Berkeley Art Center in the 2000s

Against All Odds: Ingenuity, Talent and DisabilityCasper Banjo, Philip Martin Chavez, Timothy Rene Lynn, Charles Nagle, Thomas Victor Siporin, and Elsa Waller. Curated by Patrice Wagner
November 19 - December 16, 2000

Public presentation with the artists and performance by AXIS Dance Company featuring disabled and non-disabled dancers on December 2 at 2pm. 

Each of the six artists featured in "Against All Odds: Ingenuity, Talent and Disability" has had to find an ingenious way to circumvent physical challenges just to keep doing what they do best -- making art! The intention of the exhibit is both to bring public discussion to the issue of adaptive art making techniques and celebrate artists who are using these techniques successfully.

The Whole World's Watching: Peace and Social Justice movements of the 1960's and 1970's
September 16th - December 16, 2001

The Whole World's Watching, is an extraordinary exhibition which examines the rich history of the social movements of the 1960's and 1970's through documentary photography. With a focus on Northern California where many of these activities were born, distinguished photographers illuminate the rise of the Black Panthers, the Free-Speech and Anti-war Movements, feminism, disability rights, environmental activism, the struggle for gay rights and the cultural milieu which formed and informed them.

The exhibition presents 100 images taken during the turbulent times by noted photographers including Jeffrey Blankfort, Nacio Jan Brown, Cathy Cade, Bob Fitch, Robert Hsiang, Ken Light, Richard Misrach, Ronald J. Riesterer, Stephen Shames, Ted Streshinsky, Michelle Vignes and Douglas Watcher among others.

10th Annual Youth Arts Festival
April 24 - May 24, 2002


The Berkeley Art Center is proud to present the 10th Annual Youth Arts Festival, a celebration of youth talent, from the Berkeley Unified School District in the areas of visual art, music, dance, and spoken word. All students, teachers, families, and community members are welcome.


Bridge to Sakai
July 11 - August 18, 2007

A port city near Osaka, Japan, Sakai is known historically for its Samurai sword production and is considered one of country’s primary Tea Ceremony centers.  In 2006 East Bay artists participated in a cultural exchange trip to Sakai.  A highlight of the trip was an exhibition of their artwork alongside their Japanese counterparts. This exhibition reciprocates this cultural exchange with a showing of Sakai artists who interprest traditional Japanese arts and crafts from a contemporary perspective.

Among the eight featured Japanese artists BAC are Atsuko Sakai’s fantasy landscape paintings, inspired by elements of the natural world: the sea, mountains, and rivers. These dynamic paintings produce a world the artist seeks to inhabit, if only in his imagination.  The work of ceramicist Eiichiro Honjo demonstrates the ongoing artistic exchange of east and west, particularly relevant to the influence of Japanese craft on Berkeley’s own vibrant ceramic-making scene.  Hotei Nagata’s masterful calligraphy is further testament to how contemporary Japanese artists continue to find innovation in centuries old artistic practices. Many of the exhibiting artists, including painters, sculptors, calligraphers and ceramicists are designated Living National Treasures of Japan, the highest honor the Japanese Government bestows upon artists.

This exhibition is part of a summer-long celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Berkeley-Sakai Sister City relationship.  Related exhibitions can be viewed at the Richmond Art Center (until August 10th) and the Alta Bates Gallery (until August 23rd.) 


Toyoaki Ikushima
Shozaburo Kawai
Yoshiyuki Kitada
Setsuko Kondo
Hotei Nagata
Kazuaki Nobata
Atsuko Sakai
Yoko Yasumatsu