Our Team

JD Beltran

Director

JD Beltran is an artist, filmmaker, writer, curator, designer, educator, and arts administrator. Her award-winning work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, the Getty Institute, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the MIT Media Lab, the Kitchen NYC, the Fei Contemporary Art Center in Shanghai, China, the National Museum of Kyrgyzstan, Pro Arte in St. Petersburg, Russia, the M.H. DeYoung Museum, and three ZeroOne New Media Biennials (2006, 2008, and 2012).

She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, the CEC Global Art Lab, Stochastic Labs, the Workshop Residency, the Pilchuck School (Hauberg Fellowship), the Atlantic Center for the Arts (where she studied with Kerry James Marshall), and the Montalvo Center for the Arts. She’s also been awarded grants from Artadia, the Workshop Residence, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and Stochastic Labs. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, NPR, and Wired, as well as in Art in America, ArtNews, and the New Art Examiner. Her work also was awarded the Public Art Network Award, the highest recognition for public art in the United States (2009), plus multiple annual awards from International Design (ID) Magazine.

Her art & design collaboration with Scott Minneman, the Cinema Snowglobe, achieved the German Design Award for 2019, an Innovation Award at CES 2018, was featured at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2015, and won the international New Technological Art Award in 2014 as one of the top twenty Art +Technology projects worldwide.

Also a writer, she has been a columnist on art and culture for SFGate.com and the Huffington Post, currently writes for Fabrik Magazine, and has been member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto since 2002.

A longtime arts administrator, JD served as President of the San Francisco Arts Commission for eight years, from 2011-2018 (and still serves on the Commission), and as Director of the San Francisco Art Institute’s City Studio Youth Education Program, also for eight years.

JD previously was faculty in the New Genres, Film, Interdisciplinary Studies, Critical Studies, and Urban Studies Programs at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is now an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Impact at California College of the Arts.

A former elite marathoner in her teens and college years, she was sponsored by Nike. While in waiting tables during her college years, she also invented the gender-neutral term “waitron.”

jbeltran@cca.edu

 

 

Wes Miller

Deputy Director

Wesley Miller works with artists, designers, writers, and filmmakers to tell stories about the creative process and cultural paradigms.

When he was 21, Miller helped found Art21 where he served as a curator, producer, and director of documentary films for 18 years. His projects for Art21 include the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated PBS television series “Art in the Twenty-First Century” (a survey of contemporary art and society from the artist’s point of view) for which he curated the first 8 seasons; the Peabody Award-winning feature film “William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible” (about the South African artist, filmmaker, and theatrical director) also for PBS; the Webby Award-nominated series “New York Close Up” (which tracks a group of emerging artists for the first decade of their careers) debuting the project with an initial cohort of 30 NYC-based artists; and the “Extended Play” series of over 300 short artist portraits (originally titled “Exclusive”) — all of which can be screened online for free in perpetuity.

Beyond his work with Art21, Miller was commissioned by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to document the “smARTpower” initiative (a cultural diplomacy program where American artists created community arts projects in 15 countries around the world) where he served as Executive Producer for a feature-length series of short films in multiple languages. He has also worked with leading arts institutions to tell stories about the curatorial process, pedagogy, and pivotal art historical moments — including a series of short films about the “2017 Whitney Biennial” for the Whitney Museum of American Art; short films about the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; a portrait of DJ Grandmaster Flashand his role in the invention of hip-hip for the Bronx Museum of the Arts; and the forthcoming “Adapted Screenplays” series of short films inspired by the personal papers of visual artists collected by the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, among other film projects.

His films have premiered at international festivals, are shown frequently at museums and cultural centers, and continue to transform the field with their adoption by scholars, conservationists, universities, and publishers as both primary and secondary source documents.

Wesley Miller received a BA in philosophy and cultural studies from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA in sculpture from Yale University School of Art, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Pilchuck Glass School. He lived in and around New York City from 1996 until 2018, when he moved to San Francisco to help found the Center for Impact at CCA as Deputy Director, where he is currently developing stories about sustainability, social impact, and the arts in the age of the Anthropocene.

wmiller@cca.edu

 

 

Tracy Tanner

Manager of Operations and Development

Tracy Tanner has spent her career in art, hospitality, and management. Ten years were spent as a Senior Consultant at a major American gallery working with international clientele helping build priceless collections of Modern, Pop, and Contemporary art. During this time, Tracy also ran the 15th busiest Airbnb in San Francisco and was awarded Superhost status.

Tracy created and implemented the plan for Darger Bar, a complete rebrand and redesign project. Darger Bar was an art bar with a reputation for up and coming bands, comics, drawing nights, and events, which inspired favorable coverage in Hoodline, SFist, SF Eater, and Zagat Restaurant Review.

The Center for Impact at CCA is now where Tracy oversees all Center operations, as well as acts as the Project Manager for TBD*, a student-run studio using design to empower Bay Area Nonprofits.  Tracy also coordinates ASAP (As Sustainable as Possible) the Presidential Steering Committee for Sustainability.  In addition to these roles, Tracy also is the Design Hub Coordinator for SF Design Week, the largest design festival on the West Coast, where she is responsible for organizing and planning the two day event at Pier 27.

Tracy graduated with her Bachelor of Art from Indiana University and studied Art and Culture at Institute of European Studies in Paris, France.  Tracy earned her second degree at San Francisco Art Institute, wherein she became known for her public and social sculpture work. Her role as the Vice President of the SFAI Student Union also afforded the opportunity to organize the student body with art events, political activism, and a gallery she co-directed.

Tracy is still known to create works of art for commission and for herself, although she spends most of her time and energy being a single mom of the most awesome five year old little girl.

tracy.tanner@cca.edu

 

Zoe Gassner

Graphic Designer

Zoey Gassner is a writer and CCA Graphic Design major who was selected to be part of *TBD, an eight-person collaborative in-house design studio at California College of the Arts. She has worked with local nonprofits on various pro-bono design projects including branding and promotion. Zoey conceived and designed an introductory donor package for The Lab, including print collateral and video brochure, and also led a team of three designers with the task of producing a thought-provoking and engaged experience for Elder Care Alliance at the California Assisted Living Conference.

zgassner@cca.edu