April 27, 2011

California College of the Arts 2011 Graduate Thesis Events

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Much can be said about the graduate student’s journey. In many respects it is a metaphorical hero’s journey into new, unfamiliar, even mythical territory that is somewhat removed from the outside world and the market’s critical gaze. While demons and monsters aren’t really out there to be conquered, the initial faculty review and the periodic trauma of critique are actual obstacles that must be overcome. The integration of practice and theory is one of the ideal end results. Another outcome to strive for is a stronger, more resilient internal compass honed to a new vernacular of cultural production.

Such a rapid transformation in so short a time is hard to imagine, but the graduation season is upon us, and California College of the Arts is happy to announce that its 2011 graduate students have met and surpassed every expectation. The public is invited to attend the many on-campus events—symposia, exhibitions, final reviews, and more—that mark the culmination of their MFA, MArch, MA, and MBA degrees.

Each event involves an exciting exchange of ideas. Don’t miss these compelling previews of the many contributions our students will make in contemporary discourse and practice.

All events take place on CCA’s San Francisco campus (at 1111 Eighth Street) and are free and open to the public. For further details, to confirm dates and times, and to view an online catalog of student work, please visit

Fine Arts
MFA Show: May 12–21, 2011 with an opening reception Thursday, May 12, 2011, 6–10 p.m.
Nave, San Francisco campus

Final reviews: April 29–May 1, 2011
Nave, San Francisco campus

Curatorial Practice
Thesis symposium: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco campus
Thesis exhibition: ongoing through July 2
Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco campus

Thesis presentations and gallery talks: May 11–13, 2011
San Francisco campus
Thesis exhibition: May 12–21 with an opening reception Thursday, May 12, 6–10 p.m.
Nave, San Francisco campus

MBA in Design Strategy
Venture Night: Saturday, May 7, 2011, 7–10 p.m.
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco campus

Visual and Critical Studies
Spring symposium: Sunday, May 1, 2011, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco campus

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 1,850 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

California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107-2247

Thank you!

An email with a confirmation link has been sent to the email address you entered. To complete your subscription, click this link.