April 30, 2012

California College of the Arts Printmaking Exchange and Partnerships

California College of the Arts (CCA)
Japanese students visiting CCA from Osaka University of the Arts participate in a papermaking workshop with CCA students and CCA Printmaking chair Nance O’Banion. Photo by Courtney Costello.

For the past six years, California College of the Arts and Osaka University of the Arts have maintained a fruitful partnership and student exhibition exchange series. This spring, the exchange culminated in an exhibition on CCA’s Oakland campus featuring works by 60 printmaking and graphic design majors from both schools. After it closes in Oakland, the work will travel to Osaka, where it will be on view in July 2012. Two CCA faculty and 10 CCA students will travel to Osaka as well. They will tour the cities of Kyoto and Osaka and have opportunities to create new print and design work in the Osaka University of the Arts studio facilities.

This exchange series is funded by the Hamaguchi Endowment and reflects an ongoing dialogue and deepening partnership between the two schools. It is supported by Ms. Mikae Hara, a renowned printmaker and a faculty member at Osaka University of the Arts.

CCA’s Printmaking Program also supports its students via the CCA Hamaguchi Emerging Artist Residency at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. Begun in 2010, this is a special opportunity for a recent BFA Printmaking graduate to work in the dynamic Kala facilities alongside a community of artists from all over the world. The residency represents a rich collaboration between CCA and Kala.

Printmaking at CCA has a strong history of collaboration and community. Because students from all majors can enroll in Printmaking classes, interdisciplinary efforts naturally occur. The studio becomes fertile ground for creative problem solving and projects that push the boundaries of the medium of printmaking, which has a history spanning thousands of years, from ancient techniques to today’s latest technologies.

CCA supports interdisciplinary interest in printmaking through the Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship Awards, which are open to students from any major who are working in print media. Each year, six undergraduates and one graduate student are awarded a Hamaguchi Scholarship based on the merits of their print work and participate in a widely promoted awards exhibition.

CCA’s undergraduate programs are still accepting applications for fall admission.

About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 21 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees. With campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. Noted alumni include the painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; the ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the filmmaker Wayne Wang; the conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl. For more information about CCA, visit

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