The state-of-the-art Gries Center for Arts and Sciences provides limitless opportunities to expand our curriculum. New offerings such as Design Art, Computer Animation, Film and Ceramics add to an already comprehensive list of established studio classes. Incorporating the use of 3D printers and laser cutters in the Lasher Center for Design allow the changing of STEM education to STEAM education. Additionally, our students now have the opportunity to explore even more mediums as members of the digital generation. This will strengthen our students’ knowledge and talents to better prepare for visual arts at the collegiate level. Having the ability to problem solve creatively is a skill that is demanded in today’s modern workforce. An education influenced by the digital arts gives students the experience that will translate into any career choice.
Since 1992, Berkeley has steadily acquired an impressive art collection of approximately 100 pieces that is proudly displayed throughout the campus in offices, classrooms and in high-profile areas for all to enjoy. The Berkeley Collection is a compilation of significant professional artworks acquired through donations or purchases. The purpose of the collection is three-fold: to enhance the curriculum in the visual arts by providing original artwork representing a wide variety of styles, techniques and artists; to provide tangible examples of cultural/historical significance for interdisciplinary approaches to teaching; and to further demonstrate Berkeley’s commitment to the visual arts. Currently, the Berkeley Collection consists of works by such noted artists as George Pappas, Jeff Kronsnoble, Bruce Marsh, Jim Dine, Andy Warhol, Richard Anuszkiewicz, author/illustrator Marc Brown, and printmaker Patrick Lindhardt.