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Arts & Consciousness 2013 Graduate Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: May 20 - June 21, 2013

Arts & Consciousness celebrates the works of this year's graduates.

Master of Arts in Transformative Arts
Winston Samuel Berger
Carol L. Faber Peake
Sonia Garcia
Josefa Gonzalez Blanco
Sara Gramlich
Deborah Stanis Hall
Nina Nathan
Jennifer Rubinstein
Nives Wetzel de Cediel
Kylee Aiko Yamagishi Ortiz

Master of Fine Arts
Elizabeth Addison
Marianne McCraney
Christopher Schelling
Alison Smith


THE CRATER PROJECT: The examination of a life-changing dream experience and its counterpart in a real-life impact crater.

Artist: Elizabeth Addison, MFA
Exhibition Dates: April 1 - April 26, 2013
Reception: Saturday, April 6, 6 - 9pm

The Crater Project is a series of vibrant monoprints, paintings, sculptures and multi-media works by Berkeley artist, Elizabeth Addison. In this germinal artistic investigation, Addison examines a life-changing dream and a journey to its actual counterpart in a real-life impact crater. Within The Crater Project, Addison explores the nexus of art and science and, specifically, how the creative process illuminates science and vice versa. The project includes extensive research about terrestrial impact craters as a correlate the artist’s fascination with evidence of the unseen.

In the artist’s own words…

I have always been fascinated by the dreadful, and a terrestrial impact event is terrifying in its capricious destructiveness – As seen in the recent, and relatively minor, meteorite event over Russia’s Ural Mountains. However, meteor impacts are also a source of awe and transformation.

The Crater Project came to life in a flash – literally and figuratively. It sprang from a dream of an enormous terrestrial impact crater that invoked the liminal environment where destruction and creation, absence and presence overlap.
I am a visual artist, but I am also a seeker. I am constantly investigating my world and interpreting it for myself. The impact crater dream propelled me into an exploration of the scientific and metaphorical possibilities. The Crater also led me on a personal journey – resulting in humbling realizations, scientific discovery, fresh creative visions, and… to its real-life counterpart in the Arizona dessert, the Barringer Crater.
~Elizabeth Addison


Life Lines

Artist: Marianne McCraney
Exhibition Dates: February 19 - March 15, 2013

Mixed media investigations into our common bonds
Life Lines is a collection of drawings, works on paper and mixed media forms. The artist explores invisible connections within the natural world and human relationships. Line is used to describe these ties with thread, wire, graphite, and strokes of ink. Handwriting is another form of line that traces memory and marks made by ancestors. Dimensional lines wrap, circle and weave to form nest - like structures. This work explores the strength of all these connections but also their fragility and the struggles that occur when ties weaken or are severed through time, pain or loss.

The works displayed range in size from small three-dimensional forms to large-scale drawings. The artist incorporates non-traditional materials such as fabric, rust and walnut ink made from a tree in her yard. Within the range of media is a core of very personal examinations of ephemeral beauty and experience in her world.


Art as Liminal Space: Threshold of Transformation

Artist: Various
Exhibition Dates: November 5 - December 13, 2012
Reception: Saturday, November 10, 6 - 9 pm

Liminality has been defined as the “realm of pure possibility.” When speaking in terms of art as liminal space, art becomes a rite of passage, a sensory threshold by which we can traverse shifting levels of personal conscious awareness.

In JFK University’s Arts & Consciousness program, the consciousness transforming perspective of art as liminal space is emphasized. Therefore, this exhibition focuses on work by Arts & Consciousness alumni that is liminal in nature.

Show juried by Jeremy Morgan, Associate Professor, San Francisco Art Institute.


RIVER AGAIN: A Love Letter in the Midnight Woods, a story of survival and revelation, told through haunting visuals, sad songs and intoxicating scent.

Exhibition Dates: October 1 – 26, 2012
Reception and Performances: BOTH Saturdays, October 13 and October 20,

River Again is a large scale installation and performance piece created by Bay Area artist Alison Smith. Smith combines works on paper, wood, wool and found material with handmade scent and a capella song to tell her haunting story of love, loss and hope. The resulting experience moves fluidly between dreams and waking-life, ancient Scandinavia and present day Northern California, harm and healing.

In the artist’s own words…

River Again is a lyric from Merle Haggard’s “Kern River”, one of my favorite childhood songs. I have chosen rivers consciously and subconsciously as a symbol; something that is at once deep, calm, dangerous, clear, warm, violent, dark, constantly moving, cold, wandering, mysterious, still and infinitely explorable. I look at my life similarly, full of complexity and contradiction, and find rivers a safe place to ponder; to find wisdom and fluidity over and over again.

The larger moniker I work under is 'Draw Blood'. To me, this is a reminder to always create work that is alive, warm, and universal amongst living things. I strive to remember, observe and acknowledge with my whole heart, and have my work be a reflection of that." -Alison Smith


Topophilia, imaginal topographies of place

Artist: Jennifer Jastrab
Exhibition Dates: July 23 - August 30, 2012
Reception: Saturday July 28, 6:30 - 9:30pm

Imaginal topographies of mystical lands, cosmic skies, and winter fields welcome viewers into environments and places momentarily familiar, then strange. With common tools such as pencils, pigments, erasers and scouring pads, the artist creates richly textured and multi-layered drawings and mixed medium works on paper and panels. Through a patient process of applying and removing graphite or pigment in successive layers, ephemeral dialogues between hand and mind, memory and dream, and thought and feeling, are revealed. The confluence of incidental scratches, smears, erasures and textures form layers of psychic geographies into stratified repositories of poetic intuitions.

While the work is informed by the contemplation of natural phenomena, it is unconcerned with realistic depictions. The focus is upon utilizing the art making process to interpret, capture and convey the inner topographies of the human spirit interacting with evanescent places, both seen and unseen. The fleeting moment is mapped and archived. This is not a literal type of geographical mapping, but instead akin to mappae mundi, the diagrams of the Middle Ages, which used early forms of cartography to map history, mythology, imagination, and dreams.

The works displayed range in size, from a large scroll to drawings mounted in small specimen dishes. Viewers experience places that are concurrently vast and intimate. Also on display is a collaborative installation with musician, Winston Berger, and dancer and poet, Catherine Baumgartner. The trio explores connection to place, in this instance an East Bay marina, through their respective mediums - drawing, sound and movement.

* The word topophilia was conceived by the French philosopher, Gaston Bachelard in his seminal work, The Poetics of Space, in which he explores the imagination in relationship to topophilia, the spaces we love.


The Space Between
Artist: Anastasia Meadors
Exhibition Dates: June 25 – July 13, 2012
Reception: Saturday, June 30, 4 - 7pm

In this series of large-scale drawings, abstracted imagery suggestive of roots, veins or channels symbolically invokes the “nierika” of Huichol shamanic teachings – the link that connects our spirit to the four directions and the upper and lower worlds. The drawings are made using paint stick or compressed charcoal to build a layered surface of intersecting lines that is then manipulated by rubbing or erasing to create wavering patterns of light and dark that evoke the flow of water, substrata of the earth, or interconnectivity of neural pathways. Using the process of drawing as a conduit to the imaginal mind, these tangles of fluid shadow and sinuous lines map the energetic movement of breath and body as it traverses the liminal space between dreaming and awake.


Exhibition Dates: May 29 – June 15, 2012
Reception: Friday, June 15, 7 – 8 pm
Artists: 2012 Graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and
Master of Arts in Transformative Arts programs


essences & evocation
Artist: T.C. Moore
Exhibition Dates: April 28 - May 18 2012

This exhibition celebrates and translates the essence of the horse. These uniquely personal and intense artworks highlight the organic unity of all living things and are inspired by the Biophilia hypothesis, a term coined by E.O.Wilson, which states that humans as a species have a universal love for the natural world. Constructed with materials that come from a horse, including hair from their manes and tails, felting created from harvesting shedding winter coats, trimmings from hooves and chestnuts (small callosities on their inside legs), these works seek to elevate and infuse new life into these often discarded materials. The strong singular forms evoke the presence of being next to a horse or, en masse, create a pattern, like a herd seen from afar. The meticulous, even obsessive, rendering of the work reflects an intimate engagement with the horse as both material source and emotional focus. The physical qualities of the materials comprise the primary exploration, such as the length and coarseness of the tail hair or the curling of the hoof trimmings. There is little attempt or intent to realistically depict a horse.

This exhibition is a translation of feelings of love, wonder and awe for horses and it is directed toward the philosophical premise that truth comes in understanding the essence of things. By revealing an understanding of horse essences one becomes more aware of our interconnectedness to one of the wonders of nature.


Artist: Deborah J. Miller, MFA Graduate
Exhibition Dates: March 24 - April 20, 2012

An exhibition of oil paintings by Deborah J. Miller, explores her version of the Feminine, juicy and fiery, and reveals the artist’s translation of Kabbalah, the passion at its heart, into brushstrokes, the language of her work.

Colorful and zesty, the paintings open gates of imagination. Burning brooms, carts and candles suggest the dual nature of fire — comfort and torture, hearth and apocalypse — as well as cultural rituals, past and present. “Wetly” creatures of the coral reef pulsate, expand and contract in radiant life-rhythms.


Artist: Amie Louis Spitler, MFA Graduate
Exhibition Dates: February 13 - March 16, 2012

San Francisco-based artist Amie Spitler combines adhesive tapes, photography, and performance to frame people, places, and events that define HOME. In this exhibition of twenty new works, the artist extends the idea of home with both symbolic and actual interventions into our everyday landscape and interactions with people.


Artist: Cate White MFA candidate
Exhibition dates: October 28 - November 19, 2011

R We Makin’ It is an anarchic multi-media installation with drawing, painting, sculpture and video that chronicles the spectrum of human experience from degeneracy to redemption - sometimes hysterical, sometimes poignant, often philosophical, often banal, mostly funny.


Artist: Jennifer Jervis MFA candidate
Exhibition dates: November 28 - December 17, 2011


Exhibition dates: October 3 - 22, 2011

In her Master of Fine Arts Graduate solo exhibition Bumps & Gaps, Hadley Williams uses pre-fabricated materials such as bubble wrap, cashmere, plastic packaging, pom-poms, antique prints, comics and correction tape. In each painting a single form usually a circle, bump or rectangle, is repeated to create an abstract field of accumulation. Inspired by Minimalist artwork and also by craftwork, Williams explores the relationship of conflicting elements, such as control and flexibility, knowing and not knowing, the mind and the body, self and other. Tension between the attractive and the gross, the machine made and the handmade, linearity and roundness, repetition and variation, perfection and imperfection, anxiety and calm is embodied in each piece. Over twenty paintings ranging in size from 10 x 10 inches to 58 x 98 inches will be on display.


Exhibition dates: October 13 -15, 2011
Performances held at The Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco

Blood is Mere Decoration: A Ritual for Liberation is a multimedia performance that dramatizes the connection between mass incarceration and America’s heritage of slavery. Artist Anthony Julius Williams combines interactive ritual, electronic music, butoh dance, video projections and conversation to compel the audience to question their role in the prison industrial complex.


Exhibition dates: August 22 – September 16, 2011

The installation exhibition When the Barn Burns Down is a cosmogonic dreamscape which explores themes of inner and outer experience, wildness and domesticity, nature and self. The two-room installation environment involves animation, drawing, sculpture, and sound, designed to activate the senses.

Installation artists often create a realm with a message, an alternate universe, a maker's utopia. In this work, Eugenia Mitsanas creates a world in which you are invited to howl at the moon and immerse yourself in an olfactory experience, while exploring the psycho-auditory effects of binaural beats.


Exhibition Dates: July 5 - July 23, 2011

Tara Maria Ford is fascinated by what we believe and how this informs the way we are in the world. Tara considers herself an investigator as she paints inner landscapes, photographs moments in time, and interviews people on the street. She asks questions that push the boundaries of personal perspective and beliefs.

Origins of Belief is an exhibition of paintings, photographs, video, and live interviews (at the reception) that aspires to inspire a conversation about personal beliefs in the moment.



Exhibition Dates: May 31 - June 24, 2011

An exhibition of the works of the 2011 Arts and Consciousness Graduates.

Master of Arts in Transformative Arts
Catherine Baumgartner
elizaBeth Benson
Cat Caracelo
Todd Donahue
Virdell Hickman
Jonathan Jay Levine
Lorraine Luna
Margaret Ann Rohde
Denise Schwab
Bethany ChristineTrombly

Master of Fine Arts
Kathy deRosas
Tara Maria Ford
Jennifer Jervis
Emma Leona Mankin - Morris
Eugenia Mitsanas
Eric Cyganik Morgan
Amie Louise Spitler
Anthony Julius Williams


Odyssey of Transformation:
A Quest for the Genuine

Exhibition Dates: April 22 - May 21, 2011

With wax, pigment, tissue paper and oils, Claudia Marseille, Jenn Shifflet, and Ellen Vogel, three alumni of JFK University’s Arts & Consciousness program, explore the spaciousness and sensuality of their materials discovering multiple constellations of self and other, human and nature.


Arts & Consciousness Faculty Exhibition 2011
Exhibition Dates: March 18 - April 16, 2011

This annual Arts & Consciousness exhibition displayed the works of the following faculty members:

  • Pamela Blotner
  • Fariba Bogzaran
  • Kaleo and Elise Ching
  • Terri Cohn
  • Stacy Erickson
  • John Fox
  • Glenn Hirsch
  • Lisa Kokin
  • James Linnehan
  • Karen Sjoholm


Level to Level

Exhibition Dates: February 17 - March 12, 2011

Level to Level is an installation of paintings and videos by MFA Graduate Erik Cyganik Morgan that journey character consciousness and transportive landscapes through the intersections of time, movement, color and sound.


Paintings by Emma
October 28 - November 20, 2010

SecondNature is a series of paintings and other works that cross the bodies of women with those of animals. The pathos and emotional drama created by these juxtapositions causes a tension which reflects on the status of women, the state of the environment, and the contemporary human condition.

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Installations: A playful landscape of the ephemeral
September 29 − October 23, 2010

Absence Presence by artist Kathy deRosas is an exhibition that creates a playful, evocative and poetic landscape of the ephemeral. Working with the transient and sensuous qualities of disparate materials such as pom-poms, honey and dirt deRosas reveals the very delicacy of time.

Along with the ephemeral, Absence Presence also explores the merging of the personal and political in the artist’s ongoing series entitled Oakland Projects. Through site-specific ritual, deRosas observes and documents the economic and environmental changes occurring in and around her neighborhood. Her site-specific art brings change and transformation of various sites in Oakland through partnerships in the Oakland community.

Kathy deRosas lives in Oakland and exhibits her work in Bay Area venues, such as a one person exhibit at the Sanchez Art Center Pacifica, CA (2009). She has partnered with The Crucible, Edna Brewer Middle School and Oakland Public Works Creek to Bay Clean Up Day, 2010. She is an MFA candidate at John F. Kennedy University’s Arts & Consciousness Program, Berkeley, CA

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Distillations: Meditations on the Japanese American Experience
August 17 - September 18, 2010

Reiko Fujii, Lucien Kubo, Shizue Seigel, and Judy Shintani
Four Sensei women artists draw from personal, family, and collective narratives to explore the complex legacies of the Japanese American experience through collage, assemblage, glass, painting, photography, word, found objects, installation, video and performance.


2010 Graduate Exhibition
June 17 - July 30, 2010

Participating artists are the following degree candidates:

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
Kenna Marie Allen, Carolyn J. Martin, Joan L. Otler, Deonora Raposo Pedro
Karen Rainer, Jody Stegman, Sarah Dorothee Theismann, Stuart Allen Walker

Master of Arts in Transformative Arts Degree
Richard Bacon, Kaari A. Diefenbacher, Ceylan Fadiloglu, Maureen Patricia Green
Christina Maureen Hoepke, Princilla Pierre, Naomi Ruth Raine, Savita Kailyn Skye

Master of Fine Arts Degree
Kimberley Anne Campisano


WEAD's 15th Anniversary Exhibition
May 12 - June 12, 2010

This exhibition is a re-dedication to WEAD's original commitment to support women's unique contributions to the fields of environmental and social justice art. A goal of this exhibition is to educate its audience to the depth of thinking and breadth of material approaches in contemporary women's activist art strategies and production.

The participating artists include:
Krystle Ahmadyar
Estelle Akamine
Sylvia Algire
Pamela Blotner
Dianna Cohen
Lauren Elder
Linda Gass
Dee Hibbert – Jones
Lisa Kokin
Robin Lasser
Violeta Luna
Linda Mac Donald
Barbara Milman
Liz Merolla
Juana Alicia Montoya
Janice Nakashima
Adrienne Pao
Marella Pedersen
Praba Pilar
Daphne Ruff
Judith Selby - Lang
Danielle Siembieda
Maryly Snow

The ART of Transformation
March 30 - May 7, 2010

Held in conjunction the JFK University's Celebration of 30 Years of Holistic Studies, this exhibition featured the work of:

  • Ehren Tool
  • Sherri Lynn Wood
  • Traci Teraoka and Kate Strasburg from Healing Environments

All of these artists, each in their own way, have discovered the power of arts to transform the consciousness of both individuals and communities. Through the act of creation, feelings and thoughts of the past find their way to the surface where they can be transformed. It is this deep release that allows a person or an entire community to regain a part of the wholeness that may have vanished as a result of a challenging life experience.


Arts & Consciousness Faculty Exhibition
February 19 - March 24, 2010

An exciting exhibition of recent work by current faculty of the Arts & Consciousness program. This year's show includes performance, video, painting, installation, sculpture, digital, and pastel media.

Thomas Becker
Seth Eisen
Margaret Lindsey
Peter London
Jeremy Morgan
Sharon Siskin
Mary Webster


Alumni Exhibition 2009
November 13 - December 16, 2009

The Alumni Exhibition 2009 was a show of work created by graduates from the Masters in Transformative Arts and Masters of Fine Arts programs in the Department of Arts & Consciousness, Berkeley Campus - John F. Kennedy University. This year's exhibition, juried by Jeremy Morgen, Professor, San Francisco Art Institute and Graham Stewart, Professor, University of North Umbria - School of Design, presents work in a cross section of media such as: paint, pastel, sculpture, photography, video, printmaking, fiber, and installation.

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