California College of the Arts
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 1,500 undergraduates and 500 graduate students.
4 acres (1.6 ha)
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.
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.
CCA offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate majors. 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.
In 2018, U.S. News and World Report listed the California College of the Arts as having the 15th best Fine Arts program in the United States (tied with Stanford University and Temple University). PayScale lists CCA as the #1 art school in the United States for return on investment and #3 for average alumni salary (bachelor's degree).
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);
- Natalia Anciso (MFA 2011 Painting/Drawing)
- Robert Bechtle (BFA 1954, MFA 1958), 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
- 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.
Sculpture and Glass
Two school faculty, William Bragdon and Chauncey 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
Painting and Fine Arts
- Kim Anno
- Richard Diebenkorn
- Albert Dolmans
- George Albert Harris (Professor of Art, 1946–47)
- David Huffman (undergraduate painting and drawing)
- Xavier Martínez (painting and drawing from 1908–1943)
- Frederick E. Olmsted
- Carole Doyle Peel
- Maria Porges (graduate fine arts)
- Raymond Saunders (former professor of painting)
- Taravat Talepasand (adjunct painting professor)
- John Zurier
- Arthur Okamura
- Franklin Williams
- Mary Snowden
- Nance O'Banion (printmaking program Professor Emeritus, taught from 1974-2016)
Sculpture and Glass
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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