The Jerry Adams Gallery at Berkeley City College presents exhibitions featuring student and faculty artists and an annual invitational solo show of a Bay Area artist. Shows in 2009-2013 have included digital prints, photography, painting, drawing and mixed media representing the school's rich, diverse and active art community. The gallery is managed by the BCC Arts Council which includes student and faculty members from the Fine Arts and Multimedia Arts departments, and members of the BCC Digital Arts Club.
Our current show is the "Student Show, Spring 2013", which will be open from April 19 to Aug. 19, 2013. The image below is "Nevada Bar", a photograph by Tracy Johnston, who is featured in this show.
Jennie Braman, a teacher of fine art, and Matthew Silverberg, a teacher of digital art, are the curators of this show, so both departments are equally represented here. It may be that the show has a theme, or the works share something right-brain in common, but I think Matthew and Jennie just liked these particular pieces. They have also included in their selection a wide variety of moods and methods and media.
But even if this show is without a theme it might be instructive to ponder the order in which it has been sequenced. Is there an order, and if you follow it, does it add anything to your viewing experience? Consider, also, the simple juxtapositions: do any of the works placed next to each other make each more than the sum of its parts? As students, we must be active observers and learn from our own responses.
As an older student, a grandma even, I’m thrilled to see that new students are still hard at work making art that hangs on a wall – a daunting task in this wired and dismal economy. There has to be a sliver of DNA that makes some of us keep trying to find a visual way to grab people and elicit a response. And isn’t it great that Berkeley City College recognizes this need and hires teachers who want to help?
---- Tracy Johnston
P.S: If you want to see who I am, go to the photo of the guy at the bar and look at the empty spot next to him where I was sitting. There’s my big map of Nevada (the way a shy person in a bar starts a conversation), a dollar bill, an empty glass and my car keys.
Our gallery is located just 1/2 block west of the Berkeley BART station in the heart of Berkeley's Arts and Entertainment District. Open Mon-Friday, 9AM-6PM, the gallery's main wall is also visible from the sidewalk on Center Street after hours.
Berkeley City College is wheelchair accessible.