46 Notable alumni of
California College of the Arts

The California College of the Arts is 1066th in the world, 387th in North America, and 363rd in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 46 notable alumni from the California College of the Arts sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Chrisann Brennan

    Chrisann Brennan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    essayistpainter
    Biography

    Chrisann Brennan is an American painter and memoirist. She is the author of The Bite in the Apple, an autobiography about her relationship with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. They had one child, Lisa Brennan-Jobs.

  2. Tom Franco

    Tom Franco
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    television actoractor
    Biography

    Thomas Andrew Franco is an American actor, artist, and the founder of the Firehouse Art Collective in Berkeley, California. He is the brother of actors James Franco and Dave Franco.

  3. David Choe

    David Choe
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    podcasterpainternovelist
    Biography

    David Choe is an American artist, musician, and former journalist and podcast host from Los Angeles. Choe's work appears in a wide variety of urban culture and entertainment contexts. He has illustrated and written for magazines including Hustler, Ray Gun and Vice. He has an ongoing relationship with the Asian pop culture store-cum-magazine Giant Robot. He once hung his work in a Double Rainbow ice cream shop located on Melrose Avenue. His figurative paintings, which explore themes of desire, degradation, and exaltation, are characterized by a raw, frenetic method that he has termed "dirty style."

  4. Mike Mignola

    Mike Mignola
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    artistcomics artistnovelistscreenwriter
    Biography

    Mike Mignola is an American comics artist and writer best known for creating Hellboy for Dark Horse Comics, part of a shared universe of titles including B.P.R.D., Abe Sapien, Lobster Johnson, Witchfinder and various spinoffs. He has also created other supernatural and paranormal themed titles for Dark Horse including Baltimore, Joe Golem and The Amazing Screw-On Head.

  5. Wayne Wang

    Wayne Wang
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    film producerfilm editorwriterfilm directorscreenwriter
    Biography

    Wayne Wang is a Hong Kong–American director, producer, and screenwriter. Considered a pioneer of Asian-American cinema, he was one of the first Chinese-American filmmakers to gain a major foothold in Hollywood. His films, often independently produced, deal with issues of contemporary Asian-American culture and domestic life.

  6. Steve Purcell

    Steve Purcell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    screenwritervoice actorcomics artistanimatorpainter
    Biography

    Steven Ross Purcell is an American cartoonist, animator, game designer, and voice actor. He is most widely known as the creator of Sam & Max, an independent comic book series about a pair of anthropomorphic animal vigilantes and private investigators, for which Purcell received an Eisner Award in 2007. Since being a comic, the series has grown to incorporate an animated television series and several video games. A graduate of the California College of Arts and Craft, Purcell began his career creating comic strips for the college newsletter. He performed freelance work for Marvel Comics and Fishwrap Productions before publishing his first Sam & Max comic in 1987. Purcell was hired by LucasArts as an artist and animator in 1988, working on several titles within the company's adventure games era.

  7. Bedri Baykam

    Bedri Baykam
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    painterfilm actorpolitician
    Biography

    Bedri Baykam is a Turkish artist.

  8. Peter Voulkos

    Peter Voulkos
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1924-2002 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    artistsculptorpainterceramicist
    Biography

    Peter Voulkos was an American artist of Greek descent. He is known for his abstract expressionist ceramic sculptures, which crossed the traditional divide between ceramic crafts and fine art. He established the ceramics department at the Los Angeles County Art Institute and at UC Berkeley.

  9. Makode Linde

    Makode Linde
    Born in
    Sweden Flag Sweden
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    artist
    Biography

    Makode Alexander Joel Linde is a Swedish artist, musician and DJ. He became internationally known for his controversial art piece Painful Cake, which he created in Stockholm in 2012.

  10. Todd Hido

    Todd Hido
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    artistphotographer
    Biography

    Todd Hido is an American photographer. He has produced 17 books, had his work exhibited widely and included in various public collections. Hido is currently an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

  11. Johanna Drucker

    Johanna Drucker
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Enrolled in the California College of the Arts
    In 1973 graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Occupations
    art historianacademicbook artistphilosopherjournalist
    Biography

    Johanna Drucker is an American author, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic. Her scholarly writing documents and critiques visual language: letterforms, typography, visual poetry, art, and lately, digital art aesthetics. She is currently the Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor in the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.

  12. Nathan Oliveira

    Nathan Oliveira
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1928-2010 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    drawerpaintersculptor
    Biography

    Nathan Oliveira was an American painter, printmaker, and sculptor, born in Oakland, California to immigrant Portuguese parents. Since the late 1950s, Oliveira has been the subject of nearly one hundred solo exhibitions, in addition to having been included in hundreds of group exhibitions in important museums and galleries worldwide. He taught studio art for several decades in California, beginning in the early 1950s, when he taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in Oakland. After serving as a Visiting Artist at several universities, he became a Professor of Studio Art at Stanford University.

  13. Manuel Neri

    Manuel Neri
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-2021 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    sculptorpainter
    Biography

    Manuel John Neri Jr. was an American sculptor who is recognized for his life-size figurative sculptures in plaster, bronze, and marble. In Neri's work with the figure, he conveys an emotional inner state that is revealed through body language and gesture. Since 1965 his studio was in Benicia, California; in 1981 he purchased a studio in Carrara, Italy, for working in marble. Over four decades, beginning in the early 1970s, Neri worked primarily with the same model, Mary Julia Klimenko, creating drawings and sculptures that merge contemporary concerns with Modernist sculptural forms.

  14. Anne Wilson

    Anne Wilson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    artistinstallation artist
    Biography

    Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist. Wilson creates sculpture, drawings, Internet projects, photography, performance, and DVD stop motion animations employing table linens, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread and wire. Her work extends the traditional processes of fiber art (techniques such as stitching, crocheting, and knitting) to other media. Wilson is a professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

  15. Dan Brereton

    Dan Brereton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    comic coloristcomics artist
    Biography

    Daniel Alan Brereton is an American writer and illustrator who has produced notable work in the comic book field.

  16. Roger C. Field

    Roger C. Field
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    inventorguitaristdesigner
    Biography

    Roger C. Field is best known as the inventor of the Foldaxe folding electric guitar which won the Designers' Choice Award for the United States in 1980. He is also an inventor with over 100 patents, an industrial designer, and a guitarist. He has been written about in Playboy magazine 21 times in 16 countries, in Penthouse magazine four times in Europe, and in Esquire. He is in four different Who's Who books in Europe including one for the European Union.

  17. Takeshi Yamada

    Takeshi Yamada
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    artist
    Biography

    Takeshi Yamada is a Japanese-American artist and rogue taxidermist.

  18. Natalia Anciso

    Natalia Anciso
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1985-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    installation artist
    Biography

    Natalia Anciso is an American Chicana-Tejana contemporary artist and educator. Her artwork focuses primarily on issues involving Identity, especially as it pertains to her experiences growing up along the U.S.-Mexico Border, via visual art and installation art. Her more recent work covers topics related to education, human rights, and social justice, which is informed by her experience as an urban educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a native of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and currently lives and works in Oakland, California.

  19. Raymond Saunders

    Raymond Saunders
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1934-.. (age 88)
    Enrolled in the California College of the Arts
    Graduated with Master of Fine Arts
    Occupations
    painter
    Biography

    Raymond Saunders is an American artist known for his multimedia paintings which often have sociopolitical undertones, and which incorporate assemblage, drawing, collage and found text. Saunders is also recognized for his installation, sculpture, and curatorial work.

  20. Patrick Lin

    Patrick Lin
    Occupations
    cinematographer
    Biography

    Patrick Lin is a Hong Kong–born cinematographer and layout artist who works for Pixar. He was the director of photography on The Incredibles (2004), Up (2009), Inside Out (2015) and Toy Story 4 (2019).

  21. Christopher Simmons

    Christopher Simmons
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    graphic designer
    Biography

    Christopher Simmons is a Canadian-born, San Francisco-based graphic designer, writer and educator.

  22. Marissa Moss

    Marissa Moss
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    children's writerwriter
    Biography

    Marissa Moss is an American children's book author.

  23. Tony DeLap

    Tony DeLap
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1927-2019 (aged 92)
    Occupations
    paintersculptorartist
    Biography

    Tony DeLap was a West Coast artist, known for his abstract sculpture utilizing illusionist techniques and meticulous craftsmanship. As a pioneer of West Coast minimalism and Op Art, DeLap's oeuvre is a testament to his willingness to continuously challenge the viewer's perception of reality.

  24. Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie

    Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    photographer
    Biography

    Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie is a Seminole-Muscogee-Navajo photographer, museum director, curator, and professor. She is living in Davis, California. She serves as the director of the C.N. Gorman Museum and teaches at University of California, Davis.

  25. Michael Patrick Cronan

    Michael Patrick Cronan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-2013 (aged 62)
    Occupations
    graphic designer
    Biography

    Michael Patrick Cronan was an American graphic designer, brand strategist, adjunct professor, and fine art painter. He was one of the founders of the San Francisco Bay Area postmodern movement in graphic design, that later became known as the "Pacific Wave".

  26. David Maisel

    David Maisel
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    photographer
    Biography

    David Maisel is an American photographer and visual artist whose works explore vestiges and remnants of civilizations both past and present.

  27. Chelsea Martin

    Chelsea Martin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1986-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    writercomics artistartist
    Biography

    Chelsea Martin is an American author and illustrator.

  28. Gary Ruddell

    Gary Ruddell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    painter
    Biography

    Gary Ruddell is an American artist best known for his figurative representational paintings. As well as his illustrations for works of science fiction and fantasy literature. His cover artwork for Dan Simmons's novel Hyperion was nominated for the 1990 Hugo Award for Best Original Artwork.

  29. Kate Colby

    Kate Colby
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    writerpoet
    Biography

    Kate Colby is an American poet and essayist. She grew up in Massachusetts and received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. In 1997, she moved to San Francisco, where she worked for several years as a curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, on the board of The LAB art space, and later as a grant writer and copyeditor. In 2008, she moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where she currently works as an editor and serves on the board of the Gloucester Writers Center in Massachusetts.

  30. Linn Meyers

    Linn Meyers
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    painter
    Biography

    Linn Meyers is an American, Washington, D.C.–based artist. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad. She is known for her hand-drawn lines and tracings for site-specific installations.

  31. Claudia Alvarez

    Claudia Alvarez
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    artist
    Biography

    Claudia Alvarez is a Mexican American painter and sculptor and has worked as an artist in residence in Mexico, Switzerland, France, and China. Alvarez's solo exhibitions include Claudia Álvarez: A Moment in Between at the Acércate at the National Arts Centre, Mexico City; Girls with Guns, Scott White Contemporary ArtLa Jolla, California, Falling, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska, Silence Water, Museum of Art contemporary Yucatan, Mérida, American Heroes, Blue Leaf GalleryDinublin; Things of a Child, The Latino Museum, Omaha, Nebraska; History of Immigration, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska, and many more. Alvarez is based in New York City.

  32. Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

    Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1987-.. (age 35)
    Enrolled in the California College of the Arts
    Graduated with Master of Fine Arts
    Occupations
    painter
    Biography

    Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an American artist and Assistant Professor at the University of California at Berkeley Department of Art Practice, who focuses on questions of race, sexuality, and history through a variety of visual and textual mediums. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Notable works include the Kentifrica project, the Tituba series, The Evanesced, and the Uninvited series. She is a member of CTRL+SHFT Collective in Oakland, California.

  33. Zigi Ben-Haim

    Zigi Ben-Haim
    Born in
    Iraq Flag Iraq
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    sculptorpainter
    Biography

    Zigi Ben-Haim is an American-Israeli painter and sculptor who lives and works in New York City and Israel.

  34. Lee Walton

    Lee Walton
    Occupations
    performance artist
    Biography

    Lee Walton is an American visual artist whose artwork is regularly associated with the subject of sports. Walton has exhibited his work internationally in a variety of media including drawing, concept based systems, performance art, video art, net art, and public projects. Several projects by Walton were included in the 2013 visual art exhibition Art of Sport at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, New York.

  35. William Underhill

    William Underhill
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1933-2022 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    sculptor
    Biography

    William Underhill was an American sculptor.

  36. Alexis Krasilovsky

    Alexis Krasilovsky
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    film directorfilmmaker
    Biography

    Alexis Krasilovsky is an American filmmaker, writer and professor. Krasilovsky's first film, End of the Art World documented artists including Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg.

  37. Trinidad Escobar

    Trinidad Escobar
    Born in
    Philippines Flag Philippines
    Years
    1986-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Trinidad Escobar is an author, poet, and cartoonist active in the San Francisco Bay Area, and an educator at the California College of the Arts.

  38. Adrien Segal

    Adrien Segal
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    furniture makerteacherartist
    Biography

    Adrien Segal is an artist, furniture maker, and sculptor who uses data to inform her artwork. She is currently an adjunct professor of Furniture Design at the California College of the Arts and a practicing artist studio furniture maker.

  39. Sonia Landy Sheridan

    Sonia Landy Sheridan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1925-2021 (aged 96)
    Occupations
    photographerresearcherartist
    Biography

    Sonia Landy Sheridan, known as Sonia Sheridan, was an American artist, academic and researcher, who in 1969 founded the Generative Systems research program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was honorary editor of Leonardo, the Journal of the International Society for the Arts Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST). Sheridan had received awards from numerous institutions, including the Guggenheim Foundation in 1973 for Photography and the National Endowment for the Arts (1974–1975, 1976–1977, 1981–1982).

  40. Joseph del Pesco

    Joseph del Pesco
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1975-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    curator
    Biography

    Joseph Thomas Del Pesco is a contemporary art curator and arts writer based in San Francisco, California. He is currently the Director of the Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco.

  41. Nyeema Morgan

    Nyeema Morgan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    installation artistdrawercollagistconceptual artistvisual artist
    Biography

    Nyeema Morgan is an American interdisciplinary and conceptual artist. Working in drawing, sculpture and print media, her works focus on how meaning is constructed and communicated given complex socio-political systems. Born in Philadelphia, she earned her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art and her MFA from the California College of the Arts. She has held artist residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Smack Mellon. Morgan's works are in the permanent collections of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and the Menil Collection.

  42. Amy Karle

    Amy Karle
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    artist
    Biography

    Amy Karle is an American artist, bioartist and futurist. She creates work that looks forward to a future where technology can support and enhance the human condition. She was named in BBC's 100 women, as one of the 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019. Her work questions what it means to be human, with an emphasis on exploring the relationship between technology and humanity; particularly how technology and biotechnology impacts health, humanity, evolution and the future. She combines science and technology with art and is known for using live tissue in her works. Karle uses body based investigation and the actual science and technology as tools in the process of creating the artworks. Amy Karle’s artworks include new media art, bioart, computational art, hybrid art, body art, durational performance art, installation art, and garments and wearable art. Karle is most noted for her artworks merging the body and technology, including Regenerative Reliquary, Internal Collection, Biofeedback artwork. She regularly exhibits her artworks in major museums around the world including in Ars Electronica, The Centre Pompidou, The Mori Art Museum, The Smithsonian Institution.

  43. Shaghayegh Cyrous

    Shaghayegh Cyrous
    Born in
    Iran Flag Iran
    Years
    1987-.. (age 35)
    Occupations
    installation artist
    Biography

    Shaghayegh Cyrous is an Iranian-American artist and curator based in San Francisco. Her interactive time-based investigations, participatory projects, and video installations have been said to "create a poetic space for human connections."

  44. Warren Leopold

    Warren Leopold
    Years
    1920-1998 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    architectwar artistpainter
    Biography

    Warren Leopold was an American architect, painter and craftsman who designed and built coastal homes in Cambria, California and throughout San Luis Obispo County, California and whose work is part of the organic school.

  45. John Chiara

    John Chiara
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    photographer
    Biography

    John Chiara is an American contemporary artist and photographer.

  46. Walter Dusenbery

    Walter Dusenbery
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1939-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    sculptor
    Biography

    Walter Dusenbery is an American sculptor. He attended the San Francisco Art Institute, earned an MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts, and then studied in Japan and Italy under Isamu Noguchi. He also held teaching positions at Harvard University and University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Design. From 1971 to 1988, he lived both in Pietrasanta, Italy, and in Little Italy, New York City.