HERE (Part 1) BAC's Artists Annual Exhibition

Click here to see a list of all participating BAC artist members. 

December 10, 2017 - January 19, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, December 10, 5 - 7 pm
Pick-up dates: January 21-22, 11-5pm

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BAC's Artists Annual is a celebration of our members who form the deep and rich art community that makes Berkeley Art Center such a unique organization. This salon-style exhibition features small works in a variety of media. The exhibition is presented in two parts: a non-juried presentation, followed by a juried show. This year the juror will be Maria Porges, Associate Professor at California College of the ArtsPorges is an artist and writer whose work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions since the late eighties. She received a SECA award from the SFMOMA and has twice been in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. A finalist for the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writer's Grant in 2014,  her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, the New York Times Book Review, and a host of other art magazines. She has also authored essays for over 100 exhibition catalogues and dozens of scripts for museum audio tours.

Alice Beasley.  Why Am I Not Where You Are

Alice Beasley. Why Am I Not Where You Are

Thread Heads: New Bay Area Fiber Art

October 21 - November 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21, 6 - 8 pm

Crochet Jam with Ramekon O’Arwisters
Sunday, November 5, 1 - 4pm

Juried by Marion ColemanKaren Hampton, and Tali Weinberg

In the early 1970s, a craft revolution swept the country. It coincided with the burgeoning women’s movement, the gay rights movement, the back-to-land movement, and many other movements which were coalescing in the wake of the Vietnam War protests. Berkeley artists were at the center of this, and gave rise to groundbreaking work that challenged the traditional association of women with textiles in the domestic sphere.

Lia Cook,  Wonder Net  (detail)

Lia Cook, Wonder Net (detail)

During our 50th Anniversary year, BAC saw the opportunity to examine the current state of Bay Area fiber arts and pose the question: “What social and political circumstances are influencing the craft movement of the new millennium?” The following artists were selected from a pool of over 140 talented Bay Area fiber artists:

Alice Beasley
Lia Cook
Alexander Hernandez
Lily Homer
Karrie Hovey
Renee Owen
Laura Raboff
Ruth Tabancay
LaQuita Tummings
Ama Wertz
Alice Wiese
NIAD Art Center

With Liberty and Justice for Some

September 23 - October 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept 23, 6 - 8 pm


Seeking Refuge
Saturday, September 23 at 4pm

A special presentation by representatives from the benefitting organizations CERI and YAZDA. Free and open to the public.

Co-curated by artist Monica Lundy and gallerist Walter Maciel, this exhibition features portraits of immigrants to the United States by artists from Southern California and the Bay Area. Back when Donald Trump was still the President-elect, long before his executive order became a flashpoint for pro-immigrant rallies at airports across the nation, Lundy, like many in her artistic community, felt both helpless and determined to do something. In response to this need, Lundy and Maciel invited artists from across the country to make 8 x 8-inch portraits of individuals who came to the United States as immigrants including historic subjects, personal friends, relatives, strangers, and self-portraits. The exhibition launched in Los Angeles, then traveled to the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and will be exhibited at Berkeley Arts Center from September 23 to October 8, 2017.

Notable subjects portrayed in this exhibition include actors Bela Lugosi and Marlene Dietrich, entertainer Grace Jones, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Architect I. M. Pei, Province of Pennsylvania founder William Penn, and several established artists such as Eva Hesse, David Hockney, Louise Bourgeois, Mark Rothko, and Enrique Chagoya.

Each portrait will be priced and sold individually, with a percentage of the sales going to the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants(CERI) and YAZDA – A Global Yazidi Organization

Annual Exhibition and Fundraising Auction

September 2 -16, 2017

Preview Party: Saturday, September 2, 6 - 8 pm
Collect! Auction Main Event:  Saturday, 16, 6 - 9 pm  


2017 roster of talented artists included past exhibitors, friends and allies, and BAC members. Click here to see the local art that was included in Collect! 2017.

Mari Andrews                       Marc Katano
Mikey Kelly                           Marie-Luise Klotz
Cathy Lu                               Jody Medich
Don Melandry                      Paul Merryman
Jennifer Noland                   Jane Norling
Sandra Ono                         Michelle Ott
Anthony Pinata                    Maria Porges
Mel Prest                              Sofie Ramos
Sabine Reckewell                Rik Ritchey
RoCoCo                                Kimberly Rowe
Sandy Simon                        Joe Slusky
Jane Springwater                Lauren Szabo
Lava Thomas                       Gina Tuzzi
Anna Valdez                        Peter Voulkos
Victoria Wagner                  Martin Webb
Stephen Whisler                 Hadley Williams
Vanessa Woods                  Jan Wurm
Rochelle Youk                     Yelena Zhavoronkova
Kathy Aoki                           Rick Arnitz
Angela Baker                      Daniel Ballesteros
Jo Ann Biagini                     Caetlynn Booth
Robert Brady                       Karen Brock
Kristen Brown                     Christopher Brown
Jamie Brunson                    Timothy Buckwalter
Jessica Cadkin                    Kim Cardoso
John Casey                          Lorraine Castillo
Mark Coggins                      Gordon Cook
Helene Côté                        Kimberley D'Adamo Green
Paz de la Calzada               Dana DeKalb
Christel Dillbohner              Laurence Elias
Lorrie Fink                           Chris Finley
Sheila Ghidini                      Ruth Gikow
Judith Greif                         Mel Gross
Katie Hawkinson                Edith Hillinger
Irene Imfeld                        Josie Jurczenia
Toby Kahn


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

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.   

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."