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


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Symposium VIII: "Art Inside Out"

This symposium is the 8th in the annual series presented by the UC Berkeley Art Alumni Group: conversations with artists, gallerists, curators, and writers about surviving in today’s art world with improvisations, adaptations, and possibilities. This year’s symposium will be held in 102 Wurster on the UC Berkeley campus.
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UC Berkeley Alumni Shows (June-October 2010)

Thomas Akawie and Dean Smith

UC Berkeley graduates showing work in a group exhibition called Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space at the Wiegand Gallery in Belmont, CA. The show extends from September 23 to October 30.

Eve Aschheim

Exhibited at the Galleri Magnus Aklundh in Malmo, Sweden. April 23 - May 29. Eve teaches in the Creative and Performing Art Center at Princeton.

Christopher Brown

Former UC Berkeley faculty member exhibiting solo show A Gardener’s Notebook at the John Berggruen Gallery from September 9 to October 30.

Wayne Campbell

Earned MFA at UC Berkeley in 1969. The artist has a show entitled Dreaming on Pillow Mountain from September 15 to October 29 at the Galeria Esther Montoriol in Barcelona. Campbell currently divides his time between New York and Barcelona.

Victor Cohen-Stuart

Earned MFA in 1972. The artist is showing new paintings at Slate Contemporary Art and Design Gallery in Oakland from September 3 to October 16.

Edythe Bresnahan

Exhibited work in Perspectives 2010, at the Stremmel Gallery in Reno, Nevada and at the Triangle Gallery in San Francisco

Donna Brookman

Had a solo exhibition at Thomas Paul Fine Art, Los Angeles opening on June 5, 2010 thru July 3, 2010

Carol Ladewig

Has work in On View: New Work from Kala, continuously features works on paper by artists affiliated with Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA and at Bocanova, in Jack London Square, Oakland, CA.

Charles Lindar

Received MFA in 1997. The artist released his book Good Cop/Bad Cop and held a show of photographs with the same name in July at the Ever Gold Gallery in San Francisco. His gallery, LINCART, participated in new San Francisco Art Fair, at Fort Mason, May 20 thru May 23.

Marvin Lipovsky

Former Faculty has work in Gifted Hands: The Fine Art of Craft at The Hearst Art Gallery, the Museum of Saint Mary’s College of California

Shirin Neshat

Directed a film, "Women Without Men". She co-wrote the screenplay with her husband. "This visually transfixing film, which originated as a video installation, has the feel of an exhibition of Ms. Neshat's work whose figures have stirred to life to play out a tragic feminist allegory."

Carla Paganelli

Alumna of 1996, Paganelli is showing works in a show titled Survey, held at the Edward Jones Office of Larry Kolka & Kevin Hills in Walnut Creek beginning October 21.

Brett Reichman

Former chair of and associate professor in the Painting department of the San Francisco Art Institute. Earned BFA at Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from UC Berkeley. Reichman had a solo show entitled Simulations at the Paule Anglim Gallery in San Francisco in September 2010.

Katherine Sherwood

Senior member of the Art Practice Department. Showed a new body of work, Healers from the Yelling Clinic, at the Paule Anglim Gallery from September 1 to September 25.

Mark Thompson

Was one of 14 sculptors and architects included in the First Site-based Art Exhibition Conceived for a National Park, which opened yesterday at the Presidio in SF. It will run until May 15, 2011.

Jo Whaley

Exhibited her work at the Photo-Eye booth at Art Chicago 2010.

Norton Wisdom

One of the twenty artists who meet for conversation once a week at the Café Van Kleef in Oakland. The City College Art Gallery in San Francisco will be showing their work from September 29 the October 28.

John Zurier

Has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship.

Ceramics Annual of America

Held at Fort Mason from September 10-12 featured a monumental wall sculpture that Harold Paris (former professor) had made shortly after arriving at Cal in 1961. Other UC artists whose work was shown were Marilyn Levine (former professor, 1976-80), Jim Melchert (professor emeritus), Nancy Selvin (B.A. and M.A. in ceramics), Richard Shaw (current professor), Patrick Siler (M.F.A 1963), and Peter Voulkos (former professor, 1959-85 and founder of the art ceramics department).

Friday, October 1, 2010

Oral History Project video!

Sonya Rapoport and Fred Martin interviewed for posterity!  You could learn a lot from these amazing artists. check it out.

UC Berkeley Oral History Project video featuring Sonya Rapoport and Fred Martin, interviewed by Richard Candida Smith. Regional Oral History Office of The Bancroft Library of UC Berkeley. 
© Copyright 2010 UC Regents

Monday, July 5, 2010

Digital Mudra Extended

You really have to check out Sonya Rapoport's blog. Her latest this is just so right on.  This piece investigates the relationships between the expressive hand gestures employed by public and political personalities, and those of Indian Kathakali dancers.

Here is an example:

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Keep in touch! what are you doing?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Website Updates!

Please excuse us while we update the website, and move it to the new, fast blogger format! Links  and images need to be re-loaded and will not be working for a few days yet.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Alumni News 2009 Roundup!

Some news from our talented alumni near and far:

Barbara Rogers "Traces 7" oil on canvas 36" x 48"

Barbara Rogers' show "Garden Archeology" was at Gerbert Gallery in June (see photo above) Robin (Fales) Repp BA '70 showed at the Huntington Beach Art Center last April, and had a one person exhibition of infrared photography at JWA Community Focus Gallery. Dennis Potter wrote us from Hsinchu, Taiwan where he is teaching high school and no doubt steering his students toward art.
“Uncertain Riches”, the gorgeous solo exhibition by Stephanie Peek MFA ‘96 showed at Triangle Gallery through October. Pat Adams exhibited her work at Bigtown Gallery in Vermont, alongside colleagues and friends in the "Masterworks" show.
Lynne Rutter re-launched her website in July, after several years of not doing it. Bill Dane has just enlarged his website, with lots of new work posted via Flickr.
And check out the awesome new website of Peter C. Roell BA 1969, MA 1971.
Andie Thrams still doesn't have a website, but you really should sign up for her email list so you can learn about her workshops, such as the upcoming Surface Design & Accordion Books class at San Francisco Center for the Book. Sandy Eastoak also has a great newsletter "Fish Rap" and you can sign up for it on her website.
Barbara Morris had several showings in the Marin area in 2009, and more are coming up! Check her website for the latest!

Nemo Gould created more kinetic sculpture and just plain fun at the 2009 Maker Faire. See a preview of his new coffee table book at now available for purchase! (YouTube Video above is Nemo's "Aztech" sculpture. ) Elaine Duncan's book "Feathered Space" is now available at

Kara Maria had a solo show in June called "Inviting the Storm" at b. sakata garo, Sacramento. Stephen Laub was chosen by Donald Sultan for a show at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton last Spring in a group show called "Mixed Greens: Artists Choose Artists on the East End."
Sonya Rapoport's recent artwork: "Manhood Manifesto" in the WikipediaArt Remix Project in the Padiglione Internet (Internet Pavilion) was included at the Venice Biennale through November 2009.
Michael McCollum has moved to Damariscotta, Maine, and recently produces a series of still-lifes called "I Vasi di Fiori." Pauletta Chanco is currently showing at the SFMoMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason. Visit Ciel Bergman at her new studio on Lena St in Santa Fe, NM.
Bill Teeple's gallery in Fairfield, Iowa has evolved into a non-profit called ICON:Iowa Contemprary Art. Mark Johnson curated a very cool exhibition in October at San Francisco State called "Cartographic Imagination: Mapping in Contemporary California Art"

Lorene Anderson: Belt(way) acrylic, mica, casein, ink on canvas, 34 x 40"

Lorene Anderson showed her recent work at the room for painting room for paper gallery in San Francisco in August.
We are still waiting for Emily Duffy to post a picture of her 1984 Nissan Sentra painted a la Mondrian on her website, but she's got a nice artblog here full of other interesting things. Patrick Siler recently completed a mural covering the entire side of a downtown building in Pullman, WA. Last May Dorothy Robinson opened a solo show at the Slate Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Facebook Members: look for Cal Art Alumni discussion group as well as UC Berkeley Art Practice Events group (sorry there is no permalink for these)

October's Symposium on photography was a rousing success with many alumni and students in attendance. Nancy Genn hosted a small gathering of alumni and emeritus faculty at her home on a beautiful clear evening in December.

and with that we wind up the year... and look forward to 2010, and hearing from you.

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