Press release / June 10, 2021
The Wattis Institute receives $20,000 NEA Grant for the exhibition "Drum Listens to Heart"
The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts for a $20,000 award from the Grants for Arts Projects program to support its 2022 exhibition, Drum Listens to Heart, which explores “the percussive” as an
Q&A: Raven Chacon
The Wattis Institute’s 2021 Capp Street Artist-in-Residence talks about teaching at CCA, the art of the score, and how the Bay Area is influencing his residency.
Media coverage / May 30, 2021
DMBA grad Izzy Chu on being a female founder
Thrive Global speaks to JOI co-founder Izzy Shu (MBA Design Strategy 2015) about her career, the impact of her DMBA program on her work, and why it's so important to empower more women to become founders.
Alum spotlight: Digital media scholar Dorothy Santos
Dorothy Santos (MA Visual + Critical Studies 2014) discusses how CCA graduate studies prepared her for a PhD in Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz.
Media coverage / May 22, 2021
Keith Krumwiede on the new podcast "When Socrates was an Architect"
CCA Architecture Dean Keith Krumwiede discusses his approach to working with young architects, helping to cultivate their professional toolset to address new challenges and make a meaningful difference in the world.
Press release / May 20, 2021
CCA appoints Aaron Gensler and Carina Wong to Board of Trustees
California College of the Arts announces the appointments of Aaron Gensler and CCA alum Carina Wong (MBA Design Strategy 2019) to the Board of Trustees for an initial three-year term.
Silver Linings Series
An archive of projects, stories, events, and updates from our campus on the cloud.
Press release / May 19, 2021
Wattis Institute releases "Why are they so afraid of the lotus?"
Why are they so afraid of the lotus?—the second title in the Wattis Institute’s annual book series, A Series of Open Questions—is informed and inspired by the work of Trinh T. Minh-ha.
Legendary designer Sir Jony Ive’s advice for the 2021 graduating class
“My encouragement is to be committed and proactive in caring for that deep, creative part of yourself that is easily overlooked.”
Press release / May 18, 2021
Architecture Division announces a series of three pop-up architecture exhibitions
On view through July 10, 2021, at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, the three exhibitions explore Bay Area histories and futures, social justice and territorialization, and ecology and climate change.
In Memoriam: Arthur Gensler, 1935–2021
For 11 years as a trustee and four as board chair, Arthur Gensler (1935–2021) championed the role of art and design education as an engine for cultural and economic vitality.
A growing community of Design students are leveraging their course assignments and thesis projects to express a sense of care and concern for the planet.
Design pedagogy for collective work
The Design division explores three different educational opportunities at CCA that transcend individual learning through teamwork.
Press release / May 10, 2021
CCA celebrates its graduating students in Class of 2021 Showcase
The Class of 2021 Showcase features work from over 260 students across the Fine Arts, Architecture, Design, and Humanities and Sciences divisions.
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.
Media coverage / May 5, 2021
Alum Camila Wandemberg receives Swarovski Foundation grant
The Swarovski Foundation awarded CCA alum Camila Wandemberg (BFA Individualized Studies 2020) with a Creatives for Our Future grant, helping further her work in developing sustainable alternatives for textile processes in her home country of Ecuador.
Renowned artist Jim Campbell has been working with Lynn Marie Kirby and Jeanne Finley's students since 2019, giving them the opportunity to showcase their art at astounding heights.
Student spotlight: Melissa Rodriguez
From Colombia, to California, to Fashion Design 3, Melissa Rodriguez (BFA Individualized Studies 2022) shares the art-inspired journey that helped her find a new definition of home.
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.
Rolling deep with the Earth
Faculty came together to start a new school at CCA—the E-school, an environmental justice collaboration across divisions that topples figureheads and centers frontline communities.