Graduate Theological Union


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In the Library

Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Exhibits can be viewed during library hours; admission is always free.

Current Exhibition

Sylvia Ludins Collection

June 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016 

The works of Sylvia Ludins (1909-1965), an artist who last exhibited 70 years ago, are on display in the library of the Graduate Theological Union. The exhibit will run through the end of August 2016.

Sylvia Ludins, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, was an activist and artist in the Thirties and Forties in New York City. Her paintings and watercolors show the political commitment and strong visual impact of the day. Her themes include the flight of refugees, poverty, and Jewish religious subjects. Upon moving to California, her work turned to landscape as well as abstraction. Her paintings and watercolors were shown at the Brooklyn Public Library, the YWHA, ACA Gallery and the Riverside Museum in New York in the 1940s. Since then, her work has mostly been in storage and has not been exhibited for years. Ludins died in Kentfield in 1965.

For additional information see a short video featuring her nephew, Jon Katz, and a website dedicated to her work.

Nicholas Ukraniac curated the exhibition with assistance from Peter Selz and Justin Cronkite. Funding for the exhibition was provided by the Jane Dillenberger Fine Arts Endowment.

Painting: "Mother and Chiild," undated


Previous Exhibitions

Love, Art and Devotion: Sacred Objects, Sacred Moments and Ars Mystica

December 8, 2015 - February 19, 2016 at the Graduate Theological Union Library.

applied cross of linen is tapestry—woven in green and red wool.

The Flora Lamson Hewlett Library presents a new exhibition, Love, Art and Devotion: Sacred Objects, Sacred Moments and Ars Mystica, that runs from December 8, 2015, to February 19, 2016.

The work case exhibition features objects representing many different faiths and cultures. Among the featured objects are two unique pieces of antique Coptic and early Christian textiles that were originally collected by Louis Tiffany (one of the featured pieces shown here), a paper mache Virgin of Guadalupe, masks and bronze objects from the Sacred World Art Collection,  an array of crosses and rare books. This is the first time any of these items have been exhibited in the library.

The walls feature Madhubani paintings, a wonderful folk art tradition used for decoration for social and religious ceremonies. This rural art form was developed by women from Mithila, an area in the state of Bihar, India. 

Please check our website for the hours when we are open to the public as we have shorter hours in January .

In addition, please visit the Ars Mystica exhibition at Blackfriars Gallery, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, which inspired our exhibit.

View previous exhibits

In the Doug Adams Gallery

The Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe)
2465 LeConte Avenue, Berkeley
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am - 3 pm

CARe’s Doug Adams Gallery presents exhibitions that examine themes of religion and spirituality, broadly defined. Three exhibitions each year and related public programming offer opportunities for learning, reflection, and enjoyment for GTU students, faculty, and staff, and for the wider community. Read a description of our current exhibition below, then learn more about past exhibitions at the Doug Adams Gallery.

Current Exhibition

The Hermitage of Landscape: Works by Nicholas Coley
August 30 - December 9, 2016













Upcoming Exhibitions

Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art
January 31 - May 17, 2017

Curated by Carol Bier


Work by participating artist Nathan Voirol




View previous exhibitions at the Doug Adams Gallery

Visit CARe's Website


In the Badè Museum of Biblical Archeology

Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
See for times and other information.

Previous Exhibitions

From Death to Life in Ancient Bahrain
October, 2014 - January, 2015; Badè Museum Gallery and foyer

The Bade Museum is proud to present From Death to Life in Ancient Bahrain, a new exhibit featuring the collaborative research of scholars from Sonoma State University, University of California, Berkeley, Stockholm University, and San Francisco State University. Four thousand years ago a society known as Dilmun existed in what is present-day Bahrain. The people there commemorated their dead by building burial mounds that can still be seen today. Learn about their lives via this fascinating exhibit on teh archaeological remains discovered in the mounds. Highlights include reproductions of ancient pottery made by Sonoma State University ceramics students and facial reconstructions of two ancient Dilmunites.

Participating researchers and coordinators include: Alexis Boutin (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Sonoma State University), Benjamin Porter (Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, UC Berkeley), Sabrina Sholts (Stockholm University), Gloria Nusse (San Francisco State University), Gregory Roberts (Associate Professor of Studio Art, Sonoma State University) , Jennifer Jacobs (Sonoma State University), and Karen Brodsky (Sonoma State University Library).


'Behinds the Scenes' at the Badè Museum
October, 2011 - present; Badè Museum Hallway Display Cases

Behind the Scenes at the BadeWhile the Badè Museum Gallery often stands as a symbol of the larger entity and efforts of the museum, and offers the public a clear and comprehensive visual representation of the Tell en-Nasbeh collection, much of the cutting-edge work takes place out of public view. Ongoing research of specific artifacts and object types from the collection, for example, is often carried out in the museum office and storage areas in Holbrook Hall. Working on these projects are the museum staff and visiting scholars, the latter often carrying out additional work from their home research institutions, both in the United States and abroad.

The summaries and photographs in this exhibit highlight the projects currently in progress at the Badè Museum. While being linked by a common base, the Tell en-Nasbeh collection, this group of projects is truly diverse, ranging from artifact-oriented inquiries, digitizing the Tell en-Nasbeh collection, to the revitalization of the museum’s educational outreach program, our popular traveling exhibit. This display, accordingly, brings to light the innovative and often unknown aspects of museum work by offering a unique window to the “behind of the scenes” of the Badè Museum.

The Current Projects on Display include:

  • Cooking at Tell en-Nasbeh: An Archaeological Interpretation of Iron Age Diet and Identity
  • The Tell en-Nasbeh Bioarchaeology Project
  • The Badè Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Program
  • Household Archaeology at Tell en-Nasbeh: A New Approach to Old Material
  • Digitizing, Databasing, and Disseminating the Tell en-Nasbeh Collection
  • Iron Tools and Agriculture at Iron Age Tell en-Nasbeh


Tell en-Nasbeh
Permanent displayOssuary

This exhibit is the "heart and soul" of the Badè Museum.

It displays a wealth of finds from the excavations at Tell en-Nasbeh, Palestine whose objects span from the Early Bronze Age (3100–2200 BC) through the Iron Age (1200–586 BC) and into the Roman and Hellenistic periods.

Highlights of the exhibit include "Tools of the Trade" featuring real archaeological tools used by Badè and his team, an oil lamp typology, a Second Temple period (586 BC–70 AD) limestone ossuary, and a selection of painted Greek pottery.


For more information: go online or contact Aaron Brody, Director, 510/849-8286

In the Blackfriars Gallery

Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley
Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Blackfriars Gallery, located in the main gathering area of the classroom building at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, is open to the public and has displayed many fascinating exhibits including the largest collection of biblical movie posters, 18th century liturgical vestments, restored stained glass windows from the Neo-Gothic church of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Islamic calligraphy and paintings, contemporary aboriginal art and more.

Read more about current exhibitions at DSPT's Blackfriars Gallery