Events and Workshops 2014

HERE Holiday Art Sale and Open House

HERE Part II artists will be announced!
The Mobile Mill will be at BAC!

Open House Hours: Saturday, December 6, 11-5 p.m.  
Mobile Mill
 Workshop: 1-3 p.m.
Free and open to the public!

Sip on cider, hot chocolate and sample other holiday treats as you preview works from top Bay Area artists at HERE. Bring home one (or more) of the 250 pieces in the show for special holiday gifts, available for very affordable prices. 

Part II Revealed!
Be the first to learn which of the hundreds of outstanding artists will be selected to be a part of HERE, Part II. Aimee Friberg, esteemed Bay Area artist and director of CULT Exhibitions in San Francisco, will curate the works for the second portion of this exhibit, selecting from the many diverse artists and communities that make up Berkeley Art Center. 

Make the Paper!
The Mobile Mill, a “pop-up” traveling paper studio offering an alternative art-making space where new learners and practicing artists can collaborate. The Mobile Mill is essentially an automobile with incorporated machinery to make it possible for users to experiment in papermaking, while also learning how to repurpose paper waste. A hands-on workshop will be offered from 1-3 p.m.  More information of The Mobile Mill can be found here. 

Here: The 2014 BAC Artists Annual Part I
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 15, 5-8pm
Exhibition Dates: November 15- December 14

Here: The 2014 BAC Artists Annual Part II
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 10, 5-8pm
Exhibition Dates: January 10-February 8, 2015

Evan Holm's Drawing Machine

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 1 pm - 3 pm

Come play a drawing-making piano! Experience the Drawing Machine #1 by Evan Holm.  All visitors receive $5 off general admission toCollect! BAC’s annual exhibition and auction!

Berkeley Art Center invites you to create a unique work of art with Evan Holm’s Drawing Machine #1. This participatory artwork involves a modified grand piano whose keys activate ink brushes to create a drawing when “played” on a continuous stream of paper. Stop by to see this incredible piece and collaborate on a drawing. Drawings will be for sale for $5 a footSuitable for all ages. Free and open to the public.

All visitors will receive $5 off general admission to Collect! BAC’s annual exhibition and auction.

Collect! is our largest annual event featuring a stunning exhibition and silent auction with work from some of the most exciting Bay Area artists. Raise a glass, enjoy delicious food and celebrate the exciting Berkeley Art Center by taking home some art of your own.

Tickets for Collect! are $40 in advance, but for all Drawing Machine #1 visitors, admission into this party for all ages is only $35.

Light and Space: Multi-dimensional Drawing with Nancy Ivanhoe

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 12 pm - 2 pm
All Ages | FREE 

Nancy Ivanhoe traces shadows to create her installation Studio 9.

Nancy Ivanhoe traces shadows to create her installation Studio 9.

As part of the Programs for Young Artists at BAC, Make Space artist Nancy Ivanhoe will lead participants in a series of drawing experiments in response to the play of light and shadow on everyday materials. Join us as we make drawings that re-examine what it means to make a drawing. This workshop is appropriate for all ages, all levels of skill, and is free and open to the public. 

Space is limited! Please RSVP here. 

Programs for Young Artists at BAC creates opportunities for artists under 18 years old and their families, to participate in art and art making in new and engaging ways through free and open workshops created and led by some of the most exciting Bay Area emerging artists. 

Programs for Young Artists at BAC is generously underwritten by the Berkeley Rotary and The Berkeley Association of Realtors. Programming includes free artist-run workshops and free, guided tours for schools. Please to schedule a school visit.  

BAC Picnic featuring WIGband

Sunday, August 10, 2014, noon - 5 pm

Berkeley Art Center Annual Picnic featuring live performance bySoapbox artists WIGband! Join us for a closing party for Soapbox and an annual picnic that celebrates our neighborhood, community and artists in our exhibition.

Food, drinks, special deals for members and much more!

Join us.

723, A Performance by Michael Barrett

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 4-7pm

Live Performance and Conversation with Soapbox exhibiting artist, Michael Barrett

This nearly 3-hour durational piece will begin at 4pm.

At 5:30, Barrett will break from the performance for a conversation and Q&A with BAC director, Aimee Le Duc. Afterward, Barrett will continue and complete the performance. We welcome you to join us for this free event at any stage of the performance or conversation.

For 723, the artist, himself a veteran will begin in front of two helmets. One helmet will have 723 pieces of paper in it with the names of the 723 California residents killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The other helmet will have a burning candle. As the artist picks a name from the first helmet, he will write it on a chalkboard, erase the name and then burn the paper in the second helmet. After completing the cycle, the artist will return to the center and begin again.


Family Clay workshop with Larry Stefl 

Saturday, July 12, 2014, noon - 2 p.m.  
All ages | Free 

Peter Voulkos goes BIG

Peter Voulkos goes BIG

We know the world of ceramics is so much bigger than pottery...but if not on a potter's wheel, how DO we make art from a shapeless lump of clay? Artist and art educator Larry Stefl will teach us basic ceramic construction techniques- the building blocks of all hand-built clay. Join us in Berkeley Art Center's sculpture patio to be inspired by the resident works of Harold Paris, Stephen deStaebler and Peter Voulkos. 

Participants will make a piece with air-dry clay to take home.

Suitable for all ages, free and open to the public. 

Space is limited, please RSVP

Part of the Programs for Young Artists At BAC series
Programs for Young Artists at BAC is generously underwritten by the Berkeley Rotary and The Berkeley Association of Realtors. Programming includes free artist-run workshops and free guided tours for schools. Please contact to schedule a school visit

Origins of Photography Family Workshop with Toni Gentilli

Toni Gentilli, Gibbous Waning

Toni Gentilli, Gibbous Waning

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12 pm - 2 pm
Free | All ages

How do light, chemistry and paper combine to make an image?  

Artist Toni Gentilli will guide us on an exploration of some of the processes and techniques used throughout history make photographs. Make your own cyanotypes, photograms and contact prints and learn about cameras that your great grandparents may have used! Free and open to the public, suitable for all ages

Space is limited, please RSVP.

Berkeley Art Center's educational programming for youth is generously underwritten by the Berkeley Rotary and The Berkeley Association of Realtors. Programming includes free artist-run workshops and free guided tours for schools. Please to schedule a school visit. 

Potato Poetics: Celebration of the Everyday and Travel to Unknown Parts

Ann Schnake

March 2, 2014 5:00 - 7:00pm

Performance art, tapas, tents, and cocktails: an unusual evening with Ann Schnake, performance artist Carmen Serber, and chef Sylvi Osborne Calierno, cooking from Barcelona to Berkeley. This performance is part of the exhibition FEATURE, curated b Weston Teruya and is part of Ann Schnake's Odd Sunday Dinner series. 

Fabric Manipulation Youth Art Workshop

Ealish Wilson

February 22, 2014, 12 - 4pm

Learn a skill! Ealish Wilson will teach us the smocking technique with printed textiles as a way to create sculptural form with fabric. This workshop is suitable for adults or high-school age students with an interest in sewing. Free and open to the public!


Pallavi Sharma

February 15, 2014, 4 - 6pm

In conjunction with our current exhibition FEATURE, curated by Weston Teruya, artist Pallavi Sharma will conduct this participatory performance of self talking and deep listening. Discussion with the artist to follow. Please join us for the presentation of this work. Free and open to the public!

Mapping Memory Youth Art Workshop

Marcela Flores

February 9, 12 - 2pm

Learn techniques for making art based on map-making, memories and our sense of self in the context of place. The workshop will conclude with the compilation of the students' memory maps into a zine that they can take home with them. Suitable for youth ages 13 and older. Free and open to the public!