AUTHORITY – The 2017 Open Call Student Exhibition: Opens 9/13/2017

The 2017 UC Berkeley Open Call Student Exhibition

Featuring: Agnes Artoonian, Nelli Astvatsatrian, Caz Azevedo, Xiaoxiao Bao, Robert Borsdorf, Ree Botts, Aileen Candelario, Kimberly Carson, Irene Chen, Carrot Christ and #Students4Christ, Sabrina Chui, Paige Davis, Hannah de Vries, Reniel Del Rosario, Nicole Elgersma, Joseph Fajnor, Eric Fu, Hogan Fulton, Sammy Gervacio, Bruna Gill, Aston Grieco, Thomas Haley, Taylor Harvey, Owen Kent, Jear Keokham, Sarah Kim, Heesoo Kwon, Seulbi Lee, Dulce María López González, Pauline Maccay, Isabella Manfredi, Stefanie McGinnis, Kate Pearson with Cecelia DiMino, Shrey Mendiratta, Aalaa Mohamed, Miko Murao, Kira Oikawa-Clark, Judith Peña, Peter Phan, Alexandra Pink, Julianna Renk, RMR, Anna Tessa Rodriguez, Simran Sarin, Sophia Sobko, Surya, Taversia, Gabriella Willenz with Simina German, Yunyi Yang, Jensen Young, and Connie Zheng.

Wednesday, September 13th – Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Opening Reception: 4 – 7pm, Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Worth Ryder Art Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 12 – 5 pm
Free, Accessible, and Open to the Public

Co-curated by: Rob Borsdorf, Jessica Doojphibulpol, and Katherine Lo, with Worth Ryder Director Farley Gwazda

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Photograph by Rob Borsdorf, 2017.

Photograph by Rob Borsdorf, 2017.


The premiere showcase for student art on campus, The Annual Open-Call Student Exhibition celebrates the challenging and diverse art practices of the UC Berkeley community. All Cal students were invited to submit proposals to a competitive Call for Work. This year’s selected artworks, presented in a dazzling variety of media, were created by and for our student artists, outside the context of the classroom.

The work in AuthorityThe 2017 Open-Call Student Exhibition provokes a critical conversation about the concept of authority, defined expansively to address governance, leadership, morality, and the abuse of power, as well as related questions about authorship, and expertise.

Art galleries are public forums for open-ended discussions about cultural and social issues the best work often takes an interrogative form. Thus, artists are ideally positioned to question authority. In light of repercussions of the recent presidential election at the local, national, and international level, our students have a vested interest in confronting the problems of authority. The work in this exhibition is a reflection of their communities, the concerns of their generation, and their vision for the future.

Please join us for an Opening Reception on Wednesday, September 13th, from 4 – 7pm.


About the Co-Curators:

Robert Borsdorf is a Mexican-American photographer with a focus on analog processes. His work primarily consists of political photojournalism and lifestyle photography, in addition to performance art. He has been an intern at the Worth Ryder Art Gallery since Fall 2016, while pursuing a double major in Art Practice and Art History.

Jessica Doojphibulpol is a fourth-year Media Studies major and Philosophy minor. She joined the Worth Ryder Internship Program in Spring 2016 and is excited to continue contributing to the program in new ways. In addition to the internship, she illustrates at Daily Cal and manages finances for the student art club Outlet.

Katherine Lo is a semi-Californian native who graduated from Berkeley in Spring 2017 with a physics major, and is now back for a Masters in Architecture.  Her art practice mainly involves traditional mediums like oil painting, charcoal drawing, and ceramics, but she is always looking to expand what she can do.

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