The Exhibition Program
At the heart of the Wattis Institute is a commitment to working with artists slowly, one at a time, and in-depth. As an exhibition venue, the Wattis places an emphasis on solo shows of new and existing work by artists from around the world, forming a bridge that connects CCA and the Bay Area with a national and international dialogue around contemporary art.

As an exhibition venue, the Wattis Institute:

- displays art in its public galleries

- asks artists: what are you making now and what do you want to make next?

- introduces major international artists to American audiences with their first solo show in the United States

- encourages mid-career and established artists to take a new direction or experiment with new approaches

- commissions new work or new bodies of work by emerging artists, supporting them at an early stage in their career

- features specific bodies of work by mature yet under-recognized artists

- highlights the work of local artists, providing them with national and international visibility

- invites the annual Capp Street Artist-in-Residence to show their work or curate an exhibition

- hosts the final project of each graduating class in CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

- includes major thematic group shows

Visit the archive of previous exhibitions here (2014 - present) and here (prior to 2014, as archived on the previous Wattis website)

The Wattis is also a research institute, and click here to learn more about that side of our activities.
Exhibition view of Laura Owens, "Ten Paintings," 2015
Exhibition view of Laura Owens, "Ten Paintings," 2015


Exhibition view of Josephine Pryde, "lapses in Thinking By the person i Am," 2015
Exhibition view of Josephine Pryde, "lapses in Thinking By the person i Am," 2015


Exhibition view of Wang Bing, "Three Portraits," 2016
Exhibition view of Wang Bing, "Three Portraits," 2016


Exhibition view of Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, "Tram 3," 2015
Exhibition view of Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, "Tram 3," 2015


Exhibition view of Susanne Kriemann, "Canopy, canopy," 2018
Exhibition view of Susanne Kriemann, "Canopy, canopy," 2018


Exhibition view of K.r.m. Mooney, "En, Set," 2015
Exhibition view of K.r.m. Mooney, "En, Set," 2015


Exhibition view of Candy Jernigan, "A Couple of Pencils and Some Paper," 2017
Exhibition view of Candy Jernigan, "A Couple of Pencils and Some Paper," 2017


Exhibition view of Howard Fried, "Derelicts," 2016
Exhibition view of Howard Fried, "Derelicts," 2016


Exhibition view of Sam Lewitt, "More Heat Than Light" 2015
Exhibition view of Sam Lewitt, "More Heat Than Light" 2015