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 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.
BS, Art Center College of Design
Courses: Ideation Sketching & Visual Notation
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.
BFA: Maine College of Art (Metalsmithing and Jewelry design, 1996)
Courses: Intro to Jewelry Design
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, 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 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.
BA, San Diego State University; BFA, MFA, CCAC
Courses: Painting: Abstraction
Alison OK Frost is an Oakland, CA-based artist. Born in Los Angeles, CA, she received a BA in Fine Art from UCLA and an MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Alison 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.
Courses: Exploring Watercolor, Halloween Figure Drawing by Candlelight
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: Building into Drawing, Intro to Painitng
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 bmod.net.
BArch, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
Courses: Intro to Interior Design
Kseniya Makarova is a multi-disciplinary graphic designer currently pursuing a solo practice with clients in non-profit and civic sectors, having previously worked in branding, packaging, and publication design. In addition to extension, Kseniya teaches Graphic Design Tools in CCA's Graphic Design degree program.
Courses: Intro to Graphic Design
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.
BFA, California College of Arts; MFA, University of California at Berkeley.
Courses: Illustration Techniques: Keeping up a Creative Practice
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.
BFA, The University of Texas at Austin; MFA, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Courses: The Series
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 Highbrow.com and is currently represented by Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery.
BA, MA, MFA, UC Berkeley.
Courses: Intermediate/Advance Painting
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
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.
BFA, Carnegie Mellon University; MFA San Francisco State University
Courses: High School Figure Drawing
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: Digital Drawing and Painting, Adobe Creative Cloud Intensive and Illustrator I