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Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Chris Bliss

Joan Jonas to receive honorary doctorate from CCA

American artist Joan Jonas will be recognized by California College of the Arts (CCA) with an honorary doctorate degree at its 108th commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco.

Jonas will deliver the commencement address to more than 400 CCA undergraduates and their families. She will also be honored at a private lunch the day before and participate in the post-commencement reception at the college's San Francisco campus.

About Joan Jonas

A world-renowned pioneer of video and performance art, Joan Jonas is lauded as one of the most important female artists of the 1960s and 1970s and will represent the United States in the 2015 Venice Biennale. She has performed and exhibited her work extensively throughout the world.

In 1994, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam presented a major retrospective, and another retrospective was organized by the Queens Museum of Art in 2004. She has been included in the Whitney Biennial and in Documentas 5, 6, 8, 11, and 13.

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Carl Bass (l), president and CEO of Autodesk; Liam Casey, founder and CEO of PCH

San Francisco, Calif., March 31, 2015 -- The Board of Trustees of California College of the Arts approved two new board members at its March 16, 2015, meeting: Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk, and Liam Casey, founder and CEO of PCH International.

"I'm delighted to welcome Carl and Liam to our Board of Trustees," commented Chair of the Board C. Diane Christensen. "As prominent Bay Area business leaders they embrace the values we hold dear at CCA: creativity and innovation, community engagement, entrepreneurialism, and social and environmental responsibility. I look forward to working with them as we build on CCA's reputation as a global leader in art and design education."

Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by Laura Braun


California College of the Arts Presents


CCA Gala Alumni Fashion Show

Benefitting CCA’s Scholarship Program

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

San Francisco, Calif., March 2015 — California College of the Arts (CCA) will host its annual Gala celebration Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The fundraising event is a benefit to support scholarships at CCA. Beginning at 6 p.m., the event features a cocktail hour, dinner (catered by Taste Catering), followed by an exciting runway show featuring emerging CCA alumni leaders, a silent auction, as well as a festive after-party. The Gala will take place on CCA’s San Francisco campus in the spectacular architecture award-winning Nave — transformed by Stanlee Gatti for this occasion.

Six CCA Fashion Design Program alumni (Amber Clisura, Erick Lopez, Paloma Von Broadley, Pin Yun (Sindia) Lin, Hannah Gallagher, and Les Schweikert) will showcase a variety of work from bridal couture to men’s wear to children’s wear. Since graduating, several of these talented designers have started their own labels, and others work for major fashion houses such as Bibhu Mohapatra (represented at the Gala) and Badgley Mischka. Also participating is the 7x7 magazine 2014 Emerging Designer of the Year awardee. 

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Chris Bliss

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce that it will assume publication of the online contemporary arts journals Art Practical (AP) and Daily Serving (DS), effective immediately.

This creates the unprecedented opportunity for the two publications to continue to serve a broad community while enabling students to learn professional skills in publishing and to conceive of new audiences for their ideas.

As the publisher, CCA will serve as the fiscal agent for Art Practical and Daily Serving. The two publications have been run as independent entities since their founding in 2006 (DS) and 2009 (AP).

Each will retain its core mission, editorial vision, and autonomy in all areas, including content, staffing, and programming.

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Brenda Tucker



Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys

Curated by Anthony Huberman
January 21–April 18, 2015

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Laura Braun


CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts Launches New Artistic Program in Fall 2014

San Francisco, Calif., August, 2014 -- The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco will launch a new artistic program on September 9, 2014, with new leadership, new exhibitions, a new event space, and a new identity and website.

New Leadership

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

SFMOMA and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts Present Markus Schinwald

Exhibition Dates:             
September 9–December 13, 2014

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
360 Kansas Street
San Francisco CA 94103


Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Laura Braun



Jamie Stevens Appointed Curator and Head of Programs at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts


Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Laura Braun


Jonathan Massey Appointed Director of Architecture at California College of the Arts

San Francisco, Calif., May 22, 2014 -- Jonathan Massey, the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence at Syracuse University, has been named the new director of Architecture at California College of the Arts, as announced today by Melanie Corn, CCA’s provost.

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Laura Braun

California College of the Arts presents the


May 15–24, 2014

San Francisco, Calif., April 15, 2014 -- California College of the Arts will present its 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition from Thursday, May 15, through Saturday, May 24, at its San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street; open daily, 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m.). There will be an opening reception on Thursday, May 15, from 6–10 p.m. and a special “Stage and Screen” event (featuring works in video and performance) on Saturday, May 24, from 5–7 p.m. The exhibition and accompanying events are all free and open to the public.

The exhibition features works by the 50 MFA students in the graduating class of CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts. It is curated by the writer, critic, and CCA faculty member Glen Helfand. “This year,” Helfand observes, “many of the featured works center on the transforming landscapes of social and technological interaction. In diverse mediums, they are reflections on living with various aspects of overstimulation, social media/mediation, and rapid economic fluctuations.”