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Four graduating Architecture and Interior Design students named among top 100 in North America

New Metropolis Future 100 list recognizes Conor Daly, Maria Antonieta Ramirez, Navya Sharad, and Valeriya Velyka among top grads.

Valeriya Velyka (BArch 2021), VR Volume, fall 2019.

Press release / April 15, 2021

CCA’s 2021 gala auction opens to public bidding on Friday, May 7

The silent online auction features 19 artworks and custom experiences, including works by Viola Frey, David Maisel, Robert Motherwell, Manuel Neri, Terry St. John, Wayne Thiebaud, and Lava Thomas.

Viola Frey, Untitled, 1987. Ceramic, 26 x 26 inches. Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery. Value: $25,000.

Press release / April 13, 2021

CCA honors legendary designer Sir Jony Ive during the 2021 virtual gala celebration on May 14

CCA will also recognize Sir Jony’s extraordinary contributions to design with an honorary doctorate during the college’s virtual commencement celebration on May 10, 2021.

Portrait of Sir Jony Ive.


Alum spotlight: Writer Julie Lythcott-Haims (MFA Writing 2016)

The bestselling author discusses her book Your Turn: How to Be an Adult and offers sage advice for writing—and adulting—through life’s inevitable growing pains.

Julie Lythcott-Haims stands in the doorway of a small wood-paneled writing studio decorated in quotes, bunting, and posters.

Press release / April 7, 2021

CCA’s Architecture Division announces new Academic Alliance with the Autodesk Technology Centers

California College of the Arts’ acclaimed Architecture Division is pleased to announce a new Academic Alliance with the Autodesk Technology Centers beginning in spring 2021.

Students working in Autodesk Technology Center in San Francisco.

Press release / April 7, 2021

California College of the Arts presents the 2021 MFA Showcase exhibition

On Thursday, April 8, 2021, a new exhibition featuring a selection of work by 16 emerging artists from California College of the Arts’ graduate program in fine arts opens at 360 Kansas Street in San Francisco.



CCA is designated a Voter Friendly Campus

A group of students, faculty, and staff found creative ways to encourage our community to vote during an entirely remote semester.

A hand holds up newsprint that says “VOTE” to a window on CCA’s campus.


You got into art college. Now what?

From exploring current student work to learning about first-year programs, here’s our best advice on how to choose between colleges.

A person in a white shirt sits on a red convertible’s trunk, overlooking the horizon. The sun sets in the right-hand corner.

Media coverage / March 25, 2021

Sita Bhaumik receives 2021 Creative Capital Award with People’s Kitchen Collective

Adjunct Professor Sita Bhaumik (MFA Fine Arts, MA Visual + Critical Studies 2012) is a founding member of People’s Kitchen Collective, an Oakland-based food-centered political education project.

KITCHEN Collective foundersCred-Sana-Javeri-Kadri-1-Hero.jpg

Media coverage / March 25, 2021

Alum LJ Roberts featured in Hyperallergic’s “Queer Artists in Their Own Words” series

LJ Roberts (MFA Textiles 2007) talks about their current work celebrating queer and trans artists and activists, what influences their work, and their greatest accomplishment so far.

LJ Roberts

Media coverage / March 25, 2021

Associate Professor Thomas Haakenson's releases new book, “Grotesque Visions: The Science of Berlin Dada”

Thomas Haakenson, an associate professor in CCA’s History of Art and Visual Culture program, released “Grotesque Visions: The Science of Berlin Dada” on March 6, 2021, through Bloomsbury Academic.

The cover of Thomas O. Haakenson's book, "Grotesque Visions"


Monuments—Must Change continues CCA’s dialogue around community engagement and the roles and responsibilities of artists

The panel features artists Karyn Olivier and Jeffrey Gibson, whose work radically reconsiders notions of permanence and endurance in the public sphere.

Jeffrey Gibson, Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House, 2020. Socrates Sculpture Park.

Press release / March 23, 2021

The Wattis Institute's 2020-2021 Capp Street Artist-in-Residence Raven Chacon launches Radio Coyote, a new 24/7 online and FM radio station, April 1–June 30

Radio Coyote is conceived entirely by Chacon and guest collaborators, featuring live and pre-recorded performances, interviews, and text-based recordings. Listen April 1–June 30, 2021, at and on 88.1 FM in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill.

Radio Coyote

Press release / March 15, 2021

CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice presents "Contact Traces," May 9–June 6, 2021

"Contact Traces," an exhibition curated by CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2021, reconsiders existing definitions of care in the absurd and dire circumstances of our present moment.

Lenka Clayton, 63 Objects Taken from my Son's Mouth, 2013, printed 2021. Photograph, 15” x 11”. Courtesy of the artist.


Graduate alumni Diedrick Brackens and Lauren O’Connell discuss ark of the bulrushes

The exhibition at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art introduces new work by Diedrick Brackens (MFA Fine Arts 2014), curated by Lauren O’Connell (MA Curatorial Practice 2014).

Diedrick Brackens: blessed are the mosquitos, 2020, woven cotton and acrylic yarn, 82 by 79 inches. Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles.


Ceramics tools help today’s makers push their discipline in inventive new directions

While some ceramics tools are ancient, others are waiting in unexpected places—like your kitchen cabinet. Three makers share their favorite tools.



Faculty spotlight: Grammy nominee Rob Epstein

At the 2021 awards, Professor Epstein’s documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice competes for Best Music Film. We quizzed him on the legendary Linda, his favorite sounds, and more.

Movie poster for the film Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, with the musician standing at the microphone with her head turned.


Why live on campus in a residence hall?

If you’re debating whether dorm life is right for you, here are three reasons why living on campus could enhance your art and design college experience.

Students mingle outside in the courtyard of Founders Hall, a white building with red gridwork.


Alum spotlight: Director Shane T Watson

“CCA allowed me to be open about myself and to become a better writer,” says the former Student Oscar nominee. Here’s what he’s working on now, his advice for CCA students, and more.

Three men stand side-by-side smiling at another camera out of view. Shane Watson is in the middle with his arms wrapped around their shoulders.


CCA Pre-College helps young makers find a home

At CCA, Crystal Morey (BFA Ceramics 2006), Claire Taggart​ (BFA Painting/Drawing 2006), and Shannon Danielle Taylor (BFA Illustration 2006) forged practices and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Crystal Morey, Claire Taggart​, and Shannon Danielle Taylor smile and look toward the viewer in front of a pale gray brick wall. Morey is wearing a leopard print shirt. Taggart is wearing black. Taylor is wearing a blue button-up with floral embroidery.