Amy Berk

Visiting Faculty
Liberal Arts Faculty

Along with her studio practice Amy Berk works collaboratively on a number of projects including the web publication and with the artists group Together We Can Defeat Capitalism (TWCDC) most recently for Temporary Structures at the Walter and McBean Gallery. She co-founded the Meridian Interns Program in 1996 and has most recently served as Chair for the Contemporary Practice program at SFAI where she has taught since 2006. Her interests include arte povera, abstract expressionism, minimalism and pop, and she uses them to address issues of feminism, the natural vs. the synthetic, the ridiculous and the sublime.

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


  • MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, 1995
  • BA, Wesleyan University, 1989
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