography, sculpture, and video.

Hank Willis Thomas,The Cotton Bowl, 2011, digital c-print. Courtesy Hank Willis Thomas.

Media coverage / Dec. 16, 2019

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz show ARTnews their art collection, including a piece by CCA alum Toyin Ojih Odutola

Supporters of African American artists, Alicia Keys and her husband, Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean, rave about one of their favorite pieces, Paris Apartment, by Toyin Ojih Odutola (MFA Fine Arts 2012) in a video interview for ARTnews.

Alicia Keys and Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean give ARTnews a tour of their art collection. Photo by Joshua Greyer/ARTNEWS.

Media coverage / Dec. 11, 2019

MFA Writing alum Kate Robards brings hit play PolySHAMory to San Francisco

Award-winning comic, writer, and actor Kate Robards (MFA Writing 2016) brings her latest play, PolySHAMory, to The Marsh theatre in San Francisco.

Photo of Kate Robards.

Media coverage / Dec. 9, 2019

Coverage of Art Basel Miami highlights CCA alumni Jessica Silverman and Woody De Othello

Woody De Othello (MFA Fine Arts 2017) was among the most talked-about artists at Art Basel Miami, and Jessica Silverman (MA Curatorial Practice 2007) sold 48 works within the first three days.

Installation view of Woody De Othello, Cool Composition, 2019, in Jessica Silverman and Karma Gallerys' booth, at Art Basel in Miami Beach, 2019. Courtesy of Art Basel, Karma Gallery, and Jessica Silverman Gallery.

Media coverage / Dec. 4, 2019

Co-published by CCA Wattis, an art book by Andrea Fraser has been named one of the decade's best

Andrea Fraser's 2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics, co-published by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, has been named one of the decade's best art books by ARTnews.

Book cover of 2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics by Andrea Fraser (Westreich Wagner Publications, the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, and the MIT Press, 2018)

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Michael Wertz and Thomas Wojak: Boldly merging words and images

The Illustrated Poster class is part of a number of interdisciplinary courses at CCA. Taught jointly by Michael Wertz (Illustration) and Thomas Wojak (chair, Printmaking).

Photo of Michael Wertz and Thomas Wojak

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Aaron De La Cruz: In the Moment

Aaron De La Cruz’s work walks the line between organization and chaos.

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Meet CCA MAAD HTX graduate Sitou Akolly

Sitou Akolly shares why he came to CCA and his interest in pre-colonial architecture of Togo

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Media coverage / Dec. 3, 2019

Fim student Yubo Song wins DGA award for Best Asian American Student Filmmaker

At the Directors Guild of America's annual Student Film Awards, CCA student Yubo Song wins for "A Winter Without Snow" in the Best Asian American Student Filmmaker (West Region) category.

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Sean Canty and Ryan Golenberg: Collaborating on the Grid

Ryan Golenberg (BArch 2009) and Sean Canty (BArch 2010) have had a collaborative relationship since their time as peers at CCA, then continuing on to the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s MArch program.

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Media coverage / Dec. 1, 2019

Short biography of Professor Emeritus Franklin Williams on the occasion of his Parker Gallery show

Franklin Williams, who taught at CCA for more than half a century, has been creating artwork since the 1960s. Learn about his influence on conteporary American art in this short Artforum biography.

Franklin Williams, Teddy Looking for Professor Emeritus, 2019, acrylic and collage on canvas, yarn, crochet thread, beads, handkerchief, 40 x 30".

Media coverage / Nov. 26, 2019

Christina Linden, Curatorial Practice faculty member, discusses the intersection of art and LGBTQ+ representation

Associate Professor Christina Linden describes the importance of "Queer California: Untold Stories," an exhibition she curated for the Oakland Museum of California.

Photo of Christina Linden, Curatorial Practice faculty member at CCA.

Media coverage / Nov. 24, 2019

Erik Carter, CCA graphic design faculty member, discusses teaching and his independent design practice

Animator, illustrator, graphic designer, and CCA faculty Erik Carter has a profile on It's Nice That, a publisher of inspirational stories focused on creative design. View the article for examples of Carter's work.

Selected works from Erik Carter.

Media coverage / Nov. 24, 2019

Culture Type reviews Woody De Othello's (MFA 2017) exhibition at the San José Museum of Art

On view through April 5, 2020, "Breathing Room," Woody De Othello's first museum exhibition, garners a thoughtful review from Victoria L. Valentine of Culture Type.

WOODY DE OTHELLO, Detail of “Weighing Down,” 2019 (ceramic, underglaze, glaze). Courtesy the artist and San José Museum of Art.
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