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Jos Sances collaborating with Berkeley Art Center Association

Award: $19,510 Visual Arts Grant awarded 1994

Presented: March-April 1995

Printmaker Jos Sances and the Berkeley Art Center collaborated with ten distinguished women artists to produce a limited-edition silk-screened portfolio of the women artists’ images. The 10 featured women were Juana Alicia, Kim Anno, Claudia Bernardi, Mildred Howard, Hung Liu, Yolanda Lopez, Ruth Morgan, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Faith Ringgold, and Carrie Mae Weems. (The image shown with this profile is by Hung Liu.)

The finished portfolio was produced in an edition of 100. Sales benefited the Berkeley Art Center and the Middle East Children’s Alliance. In addition to individual collectors, a number of institutions acquired “10 by 10,” among them The Brooklyn Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the University of California at Berkeley Library, and the Harriet Tubman African American Museum in Macon, Georgia. Coverage of the project exhibition was excellent and more than 4,000 people visited the Center during the project’s presentation.

Printmaker Jos Sances was born in Boston and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s when he founded Mission Grafica. He has a  long and distinguished exhibition history and has been art director at Alliance Graphics in Berkeley. A city agency during its first decade, the Berkeley Art Center has been run by the nonprofit Berkeley Art Center Association since 1979. It works to celebrate and support cultural diversity in the San Francisco Bay Area through presenting exhibitions; encouraging contemporary perspectives on issues, ideas, and innovations; and serving as a catalyst for art enrichment, advocacy, and community participation.