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 the city, 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 in San Francisco.

a lively panel of artists engages with the audience at an art gallery.

Artist panel at the closing of Making it Work, a group show about creating art while parenting

Important perspectives from multiple disciplines

Our featured programming includes free lectures by visiting artists, gallery openings, and a wide range of art world offerings that bring contemporary discussions to the fore.


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.

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

Watch the future of art and design unfold

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

Guests attending "Making it Work" opening at Oliver Art Center in Oakland

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 students plan, promote, and install individual senior exhibitions, and graduating students are invited to create work for the annual Commencement Exhibition. PLAySPACE, located in the Hubbell Street Galleries, is a graduate student–run exhibition program that provides the resources for student artists and curators to conceptualize and present programming.

All members of the CCA community may submit proposals to exhibit in the Hubbell Street Galleries, Oliver Art Center, Isabelle Percy West Gallery, or Oakland’s A2 Café. Multidisciplinary teams that include graduate students from more than one program are encouraged to apply for PLAySPACE directorship; applications open during the second half of the fall semester prior to the the academic year for which a team is applying.

Exterior view of Hubbell Street Galleries

Exterior of 161 Hubbell

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)
Mon–Wed and Fri, noon–5 pm
Thu, noon–7:30 pm

Oliver Art Center

Oliver Art Center with work by retired faculty member Linda Fleming

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)
Mon–Fri, noon–5 pm

Nancy Selvin Travel Award Exhibition installation view

Nancy Selvin Travel Award Exhibition (installation view), 2018.

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)
Mon–Fri, noon–5 pm

PlaySpace opening, 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 MFA exhibits, programs, and more for the duration of their directorship.

Address and hours
141 Hubbell Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 (map)
Tue-Thu, 4–7 pm

CCA Wattis exhibit

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)
Tue–Sat, noon–6 pm

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