CCA’s numerous campus galleries present audiences with work by students, faculty, and acclaimed artists visiting from around the globe.

Overview

Contemporary art shows in the Bay Area

Connecting pedagogy and community

CCA’s galleries support an incredible range of events and exhibitions that highlight work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists. They serve as a living laboratory where students can expand their practice and bring ideas to life. We host exhibition openings, book signings, town hall–style discussions, lectures, and more. Come experience art, design, architecture, and writing happening at CCA; engage in contemporary art discussions; and witness the dynamic work of influential visiting artists, including Wattis Institute’s Capp Street Project artist in residence.

Exterior view of front of Campus Gallery

CCA Campus Gallery in Blattner Hall.

Campus Gallery in Blattner Hall

Visit our versatile new gallery to experience the latest in contemporary art and ideas, right in the heart of San Francisco’s design district. Located on the ground floor of Blattner Hall, the Campus Gallery invites visitors and the surrounding community to delight in and explore cutting-edge, interdisciplinary work.

Location details

Address

1480 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Hours and admission

Free and open to the public.

Hours: Wednesday 11am–7 pm, Thursday–Friday 11 am–4 pm, and by appointment.

Parking

Limited parking with a four-hour time limit is available along streets adjacent to the gallery.

Accessibility

The CCA Campus Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Please email accessibility questions to [email protected].

Contact

The Exhibitions and Public Programs offices are located in the CCA Campus Gallery at 17th Street.

Opportunities

For information regarding proposals, responsibilities, floorplans, installation guidelines, and more at the CCA Campus Gallery, view the exhibitions opportunities page.

PLAySPACE

Graduate student–run programming

A student tapes up a light-blue background against a concrete wall in front of a colorful assemblage installation.

CURP students and artists installing the plaYplaYplaY exhibition.

Oriented toward the academic community

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.

Location details

Address

1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

The PLAySPACE Gallery is located within CCA’s Main Building at 1111 Eighth Street. The gallery is down the end of the Nave adjacent to the Hooper Public Safety Desk.

Hours and admission

CCA’s campus is open Monday through Friday, 6 am–midnight, and Saturday and Sunday, 8 am–10 pm.

Parking

Limited parking with a four-hour time limit is available along streets adjacent to the CCA campus.

Accessibility

PLAySPACE Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Please email accessibility questions to [email protected].

Contact

Opportunities

PLAySPACE is operated by a team of two to four graduate students serving as student directors for two semesters. Each team receives an annual budget to present exhibitions and programs for the duration of their directorship. The responsibilities given to these graduate student directors are designed to enhance professional development and artistic experimentation and can include:

  • Planning and executing an active schedule of exhibitions and events aimed toward the CCA graduate community in the diversity of its programs, students, and apparent needs
  • Overseeing the installation and de-installation of each exhibition, including the spackling, sanding, painting, and lighting of the galleries between exhibitions
  • Staffing the gallery to maintain consistent weekly gallery hours
  • Communicating with CCA leadership about the schedule, programming, promotion, and public events
  • Promoting and documenting events and exhibitions
  • Understanding and adhering to CCA Exhibitions guidelines and the CCA collegewide policies

Multidisciplinary teams that include students from more than one graduate program are highly encouraged to apply. Learn more about exhibition opportunities.

CCA Wattis Institute

A nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute

Exterior street view of Wattis Institute.

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art at 360 Kansas Street.

Discover art discourses of today

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 Fine Arts and Visual and Critical Studies graduate programs.

Location details

Address

360 Kansas Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Hours and admission

The Wattis Institute is open to the public Wednesday–Saturday, 12–6 pm

Please be advised that you will be required to show your vaccination card (or QR code) or a negative Covid test from the past three days to enter the galleries. Masks are encouraged.

Parking and public transportation

Street parking is available, and a parking garage is across the street from the gallery. The following public transportation routes are available:

  • Bus 22 (to 16th and Kansas)
  • Bus 19 or 10 (to 16th and Rhode Island)
  • BART (to 16th and Mission, then transfer to Bus 22 toward Potrero Hill)

Accessibility

The Wattis is accessible to all visitors.

Contact

Campus Map

Easy access to contemporary art

Find your way

Our galleries cover the breadth of our campus and are all within walking distance. Located in Blattner Hall, the Campus Gallery faces Jackson Park on 17th Street. Just a few blocks to the northwest, visitors will find the Wattis Institute. PLAySPACE is located in the heart of campus at 1111 Eighth Street.

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

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