Anyka Barber, Founder & Curator of Betti Ono
Born and raised in Oakland, California Anyka Barber is a mother, an artist/activist , curator and entrepreneur. She has over 10 years of experience working professionally in Bay Area arts organizations, designing and producing visual arts, performing arts and community arts programs, exhibitions and curatorial projects. Anyka has spent the past 5 years developing community arts projects and programs that activate vacant, blighted and non-traditional properties as sites for artistic intervention, commerce and community building. Betti Ono (founded in 2010), is one such project that has emerged from a pop-up engagement into a long-term, active space for arts, culture and community that includes an art gallery, retail design shop, and multidisciplinary venue. Betti Ono presents visual and performing arts, and public programs that feature the work of emerging and established artists of our time. Betti Ono was voted ‘Best Gallery’ by East Bay Express in 2014 and is an anchor in the Oakland arts community and greater Bay Area region.
Behind the scenes Anyka is committed to strengthening the Bay Area arts community as an arts advocate and advisor, including her current role as co-chair of the City of Oakland Funding Advisory Committee (FAC), two years as a Mayor appointed Arts Commissioner for the City of Richmond, an Oakland Museum of California advisory board member, and a sought after arts selection panelist for juried city and county-wide artist commissioning programs.
Most recently, Anyka initiated the formation and design of a new arts advocacy group, the Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, whose mission is to “#KeepOaklandCreative, affordable and vibrant!” Anyka was also a lead organizer of artist/activists/entrepreneurs who formed the Oakland Artivist PAC that includes Favianna Rodriguez (Internationally recognized Oakland artist), Jeff Perlstein (Sole Space), and Ashara Ekundayo (Impact Hub Oakland) among others.
Katya Min, Independent Curator
Katya Min was the Curator of Public Programs at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) from 2011 until 2017. In this position, Katya led a range of programs, including the ongoing social context exhibition series for emerging Bay Area artists in the Room for Big Ideas (2012-2015); the monthly Converge series; an ongoing presentations of participatory workshops, social installations, and performance art; and YBCA Arts & Ideas Festivals. She was also the curator of the YBCA Live Practice series, a monthly artists led trans-disciplinary and conceptual activation series as well as other public programs related to YBCA’s visual arts exhibitions. Last but not least, she managed the YBCA/Art Practical Social Practice Artist Residency Program.
Her curatorial projects include “Ancient Future Super Natural” with artists Choi Jeong Hwa, Alice Konitz , and “Assembly Line” with Li Xiaofei. At YBCA, she worked with many Bay Area artists including Binta Ayofemi, Zeina Barakeh, Eliza Barrios, Sofía Córdova, Ilana Crispi, Jenifer Locke, Amy Ho, Tom Loughlin, Cybele Lyle, Surabhi Saraf, Minji Sohn, Dimitra Skandali, Chris Treggiari, and Andrew Wilson. She has previously produced and curated Bay Area arts festivals, exhibits, and cultural events that brought together local and national multi-disciplinary artists as well as present them nationally. Her undergraduate studies were in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts (CCA) and graduate studies were in Integral Psychology/Philosophy (CIIS).
In the Spring of 2017, Katya was an instructor and lecturer for the course Arts in Context : Process of Cultural Production at Stanford University, California.
Kevin B. Chen, Curator/Writer/Visual Artist
Kevin B. Chen has been involved in the Bay Area arts community for over two decades as a curator, writer, and visual artist. He currently serves as co-chair for the City of Oakland’s Public Art Advisory Committee, member of Recology’s Artist in Residence Program Advisory Board and Root Division’s Curatorial Committee, manages the Artist Residency Program and Public Programs at the de Young Museum, and is visiting faculty at Stanford University. He has curated projects for Headlands Center for the Arts, University of Nevada Reno, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, California Shakespeare Theater, and Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco & Kearny Street Workshop. He was the Program Director of Visual Arts at Intersection for the Arts for over 15 years, where he curated over 70 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs. He has been a funding and residency panelist (Creative Capital Foundation, MAP Fund, Alliance of Artists Communities, Creative Work Fund, City of San Jose, SF Arts Commission, Headlands Center for the Arts), an exhibition juror (CCA, SF Camerawork, CSU Chico, Root Division, Pro Arts Gallery), and author of catalog essays (The Third Line – Art Gallery in Dubai, Paper Museum Press/Park Life, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Light Work, AKAAKA Art Publishing). His own visual work has exhibited locally at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Southern Exposure, Palo Alto Art Center, Jack Fischer Gallery, and nationally at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro, CA), Harn Museum of Art (Gainesville, FL), Bob Rauschenberg Gallery (Ft. Myers, FL), Bruno David Gallery (St. Louis, MO), and The Kitchen (New York, NY).
Renny Pritikin, Chief Curator at Contemporary Jewish Museum
Renny Pritikin is Chief Curator of San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum. He was the Director of the Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection at UC Davis from 2004 through 2012, the founding Chief Curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 1992 until 2004, and Executive Director of New Langton Arts in San Francisco. Pritikin is a regular contributor to the online critical journal Art Practical. In 2013 he curated exhibitions at the Kondos Gallery, City College of Sacramento; di Rosa, Napa CA; PHOTO in Oakland, CA; and Chandra Cerrito Gallery, Oakland, CA. He toured Israel as a Koret Israel Prize Fellow; was the curator chosen to represent the United States at the Cuenca (Ecuador) Bienal; and lectured in New Zealand as a Fulbright Fellow.
S. Willis Meyers, Co-Founder of Aggregate Space Gallery
S. Willis Meyers currently serves as the Board President of Aggregate Space Gallery and is their de facto volunteer manager, marketing director, and web designer. In addition to being co-founder of Aggregate Space Gallery, Willis is also an artist, educator, and advocate for the visual arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Passionate about the intersection of art and technology, she studied art and design at Herron School of Art and KCAI in the midwest, and moved to the Bay Area about a decade ago to get an MFA in Sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute. What began as a passion for troubleshooting during her MFA studies soon turned to a career in tech support and administration roles for businesses such as the Children’s Creativity Museum, Snibbe Interactive, the Bay Area Video Coalition, Ticketfly, and Minted.
Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen, Co-Director of Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco/Bay Area
Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen is a curator, consultant, project-based artist, and a San Francisco native with over 15 years of in-depth experience in the performing and visual arts. Inspired by productive discomfort, her curatorial focus is on projects that push formal and contextual boundaries, and her cross-discipline personal work engages symbols, identity, communication, and the unseen. Founder of A Simple Collective and the experimental project space Black & White Projects, Rhiannon has curated exhibitions and presented work nationally, including USF’s Thacher Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Root Division in San Francisco, SCOPE in New York, and Pro Arts in Oakland. Her shows and words have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, KQED Arts, SF Weekly, The New Asterisk Magazine, SFArts, and Art Practical, among other publications. Deeply involved with community-building through the arts, she is on the Advisory Board for the Women’s Environmental Artist Directory, the Curatorial Committee for Root Division, and the Advisory Committee for Sites Unseen, and is a career coach for artists and creative entrepreneurs.
Tiare Ribeaux, Founder & Artistic Director of B4BEL4B gallery
Tiare Ribeaux has been a Bay Area based curator and producer of visual arts, performance arts, and community events focused on innovation and radical inclusivity for over 5 years. She is the Founder and Artistic Director at B4BEL4B gallery and runs their Emergent Media Lab program. As a new media artist and curator, she is interested in the cross fertilization of the fields of visual arts, science and technology – that explores materiality, infrastructures, environment; and actively dismantles and subverts gender and class. She seeks to prioritize works by emerging artists, women, and minority groups that are critically underrepresented in technology and media arts spaces. She strives to showcase immersive experiences that are educational playful and foster critical dialogue within both artists and audiences. She recently curated the Soundwave ((7)) Biennial “Architecture” with Mediate Art Group in 2016, the Codame Festival in 2015, and has curated productions with Gray Area, the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, Fort Mason Center for the Arts the Oakland Museum of California and more.