Art Practice

University of California, Berkeley


UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice provides professional art training within the context of a world-renowned public research university. We offer innovative, interdisciplinary courses leading to BA and MFA degrees. As practicing visual artists, the faculty members of the Department of Art Practice hold as our principal goal the representation and analysis of human experiences through creative research in visual art. In making art, we seek to expand the boundaries of our cultures and the limits of our perceptions through rigorous experimentation with art forms, media, and content. Considering human experiences from an experiential standpoint, our experimentation leads to questioning our beliefs, rituals, and philosophies as well as our social, economic, and institutional structures. In teaching, our mission is to help students pose profound questions by developing their creative voices, mastering their practices, relating to their audiences, and connecting to histories of art and cultures.

Four goals underlie the teaching in the Department of Art:

  1. To advance the body of knowledge of human experience through aesthetic investigation.
  2. To help students learn to think visually.
  3. To help students understand the strategies that artists have devised to deal with aesthetic problems in both traditional and nontraditional methods of art making.
  4. To help students develop a creative intelligence through practicing a visual arts discipline.

Facilities and Resources

The Department of Art Practice facilities include six studio spaces: Printmaking StudioPainting and Drawing StudioWood and Metal Sculpture Studio, and Digital Media Labs (for photography, video, audio, and animation productions) in Kroeber Hall and the Ceramics Studio and Project Lab in Wurster Hall.

Located in 116 Kroeber Hall, the Worth Ryder Art Gallery (WRAG) has served as the department’s cultural and artistic hub for graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and the Bay Area arts community for over 40 years. The gallery serves primarily as an exhibition platform for emerging contemporary art practices and methodologies.

The Garron Reading Room, located in 346 Kroeber Hall, houses a collection of books, periodicals, and digital media.

Undergraduate Programs

Practice of Art: BA, Minor

Graduate Program

Practice of Art: Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

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Practice of Art

Faculty and Instructors


Allan Desouza, Associate Professor.

Asma Kazmi, Assistant Professor.

Greg Niemeyer, Associate Professor. Art, film studies, digital media installations, photography.
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Brody Reiman, Associate Professor.

Stephanie Syjuco, Assistant Professor. Art, sculpture, ceramics, social practice, craft, activism, public art, feminism, capitalism, communes, material culture, informal economies, black markets, hacker culture, detournement, digital culture, the industrial revolution, Russian Constructivism, Arts and Crafts Movement, The Bauhaus, The Berlin Wall, design culture, architecture, brutalist architecture, urbanism, survivalism, archives, libraries, museums, museum display, modernity, postcolonial studies, labor history, American history, globalization, revolutions, cargo cults, the Philippines, Asian American studies, empire, textiles, fashion, ethnography, trade routes, science fiction, afrofuturism, camouflage, surveillance technologies, DIY culture, zines, punk rock, maker culture, kittens.
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Anne Walsh, Associate Professor. Video, performance, audio, photography, text.


Nathan Kwame Braun, Lecturer.

Aida Gamez, Lecturer.

Michael Hall, Lecturer.

Jamil Hellu, Lecturer.

Randy M. Hussong, Lecturer.

Sahar Khoury, Lecturer.

Christopher S. Kubick, Lecturer.

Carmen Lang Merino, Lecturer.

Stephanie F. Lie, Lecturer.

Masako Miki, Lecturer.

Jill S. Miller, Lecturer.

Indira M. Morre, Lecturer.

Craig K. Nagasawa, Lecturer.

James S. Pitt, Lecturer.

Elise A. Putnam, Lecturer.

Erik Scollon, Lecturer.

Stacy Jo Scott, Lecturer.

Azin Seraj, Lecturer.

Jenifer K. Wofford, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Jerrold Ballaine, Professor Emeritus.

Squeak Carnwath, Professor Emeritus. Art, painting, printmaking.
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Anne Healy, Professor Emeritus.

James Melchert, Professor Emeritus.

Mary Lovelace O'Neal, Professor Emeritus.

Richard Shaw, Professor Emeritus.

Katherine D. Sherwood, Professor Emeritus. Art and Disability.
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David Simpson, Professor Emeritus.

Brian Wall, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of the Practice of Art

345 Kroeber Hall

Phone: 510-642-2582

Fax: 510-643-0884

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Department Chair

Allan deSouza

339 Kroeber Hall

Undergraduate and Graduate Adviser

Dee Levister

345 Kroeber Hall

Phone: 510-643-9107

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