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.

The CCA Hubbell Street Galleries are currently open to CCA students, staff, and faculty with proof of vaccination, and face masks are required at all times. Please email [email protected] to arrange class visits. CCA galleries are currently closed to the public due to COVID–19. View our vaccine requirements for fall 2021

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.

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.

Let curiosity be your guide

During the COVID–19 pandemic, our creative community took the opportunity to reconsider how we present our work. We reimagined how a wider audience could witness our students making art that matters and digging deeper into collegewide discussions of inclusivity, justice, and sustainability. These ongoing digital presentations include dynamic websites, recorded videos, and virtual art shows, which you can journey through asynchronously.

A dark blue graphic that reads Class of 2021 Showcase with multicolored vertical stripes of different widths.

Meet the voices of tomorrow

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

Class of 2021 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.



Exhibitions at CCA

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Sept. 16, 2021

Get an inside look at the McMullen Super Soldier studio and learn how to make your own at the link in our bio!⁠

CCA students, staff, and faculty are invited to stop by the "Shooter Box" exhibition Wednesday–Friday, 11am–4pm, to pick up some plastic army men and see an original Super Soldier.⁠

[ID: A plastic toy solider presented in profile against a white background, facing left. The soldier's left arm has been extended so that it is eight times longer than a typical toy soldier's arm and coils up above the soldier's head like a whip, mid-snap.]⁠

Brian, Alton, and Molloy McMullen, "Super Soldiers: Whip Slap," 2014–present. Plastic, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists.⁠

@mcmubria #McMullenSuperSoldiers #ccarts

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Sept. 15, 2021

Join us on September 22, 5–7pm PT for a conversation with Javier Senosiain, featuring music by Howard Wiley.⁠

Javier Senosiain is a Mexican architect best known for his explorations of the interrelationship between natural and built environments. He graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1972 and is now professor in its architecture department. Senosiain is the founder of the Arquitectura Orgánica (Organic Architecture) firm in Mexico City and author of the books Bio-Architecture and Organic Architecture.⁠

Howard Wiley is “the most prodigious Bay Area saxophonist of his generation” (Berkeleyside). ⁠

Please note this event will be in Spanish with live translation to English and ASL interpretation. Register for the Zoom link via the link in our bio.⁠

This event is open to the public and co-presented by the Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series and the Fall 2021 Architecture Lecture Series.⁠

[ID: A portrait of Mexican architect Javier Senosiain wearing black slacks and grey button-up seated in front of Casa Amiba, an amoeba-shaped two-story home painted copper. The house is surrounded by a manicured golf course, lush shrubbery, and a tiled water feature. This portrait is framed by the [email protected] logo and the words: Organic Architecture with Javier Senosiain, Music by Howard Wiley. September 22, 5–7pm PT.]⁠

#ccarts #CreativeCitizensInAction @cca_arch_div

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Sept. 14, 2021

"To live, to feel oneself in collective, is to be in harmony with mother nature, who is the end and beginning of our existence." -Parménides Rodríguez (The Shadow)⁠

The Communal Flower is a model for understanding the communality inherent to the ancient philosophies and daily practice of various Indigenous nations in southern Mexico. At the center of the flower is la milpa, an ancient Indigenous farming system that includes the simultaneous cultivation of corn, beans, and squash. La milpa is not only a physical site where sustenance is produced—it is at the core of social, political, and ceremonial life. In the Communal Flower, emanating outwards from la milpa are five main pillars of daily life in Indigenous communities: land, communal responsibility, assembly, native language, and joy.⁠

The 2021-2022 Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series will explore four of these pillars in depth.⁠

For a fuller understanding of la milpa, the Communal Flower, and the pillars, please read “La Milpa, the Origin of the Communal Flower” by Parménides Rodríguez (The Shadow). Available in both Spanish and English at the "[email protected] Fluid Mutualism" link in our bio.⁠

[ID: A verdant cornfield. The image is taken from near the roots of the corn plants so that the plants tower above the viewer and only a sliver of blue-grey sky is visible between the tops of the plants.]⁠

Photo by Parménides Rodríguez⁠

#CreativeCitizensInAction⁠ #ccarts

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Sept. 13, 2021

The 2021-2022 Creative Citizens in Action ([email protected]) theme, Fluid Mutualism, was selected by [email protected] Faculty Coordinator Prof. V, to investigate intergenerational symbiotic relationships, networks, and strategies expanding within different communities, species, disciplines, and territories.⁠

It will focus on four of the five pillars of the Communal Flower, a model for understanding communality in the ancient philosophy and daily practice of various Indigenous nations in southern Mexico: land, communal responsibility, assembly, and joy.⁠

The 2021-2022 Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series will explore each of these four pillars in depth through talks, workshops, collective activities, and exhibitions. Commissioned writings published throughout the academic year will provide further insight into each of the pillars. And a worksheet imagined by Prof. V invites the CCA community to name the teachers, elders, and family members who helped shape their path. See the link in our bio for more information.⁠

The Fluid Mutualism visual identity was designed by @mfadesigncca graduate @sa_chi_bon in consultation with Prof. V.⁠

[ID: Slide 1 features the 2021-2022 Creative Citizens in Action theme title, fluid mutualism, in dark blue block letters with lighter blue swirls recalling ripples in water. Under the title is grey text naming the pillars of the Communal Flower that the Creative Citizens Series will explore: land, communal responsibility, assembly, and joy. Below that is the fluid mutualism logo, comprised of four light grey hexagons overlaid with interlocking series of concentric circles and semicircles in four different shades of blue. In the lower left corner of the graphic is the [email protected] logo. The next four slides reveal that the shapes in the fluid mutualism logo represent the four pillars: 5 pale blue concentric circles represent land, 3 sets of 5 light blue concentric circles represent communal responsibility, a hexagon comprised of 6 sets of 5 concentric medium blue semicircles represents assembly, and a hexagon comprised of 6 sets of 5 concentric dark blue semicircles represents joy.]⁠

#CreativeCitizensInAction #ccarts

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