Public Calendar Events

April 16–30

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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Opening Reception: Wed., April 16, 5-7 p.m. (Please RSVP by April 8 to or 510.594.3604.)
Free and open to the public
Hours: Weekdays: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; weekends: noon-6 p.m.
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Please join CCA President Stephen Beal and Sharon and Barclay Simpson for the 27th Annual Barclay Simpson MFA Award Exhibition.

This is a juried exhibition of award-winning artworks by students in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts.

2014 Winners

Diedrick Brackens
Leah Thomason Bromberg
Omar Mismar

2014 Jurors

Kevin Chen (Curator, Intersection for the Arts)
Apsara DiQuinzio (Curator, Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX & UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive) 

View the 25 Years of the Barclay Simpson Award catalog to celebrate an entire generation of well-deserving graduating CCA artists. 


Presented by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

April 17–July 12
Ian Wallace, "At Work 1983," 1983. Graphite on paper, 48 x 69 in. Rennie Collection, Vancouver

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets)
Free and open to the public
Opening reception: Thursday, April 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Gallery hours:
Tues.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat. noon-5 p.m.; closed Sun. and Mon.
More info: 415.355.9673,

The Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts presents the exhibition Many Places at Once.

Decades after the "post-studio" turn announced by Minimalism and Conceptual art in the 1960s, Many Places at Once reconsiders the place of artistic production in our era of creative industries and flexible labor.

Featuring new commissions and existing works by seven international artists, the exhibition presents artworks that call attention to the nuanced circumstances that characterize the economic, social, and technological conditions in which artists work today:

Martin Soto Climent
Rana Hamadeh
Cinthia Marcelle
William Powhida
Li Ran
Ian Wallace

and Real Time and Space

Taken individually, each contemporary work presents a site: a hotel, a notebook, an archive, a network, an event, or a theatrical stage. Together they constitute the “many places” -- physical and conceptual -- that “at once” constitute a reimagined artist’s studio.

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Presented by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Friday, April 18, 7:00–8:00 pm
Rana Hamadeh, "Al Karantina," 2013. Lecture-performance; cabinet: 67 x 19 ½ x 63 in. Commissioned for "The Magic of The State at Beirut," 2013. [Courtesy the artist]

360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets)

Free and open to the public
More info: Rita Souther,

Rana Hamadeh is a performance and visual artist currently based in Rotterdam. Interested in a curatorial approach within her artistic practice, she works on long-term discursive research-based projects that involve different levels of collaborations.

The collaborations are presented to the public in the form of lecture-performances, audio/text-based installations, mind maps, and public/documented conversations.

In 2011 Hamadeh initiated Alien Encounters, a long-term research project that serves an umbrella for a continuously growing archive of performance/theatrical works, cartographic/choreographic projects, and different sorts of artistic and theoretical gestures, ideas, collaborations, etc.

Initially inspired by Sun Ra's film Space is the Place (1974), which proposes an African American exodus toward outer space in response to racial injustice, Alien Encounters aims at reaching such a gesture of moving outward in terms of contemporary conditions of injustice that inhabit, embody, and traverse us today.

Part of Alien Encounters, Hamadeh's lecture-performance "Al Karantina," presented at the Wattis Institute as part of the Many Places At Once public program, weaves original photographs, documents, historical events, personal encounters, and fictions in a web of associations to question notions of contagion and resistance, citizenship, and alienness.

Her work "Al Karantina" also has a sculptural component: a wooden cabinet in which the artist's archives and documents are displayed, which are then activated during her lecture-performance.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy & Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and the Curator’s Forum.

Presented by the MFA Program in Writing

Friday, April 18, 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin)
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Word. World. is the culminating event of the MFA Program in Writing at California College of the Arts that features graduating students reading from their thesis.

An evening of poetry, prose, and writings in between, this night is also a community celebration as these students enter a new phase of their writing careers.

Featured Writers

Patrick C. VanNevel
Tanika Thacker
Nora Toomey
Candace Elise Hoes
Dahlia Baeshen

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Presented by Center for Art in Public Life

Saturday, April 19, 10:00 am–2:00 pm

350 Kansas Street, San Francisco Campus
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More info: Eve Letendre,

The Center for Art and Public Life invites the larger CCA community to join us in celebrating CONNECTS students' accomplishments.

At the CONNECTS End-of-Year Party, via PechaKucha presentations, CONNECTS externs will answer the question: "Why is CONNECTS important to your CCA experience?"

Working at various community partner sites for an academic year, CONNECTS externs serve as representatives of their organizations. Come learn why their work matters to their overall CCA experience.

CCA CONNECTS partner sites range from public K-12 schools, architecture and design firms, elder-care communities, art galleries and museums, along with a vast array of other important local arts and design organizations. 

Architecture Lecture Series

Monday, April 21, 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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LCLA operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism, oriented toward new forms of engagement with the public realm through territorial operations. It was founded in 2011 by Luis Callejas, and today operates out of offices in Medellín, Colombia, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Having obtained diverse recognition in multiple public space design competitions, Callejas was awarded the Architectural League of New York Prize for Young Architects in 2013 and was selected as one of the world’s 10 best young practices by the Iakov Chernikhov International Foundation in 2010.

In 2010, Callejas, together with Edgar Mazo and Sebastian Mejia as Paisajes Emergentes, completed the aquatic centre for the XI South American games, a 20,000-square-meter open-air complex of swimming pools and public space in Medellin, Colombia.

In 2011 Callejas, in association with E Mazo, S. Mejia, and Manuel Villa, completed the renovation of El Campin, the main soccer stadium in Colombia for the 2012 sub20 world cup. Both projects were commissioned through open international competitions.

Callejas is the author of Pamphlet Architecture 33 (Princeton Architectural Press). The competition for PA33 asked previous authors in the series to nominate the architects and theorists whose work represents the most exciting design and research in the field today.

Callejas is a faculty member of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he teaches graduate-level design studios and seminars as part of the landscape architecture department.

The 2013-14 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4; Kava Massih Architects; McCall Design Group; Perkins+Will; Pfau Long Architecture; SmithGroupJJR; BraytonHughes Design Studios; Cary Bernstein Architect; Harley Ellis Devereaux; Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Levy Design Partners; Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; ARCH Art & Drafting Supply; Blasen Landscape Architecture; David Gissen and Rachel Schreiber; Donald MacDonald, Architects; Gregory Andreas & Judith Rosenberg; Johanna Spilman; TANNERHECHT Architecture; and Group i.

Presented by the Jewelry / Metal Arts Program

Tuesday, April 22, 7:00–8:30 pm
Photo: Conor Vella

Nahl Hall, Oakland Campus
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Free and open to the public
More info: Tony Esola,

Ruudt Peters is a Dutch jeweler and sculptor. As a highly energetic person, we can find him everywhere. Teaching at Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Konstfack in Stockholm, Alchemia in Florence. Traveling in China, India, Mexico, the Old and New World, he finds new impulses for his ideas.

However peculiar, radical, and extravagant his ideas are, he always manages to present them perfectly, convincingly.

Peters will lead a workshop in addition to his lecture.


Presented by the Writing and Literature Program

Wednesday, April 23, 7:30–9:00 pm

Nahl Hall, Oakland Campus
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HearSay is the monthly literary reading series sponsored by the editorial staff of Humble Pie and the Writing and Literature Program. It features CCA students and established Bay Area writers.

All HearSay events include delicious refreshments!

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Presented by the MBA in Design Strategy Program

Thursday, April 24, 6:15–8:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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The open-house event will feature Deputy Innovation Officer for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office Shannon Spanhake, who is a leading voice in highlighting how civic innovation is shifting public/private sector partnerships and creating new opportunities for startups and social enterprises.

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Thursday, April 24, 7:00–9:30 pm

350 Kansas Street, San Francisco Campus
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Info: 510.594.3757

Please join California College of the Arts and the Center for Art and Public Life for the fourth annual IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards finalist team presentations, including the announcement of the winning teams and featuring a keynote presentation by Heather Fleming of Catapult Design.

Finalists under consideration for an IMPACT Award will give presentations to the audience and a panel of judges. The judges will quickly retire to deliberate, and at the end of the evening they will announce the winning teams and their award amounts.

The awarded projects will each receive up to $10,000. All of them must emphasize interdisciplinary engagement, social entrepreneurship, and collaborative relationships with community partners, and they must have a detailed action plan to execute their summer 2014 project that supports social and humanitarian goals.

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