BFA Senior Thesis Conversations are live virtual events where graduating students from CCA's Photography, Individualized Studies, Jewelry and Metal Arts, Ceramics, Painting and Drawing, Textiles, Printmedia, and Sculpture programs publicly share their capstone work. Each event features student presentations, art professionals' responses, and discussion time. Through this online presentation, we celebrate each student’s dedication to art-making during their time at CCA and provide a way for family, friends, and the general public to connect with and celebrate student work. Hosted by Nelson Chan and Chris Johnson Featuring graduating students : Jaden Fuhrer / Photography Anna MacKenzie / Photography Weijian Shi / Photography Androgony King / Photography Jy Jimmie Flora Gabiola / Photography
#StoriesThatShine goal was to shine a spotlight on different students' experiences. In the past we highlighted mentors, staff, and alumni. This year we felt students' stories would make our days shine a little brighter and uplift our friends and supporters. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have created virtual experiences to continue guiding students in the most accessible way possible. We always want our students to know that Kid City is there for them through any obstacle. So we felt, what better way to show Kid City's impact than through stories!
Rep. Gomez’s EATS Act could expand SNAP to millions of college students. The worsening statistic is also reflected on college campuses and with their students nationwide. Androgony King, who is studying photography at California College of the Arts, joked that they’re a literal starving artist.
Androgony King is a Kid City alumnus and current college student studying Photography at the California College of the Arts. “Participating in this advocacy was not only important for myself but for those in my community, specifically the art community. For so long, the arts have been belittled and underfunded. With this opportunity, I hope to remind the individuals in power that the Arts are just as important as any other degree. As well as no matter what degree we choose to pursue we all face the same barriers as we try to tackle higher education.” The entertainment industry in California is a main economic driver that relies on creative individuals. Arts students are essential and that is why Androgony’s presence was important.
Curated by David Marchetti, Leo Burr, Androgony King Inside/Out is a student-led collaboration between photography majors at the California College of the Arts (CCA) and Georgia State University (GSU). Although these two colleges are at opposite ends of the country, the students at each institution are exploring some common themes, such as: the development of the self, family representation, and gender fluidity. Navigating these ideas through photography and other mediums, the students participating in this exchange are looking inward and out into the world, from cyanotypes that explore the subtlety and power of liminal spaces to the dynamics of family legacies that critically consider “portrait” photography. These artists are not only interested in creating community through the discussion of how to navigate a world that ignores and actively seeks to conceal their lived experiences, but also, collectively consider the political and social ramifications of this omission. With renewed urgency and enthusiasm as the world reopens, this group of emerging artists have treated this standstill time to process, reflect, and rethink their practices of using photography to depict the world, their subjects and themselves. Each group of artists will interview one another and shape a round table conversation that will be hosted and streamed online by SF Camerawork. This collaboration culminates in this online exhibition as well as an in person exhibition at CCA of each participating school's artwork.
LA #Unshuttered showcases the photography of young artists advocating for social justice. Located in the Museum Entrance Hall, Plaza Level, the projections in this installation provide a unique gallery experience. Featured are works by ten Los Angeles-based, high-school students who have been learning about, engaging in, and working for causes greater than themselves. They collaborated with nonprofit organizations and community establishments to explore topics such as mental health, African American hair and identity, immigration experiences, stereotypes about aging and beauty, religious tolerance, and LGBTQ+ pride.