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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Media coverage / March 4, 2024

NBC Bay Area news features CCA's multi-year partnership with Greenville where students help rebuild for resilience

Architecture faculty members Janette Kim and Peter Anderson, along with students Melissa Gomes, Bennett Grisley, and Manthan Rasal share about their Greenville projects and vision to rebuild for resilience, longevity, and sustainability.

Architectural rendering of a four-way intersection with a wood-framed modernist structure in the center.

Media coverage / Feb. 27, 2024

Artforum highlights Daisy Nam to lead CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Artforum shares more about Daisy Nam's previous role at Ballroom Marfa, where she has worked as a curator since 2020 and as director since 2022.

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

Media coverage / Feb. 27, 2024

San Francisco Chronicle spotlights Daisy Nam as the new director of CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

CCA has named Daisy Nam the new director and chief curator of the school’s Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts museum.

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

Media coverage / Feb. 22, 2024

A futuristic half-story-tall sculpture by CCA Architecture professors displayed in Mission Bay

Orbital by Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno, both professors of Architecture, represents an era of rapid change and uncertainty, while also inspiring curiosity and playful interaction.

A tall, highly reflective serpentine structure that bounces sunlight from its geometric, shiny, stainless-steel tiles.

Media coverage / Feb. 6, 2024

CCA alum decorates his walls with heirloom farm tools

Navin Norling (BFA Illustration 1995) adds texture to his white walls with his grandfather's heirloom farm tools, representing a piece of the Norling family history and identity.

Photo of Navin Norling in his studio.

Media coverage / Feb. 1, 2024

KQED reviews Rodrigo Hernández’s with what eyes? at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Rodrigo Hernández’s show is a series of maze-like walls and enclosures with hand-hammered steel and sculptures, evoking the viewer to feel like they are just another animal in this dreamlike atmosphere.

Rodrigo Hernández, 'I would not think to touch the sky with two arms,' 2023 in 'with what eyes?' at the CCA Wattis Institute.

Media coverage / Jan. 18, 2024

CCA hosts a celebration party to welcome President David Howse

City leaders in the arts come together to welcome and celebrate President Howse at Villa Taverna in San Francisco. Nob Hill Gazette showcases some highlights and photos from the event.

Left to right: David Soward, David C. Howse, and Lorna Meyer Calas

Media coverage / Dec. 19, 2023

CCA faculty Neeraj Bhatia challenges the radical in architecture

Neeraj Bhatia, associate professor of Architecture, explores what it means for architecture to be radical. He underlines the need for design to impact community, policy, and environment.

Neeraj Bhatia in the exhibition, "New Investigations in Collective Form."

Media coverage / Dec. 18, 2023

CCA alum honors the legacy of sculptor JB Blunk with 100 Hooks

Architecture alum Mariah Nielson celebrates her father's legacy with a series of exhibitions, starting with 100 Hooks. The show reflects the breadth, playfulness and surprise that defined Blunk's practice.

Some of the hooks in the exhibition on display at Blunk Space, in northern California