CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is a nonprofit exhibition venue and research institute dedicated to contemporary art and ideas. The Wattis is a laboratory for testing the future of contemporary art through temporary exhibitions, public events, and in-depth research. It is part of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
The Wattis supports artists who take risks and experiment with new ideas. The Wattis provides a public forum to established, emerging, and under-recognized artists who challenge our ways of understanding the art of our current moment.
The Wattis currently works with artists in two distinct ways: as an exhibition space, it shows new and existing work by artists from around the world; and as a research institute, it commits an entire year to reflecting on the questions posed by a single artist’s work.