Listen to Me Hungry: Dinner & Conversation with Xi Nan
Monday, April 15, 6:30pm–8:30pm
BAC Members $50/Nonmembers $60

Co-presented with NIAD

NIAD Executive Director Amanda Eicher moderates a conversation with artist Xi Nan about her work in ceramics and installation over a casual sit-down meal in the gallery. Food catered by the Kebabery, Oakland. Wine & beer included. Space is limited.

Xi Nan was born and raised in Jilin, China, and was selected nationally by the China Disabled Person Federation to study abroad at RCN United World College in Norway, where she earned her International Baccalaureate degree. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Luther College, Iowa, and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

Xi’s work has been shown across the United States, including exhibitions in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Washington DC, New York and San Francisco. She was invited to exhibit at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Pittsburgh in 2018 and was awarded second place in a US national juried exhibition for emerging artists with disabilities in 2011. Xi is currently a full-time artist based Long Island City, New York.


Opening Reception
Look at Me Hungry

Saturday, April 13, 6pm–8pm
Free and Open to the Public

Featuring Kim Bennett, Arthur Huang, Xi Nan, Joyce Nojima, Sandra Ono and James Sansing. Curated by artist Mel Prest.

The works in this exhibition evolve from an obsessiveness and immersion in the process of making — something like hunger — while evoking the tension between being being fully realized abstract “things” and pieces disintegrating into their many components. Crossing boundaries between sculpture, painting and installation, the artists in the show lay bare their creative processes through works that embody time and the presence of their hand.


Berkeley Art Center Family Day

Sunday, March 10, 12pm–4pm
Suggested Donation: $10

In conjunction with our biennial exhibition of work by young artists from Berkeley Unified schools, Berkeley Art Center hosts a day of fun for youth and families. Join us for hands-on art-making workshops by art teachers from local East Bay schools, nature walks with Friends of the Five Creeks, face painting, live music by the Berkeley High Jazz Program, snacks and more!

Rain or shine. Weather permitting, activities will take place outdoors in Live Oak Park. We recommend dressing in layers.

Opening Reception
Outside the Lines: BUSD Young Artists Exhibition

Saturday, March 2, 3pm–5pm
Free and Open to the Public

Every two years, BAC celebrates and honors students in Berkeley elementary and middle schools with an exhibition of juried works selected by BUSD art teachers. In conjunction with Alameda County’s Art is Education Month, the show increases public awareness about and interest in the importance of art in our public schools.


The New Rules for Working with Galleries: Insights from Walter Maciel

Sunday, February 3, 1pm–3pm
$20 BAC Members/$30 Nonmembers

In this professional development workshop for artists, Los Angeles–based gallerist Walter Maciel will discuss evolving changes in the art world and their impact on the working relationship between contemporary gallerists and artists. The workshop will address the different ways artists’ work can be introduced to a gallerist, as well as the challenges galleries face in representing emerging artists as they build their careers.

In an informal and interactive setting, we will discuss opinions on participating in art fairs, the importance of showing your work to a broader audience, changes in gallery attendance brought on by social media, and challenges that affect the current role of a gallery space.

Maciel is this year’s guest juror for HERE, BAC’s annual members’ exhibition. From nearly 200 works on display in the first part of the show, he will select artists to be included in Part 2.

A graduate of UC Berkeley, Maciel’s career has spanned Northern and Southern California for more than two decades. After serving as gallery director for two prominent Bay Area galleries, he opened Walter Maciel Gallery in Culver City in 2006.


Opening Reception
All That Glitters (HERE: Part 2)

Juried by Walter Maciel
Saturday, February 2, 6pm–8pm
Free and Open to the Public

Featuring works by Jennie Braman, Mary Burger, Dana DeKalb, Donna Fenstermaker, Shelley Gardner, Christine Meuris, Kimberly Rowe, Sally Smith, Simon Tran, Stephen Whisler and Rochelle Youk. On view through Saturday, February 16, 2019.