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Recommendations: Seven books written by CCA alumni

From gripping memoirs to enduring works of fiction, this list of written works from CCA alumni will help you get through shelter in place.

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Press release / April 20, 2020

CCA appoints Ed Prohaska as chief financial officer

California College of the Arts (CCA) President Stephen Beal announced Ed Prohaska as chief financial officer, effective on Monday, April 20, 2020.

CCA CFO Ed Prohaska

Media coverage / April 17, 2020

48 Hills notes CCA Professor who illustrated ‘devastating, beautiful’ New Yorker cover

Illustration Chair Owen Smith is grabbing national attention for his recent New Yorker cover, which independent news outlet 48 Hills called “devastating” and “beautiful.”

Owen Smith, Chair of Illustration

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Committed to craft

CCA reaffirms its Arts and Crafts roots on its new campus, with updated, sustainability-focused studios for fine arts programs, such as Ceramics and Glass.

Metal tubes in the hot shop.

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Bold moves timeline

Explore the college’s most prominent geographic decisions, which prove CCA has never shied away from change.

Students walk through an exhibition of drawings.

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New housing and dining at CCA

New campus housing and dining in San Francisco, opening fall 2020, make CCA a full residential campus for the first time in its history.

A rendering, or illustration, of the new Founders Hall on CCA’s San Francisco campus.

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Why unification?

Discover how our campus expansion project creates a living, learning laboratory for all our academic programs and supports innovative, cross-disciplinary work.

An architectural rendering, or illustration, of the Hooper Street entrance to Double Ground.

Press release / April 14, 2020

California College of the Arts to host inaugural CCA Sparks Pitch Day competition

Student-run teams put their new and innovative business ideas to the test at California College of the Arts’ inaugural CCA Sparks Pitch Day event.

Image of CCA Sparks 2020 cohort

Media coverage / April 14, 2020

CCA Adjunct Professor featured in American Craft Council Magazine

CCA alum and adjunct professor Yvonne Mouser sat down with American Craft Council executive director Sarah Schultz to discuss the inspiration behind her creations, “craft thinking,” and much more.

Image of Yvonne Mouser working in her Oakland furniture studio.

Media coverage / April 13, 2020

CCA Chair illustrates latest New Yorker cover

Illustration Chair Owen Smith discusses the inspiration behind his cover for the April 20, 2020, issue of the New Yorker. Smith's illustration reflects on the essential worker and the inequalities of class, race, and industry during the COVID–19 pandemic.

An image of the April 20, 2020 issue of The New Yorker

Media coverage / April 13, 2020

Photography alum named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

Liz Cohen (MFA Photography 2000) was recently named a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. Speaking with the Phoenix New Times, Cohen says, “I’m so grateful for being recognized this way.”

A headshot of Liz Cohen (MFA Photography 2000)

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CCA counselors discuss how to cope during the COVID–19 pandemic

Leah Oliver and Brigette Stump-Vernon offer advice on how students, staff and faculty can navigate the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic.

Artwork by Oscar Ramirez (BFA Painting + Drawing 2021)

Media coverage / April 7, 2020

Campus construction kickoff celebration postponed until fall

CCA’s campus expansion groundbreaking ceremony, originally scheduled for April 14, has been postponed until fall 2020 to support the containment of COVID –19.

Studio Gang’s design for CCA’s new, unified campus unlocks the potential of art and design education in the twenty-first century.

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What does it mean to make art in the time of COVID–19 and physical distancing?

Fine Arts Dean Allison Smith reflects on the meaning of artmaking in the time of COVID–19 and physical distancing.

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Press release / April 2, 2020

CCA Wattis Institute launches free online platform for videos, lectures, and essays

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts introduces the Wattis Library, a free online platform for videos, lectures, and essays that provides in-depth access and proximity to many of the artists and thinkers of our time.

Entrance to CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Media coverage / March 31, 2020

Design alum makes medical supplies for the health care workers fighting COVID–19

Profiled alongside other Canadian makers producing much-needed medical supplies for health care workers fighting COVID–19, Rahim Bhimani (Design Strategy 2013) is making and delivering face shields—complete with a clear plastic screen, an adjustable elast

Image of Rahim Bhimani fabricating a face shield that he designed.

Media coverage / March 30, 2020

Beloved children’s author, illustrator, and CCA alum Tomie dePaola dies at 85

Tomie dePaola, the prolific children’s author and illustrator behind the enduring Strega Nona tales and more than 270 other books, died Monday, March 30, at age 85. He graduated from CCA with an MFA in 1969.

Image of Tomie dePaola holding.a book at a book signing

Press release / March 30, 2020

California College of the Arts named one of the nation’s top graduate schools for fine arts by U.S. News & World Report

The 2020 rankings, which assessed 227 MFA-granting colleges and universities across the country, lists CCA 10th overall.

Image of CCA San Fransisco Campus backlot at dusk

Media coverage / March 26, 2020

Fine Art Connoisseur calls illustration alum an artist to watch

Lauren Szabo (Illustration 2010) is an artist to watch, according to Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. “I am an advocate for skill-based representational painting that addresses current issues in American culture and beyond,” Szabo says. Read what makes this

An image of Lauren Szabo's Berlin. Oil on canvas 76 x 76.5 inches.

Media coverage / March 25, 2020

Dean Helen Maria Nugent explains how to look your best on webcam

In a New York Times article, Dean of Design Helen Maria Nugent shares a bit of advice for looking presentable while on video conference calls.

Headshot of Helena Maria Nugent