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.

Our contemporary galleries offer Bay Area visitors the chance to enjoy curated new work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists. Exhibitions are open to everyone and always free.


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.

CCA Wattis Institute

A nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute

CCA established the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in 1998 as a forum for the discussion and presentation of leading-edge art and culture. The Wattis Institute works with artists in two distinct ways: as an exhibition space and a research institute. It also collaborates with students and faculty members in multidisciplinary programs at CCA, including the Curatorial Practice, Fine Arts, and Visual and Critical Studies graduate programs.

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CURP students and artists installing the plaYplaYplaY exhibition.

Graduate student-run programming

PLAySPACE, an acronym for the Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is an interdisciplinary space of exhibitions-related experimentation and practical learning for CCA graduate students. Student artists and curators have the freedom and opportunity to conceptualize and produce experimental programming while gaining professional development experience. PLAySPACE programming can happen everywhere through partnerships and pop-ups on-campus and off.

A hand holds up newsprint that says “VOTE” to a window on CCA’s campus.

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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Aug. 7, 2022

Are you a CCA Student with new work to show? ⁠
😲 Submit your artwork to New Look 2022, an inclusive exhibition celebrating creative contributions by ALL CCA students. ⁠
🖼️As the first exhibition on our unified campus, New Look 2022 is an opportunity for students to introduce themselves and their work to the CCA community at large.⁠
🌲Visit the NEW LOOK 2022 link in our linktree to submit your work!⁠
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Installation by BFA students Joel Lithgow and Joseph Blake at the Fluid Mutualism symposium spring 2022⁠
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📸Photo by Nicholas Lea Bruno @lea_brun0

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Aug. 6, 2022

SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO NEW LOOK 2022⁠
😲 Submit your artwork to New Look 2022, an inclusive exhibition celebrating creative contributions by ALL CCA students. ⁠
🖼️As the first exhibition on our unified campus, New Look 2022 is an opportunity for students to introduce themselves and their work to the CCA community at large.⁠
🌲Visit the NEW LOOK 2022 link in our linktree to submit your work!⁠
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Seráb Sarabia, installing his work in the 35th Annual Barclay Simpson MFA Award Exhibition⁠ in spring 2022⁠
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📸Photo by Nicholas Lea Bruno @lea_brun0

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Aug. 5, 2022

⁠‼️CALLING ALL CCA STUDENTS‼️⁠
😲 Submit your artwork to New Look 2022, an inclusive exhibition celebrating creative contributions by ALL CCA students. ⁠
🖼️As the first exhibition on our unified campus, New Look 2022 is an opportunity for students to introduce themselves and their work to the CCA community at large.⁠
🌲Visit the NEW LOOK 2022 link in our linktree to submit your work!⁠
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Sofie Ramos, Fortress, in plaYplaYplaY at @ccaplayspace in spring 2022⁠
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📸Photo by Nicholas Lea Bruno @lea_brun0

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Aug. 3, 2022

All hands on deck: today marks 30 days until the first week of class 🌸 The Exhibitions Department is gearing up for a great semester of events, exhibitions, talks, and more! Sign up for our newsletter for updates on events, as well as information on how to get involved in our CCA-centered programs. 🤠⁠
Find the link in our linktree.⁠
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Image:⁠ Installation view of Androgony King's photos in plaYplaYplaY, PLAySPACE Gallery, Spring 2022. ⁠
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