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Artists Arcade: Spring Art Open House, May 18, 2016, from 6 – 8 pm

13 May 2016

Enjoy great art, food, and music! You are invited to Artist Arcade, a two hour installation and celebration of artwork made by BCC students during the Spring semester. Drawings and paintings from 10 courses will be showcased on the 4th floor halls, with tours led by art history students occurring at regular intervals. Berkeley City College is located at 2050 Center Street, in downtown Berkeley, a half block from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station. We hope to see you there!


Artists Arcade flyer

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Simple Magic: The Art of Remy Charlip and Reclaiming Gay Jewish Ancestry

26 January 2016

BCC Art Instructor, Seth Eisen’s new show:


Click on image to visit the show’s Facebook page


Join us for a performance-lecture about the life and legacy of seminal gay Jewish artist Remy Charlip by performer Seth Eisen and dancer James Graham. This free event, co-hosted by Sha’ar Zahav and co-sponsored Keshet, will include food and refreshments.

A precocious Jewish boy raised in Brooklyn, Charlip was an integral part of the New York avant-garde of the 1950s and 60s, a founding member of The Merce Cunningham Dance Company; stage directing, designing costumes and choreographing for The Living Theater and The Judson Church Dance Theater, winning him two Village Voice Obie awards. Charlip also wrote and illustrated 30+ picture books, receiving three New York Times Best Illustrated Book citations and deemed a National Treasure by the Library of Congress.

Be the first to discover this seminal, gay ancestor in a not-to-be-missed celebration about how gay Jewish lineage is passed on from generation to generation.

Eisen’s interdisciplinary theatre works unearth and elevate the stories of LGBTQ ancestors. Eisen will be joined on stage by James Graham, Izzie award-winning dancer and teacher of Gaga (an Israeli dance form developed by Batsheva Dance Company), and actor, Harry Breaux. This dynamic event is part of Eisen’s upcoming premiere of The Charlip Project, reviving the iconoclastic life and work of Remy Charlip, opening hearts and minds to this queer Jewish original.

The Charlip Project is made possible with generous support from: The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation’s Investing in Artists Grant, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, CA$H, and formative work for The Charlip Project created during an Artist Residency at Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology, Joshua Tree, CA, 2016 and generous individuals. Eye Zen Presents is a House Artist at CounterPulse.

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28 October 2015

in my studio, on my computer Poster

in my studio, on my computer – The Art Exhibition

in my studio, on my computer


This art exhibition is intended to be a portal into the understanding of these artists’ experience as they visualized and captured their artistic concepts. Demonstrated here are drawn images on paper, turned in as a midterm assignment and digital drawings using software, turned in for a final project. The artwork was executed by the students from the Art 46, 2D Visual Design class during Spring Semester 2015.


Art 46 is a combined art and multimedia arts studio class dedicated to the development of fundamental design concepts and techniques partially through creating studio sketches and digital art.

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Courses open for Fall 2015– including Mural Design (Art 133B) and Popular Culture (Human 15)

3 August 2015

The Arts and Cultural Studies Department has many open courses for Fall 2015!

Here’s a list of just some of the courses that are still open for Fall 2015. Enroll here.

  • Mural Design — Art 133B
  • Popular Culture — Humanities 15
  • Beginning Drawing — Art 20
  • History of Western Art — Art 3
  • Jazz, Blues, & Pop Music — Music 15A
  • Religions of the World — Humanities 40
  • Formal Logic — Philosophy 11
  • Comparative Film Genres — Humanities 53
  • Story Telling in American Culture — Humanities 5
  • Introduction to Art History — Art 1
  • Persuasion and Critical Thinking — Communication 5


Many more courses are open as well!

Enroll here or visit Berkeley City College in person at 2050 Center Street in downtown Berkeley.




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Summer courses in Art History, Studio Art, Communication, Humanities, Music, and Philosophy

21 May 2015

Enroll now in one of the many courses offered through Berkeley City College’s Arts and Cultural Studies Department!


To register for classes throughout the Peralta District or to enroll in any of our courses please follow these directions.

For the most current information about Summer 2015 courses, please search on Passport.


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BCC Student Art Exhibition — reception April 23rd 6-8pm

13 April 2015

BCC Student Art Exhibition – reception April 23rd 6-8pm

BCC student exhibition

BCC student exhibition

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Watts Towers — book presentation

5 February 2015

Del Giudice 2-26-15-2




@ the University of California, Berkeley 

Thursday, February 26, 5 p.m., 219 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley


co-sponsored by Berkeley City College’s Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and UC Berkeley’s Italian Studies Department


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Welcome to the Spring 2015 semester!

8 January 2015

The BCC Arts and Cultural Studies Department has a number of open classes for the Spring 2015 Semester.

You can take courses in

  • Art History
  • Studio Art (painting, drawing, public art, etc.)
  • Communication 
  • Humanities (religious studies, folklore, film studies)
  • Music
  • Philosophy

The Arts and Cultural Studies Department offers AA-T degrees in Art, Communication Studies, and Philosophy, AA degrees in the Liberal Arts, as well as a number of certificates in Art-related fields, and many transferable, general education courses and enrichment courses.

Check out the online schedule of classes or come in to 2050 Center Street to register in person.

We look forward to seeing you in one of our classes!

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9 November 2014



Film Screening


Q & A with the filmmaker will follow the screening 

Friday, November 21, 2014


Berkeley City College

More info on the film can be found at:

Free and Open to the Public


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AA-T degrees now in Art History, Studio Art, Communication, and Philosophy

15 August 2014

Among the degrees and certificates offered through the ACS Department are four new Associate of Arts Degrees for Transfer, AA-T degrees. These include AA-T degrees in Art History, Studio Art, Communication, and Philosophy.


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    Friday 27 May 2016


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