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Media coverage / June 29, 2023

Caitlin Cherry: The Regolith Was Boiling, among six incredible summer art shows

Experience Caitlin Cherry's solo exhibition, a captivating interconnected mural-like installation of oil paintings and prints showcasing Black female celebrities, at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art.

Interconnected mural-like installation of oil paintings and prints displaying Black female celebrities, created by Caitlin Cherry.

Media coverage / June 27, 2023

CCA architecture students use high-speed rail project to make connections

CCA students team up with High-Speed Rail Authority, studying high-speed rail's potential. Through lectures and site visits, they analyze its transformative impact on California's social and physical landscape.

Two CCA architecture students present their work in both drawings and model form during a critique.

Media coverage / June 27, 2023

CCA Gala collects more than a million dollars for scholarships

CCA's annual gala brought together leaders, artists, architects, and designers on May 23. The event, held on campus, raised $1.23M for student scholarships.

Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.

Media coverage / June 26, 2023

Lihui Liang's transformative paintings reimagine her portrait subjects as animals

In their series Animal Religion, Lihui Liang (BFA Industrial Design 2017) combines animal symbolism with spiritual elements, creating thought-provoking and mesmerizing artworks.

Lihui Liang standing in front of her paintings in a gallery.

Media coverage / June 19, 2023

Rusty Zimmerman shines a light on South Brooklyn

Rusty Zimmerman (BFA Illustration 2004) created the Free Portrait Project in South Brooklyn, capturing residents' essence through 200 hand-painted portraits, fostering human connection.

From left, Zimmerman with Kelly Autumn Carroll, flanking her portrait at Fort Hamilton Distillery.

Media coverage / June 13, 2023

New Suns exhibition reception

Curated by Lauren Schell Dickens, the exhibition highlights artists Sofia Cordova, Nicki Green, Cathy Lu, Adia Millet, and Genevieve Quick.

Artists Sofia Cordova, Nicki Green, Cathy Lu, Adia Millet, and Genevieve Quick alongside Jaime Austin, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programming at CCA.

Media coverage / May 27, 2023

Discover 25 groundbreaking Asian American artists you should know

CCA alum Bernice Bing is featured in this list. A pioneering Asian American artist, left a lasting impact with her abstract expressionist paintings and co-founding the Asian American Art Centre, despite facing discrimination.

Artist Bernice Bing standing in front of her painting.

Media coverage / May 22, 2023

Explore the Bay Area's top art exhibitions this summer

Immerse in Caitlin Cherry's captivating maximalist solo show at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, featuring large-scale oil paintings, digital prints, and vibrant overlays of diverse figures.

A mural-like installation of oil paintings and prints displaying Black female celebrities.

Media coverage / May 18, 2023

Climate as Praxis, an exchange about the realities of architecture

CCA’s Gensler Center's inaugural event, organized by faculty Irene Cheng, Neeraj Bhatia, and Adam Marcus, showcased insightful reflections from Kate Orff, Chris Cornelius, Billie Faircloth, and Boonserm Premthada.

The image features a poster for CCA's Gensler Center opening, titled "Climate as a Praxis, a Pop-Up Exhibition," with the exhibition slightly blurred in the background.

Media coverage / May 15, 2023

CCA's Fashion Design students celebrate the freedom to do their own thing

CCA plays a pivotal role in San Francisco's fashion incubator scene, nurturing emerging designers with its interdisciplinary approach, emphasis on sustainability, and industry partnerships.

Fashion design students pace their final work on a wall for critiquing.

Media coverage / May 11, 2023

Queer Threads exhibit opens at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

The highly anticipated Queer Threads exhibit makes its Northern California debut at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles on May 12 and features work by CCA alumni and faculty.

Portrait of John Chaich.

Media coverage / May 11, 2023

San Francisco's housing dynamics explored by CCA

CCA Architecture Dean Keith Krumwiede and Assistant Professor Neeraj Bhatia partner with CCA's Urban Works Agency to explore political, formal, and spatial dynamics in San Francisco's housing landscape.

Uniform rows of houses with striking similarity.

Media coverage / May 5, 2023

Embracing imperfections: CCA alum and glassmaker Annie Morhauser's artful journey

Annie Morhauser (BFA Glass 1983) founded Annieglass 40 years ago in a small Santa Cruz studio. She supported her family by creating glassware, driven by necessity and fueled by experimentation.

Artist Annie Morhauser, holds a glass tulip sculpture with 24-karat gold detail, at her family-owned production studio in Watsonville, California.

Media coverage / May 2, 2023

CCA alum Katelyn Eichwald featured in Artsy's series: "Artists on Our Radar"

Artsy's "Artists on Our Radar" monthly series features five influential artists, and this edition spotlights Katelyn Eichwald (MFA Painting 2012), renowned for her hazy, captivating compositions.

Katelyn Eichwald's 2023 painting titled "Power", which presents a blurred image of a necklace and pendant delicately resting on the wearer's chest.

Media coverage / April 25, 2023

Five students test their ideas in three dimensions

CCA student Martin Hitch (MArch 2023) is among the 2023 Metropolis Future100 winners, who had the opportunity to test their ideas in three dimensions using a host of unique materials.

Three students, sitting on a structure built with multiple layers of pink plywood.

Media coverage / April 24, 2023

Symposium launches CCA’s new M. Arthur Gensler Jr. Center for Design Excellence

The Climate as Praxis symposium brings together four eminent design practitioners and focus on how the social and environmental impacts of climate change shape the concerns of contemporary architects.

Poster of dry land with lambs laying about with the words : Climate as Praxis 04-15-23.

Media coverage / April 18, 2023

CCA Furniture alum Kate Greenberg named Surface mag's Designer of the Day

Discover how CCA alum Kate Greenberg (BFA Furniture 2020) creates furniture and lighting that lie in that special sludge between art and function.

Artist Kate Greenberg, sitting in a gallery, in front of three pieces of furniture they designed.

Media coverage / April 13, 2023

CCA student Karina Zhou's Kai’s Tea Eggs released

Karina Zhou, a second-year animation student at CCA, is making headway in the world of publishing. Her first book, Kai’s Tea Eggs, explores the beauty of food, friendship, and being proud of your heritage.

Portrait of author and CCA student Karina Zhou.

Media coverage / April 12, 2023

Future Resonance, YBCA's collaboration with Studio Forward, is open at CCA

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Future Resonance exhibit features more than a dozen interaction, industrial, and graphic design graduate students' work. It's free and open to the public through April 30

The image is of artwork called Cymatic Seeds by Viola Sun, 2022 which features various digitally created shapes with the likeness of organic materials.

Media coverage / April 6, 2023

Dodie Bellamy named Guggenheim Fellow

CCA senior adjunct professor Dodie Bellamy was awarded Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts for General Nonfiction

2023 Guggenheim Fellows in the Creative Arts in white letters on a dark blue background.