Fine Arts News

Posted on Monday, October 8, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Top left: Creative Citizenship Fellow Hank Willis Thomas, photo credit: Andrea Blanch. Artwork included in Take Action at CCA Hubbell Street Galleries (clockwise from top right): Undoing Time | Amends, installation view, 2016, Sharon Daniel, image courtesy of the artist; Cargo Cults (Basketwoman), 2016, Stephanie Syjuco, image courtesy of the artist; 100 Days Action, photo credit: Victoria Heilweil

San Francisco, CA—October 8, 2018—California College of the Arts (CCA) is proud to lead the For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative in the Bay Area—working with major arts and cultural organizations across the region to increase voter registration, voter access, and engagement in the broader practices of democracy. A slate of programming, including town halls, exhibitions, sign-making workshops, and community events, will take place at CCA’s San Francisco and Oakland campuses this fall.

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

Bieke Depoorter, from the series I am about to call it a day, 2010–14.

San Francisco, CA — September 17, 2018 — In a collaborative partnership with four major Bay Area arts organizations, Belgian photographer Bieke Depoorter has been selected to receive the prestigious 2018 Larry Sultan Photography Award. The award, granted through a partnership of California College of the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Pier 24 Photography, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, consists of a $10,000 cash award and an artist residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA.

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Curatorial Research Bureau, located at YBCA, is a bookshop, learning site, exhibition and public program space, and new home of CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and California College of the Arts (CCA) announce the launch of the Curatorial Research Bureau (CRB). Located at YBCA, the CRB is a new bookshop, learning site, and exhibition and public program space. The space will be the new home of CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, which is chaired by art historian and curator James Voorhies.

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

The Nave—a grand hall located in CCA’s iconic academic building in San Francisco—provides a dramatic, versatile space to showcase large works of art and group exhibitions.

The California College of the Arts is proud to present a robust line-up of public programming to the San Francisco Bay Area. This fall, CCA will have a number of affiliated events for the much-anticipated Global Climate Action Summit, including the official launch of the award-winning Architectural Ecologies Lab, which exemplify the college’s commitment to sustainability.

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

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