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Dear Friends, With the spring semester in full swing, I am constantly reminded of how privileged I am to work with CCA’s vibrant community of artists,


architects, designers, writers, and scholars. Much has happened since I wrote last fall, and I’d like to bring you up to date on some of the exciting developments at the college.

Stephen Beal President

National Science Foundation Grant The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded CCA a $200,000 grant, one of largest awards it has ever made to an art college. The threeyear grant will support CCA’s innovative Exploring Science in the Studio project. CCA’s award is part of the NSF’s efforts to improve the quality of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education for all undergraduate students. Stuart Kendall , chair of Critical Studies, and Christine Metzger ,

CCA’s first tenure-track assistant

professor of earth and environmental science, have been leading CCA’s science initiative; their efforts were key to obtaining the grant. It is highly unusual for an art school to receive funds from the NSF, and we’re delighted that the panelists saw promise in our program.

The Back Lot Ever since we purchased the empty lot adjacent to the San Francisco campus in 2011, we’ve been dreaming of the day when we could start using it. Zoning and environmental issues have finally been resolved, the lot has been cleaned up, and the surface has been repaired and smoothed. In the next few months we will focus on providing utilities (water, power, and lighting) and creating entrance and exit gates in order to have the lot ready for the Annual Fashion Show on May 16. We are working with CCA Architecture faculty member Douglas Burnham on a temporary use plan. Our goal is to provide spaces for studio work, recreation, events, and greenery beginning this fall. Keep up on developments by visiting the campus planning blog:

Recent Student Success Current student Reymundo Perez III

(Graphic Design 2014)

was named a Student to Watch by Graphic Design USA. Matthew Lew

(Graphic Design 2015) redesigned the

Ticketmaster ticket for a class project and caught the attention of the company’s CEO as well as the media. Work by several current and recent students, including Monica Schmid

(Jewelry / Metal Arts 2012), Corinna Fielden

(Textiles 2013), and Jesse Fritts (Furniture 2014), made as part of the “School to Market” course, was spotted at the American Craft Council show by store buyers from the Oakland Museum of California, and is now being sold in the store as part of a new,

Alumni Accomplishments Aaron Poritz (BArch 2008) was included in the Forbes “30

Under 30” list.

long-term relationship between CCA and the museum. On November 16–17, two dozen CCA undergraduates participated in Wheel Well, a “design sprint” for bicycle safety. The students presented their ideas to a panel of jurors from

Nick Cronan (Industrial Design 2002) was featured on the

Apple, Gensler, Collective Good, Iron Creative Communication,

cover of Wired magazine and was interviewed on Fox News.

Inneract Project, the California DMV, the Silicon Valley Bicycle

Toyin Odutola (MFA 2012) made the cover of the January 2014

issue of ARTnews. Banker White’s

Coalition, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, and the City of Menlo Park. The winning team was composed solely of international women: Xiaofei Liu (Graphic Design 2015),

(MFA 2000) new documentary The Genius

of Marian screened at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and

Jingjing Yang (Graphic Design 2015), Qian Mao (Graphic

Design 2015), and Di Wang (Industrial Design 2014).

received great reviews; it will soon be theatrically released across the country.

Faculty Achievements Graphic Design faculty members Michael Mabry and the late Michael Cronan are the recipients of the 2014 AIGA Medal.

They join the ranks of numerous past CCA-connected winners, including John Bielenberg, Patick Coyne, Walter Landor, Jennifer Morla, Lucille Tenazas, and Michael Vanderbyl. (Vanderbyl is also the recipient of the 2014 Titan Award from the IIDA). The United Nations hosted a screening of The Battle of AmfAR, a short documentary by Film Program chair Rob Epstein that tells the history of America’s first AIDS research foundation. Three of the four winners of SFMOMA’s 2012 SECA Art Awards, which were presented in fall 2013, were CCA affiliates: Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010), Josh Faught

(Textiles faculty), and

Jonn Herschend , former faculty member and visiting artist.

Capp Street Project’s 30th Birthday A line went out the door of the new CCA Wattis Institute galleries on Kansas Street for Capp Street Project’s 30th birthday party on February 18. Capp Street founder (and CCA trustee) Ann Hatch was on hand while guests devoured multicolored cakes, battered piñatas, and played in the Baunshaus (all of these, by the way, were creative efforts by CCA or Capp Street Project alumni, or both). We thank Wattis director Anthony Huberman

for organizing and hosting, and are looking

forward to Many Places at Once, the next exhibition at the Wattis, which is organized by CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice and opens April 17.

Interim Architecture Director David Gissen and faculty member Irene Cheng have received major press coverage for their Urban

Olfactory exhibition.

Commencement Events

Academic Planning

Mark your calendars! The end of the

Last fall, Provost Melanie Corn led a process to

academic year is a time for celebration,

review the academic initiatives outlined in CCA’s

and you’ll want to be part of it. Highlights

2010–15 strategic plan and to define the college’s

include the Graduate Thesis Exhibitions

future academic priorities and pathways. A

(May 15–23), the Baccalaureate Exhibition

series of meetings, forums, and conversations

(May 15–20), and the Annual Fashion

occurred as well as surveys among the broader


CCA community. The final report is currently

(May 16). For details on these and

other events, visit

under review by the steering committee and will be published soon.

photo: Christopher Myers, Courtesy Maryland Institute College of Art

Holland Cotter to Receive Honorary Doctorate CCA will confer an honorary doctorate on the Pulitzer Prize– winning art critic Holland Cotter

at the New York Times since 1998, covering a broad range of subjects, from Italian Renaissance painting to street-based work by artist collectives. He also has written widely about nonWestern art and culture. In the 1990s, he introduced readers to a broad range of Asian contemporary art as the first wave of new art from China was building and breaking. I’m looking forward to a stimulating and inspiring commencement speech.

Summer at CCA

Gala to Benefit Student Scholarships

It’s not too soon to start thinking about your

On March 26 we will honor CCA trustee

summer plans. For our degree-seeking students,

Art Gensler , founder of the global design

plenty of courses exist here on campus as well

firm Gensler, at a gala to raise money for the

as exciting study-abroad

CCA Scholarship Fund. The event looks to

opportunities in

on May 17 at the 107th

commencement exercises. Mr. Cotter has been a staff art critic

Argentina, Ecuador, England/Scotland, France,

be a roaring success, thanks to the efforts of

Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, and Spain. CCA

co-chairs Brenda and George Jewett (BArch

also offers a popular four-week Pre-College

1996), who have already raised close to

Program for high school students, the dynamic

$600,000 through sponsorships and ticket

Young Artist Studio Program and Summer

sales. Visit .

Atelier for middle school students, and Extension at CCA courses for adults. Visit for more information.

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