Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Double Date

Richard Ashby, "Flowing Pink"

Clear your calendar for Saturday, November 23, 2013 because we have a full evening of contemporary art planned just for you!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Beneath the Surface - Christopher Manzione

Christopher Manzione's artwork pop to life.

In line at the grocery store, at the table in a café, or out on the city streets you see people of every age peering into smartphones or tablets. Whenever there is a free moment we are increasingly driving our consciousness away from our surroundings and into the non-space of the internet. Artist Christopher Manzione takes this common scene and expands on it. In his solo exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, All Surfaces Become One, Manzione pulls the viewer into the physical realm through the a smartphone or tablet only to bounce them back out to the virtual with the use of augmented reality software, and 3D printed objects.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Understanding Broadway Augmented

Image courtesy of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission
Beginning in the spring of 2014 Broadway street in Sacramento will undergo a radical transformation imperceptible to the naked eye. Utilizing augmented reality technology the Broadway corridor will feature ten site specific virtual public artworks created by local, regional and national artists. Titled Broadway Augmented, the project combines computer generated environments seamlessly merged with the real world. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the project proposes to lay the groundwork for permanent works of public art for this diverse neighborhood.

Learn more about Broadway Augmented by joining us at 7pm on Thursday, November 14th at CCAS. The evening will begin with introductions by Shelly Willis, followed by a discussion moderated by Rachel Clarke, featuring participating artists Jose Carlos Casado (NY), Sabrina Ratte (Montreal), and Michael Rees (NJ).  For those unable to attend be sure to visit the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s website, or read their press release below, for more details.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Poetic Crossroads

Allegra Silberstein
Allegra Silberstein
Thank you to those that joined us Saturday, October 19th for an afternoon of poetry and artwork. Hosted by Trina Drotor and Sandy Thomas, Crossroads is a series of events dedicated to enriching the interplay between literary and visual arts. For those of you that missed it, you can learn more about the poets below and listen to audio from the event here.

Shawn Aveningo is an internationally published, multi-award-winning poet who hosts the "Verse on the Vine" poetry show. She’s performed in San Francisco, Seattle and St. Louis, and her work can be found in Pirene’s Fountain, Nazar Look: Metric Conversions, Nefarious Ballerina, Convergence, Sacramento News and Review and the forthcoming Tribute to Anaïs Nin. She’s a Show-Me girl from Missouri, mother of three and LOVES shoes - especially red ones!

Allegra Silberstein grew up on a farm in Wisconsin but has lived in California since 1963. Her love of poetry began as a child when her mother would recite poems as she worked. In addition to three chapbooks of poetry, she has over a hundred publications in journals such as Blue Unicorn, California Quarterly, Rattlesnake Review, Poetry Now, and a growing number on-line. In March, 2010, Allegra became the first Poet Laureate for the city of Davis, California. She is also a dancer and sings and plays washboard with Front Porch Bluegrass in Davis.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Call for Artists - CCAS Annual Art Auction

The Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of new and experimental art by international, national and regional artists. We accomplish our goal of promoting the appreciation of contemporary art in the Greater Sacramento Region through a mixture of exhibitions, lectures, Art Camp! and the ever increasingly popular Capital Artists' Studio Tour.

In order to support all of these programs and more, CCAS needs your artwork for the 2013 Benefit Art Auction.

This year we are very pleased to announce that the artwork will be featured at the Elliott Fouts Gallery during the month of  November with the auction taking place on the night of November 23.

To donate artwork follow the guidelines [PDF], fill out the online form, and drop off your artwork at CCAS by October 30, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Call for Artists - Extended Deadline - Pink Week 20th Anniversary!

Extended deadlines:
October 21, 2013 for artists outside Sacramento
October 31 for artist in the Sacramento region

Celebrating it's 20 year anniversary, Pink Week is a conceptual artwork created by Gioia Fonda in the form of a holiday celebrating the color pink. By honoring the color pink, in and of itself, the objective is to liberate it from any political, religious, social, or medical associations.The ultimate goal of Pink Week is to use art to foster a reexamination our preconditioned responses to color and the roles holidays play in our contemporary lives.

This year Pink Week culminates in a juried exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento with a special panel discussion November 21, 2013. To have your pink artwork considered for the exhibition download and follow the submission guidelines here [PDF] or visit for more information

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hanging in the Balance at CCAS Through April 1st

This is the last week of our exhibition Hanging in the Balance: Ten Emerging Chinese Artists. The Sacramento Bee's Victoria Dalkey described the various works in the show as alternately "hilarious," (Jia Zhixing's photos) "quirky and unsettling," (Chen Wei's drawings--see an example below) or "hypnotically beautiful" (Zhifei Yang's film Day Dreams). Read Dalkey's full review here, and don't miss your chance to see this rare show of international art.

To enhance your experience of the exhibition, you have the opportunity to attend a special lecture this Thursday, March 29 at 7pm. Titled "New Art from New China," the lecture will be given by Katharine Burnett, Associate Professor of Art History at UC Davis.

The show closes this Sunday, April 1st, so be sure to come and visit us this week!