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April 19, 2018

California College of the Arts Appoints Deans in Fine Arts and Humanities and Sciences

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—California College of the Arts has named artist Allison Smith Dean of Fine Arts and scholar Tina Takemoto Dean of Humanities and Sciences. Both has served as educators at the school. Smith and Takemoto’s tenures begin August 1, 2018.

James Voorhies, CCA’s current Dean of Fine Arts, will serve as chair of the school’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, overseeing the program’s lecture series and identifying new partnerships with CCA’s Center for and Public Life and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

“We are thrilled to announce the appointments of Allison Smith and Tina Takemoto—two women who have already done incredible work to advance our programs at CCA and continue to break ground in their respective practices, which combine research and studio making with performance and social engagement,” said CCA provost Tammy Rae Carland. “I look forward to seeing our divisions expand under their leadership and the growth of our Curatorial Practice program under the vision of James Voorhies.”

Smith has held teaching positions at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Parsons School of Design, and Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, and New Yorkuniversities. Over the course of nine years at California College of the Arts, she served as chair of the sculpture program and held memberships on the school’s executive, faculty campus planning, and academic planning steering committees, among others. Smith’s work has been exhibited at many public institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Public Art, MoMA PS1, and Palais de Tokyo and has been featured in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, and Sculpture. Smith holds a BA in Psychology from The New School, a BFA from Parsons School of Design, and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art.

As a visual studies scholar and artist, Takemoto’s work involving race, queer identity, memory, grief has been exhibited and performed at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Asian Art Museum, GLBT History Museum, and SFMOMA, among others. Her films have been included in numerous film festivals worldwide and her writing has appeared in publications and anthologies such as Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas,Afterimage, Millennium Film Journal, Art Journal, GLQ, Journal of Visual Culture, and Queering Asian American Art. She is the co-founder of Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts and serves on the board of the Queer Cultural Center. She holds an MFA from Rutgers Universityand a PhD from the University of Rochester.

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