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City Hall Gallery Space
Current Show: "The Everglades"
Photo (C) Michelle Fillingim
The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission is pleased to present “The Everglades" by Michelle Fillingim in the El Cerrito City Hall Gallery Space. The show will run from Friday, April 17th through mid-July 2015.

The artist held an opening reception on Friday, April 17th. Download the exhibit flyer.

This is Michelle Fillingim's first exhibition of a photographic collection of Everglades National Park, FL. She said, "I hold this collection close to my heart as a native Floridian who moved to California 13 years ago. My return visits to Florida often brought me back to the Everglades year after year. This collection is a mixture of wildlife and landscapes that have been taken over the last 10 years. I hope to inspire you to slow down, get outdoors and enjoy the moment."

Michelle Fillingim is a Kensington resident.

Open Call to Local Artists
Photo of the City Hall Gallery Space

The City of El Cerrito's Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) invites artists to submit proposals to display their work in the rotating Gallery Space in the El Cerrito City Hall.

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.

Download the City Hall Gallery Space Guidelines for Artist Submittal (40Kb)

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

The ACC reviews submissions for the Gallery Space twice each year, in May and November. Submissions are due at the close of business on the last working day of the first week of May and November of each year. From time to time, the ACC may announce themes for upcoming shows. Preference is given to artists who are residents of El Cerrito.

Artists are invited to submit proposals at any time. While submissions will be considered for any themed exhibitions, the ACC will also consider proposals of different themes or variations on any themes for current or future exhibitions. The ACC will consider applications from individual artists or artists applying as a group, and may choose several artists and works of art to be displayed in one exhibition. During the exhibit period, artists may schedule and host a reception at City Hall, and the City will promote the artist and works of art in various City publications and on the City's website.

Interested artists should provide an electronic sample of their works of art to be presented to the Arts and Culture Commission for review and consideration. Preference will be given to artists who are residents of El Cerrito. Proposals and examples should be submitted to Suzanne Iarla, Community Outreach Specialist/ACC Staff Liaison, via email. Proposals on a CD or USB drive may be delivered to her attention at 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530; You may also call Suzanne Iarla at 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
Lin Salamo 
Ed Kinney & Dug Waggoner
Joan Keyes
Sandi Potter
Lois Cantor
Kristin Satzman
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