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Artists In Schools: Kala at Berkeley Arts Magnet

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Berkeley Arts Magnet [BAM] is a school that already has teachers who love art and try to incorporate it into their students’ lives as often as possible- so Kala was welcomed with open arms to come and add some more!

Kala has been working with Berkeley Arts Magnet as part of our Artists in Schools program this past school year. The work we have been doing has been both exciting and meaningful with both the students and staff- forming bonds and teaching lessons that will give students a broader view of themselves as artists. As an Art Teaching Assistant working in this program, I have had a blast assist-teaching visual art and have learned much from the students along the way as well.

BAM is a TK-5th grade elementary school, and over the last nine months we have had the opportunity to meet and work with every grade! Giving the kids new techniques with which to make art is an important part of what Scout Sheys, Artist Teacher, and myself, Alyssa Montantes, are doing with these students. We have just finished an exciting self-portrait printmaking project with the first graders, for example. We want to introduce them to art practices they have yet to encounter, and encourage them to keep making more!

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Donut Talks: Fellowship Artist Miguel A. Aragon

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Location: Kala Art Institute
2990 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, California 94702

Kala Art Institute is excited to present DONUT TALKS, a new series featuring artists from our Fellowship and Artist-In-Residence programs during their studio residencies. DONUT TALKS are free of charge and open to the public. And donuts will be served!

On Saturday, April 18, current Fellowship artist Miguel A. Aragon will be presenting an artist talk about his recent work that has focused on his native city of of Juárez, México. For the past several years he has been exploring the violent events in Mexico due to the War on Drugs and through continued visits to his birth city of Juárez, he has noticed the changes in the urban landscape and people’s attitude towards being outside their home. Miguel has created a body of work from this research that includes a series of large-scale works on paper. Following the artist talk, Miguel will lead participants in a demonstration of his hand-drilling technique.

Miguel A. Aragón was born and raised in Ciudad Juárez, México; currently he resides in Brooklyn, NY and he is an Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island. His work is included in the books A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking by Matthew Egan, Michael Ehlbeck and Heather Muise; and in Arte Tejano: de campos, barrios y fronteras by Cesáreo Moreno and published by Smithsonian Latino Center and Fundación OSDE. In 2012 he received the Artist of the Year in Printmaking Award by the Austin Visual Arts Association and the Austin Critics Table Award for Artist of the Year. His work has been exhibited and reviewed nationally and internationally in venues such as the International Print Center New York, Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco CA, FotoFest in Houston TX, OSDE Espacio de Arte in Argentina, Austin Museum of Art, Mexic-Arte Museum, and in countries such as Canada, Japan, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, New Zealand, Germany and the United Kingdom. His work is also included in numerous public and private collections; these include The University of Arkansas Little Rock, National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago IL; Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin TX; Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne IN and Kyoto International Woodcut Association in Kyoto Japan to name a few.

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Artist Talk & Performance by Maiko Sugano

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Kala Fellowship Public Programs, Spring/Summer 2015

Kala Fellowship Talks

Artist Talk & Performance: Maiko Sugano

Tuesday, March 3, 7pm
Kala Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702

Join us for an evening artist talk and performance by 2014-2015 fellowship artist Maiko Sugano. In her performance Maiko will present new work that she created in residency at Kala in the form of a tea ceremony. Kala Residency Fellowship Program includes an annual series of artist talks, workshops, and performances presented by current Fellows during their studio residencies. This series is free of charge and open to the public.

Maiko Sugano received her BA from the School of Fine Arts at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music, and her MFA from California College of the Arts. She has been an assistant researcher at the department of Intermedia Art at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music and received her PhD in 2014. She was a recipient of the Excellence Prize in the Parco URBANART #6 competition, the Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship, the Wornick Scholarship from California College of Arts, and Japanese Government Overseas Study Program Artist grant. She currently lives and works in Ibaragi, Japan.

 

 

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Kala’s 2015 Gala and Auction: Fresh & Local

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FRESH & LOCAL! KALA’S 2015 SPRING GALA AND AUCTION

Preview Party:
Thursday, April 9, 6–9 pm, Free admission

Exhibition Dates:
April 9 – April 25, 2015, Free admission

Gala Auction:
Saturday, April 25, 6:30–10 pm
VIP cocktail party at Meyer Sound, 6-7 pm

Auction Tickets:
$75 in advance; $100 at the door;
$150 VIP: includes Cocktail Party at Meyer Sound
$250 Patron: two tickets and VIP Cocktail Party at Meyer Sound

Gallery Address:
Kala, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA  94702

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 12–5pm; Saturday, 12–4:30pm

 

Kala Art Institute announces FRESH & LOCAL!, its  2015 annual gala benefit auction to be held from 6:30-10:30 pm Saturday, April 25 at the Kala Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley. The auction — featuring over 100 works by Bay Area artists along with art-related services and treasures offered by local donors — provides vital support for Kala’s extensive array of artistic, cultural, and educational programs serving the East Bay community and beyond.

FRESH & LOCAL! opens with a preview party at the gallery from 6-9 pm Tuesday, April 9 followed by a two-week-long exhibition of the works on offer, enabling early birds to view the auction items in advance and make pre-emptive bids.

Participating artists include Val Britton, Sofia Cordova, Naomie Kremer, Hung Liu, Kara Maria, Jim Melchert, Richard Misrach, Susan O’Malley, Francesca Pastine, James Sterling Pitt, Ann Weber, and more.

Tickets for the gala auction on the night of Saturday, April 25 include a bid number for both live and silent auctions, sumptuous food, copious wine, and live music along with a dazzling variety of art work for every taste and budget. VIP ticket holders will enjoy a pre-auction cocktail party at Meyer Sound’s impressive headquarters next door to the Kala Gallery.

Malcolm Margolin, community visionary and founder of Berkeley-based Heyday Books, will host the auction as Honorary Chair. Celebrity chef Narsai David will return as Master of Ceremonies. Artists Kim Anno and Don and Era Farnsworth will be honored as the 2015 recipients of Kala Master Artist Award, joining previous honorees Emmanuel Montoya, Richard Shaw, Katherine Sherwood, Livia Stein, Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Jim Melchert, Hung Liu, Deborah Oropallo, Enrique Chagoya, and Rupert Garcia.

Proceeds from FRESH AND LOCAL! support the educational and cultural programming of Kala Art Institute, a non-profit arts organization located inWest Berkeley. Kala Art Institute is dedicated to helping artists sustain their creative work over time through residency programs, exhibitions, classes, workshops, and innovative art outreach in public schools.

Now in its 41st year, Kala has grown from its early days in a tiny garage studio with one etching press and a single hot plate to its current 15,200 square foot art making facility with studios and a gallery in the historic Heinz Building. Its mission remains the same: to be a thriving, creative hub for artists and to provide engaging, artistic public programming now and into the future.

Tickets for Kala’s FRESH AND LOCAL! auction are available now at www.kala.org or by calling Kala at 510-841-7000. A more complete list of artists, with images and information about the art and additional auction items, will be available on the Kala website by March 15, 2015.

 

 

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Seeing Time – Time Traveler: Gallery Conversation with Freddy Chandra, Desirée Holman and Ranu Mukherjee

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Seeing Time – Time Traveller
January 15 – March 21, 2015

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 15, 6-8pm

Artist Talk with Freddy Chandra, Desirée Holman and Ranu Mukherjee
Saturday, February 21, 2pm
Kala Gallery, Berkeley

Kala Art Institute is excited to present an artist talk with Freddy Chandra, Desirée Holman and Ranu Mukherjee, featuring in our current exhibition, Seeing Time – Time Traveller. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Freddy Chandras work consists of site-specific installations and multi-panel wall compositions. Each installation is an immersive environment constructed as a place that encourages sensory understanding of physical space and temporal duration. His compositions suggest a contingency in the rhythmic act of marking space and shifts that occur in our experience of time. Chandra completed his undergraduate studies in Architecture and Art Practice from the University of California at Berkeley, and obtained his MFA in Studio Art from Mills College in Oakland. He is an Adjunct Faculty at Mills College, and has previously been a Summer Session Lecturer at UC Berkeley. He is a recipient of a 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. He has also previously received a Kala Art Institute Fellowship, a Project Space Residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and a residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

Desirée Holmans multi-sensory work positions theatrical tools like costumes or props, in settings that illuminate ideas of identity, knowledge, and the complexities of the human psyche. Her new work Sophist explores everything spacy including astrology, aliens, auras, harmonic convergence, mysticism, occultism, animal magnetism and other spiritual pseudo-sciences. In this new body of work, Holman creates harmony between the real and fiction, the rational and instinct, and the past and future. Holman holds a Masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She was awarded a San Francisco Modern Museum of Art SECA award in 2008 and in 2007 the Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue award. Solo exhibitions of her work include the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Berkeley Art Museum’s MATRIX program.http://www.desireeholman.com/ 

Ranu Mukherjee’s hybrid films, textiles, works on paper and performed projects explore the construction of culture and probe ways that contemporary life is shaped by creolization and nomadism. She actively collects her source material or nomadic archive from the public, and composes her work with this material engaging viewers through a culturally hybrid and visibly crafted aesthetic. Mukherjee received an MFA in painting from the Royal College of Art, London and a BFA in painting and film from the Massachusetts College of Art. Mukherjee’s work has been exhibited and screened internationally in New Delhi, Jakmel, London, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Berlin, Turin, Belfast, Capetown and Budapest. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris. http://www.ranumukherjee.com/

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Seeing Time – Time Traveller: Gallery Conversation with Yasuaki Onishi

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Seeing Time – Time Traveller
January 15 – March 21, 2015

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 15, 6-8pm

Artist Talk with Yasuaki Onishi
Saturday, January 17, 2pm
Kala Gallery, Berkeley

Kala Art Institute is excited to present an artist talk with Yasuaki Onishi, featuring in our current exhibition, Seeing Time – Time Traveller. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Yasuaki Onishi creates the installation Vertical Emptinessusing a combination of wire, glue, and crystallized urea. His memorable work shifts viewers’ attention from the reality of his mundane materials to the larger perception of air, gravity, space and light. He studied sculpture at the University of Tsukuba and Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan. He has had solo exhibitions throughout Japan, and his work was included in Ways of Worldmaking (2011), at the National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO). His most recent US solo exhibition (2012) was at the The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. In 2010, Onishi was the recipient of a United States Japan Foundation Fellowship that included a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, as well as a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York.http://www.onys.net/

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Heft: Kala Off-Site Exhibition

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Artwork: Terry Berlier, Open Secret, 2013

Opening reception: Thurs, Jan 22, 6-8pm
Dec 19, 2014–Apr 11, 2015
Kala Off-Site Exhibitions
Berkeley Central Arts Passage
2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA
M-S 9-6

Terry Berlier
Angela Hennessy
Masako Miki
Stephanie Robison
Angie Wilson

Kala Art Institute is pleased to announce, Heft, the latest in Kala’s Off-Site Exhibitions series at Berkeley Central Arts Passage. We invite you to join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, January 22, 6-8pm.

Heft presents the work of five artists converging around the theme of weightiness. Think: brawn, material weight, substance, chutzpah, socio-political significance, and muscles.

Terry Berlier offers three works: a neon sign indictment (originally a response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident of 2011) and two literally hefty objects. Angela Hennessy’s new works on view present a timely response to recent and ongoing racial injustice by foregrounding the chromatic and material density of blackness. Masako Miki’s finely detailed renderings of animal mysticism – often executed as enormous muralworks on paper – envision a world beyond human-centric logic. Stephanie Robison crafts her marble and stone sculptures with surprising agility, humor, and humility. Angie Wilson’s textile-based works utilize scale, repetition, and vernacular materials with an impact that belies their soft, maliable origins and spark conversations about labor, consumerism, and the handmade.

Kala’s Off-Site Exhibitions series features artworks from Berkeley-based artists and the Kala community. Work- ing together in the vibrant downtown Berkeley Arts District, Berkeley Central Arts Passage and Kala Art Institute are forging new connections between artists and audience.

For further information contact Amanda Curreri at Kala Art Institute: amanda@kala.org.

http://www.kala.org/exhibitions/current_berkeleycentral.html

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Print Public [IN]City Collaboration

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Come view the results from Kala’s Print Public partnership with UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. Printed as large posters (48 x 26 inches), the [IN]City boards are on view in the gallery offering a special look at statistical data gathered in the neighborhood. For more information, contact: amanda@kala.orgwww.kala.org/print_public

What do you want to see in your neighborhood?
In the summer of 2012, a sign showed up on Kala’s front door with the contact information for a group of students in an urban planning course at the University of California at Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (CED). A few phone calls and emails later and the groundwork for our pilot place-making initiative, Print Public, was born. A two-year Chancellor’s Community Partnership Grant has enabled a team of six artists to develop public art projects in partnership with CED students.

[IN]City
CED offers students considering graduate school a unique crash course in urban planning called [IN]City. Students work with faculty and guest clients to redesign and research East Bay neighborhoods conducting studio and field work. They visit streets at various times of day and night, take photos, talk to residents and businesses, observe traffic patterns, pedestrian and bike flow, learn data visualization techniques, and present plans for an improved streets cape. Students explore complex sustainability goals, land use, and transportation issues. At the end of the urban planning boor camp, they present their improvements to the City of Berkeley.

San Pablo Transit Corridor
Realizing a common goal, CED and Kala are working together to share planning, design, engineering skills, and artistic vision to work on an improved San Pablo Corridor from Dwight Way to the Oakland/Berkeley border at Alcatraz Avenue. Building on the recent [IN]City project and the course’s collaborative model, we have also partnered individual UC students with artist-led Print Public projects to make these ideas come to life.

 

[IN]City Students: Derrick Behm, Emily Busch, Lucia Constantine, John McWhirter, Lu Sun

[IN]City Lead Instructor: H. Fernando Burga

Print Public Artists: Sue Mark (mark search), Susan O’Malley, Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Swell (Ali Naschke-Messing & Helena Meryman), Imin Yeh

 

Print Public is an innovative place-making project bringing Kala Art Institute and multiple community partners together to create art installations, print kiosks, pop-up projects and other innovative acts of culture along San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Artist-teams are developing distinct projects within the San Pablo Avenue transit corridor, creating an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation.  Visit Print Public online to learn more.

Print Public Artists: Sue Mark (marksearch), Susan O’Malley, Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Swell (Ali Naschke-Messing and Helena Meryman), and Imin Yeh

 

Events and programming scheduled along San Pablo Avenue throughout 2014–2015

Gallery Exhibition: May 7–June 27, 2015

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PRINT PUBLIC Potluck

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November 13, Thursday, 6–8pm
Artist Team Presentations: 7–8pm
Kala Gallery and Barclay and Sharon Simpson Conference Room
2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Sue Mark, Communities Crossing, 2014-2015

 

Join Kala’s Print Public artist teams – Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Sue Mark (marksearch ), Susan O’Malley, Swell (collaborative duo Ali Naschke-Messing and design studio ScrapD), and Imin Yeh – for an evening of discussion and feedback about their public art projects. Meet the artists, hear about their R&D, and share valuable feedback on their respective projects along the San Pablo Avenue Corridor. Results from our partnership with UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design’s INCity students will be on view offering a special look at statistical data gathered in the neighborhood. For more information, contact: amanda@kala.orgwww.kala.org/print_public

*If inclined, bring a dish to share in the holiday spirit.

 

Print Public is an innovative place-making project bringing Kala Art Institute and multiple community partners together to create art installations, print kiosks, pop-up projects and other innovative acts of culture along San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Artist-teams are developing distinct projects within the San Pablo Avenue transit corridor, creating an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation.  Visit Print Public online to learn more.

Print Public Artists: Sue Mark (marksearch), Susan O’Malley, Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Swell (Ali Naschke-Messing and Helena Meryman), and Imin Yeh

 

Events and programming scheduled along San Pablo Avenue throughout 2014–2015

Gallery Exhibition: May 7–June 27, 2015

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Artist Talk & Reception: Katya Nikonorova and Neno Belchev

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Tuesday, November 11, 6-8pm

Kala Art Institute Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

Kala Art Institute and California College of the Arts are pleased to present a lecture program with 2014 Artslink Fellowship artists Katya Nikonorova from Kazakhstan and Neno Belchev from Bulgaria. We hope you can join us for this lecture followed by a farewell reception for the artists.

Kazakhstan artist Katya Nikonorova, an artist in residence throughout the Arts LInk Fellowship program and the California College of Arts, will present the work of a wide variety of artists from Kazakhstan. This presentation will include internationally known artists as well as members of the vibrant, young and upcoming Kazakh art community.  Nikonorova will address the conceptual and aesthetic development of Kazkah contemporary art through their work and speak about the trends and themes that are most relevant artists working in Central Asia.

Neno Belchev is a multidisciplinary artist, who recently was an artist in residency by CEC Artslink Award at KALA Art Institute (Berkeley, CA). Neno will present his latest video art works and will talk about his work completed in the bay area. The talk aims to enlighten the concept and ideas behind the work and Neno’s understanding about art. 

Katya Nikonorova was born in Alma-Ata, Kazkhstan in 1981.  She received her degree in Architecture and Urban Planning at Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering.  Since 2000, Nikonorova has focused on a contemporary fine arts practice.  She has participated in exhibitions, seminars and workshops internationally including exhibitions in Almaty, Bishkek, Moscow, London, Paris, Turin and Singapore.  Her work frequently addresses the topic of architecture, land and urban planing.  Nikonorova’s most recent works explore questions around spirituality and mysticism.  Since 1012, she has held her own Biennale, titled “Biennale of Katya Nikonorova” in Almaty.  She will present her second Biennale during her Arts Link Fellowship in San Francisco.

Born in 1971 in Varna, Bulgaria, Neno has graduated from National Academy for Fine Arts in Sofia, BG. He recently works in the fields of video art, performance, installation, sculpture, new media as well as independent curator. Neno has participated in a wide range of solo and group, national and international exhibitions: atMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte REINA SOFIA (Madrid, SPAIN; 2014); at Hong Kong City Art Hall (HONG KONG / 2013); at National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Saint Petersburg branch, RUSSIA / 2011); White Box Gallery and Apexart (New York, USA / 2010); OCAT of He Xiangning Art Museum (Shenzhen, CHINA / 2009); Wichita Falls Museum (Texas, USA / 2009); DEPO Tutun Deposi (Istanbul, TURKEY / 2009);Today Art Museum (Beijing, CHINA / 2008); Moerenuma Koen Hidamari Museum (Sapporo, JAPAN / 2007) and many others. He has been awarded artist in residence grants (AIR) in USA, Russia, China, Japan, France and Portugal and awards from international video and film festivals in Russia, USA, the Netherland and Austria.

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