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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 Design 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.

See his work here

BS, Art Center College of Design

Courses: Ideation Sketching & Visual Notation

Ken Becker

Ken Becker is an artist and curator who lives in Berkeley, California. He received a BA in Ceramics from Bennington College and a Masters of Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts in 2014.

Ken’s ceramic work focuses on simple, functional ware and he takes what could be considered a holistic approach to making and teaching. His practice revolves around working on variations in a series, faith in repetition, intuition and a willingness to explore and learn from mistakes.

Ken has been a part of the CCA Ceramics Studio since 2012, he has written for various art’s publications, and has organized contemporary exhibitions throughout the Bay Area.

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

Eddie Chau

Eddie Chau is a landscape architect, artist, and teacher. He has taught freehand and mechanical drawing at UC Berkeley Extension, UC Davis, and the University of San Francisco. A graduate of the Masters Degree program in Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley, he continues to practice landscape architecture as well as being a Program Director at UC Berkeley Extension.

He enjoys drawing and painting, especially with pen and ink, pastel, gouache, and silverpoint

BA: Cal State Polytechnic Univ, MLA: UC Berkeley

Courses: Drawings of Place: Capturing Indoor and Outdoor Space

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.

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.

See his work here

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

Courses: Painting: Abstraction

Trinidad Escobar

Trinidad Escobar is a poet, illustrator, mother, and educator from the Bay Area, California. Her writing and visual art have been featured in various publications such as Rust & Moth, The Brooklyn Review, The Womanist, Red Wheelbarrow, Solo Cafe, Mythium, Tayo, the anthologies Walang Hiya, Over the Line, Kuwento,and more.

Trinidad has been a guest artist and speaker at the San Jose Museum of Art, Pilipino Komix Expo, LitQuake, and The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Her forthcoming graphic memoir CRUSHED will be published in 2018.

Trinidad teaches Comics & Race at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California as well as several community workshops throughout the Bay Area.

See her work here

MFA: CCA, Comics

Courses: Comics Craft-Writing Image

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

Courses: Drawing on the Grand Scale

Yim Lim

Yim Lim is design principal at HDR Architecture and a practicing architect, licensed in Texas. She is a senior adjunct professor of Architecture and community design at CCA. She also teaches studios in the Diversity Studies and Architecture programs. Lim’s family is from Guangzhou, south of Chengdu, and she continues to speak the Mandarin and Cantonese she learned as a child of immigrant parents. She is a graduate of Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Lim's professional papers presented at conferences address cultural influence and design. A recent paper of hers focused on the figure ground of the Mosque in Abu Dhabi and the impact of prayer spaces to health care design.

BArch, City College of CUNY; MArch, Harvard University

Courses: 2D and 3D Spatial Explorations for High School Students

Kseniya Makarova

Kseniya Makarova is a graphic designer with experience in branding, packaging, publication design, and strategy. Her love for visual communication has carried her from her roots as an image-maker to small studios, large agencies, and assorted freelance projects. Kseniya's current focus is design for non-profits. She teaches Graphic Design Tools in CCA's BA Graphic Design program, of which she is also a graduate.

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.

In addition to his private practice, he is faculty in CCA's Interior Design Program.

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.

See her work here

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

Courses: Innovative Illustration Techniques

Hélène Park

Hélène Park is a multi-disciplinary designer, artist and animator based in San Francisco.

She currently works as a motion designer for Google Chrome’s UX design group. She has been a panelist at AIGA NY for New Narratives in Motion and a speaker at Google I/O for Motion Design.

Her animated icons can be seen throughout Google applications. She also enjoys making watercolor paints for her local art supply shop, Case for Making.

See her work here

BA, UC Berkeley, Practice of Art

Courses: After Effects I: Introduction to After Effects & making abstract animated gifs and After Effects II: Using After Effects for Original Motion Design

Erik Richard Parra

Erik Richard Parra was born and raised in the border metroplex of El Paso-Juárez.

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. Erik teaches art in various locations in the Bay Area, has lectured at universities and given artist talks as well as garnered residencies and awards.

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BFA: The University of Texas at Austin, MFA, University of Wisconsin, Madison.(with fellowship)

Courses: The Series

Ben Peterson

Ben Peterson was born in Hawthorne Nevada, he has lived and worked in the Bay Area on and off for 20 years.

His current work consists of ceramic sculptures fired and painted to resemble archeological objects,or fragments of architecture.

Petersons works are found in numerous public and private collections among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He is the recipient of the Pew Fellowship, the Eureka Fellowship, and has been an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts as well as Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw Poland.

BFA, CCA. MFA, Stanford University

Courses: Basic Drawing and Beyond

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: Explorations of Color Through Painting

Emmanuel Sevilla

Emmanuel Sevilla is an artist, educator and sign maker working in the fields of painting, sculpture and lettering. With a background in graphic design and commercial sign painting he owned and operated One of a Sign, a sign making company in Los Angeles. Seville was tradesman certified in Sign Graphics at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. He has exhibited work in New York, Maine, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. He currently lives and works in San Francisco where he teaches at numerous institutions.

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BFA: Otis College of Art and Design, MFA: CCA

Courses: Calligraphy and Lettering

Maureen St. Vincent

Maureen St. Vincent has exhibited her work nationally, most notably at Regina Rex Gallery in New York City.

Her work has been mentioned in Artnet News and the Brooklyn Rail. In the fall of 2018, she will be a guest curator at Eastside International in Los Angeles.

She is represented by Y2K agency based in New York City.

See her work here

BA, San Francisco State University; MFA, Hunter College

Courses: Intro to Painting

Laura van Duren

Laura van Duren’s scavenging adventures started alongside her mother on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they frequently hunted for useable furniture. Van Duren continues to search her Oakland California neighborhood for any item that she can transform. Her passion for experimenting with everyday materials has been influenced by the viscerous work of Eva Hesse, Doris Salcedo and Arte Povera.

Van Duren’s work has been shown throughout California and the U.S. She is one of the founding members of Mercury 20 Gallery, situated in the Oakland Art Murmur district. Van Duren teaches sculpture at City College of San Francisco and is a guest lecturer, teaching drawing, ceramics and sculpture at multiple community colleges in the SF bay area.

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BFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Drawing; MFA San Francisco State University, Sculpture

Courses: High School Figure Drawing

Eugene Young

Eugene Young is an illustrator, fine artist and educator.

He has taught at Dominican University of California, in CCA's undergraduate Graphic Design program, First Year program and through CCA Extension. He is currently part-time faculty in the Visual Media Design department at City College of San Francisco.

As sole proprietor of Eurayo Design, he has produced marketing collateral for several Bay Area community-based arts organizations, nonprofits, and small businesses. Young is also known for his afrofuturism-inspired science fiction and fantasy illustration.

MFA, Academy of Art University; BFA, CCAC

Courses: Adobe Creative Cloud Intensive and Illustrator I