Events + Exhibitions

California College of the Arts (CCA) offers interdisciplinary programming of more than 150 art shows, talks, exhibitions, and events each year to foster meaningful dialogue among artists and the wider community. Featured and current events on both Bay Area campuses, throughout San Francisco, and in our galleries, including the acclaimed Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, echo the creative and intellectual curiosity that make CCA a top-ranked art school.


Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018, at 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. Our exhibitions present voices of today and tomorrow. Attend gallery art shows and view new work by emerging student talent, internationally recognized faculty, and influential artists visiting from across the globe. All of CCA’s public events and exhibitions are free and open to all.

Exhibitions at CCA

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Sept. 10, 2019

Amy Tavern, one of the five "Women to Watch" featured in Surfacing Histories Sculpting Memories at the Hubbell Street Galleries this month, is hosting an online exhibition of her own work on her instagram page, @amytavern, this week!⁠

Amy was in residence at the beautiful Bær Art Center in the north of Iceland this summer. Her online exhibition, Blálilja, highlights process and inspiration images, writing, and finished drawings developed during this residency.⁠

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Sunday studio and another glimpse of my Bær online exhibition, which I’ve been preparing for all day... I’m excited to share the title of the show and this collage detail of the same name: “Blálilja/ Blue lily.” Blálilja is one of my favorite plants that I identified while at the residency and its form and colors continue to captivate me. I’ll show the entire collage this coming Tuesday, September 10 when the exhibition begins, along with a picture of the actual plant. (And, if you’re curious, Blálilja is pronounced basically, “bl-ow-lil-ya”.) #blálilja #bluelily #onlineexhibition #exhibition #artistresidency #collage #colorstudy #iceland #heimaerbest #amytavern ⁠

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Sept. 9, 2019

Now that you're back on campus and all settled in, take a few minutes to tour the 2019 Curator's Award Exhibition on the San Francisco Campus! Award-winning work by recent grads from all four divisions (Humanities and Sciences, Architecture, Design, and Fine Arts) is on view on the second floor of 80 Carolina and in the Student Center in the main building.⁠

📷 Alexander Kozachek, "Soaring Machine and Flight Kit," 2019. Aircraft-grade spruce, walnut, Ceconite ultralight fabric, leather soaring machine.⁠

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Sept. 6, 2019

Opening tonight at Fine Ideas and Art on Telegraph Ave. in Oakland: "We Bloomed Here," a group show featuring work by current CCA students and alums, including Berlin Gabrielle Barrera, Eleni Berg, Lindsey Reddick, Maya Djiji, Michael Diamond, and Miki Wang. Also featuring music by: Alai the Guy (Xavier Daniel)!⁣⁠
Opening Night in Oakland’s First Friday⁣⁠
September 6th, 5-9pm⁣⁠
Location: Fine Ideas and Art, 2440 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94612

@berlingabriellebarrera_art @mayadjiji @eleniberg @lindz.redd @alai.theguy @mikiwiiii @miichae1

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Sept. 5, 2019

Four exhibitions open tonight at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries in San Francisco, from 5:30-7:30pm!⁣

MFA Fine Arts All-College Honors & Scholarship Awards Exhibition (151 Hubbell)⁣⁣
September 3–19⁣⁣

The Glass Cube Project (131 Hubbell)⁣⁣
September 3–27⁣⁣

Surfacing Histories Sculpting Memories (161 Hubbell)⁣⁣
September 3–October 4⁣⁣

Separation Anxiety (PLAySPACE / 141 Hubbell)⁣⁣
September 5–26⁣⁣

📷 Amy Tavern, "The Ocean is a Universe/The Universe is an Ocean," 2019 (detail). On view in Surfacing Histories Sculpting Memories at 161 Hubbell through October 4

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Tonight “Women to Watch: Surfacing Histories Sculpting Memories” opens! Please join me and fellow artists @lavathomas @juliaannegoodman @sandra_ono_ and @yagrumo_yal from 5:30-7:30pm at CCA’s Hubbell Street Galleries, 161 Hubbell Street in San Francisco... #installation #paper #universe #ocean #parallelworlds
#californiacollegeofthearts ⁠#wtw #womentowatch #nmwa #amytavern

'What we offer is free' exhibition at Hubbell Street Galleries

Installation view of What We Offer Is Free, an exhibition honoring Ted Purves at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries in 2017

Watch the future of art and design unfold

Exhibitions at our San Francisco and Oakland campuses and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts serve our community as sites of experimentation and investigation. With over 100 art shows mounted each year, visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists.

Oliver Art Center

Oliver Art Center with work by retired faculty member Linda Fleming

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 fine arts students plan, promote, and install individual senior exhibitions, and graduating students from all programs are invited to create work for the annual Commencement Exhibition.

PLAySPACE is a graduate student–run gallery that provides the resources for student artists and curators to conceptualize and present long-term exhibitions, whereas the Project Space Takeover program offers more informal opportunities to share and develop works-in-progress, including performances, social practice projects, collaborations, readings, screenings, prototypes, and experiments.

Attendees viewing artwork at the 2019 Alma Mater Exhibition

The opening reception for Alma Mater, an exhibition at the Hubbell Street Galleries showcasing work by over 160 CCA alumnx

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.

Address and hours
161, 151, 141, and 131 Hubbell Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 (map)
Mon–Wed and Fri, noon–5 pm
Thu, noon–7:30 pm

Male dancing on lighted floor at PLAySPACE opening reception

A visitor interacts with This Might Be Just The Place by Jaime Knight at PLAySPACE Gallery in spring 2019


PLAySPACE, The Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is a graduate student–run exhibition program that provides the resources for student artists and curators to conceptualize and present programming oriented toward the academic community. PLAySPACE is operated by a team of current graduate students that receives an annual staffing stipend and operating budget to present exhibitions, programs, and more for the duration of their directorship.

Address and hours
141 Hubbell Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 (map)
Tue-Thu, 4–7 pm

people talking and looking at art in a large, white room.

The opening reception for Making (It) Work at the Oliver Art Center

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.

Address and hours
5212 Broadway Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618 (map)
Mon–Fri, noon–5 pm

Attendees clapping their hands at Everything is Sacred exhibition opening

The opening reception for Everything is Sacred, an exhibition presented by the Students of Color Coalition at Isabelle Percy West Gallery in spring 2019

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.

Address and hours
5212 Broadway Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618 (map)
Mon–Fri, noon–5 pm

CCA Wattis exhibit

Doing the Best I Can, an exhibition of work by Diamond Stingily at CCA Wattis Institute

Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Founded in 1998 at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and located a few blocks from its campus, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is a nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute dedicated to contemporary art and ideas.

As an exhibition space, the Wattis commissions and shows new work by emerging and established artists from around the world. As a research institute, it dedicates an entire year to reflect on the work of a single artist, which informs a regular series of public programs and publications involving the field’s most prominent artists and thinkers. The Wattis also hosts the annual Capp Street Artist-in-Residence, which is one of the earliest and longest-running artist-in-residence programs in the country.

Address and hours
360 Kansas Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 (map)
Tue–Sat, noon–6 pm

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