Aida Gamez, Lecturer, Spring 2017

photo for CALAida Gamez is a practicing artist and educator who lives in Berkeley. Her work has appeared in galleries throughout Northern California as well as in Southeastern United States, Mexico and Europe. Gamez received her BFA from California College of Art and her MFA from UC Berkeley. Her work constantly pursues discovery along two disparate planes. One plane is technical and involves a fascination and appreciation of line and its ability to evoke varied emotions through manipulation. The other plane is introspection, involving her identification as a Mexican American. Her research revolves around two basic academic questions: Can artwork be made that conveys emotion without a conceptual foundation? Can meaning be created through line shape and color?

Michelle Ott, Lecturer Spring 17

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ott_photoMichelle Ott lives and works in Oakland, California. Her artworks include photographs, books, drawings, illustrations, quilts, zines, and a Postcard Machine (Possibly from the Future). One of her primary sources of influence is the 22 non-consecutive months she has spent living and working at McMurdo Station Antarctica. She has studied at UC Berkeley (MFA, 2015), Minneapolis College of Art and Design (BFA, 1999) and Parsons Paris. Her works have been exhibited and published nationally and internationally most recently in the Bay Area at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Berkeley Art Museum.

James Sterling Pitt, Lecturer, Spring 2017

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01091463James Sterling Pitt’s art functions as a chronological, visual archiving of memories. These memories are represented at times as playfully recognizable objects– and at times abstracted forms that come from perceptual shifts or dreams. Conceptualized to exist as an object based journal, his current body of works are three dimensional recreations of moments past. Pitt’s subconscious explorations aim to bridge notions of reminiscence with the present and future by way of tangible markers of a time and place. When installed together, the work not only becomes a map of personal identity, but invites pause and careful examination of one’s own intimate recollections.

Pitt holds degrees from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and Mills College. He has been exhibited at Gallery Paule Anglim, Eli Ridgway Gallery, The Berkeley Art Museum, SF Parklife, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sight School, The Lab, The University Galleries, Texas State University (San Marcos, TX), Steven Zevitas Gallery (Boston), Richard Levy Gallery (New Mexico), Gallerie Axel Obiger (Berlin). He has been the recipient of the KALA Fellowship, Vera Noland Award, Trefethen Merit Award, and the Djerassi Foundation Artist Residency. He Lives and works in Oakland, CA. For other examples of James’s work, please go here.

Stacy Jo Scott, Fall 2017

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Stacy Jo ScoStacy Jo Scotttt is an artist working at the intersection of ceramics and digital fabrication. Her practice tracks the shifting edge between the seen and unseen, creating objects and ritualized actions that emerge in the continuum between technology and embodiment, materiality and the virtual, order and chance, language and silence. Recent exhibitions include The Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR; Paul Kotula Projects in Ferndale, MI; Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago, IL; and The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH. She co-curated New Morphologies: Studio Ceramics and Digital Practices at the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. She joins the Department of Art Practice at The University of California-Berkeley as a lecturer in Fall 2015, and has taught at The Golden Dome School For Performing Planetary Rites and Colorado State University-Fort Collins. Publications include Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk, the Alfred University Press, and Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture. She received a BFA from The University of Oregon, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is a founding member of the Craft Mystery Cult. For more information, please go to www.stacyjoscott.com