“In Our Hands” – UC Berkeley artists at HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia


False 360° Panorama of “In Our Hands” installed in the Barrel Gallery at HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia.

Ten artists from the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice recently showed their work in “In Our Hands”, a benefit exhibition at HDLU (The Croatian Association of Artists) in Zagreb, Croatia which was open from December 18 – 28, 2013.

Participating artists, who donated a portion of their sales to the benefit, included Aida Gamez, Farley Gwazda, Randy Hussong, Craig Nagasawa, John McNamara, Indira Martina Morre, Azin Seraj, Richard Shaw, Katherine Sherwood, and Stephanie Syjuco.

Initiated and organized by Lecturer Indira Martina Morre, Professor of Painting and Disability Studies Katherine Sherwood, and Marija Pavković of Udruga Prepelica, and installed in Zagreb by Worth Ryder Art Gallery Interim Director Farley Gwazda and the staff of HDLU, the show was cosponsored by The Croatian Ministry of Culture, and UNESCO, Croatia. The exhibition also included a public lecture on Katherine Sherwood’s painting practice and research into art and disability, delivered by Farley Gwazda, and an auction to benefit The Rehabilitation Center Silver.

Pro Arts exhibition featuring MFA Alumni (2013) Dru Anderson.

We’re proud to announce that MFA Alumni (2013) is included in the Pro Arts exhibition, Inspire Artists Who Inspire You.

Selections by Peer Review
Exhibition Dates: January 21 – February 21, 2014
Artists’ Reception: Friday, February 7, 6-8pm

Oakland, CA: Pro Arts is pleased to present Inspire Artists Who Inspire You, an exhibition reflecting Pro Arts’ roots as an artist-centered organization. Based on a peer review process, Inspire Artists Who Inspire You explores how artists support, sustain and participate in the launch of each other’s work. The program also allows insight into review processes, while encouraging artists to think critically about their own work within the scope of Bay Area art.

“I’m excited by the emergent themes in the show,” says Amy Spencer, Program Coordinator / Curator. “There is a strong respect for innovative material use and high craft. Also, it was nice to see the artists express empathy for each other’s daily lives – studio practice, quiet moments at home – and a subtle appreciation for the oddball, unique and absurd.”

Over 110 artists participated in the peer review; viewing each other’s work via Pro Arts custom built online ‘blind’ jury system.

“I found it rewarding to see what other artists were creating. I found myself using the criteria of excellence, relevance, and innovation to my own work as compared to what I saw online, and felt that expanded my horizons.”

“I felt like I was taking part in an important process, not just competing against other artists for a spot in the show.”

Featured artists: Dru Anderson, Ned Axthelm, Jamie Banes, Gabriele Bungardt, Andreina Davila, Jan Dove, David Fought, Bernadette Jiyong Frank, Jenne Giles, Ant Hall, Emanuela Iuliana Harris-Sintamarian, Jeremiah Jenkins, Michael Koehle, Goran Konjevod, Elaine Nehm, Fernando Reyes, Stephanie Robison, Dimitra Skandali, Patricia Sonnino, Tali Weinberg

Inspire Artists Who Inspire You is on view January 21 – February 21, 2014.
An Artists’ Reception will be held on First Friday, February 7, 6-8pm.

Exhibition and reception are free to the public

New exhibition: Occupations: Art Takes Up Space

Occupations: Art Takes Up Space
Ninth Street between Broadway and Washington Street, Old Oakland
Friday and Saturday nights running December 6, 2013-January 4, 2014 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Participating artists:
Freddy Chandra
Allan de Souza
Desirée Holman
Ranu Mukherjee
Jerome Reyes
José Carlos Teixeira
Occupations: Art Takes Up Space invites a group of established mid-career artists, based mostly in the Bay Area, to consider the ways in which we philosophically relate to physical, psychological, and social spaces. Through projections of video and photography in the public space of Old Oakland storefronts, the exhibition brings the intellectual curiosity and visual engagement of contemporary gallery art to the wider and more diverse public of the streets.
Curated by Anuradha Vikram

Welcome Stephanie Syjuco!

The Department of Art Practice welcomes artist Stephanie Syjuco to our faculty in Spring 2014! Stephanie creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, creating frictions between high ideals and everyday materials. She is currently collaborating with the FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists in Genk, Belgium, on a new body of works utilizing 3-D scanning of Belgian and Congolese antiquities to produce hybrid ceramic objects addressing the legacy of colonialism, empire, and trade routes.

Welcome Allan deSouza!

The Department of Art Practice welcomes photographer and writer Allan deSouza who joined us this fall! Rigorously innovating photography through his uses of collage, rephotography, narrative strategies borrowed from other media, and digital interventions, deSouza’s creative research suggests new frameworks for thinking about race, visuality, and representation in a global context. An experienced teacher, deSouza has taught at the Art Institute of Chicago, the California Institute of the Arts, UC Irvine, Vermont College, and San Francisco Art Institute.

UC Berkeley MFA Program Information

Hello, and welcome to the Department of Art Practice MFA Application news page. This page will be updated as needed in order to help you with any questions you might have during your decision process on choosing an MFA program.

Applications are now closed. The next application season will open mid-September 2015.

Final decisions will be made late February/early March. You WILL be notified, either by letter or phone call.

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A Warm Welcome to our 2015 MFA Class!

Welcome class of 2015!

The department of Art Practice is proud to have these incredible artists in our MFA:

Leslie Dryer

Tanja Geis

Lee Lavy

Michelle Ott

Sofie Ramos

Matthew Chavez-Delgado Smith