Alumni Award

The VisCrit Alumni Award has been established to annually recognize an alumni whose work after graduation from CCA exemplifies the interdisciplinary values of the VCS program and the dedication and scholarship demanded within the broader field of Visual and Critical Studies. This award recognizes the innovative and diverse ways VCS graduates mobilize the skills they honed and the ideas they germinated while at CCA in a broad range of creative and professional arenas, further evidencing the versatility of the degree and the luminosity of this community.



2017 VisCrit Alumni Award Winner: Michele Carlson

Michele Carlson is an Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies and the Executive Director of Daily Serving and Art Practical, two online arts publications published by CCA. She is practicing artist, writer and curator whose trans-disciplinary research investigates the intersections of history, power, and visual culture. Carlson was born in Seoul, Korea, but grew up in Seattle, WA where she attended the University of Washington. She received a BFA in Printmaking and BAs in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and History. After her undergraduate work, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she completed a Dual Degree MFA in Printmaking and MA in Visual & Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts.Her visual works, primarily collaged drawings on paper, have been exhibited nationally at venues including Patricia Sweetow Gallery, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Intersection for the Arts, and Cerasoli Gallery, Los Angeles. She has received awards and fellowships from Kala Art Institute, San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Reader’s Digest Museum Foundation. Her critical writings and creative writings have been published in numerous publications including Art in America, Hyphen, Art Practical, KQED, Afterimage and various exhibition catalogs.In addition to her visual work and writing practices, Carlson is the outgoing Editor in Chief for Hyphen, a national print and online publication focusing on Asian American culture and politics. She is a member of the Curatorial Committee at Southern Exposure, in San Francisco, where she recently curated an exhibition featuring Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Estamos contra el muro | We Are Against the Wall, which confronts the xenophobic rhetoric and dynamic imaginary that make up the space of a wall.

Carlson is one third of the arts collective, Related Tactics, which entertains diverse projects at the intersection of race, art and culture. She teaches in the graduate Fine Arts and graduate Visual and Critical Studies departments at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA. 

*Check back this Fall for the VCS Alumni Profile on Michele Carlson.



Alumni Award