Photo by Nicholas Lea Bruno/CCA.

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

Due to CCA’s ongoing response to the evolving COVID–19 outbreak, we have suspended events and exhibitions until further notice. This action follows recommendations by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and other health officials. Visit the CCA COVID–19 information page for updates.

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. 29, 2020

Open Applications!⁠
CCA students, faculty, staff, and alumni are all invited to participate in this open call for artwork and poster designs. This will become part of a visual activation featuring expressions of creative activism from the CCA community. ⁠
The deadline for participation is October 4, 2020, 11:59pm⁠

Remember work must be related to creative activism, civic engagement, and/or democratic participation. Topics may include voting, voting rights and access, racial equity, social justice, climate justice, immigrant rights, queer rights, indigenous rights, gun reform, and/or any issue that is meaningful to you at this particular moment in time. Collaborative work is welcome and previous, current, and new work are all acceptable!⁠

#creativecitizensinaction #CCArts

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Sept. 24, 2020

Meet 13 emerging artists (including Consuelo Tupper and Zhongyu Yuan!!!) who are shifting cultural paradigms on Thursday, October 1, 7–8pm! Free with registration, link in bio.⁠
Presented by SOMArts in partnership with San Francisco Foundation and curated by Kevin B. Chen, The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition is designed to further the development of Bay Area MFA students and foster the exploration of their artistic potential in hybrid practice, installation, mixed media, painting, photography, and sculpture. ⁠

📷 @somarts⁠

#emergingarts #sfarts #fineart #gradschool #sfai #mills #cca #sfsu #sjsu #kevinchen #scholarship #award

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Sept. 22, 2020

It’s #NationalVoterRegistrationDay! Are you ready to vote for the 2020 Election? Swipe to see the four steps you need to know in order to register, key voting deadlines, and other helpful tips. Have more questions? Follow our link in bio to learn more.⁠

#creativecitizensinaction #ccavotes #CCArts #californiacollegeofthearts @cacollegeofarts @NatlVoterRegDay

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Sept. 21, 2020

Meet us for our first ever Wednesday Virtual Brunch! #CCAfaculty Sam Vernon and Bay Area-based artists, arts administrators, and activists will discuss how they’ve transitioned art and programming in the times of social distancing. To register for this [email protected] event, Wednesday September 23, from 11 am - 12:30 pm follow the link in bio!⁠

⁠Participants include members of the Working Class & BIPOC Grant Campaign, Ashara Ekundayo, Astria Suparak, PJ Gubatina Policarpio, and Martin Strickland.

#creativecitizensinaction #CCArts #californiacollegeofthearts ⁠

'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.

Seriously Weird: CCA Illustration Biennial Alumni & Faculty Exhibition, which took place at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries in November, 2019

Seriously Weird: CCA Illustration Biennial Alumni & Faculty Exhibition, which took place at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries in November, 2019

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.

161, 151, 141, and 131 Hubbell Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 (map)

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.

141 Hubbell Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 (map)

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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.

5212 Broadway Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618 (map)

Minami Oya and her installation, Collective Consciousness, at Isabelle Percy West Gallery in February, 2020:

Minami Oya and her installation, Collective Consciousness, at Isabelle Percy West Gallery in February, 2020

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.

5212 Broadway Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618 (map)

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.

360 Kansas Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 (map)

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

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