Shawn HibmaCronan in his studio.

Push culture forward

After breaking up with his high school rock band, Shawn HibmaCronan says, he “found CCA and realized all I wanted to do was learn how to make things.”

Shawn HibmaCronan in his studio

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Shawn graduated with a double major in Sculpture and Furniture in 2009 and has been making things ever since. He shows in galleries, teaches college courses, and is working on a large public art commission for a new development in Oakland.

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Between all of this, he finds time to return to CCA as a volunteer. He is a mentor in the Alumni/Student Mentorship Program, working with students in the Fine Arts program. He is also as a member of CCA’s Alumni Campus Planning Committee, drawing on his perspective as a former student to help envision the CCA experience of the future.

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“The majority of my giving back has been through energy and time and excitement,” Shawn says. He also donates in support of student scholarships when he can. “I give to CCA because there is no denying that that money will go to benefiting the next generation. … I’m relying on that generation to outdo me and to push culture forward. Giving back to a school that’s set me up the way that I am—that feels great.”

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