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Michael Wertz and Thomas Wojak: Boldly merging words and images

The Illustrated Poster class is part of a number of interdisciplinary courses at CCA. Taught jointly by Michael Wertz (Illustration) and Thomas Wojak (chair, Printmaking).
Photo of Michael Wertz and Thomas Wojak


CCA commencement traditions

From the tam and gown’s little-known origins to a particularly relevant Honorary Doctorate address, these stories behind the college’s commencement quirks are so CCA.

Two students in tams and gowns blow bubbles at the camera.

Press release / March 20, 2017

CCA presents the 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Exhibition showcases work of 35 emerging artists from CCA's graduate program in Fine Arts.

Photo of attendees at the 2017 CCA MFA Thesis Exhibition

Press release / March 7, 2019

To Know Herself presents new work by Tammy Rae Carland and iconic Macon Reed installation

The exhibition is curated by Yomna Osman and presented by the Curatorial Practice program in partnership with CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Macon Reed, Eulogy for the Dyke Bar 2015, Plastic and digital photo reproductions Dimensions varies 20 plastic frames, Wayfarers Gallery, New York, NY, 2015 .jpg


The benefits of MFA in Comics 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


We Are Image Makers: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Illustrators are indeed storytellers. Get a glimpse at some of the stories students have made and what inspires them.

Geometric illustration with abstract figures posing.

Press release / Feb. 14, 2017

CCA Wattis Institute presents Henrik Olesen: The Walk, a solo exhibition of new and existing work

The exhibition marks the Berlin-based conceptual artist's most comprehensive solo exhibition to-date at a U.S. institution.
Photos in The Walk exhibition by Henrik Oleson at CCA

Press release / Oct. 14, 2020

CCA Wattis Institute presents Jeffrey Gibson: Nothing is Eternal

Jeffrey Gibson's newly commissioned video opens with an outdoor screening at the Tenderloin National Forest.
A video still from Jeffrey Gibson's 'Nothing is Eternal'

Press release / Aug. 22, 2019

CCA Hubbell Street Galleries presents Surfacing Histories Sculpting Memories

CCA's Hubbell Street Galleries proudly presents the exhibition in conjunction with the National Museum of Women in the Arts 2020 Women to Watch series.
Julia Goodman, Rag Sorters (1964), 2013. Pulped, discarded fabrics gleaned during residency at Recology SF


First Year Core faculty find opportunity in online instruction

Professors reflect on how they adapted their pedagogy and collaborated with other artists during shelter in place.

Interior of a gallery in a Virtual Reality exhibition

Press release / Sept. 21, 2021

Wattis Institute’s 2021–2022 research season is inspired by the work of Lorraine O’Grady

The Wattis Institute's yearlong research season, Lorraine O’Grady is on our mind, uses the work of artist Lorraine O'Grady as a lens to think about our contemporary moment through a series of public lectures, screenings, performances, and other events.
Lorraine O’Grady, Art Is...(Troupe Front), 1983/2009. C-print in 40 parts, 16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.8 cm). Edition of 8 + 1 AP. Courtesy the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York.


Student spotlight: Jade Howe lets out her inner child

In this Q+A, Jade Howe looks back on her college career, from making purposeful art for kids to how much she loves San Francisco.

An illustration of a gigantic yet cuddly orange cat surrounded by people giving it pets.


New virtual mural brings the Creative Accord principles to life

Students in this fall’s Mural Project course express CCA’s Creative Accord in a virtual environment and think beyond traditional mural making.

A bullhorn with flowers and other abstract illustrative elements coming out of it.


Learning through question and critique: Interview with Sunny A. Smith

CCA’s dean of Fine Arts discusses the value of an arts education in today’s product-driven and politically tense world.

Sunny A. Smith smiles for a portrait.


In conversation with MFA Painting + Drawing alum Alexandra Grant

Meet alum Alexandra Grant, a Los Angeles-based artist who explores the performance of language in various media, including her series of paintings based on a famous Greek tragedy.

An installation view of Alexandra Grant’s Forêt Intérieure—or, in English, Interior Forest.


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.

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