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Media coverage / May 20, 2024

New 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 Textiles as assistant professor 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


CCA alumni shape the future of sustainable design

Four Industrial Design alumni make contributions to sustainable products, materials, and systems in a global industry typically known for the waste it creates.

A pair of shoes with bright pink, purple, and yellow colors float amid a flowery background.


Five CCA Architecture and Interior Design students named among the top 100 in North America

Soojee Choi, Negar Hosseini, Chizumi Kano, Jesus Guillermo Macias Franco, and Electra White have earned a coveted spot among the Metropolis Future100 list.

A photo of a group of people watching a presentor

Press release / April 23, 2024

Four faculty members and one alum from California College of the Arts awarded the 2024 Guggenheim Fellowship

Faculty members Kim Anno, Lucas Foglia, Guillermo Galindo, and Léonie Guyer, and alum Ahndraya Parlato are among those recognized for the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Press release / April 22, 2024

California College of the Arts announces 2024 Honorary Doctorate recipients Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas

CCA is thrilled to announce artist and scholar Deborah Willis and visual artist and CCA alum Hank Willis Thomas (MFA Photography and MA Visual Criticism 2003) as the Honorary Doctorate degree recipients at the 117th Commencement Ceremony.

Right: Portrait of Deborah Willis by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn. Left: Portrait of Hank Willis Thomas.


Your future with an MBA in Design Strategy

Delving into the unique blend of design and strategy, the chair of the MBA in Design Strategy (DMBA) program explores the distinct edge a DMBA degree offers.

A student points to a desktop workspace filled with post-its

Media coverage / April 17, 2024

How CCA alum Justin Marks founded the coolest skate shop in San Francisco

CCA alum Justin Marks (BArch Architecture, 2013) and SFAI graduate Zachariah “Turtle” Dawson founded Low Key, a storefront that serves as both a skate shop and an art gallery.

Justin Marks (L) and Zachariah ‘Turtle’ Dawson (R), co-owners of Low Key Skate Shop in the Tenderloin.

Media coverage / April 16, 2024

CCA alum Elena Calabrese reaches new heights with interior design

Elena Calabrese (BFA Jewelry/Metal Arts, 1995) pivoted creative lanes from accessory design to interior design, and founded her successful studio Elena Calabrese Design & Decor based in Sausalito, CA.

In the oval dining room nests a Julian Chichester table, custom Black Label Home chairs in Schumacher velvet and a custom rug by Ombre. The walls are painted Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue, while the chandelier by Galerie Philia descends from a gold leaf painted ceiling by David Bonk.


Three Questions with BFA Fashion Design student Ashley Robles-Rasgado

Second year BFA Fashion Design student Ashley Robles-Rasgado is striving for a more connected world through accessibility in fashion. Here she shares her thoughts on community, inspiration, and hearing the needs of others.

Photo of Ashley Robles-Rasgado.


Go beyond the classroom with CCA faculty

CCA faculty from across the Design, Fine Arts, Architecture, and Humanities and Sciences divisions reveal insights into their creative professions beyond academia and what inspires their work.

Kathy Lam working on Belonging Benches with the CCA community.


Three reasons Bay Area parents love this summer studio program

Middle schoolers in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade from all over the Bay Area make art at the Young Artist Studio Program in San Francisco.

A student points to their artwork installed in a gallery wall

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