Join us for a two-part artist talk with artist, mind Warith Taha in connection to his current exhibition in our project space, abortion Musical Chairs, sildenafil and curator, artist and educator Ray Beldner about his experience working with recent San Jose State MFA graduates and the exhibition Minted.

On Art and Gentrification with Warith Taha

With the buzz generated over the last few years in relation to Oakland becoming an artist’s mecca, the question of the role of art in the process of gentrification has been raised with increasing frequency.

Warith Taha is a mixed-media visual artist who believes strongly in art’s power to foster understanding, build community and create change. An Oakland native, Warith has had the opportunity to work both here in the Bay Area and abroad to bring art to populations of traditionally under-served youth. Warith has served as a Teaching Artist to a number of local arts organizations such as ProArts, The Imagine Bus Project, MOCHA and most recently became the Art Education Specialist to the Crissy Field Center in San Francisco. Warith graduated from Boston College in 2009, with degrees in Sociology and Studio Art. After graduating, Warith relocated to Beijing, China where he worked with the children of migrant workers, facilitating curriculum focused on art, social justice and English as a second language. Warith’s art often explores themes of identity, history, and otherness.

Congratulation, you have an Art degree – now what?  with Ray Beldner

Curator and artists from San Jose State MFA Exhibition discuss the work on view at Pro Arts and muse over the future of young artists and their professional careers post graduation.

Born in San Francisco, Ray Beldner received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Mills College. He has received numerous awards and fellowships including a California Arts Council Fellowship in New Genres, a Creative Work Fund Grant from the Haas Foundations, and a Potrero Nuevo environmental art grant. He has taught sculpture, interdisciplinary studies, and Professional Practices at the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, and University of California, Santa Cruz.