Photo by Nicholas Lea Bruno/CCA.

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 San Francisco, 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.

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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

Due to CCA’s ongoing response to the evolving COVID–19 outbreak, we have suspended events and exhibitions until further notice. This action follows recommendations by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and other health officials. Visit the CCA COVID–19 (novel coronavirus) page for updates.

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

@ccaexhibitions
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April 9, 2020

Hey everyone! We have another submission opportunity, this time for CCA alumni, organized by @ccartsalumni : ⁣⁠
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Holding Patterns⁣⁠
@holding_patterns_cca ⁣⁠
April 7 - until this is over⁣⁠
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Holding Pattern: noun 1. the flight path maintained by an aircraft awaiting permission to land. 2. a state of waiting or suspended activity or progress. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues with no predictable end date, exhibitions, projects, screenings, readings, performances, gatherings, collaborations, etc. are in a holding pattern. Much of the work we do cannot be shared at this moment. It sits waiting for the ever impending yet elusive moment when we can emerge to gather again as we circle the possibilities of an unknown future. Until then, @holding_patterns_cca serves as a waiting room for projects by CCA alumni that have been postponed, canceled, or closed to public view. May they be in good company as they wait to land.⁠

Submit work via DM to @ccartsalumni or via a simple google form (link in bio).

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April 8, 2020

Hi all! My name is Naz and I'm a Gallery Assistant at the Hubbell Street Galleries. For the next few weeks I will be posting relief funds and artist interviews. Today we are focusing on relief grants and highlighting "San Francisco Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts: Arts Relief Program."⁠ Here is more information about the grant:⁠

"Individuals (artists, teaching artists, cultural producers, etc.) may apply for up to $2,000 and use the award however they see fit. Individual applicants will be invited to participate in an artist-to-artist listserv to exchange expertise, advice, and resources as a way to foster social connections during this time of financial crisis and social isolation.⁠

Awards to organizations (501(c)(3) non-profits, fiscally sponsored organizations, collectives and mutual aid societies of artists, artist cooperatives, cultural land trusts, etc.) will range up to $25,000 and will be scaled based on budget size, up to $2 million.⁠ These general operating grants may be used to pay rent and salaries, to retain employees, and to help keep artists and organizations in San Francisco.⁠"⁠

Link to the grant in bio.⁠

For a list of relief funds, visit the CCA Alumni Association's portal page. Link in bio.⁠ @ccartsalumni⁠

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April 7, 2020

My name is Jacob, and for the last couple of years, I've been a Gallery Assistant at the Hubbell Street Galleries. Today, I would like to present to you a piece by a talented member of my MFA Fine Arts cohort: Liang Jingbo (@jingbo_ob). Jingbo is a Chinese photographer, in this work, she wishes to represent the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature; humans are the parasite of this planet, it is urgent that we as artists to start conversations about environmental issues. ⁠

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April 6, 2020

My name is Orly and I'm a Gallery Assistant at the Oliver Art Center. For the next few weeks I will be posting online exhibitions and opportunities you can submit to in order to showcase your work. Today we are highlighting Social Distance Gallery.⁣⁠
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Social Distance Gallery will be posting BFA and MFA thesis exhibitions that are canceled or limited in access due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The digital exhibitions will be hosted on Instagram at @socialdistancegallery.⁣⁠
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For more information on how to participate see: https://socialdistancegall.wixsite.com/socialdistance and follow @socialdistancegallery

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

Installation view of What We Offer Is Free, an exhibition honoring Ted Purves at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries in 2017

Watch the future of art and design unfold

Exhibitions at our San Francisco and Oakland campuses and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts serve our community as sites of experimentation and investigation. With over 100 art shows mounted each year, visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists.

Oliver Art Center

Oliver Art Center with work by retired faculty member Linda Fleming

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 fine arts students plan, promote, and install individual senior exhibitions, and graduating students from all programs are invited to create work for the annual Commencement Exhibition.

PLAySPACE is a graduate student–run gallery that provides the resources for student artists and curators to conceptualize and present long-term exhibitions, whereas the Project Space Takeover program offers more informal opportunities to share and develop works-in-progress, including performances, social practice projects, collaborations, readings, screenings, prototypes, and experiments.

Attendees viewing artwork at the 2019 Alma Mater Exhibition

The opening reception for Alma Mater, an exhibition at the Hubbell Street Galleries showcasing work by over 160 CCA alumnx

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)
Monday–Friday, noon–5 pm, Thursday, noon–7:30 pm

Male dancing on lighted floor at PLAySPACE opening reception

A visitor interacts with This Might Be Just The Place by Jaime Knight at PLAySPACE Gallery in spring 2019

PLAySPACE Gallery

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 exhibitions, programs, and more for the duration of their directorship.

Address and hours
141 Hubbell Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 (map)
Thursdays, 4 pm–7:30 pm and by appointment

people talking and looking at art in a large, white room.

The opening reception for Making (It) Work at the Oliver Art Center

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)
Monday–Friday, noon–5 pm

Attendees clapping their hands at Everything is Sacred exhibition opening

The opening reception for Everything is Sacred, an exhibition presented by the Students of Color Coalition at Isabelle Percy West Gallery in spring 2019

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)
Monday–Friday, noon–5 pm

CCA Wattis exhibit

Doing the Best I Can, an exhibition of work by Diamond Stingily at CCA Wattis Institute

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)
Tuesday–Saturday, noon–6 pm

Find what’s next in our calendar of exhibitions and events

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