Small Press Distribution Presents:
50th Anniversary Reading & Celebration of Bay Area Literary Culture

Saturday, October 5, 3pm
Free and Open to the Public

As part of its Community Partners program, BAC is proud to host Small Press Distribution for a reading and celebration in honor of their fiftieth anniversary. Featuring readings by Samantha Giles, JK Fowler and Owen Hill, with music, refreshments, giveaways and special surprises.

Katherine Sherwood   After Ingres , 2014   mixed media on canvas   84 in. x 105 in.

Katherine Sherwood
After Ingres
, 2014
mixed media on canvas
84 in. x 105 in.

Artists in Conversation: hot love–cold facts

Sunday, September 15, 1pm–3pm
Free for BAC Members & Students/Nonmembers $10

BAC Executive Director Daniel Nevers moderates a discussion with Andrea Borsuk, Matt Gonzalez, Victoria May, Katherine Sherwood and Vanessa Woods from the exhibition hot love–cold facts. Hear about their process and practice, including what they love about collage. Audience questions encouraged.


BAC Members Town Hall

Saturday, September 14, 1pm–3pm
Free for current and former BAC Members

Calling all members of the Berkeley Art Center community: We want to hear from you! Please join board and staff for a Town Hall meeting to discuss the future of BAC, including upcoming exhibitions and exciting new member benefits. Space is limited. Advance registration requested.


Collaborative Collage Workshop with Round Table [Collaboration]

September 7, 1pm–3pm

Join artist Marty McCutcheon of Round Table [Collaboration] for an afternoon of collaborative collage-making. Participants will check out works-in-progress from RTC’s library of collages and work on them in a shared studio environment. All collages will be checked in at the end of the workshop to await the next collaborator. Materials provided. Open to all ages.

Image: Round Table [Collaboration]

Mildred Howard,  Casanova: Style, Swagger, and the Embracement of the Other II , 2018, cotton Jacquard tapestry, edition of six, 72.5 in. x 55 in.

Mildred Howard, Casanova: Style, Swagger, and the Embracement of the Other II, 2018, cotton Jacquard tapestry, edition of six, 72.5 in. x 55 in.

Opening Reception:
hot love–cold facts

Saturday, August 17, 6pm–8pm
Free and Open to the Public

Featuring Andrea Borsuk, Frédéric Doazan, Matt Gonzalez, Mildred Howard, Victoria May, Catie O’Leary, Ward Schumaker, Katherine Sherwood and Vanessa Woods.

Gallerist Jack Fischer guest curates an exhibition exploring collage as a form where narrative and abstraction meet and dissolve into one another. Set up as a dialogue between two seemingly distinct camps — the hot, romantic and erotic on one hand, and the cool, austere and form-obsessed on the other — boundaries blur as the show progresses through works both evocative and formal. Pieces span a wide range of media, including cut paper, antique engravings, tapestry, painting, sculpture and video.

Please note: Parents and guardians should preview the exhibition before accompanying minors.

Chris Evans,  Reconstructions Performance Ritual, Excavation , 2019. Photo by Sibila Savage.

Chris Evans, Reconstructions Performance Ritual, Excavation, 2019. Photo by Sibila Savage.

Algorithm #1
Performance by Chris Evans

Saturday, July 13, 3pm
$15 BAC Members/$20 Nonmembers

Algorithm #1 is a movement exploration of the processes of encrypting and decrypting the ciphers of Evans' previous work, Cipher Study #1 – Whiteness. What are the realities that lie beneath these codes? If we follow the process back (de-encrypt), what realities do we find? How do our bodies hold the code and the reality and the algorithm that lies between?

Guta Galli,  O1 – Extraordinary Ability Artist , 2019. Photo by Roc Morin.

Guta Galli, O1 – Extraordinary Ability Artist, 2019. Photo by Roc Morin.

Bodies on the Line Screening & Artist Talk
Live Performance by Guta Galli

Thursday, June 27, 6:30pm–8pm
Free BAC Members & Students/$10 Nonmembers

As part of Bodies on the Line, join us for a discussion and screening with artists Chris Evans, Beatrice L. Thomas and curator Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen. The conversation will explore their practices as women of color who place the body at the center of their work. Moderated by UC Berkeley Assistant Professor of Art Kenyatta AC Hinkle.

The event will also include a performance of O1 – Extraordinary Ability Artist by Guta Galli, where she will sit enclosed in a small shipping container for three hours with little room to move. She will engage with the audience through a small hole in the crate while security cameras placed inside livestream the interior. Galli currently has an exhibition tilted BRID(G)E, and other deviations, on view atBlack & White Projects in San Francisco.


2019 Berkeley Art Center Artist Award Luncheon
Honoring Jim Melchert

Sunday, June 23, 11am–2pm

Honorary Event Chair Ann Hatch invites you to celebrate with the Berkeley Art Center as we honor Bay Area conceptual artist and ceramicist Jim Melchert for his decades-long career as an artist, teacher and advocate.

Featured speaker Jock Reynolds

Award made by Gay Outlaw

Beatrice L. Thomas, aka Black Benatar

Beatrice L. Thomas, aka Black Benatar

A Juneteenth Lunchtime Drag Queen Story Hour
with Beatrice L. Thomas, aka Black Benatar

Wednesday, June 19, 12:30pm
Pay-What-You-Wish Donations

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like — drag queens reading stories to children. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender-fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

Join us for a special Juneteenth DQSH in the BAC gallery. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park. All ages welcome.

Chris Evans, still from  Reconstruction , 2019

Chris Evans, still from Reconstruction, 2019

Opening Reception
Bodies on the Line: Sound, Performance, Endurance

Saturday, June 8, 6pm–9pm
Free and Open to the Public

Featuring Simone Bailey, Chris Evans and Beatrice L. Thomas (aka Black Benatar). Curated by Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen.

The artists in this show place the body at the center of their practice, bringing to light the urgency, endurance, violence and magic associated with being black and female in 2019. Through live performances and broad documentation of past performances — including video recordings, photographs, objects and texts — the exhibition explores radically different approaches to understanding issues of performativity related to gender, race and queerness.

Sway, Clench, Release (Requiem No. 415)
Performance by Simone Bailey featuring Mia Pixley

Saturday, June 8, 7pm
Free and Open to the Public

As part of the opening reception for Bodies on the Line, artist Simone Bailey presents a piece performed by Mia Pixley. This performance was created to reflect upon the impulses of past black in-migration to the area and the current displacement-fueled out-migration, which is part of a larger movement back to the South called the New Great Migration. Bailey frequently creates works to be performed by other artists.

Joyce Nojima,  Untitled , 2018

Joyce Nojima, Untitled, 2018

Artists in Conversation: Kim Bennett, Joyce Nojima, Sandra Ono & James Sansing

Thursday, May 9, 6:30pm–8pm
Free for BAC Members & Students/Nonmembers $10

Curator Mel Prest moderates a discussion with artists from the exhibition Look at Me Hungry. Hear from them about their influences and inspiration, their use of materials, and the nature of making work that involves chance and repetition as key elements of the creative process. Audience participation in the conversation is encouraged.

Arthur Huang,  Is This the Way I Went  (installation detail), 2016

Arthur Huang, Is This the Way I Went (installation detail), 2016

Walking & Talking with Arthur Huang

Saturday, April 20, 1pm–3pm
BAC Members $25/Nonmembers $30

Walk to BART and take a ride with artist Arthur Huang and BAC Executive Director Daniel Nevers as they discuss commuting as a source of inspiration. Price includes round-trip BART ticket. Space is limited.

Arthur Huang explores conscious and unconscious memory along the spectrum of neuroscience and visual arts through two ongoing projects — the Memory Walks Project and the Daily Drawings Project. Taking a cue from place cells and other specialized neurons responsible for spatial memory, he started working on the Memory Walks Project in 2012. Utilizing the concept of place cells to explore moments of transit in his daily life, Arthur began drawing different walks that he took from memory. In the process, he moved from drawing on paper to working on alternative substrates, eventually settling on eggshells. Working on a three-dimensional object with a limited view of the drawing surface, Huang found a more direct connection between his memory and his drawing process.

The Daily Drawings Project began as a way to utilize the in-between moments of daily life. Huang makes these semi-automatic drawings while commuting on trains. They start with an arbitrary choice of pen and drawn shape. From there, the drawing is made on a sheet of A5 paper with no preconception of what will transpire during the commute. Since the project’s inception in 2015, he has generated more than 1,000 drawings.


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.