Four of our six MFA students have received the prestigious Murphy Cadogan award!

The Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Fellowships, and Edwin Anthony and Adelaide Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarships help fuel the continued forward-thinking, visual arts movement that makes the Bay Area unique. Established in 1986, these awards are designed to further the development of Bay Area MFA students’ and to foster the exploration of their artistic potential in digital art, film/video, hybrid practice, installation, mixed media, painting, photography, and sculpture. Winners receive $5,000 in tuition assistance and have their work displayed in a professionally-curated exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center. – See more at:

The four MFA students who have received the award are:

Leslie Dreyer
Tanja Geis
Lee Lavy
Matt Smith


A Gallery Event and Discussion: Queer Ecologies -w- Kim Anno

A gallery event and discussion featuring:
Kim Anno: Water City, Berkeley (Film, 2013)
Adrian Parr: So to Speak (spoken word performance)

Thursday, September 11. 5:00 -7:00 PM.
Wurster Hall Gallery (110). UC Berkeley.
Internationally recognized photographer, painter and film/video artist Kim Anno will present her provocative 2013 film entitled “Water City, Berkeley.”Anno’s film explores questions surrounding climate change, cultural identity, and the role of aesthetics in social change. The screening of the film will be followed by a spoken word performance entitled “So to Speak” by the ecological critic and social theorist Adrian Parr. After her performance, Parr will also comment upon Kim Anno’s film, exploring how it connects ecological change and cultural difference, and considering the role of aesthetics in forming activist communities and new political imaginaries. The event is free and open to the UC Berkeley Community and the general public. Light refreshments will be served following the discussion.

KIM ANNO is a painter, photographer, and film/video artist whose work has been collected and exhibited by museums nationally and internationally. Her recent interests and expertise have been in the intersection of art and science, particularly in aesthetic issues surrounding climate change, water, and adaptation. The influence of abstraction and abstracting something remains prominent in Anno’s practice, with resulting work that remains, as she notes, “open, playful, and engaged with a kind of difficult beauty.” Anno collaborates with other artists and musicians, integrating video, sculpture, sound, and interactivity in performative installations and books. She is currently at work on a series of paintings and photographs, and a multi chapter interdisciplinary video work: “Men and Women in Water Cities,” with the 2013 film “Water City, Berkeley” to be shown at this event.

ADRIAN PARR is an acclaimed social and environmental theorist. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on environmental politics, water access, and the built environment. In 2011 Parr received the distinguished Rieveschl Award for Scholarly and Creative Work. In 2013 she and Professor Dion Dionysiou were appointed as UNESCO Co-Chairs of Water Accessibility and Sustainability. Parr currently serves as Chair of Taft Faculty and Director of the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, University of Cincinnati.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Arcus Endowment at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley.

Co-sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco.

Media for Social Change, 2014

We wanted to share with you information on a dynamic class given here at Art Practice.

“This is an upper division class surveying new media from a lens of personal transformation and artistic activism as a means to create positive social change. In this course, we will look at the uses of mass media in contemporary society worldwide—news, advertising, propaganda, censorship, and power—and consider the tremendous potential this medium has to subvert and transcend these uses—through art, activism, collaboration, transparency, global accessibility, and citizen journalism—as a powerful tool in hands of a technologically savvy generation.”

Please check out the latest, incredibly dynamic, and strong works created by our students.

Art Practice Faculty Stephanie Syjuco is Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Congratulations to Stephanie Syjuco (Assistant Professor of Art Practice) and Shannon Jackson (Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies) who were awarded Guggenheim Fellowships.  The Guggenheim Fellowship is given to those who have “demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”

SGCI Awards Exhibition Opened March 19

The SGCI Awards Exhibition opened on March 19th.

Department of Art Practice Alumni appearing in the 2014 Whitney Biennial

Art Practice is proud to announce that the 2014 Whitney Biennial will feature two Art Practice graduates, Yve Laris Cohen  (2008) and Jonn Herschend (MFA 2006). Huge congratulations to Yve and John!

About the Biennial:

The 2014 Whitney Biennial will take a bold new form as three curators from outside the Museum—Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA), Anthony Elms (Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), and Michelle Grabner (artist and Professor in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago)—each oversee one floor, representing a range of geographic vantages and curatorial methodologies.

Donna De Salvo, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs at the Whitney, noted: “The 2014 Biennial brings together the findings of three curators with very distinct points of view. There is little overlap in the artists they have selected and yet there is common ground. This can be seen in their choice of artists working in interdisciplinary ways, artists working collectively, and artists from a variety of generations. Together, the 103 participants offer one of the broadest and most diverse takes on art in the United States that the Whitney has offered in many years.”

This Biennial will be the last to take place in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street before the Museum moves downtown to its new building in the spring of 2015. This is the 77th in the Museum’s ongoing series of Annuals and Biennials begun in 1932 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

Whitney curators Elisabeth Sussman and Jay Sanders, who organized the widely acclaimed 2012 Biennial, will advise on the exhibition.

Lecturer Positions in Department of Art Practice

Updated: 4.2.2018

Lecturer Positions in Department of Art Practice are closed at this time.


When the new pool opens, you will need to upload the following application materials:

a cover letter,

curriculum vitae,

creative research statement,

teaching statement, and

no more than 10 images.

Once you have applied, your application will remain in the pool for two years. After that time, it will be necessary to submit a new application.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Erik Nelson at

Art Practice Commencement 2017.

The Art Department Commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, May 15th @ 3 – 5pm. Doors will open at 2:30pm.

It will be held in Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.


Tickets are $5 each (limit 5 to a student) and will go on sale early April, 2017.

No tickets are sold the day of commencement

Photos from the First Year MFA Opening!

The Opening Reception for the 2014 First Year MFA Exhibition was well attended and the show looks great! Here are some photos of the opening and the artwork!

Read more about the Exhibition…

And don’t miss the MFA Artist Talk on Wednesday, February 5th, from 12 – 1 pm!