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Opening tonight! BFA alums Lance Brewer and Harry Griffin are part of the Yale MFA exhibition at Casemore Kirkeby.  Chec...
08/11/2017
Doublespeak: Yale MFA Photography 2017 | Casemore Kirkeby

Opening tonight! BFA alums Lance Brewer and Harry Griffin are part of the Yale MFA exhibition at Casemore Kirkeby. Check it out!

Doublespeak: Yale MFA Photography 2017 Farah Al Qasimi Bek Andersen Lance Brewer Harry Griffin Matthew Leifheit Walker Olesen Res Anna Shimshak Danna Singer Chau Tran August 11, 2017 – September 23, 2017 Opening Reception Friday, August 11, 6-8pm Overview Works Press Release

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07/12/2017
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CTRL+SHFT is celebrating the two year anniversary of our doors opening! Support us in keeping our doors open for two more!

Karolina Karlic will be joining us on Monday, March 6th at 11am in Ralls 202! She will be talking about her project Rubb...
03/03/2017

Karolina Karlic will be joining us on Monday, March 6th at 11am in Ralls 202! She will be talking about her project Rubberlands, which examines Henry Ford’s influence on the industrial -- agricultural landscape in Brazil with a focus on the reforestation projects at the Michelin rubber plantation -- Atlantic Forest.

01/11/2017

Come see me in NYC in February!

Join us  this Tuesday at 11am in Ralls 202 for Curran Hattleburg's lecture. Curran Hatleberg's work, which examines the ...
11/14/2016
Curran Hatleburg Lecture | California College of the Arts

Join us this Tuesday at 11am in Ralls 202 for Curran Hattleburg's lecture. Curran Hatleberg's work, which examines the strange beauty of American life, has been exhibited nationally and internationally including recent shows at Higher Pictures gallery and Fraenkel Gallery.

https://www.cca.edu/calendar/2016/curran-hatleburg-lecture

Curran Hatleberg's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including recent shows at Higher Pictures gallery and Fraenkel Gallery.

Daniel Austin, an African-American first-year student at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, said he felt thr...
11/09/2016
Anti-Trump Demonstrators Take to the Streets in Several U.S. Cities

Daniel Austin, an African-American first-year student at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, said he felt threatened by Mr. Trump.
“I feel like a part of my identity was stolen away from me. Not as a bisexual. Not as a black,” Mr. Austin said. “As an American.”

Protesters angered by the election of Donald J. Trump gathered in cities across the nation, some chanting “Not my president.”

11/09/2016

Dear students,

This is a devastating and shocking day. There is much to grieve and make sense of as we try to understand divisions and frustrations that exist in this country, more so than most of us understood. There is anger, disenfranchisement, racism, misogyny and hate that Trump was able to harness and galvanize. This gives us much to consider as we move forward and come to action. As artists, we have the luxury of the poetic. We can use this in service of understanding, empowerment, inclusion, and respect, love, and empathy.

As individuals, we are now called more that ever towards compassion, empathy, love, and action. We will need to be empowered and emboldened in our expressions and in our protection of not just the ideals and fundamental rights that Trump is threatening, but also the individuals and groups that Trump is making even more vulnerable.

This is happening and we are all impacted. Many of you feel even more vulnerable today than you felt yesterday. We are with you. Spend this day in whatever way makes sense to you. Reach out within your community. Struggle is good for art. Art is a place to activate, react, problematize, question, and process.

I'm sure many of you are wondering what to do now. We all are. I'm deeply saddened today. And honestly, I'm terrified of what is coming. I am afraid for my students, colleagues, and friends who are threatened by Trump's agenda. What I know is that I believe in all of us. I believe in the power of art and culture to be an agent for social change, to reflect people's experiences and bridge understanding. We have a lot of reflection to do. This is a moment for movements, for deep listening to those who feel unheard, for declaring our values and acting on them. Embodying generosity, empowerment, respect, and inclusion. Remember the power of the poetic and wield it mightily.

Martin Luther King said: “One of the greatest problems of history is that the concepts of love and power are usually contrasted as polar opposites. Love is identified with a resignation of power and power with a denial of love. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”

Let us love and care for one another and keep moving onward and upward.

Tonight, there is a call to gather at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland at 5PM. There were protests in Oakland last night as well. I am sure there are other calls to action around the Bay. Students, raising your voice is powerful. Being in solidarity and communion is powerful. For those of you new to protest or to Oakland, it's beautiful to live in a city and wake up so sad and frustrated and know that in a few hours I can be surrounded by others who relate and will encourage me, and vice versa. Please also be aware, if you are new to Oakland, that as hours progress, so do the protests, and they have in the past, and last night, become volatile. Please exercise caution.

We will continue to move onward and upward. I am coming to the photo program within the hour to be around. Feel free to join if any of you need a place to be right now.

Sending love,
Jessica

Jessica Ingram
Associate Professor
Undergraduate Photography & Graduate Fine Arts
Chair, Undergraduate Photography
California College of the Arts
Oakland | San Francisco

Art and Encounters: MA in Social Practice & Public Forms | Art & Education
10/20/2016
Art and Encounters: MA in Social Practice & Public Forms | Art & Education

Art and Encounters: MA in Social Practice & Public Forms | Art & Education

Inaugurated in 2005, the Social Practice Workshop at California College of the Arts (CCA) was the first Master’s level curriculum of its kind in the United States. Since then, the field of socially engaged art has continued to change and expand, and with that evolution, new questions about academic…

Please join us this upcoming Tuesday at 11am in Ralls 202 for the Editor's Panel with Jacqueline Bates from The Californ...
10/07/2016
Editor's Panel Lecture: Jacqueline Bates and Tara Guertin | California College of the Arts

Please join us this upcoming Tuesday at 11am in Ralls 202 for the Editor's Panel with Jacqueline Bates from The California Sunday Magazine and Tara Guertin from Afar Magazine. Both editors will be discussing their work as photo edits and the relationship between photographers and editors.

https://www.cca.edu/calendar/2016/editors-panel-lecture-jacqueline-bates-and-tara-guertin

Jacqueline Bates is photography director of The California Sunday magazine, which won the National Magazine Award for excellence in photography in 2016.

Smithsonian Magazine published a great story about the Site Specific Camera project that Photo Studio Manager Adam Donne...
06/07/2016
From Sticks and Stones, Two Artists Make Pinhole Cameras

Smithsonian Magazine published a great story about the Site Specific Camera project that Photo Studio Manager Adam Donnelly and his collaborator David Janesko have been working on for years.

David Janesko and Adam Donnelly are using materials found in nature to photograph nature

04/14/2016

Join us in Ralls 202 this coming Monday, April 18th from 11am-12pm for a CV and Cover Letter Workshop. The workshop is facilitated by Emily Tareila, Assistant Director for Career Development

Many of us often ask:
What's the difference between a resume and a CV? How can you make your cover letter sound like you? How can you write and design a resume and CV that feel true to you as an artist conceptually and aesthetically?

Find out this and more at this one hour workshop chock-full of best practices, tips and strategies.

Food and refreshments will be provided as always! See you there!

Carlos Javier Ortiz will be our next guest as part of CCA Photography Lecture series. He'll be speaking about his work i...
04/07/2016

Carlos Javier Ortiz will be our next guest as part of CCA Photography Lecture series. He'll be speaking about his work in Ralls 202 on Monday, April 11 at 11am on the Oakland campus. Ortiz is a visual artist who works with photography, film, and text and specializes in long-term documentaries that focus on urban life, gun violence, race, poverty, and marginalized communities. See you there!

A group of awesome CCA students have been working together to organize a group exhibition of their work as part of the I...
04/05/2016

A group of awesome CCA students have been working together to organize a group exhibition of their work as part of the Investigations III class taught by Alice Shaw. The opening takes place on Tuesday, April 12th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Campus Center Galleries in SF. The address is 1111 Eighth Street. Come through and support these amazing artists!

Christina Seely will be speaking in Ralls 202 on Thursday, March 17th for the next installment of the CCA Photo Lecture ...
03/15/2016

Christina Seely will be speaking in Ralls 202 on Thursday, March 17th for the next installment of the CCA Photo Lecture Series! Lecture starts at 11am! See you there!

03/08/2016
- Higher Pictures

Faculty Aspen Mays Solo Show opens this Thursday at Higher Pictures in NYC!

Higher Pictures presents Tengallon Sunflower, a new body of work by Aspen Mays. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Aspen Mays’ art is influenced by her experience working with astrophysicists as a Fulbright Scholar in Chile. In previous works, Mays has excised the stars fro…

Hello CCA Photo Community! Photo Studio Manager Adam Donnelly is currently raising money for a project he works on with ...
03/07/2016
CLICK HERE to support Site Specific Camera Docmentary: Rio Grande Rift

Hello CCA Photo Community! Photo Studio Manager Adam Donnelly is currently raising money for a project he works on with his friend and colleague David Janesko. Essentially, they build cameras out of landscapes.They are trying to raise enough money to build cameras along the Rio Grande for two weeks. A small film crew willing be joining them in order to make a documentary. Click the link for more info! Support and share if you can! Many thanks!

Building cameras out the landscape. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

CCA Photo Faculty Aspen Mays featured in Huffington Post for her just released artist book -Where We've Been, Where We'r...
02/23/2016
10 Favorite Artists' Books Found at the 2016 LA Art Book Fair

CCA Photo Faculty Aspen Mays featured in Huffington Post for her just released artist book -Where We've Been, Where We're Going, Why?-

The Printed Matter Booth at LAABF, 2015. Courtesy of LA Art Book Fair.. While artists have been involved in the making of books throughout history, from illuminated manuscripts to illustrated...

MFA alum Hank Willis Thomas opening at Kadist tomorrow!
02/23/2016
| Kadist

MFA alum Hank Willis Thomas opening at Kadist tomorrow!

Hank Willis Thomas, Black Righteous Space: The South African Edition, 2015 Wednesday, 24 February, 2016 to Saturday, 9 April, 2016 Exhibition dates: February 24 - April 9Opening: February 24, 6-9pmHours: Weds - Sat, 2-7pm or by appointmentBorrowing its title from James Baldwin's 1985 essay on the At…

Coming Up Next Week! Hank Willis Thomas will be speaking in Ralls 202 starting at 11am on Thursday, Feb 25. See you ther...
02/19/2016

Coming Up Next Week! Hank Willis Thomas will be speaking in Ralls 202 starting at 11am on Thursday, Feb 25. See you there!

CCA's Photography Lecture Series kicks off with Justin James Reed on Monday, February 5th at 11am.  Join us on the Oakla...
02/03/2016

CCA's Photography Lecture Series kicks off with Justin James Reed on Monday, February 5th at 11am. Join us on the Oakland campus in Ralls 202!

Photography Studio Manager, Adam Donnelly, has work in Gems III at Arts Benicia. The work is part of a collaborative pro...
12/04/2015
Gems III | Arts Benicia

Photography Studio Manager, Adam Donnelly, has work in Gems III at Arts Benicia. The work is part of a collaborative project with his friend and colleague David Janesko. Opening reception takes place this Saturday from 2-4 with many additional chances to check out the show!

Thursday, December 3, 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Members-only preview and walk-through with juror Ruth Santee. Participating artists are invited.

11/14/2015

Sending our thoughts and prayers to Beirut and Paris.

The fine folks at Mills College extended an invitation to CCA students, faculty, and staff. We're invited to attend the ...
11/13/2015

The fine folks at Mills College extended an invitation to CCA students, faculty, and staff. We're invited to attend the Sophie Calle lecture, which takes place Thursday evening, November 19th, at 7pm in Littlefield Concert Hall! Special thanks to Mills!

Melanie Schiff is in town from LA to lecture at CCA's Photo Program lecture series.  Tuesday 11/10 11AM Ralls 202 Oaklan...
11/09/2015

Melanie Schiff is in town from LA to lecture at CCA's Photo Program lecture series. Tuesday 11/10 11AM Ralls 202 Oakland. Join us!

Chair Jessica Ingram is lecturing at Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University this Thursday! Come out for the r...
09/16/2015
September 17: Reception and Artist’s Talk For Jessica Ingram’s “Road Through Midnight: A Civil...

Chair Jessica Ingram is lecturing at Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University this Thursday! Come out for the reception for her exhibition Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial, and lecture, 6-9pm this Thursday.

The Center for Documentary Studies is honored to be the host venue for photographer Jessica Ingram‘s Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial, through October 17, 2015. (Scroll down for a slideshow of images.) Ingram will be at CDS on September 17 for an artist’s talk at 7 p.m., preceded by a…

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