A “silver lining” is what we call a positive aspect of a bad situation. Like the silver lining of a dark storm cloud. Though we’re disappointed that the pandemic is keeping us apart this fall and we want to get back to campus ASAP, we also know that artists, designers, architects, and writers are distinctly equipped to find the creative opportunities—the bright side, the silver linings—of a low point. We are the people who help the rest of the people see problems in a new light.
This page is dedicated to sharing these positive insights; to tracking our community’s creative achievements, breakthroughs, inspirations, events, stories, and even small moments of simply sharing space with each other in the cloud.
At CCA, we’re, ahem, weathering the pandemic storm together, even though we’re spread out around the globe. Here’s what we’re working on, dreaming up, and celebrating this week. Got something you’d like to share? Tell us everything.
Featuring: Interaction Design student Deyi Robin Zhao
Deyi Robin Zhao created two sculptures for the Lunar New Year Festival and Parade. Homage to Chinatown, located in Sacramento Plaza near the Embarcadero, is a modern take on the traditional blue and white Chinese Porcelain motifs, with auspicious symbols and references to Chinatown. In Portsmouth Square in Chinatown, Zhao’s New Hope Ox sculpture showcases themes of springtime, strength, and peace.
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Featured POV: Deyi Robin Zhao
Hall of Fame status✨
IwamotoScott Architecture, the architecture and design firm of Professor Craig Scott and Lisa Iwamoto, is being inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame, a prestigious honor from Interior Design magazine that “recognizes the individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth and prominence of the design industry.”
Recent alum Carl Edward Mongan (BFA Animation 2020) has been selected to join the new class of Nickelodeon’s annual Writing and Artist Programs. On the Storyboard Track, Mongan will work with Nickelodeon for six months, learning from the studio’s lead artists and working on an animated series in various stages of production. Alumni of the Nickelodeon programs have gone on to work at Nickelodeon and other various networks, including HBO, DreamWorks, Netflix, Disney+, PBS, Cartoon Network, and more.
Creative group Superdoom has signed alum Heidi Berg (BFA Graphic Design 2008) as a director for its U.S. commercial production. “Just before completing their degree,” writes Creative Cow, “they were exposed to the intersection of graphic design and film present in title sequences, and were hooked.” Berg has created mind-melding cinematic narratives for brands and entertainment properties like Netflix, BMX, and Nike, and they’ve earned two Emmy nominations for their work on the title sequences for The Politician and The Alienist.
Alumni Woody de Othello (MFA Fine Arts 2017) and Jessica Silverman (MA Curatorial Practice 2007) have teamed up to show de Othello’s show-stopping work at Art Basel Miami Beach two years running. San Francisco Chronicle wrote about how the dynamic duo met at CCA: “She spotted his work at a student open-studio and was immediately enthralled, and within a year she had signed him and given him his own solo show at [her] San Francisco gallery.”
New work, new ideas
Alum Sara Ahli’s (BFA Fashion Design 2015) sculptures, on view now in a new show at Foundry in downtown Dubai, “were created specifically for the exhibition, produced in her studio over the past two weeks,” writes the National News. Called Balloon Stacks, they “were made by filling balloons with plaster and then compressing them in a vacuum bag or with panels. After seeing the resulting shapes, she was reminded of body parts and skin texture, which led her to paint some of the works in flesh and blood colours.”
InsideHook’s list of seven ways to pay tribute to the late Lawrence Ferlinghetti, legendary leader of the Beat Generation, included “Buying more poetry,” specifically the collection Why the Black Hole Sings the Blues by distinguished professor Ishmael Reed.
Life on canvas
Alum M. Louise Stanley (BFA Painting 1967, MFA Painting 1969) “captures the imagination and confronts social issues through a humorous storytelling style of art that has made her a Bay Area legend for half a century,” writes Bohemian. MarinMOCA is celebrating Stanley’s 50 years of work in a new retrospective exhibition M. Louise Stanley: No Regrets, on view by appointment now through April 18.
CCA Pre-College apps are open!
High school makers can make friendships and gain new skills at CCA this summer, much like alumni Crystal Morey (BFA Ceramics 2006), Claire Taggart (BFA Painting/Drawing 2006), and Shannon Danielle Taylor (BFA Illustration 2006), who forged practices and friendships that will last a lifetime thanks to Pre-College.
A space for young artists
Artist James Koskinas spoke with Art Business News about attending art classes at CCA while he was in high school and how the courses helped launch his decades-long art practice.
A special shoutout
The Artian, “a transdisciplinary training company,” spotlighted CCA’s DMBA program in its recent editorial about how art can help bridge the management gap: CCA “offers an MBA program, with the belief that, as an arts school, they are uniquely positioned to teach innovation through questioning, listening, and focusing on human needs in technology.” We couldn’t agree more. ;)
Here’s one of our favorite silver linings of a remote semester: Many of our international guest lectures, scholarly critiques, event series, artist interviews, and social gatherings are now virtual, open to the public, and accessible to more of us than ever before. See you soon.
We want to feature your silver lining! Send us news, story ideas, updates, happy thoughts, whatever—if it’s happening in our community on the cloud, we want to shout it from the stratosphere.
You can submit your stuff using the link below or, because we know you might work differently on your cloud, send it to us via email.
You can also send us your photos. What kinds of photos? Cloud photos, for example. ☁
Send them with a timestamp and location so we can see what the world looks like from everyone’s POV.
Are you, instead, finding micro moments of wonder on the ground? Has the change of pace and presence influenced your practice? How have you set up your home workspace and why? How are you adapting and finding inspiration during this time? We’ll share all those stories here, too.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Isn’t this all a little fluffy? Sure. But it’s also important to honor how our community is sticking together during this challenging time apart.
Where can you find Solange, Rilo Kiley, Etta James, The Black Keys, and more? On the Silver Linings Spotify Playlist, of course! We’re compiling a cloud-sourced playlist to inspire and connect us from afar. Give the songs a spin, and then send your own suggestions our way via Instagram (@cacollegeofarts).
Scroll through selections of past featured work, made by students all around our campus on the cloud.
Making history. On the 50th anniversary of Critical Ethnic Studies, a program that grew out of the longest student strike in U.S. history, we mark Black History Month—and it’s different this year. “For a lot of people, among them people who identify as Black, the filters are coming off,” says Jacqueline Francis, chair of Visual and Critical Studies.
New exhibition. Dean of Humanities + Sciences Tina Takemoto spoke with SF/Arts about their recent experiential film about Margaret Chung, the first American-born Chinese female physician. The film is now on display at the Chinese Culture Center alongside artistic work from 10 other LGBTQ+ artists from the Asian diaspora. The new exhibition, WOMEN我們: From Her to Here, aims to explore agency and belonging in queer and feminist communities.
A shocking show. For her site-specific exhibition Future Shock, Assistant Professor Sam Vernon breathes total disruption into MiM Gallery—her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Future Shock borrows its title from the 1970 international bestseller by futurists Alvin Toffler and Adelaide Farrell, which defined “future shock” most simply as “too much change in too short a period of time.” <raises hand>
An international first. The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga presents, for the first time in Spain, After The Gold Rush, by CCA alum and artist Jules de Balincourt (BFA Ceramics + Painting 1998) and curated by Helena Juncosa. The exhibition, open to the public between March 12 and May 23, presents more than 40 paintings of various formats between 2010 to 2020, covering the last decade of his artistic production.
Neighborhood notes. In the latest updates from Mission Local, Painting + Drawing student Kennedy Morgan gets a shoutout for their delicate charcoal and graphite drawings, which were on view in a three-person exhibition, Ox, Child, & the River, at San Francisco’s Delaplane gallery. Plus, our campus neighbor the David Ireland House is celebrating its fifth anniversary, and a new artist in residence, David Wilson, is creating a series of drawing exercises and a map to discover sites of neighborhood intervention.
Urgent fashion activism. A wave of journalists, fashion designers, and academics call for President Joe Biden to appoint a “fashion czar.” Allbirds, Mara Hoffman, and more have signed on, including scholars and sustainable fashion experts like Lynda Grose, chair of CCA Fashion Design. Signatories of the fashion czar request believe the move would signal a commitment to humane labor and environmentally sound practices, “as well as a recognition of the role of fashion as a driver of the U.S. economy.”
Walls as active narratives. Alum Nigel Sussman’s (BFA Illustration 2005) complex, graphic murals are hard to miss. As East Bay pedestrians can confirm, his works encourage engagement, drawing the viewer in with intricate details and interactions between characters and objects, surrounded by colorful movement and meandering pathways. Walls become active narratives that render the attentive viewer a gamer in Sussman’s large-scale play. Don’t miss this 48 Hills feature on how Sussman “delights East Bay pedestrians with Escher-like worlds.
Better education because of the pandemic? Wired interviewed half a dozen professors at the forefront of design, art, and creative technologies—including CCA professors Forest Young and christopher hamamoto—to examine how the COVID–19 pandemic “holds these keys to a better education.”
Expressions of grief. CCA Wattis Institute Curator and Head of Programs Kim Nguyen commissioned artist Divya Mehra to turn their drawings cataloging the madness and sadness of the COVID-19 pandemic into postcards. Of the work, called The End of You, the New York Times writes, “The key players are people of color in service jobs; they’re the only ones who see the end of the world. In the postcard that arrived in my mailbox recently, a waiter distracted by the distant mushroom cloud spills wine as his customer barks, ‘A little HELP!’”
Outdoor sculpture. Golden Bars, a new exhibition of outdoor sculpture works by Los Angeles-based artist and alum Alika Cooper (BFA Painting/Drawing 2002 and MFA Painting/Drawing 2006), was recently featured in Contemporary Art Daily. “For the exhibition, four bronze cages and one neon sculpture dutifully hang on delicate stands. Assembled from fabric fringe and remnants of discarded material, the works duplicate classical decorative motifs embodying a simple exteriorization; a restrained expression or perhaps tension of a hidden inner life.”
Alum spotlight: Social impact designer Megan Moyer. After launching the Design & Innovation team at Sutter Health—one of the nation’s largest nonprofit hospital systems—Megan Moyer (MBA Design Strategy 2015) now uses design strategy to help reimagine care in the 21st century with The Holding Co., a collaboration between IDEO and Melinda Gates’s Pivotal Ventures.
Alum spotlight: Choreographer and filmmaker Kat Cole. Kat Cole (MFA Film 2017) spun a background in dance, film, and arts administration into a dynamic practice that spans music videos to film festivals. She’s currently co-directing UP ON HIGH, a short film series featuring drag artists and contemporary dance in an exploration of queer legacy, and organizing the 7th annual Tiny Dance Film Festival, a collection of dance films that prioritizes works by marginalized communities.
CCA Scholarship Exhibition. Now online! → Explore the talent of this year’s CCA scholarship recipients studying art, design, architecture, and writing. Congratulations to all our student recipients and an enormous thank you to the hundreds of donors who make scholarships possible at CCA. ❤
“Art still lives in our hearts.” Interaction Design student Deyi Robin Zhao created two ox sculptures to help San Francisco celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Ox. Her sculpture in Sacramento Plaza is a modern take on traditional blue and white porcelain motifs; the second, in Portsmouth Square, channels springtime, strength, and peace.
“Even though I wish we could have the real parade, the ox project really makes me happy,” Zhao says. “We still want to pass the love for our community and tell our community that even though we’re in this hard pandemic year, we’re still here for everybody and art still lives in our hearts with these oxen.”
Love the loom. Coming soon to the Smithsonian American Art Museum: an exhibition of work featuring fiber artist and CCA alum Kay Sekimachi (Textiles 1955), who says she fell in love with the loom while attending CCA. “There’s something very soothing about weaving,” she says, “sitting at the loom and watching something grow.”
Emily wins! “I believe in making information beautiful and accessible,” says Emily Vander Mey, a CCA Interaction Design student who was recently named a winner in the IxDA Student Design Charette. This year’s SDC challenge asked students to explore the potential for private data to enhance global health and well-being.
Legacy building. As the LGBTQ+ film festival Frameline approaches its 45th anniversary, alum Allegra Madsen (MA Curatorial Practice 2007) has been announced as its 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,” Madsen says.
Future healing. As soon as it’s safe to open, SFMOMA invites visitors to enjoy Conjuro para la sanacion de nuestro futura, a new mural by alum Liz Hernandez (BFA Industrial Design 2015) on the museum’s third-floor landing. “Hernandez speaks to viewers clearly and lovingly in words and images that are powerful in their size and simplicity,” Juxtapoz magazine writes. “She hopes ‘they find a symbol or sentence that really gives them comfort and hope. I want people to feel powerful.’”
Room to grow. “Over 90 percent of the world’s population is breathing polluted air, which causes diseases like asthma and cancer,” says Associate Professor Negar Kalantar in an interview with engineering.com. To help counter these adverse health effects, Kalantar and the team at the tech startup CREO have designed AirIQ, a soilless hydroponic system, as well as other products for plants that use AI, machine learning, and 3D printing to develop modular and autonomous green living systems.
New on SCAFFOLD. Last fall, students in professors Irene Cheng and James Graham’s Architectural Theory course selected images on the theme of “Environment” or “Air” to use as launchpads for short speculative fiction about architecture or urbanism of the future. The assignment helped students practice theory by immersing the reader in a moment or encounter that suggests something specific and meaningful about that future. SCAFFOLD now features five of these stories, as well as the images that inspired them.
Reading recommendations. The San Francisco Chronicle asked Bay Area authors to recommend books to read this Black History Month, including Writing + Literature Associate Professor Faith Adiele, who “noted that 2020 was a fantastic year for Black literature.” Her selection? Claudia Rankine’s Just Us: An American Conversation, which Adiele says “marries essay, poetry, photographs, oral conversation, research and documents to interrogate the American psyche.”
Event recommendations. Graduate Visual + Critical Studies Chair Jacqueline Francis’s four-part course at MoAD, titled Making Race: Modernism and “Racial Art” in America, was included in Architectural Digest’s shortlist of don’t-miss design events happening virtually this month.
Gen Z energy. In an article about 14-year-old Bay Area artist Tyler Gordon, CCA’s Director of Exhibitions and Public Programming Jaime Austin complimented the Gen Z breakout artist. “It’s less common for people at that age to have their own style [like] they do and follow through so consistently,” she says.
Weekend plans. Writing + Literature Professor Tom Barbash—novelist and author of two books about 9/11—will join Vendela Vida, author and founding editor of The Believer magazine, in conversation on February 13 during a free, virtual event.
Great advice. Alum Elizabeth Brunner (BFA Fashion Design 2007) was interviewed for Authority Magazine’s Female Disruptors series about how she started two fashion-forward clothing lines and her most valuable advice to young entrepreneurs.
Design differences. Nike designer and CCA alum Dustin O. Canalin (BFA Graphic Design) designed the Golden State Warriors’ record-selling “The Town” jersey, which was based on the civic Oak tree illustration integral to his experience growing up in Oakland. In contrast, Canalin calls the basketball team’s new “Oakland Forever” jersey insincere.
Research presentation. Architecture Associate Professor Irene Cheng recently spoke at SPUR about the correlation between zoning and segregation, specifically the racist roots of single-family zoning. “Home equity is still a prime source of wealth and a huge factor in the racial wealth gap,” Cheng said.
CCA Maker’s Commons. While we wait for it to be safe to return to campus, studio managers and faculty—along with a small but ambitious group of work-study students—have been hard at work building CCA Maker’s Commons, a creative online space for the entire CCA community. Have you joined yet?
Catching up. Alum Kristine Yuen (MDes Interaction Design 2016) spoke with CCA about her design leadership career at LinkedIn. “I am really proud of the emphasis of social impact in our design work at CCA,” Yuen says. “As designers, we have a huge responsibility to create diverse, inclusive, accessible, and trustworthy products in the tech industry. It’s important to design with humanity and ethics in mind.”
Poetry in painting. Alum Nicole Hayden (MFA Painting + Drawing 2003) painted a mural of National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman on San Francisco’s Page and Laguna streets. The San Francisco Zen Center, located across the street from the mural’s wall, commissioned the work, which channels the powerful address Gorman gave at President Joe Biden’s inauguration earlier this month.
Bringing Dead to life. Indie publisher Cast Iron Books announced it will print volume one of the acclaimed webcomic Hans Vogel is Dead by alum Sierra Barnes (MFA Comics 2019). Until then, read the online comic, an anti-fascist fairytale with elements of history fantasy that Barnes launched in 2015.
An ongoing series goes big. ASU Art Museum presents Body/Magic: Liz Cohen, an exhibition showcasing never-before-seen video, photographs, performance, and ephemera from the Bodywork series by alum Liz Cohen (MFA Photography 2000). For the original Bodywork series, Cohen merged two cars into one customized lowrider and transformed her body to become a bikini model for the car. This ongoing project examines the artist’s identity, as well as femininity and the female form.
A different view of publishing. Check out Graphic Design faculty Jon Sueda and chris hamamoto’s project On Publishing: Graphic Designers Who Publish. This digital experience presents Q+A interviews with designers and small publishers. Readers can explore the publication virtually or click “Make Book,” an option that lets you select which interviews to print on your own, thereby making you the publisher.
Interrogating boundaries with Design. Don’t miss these five examples from MFA Design that demonstrate how collaborative, multidisciplinary design can unlock new possibilities in unlikely places. Then explore the outer realm with former DMBA Associate Chair Susan Worthman as she offers some guiding wisdom for navigating change and uncertainty.
Remembering Diane di Prima. LA Review of Books honored the late Diane de Prima by republishing a 2013 interview with the legendary Bay Area writer (who used to teach at CCA) in which she discussed writing, life, the writing life, and more topics that seem even more relevant in 2021.
Distinctive dwellings. Alumni Melissa Szpik Serrao (BArch 1996) and Jay Serrao (BArch 1995) met as students at CCA and founded their own design and architectural firm in 1998. Comstock’s magazine featured the couple’s “distinctive dwelling” in a new article about architects who use the modernist template to design their own homes. “Design is one of those things for us that is an ongoing effort,” Serrao says.
“Languaging” art and design. Meet Allison Yasukawa, CCA’s new director of multilingual art and design pedagogy. Yasukawa finds similarities between teaching art, teaching a language, and learning how to talk about both. “As a little bit of a troublemaker,” she says in our latest Q+A, “in my art practice I like to look at those points where people are pushing back against expected roles and conventional systems—this kind of pushback happens all the time, but I think it’s often ignored or undervalued.”
Artistic binge-watching. Save season two of Blown Away to your Netflix queue! CCA student Jason McDonald is a contestant on the popular glassblowing competition show. According to his show bio, McDonald “is very proud to be a Black glassblower. He hopes to inspire more artists who look like him, and he’s ready to show off his work.”
Residency opportunity. Applications are open for the Ali Youssefi Project Artist in Residency (deadline is February 16). The current artist in residence of the Sacramento space is alum Veronica Jackson (MA Visual + Critical Studies 2016), whose multidisciplinary, conceptual visual art practice “stems from the position of a Black woman marking space within a landscape that consistently overlooks and devalues her. Jackson’s oeuvre is text-based, autobiographical, and critically elucidates the visualization of gender and race in America, with a special focus on the portrayal, perception, and legacy of Black women in popular media both past and present.”
Trying a new medium. Alum Maximilian Uriarte (BFA Animation 2013), creator of the Marine Corps-themed comic strip Terminal Lance, recently released a new 3D-animated short film about two Marines titled Frag Out, described as “part Beavis and Butt-Head, part Looney Tunes.”
Sew calming. Fashion Design Assistant Professor Greg Climer spoke with SFGate about the therapeutic benefits of working with fiber and thread—as evidenced by the rising interest in embroidery and needlecraft during the pandemic. “It’s a different kind of shutting off your brain,” Climer says. “It’s shutting down the part of my brain that’s worrying, that’s overanalyzing, but it’s very meditative at the same time. As opposed to pushing pause, it’s meditating.”
Virtual group gallery show. Alumni Keyvan Shovir (MFA Fine Arts 2018) and Shaghayegh Cyrous (MFA Fine Arts 2017) are featured artists in When People Decide To End Themselves, a virtual exhibition curated by Project 13.
Billboards for accountability. Alum Michele Pred’s (BFA Interdisciplinary Fine Arts 1990) billboard design in response to the January 6 attack on the Capitol aims to demand accountability now from “politicians that inspired and supported the attack,” according to the project’s Kickstarter page. After receiving full funding for the first billboard, which will go up near Senator Josh Hawley’s office in Saint Louis, Pred is now trying to raise an additional $4,000 to place a second billboard in Washington, DC.
Accessible artmaking for all. Registration for CCA Extension courses is now open! These noncredit, online classes offer professional, intellectual, and creative development for adults. This semester features synchronous and asynchronous options that dive into subjects such as industrial design, watermedia painting, sustainable fashion, and more.
A generous grant. CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is one of the recipients of the 2020 VIA Grantee Relief Fund, which is awarding a record-breaking total of $1.5 million in grants to artists, collectives, and institutions like the Wattis.
Saving the birds ✅ The colony of rhinoceros auklets (a burrowing seabird closely related to the puffin) on Año Nuevo Island hadn’t grown significantly since the mid-1990s. They were struggling to fledge their chicks because of soil erosion, predation, and trampling by sea lions. So in 2010, researchers from Oikonos, a nonprofit coastal research group, and CCA students and faculty teamed up to prototype and create ceramic nesting habitats for the auklet. The restoration has officially been deemed a success: “Last year, some 600 rhino auklets nested on the island, a 129% increase since the project began,” writes the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Oikonos reports that hundreds of seabirds have raised their chicks in ceramic nests that CCA students help design.
New role. MAK Center for Art and Architecture recently appointed its new director: Jia Yi Gu, visiting faculty in the graduate Architecture program. “She will take on directorial and curatorial responsibilities with her wide-ranging expertise in architectural curation, history, research, and design leadership,” according to Archinect.
New “Neighborhood Characters.” History of Art and Visual Culture Professor Mitchell Schwarzer spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle about new housing developments in the Bay Area that challenge the notion that new apartment buildings are a visual snoozefest. Speaking about Wardenclyffe, a condo building in North Oakland that’s an homage to Nikola Tesla, Schwarzer says, “If you look at our fascination today with video games and fantasy television, there’s an audience in architecture for that kind of wacky stuff.”
Studio views. The latest issue of Luxe Interiors + Design featured alum Rachel Kaye (BFA Painting/Drawing 2004) about her practice, her process of starting with notebook sketches before painting, and what she loves about her San Francisco studio—built by her husband and fellow CCA alum Jay Nelson (BFA Painting/Drawing 2004).
Meaningful places. Baltimore Woods Nature Center is presenting oil paintings by alum Diane L. Menzies (BFA Individualized Studies 1987) in a physical and virtual exhibition, Woodlands and Water: Paintings of Meaningful Places. The paintings are based on scenes near Menzies’s home and in the Adirondack Mountains.
Gallery interaction. Root Division Studio Artist Bonny Nahmias (BFA Sculpture 2016) presents a new body of work in the solo virtual exhibition Shirat Ha’Yam, which is also on view in the Frank Ratchye Project Space through January 22. Viewers have the opportunity to answer a collective question: “What dream did you have at sea?” In response, Nahmias will mail participants a small artwork.
AIA recognition. Architects Rosannah Harding (BArch 2007) and Matthew Ostrow of HardingOstrow were recognized with a Merit Award in this year’s AIA New York Design Awards for their project “Perch.” It offers an architectural proposition for the Brooklyn Bridge, adapting the historical structure to better serve those who walk on it through materiality and design.
Make art that matters. Alum Breena Nuñez (MFA Comics 2019), whose autobiographical comics explore gender, sexuality, and race, spoke with KQED Arts about zines and feeling seen as an Afro-Latinx comic artist. “Using comics as a way to make people feel less alone, is what I realize at the end of the day is what I’m constantly doing with my work,” she says.
On the radar. Artsy’s January list of “5 Artists on Our Radar” includes alum Troy Chew (MFA Fine Arts 2018) and his Slanguage still-life series. “Painted in the style of 16th- and 17th-century Flemish vanitas still lifes, the works imagine a history in which Black culture was recognized within fine art, especially during a period in which it was excluded and unrepresented.”
Creative heroes. Alum Daniel Lorenze (BFA Photography 2006), head of creative for North America at Just Global, spoke with Little Black Book about his creative hero, the late Larry Sultan, CCA distinguished professor of Photography. “I worked closely with him to develop and hone the conceptual underpinnings of my [thesis] project over the course of several years,” Lorenze says. “Larry was an incredible and thoughtful teacher, and always challenged me to think in new ways, and expand my scope of vision.”
Major metals. Tastemakers at Design Milk featured alum Hannah Jewett (BFA Individualized Studies 2012), spotlighting the artist’s “jewelry for a post-pandemic world: one part Terminator, all dripping metals and menace, and one part Blade Runner, at the meeting point between inorganic materials and deeply sensuous shapes.”
Sustainable business tips. In an interview with ideamensch, alum Elizabeth Brunner (BFA Fashion Design 2007) shared her process, inspiration, and future plans for StereoType, her line of one-of-a-kind, high-end pieces that reuse discarded sample swatches from larger fashion houses.
An exercise of imagination. Bloomberg Green invited architects known for their focus on sustainability, including alum Casper Mork-Ulnes (BArch 1997), to imagine dream homes of a green future. They were to “pick a place in Europe, design a single-family home to suit that climate, and make it produce more energy than it uses.” Mork-Ulnes’s design, Stabbur House, was inspired by Norweigan buildings that have stood for hundreds of years.
A welcome return. In a Women’s Wear Daily article championing “The Return of Designer-Activists in 2021,” Fashion Design Chair Lynda Grose discussed her work in the late 1980s creating the Esprit Ecollection, a women’s clothing line that created products from the brand’s fabric waste; used low-impact dyes and organically grown cotton and linen; and included a small-run of sweaters that were produced by women in rural Appalachia.
Market Street art. Associate Professor of Comics Justin Hall was honored as the fourth and final artist to create work visualising historical LGBTQ moments for the San Francisco Art Commission poster series, which is being displayed on bus stops along downtown Market Street.
Design discussions. Chair of Interior Design Amy Campos contributed thoughts to an interiors + sources article about how to adapt design thinking to ensure a healthier, sustainable, and connected future.
Rethinking history’s first draft. In Mother Jones magazine, Writing + Literature Distinguished Professor Ishmael Reed writes about how the white power curriculum is spread, from the New York Times to Hamilton.
Remaking built environments. On a recent edition of WNYC’s On the Media podcast, Vanessa Chang, adjunct professor of Critical Studies, discussed how pandemics of the past have been instrumental in shaping architecture. She also covered the topic for Slate last spring, writing that “in the deadly wakes of cholera, tuberculosis, and flu pandemics, early 20th century architects saw design as a panacea to the sickness of overcrowded cities. Just as those scourges scarred and then reshaped cities, so will ours.”
Art is always possible. Critical Ethnic Studies Professor Claudia Bernardi spoke with Forbes about her frescoes on paper, developed by burying maps beneath pigments. The practice is informed by her earlier work visualizing and drawing archeological maps of areas in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Ethiopia where human remains were exhumed. “Art is always changing and always possible,” Bernardi says. “Even if the images are sad, the creative process is a remarkable opportunity.”
A fresh start at Clifton Hall. Oakland campus’s 63-unit residence Clifton Hall, which the City of Oakland bought last year, has been transformed into community housing: “The top two floors are permanent housing for at least 42 seniors, the second floor is a 20-household family shelter, and the ground floor provides services and support for homeless families,” the Mercury News reported.
New year, new video. Don’t miss this new video feature about CCA’s three-year Master of Architecture program. Students, faculty, and alumni reflect on the college’s collaborative and hands-on environment, opportunities for cross-disciplinary research, and the benefits of studying architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Silver Linings is going on winter break and will brighten our outlook once again in mid-January 2021. We wish you a happy—and healthy—holiday season, from the Bay Area and beyond. Miss you already.
Graduating student work. The Fall 2020 Showcase is now live on Portal! Check out capstone projects from graduating students in programs across the college. We couldn’t be more proud of their dedication, despite all that 2020 wrought. Be sure to visit the showcase on winter break and explore final projects by graduates from every division.
50 years of Critical Ethnic Studies. Founded in 1970, CCA’s Critical Ethnic Studies program continues to be unique as the only dedicated program of its kind at an arts and design college in the United States. Visit Homecoming at Home on Portal to learn more about the program’s history and its community-wide calls to action for the future.
CCA’s first virtual mural. Students in Senior Adjunct Professor Eduardo Pineda’s Mural Project course have swapped bricks for pixels this semester, visualizing CCA’s Creative Accord into a mural for the college’s websites. After interviewing CCA community members, from staff to leadership, about what the principles of the Creative Accord mean to them, the students then set to work. Throughout the semester, their designs changed and took shape in a unique way. “We had only brief communication throughout the process,” says Lauren Brown, an Illustration major, “so when we opened the shared Google Drive it was like a little present waiting for us. Because of this process we were each able to be alone with the piece and surprise the others with what we had contributed.”
Bay Area art. More than 100 CCA community members were selected to participate in this year’s de Young Open exhibition. Faculty member Thorina Rose calls the show “a riotous explosion of imagery that represents the diversity of artmaking in the Bay Area.” The entire Open exhibition can still be explored in a very 2020 way—virtually, online.
- The mural in the windows of Spunk Salon in the Castro was made by former Painting + Drawing student Tanya Wischerath and honors LGBTQ+ activist Martha P. Johnson and homeless advocate Margo Antonetty. The piece is part of the Castro Art Project, which “seeks to connect local artists with closed businesses in an effort to reimagine boarded-up and shuttered storefronts.”
- Alexandra Grant (MFA Painting/Drawing 2000) has work on view now at the Orange County Museum of Art. The exhibition, Telepathy is One Step Further than Empathy, explores Grant’s ideas about mutual generosity and exchange and features a pop-up shop in the museum’s lobby supporting her philanthropic work through the grantLOVE project.
- Study Breaks featured Gender Queer author and artist Maia Kobabe (MFA Comics 2016) in a recent feature story, calling their book about the journey to identifying as nonbinary and asexual as a “revolutionary graphic memoir.”
- Still looking for gifts for kids (or kids at heart)? Adventuretown Toy Emporium owner Annamarie von Firley (BFA Wood/Furniture 1996) spoke with UncoverLA about her fashionable career journey, how she landed in the world of toys, and some of her top gift picks.
- A textile work Diedrick Brackens (MFA Fine Arts 2014) made in February responds to a startling statistic about the ongoing AIDS epidemic. New York Times’s T magazine interviewed him about the piece. Brackens says, “It was inspired by the ongoing AIDS epidemic. There is a CDC statistic from 2016 that reads, ‘If current HIV diagnoses rates persist, about 1 in 2 Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and 1 in 4 Latino MSM in the United States will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime.’ It was startling. I made a series of pieces inspired by the statistic. The work is a meditation on healing, ritual and disease.”
100 years of Architecture. The Architecture division is celebrating 100 cumulative years at CCA! Listen as alums and faculty, past and present, share stories and celebrate the milestones of each program with Homecoming at Home.
Student reviews. Missed a virtual program this fall? Catch up with Review Review Respond, a digital space where students write about this semester’s lectures, panels, screenings, and roundtables and dive deep into how the ideas discussed affect their practice, communities, and fields of study.
Visual ASMR. That’s what we’re calling the process videos we’re posting on our ~new~ TikTok account. Follow @ccaofficial for some soothing end-of-semester content. TL;DR: CCA is on TikTok. 📲✨
The perfect gift. The CCA Art + Craft Fair continues! Visit the annual event virtually this year, and support CCA students, staff, faculty, and alumni selling their work through online shops. Check out the artist vendor list and plan your gift giving accordingly. 🎁
Ted Purves-inspired tees. It’s difficult to quantify the impact Ted Purves had during his 15 years at CCA. He shaped the graduate program’s curriculum, started the Social Practice workshop, and taught students who have carried his ideas all over the world. In his honor, members of the CCA community have designed limited-edition T-shirts to raise funds for the scholarship in Purves’s name. The designs are inspired by the former teacher and the spirit of his life and work.
The future of work. Now watching: This video by Interaction Design student Ryan Koble describes their environmental design concept Cumulus, a subscription service that gives access to “cumulus clouds,” park-based spaces for remote workers to conduct focused or collaborative work. How soon can this be real?
Alumni in the news
- Alum Diedrick Brackens (MFA Fine Arts 2014) has been commissioned by Museum Of Fine Arts Boston for a forthcoming edition of The Banner Project, an annual series of exhibitions that engages artists to create large-scale banners to hang from the glass ceiling of the I. M. Pei-designed Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art.
- Alum Troy Chew (MFA Fine Arts 2018) spoke with KALW for an audio feature about his practice. The station writes, “Troy Chew brings unique style to the canvas. His artwork is Black urban and African Diaspora cultures meets European painting traditions. He talks about how hip hop and Black American slang inspire his work.”
- Alum Keyvan Shovir (MFA Fine Arts 2018) was featured in an article about Iranian arts by the Frontier Post, which described them as “one of several promising Iranian artists living outside the country laboring to make a difference in how their home country is viewed.”
Fall 2020 Showcase. Launching Wednesday: CCA’s Fall 2020 Showcase! This semester’s graduating students from Architecture, Design, and Fine Arts have continued their studies, reached their capstone moment, and finished their thesis projects in the face of unprecedented (!) circumstances and difficult events. We couldn’t be more proud of their dedication, despite all that 2020 wrought. Be sure to visit the showcase throughout December to follow their final projects.
Cool projects. First-year students in the 3D Core Studio course made these cardboard wearables as part of the Protest Prosthetics project. Each design creatively advocates for an issue the student cares about, like supporting renewable energy and recycling more responsibly. Talk about thinking outside the box...
Emerging artists. Creative Boom recently named alum Guang Lim (BFA Illustration 2019) one of 28 emerging illustrators to watch in 2021. Boom! “With clients including WIRED, Quartz, Medium, The Believer, Narratively, and Waxsimile Records,” the publication writes, Lim “delivers creative ideas and moods through the use of expressive strokes and shapes.”
Escapism through art. Alum Lisa Wong Sook Kuan (BFA Illustration 2015), whose work was exhibited in Paris’s Louvre Museum Carrousel Galleries last year, spoke with the Daily Sun about finding inspiration in the ubiquity of art. “I want to provide a form of escapism,” she says. “I have the power as an artist to create a world cemented in reality, but at the same time is disconnected from it. Art is a means to play with our definition of reality.”
Making sense. How do we sense—and make sense—in times of extremes? That’s the question explored in Sensory Orders, an exhibition and publication organized and curated by Adjunct Professor Erik Adigard and Chris Salter. On view through January at the Laznia Centre for Contemporary Arts in Poland, Sensory Orders features work by 32 international artists, designers, and researchers, including three from CCA faculty and alumni: Yangyifan Dong, Wioleta Kaminska, and Ignacio Valero.
New publication. Among the 2020 publishing accomplishments of Ishmael Reed, distinguished professor of Writing + Literature: a new book of poetry, Why the Black Hole Sings the Blues; two audio books, The Fool Who Thought Too Much and Malcolm and Me; and a play, The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda. #goals
Artist of the Year accolades. Alum Toyin Ojih Odutola (MFA Fine Arts 2012) was just named Artist of the Year by Apollo Magazine, which says her “gift for world-building has set her apart as a graphic artist of extraordinary imaginative power in recent years.”
A Warhol win. Alum Bean Gilsdorf (MFA Fine Arts 2011) was recently awarded a prestigious grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation to write a series of essays that examines how artists in the Pacific Northwest are dealing with contemporary realities, such as increased costs of living and the commensurate loss of spaces and resources.
Outdoor art adventure. Visit the Ruby Wine/Aurora Alimentari Parklet in the Potrero Hill neighborhood (at the corner of 18th and Connecticut), a public community space created by CCA student Cole Ryder (MArch 2022). Ryder designed the parklet to incorporate methodology taught in Graduate Architecture Chair Brian Price’s formalist studio, including an interrogation of poché and the utilization of form to create ambiguity between the programmatic designation of spaces and exterior and interior relationships.
Holiday tradition. The CCA Art + Craft Fair continues! Visit the annual event virtually this year, and support CCA students, staff, faculty, and alumni selling their work through online shops. Check out the artist vendor list and plan your gift giving accordingly. 🎁
Recommended listening. Bookmark the Homecoming at Home podcast right now! In this collection of oral histories, alumni from the 1950s through the 1970s share stories and memories about the spaces, people, work, and activity that happened during their time at CCA. Special thanks to the Alumni Engagement team, CCA Libraries and Archive staff, Oakland Campus Legacy Committee members, and generous volunteers who conducted the interviews at various college events in the past few years. What a gift for our community. 🎁🎁
Daily practice. Meet Claire Tomasi (MFA Comics 2020), who says CCA’s graduate Comics program “changed my life. It gave me the toolkit I needed to follow my dreams of being a graphic novelist.” Her consistent drawing practice helps, too! Don’t miss this IGTV spotlight about Tomasi’s daily webcomic, A Little Claireity, featuring her loyal and friendly dog, Ticket.
Changemakers. Meet leading artists seeking social justice through their work, as selected by California Home+Design magazine. The feature spotlights alum Woody De Othello (MFA Fine Arts 2017). “The work is helping me process what this year has been,” De Othello says of his paintings that evolved during quarantine.
Homecoming at Home. This year has been weird, it’s been hard, but it’s also given us new space to explore and reflect. CCA’s Alumni Association has used the time to ask, “How has CCA created a home for so many of us over its 113-year history? What has changed over those years and what has endured?” Definitely make time to visit the result of their investigations, now on view in the Homecoming at Home digital collections. We’ve been loving the Posters, Periodicals, and Publications: Visual Identity by Decade, which shows the evolution of the college’s visual identity and gives a snapshot of events, exhibitions, community dialogue, and culture throughout key moments in CCA’s history.
New York exhibition. Congratulations to student Michon Sanders (BFA Painting and Drawing), who was recently named a finalist in the AXA Art Prize exhibition. Her painting, Repast to Follow, will be on view at the New York Academy of Art and in an online exhibition through November 18. Sanders was one of 40 undergraduate and graduate students selected for the shortlist from the 400 artists, representing 125 schools, who applied for this year’s $10,000 top prize. The jury included curators from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and Isamu Noguchi Museum.
International recognition. Architecture alumni Lawrence Davidson (MArch 2013) and Eduardo Dana Cohen (BArch 2013) were both selected for L A M P 2020, an international lighting design competition. You can vote for Davidson’s work Moonrise and Cohen’s work Umigame in the Professional category of the Online People’s Choice Award, now through November 20.
Homecoming at Home. This week marks the launch of Homecoming at Home, Alumni Engagement’s 2020 celebration of CCA’s 113-year history featuring archival images, ephemera, oral histories, and new conversations with leaders in our community. Check out the virtual exhibitions and podcasts at cca.edu/homecoming.
Virtual convos. In this recorded event between Associate Professor of Film Kota Ezawa and Rail magazine Editor Constance Lewallen, Ezawa discusses the thought process behind his hand-drawn computer animation work, including The Simpson Verdict and The History of Photography Remix. “I gravitate toward subject matter that people might already know about to make it a more inclusive or broad conversation,” Ezawa says.
Make.Act.Resist recordings. Be sure to explore the Make.Act.Resist website, part of October’s teach-in on borders and migration, led by faculty members Kim Anno, Jose Brunner, and Irene Cheng. Some reccos to get you started:
- Podcast: Led by Adjunct II Professor Patricia Maloney, experience a collection of student self-portraits and stories fundamental in shaping the narrators’ identities, many of which speak to immigrant experiences.
- Video artist talk: Senior Adjunct Lydia Nakashima Degarrod discusses her work as both a visual artist and a cultural anthropologist, creating installations that blur the line between ethnography and art in order to convey experiences of extraordinary nature and address issues of social justice. Her latest work, Geographies of the Imagination, explores the inner images of exile.
- Podcast: Adjunct II Professor Jose Brunner, originally from Tijuana, Mexico, works at the axis of research, speculation, and practice within architecture. Learn how Brunner developed a practice within a bilingual, bicultural, and binational environment that both embraced and questioned the state of duality.
Monumental decision. The San Francisco Arts Commission voted unanimously to reinstate designs by alum Lava Thomas (BFA Ceramics 1999) for a monument dedicated to literary icon Maya Angelou. “Throughout this process, I have tried to uphold the principles of Maya Angelou,” Thomas says of the back-and-forth experience. Read the full story in the New York Times.
Online success. Four 2015 graduates of CCA’s DMBA program—Tony Jimenez, Isabelle Shu, Dave Korstad, and Mike O’Hagan—recently launched an online, nut-based drink company called JOI (Just One Ingredient). They’re expected to achieve $3 million in sales this year, the Star Tribune reported last week.
Time in the tub. HAMAM, a new quarterly print publication, celebrates the art and culture of bathing, featuring contributions from CCA alumni and students: Trent Davis Bailey (MFA Fine Arts 2015), YeRin Kim (MFA Fine Arts 2015), Rob Bailey, Sarah Thibault (MFA Painting/Drawing 2011), Don Porcella (BFA Painting/Drawing 2001), and Naz Cuguoğlu. “We started HAMAM because there wasn’t a magazine out there that cared very much about a good soak,” says co-founder and editor-in-chief Ekin Balcıoğlu (MFA Fine Arts, MA Visual + Critical Studies 2016).
Civics lessons. Don’t miss this Bay City News feature on the [email protected] Artwork Campaign exhibition and the importance of the vote, including interviews with Faculty Coordinator Sam Vernon, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programming Jaime Austin, and alum Amy Tavern (MFA Fine Arts 2017).
Alumni career advice. The Building an Artist’s Life 2020 series, presented by the Career Development office, features interviews with CCA alumni and is dedicated to helping Fine Arts students build sustainable careers in the arts. Learn how to: navigate the art world as an emerging artist with Tracy Ren (BFA Ceramics 2018), build a career through community with Holly Samuelsen (BFA Textiles 2008), run an independent jewelry business with Olivia Shih (BFA Jewelry and Metal Arts 2014), use creativity to build a career with impact with Larissa Erin Greer (MFA Studio Art 2012), and get started with art consultants with Chandra Cerrito (MFA Sculpture 1994).
Student support programs. Two CCA programs, including one new initiative, are supporting the agency and aspirations of BIPOC students at the college by providing opportunities that build skills, nurture growth, and promote success at CCA and beyond. Learn more about both the Artist’s Network Valuing Aspiring Scholars (CANVAS), which launched in 2018, and the new DesignCreate Career Mentorship Program, which focuses on preparing students for successful creative careers after college.
Making amid the pandemic. In this interview with Associate Professor of Comics Justin Hall and Instinct magazine, Hall muses on the future of LGBTQ comics and how comics could be effected by the pandemic: “The advantage is that they’re not a performance art, so we can still continue making material and putting it out into the world.”
Video distractions. In a review for KQED, Sarah Hotchkiss (MFA Painting/Drawing 2011) wrote that Jeffrey Gibson’s Nothing is Eternal for the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is “perfectly chaotic” in how it distilled the forking paths of the many different possible futures after election day. Watch Nothing is Eternal now at wattis.org. A new exhibition of work by Toyin Ojih Odutola (MFA Painting/Drawing 2012), titled Tell Me A Story, I Don’t Care If It’s True, is on view at Jack Shainman Gallery. Here’s a preview with the artist. CCA’s Creative Citizens in Action is archiving video recordings of some of its virtual presentations! Explore the playlist here.
Awesome awards and accolades. Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA Fine Arts 2010) was named one of the 2020 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant recipients. Each year, the foundation awards 25 artists with $25,000 each in unrestricted funds. Olivia Shih (BFA Jewelry + Metal Arts 2015) won the Women’s Jewelry Association 2020 Cindy Edelstein Jewelry Design Scholarship. Shaelyn Hanes (MA Curatorial Practice) was announced as the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art’s 2020–2021 Richard A. Ward Education Fellow.
Civic action and radical joy. Joy to the Polls, a student-led “Get out the vote” event in Oakland on October 24, featured painting, postcarding swing states, voter registration, music, projections, and more, all socially distanced and safe! Shoutout to Carissa Lillian Clark (BFA Individualized Studies 2021) for the tip: “In the big picture we’re working to get out the vote for so many reasons: for racial justice, for the environment, for democracy, and for the nitty gritty of the local and YES for RADICAL JOY.” An accompanying exhibition by Lena Wolff and Michele Pred (BFA Interdisciplinary Fine Arts 1990) inside Dream Farm Commons presented an evocative text-based sidewalk-looking-in-installation and included an appearance of Jenny Holzer and Tabitha Soren’s “Vote Your Future” billboard truck.
International recognition. Congratulations to CCA Fashion Design student Xi Wan, who was selected as a finalist in the 19th International Arts of Fashion Competition hosted at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Wan is one of only 50 finalists chosen from 397 fashion students representing 30 countries and 103 schools and universities.
Protest art. All Power to All People by CCA alum Hank Willis Thomas (MFA Photography, MA Visual Criticism 2003) is an eight-foot-tall sculpture depicting an Afro pick with a Black Power fist raised to the sky. It is also, according to a new list by T Magazine, one of the 25 most influential works of American protest art since World War II.
A new residence hall. Though perhaps one of the most unpredictable years in CCA’s 113-year history, 2020 also marks the beginning of the college’s firm grounding in San Francisco with the fall opening of Founders Hall and ushers in a new era of CCA as a fully residential campus. Don’t miss this first-look video tour and the Founders Hall Digital Mural Exhibit, created by CCA Libraries.
A new ecosystem. Members of CCA’s Architectural Ecologies Lab are helping the Presidio Trust and National Park Service restore native oyster habitats at Crissy Field by installing specially designed fiberglass panels. Their work was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.
A new video. Nothing is Eternal, an immersive video work by artist Jeffrey Gibson newly commissioned by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, launched October 22 at Tenderloin National Forest. Conceived during this pandemic era, Nothing is Eternal “depicts the American flag in unsettling stillness, as a marker of territory, and projected onto bodies, while set to a heartrending soundtrack. … The slow transformation through time, color, and form reflects both a distillation of our social collapse and the reinvention of self and community, referencing the movement and change that is so desired for this nation.” Did you miss the video’s debut? No worries. Nothing is eternal. ;) On-site presentations of the piece are being streamed online October 20 through December 12. Check out the full list of dates and times.
“Strokes of insight.” For a feature story in 48Hills, Victoria Wagner, senior adjunct faculty member in CCA’s First Year Core Studio program, says she didn’t work with wood until a piece of a tree being cleared “fell nearby, giving her what she describes as a ‘stroke of insight.’” The experience inspired Wagner to explore the phosphorescence of salvaged redwoods for the sculptures in her solo show, Everglow, recently on view at Maybaum Gallery.
Virtual convos. Watch now: Alum Amanda Hunt (MA Curatorial Practice 2011) discusses contemporary visual culture with artist Jordan Casteel in a 2020 Frieze Talks conversation moderated by Mark Guiducci, creative editorial director of Vogue.
[email protected] Artwork Campaign. We may be physically distant, but we are united through our work as Creative Citizens in Action. On view now through December 1 in the windows of CCA Hubbell Street Galleries and online, the [email protected] Artwork Campaign lets you explore artwork and poster designs by CCA students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Each work expresses creative activism and promotes democratic participation in the lead-up to Election Day and beyond. Be sure to download free printouts of your favorite pieces to hang up in your own windows.
Democracy lives! The deadline to register to vote in the 2020 General Election is Monday, October 19. If you miss this deadline, you can still register to vote in person at early voting locations or on Election Day and then file a provisional ballot. Learn more about the process or, if you’re not voting in California, find key deadlines for your state.
A CCA first. The first-ever CCA Film Week is happening October 19–23. Join the CCA Film program as we investigate, reflect on, and celebrate the power and potential of the moving image with an all-virtual symposium of screenings, artist talks, seminars, and discussions related to racial and social justice in the field. Check out all the events, including talks with CCA students and alumni.
Online lecture. Graduate Graphic Design Chair Jon Sueda (BFA Graphic Design 1998) is giving an online lecture at Letterform Archive from noon to 1:30 pm PT on Tuesday, October 20. Register now to attend and watch Sueda discuss his multifaceted practice as a designer, curator, publisher, and educator. He’ll dig into how this way of working has allowed him to create design, generate discourse around the discipline, and help prepare designers for a constantly changing field. The lecture will cover a range of topics, including publishing, exhibition-making, alternative histories, and unrealized projects.
Student work ftw. A project developed by students Parker Crumley (BFA Industrial Design 2021) and Sarah Jane Walcutt (BFA Textiles) in this spring’s Ecology of Clothing course received honorable mention in Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards, Students category. The honor recognizes Crumley and Walcutt’s work as one of “the best student-designed projects of 2020.” The project, “Wearable Technology for the 21st Century,” proposes a dual tag system using machine-readable optical labeling and allows for the development of a streamlined fiber recycling system. It could incentivize brands to take responsibility for their products post-first sale and support the production of intentionally designed and sustainable goods.
A 3D virtual tour. The MOTO MMXX motorcycle exhibition, designed and curated by Assistant Professor of Design Hugo Eccles, is on view at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco through January 3, 2020. The exhibition was scheduled to open in May but was delayed due to the pandemic. The reconfigured opening includes a 360-degree virtual tour of the showcase, starring 20 “extraordinary custom motorcycles from some of the best builders in the world, many never seen before in the USA.”
Creative activism. The [email protected] Artwork Campaign launches October 13 at Hubbell Street Galleries! Featuring work by members of CCA’s alumni, faculty, and staff, the project is a showcase of our community’s talent and civic values. P.S. Have you voted?
New stories. Professor of Writing Faith Adiele wrote two episodes of HBO Max’s new series A World of Calm. Adiele’s contributions include episode eight, “A Horse’s Tale” narrated by Kate Winslet, and episode 10, “Water: Giver of Life” narrated by Mahershala Ali.
Material explorations. The 2020 Dezeen Awards selected two projects by Adjunct Professor of Architecture Alex Schofield’s practice, Objects and Ideograms, for its Sustainable Design Category: Coral Carbonate, which uses calcium carbonate to create 3D-printed sustainable underwater homes for coral reefs and other marine life, and Caffeinated Architecture, which explores how reused coffee grounds can be transformed into design materials using digital fabrication technology like 3D powder printing and CNC routing.☕🤖 Industrial Design Assistant Professor Hugo Eccles was also recognized in the 2020 Dezeen Awards for Untitled Motorcycles’ XP Zero, an electric motorcycle that produces double the torque of a superbike, delivered linearly and without gears.
Defining values. Assistant Director of Career Development Nicole Mueller is the co-host of Beyond the Studio podcast, which will be participating in the first virtual Art World Conference, happening October 16 and 17. The conference, titled DEFINING VALUE(S) in the Art World, will bring together speakers to discuss today’s urgent questions, like “How do we define value in the art world?” and “How can we work toward greater equity and a solidarity economy?” Register now to watch; artist and student discounts are available.
Collaboration on view. Featured in Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, is an installation by Professor of Film Lynn Marie Kirby and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha (to whom the Wattis dedicated its last research season). Their work In Transit: Between and Beyond “is a tribute to the love of poetry, to the state of between-ness and renewal innate to the experience of Marseille as a city of transit—and more specifically to the Villa Air-Bel as a site of refuge and encounter for poets, artists, activists, and thinkers.”
Alumni on the rise. Tanya Zimbardo (MA Curatorial Practice 2005) curated a new exhibition at SFMOMA. Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith is on view October 17, 2020, through May 23, 2021. The exhibit includes Gates’ video exploration of the Black Madonna through reworking three decades of archival images, including Ebony and Jet magazines, and Smith’s feminist reimagining of an unpublished photograph from a 1966 Life assignment. Diedrick Brackens (MFA Fine Arts 2014) is one of 37 artists to receive a $5,000 fellowship Art Matters Grant from the New York–based nonprofit. Also in the 2020 awardees is the collective #XMAP: In Plain Sight, which includes Dean of Humanities + Sciences TT Takemoto and alum Hank Willis Thomas (MFA Photography, MA Visual Criticism 2003
Knowledge sharing. Sharpie Sessions, brought to us by the MDes Interaction Design community, are student-led learning and networking events centered around creative skill building and idea exploration. Topics range from how to grow your own food to street photography 101 to tips for freelancing. Bring your own Sharpie.
Mindfulness practice. At this point, who couldn’t use a quiet, 20-minute practice of yoga- and Qigong-informed exercises? Check out MINDFUL MONDAYS: Reboot + Refocus from the Learning Resource Center. The breathing, stretching, and gentle movement techniques can help you de-stress and re-energize. Each week’s program is focused on a different theme to support your journey as a mindful learner.
Virtual performances. CCA alum Lee Mingwei’s (BFA Textiles 1993) durational work OUR LABYRINTH became the site-specific guide for new contributions by choreographer Bill T. Jones. The interactions were live-streamed over three weeks from The Met’s galleries, featuring a range of dance styles, including ballet, hip hop, modern, vogue, and more. The performances are now available on YouTube.
Recognition. MFA Fine Arts students Consuelo Tupper Hernández and Zhongyu Yuan were awarded Murphy & Cadogan scholarships from SOMArts Cultural Center and the San Francisco Foundation. Their winning work was presented at The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Art Awards Exhibition on October 1 during a SOMArts virtual celebration. <Insert Zoom megaphone party reactions here! 🎉>
Reimagination. CCA alum Tosha Stimage (MFA Fine Arts 2015) created the first installation in a series for the public curated by YBCA for Yerba Buena Gardens Conservancy. Stimage’s installation, Infinite center, infinite sun, is part of an ongoing project to envision new creative and inclusive ways for YBCA audiences to safely come together during the pandemic.
Joyful return. The de Young Open is scheduled to open October 10. IRL! Many CCA community members are among the 762 Bay Area artists featured in the juried exhibition.
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March 3, 2021
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March 2, 2021
“I create pieces for specific areas of the body where anxiety and self-hate form,” says Kirra Teal Hellfritsch (@literal_rustic), a Jewelry + Metal Arts student. “Negative obsessions are turned into a focused physical manifestation, where the experience of creating something wearable for that place on the body becomes a form of therapy."
On view now in the 2021 CCA Scholarship Exhibition! 🔗 Tap the link in bio to explore the online presentation.
March 1, 2021
California College of the Arts condemns acts of violence and discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans, and denounces the racism and rhetoric that feed them. As creative citizens and caring members of the CCA community, we must stand in solidarity with those among us who are experiencing trauma, grief, or fear, and understand that violence against Asians and Asian American communities is an assault against us all.
Here are ways to take action:
➡️ Spread awareness to your family, friends, and followers
➡️ Report incidents you have witnessed or experienced
➡️ Support organization and advocacy groups like Asian Pacific Environmental Network (@apenn4ej), AAPI Women Lead (@aapiwomenlead), Chinese for Affirmative Action (@caasanfrancisco), and Chinese Progressive Association.
➡️ Sign the petition from @asianamericancollective to help push for more media coverage on these anti-Asian incidents.
⬆️ Visit the link in bio to read our full statement from President Beal and find resources available to CCA students and community members.
Feb. 26, 2021
We’re welcoming the future with a nod to the past ✨ Have you seen the Founders Hall Mural yet? Located in the building’s foyer, the mural is a celebration of our students through the many eras of the college’s history. Fun fact: It was composed by CCA’s Design Director Joel Gregory, using selections from the CCA/C Digital Archives.