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Media coverage / May 27, 2019

LA Weekly interviews alumna Alexandra Grant on her new solo show inspired by the Greek myth of Antigone

Alexandra Grant (MFA Painting & Drawing 2000), known for her 2008 Love House project, is a visual artist who works across disciplines and credits her ability to trust her instincts to her time at CCA.
Alumna Alexandra Grant in her studio.

Media coverage / May 25, 2019

CCA's Dean of Design considers the career landscape for industrial designers in IDSA round table

Helen Maria Nugent, dean of CCA Design, discusses the importance of embracing ambiguity and applying analytical skills to tough challenges in the expanding field of industrial design.
Headshot of Dean of Design Helen Maria Nugent.

Media coverage / May 21, 2019

Mitchell Schwarzer, professor for Visual Studies, writes about privatizing the public city in new essay

Professor Mitchell Schwarzer, a historian of architecture, landscape, and urbanism, pens an essay for Places Journal about Oakland's lopsided "boom" geared toward the wealthy.
Aerial view of Oakland and the San Francisco Bay looking west over Lake Merritt, c. 1934.

Media coverage / May 17, 2019

Architecture Professor Neal Schwartz's firm wins the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design

Schwartz and Architecture wins the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design for the family-owned restaurant, El Pípila.
Inside of El Pípila, the James Beard Award winning restaurant for Outstanding Design.

Media coverage / May 15, 2019

MFA students partner with Salesforce Tower to commemorate the building's anniversary with original light displays

Salesforce Tower, "the big experiment in the sky," celebrates its first anniversary with the help of four CCA graduate students, whose artwork displays at the top of the high-tech structure.
Figures dance across the crown of Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, as part of a light installation by artist Jim Campbell that premiered in May 2018.

Media coverage / May 13, 2019

Galen Boone (BFA Individualized Studies 2018) wins a Windgate Fellowship award

Winner of a $15,000 Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Galen Boone counters the myth of binary gender through work in jewelry and metalsmithing.

Media coverage / May 13, 2019

Third-year student Jung (Hailey) Kim wins $10,000 Joe's Blackbook scholarship

Learn about Jung (Hailey) Kim, winner of a $10,000 Joe's Blackbook scholarship and a Fashion Design student who believes in thinking outside of the box.
So Jung (Hailey) Kim winning a scholarship from Joe's Blackbook Foundation.

Media coverage / May 9, 2019

Artist Joyce J. Scott receives honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from CCA

Known for her politically charged large-scale installations, figurative sculptures, and performance art, Joyce J. Scott is the 2019 recipient of an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from CCA.
Joyce J. Scott performs in the well received, infamously raucous Thunder Thigh Review in 2012. Her performance partner is Kay Lawal-Muhammad

Media coverage / May 8, 2019

CCA's Blattner Hall offers community, convenience, and affordable housing

Located within walking distance of CCA's San Francisco campus, Blattner Hall meets critical needs for below-market-rate student housing.
Exterior view of Blattner Hall from the street.

Media coverage / May 2, 2019

Kota Ezawa, an associate professor for CCA film programs, discusses the Whitney Museum protests with KQED

Kota Ezawa, whose work is included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, discusses the protests surrounding the museum and the process of being selected for show.
Animated headshot of CCA faculty and artist Kota Ezawa.

Media coverage / April 24, 2019

Critical Ethnic Studies faculty Kim Shuck named poet laureate of San Francisco

As one of the first recipients of the Academy of American Poets fellowship, Critical Ethnic Studies faculty Kim Shuck will launch a poetic activism program to grow literary events across the city.
Portrait of Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate of San Francisco, CA and CCA diversity studies faculty.

Media coverage / April 22, 2019

Architecture students are 2018–19 AIA COTE Top Ten winners

Two undergraduate architecture students’ imaginative approach to the issue of rising sea levels stands strong against national competition and ecological disaster.
Shore of a Hundred Islands is a AIA COTE winning student project by Viviani Isnata & Maria Ulloa.

Media coverage / April 18, 2019

Wattis exhibition convenes queer community, writes the San Francisco Chronicle

Curated by Yomna Osman (MA Curatorial Practice 2019), To Know Herself captures the enduring loss of queer spaces in the bay by making space of its own.

Yomna Osman, the curator of “To Know Herself,” is seen at the Wattis Institute.

Media coverage / April 16, 2019

Alumna Taylor Johnson discusses her process as a fine art and editorial photographer

From documenting young athletes to publishing her first book, Taylor Johnson (BFA Photography 2017) shares challenges and triumphs with Aint-Bad magazine.
Photograph from CCA alumna Taylor Kay Johnson's publication "Kings" that  follows the lives of teenage boxers in Oakland, California.

Media coverage / April 1, 2019

Alumnus Tim Perks brings the Nike brand to life as senior director of retail design

Portland Architecture, a blog focused on design, interviews Tim Perks (BArch 1991) about applying his architectural education across many industries and disciplines.
Headshot of Tim Perks, CCA alumnus and Nike’s senior director of retail design.

Media coverage / April 1, 2019

CCA's MFA in Writing program is among the top five in California ranks our program among the top five in California. Located in one of the world’s creative capitals, we encourage MFA candidates to explore many different forms and incorporate visual art into their work.
Joanne at her Adobe interactive design internship.

Media coverage / March 28, 2019

Two Interior Design students win at ASID Student Portfolio Competition

The American Society of Interior Designers chose CCA students Jieru Lin and Jianfeng Ni for their deep understanding of how design can impact and change lives.
Design by CCA student Jieru Lin, 2019 ASID Student Portfolio Winner.

Media coverage / March 25, 2019

VoyageLA interviews Animation alumnus Sam Ancona on his journey to becoming an artist

Sam Ancona (BFA Animation 2013) talks early artistic inspirations, the importance of finding a creative community, and navigating the world of freelance animation.

Photo of Sam Ancona speaking.

Media coverage / March 22, 2019

Queer California: Untold Stories, an exhibition curated by CCA's Christina Linden, features work by CCA faculty and staff

Broadly looks at Queer California: Untold Stories, an exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California that's curated by Christina Linden, CCA associate professor in Curatorial Practice.
Young Joon Kwak, Brown Rainbow Eclipse Explosion, 2017.

Media coverage / March 22, 2019

Thi Bui, MFA in Comics adjunct professor, illustrates the Oakland teachers' strike

Bay Area artists, including MFA in Comics adjunct professor Thi Bui, join forces to capture the Oakland teachers' strike through illustrated portraits coupled with direct quotes.
Illustration by Thi Bui of Abdul-Haqq Khalifa, a technology tearcher from Garfiled Elementary, who joined the 2019 Oakland teachers' strike.

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