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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. All programming exemplifies the college’s commitment to sustainability, social justice, community building, and academic discovery, while enhancing the creative community’s role in Bay Area culture.

As an educational component, the galleries provide space for a diverse array of shows that elevate multiple disciplines and meaningful queries. Several are dedicated primarily to student and faculty produced projects, offering space to connect with peers and develop valuable presentation, curation, and marketing skills in preparation for their professional futures.

Visitors are welcome to join us—all of CCA’s public events and exhibitions are free and open to all. The galleries 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.

CCA Hubbell Street Galleries

Four galleries just one block from campus

Entrance to Hubbell Street Galleries

Bringing CCA work to the fore

CCA galleries support learning that builds bridges between theory and practice by showcasing work by acclaimed and emerging artists and by connecting CCA and the public with opportunities for direct involvement and exchange with the discourses of art today. The Hubbell Street Galleries opened in 2016 to serve as a bridge between CCA and the local community. With art shows and projects often led by faculty or student curators, these teaching galleries engage the exhibition process for research, learning, and community engagement.

These storefront galleries, which include the PLAySPACE graduate student-run gallery, are just one block from CCA’s San Francisco campus near the corner of Hubbell and 16th streets. They feature year-round programming of projects and exhibitions by students, faculty, and visiting artists, and represent the college’s commitment to providing easy access for all community members to experience art and creative exploration.

View what’s on the San Francisco art gallery calendar

Location details

Addresses

161, 151, 141, and 131 Hubbell Street
San Francisco, CA
94107

Hours and admission

  • Monday–Friday, noon–5 pm, Thursday, noon–7:30 pm
  • All exhibitions are free and open to the public

Parking

Street parking is free for four hours, and one-hour parking is available along streets adjacent to the San Francisco campus. Paid parking is available at a nearby lot (operated by ProPark) and at CCA’s Backlot at 1140 7th Street. The lot located at 80 Carolina Street is fully assigned and by permit only. For more information please refer to on campus parking permit policies.

ADA parking is available by state permit at the corner of Eighth and Irwin streets and in the permit-only parking lot located at 80 Carolina Street. Only a state-issued ADA permit is required to park in these spaces.

Accessibility

The CCA Hubbell Street Galleries are accessible to all visitors.

Contact

The Exhibitions team’s offices are located in the CCA Hubbell Street Gallery at 161 Hubbell Street.

Opportunities

For information regarding proposals, responsibilities, floorplans, installation guidelines, and more at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries, view the exhibitions opportunities page.

PLAySPACE

Graduate student-run programming

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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, located at 141 Hubbell Street in the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries. The program provides the resources for student artists and curators to conceptualize and produce experimental programming while serving as a valuable professional development experience for student directors.

View what’s on the calendar for PLAySPACE Gallery

Location details

Address

141 Hubbell Street
San Francisco, CA
94107

Hours and admission

  • Thursdays, 4 pm–7:30 pm and by appointment
  • Exhibitions are free and open to the public

Parking

Street parking is free for four hours, and one-hour parking is available along streets adjacent to the San Francisco campus. Paid parking is available at a nearby lot (operated by ProPark) and at CCA’s Backlot at 1140 7th Street. The lot located at 80 Carolina Street is fully assigned and by permit only. For more information please refer to on campus parking permit policies.

ADA parking is available by state permit at the corner of Eighth and Irwin streets and in the permit-only parking lot located at 80 Carolina Street. Only a state-issued ADA permit is required to park in these spaces.

Accessibility

PLAySPACE Gallery is accessible to all visitors.

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.

Oliver Art Center

Part of a distinctive curriculum

Exterior view of front entrance of Oliver Art Center in Oakland, CA

Teaching the exhibition process

The Oliver Art Center Tecoah Bruce Gallery is a 2,200-square-foot gallery space located in the Ralls Painting Studio on the Oakland campus. It’s both a public gallery for students to engage in a deep exploration of ideas and an educational site for faculty to emphasize practice through guided challenges and critique.

Among the work on view throughout the year are senior exhibitions that undergraduate students plan, promote, and install during their last semester at CCA. During these shows, students self-curate their strongest body of work and celebrate the culmination of their academic education through critique and public events.

View what’s on the Oakland art gallery calendar

Location details

Address

5212 Broadway Avenue
Oakland, CA
94618

Hours and admission

  • Mon–Fri, noon–5 pm
  • All exhibitions are free and open to the public

Parking

Limited free street parking is available on Clifton Street and other residential streets near the Oakland campus. ADA parking is available by state permit on Clifton Street and in the front of the faculty parking lot on Clifton Street. The parking garage beneath Clifton Hall is fully assigned and parking is only allowed with a CCA-issued permit. For more information please refer to on-campus parking permit policies.

Accessibility

The Oliver Art Center is accessible to all visitors.

Contact

Please contact the Exhibitions team with any questions.

Opportunities

For information regarding proposals, responsibilities, floorplans, installation guidelines, and more at the Oliver Art Center, view exhibitions opportunities.

Entrance to Isabelle Percy West Gallery

Featuring work from students, faculty, and staff

Isabelle Percy West Gallery is a 590-square-foot public gallery located on the mezzanine level of Nahl Hall on the Oakland campus. This intimate space accommodates student work and senior exhibition projects from across CCA’s diverse programs, as well as art shows by staff, faculty, and other community members from the college.

View what’s on the Oakland art gallery calendar

Location details

Address

5212 Broadway Avenue
Oakland, CA
94618

Hours and admission

  • Mon–Fri, noon–5 pm
  • Exhibitions are free and open to the public

Parking

Limited free street parking is available on Clifton Street and other residential streets near the Oakland campus. ADA parking is available by state permit on Clifton Street and in the front of the faculty parking lot on Clifton Street. The parking garage beneath Clifton Hall is fully assigned and parking is only allowed with a CCA-issued permit. For more information please refer to on-campus parking permit policies.

Accessibility

Isabelle Percy West Gallery is not wheelchair accessible.

Contact

Please contact the Exhibitions team with any questions.

Submissions

The following links provide information regarding Isabelle Percy West Gallery proposals, responsibilities, and general and senior thesis exhibition installation guidelines and timelines.

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Opening exhibition of the Isabelle Percy West Gallery

A pioneering namesake

The Isabelle Percy West Gallery is named in honor of Isabelle Clark Percy West, an interdisciplinary artist who helped build CCA in the early 1900s. West worked in oil, pastel, watercolor, and color lithography, and her art was honored in the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. She served as a professor of design until her retirement in 1941, when the college presented her the Isabelle Percy West Gallery as a tribute to her dedication to art and design education and her influential work in creating CCA.

Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

A nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute

Entrance to CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

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 Curatorial Practice, Fine Arts, and Visual and Critical Studies graduate programs.

View the Wattis calendar

Space for artists to experiment and take risks

The Wattis supports artists who take risks and experiment with new ideas. It commissions and shows new work by established, emerging, and under-recognized artists who challenge how we understand the art of our current moment. We ask artists: What are you making now, and what do you want to make next?

The Wattis has highlighted the work of local artists, providing them with important visibility, and also introduced major international artists to American audiences with their first solo shows in the U.S. Additionally, the gallery hosts the final project of each graduating class in CCA’s Curatorial Practice graduate program and thematic shows that have gone on to travel to other major art institutions and events, including MoMA PS1, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, ICA Philadelphia, Madame Luxembourg, and Kunsthalle Basel, among others.

Recent monographic exhibitions include:

Year-long research dedicated to one artist

At the heart of the Wattis’ role as a research institute is a commitment to working with artists slowly, one at a time, and in-depth. The Wattis dedicates an entire year to reflect and focus on the work of a single artist. These year-long research seasons inform a series of public programs, publications, and an intimate reading group, composed of CCA faculty members, local artists, art historians, students, and the field’s most prominent artists and thinkers.

Allowing for this sustained period of attention makes space to consider how a single artist’s body of work speaks to broader questions about art, culture, and society today, while simultaneously creating a framework to explore a diverse and varied ecosystem of related artists and ideas.

Recent seasons investigated the work of:

The Capp Street Artist-in-Residence

The Wattis also hosts an annual Capp Street Artist-in-Residence, one of the earliest and longest-running artist-in-residence programs in the country, founded in 1983 by Ann Hatch as Capp Street Project and incorporated into the Wattis Institute in 1998. Each year, an artist comes to live and work in San Francisco for a semester, teaches a graduate seminar at CCA, and presents an exhibition. Since its inception, Capp Street Project has given more than 100 local, national, and international artists the opportunity to create new work through its residency and public exhibition programs. View the Capp Street Project archives

Recent Capp Street resident artists include:

Location details

Address

360 Kansas Street
San Francisco, CA
94103

Hours and admission

  • Tue–Sat, noon–6 pm
  • Free and open to the public

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 Maps

Easy access to contemporary art

San Francisco CCA campus map

San Francisco galleries

The Hubbell Street Galleries, which include PLAySPACE, are located between 16th and 7th streets, about one block east of the San Francisco campus’ main Montgomery Building. The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is a seven-minute walk from campus, west on 16th Street and south on Kansas Street.

Oakland campus map

Oakland galleries

The Oliver Art Center is in the Ralls Painting Studio near the center of Oakland campus and is easiest to get to off Clifton Street. Isabelle Percy West is on the mezzanine level of Nahl Hall, which is located next to Meyer Library in the southeast corner of campus.

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

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