About us

The BAMPFA Student Committee works to connect students and the BAMPFA through outreach and events aimed at all parts of the student community. Each year, the Committee's activities range from small film screenings to spectacular multimedia parties for up to 2,000 students.

The Committee also performs an important role advocating for students' interests within the Museum and Archive. Committee members are represented on a number of BAMPFA committees including the Board of Trustees, and provide guidance when it comes to gearing BAMPFA programs to student audiences.

The BAMPFASC is recognized as being one of the finest and most successful programs of its kind in the US. The New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are among a number of major institutions that now model their student programs on ours.

2155 Center Street
Berkeley, California

Meet us

Name Emily Szasz
Year Third
Major History of Art
What is a life philosophy you've been living by? If you sit at Strada long enough, the world will come to you.
Name Andrew Kuznetsov
Year First
Major Comparative Literature
What is a life philosophy you've been living by? None
Name Sam Daly
Year Third
Major Film Studies
Why should people come to a BAMPFA event? art is one of the most important things you can participate in.
Name Kelsey Schiedermayer
Year Third
Majors History, History of Art
What is the best advice you've received recently? "learn to do common things uncommonly well"
Name Andrew Kodama
Year Fourth
Major Sociology
Why should people come to a BAMPFA event? why not \_(ツ)_/¯
Name Spenser Atlas
Year Second
Majors Society and Environment, City and Regional Planning
What is a life philosophy you’ve been living by? The Gay Agenda
Name Lucy Stark
Year Third
Major Art Practice
What is the best advice you’ve received recently? "make sure you return your library books"- Maggie
Name Miyako Singer
Year Third
Major History
What is the best advice you’ve received recently? "Don't use cleansing wipes anymore~~! It makes brown spots on your face" - mom


Final Days and Finishing Touches

One full year after the closing of the museum's building on Bancroft, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is reopening this week in its brand new home in downtown Berkeley. Surrounded by the restaurants that Berkeley is known for, in view of UC Berkeley campus, and just a few blocks away from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, the Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive is poised to take its place as not only one of the best and most unique parts of UC Berkeley, but also as a serious Bay Area museum, contending with similar institutions in Oakland and San Francisco with its impressive collection and gorgeous, state-of-the-art facility.

The museum's new home is resplendent, with a curving steel shell around the PFA's new theater and a crisp white coat of paint on the museum itself. The museum is announced by two steel signs, one of which lies lengthwise across the building on Center Street and reads 'Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive,' and the other of which reads 'BAMPFA' in bold lettering, announcing the building on Oxford Street; the building hardly needs an introduction, however, standing out among downtown Berkeley's eclectic building styles with its modern, innovative, and elegant design.

The building itself, designed by design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is a work of art, but that's just the beginning; within the museum itself is housed a wealth of art objects, ranging from an impressive collection of modern and contemporary pieces to a huge variety of East Asian art objects made centuries ago. The museum's collection is as diverse as UC Berkeley, the university which it caters to and represents, and there is something in the new building for everyone to enjoy, whether they have a pre-existing knowledge of art or not. Some of the museum's permanent collection will be on view at the museum's opening; however, the opening exhibition, curated by BAMPFA Director (and previous MATRIX Curator) Larry Rinder and named The Architecture of Life, also draws from and displays works from museums and private collections around the country. The exhibition, impressive in its scope, explores how architecture and the concept of building connect to all aspects of our lives, drawing on all varieties of art, from navigational charts from the Marshall Islands to modern paintings to explore this theme. Even the building itself ties into this theme with its sustainable design practices and features.

So when do you get to check it out? This Friday, January 29th from 8-11 PM, the BAMPFA Student Committee is hosting an exclusive student preview of the new building. With In Space: BAMPFA Student Opening Party, the Student Committee invites UC Berkeley students into their new campus museum before it opens to the public, and it's going to be a PARTY—in addition to exploring the beautiful new space and the Architecture of Life exhibition, students can enjoy refreshments, tunes spun by a student DJ, a photo booth, and a game room, and are invited to participate in both a collaborative art activity and installation and a photo-based scavenger hunt for a chance to win gift cards to local businesses. We can't wait to celebrate with the UC Berkeley campus – meet me at the museum!

-- Emily Szasz, Co-Chair, BAMPFA SC


29 jan
In Space - The New BAMPFA's Grand Opening
5 feb
SC Picks screens The Forbidden Room by Guy Maddin and Jason Staczek
4 march
SC Picks screens Finis Terrae by Jean Epstein
2 april
SC Picks screens Kiki's Delivery Service by Hayao Miyazaki

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Come and be a part of our innovative team. We're looking for Students, from any major and any year, to serve on the Committee this coming semester. We're especially interested in students who are active volunteers, willing contributors, great team players, and fun to work with. We are also looking for people with web, video, design, and multimedia skills, interests, and experience.

Complete our application in our online format, or download it. Submit all applications by email and all additional materials to the museum. Paper copies of applications discouraged.


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