Declaring the Major DEADLINE!

The deadline for declaring the major this spring is 5pm on February 2nd. This deadline is firm, so please do not miss it if you’re interested in declaring the major this semester.

Four Choreographies Documentation

The Department of Art Practice is pleased to share documentation of the Worth Ryder Art Gallery exhibition “Four Choreographies – Lisa Bufano, Cara Levine, Shari Paladino, Sadie Wilcox”, guest curated by Amanda Eicher, and co-sponsored by Disability Studies at UC Berkeley, which ran from November 12th – November 26th, 2014.

More information about the exhibition can be found on the event page, here, or in the Four Choreographies Press Release, and refer to Katherine Sherwood’s exhibition text.


New Class! Design Competition: Interactive Seating

For this class, student innovators from a wide variety of majors (art, design, engineering and more) work in teams to tackle the challenge of building smart seating. A smart chair might proactively improve posture, sense vital signs through the seat, adjust to put couples at eye level, or do something only you imagine. Designs merge physical form and digital function, aesthetics and intelligence; successful projects will combine shape, mechanisms, electronics and software.


For more information, please visit this page.

Sarah Thornton on “33 Artists in 3 Acts” a BAM/PFA sponsored event. Sunday / 11.9.14 / 3:00

Sunday / 11.9.14 / 3:00

Join us for an illustrated lecture and booksigning with writer and sociologist of art Sarah Thornton, author of the bestselling Seven Days in the Art World. In her new book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts, Thornton asks the simple but profound question: what is an artist? She traveled the globe to observe and interview over one hundred artists from fourteen countries on five continents, dividing the stories she brought back into three linked “acts”—politics, kinship, and craft—in order to delve deeply into what motivates artists and how they relate to the broader world.
Thornton writes regularly for the Economist and many other publications. Seven Days in the Art World, which explores the precious ecosystem of art dealers, collectors, curators, and critics, was described as “a field guide to the nomadic tribes of the contemporary art world” and named one of the best art books of 2008 by the New York Times.
Moderated by Laura Richard, PhD candidate, UC Berkeley History of Art Department

Gund Theater. Included with admission
Copresented by UC Berkeley Departments of History of Art and Art Practice



2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley | 510.642.0808 | |

*Wheelchair accessible
A wheelchair is available at no charge at the Bancroft Avenue entrance*

Group Show Featuring Stephanie Syjuco: “Alien She” at YBCA

October 24, 2014 – January 25, 2015
Opening reception Friday, Oct 24, 8pm

Alien She is the first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl, a pioneering punk feminist movement that emerged in the early 1990s in reaction to pervasive and violent sexism, racism, and homophobia in the punk music scene and in the culture at large. Emphasizing female and youth empowerment, collaborative organization, creative resistance, and DIY ethics, Riot Grrrl helped a new generation to become active feminists and create their own culture . This exhibition focuses on seven people whose visual art practices were informed by their contact with Riot Grrrl, in addition to a historical section sampling the movement’s vast creative output through hundreds of self-published zines, hand-designed posters, musical playlists representing different Riot Grrrl scenes internationally, video interviews, and more.

Each artist is represented by several projects from the last 20 years, including new and rarely seen works, providing an insight into the development of their creative practices and individual trajectories. Featured artists include: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Tammy Rae Carland, Miranda July, Faythe Levine, Allyson Mitchell, L.J. Roberts, and Stephanie Syjuco.

Alien She is curated by Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss, and organized by the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University.

Reviews of Faculty Katherine Sherwood’s exhibition at Gallery Paule Anglim

Wonderful review of Katherine’s show, on!

And a lovely review from the San Francisco Chronicle:





















































October 8 – November 15, 2014

Reception: Thursday October 16, 5:30-7:30pm
Gallery Paule Anglim is pleased to announce an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Katherine Sherwood.

The artist will present a series of large compositions, new departures on the Odalisque form. Sherwood paints and collages her odalisque figures on a cloth support made from found reproductions of famous paintings. Binding the small canvases (old prints used in the classroom to teach art) together with strips of linen, she creates her work on the reverse of the large, un-stretched patchwork.

Sherwood is known for her combination of the traditional technique of painting on canvas in combination with collage of digital imagery. In the new paintings she layers the digital images over the recycled paintings, adding another perceptual layer, repurposing old images to make the new.

Central to art history, the image of the disrobed reclining female has been employed by many male artists, among them Goya, Giorgione, Ingres and Manet. In their day, the highly charged treatments stirred social expectations of the meaning of the horizontal female form, at the time seen as an object embodying standards of womanhood, beauty and sexuality. Sherwood elaborates on the stereotype, allowing others onto this stage. She addresses the question: What if the figure ‘at rest’, pensive (like a Greek philosopher), is disabled? One wears a brace, one is an amputee, and one has a cane. The interpretation is further challenged by replacing the faces with images of the brain.

Katherine Sherwood has exhibited at Gallery Paule Anglim for over 20 years. She is a Professor of Art Practice at University of California, Berkeley and has been the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship Award and the Adeline Kent Award from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her works are in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, SFMOMA, the Berkeley Art Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art.

Concurrent with Sherwood’s exhibition, Paule Anglim will present paintings by noted Bay Area painter Joan Brown (1938 – 1990) that were created during the period where she was teaching at UC Berkeley.

Art Practice’s Ehren Tool in two shows!

One Death Is A Tragedy
2 x 2 Solos: Ehren Tool
Curated by Michele Carlson

September 30 – October 31, 2014
Artist Reception: First Friday, October 3, 6-8pm
Live Cup-Making: Saturday, October 4, 11am-4pm
Live Cup-Making: Saturday, October 11, 11am-4pm
Live Decals: Saturday, October 18, 11am-4pm
Cup Handout: Saturday, October 25, 2pm

Link to exhibition information.



Service episode preview 2 min 40 sec

Watch a 30 sec preview of Craft in America: SERVICE, premering on PBS November 2, 2014 (*check local listings). SERVICE: exploring creativity, healing and our nation’s soldiers and veterans. Featuring ceramic artist Ehren Tool, potter Judas Recendez, Peter Voulkos and other G.I. Bill artists, Pam DeLuco and the Paper Doll Project, and Eugene Burks Jr, saddler at the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon.

New Course Featuring Art Practice Greg Niemeyer: Sensing Cityscapes

Professors Greg Niemeyer (Art Practice) and Ron Rael (C.E.D.) are co-teaching a course entitled SENSING CITYSCAPES: SENSORS, CITIES, POLICIES/BASIC PROTOCOLS FOR NEW MEDIA in which students create and interrogate tools for collecting data on urban metabolisms. Through a suite of practical projects, the course introduces methods for retrieving and working with existing city data, investigating cities through surveys and mapping, generating data through digital sensing and ways of presenting data publicly. Students are actively partnering with the  City of San Leandro to find new ways of collecting and using data to improve city planning.