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HERE: Part 1

December 15, 2018–January 11, 2019
Opening Reception: Sat, December 15, 6pm–8pm


Preview the exhibition

HERE is an annual celebration of BAC’s artist-members, who form the foundation of a deep and rich art community in Berkeley and throughout the East Bay. Working in all media at all levels of experience, their diverse talents are showcased in this salon-style exhibition through the presentation of small works. The show is presented in two parts: a non-juried component, followed by a juried group exhibition. Each year, a prominent juror reviews the works in HERE: Part 1 to invite a selection of artists to participate in HERE: Part 2, with works coalescing around a theme that speaks to the current cultural moment.

This year’s juror is Los Angeles–based gallerist Walter Maciel, whose career has spanned Northern and Southern California for more than two decades. He began his career in 1992 after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in Art History and Studio Art. Maciel was director of two prominent galleries in San Francisco before opening Walter Maciel Gallery in Culver City in 2006, a 4,000-square-foot exhibition space that promotes the careers of emerging, mid-career and established artists who participate in national and international exhibitions and art fairs. Walter has served on many boards and committees, including Southern Exposure, Headlands Center for the Arts, Hospitality House and the San Francisco Art Dealers Association, as well as speaking on panels at universities and art institutions, including University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Berkeley; San Francisco Art Institute; California College of the Arts; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University; and Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose.


Underwriting for opening receptions generously provided by Mechanics Bank.


HERE: Part 2
Juried by Walter Maciel

January 26–February 16, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2, 6pm–8pm


Outside the Lines:
BUSD Youth Arts Exhibition

March 1–March 16, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 2, 3pm–5pm


Every two years, BAC celebrates and honors students in Berkeley elementary and middle schools with an exhibition of juried works selected by BUSD art teachers. In conjunction with Alameda County’s Art is Education Month, the show increases public awareness about and interest in the importance of art in our public schools. 


GLAS Animation Festival

March 21–24, 2019

Featuring work by Kim Laughton


Look at Me Hungry
curated by Mel Prest

April 13–May 18, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 13, 6pm–8pm

Featuring works by Kim Bennett, Arthur Huang, Xi Nan, Joyce Nojima, Sandra Ono and James Sansing


The works in this exhibition evolve from an obsessiveness and immersion in the process of making — something like hunger — while evoking the tension between being fully realized abstract “things” and pieces disintegrating into their many components. Crossing boundaries between painting, sculpture and installation, the artists in the show lay bare their creative processes through works that embody time and the presence of their hand.