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Sustaining change

A growing community of Design students are leveraging their course assignments and thesis projects to express a sense of care and concern for the planet.
Eryn Bathke, Terra Cards.

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Design pedagogy for collective work

The Design division explores three different educational opportunities at CCA that transcend individual learning through teamwork.
Assistant Professor Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera (center) teaches his Decolonization & Design course in 2019.

Press release / May 10, 2021

CCA celebrates its graduating students in Class of 2021 Showcase

The Class of 2021 Showcase features work from over 260 students across the Fine Arts, Architecture, Design, and Humanities and Sciences divisions.
A dark blue graphic that reads Class of 2021 Showcase with multicolored vertical stripes of different widths.

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CCA’s 2021 gala auction opens to public bidding on Friday, May 7

The silent online auction features 19 artworks and custom experiences, including works by Viola Frey, David Maisel, Robert Motherwell, Manuel Neri, Terry St. John, Wayne Thiebaud, and Lava Thomas.
Viola Frey (BFA Ceramics 1956), Untitled, 1987. Ceramic, 26 x 26 inches.

Media coverage / May 5, 2021

Alum Camila Wandemberg receives Swarovski Foundation grant

The Swarovski Foundation awarded CCA alum Camila Wandemberg (BFA Individualized Studies 2020) with a Creatives for Our Future grant, helping further her work in developing sustainable alternatives for textile processes in her home country of Ecuador.
Camila Wandemberg

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High expectations

Renowned artist Jim Campbell has been working with Lynn Marie Kirby and Jeanne Finley's students since 2019, giving them the opportunity to showcase their art at astounding heights.
San Francisco’s skyline at night, featuring Zihan Jia and Yiqing Sun’s Zoom-inspired film on Salesforce Tower.

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Student spotlight: Melissa Rodriguez

From Colombia, to California, to Fashion Design 3, Melissa Rodriguez (BFA Individualized Studies 2022) shares the art-inspired journey that helped her find a new definition of home.
Mixed media collage shows a young Melissa Rodriguez holding an American and Colombian flag standing on top of a suitcase.

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CCA commencement traditions

From the tam and gown’s little-known origins to a particularly relevant Honorary Doctorate address, these stories behind the college’s commencement quirks are so CCA.
Two students in tams and gowns blow bubbles at the camera.

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Rolling deep with the Earth

Faculty came together to start a new school at CCA—the E-school, an environmental justice collaboration across divisions that topples figureheads and centers frontline communities.
Bartertown game in play, 2019.

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Four graduating Architecture and Interior Design students named among top 100 in North America

New Metropolis Future 100 list recognizes Conor Daly, Maria Antonieta Ramirez, Navya Sharad, and Valeriya Velyka among top grads.
Valeriya Velyka (BArch 2021), VR Volume, fall 2019.

Press release / April 13, 2021

CCA honors legendary designer Sir Jony Ive during the 2021 virtual gala celebration on May 14

CCA will also recognize Sir Jony’s extraordinary contributions to design with an honorary doctorate during the college’s virtual commencement celebration on May 10, 2021.
Portrait of Sir Jony Ive.

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Alum spotlight: Writer Julie Lythcott-Haims (MFA Writing 2016)

The bestselling author discusses her book Your Turn: How to Be an Adult and offers sage advice for writing—and adulting—through life’s inevitable growing pains.
Julie Lythcott-Haims stands in the doorway of a small wood-paneled writing studio decorated in quotes, bunting, and posters.

Press release / April 7, 2021

California College of the Arts presents the 2021 MFA Showcase exhibition

On Thursday, April 8, 2021, a new exhibition featuring a selection of work by 16 emerging artists from California College of the Arts’ graduate program in fine arts opens at 360 Kansas Street in San Francisco.
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Press release / April 7, 2021

CCA’s Architecture Division announces new Academic Alliance with the Autodesk Technology Centers

California College of the Arts’ acclaimed Architecture Division is pleased to announce a new Academic Alliance with the Autodesk Technology Centers beginning in spring 2021.
Students working in Autodesk Technology Center in San Francisco.

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CCA is designated a Voter Friendly Campus

A group of students, faculty, and staff found creative ways to encourage our community to vote during an entirely remote semester.
A hand holds up newsprint that says “VOTE” to a window on CCA’s campus.

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You got into art college. Now what?

From exploring current student work to learning about first-year programs, here’s our best advice on how to choose between colleges.
A person in a white shirt sits on a red convertible’s trunk, overlooking the horizon. The sun sets in the right-hand corner.

Media coverage / March 25, 2021

Sita Bhaumik receives 2021 Creative Capital Award with People’s Kitchen Collective

Adjunct Professor Sita Bhaumik (MFA Fine Arts, MA Visual + Critical Studies 2012) is a founding member of People’s Kitchen Collective, an Oakland-based food-centered political education project.
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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"

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Monuments—Must Change continues CCA’s dialogue around community engagement and the roles and responsibilities of artists

The panel features artists Karyn Olivier and Jeffrey Gibson, whose work radically reconsiders notions of permanence and endurance in the public sphere.
Jeffrey Gibson, Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House, 2020. Socrates Sculpture Park.
Portrait of David Owens-Hill.

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