Berkeley Art Center Hours

Wednesday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm


Our Mission

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.

Our Staff

Ann Trinca, Gallery Director

Natasha Shompole, Gallery Assistant

Katie Hayes
Julie Weeks
Helene Cote
Barbara Maricle
Jessica Phrogus
Susan Klee


Board of Directors 2017

Dennis Markham, President
Anthony Pinata, Vice President
Jonathan Taylor, Treasurer
Jessica Cadkin, Secretary
Shiree Dyson
Judy White Marcellini
Margaret O'Connor
Arash Shirinbab
Marianna Stark
Larry Stefl

Advisory Board
Marna Clark
Lucille Freedman
Sheldon Greene
Josh Oliver
David Snippen

Board of Directors 2017

Dennis MarkhamPresident

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.

Jonathan Taylor, Treasurer

Jonathan joined Google in 2013 as a Senior Financial Analyst supporting the Chromecast team. Prior to Google, he worked in various finance roles at American Express, Morgan Stanley, and General Electric Energy. He received his BBA with a concentration in Finance from Emory University and his MBA from Columbia Business School. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys listening to jazz music, traveling, visiting museums and galleries, and supporting Arsenal Football Club.

Lovisa Brown

Lovisa Brown has over 20 years experience working in educational programs in a variety of non-profit organizations.  As the Education Manager of the International Museum of Women she established their first online curriculum, developed a Summer Outreach program, and tripled the museums volunteer base developing a strong educational internship program. She has been an educational consultant with many Bay Area cultural institutions including CAMFED where she developed economic curricula connecting girls in Kenya and San Francisco, and MoAD’s  first exhibition Made in Africa. In Santiago Chile  she developed a life skills program for teen girls using films and recently served as Senior Director of Education at the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) for five years.

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.

Shiree Dyson

Shiree has had a career of over 20 years working in the arts in museums and galleries in the Bay Area and on the east coast. She currently serves as Commissioner for the Civic Arts Commission in the City of Berkeley. She is also on the Board of Directors at Career Girls and is a co-founder of Inspired Luxe – a globally curated online marketplace of items for body and home. She was previously the Director of Programs at Museum of the African Diaspora. 






Judith White Marcellini

Judith White Marcellini is an artist living and working in Berkeley, CA. Before moving to California, she worked at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC, developing interactive interpretive exhibits for families. She assembled the first hands-on Discovery Room at the National Museum of Natural History and was curator of education at the National Zoo for 20 years. Her experience in museums has informed her artistic vision, and stimulated her curiosity about the earth and its evolution.

Judith has had five solo shows at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in Oakland on themes inspired by the natural world. She was invited to be the Berkeley YMCA’s first solo art exhibit. She has exhibited in several juried exhibitions at the Berkeley Civic Center and Pro Arts and in the Napa Valley. Judith writes and illustrates children’s books, two of which are now available on Amazon. Judith has degrees from Oberlin College, Harvard Graduate School of Education and California College of Art. 

Arash Shirinbab

Arash Shirinbab has managed to be a successful blend of an award winning artist and Arabic-Persian calligrapher, as well as art administrator, curator, and entrepreneur for the past ten years. He received an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts (2012), an MA in Product Design (2006) and a BA in Industrial Design (2004) both from University of Tehran, Iran. Shirinbab is Founder and Executive Director of Ziya Art Center, Director of Program Development at Expressions Gallery, and is currently serving as the Council Member of Friends of Calligraphy in San Francisco. 

Marianna Stark

Marianna Stark founded Stark Guide to Bay Area Contemporary Art in 2007. In addition to her role with BAC she is member of the board of Oakland Art Murmur.  She is an active member and former chair of SFMOMA’s SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) and ArtTable. She has contributed articles to San Francisco Arts Quarterly (SFAQ) and Stark holds a BA in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley.  Marianna lives in Oakland with her husband, Sam Perry, and their daughter Tay.

Larry Stefl

Larry Stefl is a practicing Artist, Art Educator, Jazz Musician and Composer. He is an artist that does mixed media collage works and monotypes and has shown his work internationally and nationally. He leads workshops in “Monotype Sessions” at his Oakland studio and has been an Art Instructor in the Berkeley Unified School District for more than twenty years. Stefl has an MFA and MA from the University of California at Berkeley. He has studied Innovative Printmaking at the Printmaking Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Kala Institute in Berkeley.