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.
Board of Directors 2017
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.
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.
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.
Linda Braz was born in San Francisco and grew up in Oakland. She received her MFA in sculpture from San Jose State University. Linda has worked in the commercial real estate industry for over 20 years, she also developed and manages JackKnife Studios - an artist work-only building in the Jack London Square area of Oakland with 39 studios. In addition she manages Studios 11 with 11 artist work-only studios.
Linda was one of the founding members of Works Gallery in San Jose and served on it's curating committee for many years. She owned and operated Modern Myths Gallery in San Mateo, and currently works part-time at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco.
Linda maintains an art practice working primarily in fiber. She creates room-size installations of woven walls meticulously burned and left hanging. She has shown at galleries in the Bay Area and in Italy.
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.
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, the position she held on September 11, 2001.
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.
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.
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.
Erica McWhorter is an attorney-adviser and analyst with a background rich in social advocacy and strategic planning. Erica attended UCLA where she obtained degrees in Political Science and Geography and Environmental Studies. After graduating, Erica attended The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where her studies ranged from public justice to intellectual property. While there she was honored with a year-long J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Public Service Fellowship and Tuition Scholarship and an editorial staff position on the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal.
Most recently, Erica worked as Deputy General Counsel for a nonprofit dedicated to innovative and community oriented prosecution and criminal justice reform strategies and programs. Previously, Erica worked in Baltimore, Maryland as an Assistant Public Defender handling a variety of criminal and quasi-criminal cases. In addition to her litigation experience, Erica has also worked as an analyst performing research, complex analysis and assessments, strategic planning, drafting, and public speaking for a variety of audiences. She has also practiced independently as a legal and strategic adviser, board member, and grant and policy writer for a growing clientele of nonprofit organizations. Erica looks forward to additional opportunities that involve research, writing, policy and legislative analysis, and creative problem solving.
Erica enjoys learning about and collecting art, particularly landscape and abstract themes, textiles, and mixed media. She believes art is also meant to be engaged with as part of daily life, which she does by sewing, quilting and jewelry making and collecting.