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


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dear Friends,

I want to let you know about two very interesting holiday shows in the East Bay where my paintings will be shown along with the work of other artists.  

The Cecile Moochnek Gallery which represents my work will hold the annual Gift of Art ShowNovember 14 – January 15, with a reception for the gallery artists Friday November 16, 6 – 8 pm.

Kala Institute will hold its Artists’ Annual Exhibition/Fresh Works December 13 – February 2, with the opening reception on Thursday December 13, 6 – 8 pm.

I will be out of town and will miss the November opening at the Moochnek Gallery but will attend the Kala opening in December and hope to see you there.

All Best wishes for the season,
Ann Holsberry

Monday, October 29, 2012

PK Frizzell: Evidence of Things Unseen

Exhibition dates: October 25 - December 1, 2012
Artists' Reception: Saturday, November 10th from 5-7pm
Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: November 2nd from 6-9pm

PK Frizzell "Evidence of Things Unseen" (2012), installation: mixed media, lights, and lenses, 6 ft x 8 ft x 3 ft. Photo by the artist.
In a new installation, PK Frizzell uses text, plant materials, and discarded broken objects to explore the nature of mind and memory. The installation is viewed through a grid of lenses, creating a vast and dizzying world. In a second body of work, Frizzell shows us a place where the spiritual intersects with the material, by overlaying viscerally physical surfaces made of studio detritus with shadow images imbedded in glass. 

PK Frizzell graduated from the art program at UC Berkeley in the late sixties, having studied with Pete Voulkos, Jim Melchert and Ron Nagle. Later, she established a ceramics studio and showed work throughout the US and parts of Asia, and was included in History of American Ceramics by foremost ceramic art historian Elaine Levin. She has participated extensively in juried and invitational American Craft Council shows and competitions. Recently Frizzell has explored and developed new media and methods of producing two and three dimensional work using paper, paint, x-rays, photographs, lenses and digital manipulation of visual information. PK Frizzell has shown with Mercury 20 Gallery since 2010.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sonya Rapoport: The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age, Extended - Performance

Friday, October 19th 2012: The Artist is Elsewhere
Doors open at 7:30pm
                                              Performances begin promptly at 8:00pm
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door

Sonya Rapoport will present the next phase of her project, The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age, Extended, as an Audience Participation Performance, at the Zero1 Biennial. This performance will take place at the Performance Art Institute in San Francisco. The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age was recently presented at the CEMEX Auditorium, Stanford University with Richard Rhodes' play, Reykjavik. The play is based on the conversation between Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev about human rights and limiting nuclear arms.. Rapoport's presentation of the extended Nuclear Family portrays the trials and errors in reawakening the Golem for protection against Atomic disaster.

Curated by Sean Fletcher and Isabel Reichert, The Artist is Elsewhere, an evocative nod to Marina Abramovic's famous retrospective,"The Artist is Present", is a juxtaposition of radically different ways of existing in time and space. Artists participating in the event include Linda Ford, Justin Charles Hoover, Scott Kildall, Sonya Rapoport, Roland Roos, Stoll and Wachall, Lee Walton, Gordon Winiemko, and Michael Zheng.

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Come Join Us 

Wednesday, October 17   5:00 p.m. 
6th & Gilman in Berkeley

Join in the discussion of Symposium X,
Bring Tales of Travel. Evidence of Exhibitions, News of the Noteworthy

Friday, October 5, 2012

Please Join Us for a Day of Shared Experiences and Approaches....

choices compromises commitments

UC Berkeley Art Alumni Symposium X
Saturday, October 13th 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Kroeber Hall

This year’s symposium is a presentation of images and points of view, which will deepen
an understanding of the concerns and ingredients that compose an artist’s career.
This event is Free and Open to the Public so please join our distinguished
Panelists,Discussants, and Art Community Attendees

Leo Bersamina, artist and instructor, Diablo Valley College
Enrique Chagoya, artist and Professor of Art, Stanford University
Mildred Howard, artist, educator and Artist/Consultant at San Francisco
Chris Johnson, artist, Professor of Photography, California College of the Arts,
and originated the Question Bridge concept
Indira Martina Morre, artist, co-director of Martina[ ]Johnston Gallery, Visiting Lecturer,
Univeristy ofCalifornia, Berkeley
Richard Whittaker, independent curator, art writer, and publisher of Works and Conversations
Panel Moderator: Jan Wurm, artist and educator

The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. with registration, coffee, and informal mini-interviews with attendees. The morning panel introduction will begin at 10:00 am. The morning program ends at noon and lunch will be provided.

The symposium moderator is Jan Wurm, she will focus on the choices, compromises and commitment that are inherent in an artist's life. As an introduction to the panel discussion, Jan will introduce each individual panelist, who will then give a brief visual presentation(approx 6 - 8 minutes). After the entire panel’s visual presentations, the panel discussion will open with reflections, exchange, and observations.

Lunch will be a buffet catered by Ann's Catering in the Worth Ryder Gallery and attendees will have an opportunity to gather in small groups. At the close of lunch, written questions from attendees will be accepted as a starting point in the afternoon session.
You can rsvp for lunch and pay day of, or prepay using paypal on your right. Lunch is $15.00

The afternoon panel will begin at 1:15pm and ends at 3:30pm. The afternoon session will follow an informal and free-flowing format. Artist educators will be joining the morning panelists as discussants as the table is removed and the discussion merges into a dialogue with the symposium attendees. There will be reception in the Worth RyderGallery at the end of the symposium.

In conclusion, participants will be asked to give a brief exit interview so that experiences and thoughts may be posted and shared via the Art Alumni Blog.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Symposium X October 13, 2012

Two days only: Sat Oct 13 & Nov 10
20–50% off amazing landscapes, figure painting,
abstract paintings, photographs, and works on
paper by more than a dozen SLATE gallery artists
Lisa Fernald Baker • Hagit Cohen • Carol Inez
Charney • Joanne Fox • Renée Johnson • Andrzej
Michael Karwacki • Carol Ladewig • Carol
Lefkowitz • Christopher Nickel • Jane Norling •
Caroline Seckinger • Anne Subercaseaux • Hiroko
To • Elizabeth Williams

Support the arts!
SLATE’s artists have stepped up to offer over
100 works, on sale to benefit the Oakland School
for Arts Visual Arts and Vocal Music Programs.
highlightsof the sale
473 25th St.
Oakland, 94612,
Thu–Fri: 12–5pm,  Sat: 12–6pm

Keeping Time

October 4 – November 22, 2012
Members Preview/Curator's Walk-Through:
Thursday, October 4, 5-6pm
Artists' Reception: Thursday, October 4, 6-8pm
Gallery Conversations with Artists and Curator: Saturday, October 20, 2pm
Curated by Lauren Davies
Participating Artists:
Kirkman Amyx, Terry Berlier, Jenny Bloomfield, Jennifer Brandon, Chandra Cerrito, Sohyung Choi, Ryan Jennings Clark, Adele Crawford, Miriam Dym, Beth Fein, Nicole Herbert, Sonja Hinrichsen, Leslie Hirst, Allison Leigh Holt, Robin Kandel, Sarah Klein & David Kwan, Michael Koehle, Carol Ladewig, Eric Larson, Helen Lee, Richard Nagler, Gary Nakamoto, Leah Rosenberg, Christina Seely, Carol Selter, Lili Smith and Ansley West

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Come Join Us 

Tuesday, September 18h   5:00 p.m. 
6th & Gilman in Berkeley

Bring Tales of Travel, Evidence of Exhibitions, News of the Noteworthy

September Brings New Projects and Undertakings--- Come Share the Excitement !!

...and find out why 
***We are all a-buzz***
with plans for next month's
Art Negotiations
    choices compromises commitments

the UC Art Alumni Annual Symposium

Come Discover How You Can Participate !!

...and bring a friend

New Exhibitions at Worth Ryder Art Gallery - Opening Wednesday

Mariam Ghani: Tracery
                       September 12-October 6, 2012 | Reception Wednesday, September 12, 4-7 pm

Artist talk Tuesday, October 2, 5-7 PM, Worth Ryder Art Gallery. Co-sponsored by the Center for South Asia Studies.
Mariam Ghani is a Brooklyn-based artist whose research-based practice operates at the intersections between place, memory, history, language, loss, and reconstruction. She will be exhibiting two bodies of work which use art to question history and our constructions of the past. For The Trespassers (2010-11), Ghani hired Afghan-Americans who had previously worked as translators for the US military in Afghanistan, translating documents related to US military prisons in Afghanistan. The idea behind these encounters was to test whether these individuals would be able to maintain the neutrality of a ‘simultaneous translator’ when confronted with the material of their own histories and to see how their work registered in and reacted to gaps in the records. "The fidelity of translation is always a slippery slope. In situations where words have weight and consequences, is the translator responsible to render the spirit or the letter of the original? Does the act of translation, like the presence of an observer or a recording device, preclude or occlude, transform or make impossible the act of bearing witness?" Fugitive Refrains (2006-07) was conceived and produced collaboratively with Butoh-trained dancer/choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly during a residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. It was developed for, performed, and shot on HDV in six specific sites in the Solitude Rotwildpark forest and in the historic site of Schloss Solitude in summer 2006. The title of the video is derived from a line in a Wordsworth poem written a few decades after the construction of Schloss Solitude: "That nature yet remembers/what was so fugitive."

New Work by Ryan and Trevor Oakes
September 12-October 6, 2012 | Reception Wednesday, September 12, 4-7 pm
Co-presented with the Berkeley Center for New Media, Berkeley School of Optometry and the Zero1 Biennial

Artist talk Monday, September 17, 7:30 PM, Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley. 
Co-presented with the Berkeley Center for New Media Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium.

Colorado-born visual artists and twin brothers Ryan and Trevor Oakes have been engaged in conversation since they were children. They've had the chance to verbalize their respective experience of reality to each other since toddler-hood. This has lead to a body of jointly built art pieces that address human vision, light, perception, and the experience of space and depth in the particular way they've come to understand it. The Oakes' will be exhibiting new drawings that introduce color into their technical lexicon and sculptures which articulate their innovative understanding of human vision.

Upcoming Events:

Lecture: Vishal Jugdeo
Monday, October 8, 7:30 PM | 102 Wurster Hall

Lecture: Marisa Jahn
Monday, October 15, 7:30 PM | 102 Wurster Hall

Lecture: Gabi Ngcobo
Monday, October 22, 7:30 PM | 102 Wurster Hall

Worth Ryder Art Gallery | 116 Kroeber Hall
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 12-5 PM

UCB Art Practice


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sonya Rapoport - MERCURY

Sonya Rapoport is showing her artwork, MERCURY, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana. This work, done in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory was completed in 1980. Since that time, it has been dormant in the IMA collection. Early hand colored blueprint sketches of MERCURY had been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists' Soap Box Derby in 1978.  Margy Boyd had purchased this edition as a gift to the San Francisco Museum. Assistant curator Amanda York of the Indianapolis Museum discovered the original five consecutive computer form panels. They had been exhibited in the exhibition PAINTING AND SCULPTURE NOW and, subsequently purchased. The work is comprised of drawings in color pencil that Rapoport had executed directly onto the printout surface of the research of nuclear chemistry. On this surface she interpreted bombardment schemes, transferred copy images, placed rubber stamp impressions, and other related visual imagery.

MERCURY will be on view at the Indianapolis Museum for six months.

The five panels of Mercury installed at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Detail of Mercury

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Book Recently Published about Sonya Rapoport's Art: Pairing of Polarities

From dresser-top objects to shoes, the female body to Egyptian mythology, Sonya Rapoport's pioneering artwork integrates the everyday, emotional, and mystical with science and technology. To Rapoport, a geological survey map and the topography of the human soul are equally creative, and the Internet is a web of relationships "spun by the mother".

Rapoport combines her formal training as a painter and her clear bent toward mathematical thinking with audience participation and Web-based media, always pushing boundaries and creating meaningful relationships across seemingly unrelated fields.Her work has been shown internationally, including as part of traveling exhibitions sponsored by the US  Information Service and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In honor of Rapoport's tremendous contributions and accomplishments, twelve noted scholars, scientists and art historians have come together to discuss her work. The result is a book that is at once a tribute and an illuminating exploration of the creative process itself. recent events include exhibitions at the Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA), Mills college Art Museum(Oakland, CA). and Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA).

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Meet Up!

August 7th (Tuesday) 5:00 p.m. 
1328 6th Street (cross Gilman) Berkeley, CA 94710

Right in the middle of summer and some of us are here in town.
Let's gather for a drink, a meal, a conversation!
Bring a friend, a catalogue from your travels, or just the latest phone photo or tablet drawing!

Come and share projects, exhibitions, and insights...
...and bring a friend!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lynne Rutter - Artist of the Month

Lynne Rutter is featured as Artist of the Month at Sinopia Pigments.  Sinopia is one of those rare and wonderful shops that specializes in pigments and  raw materials for artmaking, and is particularly popular with anachronistic painters like Lynne.

Her recent commission for an 11-foot wide mural is now installed at Gilberth's Rotisserie and Grill, a new restaurant in the Dogpatch  neighborhood of San Francisco, which has recently opened to positive reviews for its inventive latin-fusion food as well as the stylish industrial decor. The giant rooster is painted on copper leaf and watches over the dining area.
giant rooster painted in oil on copper leaf
This summer offers numerous wonderful opportunities to paint and gild in beautiful ways.  Have a fabulous summer and please stay in touch!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Meet Up!

June 13th (Wednesday) 5:00 p.m. 
1328 6th Street (cross Gilman) Berkeley, CA 94710

Come and Share...
New Projects, New Shows, New Follies, Summer Plans
...and bring a friend

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Carol Ladewig: A Year in Color, 2011 (52 weeks + a day)

Oakland Art Murmur Pavilion at

Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
(located at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco 94123) 
Additional details can be found here.    
May 16 thru May 20 
Wednesday, May 16, 7 - 9:30pmVIP Opening Reception
Thursday, May 17, 11am - 7pm
Friday, May 18, 11am - 7pm
Saturday, May 19, 11am - 7pm
Sunday, May 20, 11am - 6pm
Year in Color, 2011 (52 weeks + A Day), Acrylic/Gouache on canvas panels (365), 7.2 Feet x 13.5 Feet, 2011

Monday, May 7, 2012

Spring Training - Evaluation and Checklist

The first Spring Training brought dozens of artists to Kroeber Hall to meet with art professionals for one-on-one consultations. 
Whether seeking advice about:
*a new body of work
*presentation materials
*prepared grant or residency applications,
in twenty-minute appointments, artists had the benefit of practical and professional advice in consultation chosen from a group of artists, gallerists, curators, and critics.

Participants were able to frame their sessions with a prepared format suggested by the College Art Association. This structure encouraged an organized presentation of materials, presentation, and questions.

Our supportive and generous Mentors for our charter event were:

Lucinda Barnes, Chief Curator, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California

Brian Gross, Brian Gross Gallery

DeWitt Cheng, Art Critic, Independent Curator, and Artist

Indira Martina Morre, Co-owner of Martina Johnston Gallery; University of California Berkeley Department of Art Practice Visiting Lecturer, Artist

We asked our Mentors for their general impressions and would pass on these observations:

Regardless of stage in their career, artists all seem to have one common question: 
*What should I do next to get my work shown?

It was suggested that one
*find a gallery showing work where there might be an affinity 
*ask for advice
*ask for one or two names of someone, gallerist, curator, who might be interested in your work

It was also pointed out that artists needed help with writing their 
*Artist's Statement 
Particularly for artists who had graduated earlier, the kind of statement in common usage today is a longer, more detailed, and more analytical statement than  may have been presented in the past.
*Cover Letter
*Organizing a presentation---> **Choosing the Strongest Work****
*What Content to have and how to Organize a Website

At a Meet Up following our Spring Training event, participants shared their experiences with others who did not have the opportunity for a consultation.

Here follows some of the insight taken from their sessions:
Our Mentors were all well appreciated by our participants who all want to have 
*more support for their art practice.
Our Participants were given suggestions of 
*consultants, gallerists, museum curators
*selection of work for a grant, prize submission
*advice on a website development
*coaching on how to present their work to a gallery
*recommended reading

And who were some of our participants?
Artists who graduated in
2012, 2011, 2011, 2011, 2008, 2009, 2005, 2004, 2004, 2000, 1993, 11987, 985, 1984, 1984, 1983, 1977, 1974, 1974, 1973, 1972, 1967, 1966...with degrees from UC Berkeley as well as those who went on for  degrees at the San Francisco Art Institute, Mills, San Jose State, Rhode Island School of Design, or received certificates at UC Berkeley Extension. 

One thing they all expressed:  this was a very valuable experience !

Hope we will be able to serve the art community again with Spring Training March 2013 ....

Best Wishes from

the  Art Alumni Group

Professional Advice on Getting What You Want, (One Spring Training Participant's Experience of the Event via Blog Post)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Stephanie Peek - San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012

April 28 - May 28, 2012 
2020 Jackson Street,  San Francisco CA

Deeper II  80” x  78”   oil on canvas 2012
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (last entry)
Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. (last entry)
Sunday and Memorial Day: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (last entry)
CLOSED MONDAY (except Memorial Day) 

Admission: $30, Seniors: $25 (60+)
Michelle Bello Fine Art Consulting
Grand Staircase, Upper Staircase and Art Gallery 
 415 317 5975

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Deborah Oropallo, Hung Liu and Squeak Carnwath: Heroes

APRIL 27 - JUNE 9, 2012
Turner Carroll Gallery

A hero is a person of notable and distinguished courage or ability. Songs, films, and paintings have celebrated heroes and their deeds for millennia. Are the creator of the image of the hero complicit? Who is the person who paints a hero? It seems like our heroes are better than in the past, maybe a bit more real and less "super." So how do we paint new heroes? Paintings by three powerhouse Bay Area painters on the subject of important personages.

                                  Opening Reception Friday, April 27, 2012 from 5 to 7pm
[n.b. that this event takes place in Santa Fe]

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gyöngy Laky: Crossover

May 3 - June 2
Opening Reception: May 3, from 5:30 to 7:30

Writing on the Wall, 2011, Ash, paint, dowels, 90 x 90 x 3 in. Photo: Alan Robin/Aline Dargie

In her first solo exhibition with the gallery, Gyöngy Laky will present a series of work examining our complex relationship with nature. Sculptural pieces containing words, letters, and symbols are made of painted and stained branches and twigs combined with screws, nails, wires, and plastic figurines.

This show will feature a selection of work exploring on the transitional space between visual and textual aspects of Laky's work, such as Writing on the Wall, a grid of wooden objects seemingly shifting between two symbolic information codes. The organic essence of the natural wood contrasted with the spiky industrial elements draws upon the ambivalence of the natural and artificial, organic and industrial, and encapsulate co-existing feelings of violence and serenity, aggression and sanctuary.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1944, Gyöngy Laky studied at UC Berkeley where she earned both her B.A. and M.A.degrees (B.A., 1970 and M.A., 1971). She has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and internationally in France, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Hungary, Lithuania, Colombia, the Philippines, China, and England.

A past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, Laky's work is in museum collections in Europe and the United States, including the San Francisco MOMA, The Smithsonian's Renwick Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, and the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu. The Smithsonian Institution is currently assembling a collection of Laky's personal papers, photographs and documents for the Archives of American Art.

For more images and information please contact the gallery:, 415.543.1550

Friday, April 20, 2012


Do Join Us
May 2nd (Wednesday) 5:00 p.m.
1328 6th Street (cross Gilman) in Berkeley
Come and hear about the SPRING TRAINING.
Come share your experience if you participated--
Let us all know what was useful, how you prepared, what surprised you...!
...and bring a friend!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sonya Rapoport: The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age

The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age updates the 1977 artwork, "Horizontal Cobalt," that I had created in collaboration with the Nuclear Science Division of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. In that artwork I had translated the Laboratory's experimental output by drawing directly on the computer printouts that described the transmutation of chemical elements when they are bombarded with nuclear substances. Nearby at the associated Livermore Laboratory, the employees and their immediate families were celebrating the once a year Family Day, where visitors walked amidst the H-Bomb mock-ups. In the current artwork, The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age, I digitally integrated a photograph of each member of my family into a relevant artwork created by Roy Lichtenstein. I then selected a word from the nuclear glossary that related to each collaged image. This ironic juxtaposition has a disturbing effect, purposefully conveying a critical attitude toward nuclear projects. Lichtenstein also created ironic work. His adherence to traditional structure along with his use of images selected from narratives of corporately endorsed domestic, romantic and consumer activities illuminates the irony available in my work. The nuclear era coincides with the era represented in Lichtenstein's work, making for a natural historical overlay. But just as Lichtenstein denaturalized scenes that were meant to represent an everyday life, my work denaturalizes what the corporate and scientific worlds worked to naturalize in nuclear power and nuclear weapons. The photographs of members of my own family incorporated into Lichtenstein artwork exist in a space of detachment and ironic distance, wherein the viewer is able to contemplate the harrowing juxtaposition of family and nuclear bombs.

Gyongy Laky: CROSSOVER

May 3 - June 9, 2012

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 3rd from 5:30-7:30
251 Post Street, Suite 210 (1/2 blk from Union Square)