The Art and Design Department of UC Berkeley Extension is proud to announce its first international art collaboration. CITYA is an international art project that will occur every three years as a long-term exchange among cities through art institutions and organizations. CITYA (“City as a medium”) was inspired by social theorist Henri Lefebvre’s concepts between the city and art. Four years ago, several curators began the CITYA discussion when movement was free and global. Since the pandemic, the concept has transformed into how humanity resides within a “city” for the majority of time.
Participating institutions and partners include Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University, Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, UC Berkeley Extension, Estonia Academy of Arts, Arts Academy of Rome, University of Macau, 1a space and Videotage. CITYA curators include Janet Fong, Jenny E. Balisle, Kang Li, Cecilia Casorati, Miriam Mirolla, Laura Scaringella, Kati Ots, and Juliana Chan.
While exhibiting artworks at the Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute Art Museum in 2016, UC Berkeley Extension instructor Jenny E. Balisle met Janet Fong. They formed a partnership based on the importance of strengthening international and educational art collaborations along with uplifting and supporting fellow women curators.
Janet Fong is Research Assistant Professor at Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) at Hong Kong Baptist University. She has nearly 25 years of work experience in the contemporary art scene including the CAFA Art Museum at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Osage (Art Foundation and Gallery), University Museum and Art Gallery at University of Hong Kong, 1a Space, New York Klein Sun Art Project and Moving Art Museum.
Jenny E. Balisle is an international artist, advocate, curator, writer, lecturer, UC Berkeley Extension instructor, and Managing Director of the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County. As curator and participating artist, she selected the following artists Kevin Tracy, Manjula Dean, Eden Knutilla and Robin López to participate in the CITYA exhibition.
“Despite pandemic challenges, the artists were selected due to an ability to adapt artistic processes virtually and conceptually. As an educator or fellow advocate, I personally witnessed their commitment to education and critical thinking. As leaders and innovators, artists connect everyday life, social spaces and time. Art is our universal language and hope. -Jenny E. Balisle”
A UC Berkeley Extension Post-Baccalaureate in Visual Arts Certificate graduate, Kevin Tracy is a nationally exhibited artist and he recently received the Surface Design Association’s Outstanding Student Award for 2021.
Manjula Dean is an artist with frequent exhibitions in Northern California and has a degree in studio art from the University of California Los Angeles, graduate work in South Asian art history and religious studies at Columbia University, and a recently completed Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts from UC Berkeley Extension.
Eden Knutilla (they/them/theirs) is a non-binary artist and queer and transgender health advocate with degrees from the University of Michigan in Computer Science Engineering and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts from UC Berkeley Extension.
Robin D. López (He/Him/His) is a freelance photographer and Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, in Environmental Science, Policy & Management and has been a researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab since 2012.
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Friday, Oct. 1, 2021
6–7:30 pm (Pacific Time)
CITYA international projects will be from September 17–November 16, 2021.
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