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Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by Allison Byers

San Francisco, Calif., August 8, 2012--The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present the exhibition When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes: A Restoration / A Remake / A Rejuvenation / A Rebellion (script and display by Jens Hoffmann, based upon an original exhibition by Harald Szeemann) September 13 through December 1, 2012, in the Wattis Institute galleries, located on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 13, from 7-9 p.m.

The exhibition is a sequel to, and reevaluation of, the legendary 1969 exhibition When Attitudes Become Form, curated by Harald Szeemann at the Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland. The new show brings together 82 international contemporary artists who follow, in various ways, the legacy of Szeemann’s iconic exhibition. The artists will present both existing and newly commissioned works. The show will also bring together archival material, floor plans, and installation images from the 1969 show. This new exhibition does not make a distinction between what is past and what is present, but rather considers When Attitudes Become Form as a living past.

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Chris Bliss

Mara Hancock appointed CIO

Mara Hancock has been appointed to the position of chief information officer (CIO) at California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by CCA President Stephen Beal. As the senior technology officer of the college, she will lead the Educational Technology Services (ETS) division, which is responsible for the support of faculty, students, and staff in their use of technology; the acquisition and support of academic and administrative applications; and the design, installation, and maintenance of CCA’s networking, telecommunications, and web infrastructure. She will oversee a staff of 30 and manage a budget of $2.5 million. Hancock comes to CCA from University of California, Berkeley, where she holds the concurrent positions of director of educational technology services, director of online learning, and associate CIO for academic engagement. She will begin at CCA on September 1, 2012.

President Beal commented, “CCA has experienced tremendous growth in the last 10 years, adding several new academic programs and increasing enrollment by more than 500 students. We are now at a critical juncture where strategic leadership is needed to meet the growing technology needs of our evolving institution. Mara will have a tremendous opportunity to lead and support a new era of technological planning and innovation at CCA. Her extensive experience in academic technology will serve us very well. I am particularly pleased and proud that Mara is a CCA alumna; she received her BFA here in 1986. Having forged a highly successful career in institutional technology, she is a wonderful example of where an education in the arts can lead.”

Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 by Allison Byers

The Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the Annual Fashion Show 2012, which will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012, at CCA’s San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street, at 16th and Wisconsin). The show features 13 new collections created by CCA’s senior Fashion Design students, juried by industry professionals and worn by runway models. General-admission tickets are $40. VIP tickets are $100 and include admission to the pre-party at 6:30 p.m. and preferred seating at the event.

“At CCA, we encourage each individual designer to develop a thesis collection that reflects their aesthetic perspective and artistic innovation,” remarks CCA Fashion Design Program chair Amy Williams. “This year, the ‘aha’ moments of the senior cohort were exceptionally sure and true. The results are 13 distinct, individual, highly innovative collections! I can hardly wait for the public to meet these outstanding emerging talents. And to have Maybelline as presenting sponsor to support this celebration of the students’ creative work is a perfect statement of fashion collaboration.”

Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by Allison Byers


California College of the Arts

MFA Exhibition 2012

May 10-19, 2012

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by Chris Bliss

David Sedaris [photo: Anne Fishbein]

Best-selling author and NPR humorist David Sedaris will appear at a special benefit reading for California College of the Arts (CCA) on May 3, 2012, at Zellerbach Auditorium on the UC Berkeley campus. The evening will include a reading from new and unpublished material, a book signing, and, for sponsorship donors, a VIP cocktail party with the author at Berkeley Art Museum. Proceeds will benefit the CCA Scholarship Fund.

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 by Allison Byers


California College of the Arts presents
Place=Basho: Osaka/CCA Printmaking and Graphic Design Exchange Exhibition
February 15-22, 2012

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 by Allison Byers

An example of Baldessari's instructions to students.


The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
presents the exhibition
John Baldessari: Class Assignments (optional)
January 19-March 31, 2012

Posted on Monday, November 7, 2011 by Allison Byers

San Francisco, Calif., November 7, 2011—California College of the Arts is pleased to announce a reading by the acclaimed poet Anne Waldman on Friday, December 2, 2011. It will take place at 3:30 p.m. in CCA’s Writers’ Studio, located at 195 De Haro Street (at 15th Street), San Francisco. The event is free and open to the public. It is presented by CCA’s MFA Program in Writing as part of the program’s ongoing Writers Series.

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 by Allison Byers

San Francisco, Calif., September 1, 2011—The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is hosting the contemporary artist Harrell Fletcher as the Capp Street Project artist in residence for the fall 2011 semester. During his residency, Fletcher will collaborate with another artist, Travis Souza, on a project in which over the course of four weeks, Souza will walk the 432-mile route of the proposed high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Fletcher and Souza will host a culminating discussion about the project on Friday, September 30, 2011, the day Souza walks into San Francisco. This event is free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. in Timken Lecture Hall at California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco.

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2011 by Allison Byers

See also: Wattis exhibition More American Photographs

San Francisco, Calif., September 8, 2011--The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts will present the exhibition Painting Between the Lines from October 4 through December 17, 2011, in the Logan Galleries of California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco. The exhibition is curated by Jens Hoffmann, director of the Wattis Institute. It is free and open to the public, with an opening reception on Tuesday, October 4, from 6-8 p.m.