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.
Featured events and programs
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.
Creative Citizens Series
Enjoy curated new work by our community of students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists in our contemporary galleries. Exhibitions are open to all and always free.
Discover on-campus experiences
Enjoy the future of art and design all year-long in CCA’s mix of campus galleries and presentation spaces. Visitors will find new work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists in curated venues that embrace diverse perspectives and a range of contemporary approaches. Offering our students the unique opportunity to present their work and expand their practice in a professional setting, the campus galleries are also a place for our community of makers and the public to connect across contemporary art and design. Plan a visit, today.
Meet the voices of tomorrow
CCA’s graduating student showcases, presented by class year, are digital time capsules of capstone projects and culminating work.
Celebrating the makers of 2023
Featuring work by graduating students, the 2023 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.
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.
Explore our stories
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@ccaexhibitions
April 21, 2023
The Spring 2023 Fine Arts Senior Exhibition closes tomorrow at 5pm! Stop by @somarts before then to see work by 28 graduating fine arts students, including Androgony King, Anna MacKenzie, Annie Artell, Benjamin Crocker, Emma Kazamaki, Enya Fontanills, Florencia Montefalcone, Grey Dey, Hongmin Jin, Jaden Fuhrer, Jeremias Arevalo, Jordan Held, Jy Jimmie Flora Gabiola, Linna Ma, Madisun Brooks, Marcello Jaramillo, Phaedra Freeman, pi pi, Reese Wallace, Rose Honaker, Senay Alkebu-lan, Skye Battles, Sophia Seoyeon Oh, Trisha A Trotter, Wally A Corona, Weijian Shi, Yaxkin Fuentes-Barrientos, and Zihao Zhao.
1) Skye Battles / Individualized Studies / @skyebattles
2) Grey Dey / Painting and Drawing / @grey.dey
3) Marcello Jaramillo / Individualized Studies / @strawberryproblems
4) Phaedra Freeman / Jewelry and Metal Arts
5) pi pi / Individualized Studies / @oi0i.pipi
6) Weijian Shi / Photography / @fujiwaraxiaoma
@ccajmarts @@ccapainting @ccaphotoprogram
April 19, 2023
TONIGHT! The Spring 2023 Fine Arts Senior Exhibition opens at @somarts tonight from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Exhibiting artists include Androgony King, Anna MacKenzie, Annie Artell, Benjamin Crocker, Emma Kazamaki, Enya Fontanills, Florencia Montefalcone, Grey Dey, Hongmin Jin, Jaden Fuhrer, Jeremias Arevalo, Jordan Held, Jy Jimmie Flora Gabiola, Linna Ma, Madisun Brooks, Marcello Jaramillo, Osaze Seneferu, Phaedra Freeman, pi pi, Reese Wallace, Rose Honaker, Senay Alkebu-lan, Skye Battles, Sophia Seoyeon Oh, Trisha A Trotter, Wally A Corona, Weijian Shi, Yaxkin Fuentes-Barrientos, and Zihao Zhao. Visit our linktree for more information.
1) Florencia Montefalcone / Photography and Textiles / @flopipower
2) Senay Alkebu-lan / Individualized Studies / @senay.futur
3) Madisun Brooks / Sculpture / @mad1sunbrooks
4) Jaden Fuhrer / Photography / @jadenfuhrer
5) Jy Jimmie Flora Gabiola / Photography / @jimmie.flora
6) Jeremias Arevalo / Jewelry and Metal Arts / @jere.metal
@ccajmarts @ccatextiles @ccaphotoprogram
April 18, 2023
In the UDIST course Design as a Worlding Practice, students design their own "worlds" from start to finish, including a history, cultures, and languages, as well as a vibrant visual language (graphics, fonts, imagery). The ultimate goal of this studio project is for students to think deeply about the political implications inherent to "designing their own world": how might the practice of inventing worlds that don't exist play a role in the very real and necessary project of imagining alternatives to the ongoing political and ecological crises we find ourselves in today in our world?
The worlds that the students design will be presented in a pop-up exhibition and website launch on May 4, 2023, in the CCA Drawing Studio (111 Hubbell Street). All are welcome to attend!
Design as a Worlding Practice is taught by Ana Llorente, Adjunct 2 Professor, @mfadesigncca, and Michael Washington, Adjunct 2 Professor, @cca_critical_studies.
This project was funded 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.
April 17, 2023
In traditional Chinese culture, ceramic pillows were believed to affect the dreams of those who rested on them, and those dreams could then become reality.
The pillow pictured here was inspired by the Chinese mythological creation goddess Nuwa and allows space for communal dreaming. Cathy Lu (@_cathyclu_) created this pillow to help us reconcile our American Dreams with the realities of trying to achieve those dreams.
Women to Watch 2024: New Suns is on view through Friday, April 28.
Image: Visitors lay their heads on "American Dream Pillow (Nuwa's Double Ended Hands)" by Cathy Lu at the CCA Campus Gallery. Photo by Nicholas Lea Bruno