Forever Young!
BUSD Youth Exhibition

March 11 - April 9, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 11, 3 - 5 pm

Family Day, Sunday, March 19, 1 - 4 pm

Every two years BAC celebrates and honors the students of Berkeley elementary and middle school students through an exhibition of juried works selected by BUSD art teachers. In conjunction with Alameda County's Art IS Education Month, the exhibit will increase public awareness, ownership, and interest in the importance of art in our schools.

The exhibition features the work of students from Emerson Elementary, John Muir Elementary, LeConte Elementary, Malcolm X Elementary, Oxford Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Longfellow Middle School, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Willard Middle School.

Family Day is sponsored by Josh Oliver & Azar Zavvar.

Media partner: Bay Area Parent Magazine

Art IS Education is a project of the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership of the San Francisco Bay Area, a program of the Alameda County Office of Education.


Bay Area artists inspired by Japan
presented by Berkeley-Sakai Sister City Association

April 18 - 21, 2017
Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6 - 8 pm

While Berkeley Art Center celebrates its 50th year, we also recognize the 50th anniversary year of the Berkeley-Sakai Sister City Association. Berkeley-Sakai is the oldest sister city relationship Berkeley has with any of its international sister cities. This exhibition will feature the work of local artists inspired by the aesthetic and traditions of Japan including: Maki Aizawa, Vicki Chardak, Kevin Harris, Kimiko Kogure, Keiko Nelson, Christina Schneck, B. Stevens Strauss, and Tami Wicinas

The Mayor of Sakai, Chairperson of City Council, and dignitaries from the City of Berkeley and the Japanese Consulate will be in attendance at the reception. Join us for light refreshments and a live performance by jazz guitarist Hideo Date

Further events, displays and ceremonies will take place throughout Berkeley. For more information visit

The Nightmare by Mark Bryan

The Nightmare by Mark Bryan

Alt-Left: Local Treasures
curated by DeWitt Cheng

April 29 - June 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 6 - 8 pm

Featuring work by Mark Bryan, John Hundt, Francisco Jiménez, Michael Kerbow, Ariel Parkinson, Vanessa Woods

The Bay Area is of course among the most politically and cultural liberal regions in the country, its reputation for tolerance and progressive politics probably second to none. Our artists have accordingly been among the most outspoken critics of mainstream, status-quo politics as usual. Alt-Left: Local Treasures is a Bay Area art response to the current national ascendancy of the Alt-Right. It features work by three painters, Mark Bryan, Michael Kerbow and Ariel Parkinson; two collagists, John Hundt and Vanessa Woods; and a sculptor, Francisco Jiménez, who comment on history, politics and psychology with both deep feeling and a mordant, absurdist humor.  

DeWitt Cheng is an artist, collector, freelance art writer, educator, and curator based in San Francisco. His articles have appeared in such publications as Artweek, Art Ltd., Artillery, ArtNews, East Bay Express, East Bay Monthly, Sculpture, San Jose Metro, Stanford Daily,,, and

Alt-Left: Local Treasures
Artists in Conversation

Saturday, May 20, 4pm
Free for BAC Members / $10 Nonmembers

Join the artists along with exhibition curator DeWitt Cheng for a fascinating conversation about left-leaning surrealism and art-making in the Trump era.

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Resistors: 50 Years of Social Movement Photography
curated by Ken and Melanie Light

June 30 - August 20, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, June 30, 6 - 8 pm

In 2001 Berkeley Art Center curated the exhibition and catalog titled The Whole World’s Watching, which explored the rich history of the social movements of the 1960's and 1970's through documentary photography. Since that time, new leaders and activists have gathered around such issues as Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, Immigration, LGBTQ rights, Gender Equality, etc. This exhibition will look back 50 years to today and highlight photographers who are documenting our turbulent times.

Ken Light has worked as a social documentary photographer for over forty years, has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. He is the author of eight books including his most recent, Valley of Shadows and Dreams. Melanie Light has been involved with both the community of photographers and the photography marketplace for over two decades. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Smith College and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.