Events and Workshops 2018

Here you will find information about past events and workshops listed by year. We are still in the process of creating this archive.

 Image credit: Lark VCR, Traumagotchi, 2018 (Screenshot)

Image credit: Lark VCR, Traumagotchi, 2018 (Screenshot)

An Afternoon of Queer Gaming
Saturday, August 11, 4 - 6pm

Free for BAC Members, $10 Nonmembers
RSVP Requested  

This is an opportunity for makers and players to come together to have fun, present and discuss game art making from a Queer perspective. Let the Queer Games begin!

 Kara Stone, Ritual of the Moon 

Kara Stone, Ritual of the Moon 

Artists in Conversation
Saturday, August 4, 4 - 6pm

Free for BAC Members, $10 Nonmembers
RSVP Requested 

A panel discussion moderated by Dorothy Santos featuring exhibiting artists, Rudy Lemcke, Aaron Reed, Jacob Garbe, Lark VCR and curator, Elliot Anderson. 

Stones/Land Art Workshop
Saturday, August 4, 11 - 1pm

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A Workshop for Parents+Children - Curated by Paul Frank Wagner
Paul Frank Wagner is a French / American visual artist ( that has been practicing art since 2000, and Teaching art in high-level profile schools worldwide since 2013. He is the co-founder of Hoopla Education and the Author of Sticks & Stones, the first nature based Art Curriculum that takes children as young as 3yrs+ on journey of creativity using nature’s loose parts: Stones, Sticks, Leaves, Mud, Sand. Enjoy a  2 hr. Workshop where parents + children can explore, play, and create using Stones.


Sunday Concerts with Gautam Ganeshan
Sunday, July 29,  11 - 1pm

Suggested Donation $5 - $10

Treat yourself to a stimulating sound experience Sunday mornings at BAC. Enjoy a performance by Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, a passionate singer who applies his knowledge of Indian carnatic music to the creation of new music; "bringing a local twist to this centuries-old sound." Stay for the whole set, or come and go.
All ages welcome. 

 photo credit: Desdemona Burgin

photo credit: Desdemona Burgin

Screening: Rocked by Women
July 26, 5:30-6:45pm

Join us before Women in Rock  for a screening of the performance "Rocked by Women" by BAC Dancers in Residence Sarah Bush Dance Project. Free and open to the public.
Rocked by Women portrays the life of a woman transformed by love, music, and memories. With its eclectic score of unforgettable voices, this kinetic, hybrid work pays tribute to the women who rock us.


Lecture Series: Women in Rock with Richie Unterberger

Bay Area Women in Rock: Thursday, July 26 at 7pm

Rock historian Richie Unterberger will show and discuss film clips of women rock and soul performers from the 1950s to the 1980s. Included will be clips by the Ronettes, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick with the Jefferson Airplane, Nancy Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Nico, Patti Smith, Linda Ronstadt, Tina Turner, Blondie, Marianne Faithfull, the Raincoats, and many more. Don't miss a beat! 

San Francisco resident Richie Unterberger is the author of numerous rock history books, including Unknown Legends of Rock'n'RollWhite Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day; and a history of 1960s folk-rock, Jingle Jangle Morning. He gives regular presentations on rock and soul history throughout the Bay Area incorporating rare vintage film clips and audio recordings. He teaches courses on rock history at the University of San Francisco-affiliated Fromm Institute, the College of Marin, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at San Francisco State and Dominican University in San Rafael.

 Rudy Lemcke, CLOUD FOREST (Screenshot)

Rudy Lemcke, CLOUD FOREST (Screenshot)

Queer Technology Opening Reception
Saturday, July 21, 6 - 8pm

    What are the political, economic and social ramifications of a cultural bias inscribed in the technologies we live and interact with everyday?

    We are told that these technologies are neutral and transparent, designed to satisfy each individual’s desires.  What if those desires are outside the norms encoded in software, hardware and delivery systems?

    Queer Technology responds to these questions and others by inviting Bay Area LGBTQ artists to critique the norms and values assumed by the techno-sphere. Artists Rudy Lemcke, Colleen Jennings, Kara Stone, Lark VCR, and Aaron Reed create games, augmented virtual reality artworks, sound and music, sculpture, internet-based, video and performance, exposing us to other possibilities. 

    Rudy Lemcke
    Colleen Jennings
    Kara Stone
    Lark VCR
    Aaron Reed


    Noon Renaissance Concerts
    Saturday, June 30, noon -1pm

    Suggested Donation $ 10 - 20

    Saturdays in June hear viol music from the 16th century played by Peter Hallifax and friends. Hallifax has been playing the viol for 50 years. He was a founding member of Philharmonia Baroque orchestra and taught at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. 

     False Alarm, Dana DeKalb

    False Alarm, Dana DeKalb

    Wonder Women: Local Treasures
    Artists In Conversations
    Thursday June 28, 6 - 8 pm

    Free for BAC Members / $10 Nonmembers

    Artists from the Wonder Women: Local Treasures exhibition will discuss their practice and progress in the art world. Helen Berggruen, Stacey Carter, Dana DeKalb, Lisa Esherick and Diana Krevsky will present on June 28. 

    We are honored to have Robert Flynn Johnson moderate our second panel for Wonder Women: Local Treasures. Robert Flynn Johnson was Curator in Charge of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco for 32 years until his retirement in 2007. Mr. Johnson has curated a wealth of exhibitions and is the author of many books and exhibition catalogues. His publications include: Lucian Freud: Works on Paper; Plant Kingdoms: The Photographs of Charles Jones; Leonard Baskin: Monumental Woodcuts, 1952-1963; and The Face in the Lens – Anonymous Photographs, among others.

     Sarah Bush Dance Project

    Sarah Bush Dance Project

    Arts in Action: Represent
    Saturday, June 16, 4 - 6 pm

    Sliding donation: $10-$20

    Join us for an hour of dance and art interpretation with the artists from Wonder Women and Dancers in Residence, Sarah Bush Dance Project. Known for their site-specific collaborative dance, SBDP will create short works inspired by the themes, artworks, and the arrangement of BAC’s current exhibition. Audiences will explore the art through short, guided activities.

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    Dejerassi residency

    All About Artist Residencies
    June 14, 6-8pm

    $20 for BAC members/$30 for non-members


    Learn about the benefits of Artist Residency programs around the world from presenters Lexa Walsh and Angela Willetts. Both artists have traveled extensively through residency programs and will teach you about finding and applying for the perfect residency.



    Family Workshop: Eco-Jewelry Making
    Saturday, June 9, begins at 1pm

    Suggested Donation $5, grades 6-12 and adults

    Discover how to upcycle paper, metal, and natural objects into one-of-a-kind decor and wearable art! Play with your favorite eco-friendly materials and design earrings, a pendant, necklace, or adorn existing accessories.

    Green Art Workshop is a hands-on, eco-conscious program that brings teaching artists into Bay Area classrooms and community centers. Participants create imaginative personal and collaborative projects as they re-envision everyday discarded materials. Click here to learn more about them.

     Kay Bradner  Sunset,  2012

    Kay Bradner
    Sunset, 2012

    Wonder Women: Local Treasures
    Artists In Conversations
    Thursday June 7, 6 - 8 pm

    Free for BAC Members / $10 Nonmembers

    Artists from the Wonder Women: Local Treasures exhibition will discuss their practice and progress in the art world with exhibition curator, George Krevsky. Kay Bradner, Robbin Henderson, Naomie Kremer, Tabitha Soren and Jan Wurm will present on June 7. Five more artists will speak on June 28 at 6pm.

     image credit: Tabitha Soren, LINDSEY 003766, 2012

    image credit: Tabitha Soren, LINDSEY 003766, 2012

    Opening Reception: Wonder Women
    Saturday, May 26, 6 - 8 pm

    Free Admission

    Curated by George Krevsky featuring artists: Helen Berggruen, Kay Bradner, Stacey Carter, Dana DeKalb, Lisa Esherick, Robbin Henderson, Naomie Kremer, Diana Krevsky, Tabitha Soren, and Jan Wurm. Using paint, pastel, photography, sculpture, drawing and technology, these talented women artists have created wondrous work that tells a story as exciting as the times we live in. Join us for a special evening of music, art, and food celebrating these local artists!


    Family Workshop: Paper Pottery
    Saturday, May 12, begins at 1pm

    Suggested Donation $5, grades 3-12 and adults

    Create colorful handmade paper bowls and baskets from discarded magazines, maps, encyclopedias, and more! Choose your favorite style and sculpt decorative and functional art objects using paper craft techniques.

    Green Art Workshop is a hands-on, eco-conscious program that brings teaching artists into Bay Area classrooms and community centers. Participants create imaginative personal and collaborative projects as they
    re-envision everyday discarded materials. Click here to learn more about them.

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    De Colores
    Saturday, May 5, 5-7pm
    Free admission

    Under the direction of BAC's Teen Arts Management Residents, this inaugural event in the teen residency program will be a colorful evening of hands-on activities, music, food and art exploration designed by teens for teens.  Come celebrate our exhibition The Measure of Enjoyment, make a guerrilla mosaic with art Kristina Young, test your color taste buds, and collect colors to earn raffle tickets.

    Artists in Conversation with Lawrence Rinder
    Thursday, April 19, 6pm


    Free for BAC Members / $10 Nonmembers

    Meet the artists Leah Rosenberg and Jeremiah Jenkins as they discuss the intention and inspiration behind their Agility Projects installation.  The conversation will be led by Lawrence Rinder, Director and Chief Curator of BAMPFA.  Mr. Rinder has had a prominent career in both the curatorial and education-program sides of museums.  Previously as BAMPFA's MATRIX curator and Founding Director of CCA's Wattis Institute, he is well-versed in the emerging arts scene in the Bay Area and beyond.


    Family Workshop: Community Cartography
    Saturday, April 14, 1 - 3pm

    Suggested Donation $5, drop-in, all ages

    Green Art Workshop presents an adventure in mapping!  Through blindfolded tours, experimental drawings, and various tactile experiences, participants will encounter their environment in unexpected ways.  Reflecting on sensory observations, they will then create unique mixed media maps to take home.


    Opening Reception:
    The Measure of Enjoyment

    Saturday, April 7, 6-8pm
    Free and open to the public.

    Berkeley Art Center is proud to present the 2018 Agility Projects artists Leah Rosenberg and Jeremiah Jenkins in this two-person exhibition. Through humor, color and play, both artists reflect on challenges of being an artist amidst growing social tensions and the value in (re)focusing on pleasure and human connection.

    Exhibition dates: April 7 - May 13

    [BAC receives funding for The Agility Projects from the City of Berkeley. Opening receptions are supported by Mechanics Bank]

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    Berkeley Butoh Gathering
    Sunday, March 18, 1-6pm

    Anoku Butoh Gathering in celebration of the life and death of Japanese choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata, the founder of Butoh performance. Interactive performances in Live Oak Park from 1 - 3pm with a bonfire and food booths. Indoor performances inside BAC from 4 - 6pm. Open to all ages.

    Divining Triptychs: Printmaking, Dance, and Poetry Across Millennia
    works by Robert Woods, Lucinda Weaver, and Alan Bern

    Live performances: 
    Friday, March 16, at 7:30 pm
    Saturday, March 17, at 4:30 pm
    $15 advance/$20 at the door; $10 BAC Members & youth under 18

    PACES: dance and poetry fit to the space is the collaborative performance company of Dancer & Choreographer Lucinda Weaver and Poet and Storyteller Alan Bern. Bern and artist Robert Woods have worked together under the imprint of Lines & Faces for over forty years. All three come together in this one-of-a-kind performance “Divining Triptychs: Printmaking, Dance, and Poetry across Millennia.”

    Lucinda Weaver grew up dancing in Berkeley, California, with Ruth Hatfield. She studied at UC Berkeley with David Wood and in New York City, where she met Margaret Jenkins who invited her to be a founding member of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco. She then lived in Europe where she worked and performed as a solo dancer/choreographer. Currently, she is on the guest faculty of the Accademia Teatro Dimitri, a physical theater university in Switzerland.


    Poetry Reading and Panel Discussion
    Sunday, March 11, 3:00 pm

    Free and open to the public

    Enjoy poetry readings by members of a North Berkeley writing group: Rebecca Radner, Glenn Ingersoll and Alan Bern. Special guest John Altman, Santa Barbara translator, will read from his translations of Neruda. After the reading, the poets will talk about marketing and publishing, sharing stories about their own struggles, pet peeves, and delights. Q & A and discussion will follow: audience participation will be most welcome.

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    Composing Together
    Saturday, March 10, 3 pm

    Sliding donation $5-20

    Collaborate with composers to create music that amplifies the meaning and power of words. Poet Alan Bern and professional musicians will lead step-by-step activities to compose unique, expressive poetry and then pair it with music that fits the mood. Brings everyone's voice to the table and the stage by using poetry to explore issues of self-identity, relationships with nature, our place in the world, and silly things that just make us feel good. All funds donated to the BAC by the performers. More info at

    Branding for Artists with ArtistCEO Shannon DeJong
    How to define your art without losing your soul

    Saturday, February 24, 1 - 4 pm
    $30 for BAC Members / $40 Nonmembers

    Branding isn’t just for big corporations. Entrepreneurs, celebrities, professionals—and yes, artists too—can benefit from learning how to express their unique value to the world. If you are wondering how to use your truth as an artist to enhance your reputation, build a community, and achieve your goals as a professional artist - you’ll want to sign up for this talk.

    At Branding for Artists,  you will:

    • Discover a personal brand essence that is authentic and true to you
    • Distill your story into a powerful 3-5 sentence elevator pitch
    • Articulate and communicate your 1 essential marketing message
    • Learn tips to market your new brand with integrity

    Join artist and brand expert Shannon DeJong in this exciting, hands-on workshop and leave with a new lease on your art career!

    Shannon DeJong is CEO of House of Who, Inc., a brand arthouse and agency based in Berkeley, California. As a brand professional, Shannon’s career has spanned brand naming and strategy across the Fortune 500. As an artist herself, Shannon created The Foundry, a place for artist studios and a quarterly arts salon with exploratory and experimental art of all disciplines. She was Executive Director of Berkeley-based theater Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory from Fall 2015- Spring 2017. She is a working artist with recent acting credits including Laughing Wild by Christopher Durang. Shannon is also co-producer and protagonist in ArtistCEO, a true-story narrative podcast asking the question: Can business and art live in harmony?

    Artists in Conversation with Maria Porges
    Thursday, February 15, 6pm

    Free for BAC Members / $10 Nonmembers

    Meet the artists featured in THIS PLACE in conversation with exhibition curator Maria Porges. Learn about the various artistic techniques and intentions represented in the show and find out how the work of each of the artists demonstrates a connection to the unique landscapes of northern California, whether urban, suburban or pastoral.

    The AIC series is an opportunity to pair artists with relevant curators, historians or critics to delve deeper into the process behind their work. Events range from more formal panel discussions to walk-around
    guided tours to interactions with the artist through inventive activities.


    Family Workshop: Green Valentines
    Saturday, February 10, 1 - 3 pm

    Suggested donation $5, drop-in, all ages

    We kick off our Second Saturday workshop series with a craft you'll LOVE. Green Art Workshops presents an eco-alternative to Valentines with instructor Elizabeth Molnar. Make handmade cards with discarded postcards, magazines, maps, books, and more! Discover how to use collage and other craft techniques to compose unique art pieces for your special Valentine messages for friends and family.

    Elizabeth Molnar is a co-founder of GAW and received degrees in Studio Art and Art Education from Alfred University in New York. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Hall Farm Center in Townsend, VT and volunteered for AmeriCorps NCCC in Colorado. Elizabeth has taught art for Starr King Elementary’s YMCA After School Program and The Imagine Bus Project in San Francisco. Her award-winning art programs have connected local youth with kids in Uganda, Peru, Nepal, and India.

     Jeannie O’Connor, MacArthur Mayhem, archival pigment print, 2017

    Jeannie O’Connor, MacArthur Mayhem, archival pigment print, 2017

    curated by Maria Porges

    February 3 - March 4, 2018
    Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 5 - 7 pm

    THIS PLACE highlights the work of Peter Baczek, Monique Boyd,Timothea CampbellVictoria HamlinShelley HoytJeannie O'Connor, and Nancy Mona Russell. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, February 3, 5 - 7pm and runs through March 4, 2018.

    Volunteer Night
    Wednesday, January 17, 5 - 7 pm

    Free and open to the public

    Volunteer Night is a chance for us to thank our current volunteers for all their time and hard work, as well as, gather those who may be interested in volunteering at Berkeley Art Center in the coming year. We will start 2018 with Part 2 of our Artists Annual Exhibition; poetry readings with Alan Bern and Robert Woods  (March 7 - 17); Butoh performances (March 18); GLAS Animation Festival (March 22 - 25); and Agility Projects presents Leah Rosenberg and Jeremiah Jenkins (April 7 - May 13). 

    Berkeley Art Center is a local non-profit providing support for Bay Area artists through exhibition opportunities, artist-led workshops, networking, and professional development. Through our collaboration with local artists we offer our community the culture, beauty, intellect and emotion of art.

    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please fill-out this on-line survey in advance.