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Silver Linings Series

An ongoing gathering of projects, stories, events, and updates from our campus on the cloud.

A view of a blue sky with a small scattering of white streaks of clouds


Creative activist Michael Wertz

While sheltering in place, Assistant Chair of Illustration Michael Wertz has been making tiny illustrations that deliver a big message.

A red, white, and blue illustration of a hand delivering a mail-in ballot

Media coverage / Oct. 30, 2020

KQED calls Jeffrey Gibson’s Nothing is Eternal “perfectly chaotic”

Sarah Hotchkiss (MFA Painting/Drawing 2011) wrote that Jeffrey Gibson’s Nothing is Eternal, an 18-minute video commissioned by the Wattis Institute, is not a hopeful vision of America, but an accurate one.

Jeffrey Gibson, '​Nothing is Eternal​,' 2020


CANVAS + DesignCreate support students’ aspirations, agency, and activism

Two initiatives champion BIPOC student talent and contributions while building their skills for leadership and success.

Close-up image of a multi-color print on muslin fabric

Media coverage / Oct. 27, 2020

“Come for the art, stay for the vote with CCA’s new civic engagement campaign”

Bay City News interviewed [email protected] Faculty Coordinator Sam Vernon, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programming Jaime Austin, and alum Amy Tavern (MFA Fine Arts 2017) about the [email protected] Artwork Campaign and the importance of the vote.

The CCA@CCA Artwork Campaign


Founders Hall opens new doors for CCA

With room to house about 25% of the college’s student population and a public dining hall, Founders Hall pushes CCA toward the goal of becoming a unified, fully residential campus.

Founders Hall mural in the foyer of the new residence hall


A new vision for creating and learning online

CCA staff psychologists share tips for managing anxiety, developing a sense of community, and finding hope during the pandemic.

People walking on a beach at sunset


Art in action

Leading up to the 2020 presidential election, the [email protected] Artwork Campaign celebrates our community’s deep commitment to activism and democratic participation.

Detail of the CCA@CCA Artwork Campaign display at the Hubbell Street Galleries windows.

Media coverage / Oct. 15, 2020

T Magazine names Hank Willis Thomas’ All Power to All People one of the 25 most influential works of American protest art since World War II

Read why the eight-foot-tall sculpture depicting an Afro pick with a Black Power fist raised to the sky—created by Hank Willis Thomas (MFA Photography, MA Visual Criticism 2003)—is being called one of the most influential works of American protest art.

Hank Willis Thomas’s “All Power to All People” (2017).

Press release / Oct. 14, 2020

CCA Wattis Institute presents Jeffrey Gibson: Nothing is Eternal

Jeffrey Gibson: Nothing is Eternal—a newly commissioned video with musical composition—will be available for in-person and online viewing, opening with an outdoor screening at the Tenderloin National Forest in San Francisco on October 22

A video still from Jeffrey Gibson's 'Nothing is Eternal'

Press release / Oct. 13, 2020

CCA launches the [email protected] Artwork Campaign—a new exhibition highlighting democratic engagement and creative activism

The walk-by exhibition and website features artwork and poster designs by 66 CCA students, faculty, staff, and alumni; see it in person in the Hubbell Street Galleries windows or online at

CCA@CCA Artwork Campaign

Media coverage / Oct. 13, 2020

“With ‘Darling Divined,’ Textile Artist Diedrick Brackens Plumbs His Southern Roots”

Alum Diedrick Brackens (MFA Fine Arts 2014) told Vogue that his exhibition, 'Darling Divined,' at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin in October, “feels like a homecoming.”

Diedrick Brackens, how to return, 2017. Woven cotton and acrylic yarn, 58 x 50 in. Collection of Erin Elizabeth Adams.

Media coverage / Oct. 9, 2020

Victoria Wagner’s Everglow “explores redwood’s phosphorescence”

Read how Victoria Wagner, a senior adjunct faculty member in CCA’s First Year Core Studio program, became inspired to work with salvaged redwood for the sculptures in her solo show, Everglow, at the Maybaum Gallery.

Victoria Wagner in her studio

Press release / Oct. 8, 2020

California College of the Arts presents Make. Act. Resist: A Teach-In on Borders & Migration

Make. Act. Resist takes place throughout October, featuring keynote lectures by Sarah Lopez and Ronald Rael, a movie screening and post-screening discussion about The Infiltrators, artist talks, and on-demand video interviews and podcasts with CCA faculty



Finding resonance online

During COVID–19, Industrial Design and Furniture students crafted imaginative instruments with the space and materials around them.

Students experiment with sound and material in CCA's Acoustic Objects course.

Media coverage / Oct. 5, 2020

How CCA’s Architectural Ecologies Lab is helping build a new ecosystem in the Presidio’s Crissy Field

Architects from CCA’s Architectural Ecologies Lab are helping the Presidio Trust and National Park Service restore native oyster habitats at Crissy Field by installing specially designed fiberglass panels. Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.


Media coverage / Oct. 1, 2020

See Tosha Stimage: 'Infinite center, infinite sun' at YBCA

CCA alum Tosha Stimage (MFA Interdisciplinary Studies 2016) is the first artist featured in YBCA’s new Lawn Art Project, which presents colorful social distancing artwork by local artists to reimagine how we can safely gather in person once again.

Tosha Stimage’s 'Infinite center, infinite sun' at the Yerba Buena Gardens


Student group spotlight: 24Frames

Members of the student animation club 24Frames reflect on how they explore career pathways and stay active in their creative practice.

Photo of student animation organization 24Frames

Media coverage / Sept. 30, 2020

CCA students honored in Fast Company’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards

CCA students Parker Crumley and Sarah Jane Walcutt’s project, “Wearable Labeling Technology for the 21st Century,” was awarded an honorable mention in the Innovation by Design Awards, recognizing the best student-designed projects of 2020.

“Wearable Labeling Technology for the 21st Century” by Parker Crumley and Sarah Jane Walcutt


The benefits of a low-residency structure

Students in CCA’s MFA in Comics program reflect on how they accomplish goals and stay connected as part of a remote cohort.

Close-up view of MFA Comics program brochure