MFA logoBerkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) will present the Annual Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition. The forty-fourth iteration will be the last in the Mario Ciampi-designed building on Bancroft Way.

Experience the thrill of Ciampi’s challenging space present in Jessica Hankey’s installation, which uses the gallery balcony to frame and offset the building’s cantilevered interior. Helena Keeffe draws upon resources found within another BAM/PFA exhibition, The Possible, to workshop ideas for upending traditional mealtime rituals. Domestic environments appear in Elizabeth Keegan’s gaming spaces, as well as in the bureau drawers of Michelini Castillo’s assembled reliquaries — both installations subtly challenge the presumed formality of museums. Joey Enos pushes sightlines up and around his monolithic sculptures; precarious though they may seem, they still hold court with Ciampi’s Brutalist concrete. Jason Fritz finds a way out of the building entirely, and into the implausible worldview of self-healer Louise Hay.

Featured artists: Joey Enos, Jason Fritz, Jessica Hankey, Helena Keeffe, Elizabeth Keegan, and Vreni Michelini Castillo

Opening Reception
Friday, May 16, 2013; 6 – 8 pm
Open to BAM/PFA members

Artists’ Talks
May 18, 2014; 3 pm (included with gallery admission).
Meet the 2014 graduates of UC Berkeley’s Masters of Fine Arts program as they talk about their work at the outset of their professional careers.

The annual M.F.A. exhibition at BAM/PFA is made possible by the Barbara Berelson Wiltsek Endowment. This year’s exhibition honors her memory. A dear friend of BAM/PFA for decades and a strong supporter of UC Berkeley art students, Bobbi Wiltsek is deeply missed.