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 the city, 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 in San Francisco.

a lively panel of artists engages with the audience at an art gallery.

Artist panel at the closing of Making it Work, a group show about creating art while parenting

Important perspectives from multiple disciplines

Our featured programming includes free lectures by visiting artists, gallery openings, and a wide range of art world offerings that bring contemporary discussions to the fore.


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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July 23, 2019

Alma Mater: Methods exhibition highlight of the week from Leora Lutz (MFA Fine Arts, MA Visual & Critical Studies 2014) @azuretoll ⁣

Alma Mater: Methods⁣⁣⁣
CCA Alumni Exhibition⁣⁣⁣
June 15 - July 26⁣⁣⁣
CCA Hubbell Street Galleries⁣⁣⁣
Gallery hours: Thursdays + Fridays from noon-5pm and by appointment⁣⁣⁣

For the second iteration of the college’s biennial series of alumni exhibitions programming, CCA Exhibitions and the CCA Alumni Association will partner to highlight the idea of process within the practices of recent alumni from across the college’s four divisions: Fine Arts, Design, Architecture, and Humanities and Sciences. The exhibition will explore shared threads in artistic practices of sketching, note-taking, modeling, mapping, drafting, and rendering. These process-based methods expose the pathways creative individuals depend upon to obtain a final product or idea. By celebrating this amorphousness through the form of an exhibition, Alma Mater: Methods will move beyond what is often exhibited within the white cube—finality, succinct expression, monetary value—and will instead prioritize a thinking-through-making approach that is shared among the college’s creative communities and disciplines. It is here where conversations begin, new connections form, and low stakes are valued. ⁣⁣⁣

Alma Mater: Methods is curated by @bethabes @mikgaspay @tanyagayer @hobstetter_architecture

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July 22, 2019

This Saturday, July 27, we recommend stopping by CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions to see "Female Trouble 2," featuring work by Alumnx Resident Jamee Crusan. Later on Saturday afternoon, make your way over to the Hubbell Street Galleries for Jamee and Zachary Royer Scholz' artist talk/open studio event (more info at link in bio).⁣⁠
@cultexhibitions (1217B Fell Street) is open Friday and Saturday 12–6pm and by appointment. "Female Trouble 2" is up through August 3. ⁣⁠
From CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions:⁣⁠
"Female Trouble 2 features the work of female, non-binary, and trans artists whose work takes up the racialized and gendered body as a site of artistic and critical investigation. Michele Pred’s work addresses issues such as reproductive rights, gun violence, and the race and gender pay gap, with messages such as “VOTE PRO CHOICE” and “FEMINIST AS FUCK” emblazoned with LED lights on vintage handbags. Jamee Crusan explores non-binary identity, queer desire and “queer exhaustion” through performative sculpture and video. Desiree Holman explores the body as a collective site through new ceramic sculptures depicting an intimate choreography of flesh on flesh. Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle bears witness to African and African American women who have disappeared from the historical record. Maria Guzman Capron and Trulee Hall portray the female form as raw, potent, authoritative and taking up all the space. Says Guzman Capron of her work: 'I make powerful creatures: muscular, extremely flexible, hyper-human, more than what we could be. Each piece is a potential being that is female, animal, humorous, and otherworldly. They are rooted in the feminine but not limited by it, seeking to go beyond a binary to a hyperbolic self.'"⁣⁠
📷 Jamee Crusan's studio at 141 Hubbell Street. Photo by Nicholas Lea Bruno.⁠

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July 19, 2019

This prototype by Harsh Patel was amongst the pieces selected by CCA faculty for special recognition at the 2019 Commencement Exhibition. For the next year, you'll be able to visit it in 80 Carolina on the SF campus!⁣⁠
📷 Harsh Patel, "Deviant Behavior - Prototype 1," 2019. Steam-bent quarter-sawn ash.⁠⁣⁠
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In his thesis project titled Prototype 1 Deviant Behavior @cca_arch_div graduate student Harsh Patel (@_harsh___) explores the deviancies in standardized wood using a co-dependent joinery system that allows the material to move over time by realizing its natural stresses. 📸: #CCAArchitecture

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July 18, 2019

#tbt to Eleni Berg's senior exhibition, "I Decided to Sprout," in the Oliver Art Center in April 2019.⁣⁠
#ccaexhibitions #ccarts #ccafinearts #californiacollegeoftheartsalumni #californiacollegeofthearts @eleniberg⁠

'What we offer is free' exhibition at Hubbell Street Galleries

Watch the future of art and design unfold

Exhibitions at our San Francisco and Oakland campuses and Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts serve our community as sites of experimentation and transcendent investigation. With hundreds of art shows mounted each year, visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists.

Guests attending "Making it Work" opening at Oliver Art Center in Oakland

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 students plan, promote, and install individual senior exhibitions, and graduating students are invited to create work for the annual Commencement Exhibition. PLAySPACE, located in the Hubbell Street Galleries, is a graduate student–run exhibition program that provides the resources for student artists and curators to conceptualize and present programming.

All members of the CCA community may submit proposals to exhibit in the Hubbell Street Galleries, Oliver Art Center, Isabelle Percy West Gallery, or Oakland’s A2 Café. Multidisciplinary teams that include graduate students from more than one program are encouraged to apply for PLAySPACE directorship; applications open during the second half of the fall semester prior to the the academic year for which a team is applying.

Exterior view of Hubbell Street Galleries

Exterior of 161 Hubbell

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)
Mon–Wed and Fri, noon–5 pm
Thu, noon–7:30 pm

Oliver Art Center

Oliver Art Center with work by retired faculty member Linda Fleming

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)
Mon–Fri, noon–5 pm

Nancy Selvin Travel Award Exhibition installation view

Nancy Selvin Travel Award Exhibition (installation view), 2018

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)
Mon–Fri, noon–5 pm

PlaySpace opening, 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 MFA exhibits, programs, and more for the duration of their directorship.

Address and hours
141 Hubbell Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 (map)
Tue-Thu, 4–7 pm

CCA Wattis exhibit

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)
Tue–Sat, noon–6 pm

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