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BAM/PFA’s 2013 Gala To Honor Bay Area Philanthropists Nancy and Steven Oliver

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Berkeley, CA, March 19, 2013—The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) announces that it will honor Nancy and Steven Oliver at its annual Gala on May 7, 2013. Proceeds from this year’s event will support BAM/PFA’s education programs.

The Olivers are perhaps best known for the Oliver Ranch, an extraordinary sculpture park in Sonoma County, where they have worked closely with some of country’s finest artists on site-specific installations. The so-called “Ranch family” includes such prominent artists as Bruce Nauman, Ellen Driscoll, Richard Serra, and Martin Puryear.

The couple’s passionate commitment to the arts extends to cultural organizations throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Their involvement in the arts started at the Oakland Museum of California, where Nancy was a docent and Steven became chairman of the board. Steven’s Board leadership continued with his role as chair of the UCSF Arts Selection Board for the new Mission Bay campus, as well as chairman of the board at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the California College of the Arts. He has also served on the boards at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Stuart Collection at the University of California, San Diego.

Co-chaired by Carla Crane and Wanda Kownacki, this year’s event will feature performances and productions by artist and songwriter Terry Allen; artist, writer, and actress Jo Harvey Allen; visual artist and choreographer Joe Goode; and the esteemed Pacific Mozart Ensemble, a choral group who are as likely to perform music from the Beach Boys and Dave Brubeck as they are Brahms. Artist Ann Hamilton, whose extraordinary tower provides an other-worldly setting for music and dance performances on the Oliver Ranch, will be a special guest.

The evening will culminate in a live auction by Christie’s, which includes one-of-a-kind works by Diane Arbus, John Baldessari, Sophie Calle, Rudolf de Crignis, Andy Goldsworthy, Ray Johnson, Richard Misrach, and Lee Mullican. The art auction chair is Robert Harshorn Shimshak.

2013 BAM/PFA Gala Honoring Nancy and Steven Oliver
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
6 p.m. cocktails; 7:30 p.m. dinner, entertainment and live art auction
Red wines selected by Narsai David. White Wines from J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines.

For tickets visit bampfa.berkeley.edu/gala

BAM/PFA Board of Trustees
Barclay Simpson, Chair; Noel Nellis, President; Lawrence Rinder, Director
Steven Addis, Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer, Tecoah Bruce, Jon Burgstone, Catherine M. Coates, Penelope M. Cooper, Carla Crane, Scott Crocker, Professor Robert H. Edelstein, Professor Harrison Fraker, Jr., Dr. Daniel Goldstine, Jane Green, Professor Shannon Jackson, Vice Provost Catherine P. Koshland, Wanda M. Kownacki, Eric X. Li, ASUC President Connor Landgraf, Professor Christina Maslach, Scott McDonald, Assistant Professor Nicholas de Monchaux, Richard J. Olsen, Ann Baxter Perrin, Professor James B. Pick, BAM/PFA Student Committee Co-Chair Mayela Rodriguez, Joan Roebuck, Dr. Robert Harshorn Shimshak, BAM/PFA Student Committee Co-Chair Alex Sizemore-Smale, Roselyne C. Swig, Paul L. Wattis III, Jack Wendler, and Dean Jennifer Wolch

Gala Artist Committee
Terry Allen, Miroslaw Balka, Roger Berry, Ellen Driscoll, Bill Fontana, Jim Jennings, Kristin Jones, Andrew Ginzel, Andy Goldsworthy, Ann Hamilton, Jim Melchert, Bruce Nauman, Martin Puryear, David Rabinowitch, Richard Serra, Judith Shea, Robert Stackhouse, and Ursula Von Rydingsvard

Founded in 1963, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is UC Berkeley’s primary visual arts venue and among the largest university art museums in terms of size and audience in the United States. Internationally recognized for its art and film programming, BAM/PFA is a platform for cultural experiences that transform individuals, engage communities, and advance the local, national and global discourse on art and ideas. BAM/PFA’s mission is “to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film.”

BAM/PFA presents approximately fifteen art exhibitions and 380 film programs each year. The museum’s collection of over 16,000 works of art includes important holdings of Neolithic Chinese ceramics, Ming and Qing Dynasty Chinese painting, Old Master works on paper, Italian Baroque painting, early American painting, Abstract Expressionist painting, contemporary photography, and video art. Its film archive of over 14,000 films and videos includes the largest collection of Japanese cinema outside of Japan, Hollywood classics, and silent film, as well hundreds of thousands of articles, reviews, posters, and other ephemera related to the history of film, many of which are digitally scanned and accessible online.

Museum Information
2626 Bancroft Way, just below College Avenue across from the UC Berkeley campus.

Information: 24-hour recorded message (510) 642-0808; fax (510) 642-4889; TDD (510) 642-8734.

Gala Website: bampfa.berkeley.edu/gala