Berkeley Art Center Hours
Wednesday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Berkeley Art Center (BAC) serves the diverse and creative citizens of Berkeley, through the presentation of visual art exhibitions, musical performances and literary programs relevant to its unique community.
Designed by Robert Ratcliff Architects in 1967, the Berkeley Art Center was built by the Rotary Club as a gift to the City of Berkeley, and was instituted as a city program until BAC adopted its private, non-profit status in the late 70s. A beautiful arts and crafts-style structure in Live Oak Park, North Berkeley with an outdoor sculpture patio featuring the work of renowned area sculptors, BAC has established itself as leading gallery presenting the work of talented regional artists in diverse media.
Amanda Compton-Gordon, Gallery Assistant
Teen Arts Administration Residents
Marion and John Cowee
Board of Directors 2018
Dennis Markham, President
Dennis Markham is the Manager of Financial Planning & Programs at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). He has worked in public transportation finance for over 30 years. He was previously the Senior Associate at Connetics Transportation Group for 7 years and a Senior Associate at Manual Padron & Associates for 15 years. Dennis Markham holds a BA in Economics, Business from University of California at Los Angeles and a MBA, in Strategic Planning & Information Systems from University of California at Berkeley (Haas School of Business).
Anthony Pinata, Vice President
Anthony Pinata is an Oakland-based visual artist who has exhibited in more than fifty exhibitions since 2000 at alternative spaces and museums around the country. As a museum professional, he has worked at the Richmond Art Center, Oakland Museum of California, and San Jose Museum of Art. He holds a BA from UC Davis in Studio Art and Italian and MFA in Printmaking and MA in Italian from the University of Connecticut.
Jessica Cadkin, Secretary
Jessica Cadkin grew up in Napa, California. A practicing artist who received a B.A. in Sculpture and Painting from San Francisco State University, her work has appeared in several group shows at spaces throughout northern California including Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, di Rosa Preserve, Pro Arts Gallery, and the Berkeley Art Center. After graduating from SFSU, she worked for a few years doing odd jobs for the film and museum industry. In 2000 she started doing marketing for the architecture/engineering/construction industry which she’s been doing ever since. Although she has traveled to many countries around the world, she will probably never leave the Bay Area because of its natural beauty and rich culture. She currently lives in the East Bay.
Robert Abrams has been a lifelong resident of the East Bay, minus 12 years spent working in his family’s business, Sam Ash Music, NY. In 1993, while still in New York, Abrams began his art practice. He moved back to the Bay Area in 2000 to study ceramics. He went on to earn an MFA in Sculpture (2007) at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, having previously earned a Bachelor’s in Organizational Psychology at UC Berkeley in 1986. He currently shows his artwork at Room Art Gallery in Mill Valley, Turtle & Hare in Downtown Oakland and has exhibited often in a variety of solo and group shows in the greater Bay Area. Robert is a part owner of The Potters’ Studio, in Berkeley, and sole proprietor of the Abrams Claghorn Gallery, in Albany, CA. Prior to opening the Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Abrams curated the gallery at the Potter’s Studio. and sat on the board there for three years, including the last two as president.
Shannon DeJong is a multifaceted artist and crusader for work-art balance. As an actress, writer, public speaker, and CEO of the brand agency and arthouse House of Who Inc., she strives to meld the seemingly opposing worlds of art and business. Her podcast, ArtistCEO, explores the realm of a woman seeking to maintain her creative soul while successfully driving her business. Currently residing in Petaluma, she has written and performed one-woman shows across the country and is a featured performer at ActionFiction and Mortified.
Shawn HibmaCronan is a Bay Area native visual artist who creates large scale steel sculpture. HibmaCronan has exhibited in many environments including galleries, museums, public parks, and event spaces. He has received multiple public and private art commissions including site-specific works for the San Francisco International Airport and new developments around the Bay Area. HibmaCronan has participated in multiple artist-in-residence programs such as Autodesk's Pier 9 Workshop, The Oakland Museum of California, and the Museum of Art and Design in NYC. He has been an ongoing member of CCA Alumni Mentorship Program and has hosted ongoing technique based apprenticeships in his studio on the Alameda Navel Air Base. He holds a BFA in Sculpture and a BFA in Wood Furniture from the California College of the Arts.
Margaret O’Connor recently returned to the Bay Area from New York where she worked for The New York Times for twenty-four years. During her career at the Times, she was both an art director and photo editor and served in the managerial roles of Deputy Design Director, News Design Director and Director of Photography. Under her purview, the photography staff of the Times secured both photo Pulitzers for 2002: The Breaking News award for coverage of the attack on New York City, and the Feature award for photo coverage of subsequent events in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Prior to coming to the Times, Margaret worked in the field of advertising as an art director and freelance illustrator. A native of Roanoke, Virginia, she is a graduate of East Carolina University. She has been a teacher at Fordham University and guest instructor at numerous seminars and universities.
Henry Parsons is a Berkeley native and holds a BFA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts. He has volunteered with several organizations including Creative Growth and the National Parks Service and has shown pieces in juried exhibitions and solo shows internationally and in the United States. In addition to working as an architectural designer and maintaining his artistic practice he is an avid collector of vintage 78 rpm records with a focus on West Coast jazz and dance band recordings from the 1920s and 1930s.
Myisha Procter is an art enthusiast, having a passion for painting, photography, jewelry making and performance art. Myisha is a Director of Field Learning at Rodan + Fields Skincare a San Francisco based organization recently was noted for being the #1 premium skincare brand in the US. At Rodan + Fields she develops strategies and innovating programs to support the business development and growth of the thousands of independent consultants. A 12 year industry veteran, Myisha is a specialist in sales training solutions and business development. A creative force; her expertise includes event planning and execution, sales negotiations, closing sales, driving business outcomes, sales presentation training and building teams. Myisha’s previous roles include positions with NUDE Skincare, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, and Sephora. She is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana where she studied English and Vocal Music Performance with a concentration in Opera.
Jamie is an Oakland, California-based visual artist and teacher. In 2002 he received a BFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. Jamie then moved to Detroit where he opened his first studio as a professional artist, Nitty Gritty Studios. In 2006 he received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from CCA in San Francisco. Jamie has been working as a high school art educator since 2004. From 2006 to 2012, he worked at Oakland Unity High School, a public charter school in East Oakland. He is currently the Co-Director for the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Skyline Senior High School in Oakland. Jamie is the recipient of the William H. Lewis Watercolor award and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation fellowship. Jamie maintains a rigorous painting, drawing and collage practice in his Oakland studio and he frequently exhibits his work in the San Francisco and Oakland area. Jamie’s work has also been exhibited internationally in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan.
Amanda Compton-Gordon, Gallery Assistant
Amanda is the newest member of the BAC team. She has a performing arts background with experience on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the administrative sector. Her previous roles include event managing at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Wardrobe Manager for Alonzo King LINES Ballet 2013 season, and most recently, she has completed the gallery management program at Laney College. Amanda has found her passion in arts administration. As the gallery assistant she supports the Gallery Director, maintains social media and the website.