Juried by Marion Coleman, Karen Hampton, and Tali Weinberg, this show examines the current state of Bay Area fiber arts and pose the question: “What social and political circumstances are influencing the craft movement of the new millennium?” The following artists were selected from a pool of over 140 talented Bay Area fiber artists: Alice Beasley, Lia Cook, Alexander Hernandez, Lily Homer, Karrie Hovey, Renee Owen, Laura Raboff, Ruth Tabancay, LaQuita Tummings, Ama Wertz, Alice Wiese, and NIAD Art Center.
Ramekon O'Arwisters started Crochet Jam in 2012. His social-art practice is rooted in a cherished childhood memory that's steeped in the African-American tradition of weaving in a calm and non-judgmental environment without rules or limitations. Crochet Jams engage the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society. No experience necessary - no attempt made to dictate the creative process nor judge the finished project. Free and open to the public.
Join us for an exploration of the latest trends in Bay Area fiber art. Moderated by Marion Coleman, one of the Thread Heads jurors and an accomplished public artist who works with quilts and textiles. A number of the exhibition artists will contribute to the conversation.
"It is refreshing to see artists pushing boundaries by presenting a diversity of themes, materials and techniques that make us think about what is possible and how threads can connect to tradition yet move beyond it." - Marion Coleman
Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman is a memoir by Matilda Rabinowitz with commentary and original drawings by artist Robbin Légère Henderson. Rabinowitz (1887-1963) immigrated to the United States from Ukraine at the age of thirteen. Radicalized by her experience in sweatshops, she became an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World from 1912 to 1917 and wrote a regular column "On the Left" for the Socialist Newsletter in Los Angeles. Matilda's granddaughter, Robbin Légère Henderson illustrates Rabinowitz’s life and journey in black-and white-scratchboard drawings. This memoir challenges assumptions about the lives of early twentieth-century women as they rejected intellectual and social restrictions to seek political and economic equality.
Berkeley Art Center’s Artists Annual includes work in all media submitted by its members. This salon-style exhibition is a celebration of the deep and broad art community that makes Berkeley Art Center such a unique organization.
All current members (through January 2018) may submit one work under 24" in any direction. No artwork will be accepted without a fully completed online loan form. Visit our Exhibitions page at and click on SUBMISSION FORM to register online by November 29th.
BAC's Artists Annual is a celebration of our members who form the deep and rich art community that makes Berkeley Art Center such a unique organization. This salon-style exhibition features small works in a variety of media. The exhibition is presented in two parts: a non-juried presentation, followed by a juried show.
This year the juror will be Maria Porges, Associate Professor at California College of the Arts. Porges is an artist and writer whose work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions since the late eighties. She received a SECA award from the SFMOMA and has twice been in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. A finalist for the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writer's Grant in 2014, her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, the New York Times Book Review, and a host of other art magazines. She has also authored essays for over 100 exhibition catalogues and dozens of scripts for museum audio tours.
Co-curated by artist Monica Lundy and gallerist Walter Maciel, this exhibition features 200 portraits of immigrants to the United States by artists from Southern California and the Bay Area.
Notable subjects portrayed in this exhibition include actors Bela Lugosi and Marlene Dietrich, entertainer Grace Jones, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Architect I. M. Pei, Province of Pennsylvania founder William Penn, and several established artists such as Eva Hesse, David Hockney, Louise Bourgeois, Mark Rothko, and Enrique Chagoya.