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.
Info: 415.551.9214 or

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 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 Writing and Literature Program

Wednesday, April 16, 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!

Visit us at for literary and visual art from past years, and to confirm dates and times.

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.
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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 the Graduate Program in Design

Thursday, April 17, 11:30 am

Graduate Center, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public
Graduate Center, Room GC4

RSVP to Leslie Carol Roberts,

Thackara needs no introduction -- described as a "design guru, critic, and business provocateur" by Fast Company, his brilliant writing about the role design plays across civil society is followed around the world via his many books and Design Observer blog. 

Bill Moggridge urged all designers to keep a copy of Thackara's book, In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World, close at hand, to "remind you of all the new possibilities." 

Talk Highlights: What Makes a Change Lab?

To effect system-level change in health, energy, food, or mobility, a first step is often to reframe the question. In health, for example, 95 percent of person-to-person care happens outside the bio-medical system -- and how do you innovate there?

In cities, too: smart systems are useful-- but what makes cities truly smart are its citizens as they innovate new sharing platforms. Or think about mobility: the big changes under way concerns new social practices, not vehicles -- and how do you innovate those?

A second requirement in system change is that a variety of experiments, changes, and disruptions are choreographed through time. Many of these a experiments are already happening; grassroots innovation is emerging wherever people seek new ways to meet their daily life needs.

So the question becomes: What are the best ways to support, connect, and amplify these experiments?

Presented as part of the Writers Series (MFA Program in Writing)

Thursday, April 17, 4:30–5:30 pm

Writers’ Studio, San Francisco Campus
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195 De Haro at 15th Street
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More info: David Morini, or 415.551.9237

Akhil Sharma’s first novel, An Obedient Father, won the PEN/Hemingway Award. W.W. Norton will be re-releasing the paperback in April 2014. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, among other publications. 

Granta has chosen him for their once-a-decade Best Young American Novelists list. He lives in New York.

Presented by the Illustration Program

Thursday, April 17, 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Cathie Bleck is an internationally respected artist best known for her distinctive works in scratchboard and kaolin clay board. Her stylized forms are cut meticulously through inks and handmade pigments, revealing the white of the kaolin clay beneath.

Bleck has been exhibited in over 60 exhibitions internationally and archived and displayed in the collections of The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and The Library of Congress as well as a recent exhibition at Aron Packer Gallery in Chicago, Yves La Roche Gallery in Montreal, and Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland.  

She lives in Cleveland with her scientist husband, George Muschler.

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 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 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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Free and open to the public
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.