For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator, (510) 981-7533

The public is invited to view and celebrate the installation of this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Art Exhibition

Berkeley, California (Friday, June 12, 2009) - The public is invited to view and celebrate the installation of this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Art Exhibition. The program will include welcoming remarks by the Honorable Mayor Tom Bates, City Councilmembers, and City Manager Phil Kamlarz.

WHAT:      Celebration of this year's Civic Art Exhibit

WHEN:      Tuesday, June 16, 2009
                    3:00-5:00 p.m.

WHERE:    Sequoia Conference Room, Sixth (6) Floor
                     MLK, Jr. Civic Center
                     2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley  94704

Please join us to meet the artists, enjoy  special performances by the Young People's Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, and receive a guided tour of the artwork in the public areas of City Hall. Refreshments provided!

The artworks were selected through a juried process. Over 360 images were viewed by a preliminary panel consisting of Archana Horsting, Executive Director of Kala Institute, and the late Jill Berk Jiminez, former Executive Director of the Berkeley Art Center. 

That group narrowed the initial group of  images to a group of about 80 images that were presented to an in-house advisory panel that included the City's architect and disability coordinator and representatives from the City Manager's Office, Mayor's Office, the Office of Economic Development, the Civic Arts Commission. The panel selected 48 artworks of artists who either live or work in Berkeley. The mediums for the artwork range from works on paper to mixed media and sculpture. To support the individual artists efforts, a cash per-diem was awarded to each selected artist.

The Berkeley Civic Center Art Exhibition 2008-2009 is a public art project of the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission in collaboration with Berkeley Art Center and the Kala Art Institute. The Civic Center Art Exhibition 2007-2008 celebrates the diversity and richness of the visual arts within Berkeley.  For more information about this exhibition, please contact Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator at (510) 981-7533 or

This exhibition is wheelchair accessible and open to the public during normal business hours.