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


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ARTISANS! A Group Show

December 13th, 2013 – March 8th, 2014
Reception: December 13, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Falkirk Cultural Center
1408 Mission Avenue at "E" Street
San Rafael, CA

Artisans was founded in Mill Valley in 1977 and remains today as one of Northern California’s oldest and most innovative arts organizations. With no current "bricks and mortar" gallery, members currently exhibit in numerous local venues and special exhibits. Artisans carries the work of both emerging and internationally exhibited artists with a collection that includes oil, gouache, pastel, ink, charcoal, watercolor, photography, mixed media, sculpture, and textile.

Our own Louis DeLuco will have three photographs exhibited in this show!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hair Code Duality by Sonya Rapoport

Sonya Rapoport is participating in HAIR-CODE, an activist Vienna Memory Project about Violence Against Women, a first phase of the Holocaust Memorial project.

Hair and hairstyle are seen as a social expression for gender. They play an important symbolic role in human culture.
The image I am exhibiting in The Vienna Project is a digital collage from "(in)AUTHENTIC: Woman, War, Jew", that I created in 2008.

The Vienna Project submission makes use of selected texts by Sigmund Freud, Luce Irigaray, and Jean-Paul Sartre that address gender and anti-Semitism. I correlated the texts with images of Nigerian hairstyles, military tanks, matriarchal mitochondrial genetics, alchemical symbols, and women in violent environments.

Monday, November 11, 2013


A photograph of Sonya Rapoport's interactive piece "ImPOSSIBLE CONVERSATIONS?" at the Fresno Art Museum, where participants chose a title and paste it onto its matched image. 

Photograph by David Keaton.

The exhibition runs through January 5, 2014.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Come Join Us 

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

***  We began a complex discussion at last week's Symposium:
ART : Appropriation - Authenticity - Application.
Let's Continue the Discussion !!   ***

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Symposium XI

We are so pleased to announce the UC Berkeley Art Alumni Group's Symposium XI:

Exploring the evolving role of technology in relation to contemporary art practice. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013 / 9 am - 4 pm
UC Berkeley, 160 Kroeber Hall

FREE + OPEN to the public!

Panelists include*:
Dena Beard, Assistant Curator, UC Berkeley Art Museum
Allan deSouza, Artist, Professor UC Berkeley Dept. of Art Practice
Donald Farnsworth, Artist, Founder-Publisher Magnolia Editions
Jeff Kelley, Curator and Writer
Noah Lang, Publishing and Artist Management, Electric Works
Foad Satterfield, Artist, Curator, Professor Dominican University
Nina Zurier, Artist

Jan Wurm, Artist, Curator, Educator

To order lunch ($15 - cash only the day of the event / pre-pay via PayPal) provided by Ann’s Cateringplease email:

Symposium XI Agenda

9:00 am - 9:30 am  
Participant registration, refreshments served
- Processing of payment for lunch sales for those who pre-ordered (recommended). 
- A limited number of lunches will be available to buy the day-of the event.  
- Lunch is $15, cash only the day-of the event / pre-pay via PayPal.  
- Provided by Ann’s Catering with vegetarian and vegan options 

9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Morning panel session

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch break
- The catered lunch will be served in the Worth Ryder Gallery, Kroeber Hall.
- For those not taking part in the catered lunch, there are a number of eateries in the area.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm  
Afternoon panel session

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
- Drinks and refreshments will be served in the Worth Ryder Gallery.

Please see the neighboring Berkeley Art Museum's information for visitor's parking.  Kroeber Hall is located across the street (Bancroft Way) and north of BAM.  

Kroeber Hall is easily accessibly by a number of different AC Transit bus lines.  The Downtown Berkeley BART station is a twenty minute walk or short bus ride away.

*Panelists update:
Critic David Roth will unfortunately not be able to participate in this year's symposium as planned.  
We are pleased to welcome artist Nina Zurier to our distinguished group of panelists.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sanchez Art Center 50 | 50 V

Opening Friday!
1220-B Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica, CA

Preview: Fri, 8/23, 6-7:30p
Grand Opening: Fri, 8/23, 7:30-9p
Grand Closing: Sun, 9/29, 1-5p

Carol Ladewig | Painting Days, 2013, acrylic and gouache on panels

Here's how Pacifica's Sanchez Art Center explains this special annual exhibition...

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Meet Up!

Come Join Us 

TUESDAY, AUSUST 27th  5:00 p.m. 
6th & Gilman in Berkeley 
As Summer Draws to a Close
***   Come Share Tales of the Road and Stories of Sizzling Studios   ***
                                                 ...and bring a friend !

Friday, June 21, 2013

Lure: Bay Area Artists Explore the Sea

SFMOMA Artists Gallery
June 15 - August 15, 2013

In recognition of the America's Cup sailing regatta taking place this summer on the San Francisco Bay, this exhibition brings together works by Bay Area artists who look to the sea as a primary reference in creating art. The exhibition offers a water-centric exploration of a vital Bay Area resource, attempting to reveal fresh insight and meanings inspired by the region's seas.
Artists include Julie Alvarado, Suzy Barnard, Leo Bersamina, Willard Dixon, Jessica Dunne, Nancy Genn, Colin Gift, Julian Honig, Katina Houston, Abner Kingman, Janel Lepin, Ian MacLean, Bonnie Neumann, Judy O'Shea, Susan Parker, Emily Payne, Ken Roberts, Tim Svenonious, and Marie Van Elder.

Free and open to the public.
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd., Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123-1284
Hours: Tues. thru Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kimberly Rowe's NYC Gallery Debut

Kimberly Rowe's piece Laissez Vivre (la Nappe d'Autel) will be part of New York City's Viridian Artists 24th Annual International Exhibition, juried by Elizabeth Sussman, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The exhibition opens on Tuesday, July 2nd, and runs through Saturday, July 20th.
Reception on Thursday, July 18th, from 6 to 9 pm.  

For a full listing of Kimberly Rowe's current exhibitions, visit

Friday, May 24, 2013

Meet Up!

Come Join Us 
Tuesday, June 4th, 5:00 p.m. 
6th & Gilman in Berkeley

Come Share Plans for Summer


Sunday, May 12, 2013

"Summer 2013"
June 1 – August 11, 2013

Please join us on June 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM during the reception of this new exhibition that continues the Hammerfriar tradition of presenting the rich diversity of contemporary art.
Hammerfriar Gallery is located at 132 Mill Street, Suite 101, in Healdsburg.
Gallery hours are 10-6 Tuesday - FridaySaturday 10 - 5 and NOW OPEN Sunday 12-4. Closed on Mondays.
For more information, call (707) 473-9600, or visit the Gallery website at

Sat, June 1 , 6-9 PM,  the Gallery will open a new show featuring the following 4 artists:  
Harley: Oil Paintings
Bill Shelley: Figurative Works
Brian Wilson: Ceramic Sculpture 
Hugh Livingston: (Installation With a Grand Finale at Warnecke Ranch)
Points of View: Russian River a gallery installation of video, audio and photographs organized in conjunction with the compositional and ecological ideas behind the River Opera, performed at the Warnecke Ranch and Vineyards on August 10*.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Marin Open Studios 5/11 - 5/12/ Sat-Sunday at:
Novato Arts Center
781 Hamilton Parkway, Classroom
Novato, CA

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Fiction and Fondue

Friday, May 10
5-7 pm
Artists' talk and readings 6 pm

Join Liberty Arts for an evening with
Siskiyou Writers Group reading poetry & prose inspired by

paintings by

Friday, May 3, 2013

43rd Annual UC Berkeley MFA Graduate Exhibition

May 17, 2013 - June 16, 2013

Be among the first to encounter the work of six promising artists as they embark on their careers. Each year, BAM/PFA teams with the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice to present the works of graduating M.F.A. students. 

This year's graduates are: 

Dru Anderson 
Dusadee Pang Huntrakul 
Erin Colleen Johnson 
Sahar Khoury 
Jess Rowland 
Sean Talley

The annual M.F.A. exhibition at BAM/PFA is made possible by the Barbara Berelson Wiltsek Endowment.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Robert Poplack and Jan Wurm: Personal Landscapes

April 12- May 10 
       An exhibition of paintings and drawings by
exploring figurative and abstract experiences of nature. 

Opening Reception: April 12th 5-7 p.m. 
Liberty Arts (108 West Minor St. Yreka, CA 96097) 
Gallery Hours:   Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 Nocturne - Camping  oil on canvas 48"x 108"

Monday, April 1, 2013

Meet Up!

Come Join Us 
Wednesday, April 3rd  5:00 p.m. 
6th & Gilman in Berkeley

On the agenda: review and discuss this year's Spring Training event!

Friday, March 8, 2013


Sunday, March 17th, 10a - 4p
Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley

An unique opportunity open to all artists to meet one-on-one with arts professionals for advice on......a new body of work / website / presentation materials / prepared grant or residency applications.

Register today to reserve your 20-minute spot!

This year’s generous and supportive mentors include:
Lucinda Barnes | Chief Curator, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California
Karin Breuer | Curator in Charge, Achenbach Graphic Arts Foundation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Amanda Eicher | Visiting Lecturer, University of California Berkeley Department of Art Practice /  Artist
Jack Fischer | Jack Fischer Gallery
Archana Horsting | Executive Director + Co-Founder, Kala Art Institute / Artist
Indira Morre | Co-owner, Martina Johnston Gallery / Visiting Lecturer, University of California Berkeley Department of Art Practice / Artist
Amy Owen | Curator, di Rosa Preserve
Griff Williams | Art Publisher + Gallerist, Gallery 16

REGISTRATION is a two part process:

1. To secure a place, send an email listing your first choice of mentor, with your second and third back-up choices, to

2. After receiving an email with your appointment time and mentor, complete the registration process by paying the process fee of $25 using the PayPal button on the top right hand side of the Cal Art Alumni blog at

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sonya Rapoport - DUALITY

Sonya Rapoport is exhibiting DUALITY, a digital collage, at Gallery Sensenci in Shizuoka, Japan, from March 2 through March 24, 2013.

The theme of the photo exhibition is 'A-mu', a Japanese verb. The word 'A-mu' has several meanings:

   (1) to knit (stockings); to net (a hammock); to plait (straw); to braid
(the hair); to weave (a mat); to twist

   (2) to weave (facts into a narrative); to compile (a history); to
compose (an essay); to devise (a method); to contrive (a plan); to work out (a system);
to frame (rules, etc.)

DUALITY depicts the double tower-like coiled hair style of a Nigerian woman. This hair style crowns each of two portraits of U.S. journalist Jill Carroll.  In Jill Carroll's  image under the left woven hair tower, Carroll is crying for release from an Iraqui prison. In Jill Carroll's image under the right hair woven tower, she is talking about her pleasant jail experience after her release from prison, but still under her captors control.

DUALITY is  from Rapoport's inter-media art work (in)AUTHENTIC.

Monday, March 4, 2013


***MEET UP ***
Come Join Us 

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

Come get Early Tips for 
and Advice on how to take Advantage of this Great Resource 
which is Available to All Artists, Alumni of All Institutions in our Community!!

    ...and bring a friend

Saturday, February 23, 2013

You are cordially invited to the opening reception for...
YEAR IN COLOR / LUNAR CYCLES: new work by Carol Ladewig 
SLATE Contemporary, 473 25th Street, Oakland
Thursday, February 28th, 6-8p
...also open for the Art Murmur on Friday, March 1st, 6-9p
An exhibit of new work that explores the abstract concept of time through the lens of a daily art practice.  Featuring two large-scale abstract painting installations, smaller canvases, prints on paper, and new works on metal.  The accompanying catalog Painting Time will also be available.  With essays by art critic DeWitt Cheng and SLATE gallery director Danielle Fox, the text chronicles the conceptual grounding, methods, and personal history that Ladewig invests in this body of work.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Sonya Rapoport - "ImPOSSIBLE CONVERSATIONS?" Data Gathering Event at Martina } { Johnston

Martina }{ Johnston


One Day Only!
Sunday, February 10th, 2013 from 1 to 4 pm

Martina }{ Johnston would like to invite you to a one-day special Data Gathering Event for artist Sonya Rapoport's project "ImPOSSIBLE CONVERSATIONS?" on Sunday, February 10th, 2013 from 1 to 4 pm. 

Sonya Rapoport will be presenting a new interactive project and invites viewers to come and participate in a simple matching experiment under controlled conditions. The results of this experiment will become part of "ImPOSSIBLE CONVERSATIONS?" and will be exhibited at the Fresno Art Museum in May of this year.  

"ImPOSSIBLE CONVERSATIONS?" is structured by Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley's "Market Design and Matching Theory", which won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics. This theory explores how people, institutions, and companies find and select each other to create stable matches. The work takes the form of a series of collages; each consists of a black and white photograph of a "pattern painting" that Rapoport created and exhibited in the late 60's, overlaid on a contemporary newspaper advertisement, and juxtaposed with a short text appropriated from the media.

Based in the Bay Area, Sonya Rapoport has exhibited her conceptual and new media artwork internationally. She recently had retrospective exhibitions at the Kala Institute in Berkeley and Mills College Art Museum. She received her MFA from UC Berkeley in 1949. Many of her web-based digital pieces 
can be experienced on her website, and she maintains an active blog about her work

We hope to see you on Sunday, February 10th!

Thank you!

Indira Martina Morre and Farley Johnston Gwazda

Sonya Rapoport, "Impossible Conversations," Photograph and Newsprint Collage, 2013.

*Martina }{ Johnston is an artist-run house gallery located at:
1201 6th St., 2nd Floor, 
Berkeley, CA 94701

Fan Martina }{ Johnston on Facebook

To our disabled viewers - unfortunately our house gallery is located on the second floor, up a flight of stairs. We would be happy to discuss ways that we could make it possible for you to experience the show!

Support for Martina }{ Johnston is provided by Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure Grant Program.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dear Fellow Alumni

Have work in two ongoing exhibitions:
Wonder at the Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday, Noon - 5pm
Kala's Artist Annual, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, Noon - 5pm and Saturday,  Noon - 4:30pm
Opening on January 24 at Slate Contemporary, Oakland (see below)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Sonya Rapoport is exhibiting her web piece, "MAKE ME A JEWISH MAN: An Alternative Masculinity,"  in Techfest 2013 IIT Bombay, India - Asia's Largest Science and Technology Festival by Indian Institute of Technology.

"MAKE ME A JEWISH MAN: An Alternative Masculinity," is an interactive web-based artwork. It describes the power of blood and the significance of oil in the cultivation of the ideal Jewish man. This process is paralleled with the morphology of its horticultural hermaphroditic counterpart, the olive tree, from which oil, the light of Jewish Law, is processed. Olive Oyl, partner to macho Popeye, is the spokesperson pop-up who interrupts the edicts to take a feminist stance. 
(This may be viewed at:

Techfest, a non-profit student organization, started off in 1998 with the motto "Technology is fun." This is a great and unique forum of confluence for Industry and Academia where exchange of knowledge takes place by showcasing of cutting edge technology and breakthroughs in science in the form of exhibits. The fifteenth Edition of Techfest is scheduled to be held from 3rd Jan to 5th January 2013. Techfest brings in a participation of about 92,000.