City Hall Gallery Space

"nostalgic stretch" by joy cai


The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission is pleased to present "Nostalgic Stretch" from August 13 through September 20, 2018, in the Gallery Space on the second floor of City Hall. Download the show flyer.

The show features 15 acrylic and mixed medium paintings by local artist Joy Cai.

Cai notes that "I came upon the idea of using vintage newspapers. Having been written and created in America, I wanted the ideas that I expressed to be as long-lasting as the newspapers themselves. I felt my history here melt into the history of the U.S. as a painted a universal truth."

Cai_Historical fragment 1_for web

Open Call to Artists


The ACC reviews submissions for the Gallery Space twice each year, in May and November. 

The Gallery Space is a north-facing wall on the second floor loft hallway in City Hall, overlooking the lobby, with plenty of natural light. The exhibit space measures 42.75 feet (513") in length and 7.33 feet (88") in height, with a rail-wire hanging system.

Submittal Guidelines - The City Hall Gallery Space Guidelines for Artist Submittal were recently revised. Please download and read the current guidelines before submitting a proposal. Preference is given to artists who are residents of El Cerrito.

Download a sample City Hall Gallery Space Artist Agreement (31Kb)

If you have questions about the City Hall Gallery Space or how to submit a proposal, please contact Maya Williams, Assistant to the City Manager/ACC Staff Liaison, via email or call 510-215-4318.

The Gallery Space, in the loft hallway above the lobby of the new City Hall, fulfills the City's contribution to the Art in Public Places program, which requires certain developments to contribute 1% of construction costs to public art.

Since its opening in October 2008, the Gallery Space has had successful showings featuring local artists including:

Charlotte Britton
Pam Fingado
Jana Bouc
Ed Kinney & Dug Waggoner
Joan Keyes
Sandi Potter
Lois Cantor
Kristin Satzman
Tomye'
Helena Tiainen
El Cerrito City Employees
Dean Hunsaker
Jeanne Rehrig
Ed Franco & Paul Lupinsky
Dale Mead
Jan Wurm
Mic DBernardo & Zohra Kalinkowitz
Kevin Proctor
Lorrie Fink
The El Cerrito Art Association Outdoor Painters Group
Evie Groch
Lisa Yount
Erin Kennedy Chase
Shelley Gardner
Lisa Greenstein
Don Hazen
Dug Waggoner (solo show)
Lin Salamo
Jean Sanchirico
Nga T. Trinh
Artist Salon of the East Bay
Robbin Légère Henderson
Yuksel Dinccag
Michelle Fillingim
Farhat Daud
Deb Danziger
Patricia Bulitt
Michel Banda Dieguez
Tran Au
Chris Holmes
Anson Manning
Lillian Nardi
Joanne Uomini
Farin Tabatabai
Richard Pinkerton
Doris Chen
Wang Chen
Celia Chow Huddleston
Beichen Li
El Cerrito High School Photography Club members
Sharon Hind-Smith
Tana Hakanson
Dan Holzner
Margery Hazelton
Michael Bond
Mei-Yu Black
Sherrod Blankner
Eric McCluskey Wheeler
Wayne Pope (Arhoolie Records)