PLAySPACE, The Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is a graduate student-run exhibition program.

The program provides the resources for student curators to conceptualize and present programming that is especially appropriate for, and oriented toward, the academic community. This programming is presented in various venues and locations throughout the community.

PLAySPACE Exhibitions & Events

Our vision for the 2013-14 PLAySPACE program is interdisciplinary collaboration. Our event series aims to simulate real-world exhibition-making processes -- from the studio visit and facilitation of working relationships to the exhibition and subsequent published writing that comes as a result of this dynamic process.

We are each other's resources, and our year's programming encourages exchange and interaction among the diverse graduate programs on CCA's San Francisco campus.

Twice per semester PLAySPACE will host a three-part programming series consisting of the following components:

  • Curated studio visits (as per submissions based around a specific concept)
  • A corresponding exhibition or event (as per submission of proposals)
  • A piece of published writing (as per submission of artist interviews, critiques, etc.)

We see this as a crucial opportunity to gain exposure of our practices and to build a network of peers and colleagues as well as produce significant portfolio material.

We're looking forward to collaborating with all of you in some capacity this year!


Self(ie) Representation
curated by Post Meridiem (PMx)
Friday, April 25-Saturday, April 26, 2014
Heron Arts, 7 Heron Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103

Self(ie) Representation is an exhibition that interrogates the ways in which social media shapes how people perceive other people. This exhibition focuses on artists that utilize social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, to explore the notion of "self" both online and then re/deactivated through photography, video, and performance.

Featured Artists
Brittany Atkinson
​Alexis Bolter
Irina Contreras
Matthew Kotzin
Melissa Miller
An Xiao Mina
Omar Mismar

​Schedule of events for Friday, April 25
3:30 p.m. - Opening reception
4:30 p.m. - Conversation with the artists
5:30 p.m. - Post-conversation reception

Activating Site
curated by Lauren R. O'Connell
Friday, May 2-Sunday, May 4, 2014
Heron Arts, 7 Heron Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103

Activating Site presents five artists whose work puts forward alternative narratives of site by engaging its conditions through their own actions. Site could traditionally be defined as the location of a physical structure, or a place where a particular event has occurred. One can recognize readily apparent conditions of a site through its physical presence or historical importance, but how does one perceive conditions that are less visible or absent altogether?

In this exhibition, site can exist in a physical location, but also through ephemeral moments, such as childhood memories and family vacation videos (Jennifer Klecker), or within the stories and histories of displaced and diasporic people (Laura Arminda Kingsley). Each work embodies a performative quality. In some cases, the artist locates a site by accentuating forgotten or nonexistent elements through subtle gestures (Maral Hashemi), or by enabling the material of the artwork to acclimate itself to the physical and climatic constraints of a place (Jay Atherton). Others use symbols and language to draw attention to socio-political issues that are often overlooked due to everyday routine (Omar Mismar). 

These works suggest an expansion of the art-site relationship and propose a dynamic reconsideration of the permanence of site. In this exhibition, site does not determine the artwork, but rather the artwork acknowledges the subtle conditions of the site, whether present or absent.

Featured Artists
Jay Atherton
​Maral Hashemi
Laura Arminda Kingsley
Jennifer Klecker
Omar Mismar


Alexis Bolter (MFA Studio Practice)
Callie Humphrey (Curatorial Practice)

Advisory Committee
Irene Chou (Design)
Tanya Gayer (Curatorial Practice / Visual and Critical Studies)
Anette Shirinian (Design)
Joshua Stulen (MFA Studio Practice)


California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107


See the PLAySPACE Archive for past exhibitions and events.