Nabeela Sajjad,  Purity , acrylic on canvas

Nabeela Sajjad, Purity, acrylic on canvas

Universal Messages: New Vistas

Contemporary Muslim Women Artists in the Bay Area
curated by Salma Arastu

November 3–December 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3, 6pm–8pm

An exhibition showcasing local Muslim women artists, including Salma Arastu, Bassamat Fayoumi Bahnasy, Manli Salimah Chao, Rabea Chaudhry, Rubina Kazi, Yasmin Khafagy, Azeem Khaliq, Nabeela Sajjad and Ayesha Samdani. Inspired by the beauty of Arabic calligraphy — which developed from the Islamic tradition forbidding the depiction of God, Mohamed and the prophets in art — the artists in this show work abstractly to represent spiritual concepts, words and ideas.

As part of the opening reception, singers and performers of various faith backgrounds will present “Sounds of Faith,” a program of spiritual songs, starting at 7pm. The performance will begin with a recitation from the Quran, followed by Hebrew hymns, a medley of Indian bhajans, a healing hymn and Sufi chanting. Featuring Mustapha Harb, Taya Shere, Snigdha Venkataramani, Clare Hedin and Issa Chishty.

Underwriting for opening receptions generously provided by Mechanics Bank.

Denise Tarantino, Roadside Cache series

Denise Tarantino, Roadside Cache series

Of Dreams and Reality
curated by Ann Jastrab

September 15 - October 25, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday Sept 15, 6pm–8pm

BAC will be participating in the inaugural year of the Bay Area Month of Photography (September 2018). Guest curator Ann Jastrab will work with the Bay Area Photographers Collective to create an exhibition including some of the twenty-two BAPC members. BAPC is a nonprofit that sustains a community of photographic artists through support, encouragement, and constructive critique, and exhibition opportunities. Curator Ann Jastrab was the gallery director for Rayko Photo in San Francisco for ten years. She is also Editor in Chief for All About Ann has curated many exhibitions for RayKo as well as for the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Artspan, SFAI, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios at festivals and competitions around the world.

Participating artists: Angelika Schilli, Anthony Delgado, Ellen Konar and Steve Goldband, Rose Borden, Ralf Hillebrand, Linda Fitch, Tom Lavin, Ari Salomon, Ken Hoffman, Dan Fenstermacher, Gene Dominique, Mitch Nelles, Denise Tarantino, Adrienne Defendi, Nick Winkworth, Cindy Stokes

Underwriting for opening receptions generously provided by Mechanics Bank.



Queer Technology
curated by Elliot Anderson

July 21 - September 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday July 21, 6-8pm

What are the political, economic and social ramifications of a cultural bias inscribed in the technologies we live and interact with everyday?

We are told that these technologies are neutral and transparent, designed to satisfy each individual’s desires.  What if those desires are outside the norms encoded in software, hardware and delivery systems?

Queer Technology responds to these questions and others by inviting Bay Area LGBTQ artists to critique the norms and values assumed by the techno-sphere. Artists Rudy Lemcke, Colleen Jennings, Kara Stone, Lark VCR, and Aaron Reed create games, augmented virtual reality artworks, sound and music, sculpture, internet-based, video and performance, exposing us to other possibilities. 

Rudy Lemcke
Colleen Jennings
Kara Stone
Lark VCR
Aaron Reed

Tabitha Soren, LINDSEY  003766,  2012

Tabitha Soren, LINDSEY 003766, 2012

Wonder Women: Local Treasures
curated by George Krevsky

May 26 - July 8, 2018

Stimulated by the explosion of media attention to feminist action and the confluence of pop culture, the impact of Wonder Woman has new significance in our day and age. In the art world, women continue fighting for recognition and representation while simultaneously creating some of their most potent and influential work of all time.

With this exhibition, curator George Krevsky has gathered a group of ten women artists who have impacted society with their ability to blend paint, canvas, paper, technology and talent, to produce a body of work that documents and reflects the world we live in.

Helen Berggruen, Kay Bradner, Stacey Carter Dana DeKalb, Lisa Esherick, Robbin Henderson, Naomie Kramer, Diana Krevsky, Tabitha Soren and Jan Wurm have all been involved with the Berkeley Art Center over the past five decades, and therefore we dub them our “Local Treasures”.  Sometimes political, often lyrical and surreal, these artists balance their personal and professional lives with the needs of their communities.


Agility Projects present Leah Rosenberg and Jeremiah Jenkins
The Measure of Enjoyment


April 7 - May 13, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday April 7, 6-8pm

The 2018 Agility Projects will mark the third year of this innovative series of exhibits by local artists. Featured artists are selected by BAC’s curatorial committee from a list nominated by esteemed Bay Area arts professionals. Participating artists receive commission stipends, funds for materials, support from a preparator, photo documentation of their work, the publication of an exhibition catalog; and professional development support.

This year’s Agility Projects artists are Leah Rosenberg and Jeremiah Jenkins. Rosenberg is a San Francisco-based artist whose practice spans a range of media including painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking and performance. Color and process play a primary role in her practice. She recently completed a large scale wall installation at the San Francisco International Airport and published the Color Collector's Handbook with Chronicle Books.  Jenkins creates sculptures, installations and performative work, whose humor and social resonance stem from a unique understanding of materials. As he states “I think of myself as a reverse anthropologist. I make artifacts that reflect our society on a physical and conceptual level.”


GLAS Animation Festival
March 22-25, 2018

Berkeley Art Center hosted a pop-up exhibition of animation art installations as part of this city-wide festival. The festival takes place at six venues including Landmark Shattuck Cinemas, California Theater, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, David Brower Center, East Bay Media Center, Berkeley Art Center, and Berkeley Public Library, all within walking distance in the heart of Downtown Berkeley.

On view at BAC was SIGNALSa collaborative project by artists Nicolas Sassoon and Rick Silva. Sassoon and Silva share a broad and persistent theme in their practice – the depiction and alteration of natural forms through computer technology. Rooted in this common interest, and produced by pairing complementary fields of research in computer imaging, SIGNALS focuses primarily on immersive audio-visual renderings of seascape environments. The project draws from scientific oceanic surveys, virtual reality and natural phenomena to generate video works, prints, sculptures and installations that reflect on environmental inquiries, concepts of monumentality, and alteration.

GLAS Animation Festival includes a complete short film competition program as well as retrospectives, special curated programs, Q&As, behind the scene screenings and panels, animation installations and more. GLAS Animation Festival unites the animation community with the Berkeley and Bay Area community, sharing great and unique animated works from around the world.

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Divining Triptychs: Printmaking, Dance, and Poetry Across Millennia
works by Robert Woods, Lucinda Weaver, and Alan Bern
March 7 - 17, 2018
Live performances: 
Friday, March 16, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 17, at 4:30 pm

$15 advance/$20 at the door; $10 BAC Members & youth under 18

Berkeley Art Center will host a multimedia exhibition and live event featuring the work of poet and storyteller Alan Bern; dancer and choreographer Lucinda Weaver; and artist Robert Woods. With deep roots in Berkeley, all three have been working along parallel lines and weaving their work together in site-specific collaborations. Woods and Bern have worked together under the fine publishing imprint Lines & Faces for more than forty years. Weaver, who danced with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, has performed together with Bern for fifteen years as PACES: dance & poetry fit to the space. On March 16 and 17, Bern and Weaver will perform a dance/poetry collaboration based on the broadsides that feature Bern’s translations of Dante and his poem “Dialogue,” a dramatic exchange between Hildegard of Bingen and St. Francis of Assisi. 

All funds from tickets and art sales donated to the BAC by the artists. A brief reception will follow each performance.

Composing Together: Family Workshop
Saturday March 10, 3pm

Poet Alan Bern and professional musicians will lead step-by-step activities to compose unique, expressive poetry and then pair it with music that fits the mood. Composing Together brings everyone's voice to the table and the stage by using poetry to explore issues of self-identity, relationships with nature, our place in the world, and silly things that just make us feel good.

Poetry Reading and Panel Discussion
Sunday March 11, 3pm

Enjoy poetry readings by members of a North Berkeley writing group: Rebecca Radner, Glenn Ingersoll and Alan Bern. Special guest John Altman, Santa Barbara translator, will read from his translations of Neruda. After the reading, the poets will talk about marketing and publishing, sharing stories about their own struggles, pet peeves, and delights. Q & A and discussion will follow: audience participation will be most welcome.

To view a video of this performance click here.

curated by Maria Porges

February 3 - March 4, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 5 - 7 pm

THIS PLACE highlights the work of Peter Baczek, Monique Boyd, Timothea CampbellVictoria HamlinShelley HoytJeannie O'Connor, and Nancy Mona Russell. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, February 3, 5 - 7pm and runs through March 4, 2018.

The task of selecting a show from the works submitted by 180 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 curator, Maria Porges.

Porges is an Associate Professor at California College of the Arts. She 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.

In her selection of works for THIS PLACE, Porges was interested in the role that the artist’s environment plays in his/her development. She states, “The work of each of the seven artists in this show demonstrates a connection to the unique landscapes of northern California, whether urban, suburban or pastoral.”

Some works are straightforward, others more abstract or symbolic. Through painting, printmaking, drawing, etching, digital prints and painted film, the artworks create a record of familiar places -- and some that no longer exist.

Jeannie O’Connor, MacArthur Mayhem, archival pigment print, 2017

Jeannie O’Connor, MacArthur Mayhem, archival pigment print, 2017