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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 Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

The Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab, Featured in CCA's New Designing Material Innovation Exhibition

An outdoor exhibition featuring five original and site-specific architecture structures and pavilions opened in the sprawling Back Lot of the California College of the Arts (CCA) on September 28, 2017. Each work uses material and form in ways that have rarely been seen before, from concrete that has been transformed into thin, screen-like walls to a 2000-pound sculpture that can be moved with ease.

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Tahir Hemphill, Jay-Z, 2015-17

August 15, 2017, San Francisco, CA -- California College of the Arts (CCA) will present Tahir Hemphill: Mapper’s Delight September 5 through October 21, 2017 at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries in San Francisco. This marks the first solo exhibition for the New York-based artist and author.

Posted on Friday, August 4, 2017 by Chris Bliss

San Francisco, CA, August 1, 2017 -– Presenting projects researched and manifested in the past academic year, California College of the Arts (CCA) MA Social Practice & Public Forms students Jackie Katz and Xenia Moseley examine social imaginaries and poetic encounters through the lens of collective theater making and the exploration of stranger-ness and belonging.

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Helen Maria Nugent appointed dean of design at CCA

Helen Maria Nugent was appointed dean of design at California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by Provost Tammy Rae Carland. She will oversee CCA’s Design Division with 6 undergraduate and 3 graduate programs. Nugent is professor and founding chair of the Designed Objects programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She will begin at CCA on August 16, 2017.

Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Suzanne Brown, Simon Blattner, Stephen Beal, and Steve Oliver at groundbreaking for new student housing

California College of the Arts (CCA) recently broke ground on a new student housing project at 75 Arkansas Street in San Francisco. Located just two blocks from CCA’s San Francisco campus, the project includes 30 units of student housing and 7,200 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Plans call for the facility to open in fall 2018.

Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, winners of the 2017 National AIA Architecture Firm Award, designed the 48-foot high, 64,000 square foot building, which will accommodate approximately 220 beds on its top three floors. Each four or two-bedroom unit will have full bathrooms, study areas, a full kitchen, and a large living room. All rooms will have bay windows.

Posted on Friday, June 2, 2017 by Eli Cochran

From left to right: Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, David Kelley, Kay Kimpton Walker, Stanlee Gatti, Lorna Meyer Calas

California College of the Arts (CCA) drew more than 400 supporters to the elegant Nave of its San Francisco campus for a sold-out celebration honoring renowned design visionary David Kelley, founder of the global design consultancy IDEO and Stanford University’s lauded

The annual fundraising event—which exceeded expectations by grossing more than $1 million in donations—was a benefit for CCA student scholarships. Helmed by co-chairs and CCA trustees Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, Lorna Meyer Calas, and Kay Kimpton Walker, along with honorary chair and CCA trustee Stanlee Gatti, the gala brought together both long-standing CCA patrons and new supporters from across the Bay Area design industry to fête the honoree and his influential contributions to the culture of design and innovation. 

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Laura Kenney

Patrick Jackson, Untitled, 2017; courtesy of the artist and Ghebaly Gallery

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present Patrick Jackson: KNOW YER CITY, a commissioned mixed-media installation by the Los Angeles–based artist; and Candy Jernigan: A Couple of Pencils and Some Paperan exhibition focusing on the late artist’s drawings and works on paper. The two concurrent solo exhibitions are free, open to the public, and on view June 1 through July 29, 2017.

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 by Laura Braun

The undergraduate Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the 2017 Fashion Experience, which takes place Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. on the Back Lot of CCA’s San Francisco campus located at 1111 Eighth Street (at 16th & Wisconsin). The event is free and open to the public.

Helmed by new chair John Bauernfeind, the Fashion Design Program has opted to revamp the traditional capstone event in favor of a fresh perspective. This year’s program takes a contemporary approach to customary runway shows by creating an interactive experience and utilizing street-cast models who better represent the diverse people and places that contribute to fashion as we know it. The event will kick off with an hour-long presentation of professionally juried collections from 10 graduating designers before opening up into individual showcases with designers and their models.

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Neal Benezra wil receive an honorary doctorate degree from CCAView slideshow 

Neal Benezra, the Helen and Charles Schwab Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), will be recognized by California College of the Arts (CCA) with an honorary doctorate degree at its 110th commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Benezra will deliver the commencement address to more than 400 CCA undergraduates and their families. He will also be honored at a private reception the day before.

Prior to the undergraduate ceremony, commencement exercises for students in CCA's graduate programs will be held at 10 a.m. on May 14 at Nourse Theater. CCA alumna Miwa Ikemiya (MFA Design 2012) will be the distinguished speaker.