Emanata, the 2017 MFA in Comics exhibition. Photo: Karelia Arredondo

Events + Exhibitions

California College of the Arts (CCA) offers a robust schedule of more than 150 exhibitions, talks, events, and featured events each year on both Bay Area campuses, throughout the city, in our galleries, and at the acclaimed CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Our interdisciplinary programming and venues foster meaningful dialogue among artists and the wider community.

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Tracy K. Smith reading at CCA, 2017

Important perspectives from multiple disciplines

At CCA, you can attend numerous free lecture series that feature cinematic visionaries, architectural powerhouses, and photographic and design game-changers; worldwide renewable energy conferences and industry networking meetups; breathtaking, thought-provoking fine arts exhibitions; and much more.

Our wide range of programming—both on campus and off—echoes the creative adjacencies, inclusive priorities, and intellectual curiosity that make CCA a top-ranked art college.

Recent featured events

Whether you seek an evening of conversation with a modern maker or to visit a show of new work, our featured programming brings exciting, contemporary discussions to the fore.

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Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018; Wattis Institute; Choreographic Service No.2: Some Proximity, 2014, Duration variable, Two dancers and one writer: Justin Kennedy, Josh Johnson, and Jonathan P. Watts/Michele Carlson; photo: Allie Fora

For audiences across the Bay Area

We bring award-winning artists, designers, authors, scholars, and alumni to the Bay Area to engage and inspire audiences with lectures, performances, and workshops. All of CCA’s public events are free and open to all.

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Tahir Hemphill greets visitors at the Tahir Hemphill: Mapper's Delight exhibition opening

Recent events

From book signings to gallery openings to town hall–style discussions, recent CCA programming exemplifies the college’s commitment to sustainability, social justice, and community building.

CCA Faculty Exhibition, 2017

2017 CCA Faculty Exhibition

Our exhibitions present voices of today and tomorrow

Attend a gallery show and view new work by emerging student talent, internationally recognized faculty, and influential artists visiting from across the globe.

Current and upcoming exhibitions

Senior exhibitions, programmatic semester shows, group award presentations, and more premiere at our San Francisco and Oakland campus galleries.

Recently featured

Throughout the year, we plan a robust and diverse array of shows that elevate multiple disciplines and meaningful queries.

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Take Action (installation view), 2018, Hubbell Street Galleries

CCA hosts For Freedoms initiatives

For Freedoms is a nationwide artist-driven platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. The project—founded in 2016 by alumnus Hank Willis Thomas (MFA Fine Arts/Visual and Critical Studies 2004) and artist Eric Gottesman—seeks to use art to deepen public discussions of civic issues and galvanize our society toward a more representative and transparent government.

To support this important work, CCA presented a Creative Citizens in Action series with For Freedoms Town Hall events, the politically charged exhibition Take Action, maker events, and an election results viewing party.

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Equity on the Edge (installation view), 2018

Designing possibilities for climate resilience

The exhibition Equity on the Edge at CCA Hubbell Street Galleries presented research, design proposals, and decision-making tools focused on creating a more ecologically resilient Bay Area. Projects shown in Equity on the Edge asked how new attitudes toward land—its stability at the edge of the bay, ownership, and role in wealth creation—might strengthen resilience to climate change by building greater social and racial equity.

Curated by CCA’s Urban Works Agency (UWA), Equity on the Edge featured contributions from graduate and undergraduate student coursework, as well as work from UWA’s research and design production, generated for the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.

Meet the Exhibitions team

We’re dedicated to helping students connect with their peers while developing presentation skills that prepare them for their professional future. Each semester we support an incredible range of events and exhibitions that highlight work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists.

The Exhibitions team’s offices are located in the CCA Hubbell Street Gallery at 161 Hubbell Street. Stop by and say hi, or send your exhibition inquiries directly to [email protected].

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Three galleries across two campuses

Located on both San Francisco and Oakland campuses, our galleries serve our community as sites of experimentation and transcendent investigation. With hundreds of shows mounted each year, visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists.

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Exterior of 161 Hubbell.

Hubbell Street Galleries

Located near the corner of Hubbell and 16th, four individual spaces comprise Hubbell Street Galleries. They’re home to the CCA Exhibitions office, galleries showcasing work by CCA students and visiting artists, PLAySPACE graduate student gallery, and the Project Space for short-term experimental work.

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Oliver Art Center with work by retired faculty member Linda Fleming.

Oliver Art Center

The Oliver Art Center is an expansive exhibition space in the center of the Oakland campus. The gallery presents lively, rotating displays of contemporary painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and experimental work by both emerging and established artists.

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Nancy Selvin Travel Award Exhibition (installation view), 2018.

Isabelle Percy West Gallery

Isabelle Percy West Gallery is located on the mezzanine level of Nahl Hall on the Oakland campus. This intimate space typically features student work from across CCA’s diverse programs.

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Show your work in a CCA gallery

Each campus gallery is an integral part of the CCA curriculum. By mounting exhibitions, students gain professional skills in curation, preparation, production, and documentation.

During their senior year, undergraduate students plan, promote, and install individual senior exhibitions, and graduating students are invited to create work for the annual Commencement Exhibition. PLAySPACE, located in the Hubbell Street Galleries, is a graduate student-run exhibition program that provides the resources for student artists and curators to conceptualize and present programming that is oriented toward the academic community.

All members of the CCA community may submit proposals to exhibit in the Hubbell Street Galleries, Oliver Art Center, Isabelle Percy West Gallery, or Oakland’s A2 Café.

Find what’s next in our calendar of exhibitions and events

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