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Upholding racial justice and equity

This statement was sent to members of the CCA community in an email from President Stephen Beal on June 1, 2020.


Media coverage / June 1, 2020

CCA Architecture students Cera Yeo (BArch 2020) and Jingyi Emma Luo (BArch 2020) selected as winners in AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Design Competition

Cera Yeo and Jingyi Emma Luo were honored with an American Institute of Architects 2020 COTE sustainability award for their project “Waterline.” Yeo and Luo were part of the fall 2019 Buoyant Blueprint studio led by faculty Margaret Ikeda and Evan Jones.

"Waterline" by Cera Yeo and Jingyi Emma Luo

Media coverage / May 29, 2020

Bay Area’s fashion design students nip and tuck their collections from home

The San Francisco Chronicle talked to CCA’s Yesenia Villaseñor (BFA Fashion Design 2020) for an article about how graduating fashion design students pivoted to create their thesis collections from home during the COVID–19 pandemic.

Designs by Yesenia Villasenor (BFA Fashion Design 2020)


On this land, a cultural site

Archaeological testing on CCA’s Backlot made the exciting discovery of organic materials that signify human activity, including tool making, from almost 7,500 years ago.

A group of students and a professor sit in a circle on the San Francisco campus’s Backlot.

Media coverage / May 26, 2020

CCA alum Rosannah Harding wins 2020 Forge Prize

An innovative cantilevered pedestrian bridge and elevated park concept by CCA alum Rosannah Harding (BArch 2007) and Matthew Ostrow of HardingOstrow won the $10,000 Forge Prize at a judging event streamed live on YouTube.

Rosannah Harding

Media coverage / May 19, 2020

San Francisco Examiner highlights the Class of 2020 Showcase

The San Francisco Examiner featured CCA’s Class of 2020 Showcase in its roundup of how San Francisco art schools are highlighting student work online.


Media coverage / May 19, 2020

Art in America on why MFA alum Diedrick Brackens’ work is essential and “unbearably relevant” during the COVID–19 pandemic

Art in America spoke with artist Diedrick Brackens (MFA Fine Arts 2014) about his solo exhibition “blessed are the mosquitoes,” now indefinitely on hold, how he discovered weaving, and his time studying with Josh Faught at CCA.



CCA’s Illustration program shines in national illustration competition

Fifteen works from 11 CCA students were selected for this year’s Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition Exhibit, on view now.

Swim, Thien-Huong Vu


The Class of 2020 Showcase brings the CCA community home

The Class of 2020 Showcase highlights the work of over 300 graduating students in CCA’s 22 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs.

Class of 2020 Showcase


2020 undergraduate student address by Carl Edward Mongan

Each year, an outstanding student address is chosen by a committee of CCA leadership. For 2020’s undergraduate class, Carl Edward Mongan (BFA Animation 2020) was selected for the honor.



2020 graduate student address by Santino Gonzales

Each year, an outstanding student address is chosen by a committee of CCA leadership. For 2020’s graduate cohort, Santino Gonzales (MFA Fine Arts 2020) was selected for the honor.

Santino Gonzales at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Press release / May 11, 2020

CCA celebrates its graduating students in digital Class of 2020 Showcase, on view online beginning May 14

The Class of 2020 Showcase brings the work of over 300 students across the Fine Arts, Architecture, Design, and Humanities and Sciences divisions to visitors’ homes while CCA’s campus is closed during the shelter-in-place order.

Class of 2020 Showcase

Press release / May 7, 2020

CCA's 2020 graduates in Curatorial Practice present 'The Word for World is Forest'

The Word for World is Forest, a project curated by CCA’s Curatorial Practice graduate program Class of 2020, is on view at May 14–September 14, 2020.

Sofía Córdova, dawn chorusi:_LA PREKUELA, 2016–2020.

Media coverage / May 5, 2020

Longtime CCA faculty member and cultural icon Michael McClure dies at 87

A beloved faculty member for many years, McClure taught at CCA for 43 years, from 1963 until 2006. He passed away on May 4 at his home in the Oakland hills.



Decolonizing design

CCA’s Decolonial School focuses on how to relate diversity, inclusion, and equity to artistic and design practice.

From the As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes exhibition at CCA.

Media coverage / April 30, 2020

KQED calls the Wattis Library “an antidote to online exhibitions”

Writer Theadora Walsh reviewed the new Wattis Library, which she says “resists the internet’s constant demand for new content and, instead, offers history.”



Furniture program meets the future

Through community work, asking critical questions, and embracing full-circle materiality, CCA’s Furniture program builds values of equity and sustainability into new spaces.

A CCA Furniture student installing her work in a gallery.

Media coverage / April 29, 2020

Breena Nuñez: “How Quarantine Changed Me”

CCA alum and faculty member Breena Nuñez’s comic detailing how daily life has changed during the COVID–19 pandemic was featured in the New Yorker's “Daily Shouts” column.

Breena Nunez - New Yorker cartoon

Media coverage / April 28, 2020

“This is Weird Without You”: Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera and his roommates share “messages of hope” on businesses around the city

Assistant Professor Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera and his roommates talked to Eater SF about their shelter-in-place project, “This is Weird Without You,” wheatpasting “messages of hope” on storefronts of shuttered restaurants around the Mission District.

"This is Weird Without You" Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera project

Press release / April 28, 2020

CCA Wattis Institute launches a new annual book series, A Series of Open Questions

The first volume in the CCA Wattis Institute's new book series, A Series of Open Questions, is Where are the tiny revolts?, informed and inspired by the work of Bay Area poet and novelist Dodie Bellamy.

Wattis Reader – Where are the tiny revolts? (A Series of Open Questions, vol. 1)