Fine Arts News

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA alumna and painter Toyin Ojih Odutola.

Frieze magazine recently published an insightful profile on CCA alumna and painter Toyin Ojih Odutola titled Unselfconscious is the New Black for Emerging Artists of Colour. Ojih Odutola’s portraits of a fictional aristocratic Nigerian family push toward an expanded definition of the ‘black experience.’ Distinct from her contemporaries, such as Kehinde Wiley, her work focuses on scenes both bourgeois and banal.

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

James Voorhies to chair CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Curator and art historian James Voorhies, CCA’s current dean of Fine Arts, will fully assume the role of chair of the school’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice (CURP) on August 1, 2018. Voorhies has served as acting chair of CURP since the untimely passing of the program’s former chair, curator, and educator Leigh Markopoulos in February 2017. 

Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

(from left to right) Tina Takemoto, Allison Smith, and James Voorhies

Today, California College of the Arts (CCA) announced the appointment of two new deans to the college—Allison Smith as Dean of Fine Arts and Tina Takemoto as Dean of Humanities and Sciences. Smith and Takemoto are internationally renowned for their respective artistic practices and scholarship, and each has a long history teaching at the college and advancing its programs. Both will assume their positions on August 1, 2018.

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA Commencement Exhibition 2017.

This May, California College of the Arts (CCA) presents its annual Commencement Exhibition—an expansive and interdisciplinary showcase of work by graduating students across all disciplines on the college’s San Francisco campus. Including works by both undergraduates and graduates, the exhibition will feature architecture, design, fine art, screenings of works by students in the college’s Film program, and a reading room where the audience can preview written works ranging from novels to poetry to comics and more.

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

Graphic designed by Zachary Gibson and Helen Ip.

This spring, 43 emerging artists from CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts will debut their work in a two-part exhibition at Minnesota Street Project. 

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

CCA Ceramics Department and Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge Working on Año Nuevo Island

Ceramics Professor and Chair Nathan Lynch and Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for their Seabird Nest Program. The project, originally brought together with Matthew Passmore at MoreLab, focuses on designing and fabricating ceramic nesting modules for seabirds around the world who are at risk from habitat degradation and predation. You can watch videos of Nathan and CCA students' work on California's remote Año Nuevo Island on

Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

Minnesota Street Project. Photo by Maggie Beasley.

Beginning in September 2018, and for the next five years, studios for CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts will be in the American Industrial Center - a building supporting maker and artist spaces in the heart of San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood - one of the most vibrant contemporary arts communities in the city. 

Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

Colter Jacobsen. "Waterfall Mask", 2000. Courtesy of the artist.

Students in CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice are curating an exciting new exhibition opening at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art on March 15, 2018.

The show, titled Artwork for Bedrooms, draws a new narrative between artists living and working in San Francisco during the years 2000–2008: Tauba Auerbach, Sarah Cain, Ajit Chauhan, Veronica DeJesus, Colter Jacobsen, Sahar Khoury, Alicia McCarthy, and Will Rogan.

Posted on Monday, October 9, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

"Pregnant" by Toyin Ojih Odutola.

The Whitney Museum in New York is currently showcasing the first solo museum exhibition by our very own artist and alumna Toyin Ojih Odutola. The show, "To Wander Determined," weaves together a fictitious narrative about two aristocratic Nigerian families, the House of Obafemi and the UmuEze Amara Clan, in a series of richly colored, intricately textured, life-size charcoal, pencil and pastel drawings.

Odutola received her Master of Fine Arts from CCA in 2012.

Posted on Monday, October 9, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

"Pregnant" by Toyin Ojih Odutola.

The Whitney Museum in New York is currently showcasing the first solo museum exhibition by our very own artist and alumna Toyin Ojih Odutola. The show, "To Wander Determined," weaves together a fictitious narrative about two aristocratic Nigerian families, the House of Obafemi and the UmuEze Amara Clan, in a series of richly colored, intricately textured, life-size charcoal, pencil and pastel drawings.

Odutola received her Master of Fine Arts from CCA in 2012.

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