Protestors climb on top of a semi truck at the ports as part of Occupy Oakland's general strike in Oakland, CA. November 2, 2011.  Thousands of protestors marched to the Port of Oakland and blockaded it, shutting down maritime operations. Photo by Sarah Rice.

Protestors climb on top of a semi truck at the ports as part of Occupy Oakland's general strike in Oakland, CA. November 2, 2011.  Thousands of protestors marched to the Port of Oakland and blockaded it, shutting down maritime operations. Photo by Sarah Rice.

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

June 29 - August 20, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 29, 6 - 8 pm

Revolutionaries, protestors, and now resistors. The Bay Area has been home to a long and proud tradition of citizen activism, which has often been in the vanguard and the cause of increased human and ecological rights across the nation. Now in this time of heightened citizen involvement across the country, this exhibition links generations of resistors and provides inspiration for the ongoing struggle to achieve peace, equality and justice.

The exhibition highlights images by: Harold Adler, Wesaam Al-Badry , Robert Altman, David Bacon, Noah Berger, Jeffrey Blankfort, Nacio Jan Brown, Mima Cataldo, Janet Delaney, Lou Dematteis, Clarivel  Fong, Rosa Furneaux, Rick Gerharter, Susan Gilbert, Dave Glass, Patricio Guillamon, Jeanne Hansen, Sandra Hoover, Joel Angel Juarez, Ed Kashi, Geoffrey King, Santiago Mejia, Kelly Owen, Mimi Plumb, Ted Pushinsky, Alon Reininger, Sarah Rice, Rick Rocamora, Pete Rosos, Terry Schmitt, Stephen Shames, John Storey, Patrick Tehan

There will also be a community photo board available where attendees can post photos of their own experiences at social movement events, adding to the dialogue and expanding the show.

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.

Collect! Exhibition and Art Auction

Exhibition: September 2 - 16, 2017
Stop by BAC to preview donated artwork, Wed - Sun, 11am - 5 pm

Art Auction Fundraiser
Saturday, September 16, 6 - 9 pm
Tickets: $50 / $40 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!

View the COLLECT page for more info

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 50 years of community presence.

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With Liberty and Justice for Some

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

Co-curated by artist Monica Lundy and gallerist Walter Maciel, this exhibition features portraits of immigrants to the United States by artists from Los Angeles 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 Angleles, then traveled to the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and will be exhibited at Berkeley Arts Center from September 23 to October 8, 2017.

The work includes many different mediums such as acrylic and oil paint on canvas, mixed media and collage on panel, photography, drawings and other works on paper. The culmination of specifically selected portraits will be assembled in an installation depicting the American Flag while others are grouped together to celebrate the diversity of our country.

Thread Heads: New Bay Area Fiber Art

October 14 - November 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 14, 6 - 8 pm

Crochet Jam with Ramekon O’Arwisters date TBD

Juried by three practicing textile artists who also have extensive curatorial experience: Marion ColemanKaren Hampton, and Tali Weinberg.

Artists 18 years old and over who live and/or work in the nine Bay Area counties are eligible to apply. This exhibit is open to all fiber art. For the purposes of this exhibition, fiber art refers to fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn. It focuses on the materials and on the process as part of the works' significance, and prioritizes aesthetic value over utility. Techniques such as quilting, embroidery, knitting, crochet, weaving, and felting are welcome as long as the final work communicates a message, emotion or meaning beyond just the literal meaning of the object.

Digital entries are due by August 20 at 5pm and are to be submitted via Slideroom with a fee of $10 per artist. Click Here to enter.
Questions?  Please contact Ann Trinca, Gallery Director or 510-644-6893

You are invited to submit up to 5 works (no more than 2 images per piece) of your original artwork completed within the past five years. All submitted work must be available for the exhibition dates stated above. Artists are responsible for in-person deliveries and pick-up. We will not accept shipped artwork. For a printable Call for Entry, click here.

About the Jurors:
Los Angeles–based artist Karen Hampton uses the art of embroidery, coupled with found textiles and a multitude of textile techniques, to recount her own complex family history and give voice to long-forgotten stories that tell about the African-American experience. She earned her MFA from UC Davis in 2000 and has taught at Howard University in Washington DC, College of Marin, and California College of Art. Hampton was featured in American Craft magazine in 2016 and has recently had solo exhibitions at Honolulu Museum of Art and Jack Bell Gallery in London.

Marion Coleman is a public and community engagement artist who designs projects that explore community stories, African American history and culture, social justice, women, and aging. Her public art projects can be found in several Bay Area cities including Berkeley, San Leandro, San Pablo, Richmond, Castro Valley, and San Francisco. Coleman has exhibited nationally and internationally. Most recently she curated and obtained funding for a place making project, “Neighborhoods Coming Together” that focused on various aspects of life in Oakland, CA. She has had several solo exhibitions including the Hayward CA Historical Society Museum, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, University of California, Riverside, Castro Valley Performing Arts Center, and Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA. She lives in Castro Valley, CA.

Tali Weinberg is an artist and teacher who fuses the languages of text and textiles to address gender violence, the housing crisis, climate change, labor exploitation, and other issues that are at once as social and personal. Her weavings, thread drawings, prints, and artist’s books are formally minimal, yet embedded with the results of intensive material, interpersonal, and cross-disciplinary research. Weinberg's work is held in multiple collections and has been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, galleries across the US; and was included in the 2016 Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art in Zhejiang Province, China. She has taught and lectured at California College of the Arts (CCA), Penland School of Craft, the Textile Arts Center in NY, and Headlands Center for the Arts.