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CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is a nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute dedicated to contemporary art. It was founded in 1998, at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

The Wattis Institute is a place for showing art and for thinking about art. We spend time with artists and pay close attention to their ideas.

As an exhibition space, we commission and show new work by artists from around the world. As a research institute, we dedicate six months to reflecting on the work of a single artist, which informs a regular series of public events, texts, and research by other relevant artists and thinkers.

The Wattis Institute is a headquarters for contemporary art and ideas for everyone in the Bay Area.

The CCA Wattis Institute program is generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, and the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation; by CCA Director’s Fund contributors Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, Judy and Bill Timken, Ruth and Alan Stein, Chara Schreyer, Robin Wright and Ian Reeves, Laura Brugger and Ross Sappenfield; and by CCA’s Curator’s Forum. Phyllis C. Wattis was the generous founding patron.