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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.

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.

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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 …

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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.

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