Collect! Exhibition and Art Auction


Exhibition: September 10 - 24, 2016
Stop by BAC before the auction to preview donated artwork, Wed - Sun, 11am - 5 pm

Art Auction Fundraiser
Saturday, September 24, 6 - 9 pm
Tickets: $50 / $45 BAC Members

Raise a glass to our generous local artist community at COLLECT! the BAC’s largest annual event. Works from some of the Bay Area’s most exciting artists will be exhibited and up for auction, enjoyed with a glass of wine and delicious food. Bring home your favorite piece and support artists in the community!

Artists include: Kathy Aoki, Ray Beldner, Elmer Bischoff, Mariet Braakman, John Casey, Bella Feldman,  Edith Hillinger,  Michelle Mansour, Deborah Oropallo, Michele Pred, Joe Sam, Lava Thomas, Peter Voulkos and many more! In addition to the outstanding artworks in the auction, this year Collect! will feature an intimate LIVE AUCTION of some very special "experience packages" such as tours of famous collections, studio visits with iconic artists, and accommodations in exclusive lodgings.

Funds from this event directly support year-round programming including our Programs for Young Artists as well as our exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and the donating artists. This is your opportunity to support a vital organization with almost 50 years of community presence.

Visit the PREVIEW PAGE to see available work.

 Kathy Aoki, Hello Kitty Monument: Morning in June, photo by Kari Orvik  

 Kathy Aoki, Hello Kitty Monument: Morning in June, photo by Kari Orvik


BAC Agility Projects presents:
Formidable Fragments: Breaking Down the Cult of Cute

October 8 – November 20, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 6 - 8 pm

For this solo exhibition Kathy Aoki will create an installation that addresses the worldwide obsession with Hello Kitty and other “super cute” commercial ventures that have dominated the market targeting young girls. For the Berkeley Art Center, Aoki will create a museum space devoted to the fictitious Hello Kitty Monument with large scale artifacts, an interactive map, and both audio- and video-based works. In addition to raising key questions about unhealthy/unaffordable obsessions with cuteness, Aoki’s displays will comment on the high-tech housing crisis and exhibition sponsorship.

Kathy Aoki addresses gender and pop-culture issues through approachable visual formats with a twist of humor. Installations of her current work are often presented in an ersatz museum context with “educational” fictive labels in convincing language. The museum framework provides a familiar format that is inviting rather than confrontational. 

Aoki’s work can be found in major collections across the U.S. such as the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Harvard University Art Museums, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Past awards include fellowships from the MacDowell Colony (NH), the Headlands Center for the Arts (CA), and the Frans Masereel Centrum (Belgium). Aoki lives and works in the Silicon Valley where she is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Santa Clara University.

Artist in Conversation
Thursday, November 3, 6 pm

Kathy Aoki will present her talk The Rise and Fall of Hello Kitty Monument describing the faux historical context of the work on view in the gallery. Aoki has developed a humorous performance persona as Curator of this "collection" in order to lend ironic academic airs to the presentation. 
Free for BAC Members, $10 non-members, RSVP requested

HERE, Part I
2016 BAC Artists Annual Exhibition

December 3, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 5 - 7 pm

Artwork Drop off Dates:  Thursday – Saturday, November 25 – 27, 11 am – 5 pm
(2D work limited to 24" max in any dimension)

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 Renny Pritikin, Chief Curator of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. 

HERE, Part 2 will open Saturday, January 21 and run through February 26, 2017.