Kala Art Institute presents the exhibition and final phase of Print Public, a two-year place-making project along the San Pablo 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 of events below).
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 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 acknowledge 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.