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Press release / March 21, 2023

CCA Curatorial Practice and CCA Wattis Institute Present uncontained: categories always leak

Featuring work by five acclaimed female artists—Candice Lin, Cathy Lu, LaRissa Rogers, Cammie Staros, and Stephanie Syjuco.

LaRissa Rogers, Licked Until Your Tongue Rubbed Raw, 2022 (detail).

Press release / March 8, 2023

CCA Campus Gallery Presents Women to Watch 2024: New Suns, a collaboration with the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Featuring work by five Bay Area women artists—Sofía Córdova, Nicki Green, Cathy Lu, Adia Millett, and Genevieve Quick.

Adia Millett, Strata, 2023. Acrylic on wood panel, 60 x 108 inches.

Press release / March 6, 2023

CCA Presents the 2023 MFA Graduating Class Exhibition at The Wattis Institute

The two-part exhibition debuts work from 32 emerging artists in CCA’s graduating program in fine arts.

Pink, yellow and black graphic with text CCA MFA 2023.CA

Press release / Feb. 23, 2023

CCA Announces 2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Regional Winners

Young artists and writers recognized for their original works by nationally renowned award.

American Vision Awards Nominee Arihant Jain from Mountain View, Condolences, Mixed Media on Paper.

Press release / Feb. 8, 2023

CCA President Stephen Beal announces retirement

President Stephen Beal announces his retirement after 25 years dedicated to growing and expanding CCA's campus, programs, and community.

President Stephen Beal smiles at the camera while painting in his studio; a finished painting hands behind him in soft focus.

Press release / Jan. 13, 2023

CCA opens new Campus Gallery with inaugural exhibition by alum Christine Wong Yap

CCA presents Recognitions / 认 • 知, a solo exhibition by Christine Wong Yap as the first exhibition in its new Campus Gallery, on view January 25–March 17, 2023.

A pink and white map of San Francisco drawn by Christine Wong Yap, overlaid with butterfly artworks by students at Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School.

Press release / Nov. 15, 2022

CCA launches public phase of $123 million Maker/Meets/Future Campaign

CCA today announced that it has secured more than $118 million and is publicly launching its Maker/Meets/Future Campaign, a $123 million fundraising effort.

Double Ground, shown here from above, is a fluid space designed to unite CCA’s diverse disciplines.

Press release / Oct. 18, 2022

CCA Announces $4.7 Million in Gifts to Support Diversity, Equity and Innovation in Arts & Design Field

A $1 million gift from the Gensler family and a $1 million gift from Gensler, the award-winning global architecture, design and planning firm, to establish the M. Arthur Gensler Jr. Center for Design Excellence.

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Press release / June 16, 2022

The Wattis Institute presents: Drum Listens to Heart

Opening September 1, this 3-part exhibition with an accompanying performance series brings together contemporary artists and performers from around the world.

An installation view of Milford Graves' A Mind-Body Deal at the Institute for Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.

Press release / May 24, 2022

CCA Wattis Institute presents: Hervé Guibert: This and More

Curated by Wattis Institute Director Anthony Huberman, this exhibition at the Wattis Institute introduces a lesser-known body of work by the late French artist Hervé Guibert (1955–1991). On view June 9–July 30, 2022.

1_Santa Caterina, 1988

Press release / May 20, 2022

CCA gala honoring community leader Roselyne C. Swig raises over $1.5 million for student scholarships

CCA celebrates Swig’s impact on the Bay Area as arts champion, civic leader, and community advocate.

CCA President Stephen Beal, Gala honoree Roselyne C. Swig, CCA Trustee and Gala co-chair Stanlee Gatti, and CCA Trustee and Gala co-chair Kimberlee Swig at the CCA Gala Benefactors Party.

Press release / April 13, 2022

CCA reaches collective bargaining agreements with unionized staff, faculty

CCA employees represented by SEIU Local 1021 have voted to ratify tentative collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) with the college.

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Press release / March 30, 2022

CCA Presents Dennis Leon and the Art of Instruction

The exhibition features the work of long-time CCA instructor Dennis Leon, alongside work from his students.

Urbanstones #3 (1988), collage and pastel, 60” x 89” Dennis Leon

Press release / March 17, 2022

CCA Curatorial Practice and CCA Wattis Institute Present Resonance of Place, April 28–May 14, 2022

Resonance of Place, a multi-site exhibition reflecting on the body’s precarious relationship to its surroundings, curated by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2022.

"Natani Notah, #TsiiyéełPowered, 2017-present. Documentation of ongoing walking performance.

Press release / March 10, 2022

CCA presents the 2022 MFA Graduating Class Exhibition

The exhibition debuts work from 27 emerging artists in CCA’s graduate program in fine arts.

A black square with white text across three lines reading “CCA MFA 2022’.

Press release / Feb. 14, 2022

CCA appoints Nicolas Elsishans as chief financial officer

California College of the Arts (CCA) President Stephen Beal announced Nicolas Elsishans as chief financial officer, effective February 28.

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Press release / Dec. 21, 2021

CCA appoints Tricia Brand as inaugural vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

California College of the Arts (CCA) President Stephen Beal announced Tricia Brand as the college’s inaugural vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), effective April 1, 2022.

Drone view looking down at the San Francisco campus of CCA

Press release / Oct. 28, 2021

CCA’s annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair and Homecoming festivities take place November 20 on CCA’s Oakland campus

Visit CCA’s Oakland campus at 5212 Broadway for food trucks, live music by the Delta Wires, open studios, and handmade goods for sale from CCA students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

The holiday fair on CCA's Oakland campus in 2019.

Press release / Oct. 25, 2021

The Wattis Institute presents Josh Faught: Look Across the Water Into the Darkness, Look for the Fog

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts announces a new solo exhibition by San Francisco-based artist Josh Faught: Look Across the Water Into the Darkness, Look for the Fog, January 13–March 5, 2022.
A detail close-up of Josh Faught's "Garland," 2019.

Press release / Oct. 21, 2021

California College of the Arts appoints Julie Lythcott-Haims and Abby Sadin Schnair to Board of Trustees

California College of the Arts announces the appointments of Julie Lythcott-Haims and Abby Sadin Schnair to the Board of Trustees for an initial three-year term.
The exterior of CCA's main building from the backlot.