California college of arts and crafts


Founded by Frederick Meyer in 1907 with the name School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts, it was renamed California College of Arts and Crafts in 1936. Meyer, a cabinet maker and teacher at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art, had a vision of education for artists and designers that integrated both theory and practice. These ideas were tied to the late 19th century the Arts and Crafts Movement, which spread to the U.S. from Europe and which addressed industrial aesthetics of the machine age. The school, which grew dramatically after World War II, continues today at its original location at Broadway and College Avenue in Oakland on the four acre James Treadwell estate. Meyer remained president until 1944. The school, on the forefront of almost every art movement, offers 20 undergraduate programs. Teachers include Robert Bechtle, Nathan Oliveira, and Manuel Neri, and among the students have been Ralph Goings, Gene Kloss and Maurice Logan. Sources:; AskART biographies

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