The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 168 fellowships to scholars, artists and scientists throughout the U.S. and Canada — five of whom are UC Berkeley faculty members — on Wednesday.

For decades, comedians could always get a quick, cheap laugh talking about Berkeley and mind-altering substances.

Now, it’s the scholars who are framing the conversation.

On April 4, the Wilson School and Campus Iconography Committee co-hosted the public lecture “Reflecting on Our Past: The Value of Public Art,” in which landscape architect and UC Berkeley professor Walter Hood introduced a new art piece, “Double Consciousness,” to be installed in Scudder Plaza, adjacent to the Wilson School.

Decking the walls are faces — some are familiar, others less so. But one by one, they help tell the story of the West.

BERKELEY, California – This coming May will once again be Jewish American Heritage Month.  The theme for this annual celebration will be “American Jewish illustrators” —and perhaps none is better known than Rube Goldberg, who donated a collection of more than 5,000 of his cartoons back in 1964 to the Bancroft Library on the UC Berkeley campus.

In a period of 24 hours, UC Berkeley alumni, parents, students and individuals from all over the world raised more than $4 million in contributions as part of Big Give 2019, an annual online fundraising event now in its fifth year, to support schools and campus programs in their initiatives and efforts.

Hans Hofmann is an artist revered by many, but rarely loved. His best known work, anchored in European theory, is the pinnacle of American academic abstraction. Energetic in brushwork and bright in primary color, it is among the best of the art of the 1950s that might have been ascendent in this country.

If art is to operate politically, then it must be on its own terms.

At Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Masako Miki’s MATRIX 273 fills the pristine white exhibition room with vibrant splashes of color and funky forms. Born in Osaka, Japan, Miki is currently a Bay Area artist whose sculptures, installations and murals have created an intriguing playground of art.

Students, remember that you can gain access to free tickets for multiple museums and exhibits using your arts passport on the UC Berkeley Campus App!