Art Practice Lecturer and MFA Alum Alicia McCarthy wins a 2017 SECA Award

Since 1967, SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) has honored over seventy Bay Area artists with the SECA Art Award, which includes an exhibition at SFMOMA and inclusion in the accompanying catalogue. Recipients of the SECA Art Award, typically four per award year, are chosen during a ten-month process involving artists, SECA members, museum staff, and members of the local arts community. (more)

Congratulations, Alicia!

Please join the depts. of Art Practice and English for an artist’s talk by Christopher Cozier. Monday Oct 24 6:30 p.m. 285 KROEBER HALL

Christopher Cozier (b.1959, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) is an artist, writer and curator living and working in Trinidad. The artist is recipient of a Prince Claus Award for 2013. His work has been featured at The Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Art and Design NY, Havana Biennial, Biennial de Cuenca, Ecuador, Trienal Poli/Gráca de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe, TATE Liverpool, among others.. He was a member of the editorial collective of Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism and an editorial adviser to BOMB Magazine for their Americas issues. He is co-director of Alice Yard, a 10-year old arts space in Port-of-Spain which organizes exhibitions, artists’ residences, cultural dialogue and exchanges.

Cozier’s work will be featured alongside the work of UC Berkeley Professor of Art Practice Allan deSouza in the upcoming exhibit ‘Where Is Here’ curated by Jaqueline Frances and Kathy Zarur at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) which runs from Oct. 26, 2016-Apr. 2, 2017. This exhibition presents the works of ten (10) contemporary artists from across the globe, who are developing personal and engaged visual and musical systems to claim, make, and describe space.

Cozier will discuss the potentially free/play spaces that Caribbean artists are constantly imagining, constructing, and navigating, including in his own creative practice and at Alice Yard. Cozier will also discuss how the established idea of the Caribbean— as a viable action, as a site of exchange, an owned product or territory traded between various beneciaries, internal and external, persists. Caribbean artists have made the production of these “in-between territories” the underlying logic of “being here,” wherever that may be.


The Zero Waste Cart project by Berkeley Art Practice Alum Alexandra Nicole Solis-Sison, October 6th – 8th.

The Zero Waste Cart is a mobile pop-up that functions as a free community clothing circulation and sewing station. Give. Take. Repair. The Zero Waste Trading and Mending Cart is a mobile pop-up that offers sustainable alternatives for environmentally friendly and low-income shoppers. The cart’s mission is to provide solutions to textile waste, post-consumer care, accessibility to sustainable fashion. (More…)

The 2016 Market Street Prototyping Festival.

Exhibition at Slide Space 123, featuring Art Practice Grad Student Nicki Green: “Intro (Writing’s on the Wall)”

“We are not simply one demographic or another. The different descriptors framing us may in part describe us, but the pictures they draw are incomplete. For some they become qualifiers making one a subset of the whole, addendums that keeps one from being referred to as what we desire to be…” (more)

Slide Space is an exciting new exhibition space at Mills College.

Opening : Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Exhibition curated by our co-director Jackie Im

Amazing Review of Art Practice Faculty Stephanie Syjuco’s, “Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime)”

Stephanie Syjuco’s exhibition Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime) at Catharine Clark Gallery is physically dominated by an installation of the same name. The crowded platform is host to chipboard cut-outs of reference-rich images: a pixelated, life-size version of Freud’s couch and chair, groupings of fruits and vegetables, plants, African masks and sculptures, paper Persian rugs, and a woman reclining on a Le Corbusier chair. The concepts packed into this purposefully cluttered installation are not immediately obvious, but stand out more clearly when considered in light of the other works on view. (More…)

Art Practice has awarded José Figueroa (MFA’16) a Sam Francis Fellowship to participate in the 2016-2017 Grad Fellowship Program at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

From the artist:

“My work systematically chronicles different layers of my identity, with the goal of deconstructing basic epistemological categories that separate the aesthetic from the everyday, the sacred from the profane. I look at the repetitive gestures embedded in folklore, religion, and ideology through various means of expression from painting, ceramics, photography, video, and performance to interviews, collaborations, texts, relics, and ready-mades. I position myself as a shaman who seeks to unveil the masks of history. My goal is to create transformative healing experiences for my viewers, surroundings, and former selves.”

For more information on Jose Figueroa and the Headlands Center for the Arts:

“Kira Kira, Moya Moya, Hara Hara,” by August Artist-in-Residence Masako Miki, Fall 2016 Art Practice Instructor.

August 3, 2016September 4, 2016
August 3–September 4, 2016
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, Fridays until 8:45 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio

Masako Miki’s large-scale drawings incorporate techniques of hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling to create three-dimensional illusions on two-dimensional surfaces. Inspired by Shinto and Buddhist traditions, she attempts through her work to dissolve the boundaries between the realms of the physical and immaterial. (More here)


The Art Practice department is thrilled to announce a new full-time faculty hire, Asma Kazmi.

The Art Practice department is thrilled to announce a new full-time faculty hire, Asma Kazmi.

Professor Kazmi comes to Berkeley from the California Institute of Arts, where she served as permanent faculty and Co-Director of the Art Program. Professor Kazmi will teach a range of courses, and will develop a much-needed departmental focus on Performance and its relationship to other media. Kazmi’s trans-disciplinary work has been exhibited and performed across the country, including at LACE, Los Angeles; Queens Museum, New York; and the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Upcoming projects include an artist’s residency at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, in Colorado.

Learn more about Asma Kazmi at her website:

Art Practice faculty Greg Niemeyer and his team present “The Tsar Bell” concert.

After years of preparation, Greg Niemeyer and his team of experts are finally presenting the sound of the largest bell ever cast, the Tsar Bell. This bell broke before it ever rang, but with the help of data magic (Finite Element Analysis and other techniques) the team was able to establish what that bell would sound like. Now They’re presenting a concert with the other Campanile bells.
For more information:
The prime event to check out would be the full concert on Friday April 15, 2016, from 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM.