Events & Exhibitions

CCA’s dynamic public programming brings art, architecture, design, writing, and the world of ideas to life through events, lectures, exhibitions, and more.

Join us

All of CCA’s lectures, symposiums, and workshops are free, offering opportunities for students and the public to engage with cultural topics and creative practices through the work and ideas of award-winning artists, designers, authors, scholars, and alumni.

Art in action

Explore how democracy, creative activism, and voter advocacy intersect through Creative Citizens in Action’s ([email protected]) annual series of public programs, which span the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and writing.

Enjoy curated new work by our community of students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists in our contemporary galleries. Exhibitions are open to all and always free.

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Recognitions / 认 • 知, a solo exhibition by Christine Wong Yap, at the new CCA Campus Gallery in Blattner Hall.

Discover on-campus experiences

Enjoy the future of art and design all year-long in CCA’s mix of campus galleries and presentation spaces. Visitors will find new work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists in curated venues that embrace diverse perspectives and a range of contemporary approaches. Offering our students the unique opportunity to present their work and expand their practice in a professional setting, the campus galleries are also a place for our community of makers and the public to connect across contemporary art and design. Plan a visit, today.

Meet the voices of tomorrow

CCA’s graduating student showcases, presented by class year, are digital time capsules of capstone projects and culminating work across CCA’s Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities & Sciences divisions.

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Creative Citizens in Action

The Creative Citizens in Action ([email protected]) initiative provides important resources to the CCA community to power dialogue and making related to creative activism. The connected programming explores art, democratic engagement, and current affairs through public events, exhibitions, grant opportunities, voting resources, and connections to the classroom.

[email protected] is overseen by the Exhibitions and Public Programming department in partnership with Student Affairs, as well as libraries, academic divisions, communications, and faculty.

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Rewind Review Respond

Rewind Review Respond (RRR) is an online forum where CCA students write about recent events and the ideas that affect their practice, communities, and fields of study. Through writing, videos, and interviews, RRR is an opportunity to debrief on a lecture, panel, screening, or roundtable and to dive deeper into ideas discussed.

RRR is organized by the Exhibitions and Public Programming department and led by a team of student editors, writers, and designers.

Exhibitions at CCA

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March 23, 2023

The first piece in Volume 6 of Rewind Review Respond is now online (link in bio)! The piece is a review of Drum Listens to Heart Part III at the Wattis Institute by @cca_history_of_art_vc student, Renata Blanco Gorbea (@re_blanco2002). Renata also covered Part I of Drum Listens to Heart for RRR last fall.


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March 22, 2023

Women to Watch 2024: New Suns opens next Wednesday, March 29, from 5 to 7pm at the CCA Campus Gallery.

Most of us agree that the structures of our world are corrupt. But there are ways of resisting, of reshaping, of bringing a more just world into being. Each of the artists in New Suns is grounded in their own specific experiences of heritage, ritual, and belonging. Artists Sofía Córdova (@yagrumo_yal), Nicki Green (@nickigreenstudio), Cathy Lu (@_cathyclu_), Adia Millett (@adiamillett), and Genevieve Quick (@genevieve_q) hold different histories of oppression and joy in tension in their work, while sharing a common commitment to the practice of creative world-building. With radical hope, they imagine different practices of coexistence, crafting propositions for life oriented around different suns. More information is available at the link in our bio.

This exhibition is supported by The San Francisco Advocacy for the National Museum of Women in the Arts (@nmwasf) and was curated by Lauren Schell Dickens, Chief Curator at San José Museum of Art.

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March 15, 2023

This is the last week to see Recognitions / 认 • 知, a solo exhibition by @christinewongyap at the CCA Campus Gallery. The gallery is open 11am–7pm today, 11am–4pm Thursday and Friday.

Photo by Josef Jacques

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March 14, 2023

Thanks to everyone who came to the [email protected] Belonging Symposium on March 4!

The [email protected] Belonging Symposium was an afternoon of participatory workshops, conversations and activations that explored the various dimensions of Belonging, unpacking its manyfold perspectives, premises and tensions. The goal of this symposium was to set in motion a reciprocal and generative dialogue among the members of CCA community about the conditions for belonging as a space of safety, care and virtuous mutualism.

The Symposium kicked off with a Conversation About Belonging featuring Vice President of DEIB Tricia Brand and 2022 Creative Citizenship Fellow Christine Wong Yap. The conversation was followed by a panel and parallel workshops led by CCA faculty Faith Adiele, Genevieve Hyacinthe, Steve Jones, and Michael Washington. 

After the symposium, guests were encouraged to attend an interactive tabling session featuring work by faculty Ana Llorente, Stephanie Sherman, and guest artist Maureen Burdock, and view interactive installations curated by [email protected] Student Fellows Shreya Shankar (MArch ‘23) and Layla Namak (MArch ‘25).

View a recording of the opening conversation and more photos in the [email protected] Archive (link in bio).

Photos by Tariq Stone and Nick Bruno.

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