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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.

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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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Nov. 20, 2019

"'Highlights' by Olivia Louise Hale is a direct response to her experience working in the cannabis industry and the misogyny and sexism that exists within that space. With her digital paintings, she calls attention to and honors inspirational women and the diversity within the cannabis industry. Her screen printed posters challenge the objectification of women in cannabis advertisements showing that the sexualization of female bodies is not necessary or even desired."⁠

"Highlights" by Olivia Louise Hale is on view in the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries November 18-22, with a reception TONIGHT (Wednesday, November 20) from 5:30–7:30pm.⁠

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Nov. 19, 2019

This "teapot, made with copper, is like the state of my freshman year. It is a space-conscious work. The leaves in the teapot looked like I was, irrigated by the teapot, feeling the place is knowledge and nutrition. It's like a state of curiosity about the community."⁠

"Circle," by Yuze Gui, is on view in the Oliver Art Center November 18–22, with a reception tomorrow night, 5:30–7:30pm.⁠

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Nov. 18, 2019


GRAD STUDENTS!! Project Space Takeover applications are due 1 week from today (November 25, 11:59pm)!!!⁠

The Project Space is a place to test ideas and present both completed work and work-in-progress to a broader public audience. Project Space Takeovers must contain a public-facing component and do not need to be formal exhibitions. Performance, social practice projects, collaborations, readings, screenings, prototypes, experiments, installations, and other forms are all welcome. Students may apply with a solo project, or as part of a larger collaborative group. More info in link in bio.⁠

📷 Set up for Project Space activation on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 by River Black, Becca Imrich, and guest artist Miriam Dym of Logo Removal Service.⁠

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Nov. 15, 2019

"Dwelling in Possibilities," by Yiwei (Cara) Sun, "reveals the phenomenon of social injustice towards women that still exists in [her] Chinese cultural background." ⁠

The exhibition is on view in the Oliver Art Center next week, November 18-22, with a reception on Wednesday, November 20, 5:30–7:30pm.⁠

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'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)
Monday–Friday, noon–5 pm, Thursday, noon–7:30 pm

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

PLAySPACE Gallery

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)
Thursdays, 4 pm–7:30 pm and by appointment

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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.

Address and hours
5212 Broadway Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618 (map)
Monday–Friday, 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)
Monday–Friday, 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)
Tuesday–Saturday, noon–6 pm

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