California College of the Arts
|Endowment||$36.0 million (2019)|
4 acres (1.6 ha)
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California College of the Arts (CCA) is an art, design, architecture, and writing school with two campuses in California, one in San Francisco and one in Oakland. Founded in 1907, it enrolls approximately 1,225 undergraduates and 400 graduate students.
CCA was founded in 1907 by Frederick Meyer in Berkeley as the School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts during the height of the Arts and Crafts movement. The Arts and Crafts movement originated in Europe during the late 19th century as a response to the industrial aesthetics of the machine age. Followers of the movement advocated an integrated approach to art, design, and craft. Today, Frederick Meyer's "practical art school" is an internationally known and respected institution, drawing students from around the world.
In 1908 the school was renamed California School of Arts and Crafts, and in 1936 it became the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC).
The college's Oakland campus location was acquired in 1922, when Meyer bought the four-acre James Treadwell estate at Broadway and College Avenue. Two of its buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Oakland campus still houses the more traditional, craft based studios like the art glass, jewelry metal arts, printmaking, painting, sculpture and ceramic programs.
In 1940 a Master of Fine Arts program was established.
In 2003 the college changed its name to California College of the Arts.
CCA offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate majors. In 2021, CCA unveiled a BFA in Comics. CCA confers the bachelor of fine arts (BFA), bachelor of arts (BA), bachelor of architecture (BArch), master of fine arts (MFA), master of arts (MA), master of architecture (MArch), master of advanced architectural design (MAAD), masters of design (MDes) and master of business administration (MBA) degrees.
The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, located near the San Francisco campus in a new facility on Kansas St., is a forum for contemporary culture. In 2013 the Wattis Institute recruited a new director, Anthony Huberman, formerly of Artist's Space in New York.
CCA is ranked #10 in the country for graduate fine arts programs, #4 in graphic design, and #6 in ceramics according to U.S. News & World Report. PayScale lists CCA as the #1 art school in the United States for return on investment and #4 for average alumni salary (bachelor's degree).
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Alumni Robert Arneson and Peter Voulkos and faculty member Viola Frey helped establish the medium of ceramics as a fine art and were closely linked to the emergence of the 1960s ceramics movement. The photorealist movement of the 1970s is represented by current faculty member Jack Mendenhall and alumni Robert Bechtle and Richard McLean. Alumni Nathan Oliveira and Manuel Neri were leaders in the Bay Area Figurative Movement. Marvin Lipofsky founded CCA's Glass Program in 1967 and was important in the Studio Glass movement.
Noted alumni include the artists (listed in alphabetical order, by last name);
- Sonia Landy Sheridan (MFA 1961), professor emeritus at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
- Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (BFA 1981 Painting and minor in Photography), educator at UC Davis
- Robert Arneson (MFA 1958)
- Viola Frey (BFA 1956)
- Manuel Neri (Ceramics, attended in the 1950s)
- Peter Voulkos (MFA Ceramics 1950s)
- Ako Castuera (BFA 2000 Illustration), best known for storyboard art on Adventure Time
- Hong Sang-soo
- Audrey Marrs (MA 2008, Curatorial Practice), Oscar-winning filmmaker and co-founder of Ladyfest
- Wayne Wang (attended in the mid 1970s), film director
- Natalia Anciso (MFA 2011 Painting/Drawing)
- Robert Bechtle (BFA 1954, MFA 1958), painter
- Clifford Beck (1968), painter
- Henrietta Berk (attended 1955–1959), painter
- Val Britton (MFA 2006)
- David Bierk (MFA c.1970)
- Squeak Carnwath (MFA 1977)
- Geoffrey Chadsey (MFA 1995)
- Jules de Balincourt (BFA 1998)
- George Albert Harris (Professor of Art, 1946–47)
- Warren Leopold
- Jake Longstreth (MFA 2005)
- Louis Macouillard (BFA 1943)
- Richard McLean (BFA Painting)
- George Miyasaki (BFA 1957, BAEd 1957, MFA 1958)
- Robert S. Neuman (MFA 1951 Painting)
- Toyin Odutola (MFA 2012)
- Nathan Oliveira (BFA 1951, MFA 1952)
- Suzanne Scheuer
- M. Louise Stanley (BFA, 1967, MFA, 1969)
- Don Stivers (Painting, attended in the 1940s), military painter
- James Torlakson (BFA 1973)
- Lee Weiss (attended 1946-47) watercolorist
- Beatrice Helg Swiss photographer
- Todd Hido (MFA 1996)
- Jim Ricks (BFA 2002 Photo)
- Hank Willis Thomas (MFA 2004 Photo/MA Visual Criticism)
- Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (BFA 1981)
- Margo Humphrey (BFA Printmaking)
- Jesus Barraza (MFA 2016 Social Practice/MA Visual Criticism)
- Roland Petersen (attended 1952-1954), painter and printmaker
- Sean Aaberg
- Trinidad Escobar
- Tomie de Paola (MFA 1969 Illustration)
- Chelsea Martin (Individualized Major 2008)
- Jenny Parks (MFA)
- Harrell Fletcher (MFA 1994,) social practice
- Bryan Nash Gill (MFA 1988), sculpture
- Ana Maria Hernando (BFA 1990), installation art
- David Ireland (BFA ID 1953)
- C. Carl Jennings (1930's) artist, blacksmith, metalsmith, founding member of the California Blacksmith Association (CBA)
- Dennis Oppenheim
- Raymond Saunders (MFA 1961)
- Richard Waters, inventor of the waterphone
- Susan O'Malley (MFA 2006 Social Practice) artist, public art, curator and author
- Hsiung-Zee Wong, multimedia composer
Sculpture and Glass
- Kate Ali (BFA 2007), sculpture
- Nicole Chesney, metalsmithing and glass
- Viola Frey (BFA 1956)
- Bryan Nash Gill (MFA 1988), sculpture
- Bob Haozous (BFA 1971 Sculpture)
- Dorothy Rieber Joralemon (1930s)
- Adrien Segal (BFA 2007 Furniture Design), sculpture designed with data
- Erik Adigard (BFA 1987 Graphic Design)
- Agnes Chavez (BFA 1984) entrepreneur, designing and creating educational tools.
- Roger C. Field (BFA 1968 Industrial Design)
- Florence Resnikoff (BFA 1967 Jewelry)
- Kay Sekimachi (BFA 1946-1949 Textiles)
- Michael Vanderbyl (BFA 1968)
- Dan Stiles, graphic designer
- Kate Colby (MFA Writing)
- Joseph del Pesco (MA 2005 in Curatorial Practice), curator and arts writer
- Tessa Rumsey (MA 2002 in Visual and Critical Studies), poet
- Maximilian Uriarte (BFA 2013 cum laude)
Two school faculty, William Victor Bragdon and Chauncey R. Thomas established Berkeley's first art pottery company California Faience. Listed noted faculty both past and present, in alphabetical order by department and last name.
- Yves Béhar – head of the Industrial Design Department from 2005–2012.
- Brenda Laurel – professor and chair of graduate design program.
- Christopher Simmons
- Florence Resnikoff – professor of Jewelry and metal arts from 1973–1980.
- Lucille Tenazas
- Michael Vanderbyl - faculty from 1973–2014, and Dean of Design from 1986–2002
- Sandra Vivanco - Professor in the CCA Architecture Division and Critical Ethnic Studies Program
- Rob Epstein
- Kota Ezawa (associate professor of film and fine arts)
- Jeanne Finley
- Lynn Marie Kirby (graduate and undergraduate fine arts, film and interdisciplinary studies)
Painting and Fine Arts
- Kim Anno
- Richard Diebenkorn
- Albert Dolmans
- Josh Faught
- George Albert Harris (Professor of Art, 1946–47)
- Linda Geary (Painting program, 2006–present)
- David Huffman (undergraduate painting and drawing)
- Xavier Martínez (painting and drawing from 1908–1943)
- Alicia McCarthy
- Frederick E. Olmsted
- Arthur Okamura
- Carole Doyle Peel
- Maria Porges (graduate fine arts)
- Raymond Saunders (former professor of painting)
- Elizabeth Sher
- Mary Snowden
- Taravat Talepasand (adjunct painting professor)
- Franklin Williams
- John Zurier
- Tammy Rae Carland (dean of fine arts and professor)
- Jim Goldberg (photography professor from 1987-2014)
- Larry Sultan (photography professor from 1989-2009)
- Susan Ciriclio (photography professor from 1988-2017)
Sculpture and Glass
- Bella Feldman
- Linda Fleming
- Viola Frey (ceramics teacher from 1965-1999)
- Marvin Lipofsky (founder of the glass department)
- Nancy Selvin
- Opal Palmer Adisa
- Dodie Bellamy
- Bill Berkson
- Tom Barbash
- Jasmin Darznik
- Sarah Webster Fabio
- Gloria Frym
- Kevin Killian
- Michael McClure
- Aimee Phan
- Lisa Robertson
- Mitchell Schwarzer
CCA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
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