Resistors: 50 Years of Social Movement Photography
curated by Ken and Melanie Light

Protestors climb on top of a semi truck at the ports as part of Occupy Oakland's general strike in Oakland, CA. November 2, 2011.  Thousands of protestors marched to the Port of Oakland and blockaded it, shutting down maritime operations. Photo by Sarah Rice.

Protestors climb on top of a semi truck at the ports as part of Occupy Oakland's general strike in Oakland, CA. November 2, 2011.  Thousands of protestors marched to the Port of Oakland and blockaded it, shutting down maritime operations. Photo by Sarah Rice.

June 29 - August 20, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 29, 6 - 8 pm


Revolutionaries, protestors, and now resistors. The Bay Area has been home to a long and proud tradition of citizen activism, which has often been in the vanguard and the cause of increased human and ecological rights across the nation. Now in this time of heightened citizen involvement across the country, this exhibition links generations of resistors and provides inspiration for the ongoing struggle to achieve peace, equality and justice.

The exhibition highlights images by: Harold Adler, Wesaam Al-Badry , Robert Altman, David Bacon, Noah Berger, Jeffrey Blankfort, Nacio Jan Brown, Mima Cataldo, Janet Delaney, Lou Dematteis, Clarivel  Fong, Rosa Furneaux, Rick Gerharter, Susan Gilbert, Dave Glass, Patricio Guillamon, Jeanne Hansen, Sandra Hoover, Joel Angel Juarez, Ed Kashi, Geoffrey King, Santiago Mejia, Kelly Owen, Mimi Plumb, Ted Pushinsky, Alon Reininger, Sarah Rice, Rick Rocamora, Pete Rosos, Terry Schmitt, Stephen Shames, John Storey, Patrick Tehan

There will also be a community photo board available where attendees can post photos of their own experiences at social movement events, adding to the dialogue and expanding the show.

Ken Light has worked as a social documentary photographer for over forty years, has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. He is the author of eight books including his most recent, Valley of Shadows and Dreams. Melanie Light has been involved with both the community of photographers and the photography marketplace for over two decades. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Smith College and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Alt-Left: Local Treasures
curated by DeWitt Cheng

April 29 - June 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 6 - 8 pm

Featuring work by Mark Bryan, John Hundt, Pancho Jiménez, Michael Kerbow, Ariel Parkinson, Vanessa Woods

The Bay Area is of course among the most politically and cultural liberal regions in the country, its reputation for tolerance and progressive politics probably second to none. Our artists have accordingly been among the most outspoken critics of mainstream, status-quo politics as usual. Alt-Left: Local Treasures is a Bay Area art response to the current national ascendancy of the Alt-Right. It features work by three painters, Mark Bryan, Michael Kerbow and Ariel Parkinson; two collagists, John Hundt and Vanessa Woods; and a sculptor, Pancho Jiménez, who comment on history, politics and psychology with both deep feeling and a mordant, absurdist humor.  

DeWitt Cheng is an artist, collector, freelance art writer, educator, and curator based in San Francisco. His articles have appeared in such publications as Artweek, Art Ltd., Artillery, ArtNews, East Bay Express, East Bay Monthly, Sculpture, San Jose Metro, Stanford Daily,,, and

Bay Area artists inspired by Japan
presented by Berkeley-Sakai Sister City Association

April 18 - 21, 2017
Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6 - 8 pm

While Berkeley Art Center celebrates its 50th year, we also recognize the 50th anniversary year of the Berkeley-Sakai Sister City Association. Berkeley-Sakai is the oldest sister city relationship Berkeley has with any of its international sister cities. This exhibition will feature the work of local artists inspired by the aesthetic and traditions of Japan including: Maki AizawaVicki ChardakKevin HarrisKimiko KogureKeiko NelsonChristina SchneckB. Stevens Strauss, and Tami Wicinas

The Mayor of Sakai, Chairperson of City Council, and dignitaries from the City of Berkeley and the Japanese Consulate will be in attendance at the reception. Join us for light refreshments and a live performance by jazz guitarist Hideo Date

Further events, displays and ceremonies will take place throughout Berkeley. For more information visit

HERE Part II: Fine Lines and Other Fictions
Curated by Renny Pritikin  


January 22 - February 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 22, 6 - 8 pm

Artists in Conversation: Thursday, February 23, 6 pm

Featuring work by Minerva Amistoso, Janine BrownMikey Kelly,Mark SeelySally K. SmithStephen WhislerYelena Zhavoronkova

The task of selecting a show from the works submitted by 220 member artists is not a simple one. In a display of enormously diverse style and media, the BAC Artists Annual Exhibition is an exciting opportunity for artists to have hundreds of eyes on their work and in particular, the eyes of this year's juror, Renny Pritikin. 

Pritikin has been a leading figure in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community for decades serving as Co-director of New Langton Arts, Chief Curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Director of the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, and currently Chief Curator at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Pritikin writes, "I’ve selected seven varied artists whose submissions struck me on one particular Saturday afternoon in early December for their wit or originality, for their rendering skill, or their sheer unapologetic beauty."

Forever Young!
BUSD Youth Exhibition

March 11 - April 9, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 11, 3 - 5 pm

Family Day, Sunday, March 19, 1 - 4 pm

Every two years BAC celebrates and honors the students of Berkeley elementary and middle school students through an exhibition of juried works selected by BUSD art teachers. In conjunction with Alameda County's Art IS Education Month, the exhibit will increase public awareness, ownership, and interest in the importance of art in our schools.

The exhibition features the work of students from Emerson Elementary, John Muir Elementary, LeConte Elementary, Malcolm X Elementary, Oxford Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Longfellow Middle School, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Willard Middle School.

Family Day is sponsored by Josh        Art IS Education is a project of the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership of the San                                                     Oliver & Azar Zavvar.                            Francisco Bay Area, a program of the Alameda County Office of Education.