News and More from the Art Alumni Group University of California, Berkeley


Monday, October 15, 2007

Symposium V - October 27, 2007

The More Things Change- The More They Stay the Same
any truth in this?

Please join us for our fifth all-day symposium, in which we will examine contemporary art-making, including interactive media and social practice.

Saturday, October 27, 2007
9:30 am - 4:30 PM
160 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley

Schedule and description of the event:

9:30 AM - 12:30PM - The morning session will address how the teaching of art has changed as reflected by new curricula, mediums, and philosophies at both Cal and CCA. It will open with clips from the two interviews that the Regional Oral History Office has done with Sonya Rapoport and Fred Martin about the education of visual artists in the 1950s. We'll then hear from Tina Takemoto, Mark Thompson, and Guillermo Galindo who are teaching at CCA, and Katherine Sherwood who is Professor of Art Practice at Cal.

12:30 - 2:00 PM- Lunch! We'll have sandwiches and drinks available for $7.

2:00 - 3:30 PM - Deborah Oropallo, Enrique Chagoya, Don Aaron, Brody Reiman, and Richard Shaw will talk and show images about the terrains they crossed to get to what they're doing now.

3:30 - 4:30 PM - Reception in Worth Ryder Gallery 116 Kroeber Hall

$20 suggested donation - please help cover the costs of documenting this event
Admission is free to Art Alumni Group members and students of UC Berkeley
(Membership in AAG is $25 per year)

Here is a map and driving directions to Kroeber Hall.

Our thanks to Marion Gray who chaired this year's committee.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fall 2007 Alumni News

Our new presentation allows us to link to the websites of those mentioned. Click on any highlighted words to navigate to those sites.

If you have questions about our new format, please read this post.

What have our alumni been doing this last year? Read on...

Claudia Steele’s work was shown in a group exhibition at The Art Center in Claremont, CA in March. Inez Storer’s paintings and family photographs were shown at Donna Seager Gallery in San Rafael. Her work is also shown at Anne Reed Gallery, SunValley; Catharine Clark Gallery, SanFrancisco; Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle; Nathan Larramendy, Ojai; and Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach. Nancy Genn '52 attended a reception September 6, 2007 at the MoMA in New York, which honoured artists included in the permanent collection of the museum.
Rick Bennett’s BA'50 MA'53 watercolors were exhibited at the College of the Redwoods, Del Norte, CA last fall. Jo Sandman MA'54 is exhibiting her new work "Heat/Light" in a solo exhibition " at Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA. Her portfolio entitled "Light Memory", recently published by Palm Press will be featured. The
exhibition runs from September 5 - 29. One of her photographs will also be included as part of the "13th Annual Juried Exhibition" at the Griffin Museum of Photography,
Winchester, MA from September 23 - October 28,2007. Edythe Bresnahan BA’61 exhibited new paintings in a group exhibiton at Triangle Gallery this summer in SF; she continues as Chair of the Art Department at Dominican College in San Raphael, CA. Gilah Yelin Hirsch BA '67 has been a Professor or Art at California State University, Dominguez Hills since 1973, and has been Visiting Artist in many universities, institutes, countries, have had many residencies at prestigious artist colonies. Her work is collected in major museums, corporate and private collections.
The Orange Country Museum of Art has just published “Mary Heilman: To Be Someone” a catalog with essays by Elizabeth Armstrong, Johanna Burton, and Dave Hickey presenting a comprehensive overview of the career of Mary Heilman MA’67. Accompanying the first traveling retrospective exhibition of Heilman’s work, it details her impact on successive generations of artists and her substantial role in the revitalization of abstraction by a new generation of painters. The art of Diane Chambers, BA'69 has evolved from costume design to writing; she currently lives in San Francisco and is the author of a number of thrillers! Frances Spencer, MA ’68 Design, received 3 awards in the Roswell Art League's National juried competition held August '06 at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. This included an Award of Excellence for a block print, and two Sponsor awards for a print and an oil painting. In July and August two of her block prints were juried into a Los Angeles Printmaking Society members exhibition held at the Tang Gallery in Bisbee, Arizona.

A retrospective of the paintings of Ray Burggraf MA ’70 was shown at Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University spring 2007. Susan Cooper's BA'69 MA'70 most recent public art commission is a three-part multi-media art installation at the LaVilla Museum and the Ritz Theater in Jacksonville, Florida. Gyöngy Laky ’71 MA, 70 BA had a solo show at Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA this spring. Rosalie O'Donnell BA ’71 is the Director of The Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia; a membership gallery with over 900 members who submit work into monthly juried shows. She recently exhibited my monoprints and etchings in a group show at the Mattawoman Art Center in Maryland. Zea Moritz MA ’72 exhibited a series of worked books at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. A founding member of Gallery Route One in Pt. Reyes Station, she lives in Inverness with her husband Tim Graveson; they will be residents at the Armagh Cultural Center in Northern Ireland in August ’08. Also in the group show at the SVMA was work by Pearl Jones Tranter MA ’72 ; she makes digital prints and photography. Sandy Eastoak opened the Sebastopol Gallery in April 2007 Rudy Serra MA'75 reports two recent shows, one at the Charles Cowles Gallery in NYC in June, the other at Art Sites on Long Island. “Web/Seeds and Bones,” a solo sculptural installation by Yuriko Yamaguchi BA’75 was exhibited at Koplin Del Rio Gallery in LA last spring. Her work has been shown at the Fowler Museum in UCLA and the LA County Museum, the American Academy of Arts and Letters in NY, Hirshhorn and Smithsonian in DC. She was the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters award in 2006 and the Joan Mitchell Foundation award in 2005. Eve Ascheim had a drawing show at Lori Bookstein Fine Art in NYC in February and was artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center for the month of June. The 2006 Day of the Dead exhibition “The Columbarium” at the Oakland Museum of California showed work by Diane Dame Shepp BA '77. Caitlin Mitchell-Dayton BA'79 had a solo show at Gallery Paule Anglim in SF during June. Shirin Neshat BA'79 has recently been awarded the $300,000 Lillian Gish Prize.

Pauletta Chanco BA'82 MFA'84 has a solo show at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland through September 30, 2007. Robert Poplack MFA ’85 is the curator of the Wiegand Gallery at Notre Dame de Namur. Between traveling the globe and painting murals for celebrity clients (wink wink) Lynne Rutter BA'85 designed a room for this year’s invitation-only 30th anniversary San Francisco Decorator Showcase House. New paintings by Rick Arnitz MFA ’83 were shown at Stephen Wirtz Gallery, opening to rave reviews. New prints accompanied by a book by Deborah Oropallo, MFA ’83 and AAG board member, were shown at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. A retrospective of the paintings of Frances McCormack MFA’83 ,who teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute, was held this summer at the Palo Alto Art Center in Palo Alto, CA. Work by Dean Smith, ’84, MFA’88, was included in “GRAPHIC:New Bay Area Drawing" at the diRosa Preserve, Napa, CA this spring. Casey Chalem Anderson continues to paint and teach in Sag Harbor, and was recently featured on the cover of Dan's Papers. Paintings by John Zurier MFA’84 at Blum & Poe, New York and in a group show “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA early spring. The Des Moines Art Center is sponsoring a national and international traveling retrospective show of work by Enrique Chagoya ’87 MFA, 84’MA, through 2008. His work was exhibited at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA this year. Also his work was seen at “Drawings: Visions, Surfaces, and Beyond” at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA last spring, and in the summer in La Presencia: Latin American Art at the United States Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA. MFA ’89 Jack Hanley’s Gallery continues to be the heart of the Mission District on Valencia Street in SF. Jennifer Faist BA ’89 showed in “Chromaluxe,” abstract paintings and sculptures packed with the power of pigment, last October ’06 at California State University, Los Angeles, Fine Arts Gallery.

Lorene Anderson MFA'90 is currently one of three showing at the Artists Gallery of SFMOMA at Fort Mason. Recent sculpture by Shirley Tse MFA ’91 was exhibited at Shoshanna Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica this summer. Cynthia Ona Innis BA'91 is currently in a two-person show at the Oakland Museum's Gallery 555, through November 9, 2007. Gale Jesi, BA ’90 has taught photography and sculpture in the Bay Area since 1994. Most recently, she was one of seven artists chosen to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco. Kerel Nel MFA'91 had a major solo show titled /Lost Light/ in Johannesburg in April and May 2007. The catalog is a work of art in itself. Jeff King MFA ’92 has opened the Y2Y Gallery as part of his office space on Balboa St in San Francisco. This summer a show including work by David Jones MA '71 MFA'73. Work by Elise Brewster, MFA sculpture ’91, was shown in FOG BAY TREE in November of ’06 at Thoreau Center for Sustainability in the Presidio of San Francisco. A multi-media exhibition exploring identity through wearable art and costumery featured collaborative work by Tina Takemoto BA'90 PhD, and Jennifer Parker at the Femina Potens Gallery in San Francisco. Tina repeated her performance at Trannyshack in May ’07, and now you can see her performance on YouTube. Drawings and paintings by Mark Grotjahn MFA ’95 were exhibited at the Hammer Museum in LA and in “Mark Grotjahn: El gran burrito,” at Boom, Chicago, and shows at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, and the London Institute Gallery, in the “Fifty-fourth Carnegie International” at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, AND he has a Wikipedia page. San Francisco painter Kevin Bean MFA ’95 has been made permanent faculty member at Stanford in Palo Alto. Paintings by Stephanie Peek MFA ’96 were shown at Triangle Gallery SF last October and are on view at the Thoreau Gallery in San Francisco through November 16, 2007; and her work can also be seen at the Friesen Gallery in Seattle and Sun Valley. Stephanie will be teaching painting at Dominican College in San Rafael, CA 2008. MFA ’97 Stephanie Sanchez’s paintings were included in “A Strong Vision,” a group exhibition at the Weigand Gallery at Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA; she is a permanent faculty member at Santa Rosa College. Paintings by Robin McDonnell MFA’96 were shown at Brian Gross SF and her work was shown with that of Aida Gamez MFA’96 and Kara Maria MFA’97 in a group show curated by Hung Liu at Barry Sakata Gallery in Sacramento. Aida Gamez MFA ’96 bought a studio building in Berkeley (One of co-owners is former UCB faculty member Kim Anno). Her work was exhibited at Barry Sakata Gallery and will be there again in February 2008. Also she has been invited to create an installation for the Day of the Dead show at the Oakland Museum this year. MFA’96 Carla Paganelli’s artist’s book with prints was exhibited in a group show “Our Planet Our Home” at SFMOMA Artists’ Gallery last December. Charles Linder MFA ’97 is the director of Lincart Gallery in SF. His own work was shown at Gallery 16 in SF earlier this year. David Molesky BA ’99 had a residency with Odd Nerdrum in Iceland in'06-07 and exhibited in the Spring Exhibition Gallery, KS Tønsberg, Norway; an exhibition of his paintings opened Sept.23,2007 at Terrence Rogers Fine Art, Santa Monica CA.

Nemo Gould MFA '02 has been creating art from your refuse, as artist in residence at the San Francisco Dump this summer. Amanda Hughen MFA ’03 had a solo show at the Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta in February 2007. Molly Springfield, MFA'04 had a solo show at Transformer in Washington, D.C last fall, and is showing Oct. 21-Dec. 22, 2007 at the Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California as well as a solo show in New York City at Mireille Mosler Ltd., November 30, 2007 - Februrary 2, 2008.

MFA 2007 Graduates

Kara Hearn, video; Jenifer K. Wofford, drawings; Lindsay Benedict, photographs; Bill Jenkins, installation; Joe McKay, photographs; Ali Dadgar, installation; Alicia McCarthy, drawings and paintings.

Fall Faculty News

“A Strong Vision: Three Decades of Exhibitions” included ceramics by James Melchert at Wiegand Gallery at Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA last spring ’07.
Prints by Katherine Sherwood were exhibited at Electric Works in San Francisco in May and her paintings were on exhibit at The Townsend Center on the UCB campus.

Richard Shaw
’s sculpture was on exhibit at Braunstein Quay Gallery in SF this past summer.
New work by Randy Hussong MFA ’80 was shown at Gallery Paule Anglim in SF.
Drawings and sculpture by Jane Rosen were shown at Gwenda Jay/Addington Gallery, Chicago and Sears-Payton Gallery, New York; her work can be seen at the Friesen Gallery in Seattle and Sun Valley.

The Department of Art Practice has a new website! check it out!

Friday, August 31, 2007

ArtLetter on-line!!

Starting this year the ArtLetter has been moved to this blog. In this way we can keep making continuous announcements of alumni news and interesting art happenings and help keep in touch all year round.

We have been collecting the alumni news to publish, and will do so in this space in September 2007.
After that, we will make periodic, regular updates here, so do keep sending us your news, announcements, etc.

Why are we not printing the ArtLetter anymore?
In the past we have had financial assistance from CAA to help pay for postage, and the generous donation of printing to help offset the cost of publication. As of this year our printer is no longer available, and due to funding cuts CAA has withdrawn postage support to clubs. In the last two years, over 80% of all of our funds were spent on the ArtLetter. We do not collect enough in dues or donations to continue to pay for this increasingly expensive publication.
Publishing on the internet is affordable, fast, and reaches a wider audience, especially among our younger alumni who are so difficult to reach by mail.

Benefits of web publishing for Art Alumni Members.
The website receives a fair amount of traffic already, and has a very high pagerank with search engines. This is due in part to the concentrated number of artists names appearing on the site in connection with each other. For those of you trying to get some name recognition or visibility, being mentioned on this site is of enormous value. This is just one of the ways we can use the strength of our community to help get positive attention for the department, and each other.

Thanks... to Lettie McGuire '07 of the student-run Art Group at Berkeley for her help in enabling this blog, Lisa Krieshok for graphic assistance, and to Stephanie Peek, who edited the news this year.

--- Lynne Rutter 9.07

Sunday, June 3, 2007

ArtLetter- Back Issues

Previous issues of our acclaimed ArtLetter are available for free download in PDF form.
Please not they are oversized and require 11" x 17" paper in order to print legibly.

ArtLetter 2003
ArtLetter 2004
ArtLetter 2005
ArtLetter 2006

Thanks once again to the editors and volunteers who worked to create this marvelous publication.