HERE Part II: Fine Lines and Other Fictions
Curated by Renny Pritikin  

January 22 - February 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 22, 6 - 8 pm

Artists in Conversation: Thursday, February 23, 6 pm

Featuring work by Minerva Amistoso, Janine Brown, Mikey Kelly, Mark Seely, Sally K. Smith, Stephen Whisler, Yelena Zhavoronkova

The task of selecting a show from the works submitted by 220 member artists is not a simple one. In a display of enormously diverse style and media, the BAC Artists Annual Exhibition is an exciting opportunity for artists to have hundreds of eyes on their work and in particular, the eyes of this year's juror, Renny Pritikin. 

Pritikin has been a leading figure in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community for decades serving as Co-director of New Langton Arts, Chief Curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Director of the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, and currently Chief Curator at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Pritikin writes, "I’ve selected seven varied artists whose submissions struck me on one particular Saturday afternoon in early December for their wit or originality, for their rendering skill, or their sheer unapologetic beauty."

Forever Young!
BUSD Youth Exhibition

Art Instructors CALL FOR ENTRIES (click here)

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

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

drop off dates: Saturday, March 4 - Monday, March 6, 11 am to 5 pm

In conjunction with National Arts Education Month, Forever Young will celebrate and honor Berkeley Unified District (BUSD) K-8 visual arts! This year the exhibition features the work of teachers and their students side by side in an exploration of mentorship and relationship. Participating Berkeley schools include Berkeley Arts Magnet, Cragmont, Emerson, Jefferson, John Muir, Le Conte, Longfellow, Malcolm X, Oxford, Rosa Parks, Thousand Oaks, and Willard. Family Day will feature hands-on art activities for all ages, music, and food trucks in the park. 

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, Pancho Jimenez, 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 Jimenez, 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

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Message from the People: 
50 Years of Social Movement Photography
curated by Ken and Melanie Light

June 28 - 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.