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.

Students exploring the artwork at Wattis Institute.

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 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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June 29, 2022

Ann Liu’s illustrations on Ecopoesis, inspired by Jenny Odell’s April 2022 lecture at CCA, show how all kinds of kin on Earth inhabit the same spaces.⁠

These illustrations were published to Rewind Review Respond this spring as part of its fourth volume (link in bio). ⁠

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June 28, 2022

"In the present, we see how settler-colonialism continues to be romanticized in the American imagination. Meanwhile, the violent practices of resource extraction and land dispossession abound, all for the benefit of the U.S. state."⁠

Read "Against the Romanticization of Settler-Colonialism," Liz Godbey's response to Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's March 2022 lecture at CCA, on Rewind Review Respond (link in bio).⁠

[ID: Artwork by Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith overlaid with a transparent blue film and the "New Review" in capitalized sans serif font.]⁠

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June 27, 2022

"Recounting an encounter is always a risky enterprise. What is included or excluded, what is written or omitted, is the dilemma. This issue is inseparable from writing. That is why I decided to corrupt it (somewhat), to distort it (somehow). That is why, in these semi-fictionalized meetings with Wendi Wang, Katayoun Bahrami, and Roy Vessil, the employment of certain rhetorical figures, such as the periphrasis, or the appeal to the reader, elicits a kind of Brechtian verfremdungseffekt, making it obvious for all listeners that, even if we often try, life cannot be transcribed."⁠

"MY THree encounters," a fictionalized essay by Marco Bene⁠,⁠ appears in Digital Drawing Room⁠, a collection of thematic essays, video interviews, epistolary forms, and fictionalization by students in Glen Helfand's Art and Language GELECT/Curatorial Practice course. Read the entire Digital Drawing Room collection now on Rewind Review Respond (link in bio).⁠

Image: Detail of Roy Vessil's studio, hands and miniature piece, 2022. Photo by Marco Bene.⁠

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June 24, 2022

"We are like bees. Bees, they make honey, they eat the honey themselves, right? So we make the music and we consume it ourselves as the communal thing is as simple as that, we don't make music for anybody else. ⁠

At that moment when the music is blasting, we are playing music and singing the songs together and dancing together… It is our way to honor our ancestors depending on the ceremony, is a way for some of us were going through life experiences and having a bad day to forget about all the things that are happening behind the scenes to just come out and celebrate life.⁠"⁠

⁠From "We Are Like Bees," a conversation with teacher, dancer, and drummer Kwesi Anku, published to the [email protected] Fluid Mutualism portal page (link in bio). This is the final text commissioned for the 2021-22 Fluid Mutualism program.⁠

Kwesi Anku received his training in West African music, dancing and drumming at the University of Legon, Ghana. After obtaining his BFA in Dance in 2004, he became a teaching assistant for the School of Performing Arts, working with local students and study abroad participants, namely from: UC Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford and San Francisco State University. He is also an accomplished performer, having performed with the Ghana Dance Ensemble and the Performing Arts Workshop, two of Ghana’s most prestigious dance ensembles. Since moving to the East Bay, he worked for World Arts West and the SF Ethnic Dance Festival. Kwesi is the Director of Student Development and Training at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to maintaining classes as a West African drumming dance instructor, Kwesi is also a principal dancer in elder CK Ladzekpo’s West African Music and Dance Ensemble.⁠

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