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.

During the COVID–19 pandemic and resulting campus closures, CCA has reimagined event and exhibition opportunities, answering the question: What can a top-ranked art and design school’s remote programming look like?

We now present our work and investigations through virtual public programs, online exhibitions, satellite websites, and more. These digital 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—whether we’re on campus or remote.

And you’re invited. Explore thesis work by our graduating students, experience CCA virtual events, travel through online art shows, attend ongoing presentations, watch lectures, 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 way that wasn’t possible before.

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

Though mostly closed at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic, each campus gallery is 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 in curated spaces that embrace diverse perspectives and a range of contemporary approaches.

Get inspired, try something new, and share ideas at these live digital experiences happening in real time. All of CCA’s public virtual events and exhibitions are free and open to the public, so you can uniquely engage with urgent cultural topics through the work and ideas of award-winning artists, designers, authors, scholars, and alumni.

Let curiosity be your guide

This year, everything required reconsideration. Our community turned unprecedented heartbreak into an opportunity to invite a wider audience to witness how our students make art that matters and dig deeper into the discussions of inclusivity, justice, and sustainability we’re currently having on our campus on the cloud. These ongoing digital presentations include special websites, recorded videos, and virtual art shows, which you can journey through asynchronously.


Meet the voices of tomorrow

CCA’s graduating student showcases are digital records of work, time capsules of capstone moments, presentations of a community thinking and making during an unexpectedly historic year.

Multi-colored graphic with text overlay Fall 2020 Showcase.

Fall 2020 Showcase

Featuring work by students graduating in fall 2020 from CCA’s Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities + Sciences divisions. Explore the virtual showcase, and enjoy end-of-year experiences reimagined for online presentation.

Multi-colored graphic with text overlay Class of 2020 Showcase.

Class of 2020 Showcase

Featuring work by more than 300 graduating students, representing 22 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate programs. Navigate the full showcase experience on Portal, and check out Curator’s Picks of outstanding projects from each academic division.



Exhibitions at CCA

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April 15, 2021

🔹Joel Murnan🔹⁠
Sculpture⁠
@joelmurnan⁠

"From Wire to Roots"⁠
"Avoiding Manifest Destiny"⁠
"Canary In the Coal Mine"⁠
"Itch to Ditch"⁠

Joel Murnan (born 1997) is a Grass Valley-based artist in his senior year at California College of the Arts, as a recent transfer from the San Francisco Art Institute. Murnan is a sculptor, collage artist, and rancher who surveys a vast variety of materials within every work. His pieces are embedded in the tradition of model making that touches on abstraction and surrealism. Roaming the pastures of his family’s ranch as a child generated a way of thought, “Ranch Brains” is a self-appointed condition that illustrates the difficulties he’s faced while functioning in a society that is transfixed on a faster means of living. It is Murnan's belief that peace, community, and resilience can be found and shared through the tradition of working in collaboration with the land. He has exhibited at Blue Line Arts Gallery, West Wall Gallery, Ridley Gallery, and the Diego Rivera Gallery.⁠

What are your major influences? ⁠
"My biggest influence has to be the landscape I grew up in. From watching frogs in the creek to building stick forts with my friends I was lucky to have a hands-on youth. It connected me to the earth, its life, and its history. Another major influence was model dioramas. I was first introduced to them at a young age at my local county fair’s train museum. The fact that I could create a new world in a physical form kickstarted my art production. Since then I have always had a fondness for creating dioramas and other models of the sort."⁠

Read our full interview with Joel on Rewind Review Respond, and check out more of Joel's work on his website (links in bio).⁠

Joel will be presenting his thesis work via Zoom TODAY (Thursday, April 15), from 12–2pm PT. More information is available in the BFA Senior Thesis Conversations event listing (link in bio).⁠

#RRRBFASeniorConversations⁠ @ccafinearts⁠

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April 14, 2021

💥Carlos Daniel Perez-Boza💥⁠
Community Arts⁠
@daniel_boza⁠

Join us on Friday at 2:30 on @cacollegeofarts x @ccaexhibitions for a IG live conversation with Carlos about his upcoming BFA Senior Thesis Conversation.⁠

"The Calling", 2021, Mix Media⁠
"Carnival", 6x4, Acrylic on Canvas⁠
"Mother Urban", 4x 3, Mix Media⁠
"Open Studio"⁠

What or who are your major influences? ⁠
"My work has taken many forms of evolution. From pen and ink, to industrial paint, studio paint, sculptural forms, as well as working with youth. I am influenced by culture—being Afro-Caribbean, my work sometimes is forced to address and protest systematic oppression."⁠

How do you approach atmosphere and color? ⁠
"When working on large pieces, I use color to break up the flatness of my line work by implementing texture through color. I use saturated colors to pop in and out of my work. I also draw color and atmosphere from tribal patterns from Chile, Africa, and indigenous clothing."⁠

Read our full interview with Carlos on Rewind Review Respond, and check out more of Carlos's work on his website (links in bio).⁠

Carlos will be presenting thesis work via Zoom on Monday, April 19, 5–7pm. More information is available in the BFA Senior Thesis Conversations event listing (link in bio).⁠

#RRRBFASeniorConversations⁠ @ccafinearts⁠

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April 13, 2021

Fredi Lopez⁠
Sculpture⁠
@mediocreuhh

"still from a place I can call home"⁠
"Line 4"⁠
"Line 4"⁠
"Impressions from Washington Square Park"⁠
"you can lie to everyone, but yourself"⁠

Fredi Lopez is a queer Chicanx interdisciplinary artist that gravitates towards themes of nostalgia⁠ and queer identity. He is interested in texture, space and the body as medium and exploration. He is⁠ based in San Francisco and has studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute, California College⁠ of the Arts and Beaux-Arts de Paris.⁠

How has your project evolved?⁠
"A major turning point in my analysis of conceptual grounding has been with my artwork 'Adapting Is…' in January of 2020. Since that project, everything shifted to be more personal and vulnerable. I want to experience the self through environments, experiences and emotional maturities met with processed based ways of creating like drawing, ceramics and sculpture, that oscillate and mend ideas, sketch to sculpture or drawing. In my newer works, I emphasize the emotional efforts of providing solace among viewers—that vulnerability can spark conversation on topics of home, love, and our mental perceptions of ourselves."⁠

Read our full interview with Fredi on Rewind Review Respond, and check out more of Fredi's work on his website (links in bio).⁠

Fredi will be presenting his thesis work via Zoom on Monday, April 19, 5–7pm. More information is available in the BFA Senior Thesis Conversations event listing (link in bio).⁠

#RRRBFASeniorConversations⁠ @ccafinearts⁠

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April 13, 2021

Join us today at 12pm PT for a conversation with graduating senior Shanti Moreano Freire (@saturated.colores).⁠
She's gonna talk with us about her BFA Senior Thesis Conversation! Special thanks to our IG Live host, Daniela Segovia, work-study student for @ccaexhibitons. ⁠

See you there!

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