California College of the Arts (CCA) presents the 2006 Graduate Exhibition, featuring over 125 projects by graduating MFA, MA and MArch students in the areas of architecture, curatorial practice, design, fine arts, visual criticism and writing. The visual arts exhibition is on view from Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 20. In addition, a series of readings and presentations are planned from April 29 through May 3. All events are free and open to the public and take place on the CCA San Francisco campus at 1111 Eighth Street.
The Graduate Exhibition opens on May 11 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and a literary salon featuring readings by graduates of the MFA Program in Writing at 7:30 p.m. in room 107.
Curated by faculty member and critic Glen Helfand, the Graduate Exhibition features many new and innovative works, including a number of projects that engage political process and dialogue. For example, the graduating class of the MA Program in Curatorial Practice will use the exhibition as a platform for a commissioned project by Los Angeles–based artist Jeffrey Vallance. Titled "Preserving America's Cultural Heritage," the piece proposes a federal bill to create a fund to support visual artists working in the United States.
Some graduates of the MFA Program in Fine Arts are creating works that address international treaties and the two-party political system. Thematically, the show touches on pervasive themes of contemporary culture such as big box commerce and escapism. The show unfolds throughout the school, giving visitors the opportunity to tour much of the San Francisco campus. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Images are available upon request.
Visit the exhibition website: sites.cca.edu/gradexhibition.
About the College
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 19 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers the bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of architecture, master of fine arts, master of arts and master of architecture degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students.