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.
Our contemporary galleries offer Bay Area visitors the chance to enjoy curated new work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists. Exhibitions are open to everyone and always free.
CCA Wattis Institute
A nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute
CCA established the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in 1998 as a forum for the discussion and presentation of leading-edge art and culture. The Wattis Institute works with artists in two distinct ways: as an exhibition space and a research institute. It also collaborates with students and faculty members in multidisciplinary programs at CCA, including the Curatorial Practice, Fine Arts, and Visual and Critical Studies graduate programs.
Graduate student-run programming
PLAySPACE, an acronym for the Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is an interdisciplinary space of exhibitions-related experimentation and practical learning for CCA graduate students. Student artists and curators have the freedom and opportunity to conceptualize and produce experimental programming while gaining professional development experience. PLAySPACE programming can happen everywhere through partnerships and pop-ups on-campus and off.
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.
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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
Nov. 30, 2022
Tonight is the night: The Fall 2022 Senior Exhibition at SOMArts opens tonight with a reception from 5:30-7:30 pm. Masks will be required indoors when attendees are not actively eating.
See you soon!
Nov. 29, 2022
Tomorrow, November 29: Opening Reception for the Fall 2022 Fine Arts Graduating Seniors! Join us from 5:30-7:30pm at @somarts to celebrate 23 graduating seniors. Hannah Kim @andna_works and leran wang are two of the artists showcasing their work from December 1-3. Find the link in our bio to register for the opening and learn more about gallery open hours, as well as the other artists in the show.
Nov. 25, 2022
Need something to watch this long weekend? The Exhibitions and Public Programs YouTube channel is full of art content. From BFA Senior Thesis Conversations, where graduating artists discuss their practice and capstone projects, to past lectures, panel discussions, and performances from our [email protected] and PLAySPACE programs—there's something for all kinds of art lovers.
Fine the link in our LinkTree.
Slide 1: Ernest Strauhal discusses his influences during his BFA Senior Thesis Conversation in Spring 2022.
Slide 2: Akaxe Yotzin Gómez discusses Toltekatl relations to water in "Transparency, Adaptability & Nourishment: Water as a Central Cultural Element of the Nations with Toltek Heritage."
Nov. 23, 2022
Hae Jeong Cho @debutdelete_ and Jamiani Gray @afrofrequency are two of the 23 graduating artists showing their work at @somarts December 1-3 as part of the Fall 2022 Senior Exhibition. Join us on November 30th, 5:30-7:30, for the opening reception.
Find the link in our LinkTree to register for the opening!