Berkeley Treasures Series: A Conversation with Richard Whittaker

April 9 – May 20, 2006

The Berkeley Art Center announces an artist lecture series called “Berkeley Treasures”. Initialized by Richard Whittaker, the series seeks to present artists who contribute to the vitality of Berkeley. The artists may be known or not, but Whittaker believes they are important assets to our community.  Richard Whittaker (Editor & publisher of works & conversations magazine) will be featured as the next “Berkeley Treasure” in conversation with Robbin Henderson (BAC Executive Director), with Robbin asking the questions this time on Wednesday, August 23rd, at 7:30pm. 

Richard Whittaker began publishing an art magazine in 1991 with the first issue “The Secret Alameda.” In 1997 he and his wife founded the non-profit “Society for the ReCognition of Art” and works & conversations was born, having evolved from the earlier magazine. Over the years, Whittaker has pursued several areas of interest, one of which is photography. His work has appeared in San Francisco Magazine and frequently appears in The Sun. An interest in philosophy underlies much of his approach to the arts, and becomes apparent in his interviews with other artists. A book of his interviews with artists Judy Pfaff, James Turrell, Viola Frey, Squeak Carnwath, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Nathan Oliveira and several others is coming out in September.