Berkeley Art Center Hours

Wednesday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

BAC will be closed September 25 - October 7 for installation

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

Steve Young, Development Director

Katie Hayes, Gallery Assistant

Interns 2016
Ellen King
Jaymie Orogo
Samantha Savarese

Natasha Shompole
Julie Weeks
Helene Cote
Laura Schatzkin
Phoebe Howard

Toni Gentilli

Board of Directors 2016

Marianna Stark, President
Dennis Markham, Vice President
Shiree Dyson, Secretary
Jonathan Taylor, Treasurer
Lovisa Brown
Jessica Cadkin
Bernard Faber
Ernest Jolly
Sharon Kyle Kuhn
Judy White Marcellini
Margaret O'Connor
Anthony Pinata
Susan Roth
Elizabeth Sher
Arash Shirinbab
Larry Stefl
Bob Waxman


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

Board of Directors 2016

Marianna Stark, President

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.

Shiree Dyson, Secretary

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. 

Dennis MarkhamVice 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).

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

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. 

Ernest Jolly

Ernest Jolly is an Artist and Designer. His Art practice centers on Installation and Collaboration with Sound and Dance. He is a former Co-chair of the Oakland Public Arts Advisory Committee and has sat on numerous local artist panels. As a curator Jolly’s focus is on diversity and sustainability. He has worked with institutions including the Oakland Museum of California, UC Davis Design Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. Ernest Jolly holds a BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University an MFA from Mills College and a Post Graduate Certificate from the Hungarian Academy of Art/Goldsmith College (Tihany International).





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. 

Susan Roth

Susan has been inspired and a devotee to the Berkeley Art Center for many years.  She is a passionate collector of contemporary art, as well as deeply committed to the art community. Originally trained as a special educator, she combines those skills as a volunteer for Creative Growth Center in Oakland where she teaches art to disabled adults.  In addition, Susan is an art docent at the Oakland Museum of California where she serves on the Art Steering Committee as well as on the Board of Representatives.  In March 2016 Susan become an art docent at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. 

After retiring from her career in Special Education, Susan began studying Interior Design and Architecture at UC Berkeley.  She maintains a small Residential Design Practice in Berkeley, and continues to study art history as well as design and architecture.

Elizabeth Sher

Bay Area artist and filmmaker Elizabeth Sher is Professor Emeritus of Art at the CCA in San Francisco and Oakland where she taught Painting and Media Arts. Starting in fine art prints and oil painting, Sher moved into 16 mm film and mixed media works. Currently working in video, artist books and digitally mixed media on canvas, paper and metal, she passes freely between static and moving images, paint and pixels, traditional and new media. She mixes these with a strong basis of formal discourse and a quirky sense of popular culture blended with insightful honesty and humor.  

Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Public collections include SFMOMA, Fine Arts Museums of CA, San Jose Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, U.S Embassy Collection and numerous private and corporate collections. 

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.

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.