Photo by Nicholas Lea Bruno/CCA.

Events + Exhibitions

California College of the Arts (CCA) offers interdisciplinary programming of more than 150 art shows, talks, exhibitions, and events each year to foster meaningful dialogue among artists and the wider community. Featured and current events on both Bay Area campuses, throughout San Francisco, and in our galleries, including the acclaimed Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, echo the creative and intellectual curiosity that make CCA a top-ranked art school.


Adam Linder, Full Service, 2018, at Wattis Institute. Choreographic Service No. 2: Some Proximity, 2014, duration variable. Two dancers and one writer: Justin Kennedy, Josh Johnson, and Jonathan P. Watts/ Michele Carlson. Photo: Allie Fora

Due to CCA’s ongoing response to the evolving COVID–19 outbreak, we have suspended events and exhibitions until further notice. This action follows recommendations by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and other health officials. Visit the CCA COVID–19 information page for updates.

For audiences across the Bay Area

We bring award-winning artists, designers, authors, scholars, and alumni to the Bay Area to engage and inspire audiences with lectures, performances, and workshops. Our exhibitions present voices of today and tomorrow. Attend gallery art shows and view new work by emerging student talent, internationally recognized faculty, and influential artists visiting from across the globe. All of CCA’s public events and exhibitions are free and open to all.

Exhibitions at CCA

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May 18, 2020

We couldn't resist sharing one more student highlight before the summer hits! From Daniela Segovia:

Eileen Loera @nuestramuerte is a graphic design major with heavy influences of historically loaded religious iconography and type.
She says "Since quarantine started, I've been trying to find new ways to mimic traditional processes with limited materials and no studio access. I have been pulling inspiration from themes of nostalgia and find myself experimenting with mediums that I left behind."

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May 18, 2020

The CCA Exhibitions and Public Programs department is closing for the summer.?
We hope to be back online sharing the accomplishments of CCA’s gloriously talented students before you know it! In the meantime, follow @cacollegeofarts for juicy student work. You can always email [email protected] with any inquiries.?
?? Photo of PLAySPACE Gallery by Nicholas Lea Bruno

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May 9, 2020

Oscar Ramirez, an inspirational Painting and Drawing major, has created a body of work that discusses contemporary iconography and self reflective habits. ?

Oscar has this to say about his source of inspiration?:
"A vast majority of my work is figure painting, but most importantly I focus on self- portraiture. I find art has provided the best means of analyzing and dissecting myself. I've always struggled with my own perception of who I am or what I really look like, and painting myself has provided me with a way to document my own self-image. As well as the ability to place myself wherever I want to be."?
'How has creating been since the epidemic started?'?
"At first it was difficult because I couldn't translate much of my usual studio practice into the space where I was now occupying, and it hurt my creative drive quite a bit. But I slowly began practicing new means to create by experimenting with drawing materials I wouldn't usually use outside of paint. Now I feel as if I have finally got an art practice going again during quarantine! "?
Oscar is a visionary -Daniela

'What we offer is free' exhibition at Hubbell Street Galleries

Installation view of What We Offer Is Free, an exhibition honoring Ted Purves at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries in 2017

Watch the future of art and design unfold

Exhibitions at our San Francisco and Oakland campuses and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts serve our community as sites of experimentation and investigation. With over 100 art shows mounted each year, visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists.

Oliver Art Center

Oliver Art Center with work by retired faculty member Linda Fleming

Show your work in a CCA gallery

Each campus gallery is an integral part of the CCA curriculum. By mounting exhibitions, students gain professional skills in curation, preparation, production, and documentation.

During their senior year, undergraduate fine arts students plan, promote, and install individual senior exhibitions, and graduating students from all programs are invited to create work for the annual Commencement Exhibition.

PLAySPACE is a graduate student–run gallery that provides the resources for student artists and curators to conceptualize and present long-term exhibitions, whereas the Project Space Takeover program offers more informal opportunities to share and develop works-in-progress, including performances, social practice projects, collaborations, readings, screenings, prototypes, and experiments.

Attendees viewing artwork at the 2019 Alma Mater Exhibition

The opening reception for Alma Mater, an exhibition at the Hubbell Street Galleries showcasing work by over 160 CCA alumnx

Hubbell Street Galleries

Located near the corner of Hubbell and 16th, four individual spaces comprise Hubbell Street Galleries. They’re home to the CCA Exhibitions office, galleries showcasing work by CCA students and visiting artists, PLAySPACE graduate student gallery, and the Project Space for short-term experimental work.

161, 151, 141, and 131 Hubbell Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 (map)

Male dancing on lighted floor at PLAySPACE opening reception

A visitor interacts with This Might Be Just The Place by Jaime Knight at PLAySPACE Gallery in spring 2019


PLAySPACE, The Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is a graduate student–run exhibition program that provides the resources for student artists and curators to conceptualize and present programming oriented toward the academic community. PLAySPACE is operated by a team of current graduate students that receives an annual staffing stipend and operating budget to present exhibitions, programs, and more for the duration of their directorship.

141 Hubbell Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 (map)

people talking and looking at art in a large, white room.

The opening reception for Making (It) Work at the Oliver Art Center

Oliver Art Center

The Oliver Art Center is an expansive exhibition space in the center of the Oakland campus. The gallery presents lively, rotating displays of contemporary painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and experimental work by both emerging and established artists.

5212 Broadway Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618 (map)

Attendees clapping their hands at Everything is Sacred exhibition opening

The opening reception for Everything is Sacred, an exhibition presented by the Students of Color Coalition at Isabelle Percy West Gallery in spring 2019

Isabelle Percy West Gallery

Isabelle Percy West Gallery is located on the mezzanine level of Nahl Hall on the Oakland campus. This intimate space typically features student work from across CCA’s diverse programs.

5212 Broadway Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618 (map)

CCA Wattis exhibit

Doing the Best I Can, an exhibition of work by Diamond Stingily at CCA Wattis Institute

Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Founded in 1998 at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and located a few blocks from its campus, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is a nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute dedicated to contemporary art and ideas.

As an exhibition space, the Wattis commissions and shows new work by emerging and established artists from around the world. As a research institute, it dedicates an entire year to reflect on the work of a single artist, which informs a regular series of public programs and publications involving the field’s most prominent artists and thinkers. The Wattis also hosts the annual Capp Street Artist-in-Residence, which is one of the earliest and longest-running artist-in-residence programs in the country.

360 Kansas Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 (map)

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