Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

What can we learn from artists today?

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is a nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute dedicated to reflecting on this question through temporary exhibitions, public events, and indepth research. It is part of California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
The Wattis centers the artist’s perspective and supports artists who take risks and experiment with new ideas. We provide a public forum to established, emerging, and underrecognized artists who challenge our ways of understanding the art of our current moment.
The Exhibition Program consists of new productions of commissioned work, as well as exhibitions of specific bodies of existing work by artists from around the world.
The Research Program commits an entire year to a single artist’s work and uses it as a lens to reflect on our contemporary moment more broadly via reading groups, public events, and publications.