A+P+I Current



MCAM and the Mills College Art Department are thrilled to welcome our fifth round of artists, Constance Hockaday and Cate White to the 2019 Art+Process+Ideas program. Hockaday and White bring with them a community centered approach to art-making and a desire to take creative risks within their practice. The A+P+I program was established to support Bay Area artists who embrace just this spirit of experimentation and ambition.

Throughout the residency term, A+P+I artists will share their practice on campus through presentations, workshops, studio visits and installation walkthroughs with MFA and undergraduate studio art students, and other engagement opportunities. For these developing artists, the residency provides immediate examples of how individual artists with divergent approaches to artistic creation model their art practices.

Launched in 2015, the Art+Process+Ideas (A+P+I) artist-in-residence program at Mills College seeks to expand the dialog around art and art-making on campus and throughout the Bay Area. A partnership between the Mills College Art Department and Mills College Art Museum (MCAM), the A+P+I residency fosters interdisciplinary collaboration across departments and provides opportunities for the students, faculty, and staff of Mills College as well as the larger Bay Area arts community to interact, learn, and work with the visiting artists.


Constance Hocakday, You Make A Better Wall Than a Window, 2015
Constance Hocakday, You Make A Better Wall Than a Window, 2015

You Make A Better Wall Than a Window, Documentation of a live performance produced in partnership with Mills College and SoEx.

Constance Hockaday

Constance Hockaday a Chilean American who grew up on the Gulf of Mexico, began creating “outsider” maritime arts projects at age 19. In 2011, she created the Boatel, a floating hotel and arts space in NYC’s Far Rockaways made of refurbished salvaged vessels in an effort to reconnect New Yorkers to their waterfront. The project attracted 5000+ visitors, international press and critical acclaim. The New York Times described her 2014 floating installation—All These Darlings and Now Us--as a powerful “commentary on the forces of technification and gentrification roiling San Francisco.” The project highlighted the displacement of San Francisco’s queer community featuring artists from two recently shuttered iconic queer businesses—The Lusty Lady and Esta Noche. Hockaday holds an MFA in Social Practice and a Masters in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. She is a 2014 TED Fellow and has received grants from The Puffin Foundation, the City of Oakland, the Fund for East Bay Artists and commissions from Southern Exposure, Mills College Art Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Flux Factory and San Francisco MOMA. Hockaday was a resident artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2016 and was a SECA finalist in 2016.

Rory and His Mother and His Z, acrylic, latex, spray paint, glitter on canvas 60 x 80 in
Rory and His Mother and His Z, acrylic, latex, spray paint, glitter on canvas 60 x 80 in

Rory and His Mother and His Z, acrylic, latex, spray paint, glitter on canvas, 60 x 80 in

Cate White

Oakland based artist, Cate White was born in 1971 into the back-woods culture of guns, 4x4s and meth in Northern California, where she spent most of her life until she started painting at age 30. She then moved to the Bay Area, and for 12 years worked as a gardener while developing her painting practice. White is primarily a painter, but also makes books, videos and the occasional sculpture. White states that for her career as an artist to be meaningful, she must continue to communicate across social strata. To this end, she employs the democratic language of the figure, narrative, comedy and self-exposure. She was the recipient of Oakland’s ProArts 2x2 Solos award in 2013, the 2014-2015 Tournesol Award from Headlands Center for the Arts and is currently included in the Bay Area Now 8 triennial exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Residencies include a year-long, fully-funded year at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence in New Mexico and the Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist residency with Joan Snyder. Her work has been exhibited in four solo show and multiple group shows in the Bay Area and beyond.

The 2019 Art+Process+Ideas Artist Residency is supported through the generosity of the Agnes Cowles Bourne Fund for Special Exhibitions.