Students drawing in front of the Carriage House circa 1966
left to right: Perham Nahl, art instructor; Xavier Martinez, painting instructor; Dr. William S. Porter, art patron presented with honorary degree of master of fine arts and Frederick H. Meyer, director of the school (transcribed from Post-Enquirer newspaper clipping)
What do cassette tapes, plastic water bottles, denim scraps, old television sets, house paint and wine corks have in common? They can all be recycled into sustainable new materials!
The CCA Materials Library is proud to highlight a selection of sustainable materials that are predominantly manufactured from recycled content. With the increasing awareness and urgency of climate change, sustainable materials and processes are now more necessary than ever. Each material sample is displayed with things that are recycled in order to create the new material.
California College of the Arts Commencement, May 13 2017.
Sasha Duerr’s Soil to Studio course introduces ideas of Slow Textiles, Slow Fashion, and plant-based color using the Oakland Campus’ Community Garden as its source of materials and inspiration. Her work combines a celebration of culture, ethnobotany, creative reuse, sustainability, and an innate sense of place. The garden, founded in 2009 by Susanne Cockrell (Community Arts) and Sasha Duerr (Textiles), grows an abundance of plants for community and curriculum uses; Including edible, medicinal, and pollinator plants on the Oakland Campus. Many of these plants grown have dye and fiber producing byproducts. Students from Soil to Studio helped to harvest the plants and dye the materials for this display, and for the Material Library’s collection. Additional colors were obtained from plants growing throughout the Oakland Campus.
A Dye & Fiber Seed Library, initially started in a collaboration between Permacouture Institute and Soil to Studio in 2010- was given a finished home in 2016 in a project created by CCA O…
A drawing of Henry Ford (CCAC President from 1958-1984) by Ralph Borge (BFA '49, MFA '50, Faculty 1950-1988) made on the occasion of Ford's retirement as CCA president in 1984.
The CCA Fall 2016 Library Exhibition program presents the work of Prima
Sakuntabhai (MFA '17) at the Meyer Library on Oakland's campus. The work on view
combines image, text, and ephemera collected during the artist’s time at the SOMA
SUMMER 2016 artist residency in Mexico City. Prima spent two months this past
summer in residence at SOMA SUMMER in dialogue with a community of
international artists and contemporary art practitioners from Mexico City.
The conceptual foundations of architecture and ruin are critical to the narratives
Prima constructs. Layering of image, text, and oration are fused in the artist's
practice with auto-topographic storytelling, while simultaneously making visible the
erasure of cultural histories in Mexico City through the construction of site. The
re-framing of 70's vernacular architecture, by visualizing the stylistic appropriation
of Mayan Aztec motifs by European Art Deco in (Site) Specificity II, reveals a
transparency in cultural boundaries that are open and closed. The shif…
The CCA Library Exhibitions Program presents Advent of a Form, by CCA graduate student
Carolina Magis Weinberg, which proposes a reconsideration of space in terms of its geometrical
potential. In a play of scale, the two walls, floor, and ceiling of the library’s store front become
the axis of a Euclidean space, making the X, Y, and Z dimensions visible. The image operates
then as a map of itself. In this way, the temporal quality, elemental in the understanding of
Euclidean space, will be considered literally as the form morphs throughout the number of days
of the exhibit. Explained succinctly with homophones in French, the form will go from début to
debout, from its origin to its standing position. Additionally, display vitrines extend this form
into the space of the library. The project will be morphing and changing week after week, until it arrives at its final form on December 12th.