Events & Exhibitions

CCA’s interdisciplinary programming offers more than 150 events and exhibitions each year to foster meaningful dialogue among artists and the wider community.

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 by Allie Fora.

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 by Allie Fora.

We present our work and investigations through virtual and public programs, in-person and online exhibitions, satellite websites, and more. These experiences from across our academic divisions and galleries, including the acclaimed CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, echo the creative and intellectual curiosity that drive the CCA community.

And you’re invited. From wherever you are, explore online exhibitions by our graduating students, watch CCA events and lectures, attend live virtual presentations, and take part in efforts of resiliency and change as a creative activist. This is your chance to learn and make personal connections with art, architecture, design, and writing in a hybrid, inclusive way.

Our galleries are currently open to the public with proof of vaccination. Face masks are required at all times. View each gallery’s hours and admission details.

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

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

Watch the future of art and design unfold

Campus galleries are an integral part of the CCA curriculum. Students gain professional skills by mounting exhibitions in these galleries, and Bay Area visitors get to enjoy new work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists in curated spaces that embrace diverse perspectives and a range of contemporary approaches.

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Meet the voices of tomorrow

CCA’s graduating student showcases, presented by class year, are digital time capsules of capstone projects and culminating work.

2022 Showcase

Featuring work by graduating students, the showcase represents the diversity of practice across CCA’s Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities & Sciences divisions. Navigate the full showcase experience on Portal, and check out the Deans’ Spotlight collection of outstanding projects from each academic division

Deans' Spotlights

The deans of CCA’s four academic divisions selected students whose submissions to the 2022 Showcase deserve special recognition. Every student work chosen for a Deans’ Spotlight (displayed below) demonstrates excellence in theory and practice.

All of CCA’s online programming is free, offering opportunities to engage with cultural topics through the work and ideas of award-winning artists, designers, authors, scholars, and alumni.

See the latest work from our creative community

Our in-person and virtual exhibitions connect the curious to the work of our students, teachers, and guest artists. In galleries in and around CCA and in curated online spaces, we bridge theory and practice by presenting the dynamic work of students who are taking risks and asking provocative questions. Visiting artists further enliven our gallery spaces in timely installations of their latest work.

Exhibitions at CCA

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March 4, 2022

Today is the last (packed!) day of the [email protected] Fluid Mutualism Symposium! ⁠

Join us at 11am for a Zoom lecture by Quill Christie-Peters and Valincy-Jean Patelli on Restitution through Visual Art, at 3pm in the Nave Alcove for a Beading Workshop by Quinton Cabellon, at 5pm in the Nave for a hip hop, reggaetón, house and cumbia dance party with DJ MalaVida, and at 6pm in the Nave Alcove for a Compassionate Movement Workshop with Niv Rajendra! More info about all of these events is available at our link in bio.⁠

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@fluidmutualism #CreativeCitizensInAction⁠

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March 3, 2022

This Friday, DJ MalaVida will be spinning hip hop, reggaetón, house and cumbia in the Nave from 5 to 6pm! Come dance the stress away with us. Free and open to the CCA community.⁠

Born in La Haciendita, Guanajuato Mx and raised in the south side of Chicago. Noemi Martinez (Dj MalaVida) is a queer artist who promotes healing through joy, knowledge, and movement. Heavily influenced by the dynamic all women collective Chulita Vinyl Club, MalaVida began cultivating heavy brass and percussion melodies. Spinning Mambo, Hip Hop, Reggaetón, House, and of course Cucucucumbiaa. Creating vibrations that suspend time as you are bound to hear a familiar tune that will invoke memories allowing you to enjoy the present. Connecting you to your roots through rhythm and dance. Preserving culture one vinyl at a time. Música del barrio para el barrio.⁠

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@fluidmutualism #CreativeCitizensInAction

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March 3, 2022

The last event of the [email protected] Fluid Mutualism Symposium, the Compassionate Movement Workshop led by @ccagradfinearts student and [email protected] Student Fellow Niv Rajendra (@nivi_noo) is an opportunity to subvert colonial x capitalist powers by repositioning agency within our body’s innate ability to hold breath, compassion and reciprocity. The workshop acts as a site for critical praxis, producing moments of embodied thinking that are aligned with Indigenous frameworks and technology.⁠

In this workshop we will work through ancient Vedic breathwork techniques, somatic movement exercises, dialogue and choreography. These processes hope to inspire more caring ways of building networks with humans and non-humans alike.⁠

This workshop will take place in the Nave Alcove this Friday, March 4, 6–7pm. Free and open to the CCA community.⁠

Image courtesy of Niv Rajendra.⁠

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March 2, 2022

Community and creative activism is at the core of the upcoming [email protected] Fluid Mutualism Symposium (@fluidmutualism) starting next week March 1-4, 2022! Creative Citizens in Action at CCA present SiouxBean (@siouxbean) Broken: Making Something from Nothing, a performance on Thursday, March 3rd at 5:00pm. Register now for this free event, live streamed on Zoom.⁠

The [email protected] Fluid Mutualism Symposium is a weeklong series of talks, workshops, teach-ins, exhibitions, and activations that explore how our quality of life is dependent on assembly and communal responsibility—two of the five pillars of the Communal Flower, a model for understanding communality in the ancient philosophy and daily practice of Indigenous nations in southern Mexico. The Fluid Mutualism program is organized by 2021-2022 [email protected] Faculty Coordinator Professor V. The complete schedule is available at our link in bio.⁠

SiouxBean (siouxbean) Broken: Making Something from Nothing, explores the process of art and clay as vehicles for community, engagement, and sharing of our agricultural histories through performative socially engaged projects. He celebrates and examines the connections between food, clay, and culture, specifically in Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities. ⁠

As founder of SEED (sac.seed ), POC owned and operated art studio based in Sacramento California, he explores culture through art as a vehicle for social change, championing of justice rights movements through the studio as a social platform, and the continued mission to provide safe, secure, and sustainable studio practices. SEED welcomes all members of the community.⁠

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Online events are open to the general public, while events that take place in person on CCA's San Francisco campus are limited to the CCA community. This event is organized in partnership with the CCA UDIST Program and SEED. It is part of the [email protected] Fluid Mutualism Symposium and is funded in part by an endowment gift to support The Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series at CCA, an annual series of public programs focused on creative activism. ⁠

( #📷 @edithgarciastudio )

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