2018 Commencement Speaker will be Michele Carlson. Commencement is May 15th, 2018, at Hertz Hall, on the campus of UC Berkeley.

Art Practice Commencement May 15th, 2018, at Hertz Hall, on the campus of UC Berkeley

Michele Carlson is a practicing artist, writer, curator and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her visual works, primarily collaged drawings on paper, have been exhibited nationally at venues including Patricia Sweetow Gallery, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Intersection for the Arts, and Cerasoli Gallery, Los Angeles. She has received awards and fellowships from Kala Art Institute, San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Reader’s Digest Museum Foundation. Her critical writings has been published in numerous publications including Art in America, KQED Arts, Hyphen, Art Practical, and Afterimage and various exhibition catalogs.

Carlson is also an independent curator. She recently curated Estamos contra el muro | We Are Against the Wall, a solo exhibition by Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik at Southern Exposure, which addressed the fragility of borders and walls in a global economy.

She is one third of the arts collective Related Tactics, which facilitates projects at the intersection of race and culture. Carlson is on the Board of Directors at SOMArts, San Francisco, CA and the Advisory Board of Center for Art and Public Life, San Francisco, CA. She is currently the Executive Director at Art Practical, an arts media organization based in San Francisco that produces weekly reviews and essays, podcasts, books, events and programming. She is an Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts.