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Wahab Algarmi

Wahab Algarmi is a Bay Area native that has been creating self published comics since the early 2000s. His major works include several issues of "Titillating Tales", "The Town O' Crazies" anthology and the highly regarded, "The Society of Unordinary Young Ladies".

As a firm believer in sharing knowledge, Wahab also teaches after school art at local elementary schools and helps budding story boarding and comic artists through his informational posts at, a premier, online community for all level of story artists.

Wahab is also an accomplished fine artist, having been a part of several group shows in the past, including a show at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

BFA: Academy of Art

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Courses: Digital Drawing and Painting

Cris Applegate

Cris Applegate trained in bespoke tailoring at Savile Row for 2 years, and is a master of bespoke tailoring in both European and American methodologies.

His experience in the fashion industry spans three continents for 18 years, and includes tailoring, design, product development, technical pattern making, costume design, manufacturing and higher education.

He is founder and designer of the menswear/womenswear brand Maximum and founder of the US/Philippines based manufacturing facility Sew-up, which produces mens and womenswear garments and accessories, with a technical specialization in sustainable materials such as vegetable leathers, pineapple leather, pineapple and banana textile fabrics.

Cris's ongoing client list includes: Saville Row Bespoke Tailors Steven Hitchcock, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Opera San Jose, Theatre Works, American Music Theatre, Paramount Pictures, West Valley College and Academy of Art University.

Cris has taught fashion 3D classes at several Bay Area colleges and joined the CCA faculty in 2017, teaching studio tailoring classes and building the digital patterning soft lab.

He is currently working on a book for educators on building curriculum and lesson plans for draping, pattern making, tailoring, garment sewing and student senior thesis collection development, which includes patterning for ethnically diverse body types.

Associate Degree, West Valley College Saratoga CA, BA, Samson Fashion Institute of Technology, Philippines.

Courses: Fashion Tailoring Workshop

Lewis Bangham

Lewis Bangham is an award-winning designer and fine artist whose range of experience includes storyboard artist, illustrator, animator, and game designer.

He has produced projects for a variety of clients including NASA, Capitol Records, 20th Century Fox, Siemens, and Apple computers.

As a fine artist, he has exhibited internationally. Bangham has taught at the Art Center College of Design, Stanford University, and the Art Academy University.

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BS, Art Center College of Design

Courses: Ideation Sketching & Visual Notation

Ken Becker

Ken Becker is a functional potter and curator living in Berkeley. He received his undergraduate degree from Bennington College and a Masters in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts. He has been a member of the CCA Ceramics Department since 2012. 

Ken’s work falls somewhere in between the history of American small studio production pottery and the looser, expressive contemporary tradition of the thrown and altered form. He believes primarily in learning through doing and creating an environment where individuals may develop their own personal technique and style.

Courses: Wheel Throwing

David Casella

David Casella creates his own jewelry and metal work designs for a variety of venues through his studio D.A.C-METALS. He works on private commissions, participates in selected juried shows, does contract work and has had his work shown in Bay Area galleries, he is currently showing at YJM Gallery in Berkley.

David’s past employment has included working at a coppersmith studio for eight years where he became lead production manager. He also worked on custom steel fabrication and consulting for Eric Powell designs.

David is currently teaching at The Academy of Art, Scintillant Studio, and The Crucible where he has helped develop the jewelry department, proposed classes and workshops since 2000. He also has been an active member of the Metal Arts Guild of the Bay Area teaching workshops and participating in juried exhibitions.

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BFA: Maine College of Art (Metalsmithing and Jewelry design, 1996)

Courses: Intro to Jewelry Design

Nancy Cutler

Nancy Cutler, creative director and owner of Midnight Oil Design LLC, is a veteran art director and publication designer who has worked in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 20 years.

She has designed and art-directed projects for both digital and print including books, annual reports, newsletters, and magazines; technical documents; marketing collateral; and trade show materials, as well as corporate identity and logo systems.

In addition, since 1999 Nancy has been teaching classes in Visual Design Principle, Publication Design, Typography Fundamentals, and Graphic Design Portfolio.

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BA: Graphic Design, NY State University College at Buffalo

Courses: Typography Fundamentals

Patrick Dintino

Patrick Dintino is a fine artist whose paintings and collages have been exhibited internationally. He cofounded Artists in Motion art collective, a group of artists that created funk-art fashion, sculpture, and furniture out of reclaimed materials.

In 2000, he was invited as a guest artist to work with Sol LeWitt to create Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective at SFMOMA.

A finalist for SFMOMA’s SECA emerging artist award and a recipient of the Pollack/Krasner Foundation Grant, Dintino was recently included in the group show The Future of Abstraction at the Chelsea Museum of Art in New York.

An upcoming solo exhibition of his painting and collage work at Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco is planned for September.

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BA, San Diego State University; BFA, MFA, CCAC

Courses: Painting: Abstraction

Alison Frost

Alison OK Frost is an Oakland, CA-based artist. Born in Los Angeles, CA, she is best known for delicate and disturbing watercolors of current events as pictured in the media, manipulated and stripped down to create an eerie post-apocalyptic landscape.

Since moving to the Bay Area, she has been granted a fellowship and two shows at Kala Art Institute, exhibitions at Minnesota Street Projects, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the David Brower Center, Pro-Arts and the Sanchez Art Center. She has shown work at Chandra Cerrito Gallery and had solo shows at Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland and Cathedral Gallery in Los Angeles.

Alison was featured in New American Painting in 2014. Her work has also appeared (in review or interview) in the Oakland Magazine, Alameda Magazine, East Bay Express, Tikkun Weekly, 7x7, SFAQ, the Berkeley Times and Oakland North.

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BA Fine Arts, UCLA ; MFA, SVA

Courses: Exploring Watercolor

Josh Halstead

Josh Halstead is a designer and design ethicist blending theory and praxis.

A brand and design expert, he has created impactful experiences for clients in the technology, financial services, consumer electronics, energy, nonprofit, and professional services sectors.

In addition to teaching graphic and user experience design at UC Berkeley Extension, Josh has been an invited lecturer at Stanford University, California College of the Arts (CCA), American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Google, and Society of Disability Studies among others. An exponent for world- and knowledge-making, he is a board member at Berkeley's Center for Independent Living, is a member of AIGA's Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, and is a published writer on disability-led design.

BFA: ArtCenter College of Design

MA: CUNY School of Professional Studies (expected graduation 2020)

Melisse Herman

Melisse Herman is an artist who has taught in the degree programs at both Mills College and California College of the Arts.

She is in the process of negotiating locations to exhibit site-specific work as well as writing a book on her research. Herman has exhibited on both the East and West Coasts and is in a number of significant collections, including the Chevron Corporation and the United States Embassy, Hong Kong.

BFA, CCAC; MFA, Mills College

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Courses: Building into Drawing, Intro to Painting, Drawings on the Grand Scale

Briggs MacDonald

Briggs MacDonald's work ranges from residential to hospitality to commercial to institutional interiors. Presently in private practice, clients have included Vitra, Artemide, and Design Within Reach showrooms.

He has held positions as principal at Alamosa Design Associates, director of interior architecture at EHDD Architecture, and as design director at Mancini Duffy, all in San Francisco.

MacDonald has also worked with Andree Putman and Vignelli Associates in New York.

Current projects may be seen at

BArch, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Courses: Intro to Interior Design

Cleo Papanikolas

Cleo Papanikolas is the author/illustrator of The Opposite Is Also True: A Journal Of Creative Wisdom For Artists, and Cook Until Desired Tenderness. She illustrated The Comfort Queens Guide To Life and a line of over 100 licensed products based on the book.

Cleo’s paintings range from large murals in shopping centers, to oil on canvas paintings for fine art galleries, to small pieces for print and crafts.

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BFA, California College of Arts; MFA, University of California at Berkeley.

Courses: Illustration Techniques: Keeping up a Creative Practice

Erik Parra

Erik Richard Parra was born and raised in the border metroplex of El Paso-Juárez. He received a Bachelors of Fine Art degree in painting from The University of Texas at Austin and completed a Masters of Fine Art while on fellowship at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Currently based in San Francisco, California Erik has exhibited internationally in alternative spaces, commercial galleries and museums in Berlin, Brazil, Los Angeles, London and New York.

In the Bay Area Erik’s work has been exhibited at Blankspace Gallery, Johansson Projects, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Root Division, Southern Exposure, Kala Art Institute and the Berkeley Art Center. Erik’s work is held in the collection of Molly Mae and Stanford University and has been included in publications including New American Paintings, the SF Bay Gaurdian and the LA Times.

Additionally, Erik teaches art and has lectured at universities, given artist talks, garnered residencies and awards.

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BFA, The University of Texas at Austin; MFA, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Courses: The Series

GB Tran

Eisner nominated cartoonist GB Tran is the author of the graphic memoir Vietnamerica. Included by Time Entertainment on its all-time “Top 10 Graphic Memoir” list, it also earned the Society of Illustrators' gold medal for Sequential Art and the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Gregory M. Nonfiction Literature Fellowship. Since self publishing his first comic in 2003—the Xeric awarded Content—his stories have strived to use comic's idiosyncratic language as a vehicle to explore memoir and autobiography.

Prior to joining CCA, GB was a freelance Brooklyn cartoonist and illustrator. Upon accepting a graphic design position at the fashion company Old Navy, he relocated to the Bay Area. GB's teaching draws from eclectic approaches and process from his work as a designer and cartoonist. In recognition of the latter, he was recently awarded the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, the first cartoonist to be selected since Alison Bechdel.

In between graphic design, cartooning and teaching, GB gives artist talks that usually begin with Vietnamerica as a launching pad to explore universal themes of memoir, multiculturalism, and the medium of comics. He lives in the East Bay with his wife and two children.


BFA, University of Arizona

Courses: Making Comics

Merl Ross

Merl Ross was born and raised in San Francisco, studied at the School of Fine Arts, UCLA before completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC Berkeley.

Her abstract paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are included in numerous public and private collections throughout the US and abroad.

Merl is the recipient of a California Magazine Discovery Award, Juror’s Award of Merit from the Berkeley Art Center, and nominated for SFMOMA’s SECA emerging artist award.

She received a Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing Scholarship and the Maybelle Toombs Award for Art granted by UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice.

Merl has taught Painting, Drawing and Color and Design in the degree programs at UC Berkeley, CCA, and the Academy of Art University.

Her work has been featured in and is currently represented by Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery.

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BA, MA, MFA, UC Berkeley.

Courses: Intermediate/Advance Painting

HyeYoon Song

HyeYoon Song is a San Francisco based artist, who employs printmaking, painting and sculpture with interdisciplinary means to investigate identity shaped by landscape, cultural assimilation and narrative. Her art practice demands to expand the vocabulary of print and the multiple in an unconventional and multi-disciplinary context, often externalizing the medium into three dimensional forms.

Her work has recently been exhibited at Kala Art Institute, Embark Gallery, Minnesota Street Projects, CCA, Acción Latina Gallery and more. She has taught at various institutions like CCA, Kala Art Institute, Girl’s Garage, Berkeley Art Museum, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Youth Art Exchange, performing interventions in the public sphere with printed works made collaboratively with students, while introducing the incredible history of Printmaking and mentoring youth.

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BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; MFA, CCA

Courses: Reduction Printing; for beginners and beyond