With Liberty and Justice for Some

September 23 - October 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept 23, 6 - 8 pm

Seeking Refuge
Saturday, September 23 at 4pm

A special presentation by representatives from the benefitting organizations CERI and YAZDA. Free and open to the public.

Co-curated by artist Monica Lundy and gallerist Walter Maciel, this exhibition features portraits of immigrants to the United States by artists from Southern California and the Bay Area. Back when Donald Trump was still the President-elect, long before his executive order became a flashpoint for pro-immigrant rallies at airports across the nation, Lundy, like many in her artistic community, felt both helpless and determined to do something. In response to this need, Lundy and Maciel invited artists from across the country to make 8 x 8-inch portraits of individuals who came to the United States as immigrants including historic subjects, personal friends, relatives, strangers, and self-portraits. The exhibition launched in Los Angeles, then traveled to the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and will be exhibited at Berkeley Arts Center from September 23 to October 8, 2017.

Notable subjects portrayed in this exhibition include actors Bela Lugosi and Marlene Dietrich, entertainer Grace Jones, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Architect I. M. Pei, Province of Pennsylvania founder William Penn, and several established artists such as Eva Hesse, David Hockney, Louise Bourgeois, Mark Rothko, and Enrique Chagoya.

Each portrait will be priced and sold individually, with a percentage of the sales going to the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) and YAZDA – A Global Yazidi Organization


Alice Beasley. Why Am I Not Where You Are

Alice Beasley. Why Am I Not Where You Are

Thread Heads: New Bay Area Fiber Art

October 21 - November 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21, 6 - 8 pm

Crochet Jam with Ramekon O’Arwisters
Sunday, November 5, 1 - 4pm

Juried by Marion ColemanKaren Hampton, and Tali Weinberg

In the early 1970s, a craft revolution swept the country. It coincided with the burgeoning women’s movement, the gay rights movement, the back-to-land movement, and many other movements which were coalescing in the wake of the Vietnam War protests. Berkeley artists were at the center of this, and gave rise to groundbreaking work that challenged the traditional association of women with textiles in the domestic sphere.

Lia Cook, Wonder Net (detail)

Lia Cook, Wonder Net (detail)

During our 50th Anniversary year, BAC saw the opportunity to examine the current state of Bay Area fiber arts and pose the question: “What social and political circumstances are influencing the craft movement of the new millennium?” The following artists were selected from a pool of over 140 talented Bay Area fiber artists:

Alice Beasley
Lia Cook
Alexander Hernandez
Lily Homer
Karrie Hovey
Renee Owen
Laura Raboff
Ruth Tabancay
LaQuita Tummings
Ama Wertz
Alice Wiese
NIAD Art Center


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HERE (Part 1) BAC's Artists Annual Exhibition

December 10, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Opening Reception: Sunday, December 10, 5 - 7 pm

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 Maria Porges, Associate Professor at California College of the ArtsPorges is an artist and writer whose work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions since the late eighties. She received a SECA award from the SFMOMA and has twice been in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. A finalist for the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writer's Grant in 2014,  her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, the New York Times Book Review, and a host of other art magazines. She has also authored essays for over 100 exhibition catalogues and dozens of scripts for museum audio tours.

HERE (Part 2) will open January 27 and run through March 3, 2018.
Stay tuned for more information.