Events & Exhibitions

CCA’s interdisciplinary programming offers more than 150 events and exhibitions each year to foster meaningful dialogue among artists and the wider community.

Join us

All of CCA’s lectures, symposiums, and workshops are free, offering opportunities for students and the public to engage with cultural topics and creative practices through the work and ideas of award-winning artists, designers, authors, scholars, and alumni.

Art in action

Engage with intersections between democracy, creative activism, and voter advocacy through the Creative Citizens in Action’s ([email protected]) annual series of public programs, which span the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and writing.

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

Our ever-changing campus galleries offer Bay Area visitors the chance to enjoy new work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists in curated spaces. Exhibitions are always free and open to all.

Meet the voices of tomorrow

CCA’s graduating student showcases, presented by class year, are digital time capsules of capstone projects and culminating work across CCA’s Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities & Sciences divisions.

A student tapes up a light-blue background against a concrete wall in front of a colorful assemblage installation.

CURP students and artists installing the plaYplaYplaY exhibition.

Graduate student-run programming

PLAySPACE, an acronym for the Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is an interdisciplinary space of exhibitions-related experimentation and practical learning for CCA graduate students. Student artists and curators have the freedom and opportunity to conceptualize and produce experimental programming while gaining professional development experience. PLAySPACE programming can happen everywhere through partnerships and pop ups on-campus and off.


Creative Citizens in Action

The Creative Citizens in Action ([email protected]) initiative serves as a collegewide hub for activism and inquiry. The connected programming explores art, activism, democratic engagement, and current affairs through public events, exhibitions, grant opportunities, voting resources, and curricular connections.

[email protected] is overseen by the Exhibitions & Public Programming department in partnership with Student Affairs, Libraries, Academic Divisions, Communications, and faculty.


Rewind Review Respond

Rewind Review Respond (RRR) is an online forum where CCA students write about recent events and the ideas that affect their practice, communities, and fields of study. Through writing, videos, and interviews, RRR is an opportunity to debrief on a lecture, panel, screening, or roundtable and to dive deeper into ideas discussed.

RRR is organized by the Exhibitions Department and edited by Katherine Jemima Hamilton and Liz Godbey, with editorial and graphic design by Sora Won.

Exhibitions at CCA

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June 29, 2022

Ann Liu’s illustrations on Ecopoesis, inspired by Jenny Odell’s April 2022 lecture at CCA, show how all kinds of kin on Earth inhabit the same spaces.⁠

These illustrations were published to Rewind Review Respond this spring as part of its fourth volume (link in bio). ⁠

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June 28, 2022

"In the present, we see how settler-colonialism continues to be romanticized in the American imagination. Meanwhile, the violent practices of resource extraction and land dispossession abound, all for the benefit of the U.S. state."⁠

Read "Against the Romanticization of Settler-Colonialism," Liz Godbey's response to Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's March 2022 lecture at CCA, on Rewind Review Respond (link in bio).⁠

[ID: Artwork by Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith overlaid with a transparent blue film and the "New Review" in capitalized sans serif font.]⁠

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June 27, 2022

"Recounting an encounter is always a risky enterprise. What is included or excluded, what is written or omitted, is the dilemma. This issue is inseparable from writing. That is why I decided to corrupt it (somewhat), to distort it (somehow). That is why, in these semi-fictionalized meetings with Wendi Wang, Katayoun Bahrami, and Roy Vessil, the employment of certain rhetorical figures, such as the periphrasis, or the appeal to the reader, elicits a kind of Brechtian verfremdungseffekt, making it obvious for all listeners that, even if we often try, life cannot be transcribed."⁠

"MY THree encounters," a fictionalized essay by Marco Bene⁠,⁠ appears in Digital Drawing Room⁠, a collection of thematic essays, video interviews, epistolary forms, and fictionalization by students in Glen Helfand's Art and Language GELECT/Curatorial Practice course. Read the entire Digital Drawing Room collection now on Rewind Review Respond (link in bio).⁠

Image: Detail of Roy Vessil's studio, hands and miniature piece, 2022. Photo by Marco Bene.⁠

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June 24, 2022

"We are like bees. Bees, they make honey, they eat the honey themselves, right? So we make the music and we consume it ourselves as the communal thing is as simple as that, we don't make music for anybody else. ⁠

At that moment when the music is blasting, we are playing music and singing the songs together and dancing together… It is our way to honor our ancestors depending on the ceremony, is a way for some of us were going through life experiences and having a bad day to forget about all the things that are happening behind the scenes to just come out and celebrate life.⁠"⁠

⁠From "We Are Like Bees," a conversation with teacher, dancer, and drummer Kwesi Anku, published to the [email protected] Fluid Mutualism portal page (link in bio). This is the final text commissioned for the 2021-22 Fluid Mutualism program.⁠

Kwesi Anku received his training in West African music, dancing and drumming at the University of Legon, Ghana. After obtaining his BFA in Dance in 2004, he became a teaching assistant for the School of Performing Arts, working with local students and study abroad participants, namely from: UC Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford and San Francisco State University. He is also an accomplished performer, having performed with the Ghana Dance Ensemble and the Performing Arts Workshop, two of Ghana’s most prestigious dance ensembles. Since moving to the East Bay, he worked for World Arts West and the SF Ethnic Dance Festival. Kwesi is the Director of Student Development and Training at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to maintaining classes as a West African drumming dance instructor, Kwesi is also a principal dancer in elder CK Ladzekpo’s West African Music and Dance Ensemble.⁠

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