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.


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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Feb. 10, 2020

Collective Consciousness is an interactive installation by Minami Oya that invites the audience to participate in creating a collaborative image on a canvas by using a glass sculptural structure.⁠

This installation is an experiment in an attempt to capture an image of what we are made of - whether it is about one individual, a community, a country or a whole universe. The nature of our lives here on Earth and what we deal with is governed by time and place. Within a specific place and time there exists an energy that is unique to its condition. This energy is consciousness.⁠

Minami Oya was the Artist in Residence of Glass Program at CCA from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019. This body of work was conceived and produced during the residency.⁠

Collective Consciousness is on view in Isabelle Percy West Gallery through February 14.⁠

📷 Courtesy of Minami Oya⁠

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Feb. 7, 2020

"Suspended Attention" is a show containing artworks by sometimes-collaborators Becca Imrich and Evan O’Neal Kirkman. Questioning the assumptions and contradictions embedded in the forgone framework of “perspective” devices and their lasting impact on our own self-deception and pointless vanishing, the show consists of futile seeing-tools and thwarted vistas.⁠

Join us for a reception next Thursday night, 5:30–7:30pm, at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries!⁠

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Feb. 6, 2020

#throwback to the opening of TAKE ACTION, a group exhibition highlighting work by Bay Area artists working as creative citizens in their communities. The exhibition was urgently contemporary, featuring recent video, sound, prints, photography, and installations by Bay Area artists that prompt visitors to take action and participate in civic discourse.⁠

TAKE ACTION took place in the fall of 2018 at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries, and featured work by 100 Days Action, Center for Tactical Magic, Sharon Daniel, Rodney Ewing, chris hamamoto & Jon Sueda, Taraneh Hemami, Packard Jennings, Dignidade Rebelde, Stephanie Syjuco, Kaitlin Trataris, Leila Weefur, Christine Wong Yap, and more.⁠

📷 Visitor listening to Beverly Henry tell her story in Sharon Daniel's video work "Undoing Time/PLEDGE," from 2013. The video is accessible on Sharon Daniel's website, Photo by Dave Beeman.⁠

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Feb. 5, 2020

Coming up: The 33rd Annual Barclay Simpson Master of Fine Arts Award Exhibition features the work of this year's award recipients:⁠


Please join us in celebrating the awardees on Thursday, February 13, 5:30–7:00pm at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries! The exhibition will be on view February 10 through March 5.⁠

#ccaexhibitions #ccarts #californiacollegeofthearts @ccagradfinearts @mbbunny @jpayton000 @tino_ufo⁠ @kandycorn_art⁠

'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, 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

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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

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