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Silver Linings Series

An ongoing gathering of projects, stories, events, and updates from our campus on the cloud.

Chicago, 1 p.m. CST, January 3, 2021. By Jackie Mantey, staff.


Art, design, and language as action: Q+A with Associate Professor Allison Yasukawa

Allison Yasukawa discusses how multilingual art and design teaching shows how students and teachers can use the tools, materials, and forms of whatever we’re working in to communicate.

Allison Yasukawa, Limp, 2014. Installation and art administrator performance with found lottery tickets, gold leaf, shoes, roses, vase.


From the Black Studies Institute to Critical Ethnic Studies: Celebrating 50 years at CCA

On its 50th anniversary, we’re celebrating the Critical Ethnic Studies program’s many accomplishments while looking to the future.

Critical Ethnic Studies 50th anniversary logo designed by Steve Jones.


Rewind Review Respond reimagines event discourse in a virtual space

CCA students share their reflections on recent conversations, lectures, and events they’ve encountered on our campus on the cloud.

A colorful graphic that reads Rewind Review Respond on a light purple background. Design by Sarah Chieko Bonnickson.


Fall 2020 Showcase celebrates student excellence and perseverance

CCA’s fall 2020 graduating students have persevered to finish their degrees during the COVID–19 pandemic. Explore their work and celebrate their perspectives with the Fall 2020 Showcase.

Class of 2020 Showcase


The human gesture of illustration

Owen Smith and Michael Wertz reflect on the meaning and “poetry” of illustration, and its role during the COVID–19 pandemic and beyond

Shrey Purohit, Warning in the Sky


Meeting tomorrow today

Undergraduate Interaction Design Program Chair Erin Malone and Graduate Program Chair Josh Silverman look into the future of their programs.



Celebrating our Bay Area community with the de Young Open

More than 100 CCA community members were selected for the de Young Open exhibition, a celebration of the diversity of talent in the Bay Area this fall.

de Young Open exhibition


New virtual mural brings the Creative Accord principles to life

Students in this fall’s Mural Project course express CCA’s Creative Accord in a virtual environment and think beyond traditional mural making.

A bullhorn with flowers and other abstract illustrative elements coming out of it.


Creative activist Michael Wertz

While sheltering in place, Assistant Chair of Illustration Michael Wertz has been making tiny illustrations that deliver a big message.

A red, white, and blue illustration of a hand delivering a mail-in ballot


CANVAS + DesignCreate support students’ aspirations, agency, and activism

Two initiatives champion BIPOC student talent and contributions while building their skills for leadership and success.

Close-up image of a multi-color print on muslin fabric


Founders Hall opens new doors for CCA

With room to house about 25% of the college’s student population and a public dining hall, Founders Hall pushes CCA toward the goal of becoming a unified, fully residential campus.

Founders Hall mural in the foyer of the new residence hall


A new vision for creating and learning online

CCA staff psychologists share tips for managing anxiety, developing a sense of community, and finding hope during the pandemic.

People walking on a beach at sunset


Art in action

Leading up to the 2020 presidential election, the [email protected] Artwork Campaign celebrates our community’s deep commitment to activism and democratic participation.

Detail of the CCA@CCA Artwork Campaign display at the Hubbell Street Galleries windows.


Finding resonance online

During COVID–19, Industrial Design and Furniture students crafted imaginative instruments with the space and materials around them.

Students experiment with sound and material in CCA's Acoustic Objects course.


Student group spotlight: 24Frames

Members of the student animation club 24Frames reflect on how they explore career pathways and stay active in their creative practice.

Photo of student animation organization 24Frames


The benefits of a low-residency structure

Students in CCA’s MFA in Comics program reflect on how they accomplish goals and stay connected as part of a remote cohort.

Close-up view of MFA Comics program brochure


Graduate alumni help launch Black X Film Festival

Black X Film Festival is a three-day online showcase of films by Black creators, started by a collective of Black artists and allies, including several CCA MFA alumni.

A collage of photos of CCA graduate alumni who co-founded Black X Film Festival


Finding opportunities with remote summer internships

Undergraduate and graduate students discuss their advice for pursuing professional opportunities during the pandemic.

Screenshot from a zoom meeting


Getting out the vote with CCA’s creative activists

The Creative Citizens in Action initiative ([email protected]) is helping CCA get out to vote and engage in creative activism during one of the most challenging election seasons in recent history.

Vote artwork by Michael Wertz