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Media coverage / March 25, 2021

Alum LJ Roberts featured in Hyperallergic’s “Queer Artists in Their Own Words” series

LJ Roberts (MFA Textiles 2007) talks about their current work celebrating queer and trans artists and activists, what influences their work, and their greatest accomplishment so far.
LJ Roberts

Media coverage / March 25, 2021

Associate Professor Thomas Haakenson's releases new book, “Grotesque Visions: The Science of Berlin Dada”

Thomas Haakenson, an associate professor in CCA’s History of Art and Visual Culture program, released “Grotesque Visions: The Science of Berlin Dada” on March 6, 2021, through Bloomsbury Academic.
The cover of Thomas O. Haakenson's book, "Grotesque Visions"

Media coverage / Feb. 22, 2021

Oakland artist Woody De Othello molds his imagination from everyday objects

Alum Woody De Othello (MFA Fine Arts 2017) spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle about working in ceramics, his recent residence at the Paulson Fontaine Press, and why he finds inspiration in everyday objects.
Woody De Othello

Media coverage / Feb. 22, 2021

Tina Takemoto featured in new online exhibit WOMEN我們: From Her to Here

Dean of Humanities + Sciences Tina Takemoto spoke about their recent film, Ever Wanting (for Margaret Chung), now on display at the Chinese Culture Center alongside artistic work from 10 other LGBTQ+ artists from the Asian diaspora.
A still from Tina Takemoto's 'Ever Wanting (for Margaret Chung)'

Media coverage / Feb. 18, 2021

Muralist and CCA alum Nigel Sussman in "48 Hills"

Writer Mary Corbin spoke with CCA alum Nigel Sussman (BFA Illustration 2005) about his Bay Area murals and the “Escher-like worlds” he creates. “The only consistent message I try to convey in my work is that everybody deserves happiness,” he says.
By Nigel Sussman

Media coverage / Feb. 17, 2021

Better education because of the pandemic?

CCA professors Forest Young and christopher hamamoto were interviewed by Wired magazine to examine how the COVID–19 pandemic “holds these keys to a better education.” Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images.

View from a classroom looking at an instructor through protective plastic.

Media coverage / Feb. 11, 2021

CCA alum Allegra Madsen is Frameline Film Festival’s new director of programming

“I’m excited to be part of the legacy of Frameline and to bring my BIPOC lens to the LGBTQ+ community,” says Allegra Madsen (MA Curatorial Practice 2007).
Allegra Madsen

Media coverage / Feb. 10, 2021

See fiber artist and CCA alum Kay Sekimachi’s work in an upcoming exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Fiber arts pioneer Kay Sekimachi (Textiles 1955) says she fell in love with the loom while attending CCA. “There’s something very soothing about weaving, sitting at the loom and watching something grow.”
Kay Sekimachi, Paired Box, 1990s. Orange, blue, and natural linen, double weave pickup. 4 x 4 x 4 in. Forrest L. Merrill Collection.

Media coverage / Feb. 1, 2021

Cartoonist Justin Hall spotlights local LGBTQ history on Market Street

Comics Associate Professor Justin Hall spoke with ‘48 Hills’ about his recent project, Marching Toward Pride, and teaching remotely.
Justin Hall with his Daughters of Bilitis poster

Media coverage / Jan. 29, 2021

Nicole Hayden’s San Francisco mural captures sensation of poet Amanda Gorman

The ‘San Francisco Chronicle’ spoke with CCA alum Nicole Hayden (MFA Painting & Drawing 2003) about her new mural of the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, who charmed the country during President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Artist Nicole Hayden stands in front of her mural of poet Amanda Gorman on Page Street in San Francisco.

Media coverage / Dec. 14, 2020

Alum Wayne Wang’s "The Joy Luck Club" selected for preservation by National Film Registry

"The Joy Luck Club," San Francisco filmmaker Wayne Wang’s landmark adaptation of Bay Area author Amy Tan’s novel, has been selected as one of 25 movies inducted this year into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
Wayne Wang

Media coverage / Dec. 5, 2020

“The Fallacies of Whiteness”: Divya Mehra’s postcards for the Wattis Institute

Writer Natalie Haddad calls The End of You, a postcard series by Divya Mehra for the CCA Wattis Institute, “an artwork for our times.”
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Media coverage / Nov. 23, 2020

“Art as a form of escapism”: An interview with CCA alum Lisa Wong Sook Kuan

The Sun Daily spoke with CCA alum Lisa Wong Sook Kuan (BFA Illustration 2015) about finding meaning in the ubiquity of art.
Lisa Wong Sook Kuan

Media coverage / Nov. 19, 2020

Alum Toyin Ojih Odutola is Apollo’s “Artist of the Year”

Apollo Magazine named Toyin Ojih Odutola (MFA Fine Arts 2012) its 2020 Artist of the Year. Samuel Reilly writes that her “gift for world-building has set her apart as a graphic artist of extraordinary imaginative power in recent years.”
Toyin Ojih Odutola

Media coverage / Nov. 17, 2020

CCA student Michon Sanders wins first place in the AXA Art Prize competition

Michon Sanders (BFA Painting and Drawing 2020) was announced as the first place winner of the 2020 AXA Art Prize for her painting Repast to Follow. The competition received over 400 submissions from 125 schools.
Michon Sanders

Media coverage / Nov. 6, 2020

The Changemakers: California artists seeking social justice through their work

California Home + Design featured Oakland-based artist Woody De Othello’s (MFA Fine Arts 2017) in its November issue, saying his “exploration of the struggle and search for human connection has taken on a particularly poignant tenor in 2020.”
Woody de Othello

Media coverage / Oct. 30, 2020

KQED calls Jeffrey Gibson’s Nothing is Eternal “perfectly chaotic”

Sarah Hotchkiss (MFA Painting/Drawing 2011) wrote that Jeffrey Gibson’s Nothing is Eternal, an 18-minute video commissioned by the Wattis Institute, is not a hopeful vision of America, but an accurate one.
Jeffrey Gibson, '​Nothing is Eternal​,' 2020

Media coverage / Oct. 27, 2020

“Come for the art, stay for the vote with CCA’s new civic engagement campaign”

Bay City News interviewed [email protected] Faculty Coordinator Sam Vernon, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programming Jaime Austin, and alum Amy Tavern (MFA Fine Arts 2017) about the [email protected] Artwork Campaign and the importance of the vote.
The CCA@CCA Artwork Campaign

Media coverage / Oct. 15, 2020

T Magazine names Hank Willis Thomas’ All Power to All People one of the 25 most influential works of American protest art since World War II

Read why the eight-foot-tall sculpture depicting an Afro pick with a Black Power fist raised to the sky—created by Hank Willis Thomas (MFA Photography, MA Visual Criticism 2003)—is being called one of the most influential works of American protest art.
Hank Willis Thomas’s “All Power to All People” (2017).

Media coverage / Oct. 13, 2020

“With ‘Darling Divined,’ Textile Artist Diedrick Brackens Plumbs His Southern Roots”

Alum Diedrick Brackens (MFA Fine Arts 2014) told Vogue that his exhibition, 'Darling Divined,' at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin in October, “feels like a homecoming.”
Diedrick Brackens, how to return, 2017. Woven cotton and acrylic yarn, 58 x 50 in. Collection of Erin Elizabeth Adams.
Portrait of David Owens-Hill.

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