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Press release / April 23, 2024

Four faculty members and one alum from California College of the Arts awarded the 2024 Guggenheim Fellowship

Faculty members Kim Anno, Lucas Foglia, Guillermo Galindo, and Léonie Guyer, and alum Ahndraya Parlato are among those recognized for the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Press release / April 22, 2024

California College of the Arts announces 2024 Honorary Doctorate recipients Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas

CCA is thrilled to announce artist and scholar Deborah Willis and visual artist and CCA alum Hank Willis Thomas (MFA/MA Photography, Visual Criticism 2003) as the Honorary Doctorate degree recipients at the 117th Commencement Ceremony.

Right: Portrait of Deborah Willis by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn. Left: Portrait of Hank Willis Thomas.

Press release / April 3, 2024

California College of the Arts Graduate Curatorial Practice Program and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts present Absolute Memory: An Archive of Softness

Absolute Memory: An Archive of Softness is a group exhibition featuring five artists working in themes of the everyday and subjective narrative, Widline Cadet, Xandra Ibarra, Michael Jang, Clifford Prince King, and Kenneth Tam.

Xandra Ibarra, “A Scarlot Mouth Dawns,” (2023), Photography series: Archival Pigment Prints.

Press release / March 22, 2024

California College of the Arts gala honoring Jack Wadsworth raises over $1.24 million

CCA celebrated long-time supporter Jack Wadsworth at its annual gala, raising over $1.24 million for student scholarships.

Left to right: David Howse, Susy Wadsworth, Jack Wadsworth, Dee Hover, Stephen Beal.

Press release / Feb. 28, 2024

California College of the Arts presents the 2024 MFA Fine Arts graduate exhibitions at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

This two-part exhibition debuts work from 20 emerging artists in CCA’s graduate program in fine arts.

California College of the Arts presents the 2024 MFA Fine Arts graduate exhibitions.

Press release / Feb. 27, 2024

Daisy Nam appointed director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Daisy Nam is announced as the new director and chief curator of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts.

Portrait of Daisy Nam.

Press release / Feb. 7, 2024

California College of the Arts appoints Jacqueline Francis as dean of Humanities and Sciences

CCA is pleased to announce Jacqueline Francis as the new dean of Humanities and Sciences. Francis will oversee the division’s 10 programs and its collegewide curriculum in which all students participate.

Portrait of Jacqueline Francis.

Press release / Jan. 9, 2024

California College of the Arts announces scholarship to fund senior year tuition for Fine Arts students

Jeanette G. and Michael J. Lopez gift $2 million to create an endowed scholarship program at CCA.

A Study of Sand and Snow, 2021, Inkjet print, 8.5” by 12”

Press release / Nov. 20, 2023

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents Mexican artist Rodrigo Hernández’s first U.S. solo exhibition

CCA and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts proudly presents Rodrigo Hernández: with what eyes?, a new solo exhibition by the acclaimed Mexican artist Rodrigo Hernández.

Rodrigo Hernández, with what eyes #9, 2023.

Press release / Oct. 25, 2023

David C. Howse appointed president of California College of the Arts

Following an extensive search, CCA is pleased to announce David C. Howse as the 10th president of the college.

David C. Howse in a suit and tie, confidently standing with his arms crossed, exuding professionalism and authority.

Press release / Sept. 26, 2023

CCA Wattis Institute’s 2023–2024 research season is inspired by the work of artist Anicka Yi

The yearlong research season, Anicka Yi is on our mind, begins in September with an exciting lineup of free events, lectures, screenings, and programming with Anicka Yi’s visionary work as the centerpiece.

Installation view of Anicka Yi's Biologizing the Machine (tentacular trouble) at the 58th  Biennale di Venezia, "May You Live In Interesting Times," Venice, 2019.

Press release / Aug. 23, 2023

California College of the Arts welcomes 10 new chairs across the college

CCA is delighted to welcome 10 new chairs to the college, including both new hires and current professors and faculty.

Front of the San Francisco campus at night.

Press release / Aug. 17, 2023

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents an exclusive solo exhibition Ana Jotta: Never the Less

CCA and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts proudly presents Ana Jotta: Never the Less, a new solo exhibition by acclaimed Portuguese artist Ana Jotta.

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Press release / July 31, 2023

Angelo Donghia Foundation awards third grant to CCA

The grant to the Interior Design program will support a two-year initiative to inspire sustainability in design through coursework and programming with climate-focused topics.

A close up of an interior design students project.

Press release / May 24, 2023

California College of the Arts gala honoring Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein raises over $1.23 million for student scholarships

CCA celebrated beloved Bay Area art collectors Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein as the 2023 honorees at its annual gala, which took place Tuesday, May 23. The event grossed over $1.23 million for student scholarships.

Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.

Press release / May 22, 2023

Nicki Green to represent Northern California in the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024 exhibition

Nicki Green chosen to represent Northern California in New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024 exhibition at NMWA's renovated museum, April 14-August 4, 2024.

Hybrid Vessel 1, 2020. Glazed earthenware. 30 x 36 x 15 inches.

Press release / May 18, 2023

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents new site-specific work by Caitlin Cherry

A new solo exhibition Caitlin Cherry: The Regolith Was Boiling, featuring a site-specific installation of large-scale oil paintings and digitally reproduced prints inspired by the architecture of the Wattis.

Caitlin Cherry, Queen of Shangdong (detail), 2023.

Press release / April 24, 2023

CCA announces 2023 Honorary Doctorate recipient Mildred Howard

CCA is thrilled to announce Mildred Howard as the degree recipient at the 116th Commencement Ceremony held Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco.

Portrait of Mildred Howard.

Press release / March 27, 2023

CCA appoints Michael Muscardini to Board of Trustees

CCA announces the appointment of Michael Muscardini to its Board of Trustees for an initial three-year term.

Portrait of Michael Muscardini.

Press release / March 22, 2023

This April YBCA & CCA present Future Resonance

A collaborative exhibition at YBCA consisting of six projects created by multidisciplinary teams of graduate interaction, industrial, and graphic design students from Studio Forward at CCA, sponsored by Google.

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

Lindsay Wright

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