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Media coverage / June 30, 2021

KQED: Newest Wattis anthology invites readers to participate in radical listening

Writer Theadora Walsh says "Why are they so afraid of the lotus?" is an invitation to listen. "It’s an invitation to participate in a radical, engaged form of listening that takes on the labor of actively receiving others’ speech."

The Wattis Institute's book, "Why are they so afraid of the lotus?"

Media coverage / June 29, 2021

Wattis Institute receives spring 2021 Warhol Foundation grant

The Wattis was among 50 institutions across the country to receive a spring 2021 Warhol Foundation grant. The $120,000 grant will support the Wattis Institute's next two years of exhibition programming.

Wattis Institute logo in black lettering on white background

Media coverage / June 24, 2021

"No Straight Lines" hopes to give queer youth a role model

Directed by Vivian Kleiman and produced by MFA Comics Professor Justin Hall, "No Straight Lines"—a documentary highlighting the work of five comic artists from the 1970s and 1980s—premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Frameline in 2021.

No Straight Lines

Media coverage / May 22, 2021

Keith Krumwiede on the new podcast "When Socrates was an Architect"

CCA Architecture Dean Keith Krumwiede discusses his approach to working with young architects, helping to cultivate their professional toolset to address new challenges and make a meaningful difference in the world.

Keith Krumwiede

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

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"

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.

By Nigel Sussman

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).

Allegra Madsen

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.

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.

Media coverage / Dec. 14, 2020

Alum Wayne Wang’s "The Joy Luck Club" selected for preservation by National Film Registry

"The Joy Luck Club," San Francisco filmmaker Wayne Wang’s landmark adaptation of Bay Area author Amy Tan’s novel, has been selected as one of 25 movies inducted this year into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Wayne Wang

Media coverage / Dec. 5, 2020

“The Fallacies of Whiteness”: Divya Mehra’s postcards for the Wattis Institute

Writer Natalie Haddad calls The End of You, a postcard series by Divya Mehra for the CCA Wattis Institute, “an artwork for our times.”

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Media coverage / Nov. 23, 2020

“Art as a form of escapism”: An interview with CCA alum Lisa Wong Sook Kuan

The Sun Daily spoke with CCA alum Lisa Wong Sook Kuan (BFA Illustration 2015) about finding meaning in the ubiquity of art.

Lisa Wong Sook Kuan

Media coverage / Nov. 19, 2020

Alum Toyin Ojih Odutola is Apollo’s “Artist of the Year”

Apollo Magazine named Toyin Ojih Odutola (MFA Fine Arts 2012) its 2020 Artist of the Year. Samuel Reilly writes that her “gift for world-building has set her apart as a graphic artist of extraordinary imaginative power in recent years.”

Toyin Ojih Odutola

Media coverage / Nov. 17, 2020

CCA student Michon Sanders wins first place in the AXA Art Prize competition

Michon Sanders (BFA Painting and Drawing 2020) was announced as the first place winner of the 2020 AXA Art Prize for her painting Repast to Follow. The competition received over 400 submissions from 125 schools.

Michon Sanders