faculty profile

Amy Berk
Program Chair
Contemporary Practice

Influenced by arte povera, minimalism and pop, Amy Berk uses a mixture of all three to address issues of feminism, the natural vs. the synthetic, the organic, and the sublime. She has exhibited her hybrid brand of feminist pop art both nationally and internationally. In addition, she collaborates on public interventions with Together We Can Defeat Capitalism, most recently for Capitalism is Over (if you want it), and co-publishes stretcher.org, a site for art and culture.

Selected Exhibitions: 
  • near and far, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, 2012
  • Temporary Structures, Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco, 2012
  • Capital Offense: The End of Capiltalism, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
  • How Much for that Piggy in the Window, Right Window, San Francisco, 2011
  • Shadowshop, SFMOMA, San Francisco, 2010
  • Process and Place, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, 2010
  • The Dorothy Saxe Invitational, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, 2009           
  • REVISIONS: Amy Berk: Recoverings, Magnes Museum, Berkeley, CA, 2007
  • Swell, 10 years later, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, 2006
  • Bay Area Now 4, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2005
  • The Way We Work, Southern Exposure, San Francisco 2004
  • Following the Tradition: Contemporary Art in Needlework, Krashaar Gallery, NY, 2003
  • cloaked, New Pacific Studio, Mount Bruce, New Zealand, 2002
  • it’s not easy being green, Traywick Gallery, Berkeley, CA, 2001
  • holy cow! divine bovines, Museu da Republica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1999
  • pinned, scene/escena, San Francisco, 1998
Selected Publications: 
  • “Did I, I did,” David Ireland tribute, Talking Cure, Summer 2009
  • “Artist At Work: Sabina Ott,” Art Contemporaries, Winter 2004
  • “Forever on the Move” (Bay Area Overview), World Sculpture News, Winter 2000
Education: 
  • MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, 1995
  • BA, Wesleyan University, 1989