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Media coverage / June 14, 2019

Professor of Architecture Craig Scott wins a 2019 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award

Craig Scott, CCA professor and co-founder of IwamotoScott, an architecture and design firm based in San Francisco, wins a Cooper Hewitt award for interior design.

CCA architecture professor Craig Scott's firm Iwamoto/Scott won a National Design Award for Interior Design.

Media coverage / June 14, 2019

Interior Design grads discuss thesis projects, future plans, and industry opportunities

Business of Home interviews six 2019 interior design graduates, including CCA's Grace Yuan and Shao-Chien "Michael" Yang.
Portrait of Grace Yuan, CCA class of 2019.

Media coverage / June 14, 2019

Nicole Georges' latest graphic novel is being adapted for television

"Killing Eve" producer Sid Gentle Films is developing the Lamda Award-winning artist's latest graphic novel, "How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home," for television.
Illustration from Nicole J Georges’ "Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home."

Media coverage / June 14, 2019

The 2019 Fashion Experience makes BizBash's top 100 list of fashion and retail events in San Francisco

With more than 850 people in attendance, Fashion Design students debuted their thesis collections at Minnesota Street Project, utilizing a staircase as a runway.
CCA Fashion Experience 2019

Media coverage / June 14, 2019

The "Artists in Offices" podcast series interviews three CCA staff members who are also MFA alumni

Season one of "Artists in Offices" features Dir. of Academic Administration Mike Rothfeld (Humanities and Sciences), Dir. of Faculty Affairs and Records Em Meine, and Sr. Manager for Alumni and Parent Engagement Lisa Jonas.
Alumnus and Director of Academic Administration for Humanities & Sciences Mike Rothfeld.

Media coverage / June 13, 2019

Textiles chair Josh Faught and MFA Fine Arts alumnus Diedrick Brackens expand tapestry's traditional definition

Textiles chair Josh Faught and Diedrick Brackens (MFA Fine Arts 2014) are among several artists who are pushing the basic principles of tapestry in exciting directions, making the medium a site for performance and personal investigation.
Diedrick Brackens, unicorn kente, 2018.

Media coverage / June 13, 2019

Architect Magazine features associate professor of Architecture Neeraj Bhatia and his firm The Open Workshop

In an interview with Architect Magazine, associate professor of CCA Architecture Neeraj Bhatia discusses the mission of his San Francisco-based firm, which includes "engaging architectural form in territorial issues."
he Depth of Fields house uses three superimposed geometric forms—a circle, cruciform, and triangle—to create voids for circulation, interior gardens, and inhabitable space.

Press release / June 6, 2019

Vincent Fecteau premieres entirely new body of work at CCA Wattis Institute

Fecteau’s untitled exhibition of new work signals a shift in exhibition structure at CCA Wattis and will be on view September 5–November 9, 2019.

Vincent Fecteau, Untitled, 2019, papier mâché, resin clay, acrylic, burlap, raffia, 20.5 x 27.25 x 34 inches.

Media coverage / June 4, 2019

Diedrick Brackens, MFA Fine Arts alum, is named an emerging artist by The Artsy Vanguard 2019

View the full list by The Artsy Vanguard 2019 to learn more about alum Diedrick Brackens (MFA Fine Arts 2014), his woven textiles, and what he's been up to—including a solo show at the New Museum—over the past year.
Portrait of CCA alumnus Diedrick Brackens.

Media coverage / May 29, 2019

BOMB magazine interviews Leslie Carol Roberts on the occasion of her latest book, "Here is Where I Walk"

Leslie Carol Roberts, professor and chair for the MFA in Writing program, discusses her political eco-memoir about San Francisco's Presidio, a 1,500-acre park, with author Louis Bury.
Portrait of Leslie Carol Roberts in San Francisco's Presidio.


JD Beltran and Scott Minneman: Learning interactively

JD Beltran and Scott Minneman collaborate on cutting-edge interactive artworks which explore new modes of portraiture.
JD Beltran and Scott Minneman, The Cinema Snowglobe, 2013

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.


A visionary whose craftsmanship confronts injustice

2019 honorary doctorate degree recipient Joyce J. Scott’s career demonstrates her quest to inspire change through art.

Joyce J. Scott, Baby Blue Book Redux, 2018. Beads, thread, 37 1/2 x 52 1/4 inches. Courtesy Goya Contemporary Gallery, Baltimore

Press release / May 17, 2019

California College of the Arts appoints Ann Wiens Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Wiens joins CCA from the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), where she served as director of marketing communications.

Ann Wiens, new CCA Vice President for Marketing and Communications.

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.

Press release / May 17, 2019

Faculty Kota Ezawa presents new work at the 2019 Whitney Biennial

Associate Professor of Film Kota Ezawa debuts his new work, National Anthem, a watercolor animation that was specifically selected by the biennial curators.

National Anthem (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), 2019. Watercolor on paper, 10.5 x 19 inches, edition variée of three. Courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery.

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.