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Ceramics tools help today’s makers push their discipline in inventive new directions

While some ceramics tools are ancient, others are waiting in unexpected places—like your kitchen cabinet. Three makers share their favorite tools.

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Faculty spotlight: Grammy nominee Rob Epstein

At the 2021 awards, Professor Epstein’s documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice competes for Best Music Film. We quizzed him on the legendary Linda, his favorite sounds, and more.

Movie poster for the film Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, with the musician standing at the microphone with her head turned.

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Why live on campus in a residence hall?

If you’re debating whether dorm life is right for you, here are three reasons why living on campus could enhance your art and design college experience.

Students mingle outside in the courtyard of Founders Hall, a white building with red gridwork.

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Alum spotlight: Director Shane T Watson

“CCA allowed me to be open about myself and to become a better writer,” says the former Student Oscar nominee. Here’s what he’s working on now, his advice for CCA students, and more.

Three men stand side-by-side smiling at another camera out of view. Shane Watson is in the middle with his arms wrapped around their shoulders.

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CCA Pre-College helps young makers find a home

At CCA, Crystal Morey (BFA Ceramics 2006), Claire Taggart​ (BFA Painting/Drawing 2006), and Shannon Danielle Taylor (BFA Illustration 2006) forged practices and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Crystal Morey, Claire Taggart​, and Shannon Danielle Taylor smile and look toward the viewer in front of a pale gray brick wall. Morey is wearing a leopard print shirt. Taggart is wearing black. Taylor is wearing a blue button-up with floral embroidery.

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.

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Alum spotlight: Choreographer and filmmaker Kat Cole

Kat Cole (MFA Film 2017) spun a background in dance, film, and arts administration into a dynamic practice that spans music videos to film festivals.

Two people, Jeremiah Ysip and Kat Cole, stand on a sidewalk discussing a scene happening out of view. Jeremiah is holding a camera.

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How far we have to go to dismantle systemic racism and anti-Blackness in our schools and communities

Fighting white supremacy and sharing our values is part of CCA’s tradition of radical pedagogy.

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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).

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Alum spotlight: Reimagining health care with social impact designer Megan Moyer

Megan Moyer (MBA Design Strategy 2015) uses DMBA frameworks to help reimagine care in the 21st century and humanize a highly regulated industry.

A headshot of Megan Moyer smiling into the camera.

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.

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Four reasons to choose an art and design college on the West Coast

Here are four reasons why studying in the San Francisco Bay Area in California can be beneficial for your future.

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Building a community for makers from the (virtual) ground up

CCA studio managers Cassie Kise and Tianna Mackey created Maker’s Commons, a virtual space for the CCA community to connect during the COVID–19 pandemic.

CCA Maker’s Commons logo with white and teal words in front of a blurry photograph of a person welding in a studio.

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Alum spotlight: Designer and educator Kristine Yuen

Kristine Yuen (MDes Interaction Design 2016) reflects on her user-centric design approach and motivation to mentor aspiring young designers.

Kristine Yuen presenting at SF Design Week 2019.

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The 2020–2021 Design Lecture Series

Saraleah Fordyce reflects on the key takeaways from fall 2020 lectures and gives a preview of the guests to look forward to this spring

Adeola Enigbokan, Audrey Liu, Jomo Tariku, and Beth Esponnette

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.

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Two new diversity scholarships will further open access to arts and design education and practice

Support the Sandra Vivanco Diversity Scholarship and Diversity in Design Scholarship. Your gift will open doors to arts education for Black and Indigenous students, students of color, and LGBTQ students.

Portrait of the late Sandra Vivanco flanked by two students.