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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)


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.


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.


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

Media coverage / Feb. 26, 2020

What does it take to be an interior designer in 2020?

Antonia Widodo (BFA Interior Design 2018) shares her advice on why interior design students should experiment more

Headshot of Antonia Widodo


In conversation with MFA Painting + Drawing alum Alexandra Grant

Meet alum Alexandra Grant, a Los Angeles-based artist who explores the performance of language in various media, including her series of paintings based on a famous Greek tragedy.

An installation view of Alexandra Grant’s Forêt Intérieure—or, in English, Interior Forest.


Campus expansion timeline

A timeline of CCA's campus expansion in San Francisco

A close-up, aerial view of the Double Ground architectural rendering or illustration. Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang.


A look at Studio Gang’s design features vibrant indoor/outdoor environment

During a public lecture at CCA on March 26, Jeanne Gang shared some early renderings of the project.

Studio Gang rendering of proposed expansion to our main academic building in San Francisco.


Founders Hall student-housing designs

Founders Hall is a new student housing facility that is part of CCA’s expanded campus design in San Francisco

Architectural rendering of Founders Hall, students walking away from cafe


Pre-College, summer youth programs at CCA offer a world of possibilities

CCA’s Pre-College and summer youth programs help students deepen their skills and pursue their passions long before becoming degree-seeking students.

Image of BFA Illustration student Katia Bernstein in front of an art pad.

Media coverage / Feb. 14, 2020

Alumni help design Nike's futuristic footwear collection with the lowest carbon footprint

Check out Nike's Space Hippie footwear, a collection constructed from the company's own scrap material. Alum Noah Murphy-Rheinhertz (BFA Industrial Design 2004) describes the design in detail. Also on the Nike team were Haley Toelle (BFA Industrial Design

Image of  Nike's Space Hippie footwear

Media coverage / Feb. 5, 2020

Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab faculty win a 2020 ACSA Faculty Design Award

Professors Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones have been recognized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) for their encouragement of outstanding student work in architecture and related environmental design fields.

CCA Float Lab prototype in the San Francisco Bay.

Media coverage / Feb. 5, 2020

SF Weekly catches up with drawing and printmaking alum Ali Dadgar at his new Desai | Matta Gallery exhibit

On view at the California Institute of Integral Studies' Desai | Matta Gallery, alum Ali Dadgar's (BFA Drawing/Printmaking 1989) exhibit is full of dark humor, painterly obfuscation, and spirtiual maximalism.

"No Redemption" by Ali Dadgar.

Media coverage / Feb. 5, 2020

Assistant Professor Tonya M. Foster is one of 41 artists to win a 2020 Creative Capital Award

Tonya M. Foster, along with three other Bay Area artists, will receive a $100,000 Creative Capital Award to further her project on surveillance and race. Foster teaches in the MFA Writing and undergraduate Writing and Literature programs.

Close up of photo of CCA Assistant Professor Tonya M. Foster