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Lea Cetera | Kala Artist Project Space Residency

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Lea Cetera | Kala Artist Project Space Residency
May 21-June 6, 2015
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12-5pm

Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702

Kala Fellowship Artist Lea Cetera is in residence in Kala’s Artist Project Space in the gallery through June 6. While in residence, Lea will be creating a public participatory exquisite corpse video in collaboration with visitors to the gallery. For her project, Lea is interested in exploring what happens with excerpts of prepared dialogue and where that can go with unrestricted and open-ended parameters when performed in collaboration with members of the public. Inviting visitors to perform in her video, either solo or in pairs, Lea will be supplying props, prompts, pre-scripted lines or improv, depending on the participant’s desires, in the minimal set she has created– an empty white room, a door and a table and chair. Available for participant’s use will be a prop table of various objects that may be utilized during the performance along with wireless microphones. After collecting the scenes, Lea will be editing it all together in order to create some kind of new narrative that neither the performers nor director could anticipate. Like any exquisite corpse, there is no true sense of the outcome until the end.

See more of Lea’s work here.

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DONUT TALKS at KALA – Lea Cetera and Rodrigo Valenzuela

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DONUT TALKS at KALA

Fellowship Artists Lea Cetera and Rodrigo Valenzuela
Artist Talks with coffee and donuts

Saturday, May 30, 11am-1pm

Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA 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 coffee and donuts will be served, thanks to our sponsor, Pepples Donuts!

On Saturday, May 30, current Fellowship artists Lea Cetera and Rodrigo Valenzuela will present an artist talks about their recent work and projects in progress during their Kala residencies. Lea Cetera will be in the Kala Project Space and will use the studio space as an ongoing film set, filming and creating and experimenting with an open narrative form, utilizing a public studio space as well the audience as a way of creating a filmic exquisite corpse. During Rodrigo Valenzuela’s residency, he has been using a neighborhood salvage store as his photo studio, expanding on his creative practice that expands the contradicting traditions of documentary and fiction.

 

Lea Cetera works in video, sculpture and performance to produce temporal video installations that examine the space between object and body, public and private, the virtual and real. Utilizing techniques culled from theatre, film and puppetry, her work investigates constructed identities, the object, technology, alienation, fantasy and role-play. Cetera has performed and shown work in the USA and internationally at venues such as Sculpture Center, The Jewish Museum, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland, OR), Pilar Corrias (London, UK), Southard Reid (London, UK), Simone Subal, High Desert Test Sites (Joshua Tree, CA), Poetry Project at St. Marks Church on the Bowery, Anthology Film Archives and participated in Portugal Arte 2010 and the New Wight Biennial 2012. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, 2012 and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art, 2005. She lives and works in New York City.

Rodrigo Valenzuela is a Chilean artist living between Houston and Seattle. Rodrigo holds a BFA in photography from The University of Chile , a BA in Philosophy from The Evergreen State College and an MFA in Photomedia from the University of Washington. He is currently a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. His work has been shown at MOCA Miami, National Academy Museum in New York, North Dakota Museum of Art, Henry Art Gallery, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, COCA Seattle and more. Rodrigo is also an alumni of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture , Vermont Studio Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Clark College. During 2015 Rodrigo will have solo shows at the Contemporary Art Museum in Santiago, Chile, The Frye art museum in Seattle WA and UPFOR gallery in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

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East Bay Gives

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On Tuesday, May 5, Kala Art Institute is proud to join 360 other East Bay nonprofits for East Bay Gives, a 24-hour online giving campaign. Our goal is to raise $5,000 from donors like you to support our youth art programs including a seven-week summer art camp and innovative art residencies in Alameda County public schools.

Give where you live and support Kala. Your gift will go to make Camp Kala accessible to diverse young artists and to fund fall residencies in public schools in Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland. Every dollar you donate, up to $5,000, will be matched by individual Kala donors who raised funds for this on April 25th at Kala’s annual spring auction benefit.

Double the power of your gift—by donating to Kala Art Institute on May 5!

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PRINT PUBLIC opens May 7, Thurs, 6-9pm

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Please join us next Thursday, May 7, 6-9pm, for the Opening Reception of Print Public, Kala’s two-year place-making project.

This has been a ground-breaking new direction for Kala and we are thrilled to share it: from the 2013/2014 research phase with UC Berkeley students, to our Neighborhood Charettes and Potlucks, to the implementation of the respective art projects from the six artist teams, and to all the new relationships that have been forged throughout.

Print Public
May 7 – June 27, 2015
Opening Reception: Thurs, May 7, 6-9pm
Open House: Sat, May 16, 12-5pm
Calendar of Events 

Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
(510)841-7000; www.kala.org; Tues–Sat 12-5pm

​Susan O’Malley, ‘Advice From My 80 Year-Old Self,’ 2015

 

Kala Art Institute presents the exhibition and final phase of Print Public, a two-year place-making project along the San Pablo Avenue Corridor in our West Berkeley neighborhood. Please join us for the Opening Reception on May 7, Open House on May 16, and related events in the gallery and around the neighborhood (calendar attached).

Print Public was conceived in collaboration with the University of Berkeley’s Department of City & Regional Planning as an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation. Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Susan O’Malley, Sue Mark, Swell, and Imin Yeh have created distinct artworks in partnership with the San Pablo Avenue community. During year one of the project, Print Public was integrated into UC’s urban planning research course called [IN]City. The lead faculty are Fernando Hector Burga and Karen Trapenberg-Frick. The [IN]City student team consisted of Derrick Behm, Emily Busch, Lucia Constantine, John McWhirter, and Lu Sun. Additional UC student-partners include Julie Chau (partnered with Susan O’Malley) and Anisha Gade (partnered with Sue Mark).

An essay, and a special dedication for Susan O’Malley, by Christian Frock will accompany the exhibition. Susan O’Malley passed away unexpectedly in March 2015. While we continue to sway from the shock, her artwork serves to ground us in love and beauty. Her memorial site: morebeautifulthanyoucouldeverimagine.com/

Kala Art Institute gratefully acknowledges support for Print Public from: University of California Berkeley Chancellors’ Community Partnership Fund, The City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities Grant, California Humanities’ California Stories Grant, and The Andy Warhol Foundation.

Kala also thanks and acknowledges the following important neighborhood partners: Bob’s Machining Co., Flooring Alternatives, Signarama-Berkeley, Berkeley Adult Day Health Center, Golden Gate Library, Destiny Arts Center, PLACE, Actual Café, SPAGGIA, The Emeryville Historical Society, The Ecology Center, Urban Adamah, Love Our Neighborhood Day, and Carissa Potter.

Please see the attached pdf for Print Public’s Calendar of Events and Project Briefs

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

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BAM Student Art Exhibition!

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This past school year Kala has been working with the students of Berkeley Arts Magnet. Making self-portraits, still life paintings, and much more. These students have been hard at work! Now it’s time to celebrate all of the wonderful art they’ve produced. On May 7th, Kala will be hosting an art exhibition for BAM students grades TK-5th. Please join us for food, drinks, and most of all, amazing artwork!
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Family Art Night at Berkeley Arts Magnet!

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Kala will be hosting a family art night with Berkeley Arts Magnet. Students, family, and friends are all welcome to come and join in the activities!

When: April 22nd, 2015 [6:30-8pm]

Where: Berkeley Arts Magnet 2015 Virginia St, Berkeley, CA 94709

Come by any time this Wednesday to participate in some fun art projects!

Watercolor animals [Mr. Malloy's class]

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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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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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Event:
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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