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 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.