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


Sunday, July 19, 2009

7th Annual Symposium October 17, 2009

It’s All About the Image
7th Annual Art Alumni Symposium, October 17, 2009

Don Worth, “Self-Portrait, Mount Tamalpais”, 1969

Saturday, October 17, 9am to 4pm

160 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley
The symposium is free and open to the public.

Lunch will be available: $10.00 in Garron Reading Room

The seventh annual U.C. Art Alumni Symposium “It’s All About the Image” will explore the changing nature and use of photographic images from the sixties to now. Discussions will range from the groups f64 and Visual Dialogue Foundation to the current digital world and the use of photographic images across media.
Participants include: Lauren Davies, Robert Hartman, Taro Hattori, George Lawson, Darwin Marable, Gay Outlaw, John Spence Weir, Hertha D Sweet Wong, and Katherine Westerhout.

Your 2009 Symposium Committee: Carol Ladewig, Chair; Edythe Bresnahan; Marion Gray; Raymond Holbert; and Darwin Marable

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Jo Whaley at MoPA

Jo Whaley MFA '80 has a show on at Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
her solo exhibit is entitled The Theater of Insects and runs May 16 to September 27, 2009.
Those in Northern California can check out the show at the Sonoma County Museum
this fall-
October 2009-January 2010

Her lovely book,
The Theater of Insects, is now published by Chronicle Books with photographs by Jo Whaley, essays by Debra Klotchko and Linda Wiener.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Congratulations to the Class of 2009!

The Art Alumni Welcome our newest alumni artists! Congratulations!
If this looks like a lot of people- it IS! this is one of the largest classes in the department's history.

Bachelor Degrees:
Amber Alexander, Jonothan Felipe Araquistain, Panthea Barheri, Stephanie Lane Barringer, Cheryl Susanne Bently, Paul Matthew Braun, Nicole Marie Brown, Lauren Olivia Burke, Deanna Bustamante, Emmalee Ann Carroll, Kin-Hoi Chan, Lucilla Chan, Winnie Shih-Wen Chao, Crystal Chen, Grace Chow, Nichola Frank Cienfuegos (Phi Beta Kappa ), Georgia Neill Clark, Nhung Thi Dao, Shanna Lanajo Darett, Ashley Lauren Davidson, Andrea Lynn Delany, Meredeth Nicole DuVardo, Tania Erdmann, Vincent Espinoza, Mani Farr, Elizabeth Anne Fenwick, Zachary Fleming-Boyles, Emily Salzman Frost, Alysse Nicole Gallo, Obadiah Nehemiah Hampton, Kristin Dennise Harris, Hectoe Omar Hernandez, Thatcher Barwick Hillegas, Kyoko Hirota (Phi Beta Kappa ), Shannon Leigh Holloway, Jonothan Martin Hubbard, Nathan Huebert, Clare Estelle Hutchinson, Daien Johanson, Marguerite Kalhor, Mickey Kay, Katherine Kazlauskas, Patch Kientz, Sarah Jin Kim, Harumi Klaiber, Angela Raelene Knowles, Ping Kuang, Zachary Laher, Brittany Jean Law, Agnes Hyen-Jeong Lee, Jiayi Liang, Jeannie Lin, Shou June Lin, Nicholas Locicero, Brendean Kelly Luce, Elaine Ly, Sinead Madden, Katherine Madrigal, Jon Rico Marcelli, Jason Mark, Robert Vincent McClusky, Scott McInnis, Nahae Moon, Tina Maria Moreno, Stephanie Asika Moir, Dominic Hoang Nguyen (Phi Beta Kappa ), Veronica Lynn Nisperos, Krystal Chinyere Nzoiwu, Jae Lauren Payne, Heather Nicole Pedroza, John Lloyd Pinches, Rosa Maria Poggesi, Hillary Pollack, Ellen Price, Christine Rasmussen, Aileen Buko-Paz Ritchie, Melodee Selise Robinson, Angelica Abigail Rodriguez, Morgan Rubin, Jon Richard Running, Lillian Bella Sabersky, Elisa Linda Saether (Phi Beta Kappa), Toshiko Chun Yee Shek, Richard Maxfield Segnitz (Phi Beta Kappa), Maya Swanson, Sunaina Hussainali Talbani, Caitlin Marie Thompson, Zachary Andrew Tomaszewski (Phi Beta Kappa), Leann Elizabeth Toomey, Elzabeth Tracey, Justine Louise Travers, Galen Jude Travis, Lila Tretikov, Minisha Trivedi, Carolyn Joy Tuchel, Cesar Valdez, Jasmine Vasquez, Stephanie Michele Villegas, Niles Edward Ward, Megan Allred Weirich, David Fisk Whitaker, Stacy Wilkinson, Evelyn May Williamson, Libby Winsor, Lisa Robin Wong, Joni Michiko Yamashiro, Mani Yahyavi, Jing Jenny Zhang, Cassandra Lynn Zwart.

MFA Graduates:
Ginger Wolfe-Suarez , Sara Bright awarded Calder Hayer/Tevis Jacobs/BAM Council Founders Prize, Laura Greig recipient of the J. Ruth Kelsey traveling merit award, Farley Gwazda , Aaron Maietta-deHaven awarded the Headlands Center for the Arts- One Year Residency for 2009-10, Lydia Greer recipient of the Harry Ford Lord Award.

A Departmental Citation was awarded to Angela Knowles, the Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Award was given to Dominic Nguyen, the Wendy Sussman Prize in Painting was awarded to Brittany Law, and David Whitaker was the recipient of this year's Art Alumni Award for the Leadership in the Art Community.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sonya Rapoport: "(in)AUTHENTIC : War, Woman, Jew"

Sonya Rapoport will be exhibiting her net artwork "(in)AUTHENTIC : War, Woman, Jew" at the University of Wisconsin's upcoming Conney Conference, "Performing Histories, Inscribing Jewishness" to be held April 22-24, 2009.

A brief synopsis of the project from an interview with Sonya Rapoport:

It was probably in 1999 that I was introduced to French feminist Luce Irigaray's critical writings. They inspired me to consider the female as a displaced person. My previous art projects had come from the perspective of masculine emulation of feminine attributes.

For my new adventure I copied excerpts of Irigaray's criticism of the Freudian castration dogma, a psychoanalytic theory that presumes the female to be an aborted male. I then contrived a dialogic exchange between Irigaray and Freud by transferring the Freudian quotations that Irigaray had used in her chapters and gave Freud back his own voice, free from Irigaray's sentences .The text had been extracted from Luce Irigaray's Speculum of the Other Woman. During the same time period I was reading Jean-Paul Sartre's Anti-Semite and Jew. I roguishly threw him into the contentious pool as the third author to participate in the discussion. Other than both books having French origin, they are very different.

About eight years later, I returned to the work to incorporate the material into a more complex net artwork. On the worktable before me lay a collage of printed text that was comprised of ten sets of a terse interchange among the three authors.

I had tried to keep the original sentences intact with minimal editing while at the same time I was selecting passages for their logical associations between woman and Jew. I had intuitively extracted a common denominator of displacement/outsider. A year or so later, after I had accrued an array of images that related to the concept of (in)AUTHENTIC, electronic artist Robert Edgar and I collaborated to create an interactive website that builds itself while you watch it. Thus it was fashioned into one of Edgar's Memory Theatres. Memory Theatres were first formulated in the sixteenth century by Giulio Camillo as a way to sense the structure of the cosmos through painting, text, and architecture. Robert Edgar composed the first implementation of a memory theatre on a computer in the mid-1980s on an Apple //. We selected and categorized images, texts and vocalizations, and loaded them into the engine of the memory theatre. The text is read in English by German and French natives.

Freud's view of the female as a masochistic castrated male triggered in me a recognition of the association of gender displacement and the "in-authentic woman." Jean-Paul Sartre's "in-authentic Jew" in his book Anti-Semite and Jew, claims that the in-authentic Jew's self-hatred stems from anti-Semitism and circularly, the in-authentic Jew is a rationale for anti-Semitism.

Robert Edgar and I introduced into the web piece an animated military tank for navigating through the contentious material landscape. The tank robot evolves as a physical and psychological intermediary. The aggressive intent of the piece and the phallic symbol of the tank play the gender counterpart to the female. It seemed appropriate to use the tanks' functions as thematic headings for each of the ten sets of topical discourse.

The concept of theatre on the website (in) AUTHENTIC takes on two meanings: in one sense it is a theatre of memory; in another sense it is a theatre of war. Within these coextensive theatres, the army tank moves between what is authentic and what is inauthentic as found in the aggressive environments of Sonya Rapoport's personal cosmology of gender, race, science, and mythology. The ten given fields of tank function, and their representations are presented under the headings Shift, Hidden, (Un)seen, Masochism, Impenetrability, Duality, Phallic, Gouge, Despoil, and Cover- words culled from excerpts of the disparate texts by Freud, Irigaray, and Sartre. These categories are further linked with associated images of outsiders, outcasts, and plights of women from Guinea, Iraq, India, Darfur, Bosnia, and the United States. Nigerian hairstyle codes, Jungian symbology, and mitochondrial mitigations further enhance visual and symbolic associations.

Expanding upon the theme's message the Nigerian hair-styles are imposed on the women's portraits. Because the mitochondrion is inherited exclusively through the female it represents the scientific aspect to the work. Alchemical imagery is interwoven conceptually and visually with mitochondrial processes.

(The exhibition will present a video of the unfolding net artwork).

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2009 Juried Photography shows

Louis De Luco "Store Fronts"

Louis DeLuco
BA '74, has been selected for the a great number of juried photography exhibits this year:

Annual Bay Area Juried Exhibition Falkirk Cultural Center. Exhibition Dates: March 27 - May 30, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, March 27, 5:30 -7:30 pm . Address: 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA.

36th National Juried Photography Exhibition Larson Gallery, Yakima Community College, Yakima, WA. April 3 - May 2, 2009.

Mind's Eye The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO. May 29 - June 20, 2009.
See the selected works here: Mind's Eye

The Halpert Biennial '09, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone NC,
May 1 - August 29, 2009.

as well as the recent:

Depth of Perception, 4th National Juried Photography Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA, Jan 31 - Mar 1, 2009
Juror: Linda Connor, San Francisco Art Institute

Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland Juried Annual 2009
Selections by Ali Subotnick, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
February 17 - March 22
selected artists:
Stephen Albair, Peter Andrea, Alexis Babayan, Jenny E. Balisle, Robert
Blackburn, Louis DeLuco, Pamela Merory Dernham, Adam Friedman, Richard
Gilles, Julia Goodman, Ira Hawkins, John Hundt, Harley Jensen, Bill
Lo, Seth Lower, Mary Alison Lucas, Katie McCann, Jill McLennan, Emily
McLeod, Glenna Mills, Kate Moore, Mary Mortimer, Laura Sackett, Sanjit
Sethi, Amy Todd, Susan Tuttle, Holly Wach, Jan Watten, Susan Wolf.

Friday, February 13, 2009

"Translation" at Steven Wolf Fine Arts

by Molly Springfield
February 13 - March 21, 2009

Steven Wolf Fine Arts
49 Geary Street, # 411
San Francisco
(415) 263-3677

On February 13, Molly Springfield will debut her own "translation," entirely in the form of drawings, of the first chapter of Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time, pieced together from every English translation of the novel.

Opening: Friday, February 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Saturday, February 14, 2:00 to 3:30 pm

The project consists of 28 individual drawings of photocopies of sequential pages from the first chapter of the book. This patchwork results in the repetition and omission of text from page to page, resolving into an incomplete and not-fully-readable rendition of the original.

On February 14, join the artist, Joshua Landy (professor of French and co-director of the Literature and Philosophy Initiative at Stanford University) and Kriston Capps (critic and reporter for the Guardian, Art Papers, and Art in America, among other publications), for a panel discussion.

more at Moly Sringfield's website

Monday, January 12, 2009

Call for Entries: Disability Art Festival at the DeYoung

Alumna Vanessa Castro BA'03 send in this announcement which may be of interest. Please respond to the addresses below.

"Entries are being sought for the Disability Art Festival at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, which will be at the end of March 2009. We are sill looking for artists with disabilities to submit their work and get a chance to have their masterpieces displayed during the festival.

The last day to enter is Friday, January, 30, 2009. The artists can send their work in electronically to Trish Brown at . Entries that are sent electronically must be formatted size to 4’ x 6’, resolution 300 DPI, and send as JPG.

You may also send it by surface mail to
Trish Brown
De Young Museum
50 Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, Ca 94118.

All artists entering must include their name, year it was created, the medium, the dimensions, and a 45 word statement about themselves. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Good luck! We look forward to seeing your work!"