BERKELEY ART CENTER
Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–5pm
Live Oak Park, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Free and open to the public
Berkeley Art Center supports Bay Area artists and thinkers to create compelling exhibitions and programs that explore the social and political concerns of our diverse community. Nestled in Live Oak Park, BAC is housed in a beautiful Arts & Crafts–style building with a mural by Kristin Farr and an outdoor sculpture patio featuring works by Peter Voulkos and Stephen deStaebler.
Designed by Robert Ratcliff Architects in 1967, BAC was built by the Rotary Club as a gift to the City of Berkeley, and was instituted as a city program until adopting its private, nonprofit status in the late 1970s. Today, BAC collaborates with some of the Bay Area’s most promising artists and curators to showcase the diverse talent of our city and region. We host nearly 10,000 visitors each year through an ambitious slate of exhibitions, performances, lectures and workshops.
Our programs are supported, in part, by the City of Berkeley, the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, the Alameda County Arts Commission, the East Bay Fund for Artists, our members and generous individual donors.
Daniel Nevers, Executive Director
Amanda Compton-Gordon, Administrative Manager
Board of Directors 2018
Dennis Markham, President
Dennis Markham has lived in Berkeley for over 25 years. He is married to a practicing artist and art educator. He is the Chief Performance & Audit Officer at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), and has worked in public transportation for over 30 years. Dennis holds a BA in Economics and Business from University of California at Los Angeles, and an 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.
Hélène Paulette Côté
A former resident of West Berkeley, Hélène Paulette now makes her home and studio in West Oakland. She studied Fine Art at Dawson College in Montréal, specializing in Graphic Design and spent nearly two years in Paris before moving to NYC for an advertising job. Her career has taken her from San Francisco to L.A. and back to NYC as Sr. V.P. Executive Creative Director for a multi-national agency, all the time maintaining an active artistic career and community involvement. In NYC she was a founding member of the Manhattan Graphics Center and until recently, V.P./Acting President of the California Society of Printmakers. Informed by her advertising career, her large-scale work is bold and graphic. She recently shifted from printmaker to painter and is represented by the KALA Gallery in Berkeley. Hélène Paulette has exhibited in both North America and internationally, including the Salon d’Automne in Paris. She is also a member of the Richmond Art Center, the Visual Media Alliance and the Alameda Artist Registry. One of her public works can be spotted in front of Peet’s at the corner of Dwight and Telegraph, for a city utility box project. Hélène started out at BAC as a volunteer and you can still find her bartending at many of the BAC events.
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.
Gene Dominique lives in the East Bay, in a neighborhood that is “an inspiring place to call home after life as a professional nomad.” Gene earned a BA from San Jose State University, studying journalism and photography. After earning a law degree from UC Hastings in 1981, Gene practiced privately and with a multi-national insurance company called Chubb in California, Maryland and the District of Columbia where he specialized in insurance coverage issues. In 2015 Gene completed a three decade legal career and began to his art practice full-time.
Gene's explorations in photography encompasses a deep dive into a variety of photographic genres including documentary, portraiture, still-life and abstract ideas. Gene is a member of the Nvisible Atelier Arts Collective and the Bay Area Photographers Collective.
The long-term documentary called Still Here – African American Farmers in the 21st Century is Gene's primary current project. In Still Here he is exploring and documenting the challenges and successes of African American farmers in a rapidly changing economic and social environment in the United States.
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.
Laili is passionate about equity in, and access to, the arts in Oakland which has inspired her throughout her career. She is most proud of supporting free arts opportunities for youth and families, including founding a world music and dance festival in 2016. Laili was selected as a Western States Arts Federation Emerging Leader of color in 2018 and a San Francisco Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow in 2017. Laili holds degrees in clarinet performance and creative writing and enjoys pottery, collage, and glass working. When she isn’t creating or supporting the arts she is often on Lake Merritt where she rows competitively.
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.
Daniel Nevers, Executive Director
Daniel Nevers is an artist and educator with more than 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, primarily in the areas of communications, fundraising and strategic planning. He has held senior administrative positions at educational institutions, social justice media nonprofits and community-based arts organizations, as well as consulting on independent projects for museums and other visual arts groups. Nevers has taught studio art and professional practices for artists at the University of California, Berkeley, California College of the Arts, and Mills College. His work has been exhibited locally at Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, Root Division and the San Francisco Arts Commission. He served a three-year term on the curatorial committee at Southern Exposure and completed training to become a professional coach in 2009. Nevers holds an MFA from Mills College and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Berkeley with his partner Josh.
Amanda Compton-Gordon, Administrative Manager
Amanda joined BAC's team in April 2018. 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.