Graduate Theological Union


Library | Doug Adams Gallery | Badè Museum | Blackfriars Gallery


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

Creation: A Susan Duhan Felix Retrospective
June 13, 2017 - August 15, 2017
Opening event, June 13, 2017, 5 pm, Tour of exhibit by artist begins at 5:15

The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to present a retrospective of Berkeley's Ambassador for the Arts, Susan Duhan Felix. The exhibition features a broad selection of her spirited ceramics over her long and highly productive career, from 1957 through the present.

The opening begins at 5 pm, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. A tour of the exhibition with the artist begins at 5:15, followed by a reception in the Dinner Boardrrom on the third floor.

Felix is an amazing ceramic artist specializing in ritual objects for the past 50 years. Her work has been displayed at major museums throughout the country. For more information, see her website.

The exhibition is made possible by the Jane Dillenberger Fine Arts Endowment Fund and is free and open to the public during library hours. For more information, contact Caryl Woulfe at

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

Sacred Garments: Orthodox Christian Vestments from Around the World

Lydia Webster, Curator

On view June 6 - August 18, 2017

Closing Reception: Thursday, August 17, 5-7pm

Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

Free & open to the public

This exhibition celebrates ten visually stunning Orthodox vestments, seeped in history, religion and tradition, custom-made for Metropolitan Nikitas, the Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute in Berkeley. Gathered over the course of Metropolitan Nikatas's service in a wide range of countries from Vietnam, China and India to Italy and the Ukraine, the vestments tell the story of Orthodox Christianity throughout the world. On display for the first time, these complex and beautiful vestments hold powerfully religious significance for the services in which they are still used today. Through examining the vestments, this exhibition highlights the questions of these garments as art, sacred items and functional clothing, while keeping their individual cultural contexts at the heart of the discussion. Come and learn about a two-thousand-year-old tradition, passed down from third century Byzantium and kept alive around the world to this day. 

Lydia Webster was born in Edinburgh, Scotland but was lucky enough to spend most of her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. After living in England for several years, she moved back to Edinburgh to complete her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Her undergraduate training formed her research interests in identity and memory studies, sacred space and the Israeli museum sphere. While completing her studies, Lydia interned as part of the Current Archaeology team. She has also worked in two archives, at the School of Scottish Studies and the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity. Engaging with and educating the public in the Museum of Somerset, England, and at the Scottish Festival of Museums has also formalised her decision to pursue a career in the museum sector. Lydia is currently in the Museum Studies MA Program at the University of San Francisco.

Lydia is an intern at the Doug Adams Gallery at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley where she is helping to curate an exhibition of Greek Orthodox vestments belonging to Metropolitan Nikitas of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, Summer 2017. This internship is the practical embodiment of Lydia’s undergraduate dissertation on the display of religious objects within museums, and she looks forward to deepening her understanding of all that goes into an exhibition of this type.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Seeds of Contemplation: Works by Arturo Araujo

On view September 5 - December 8, 2017

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 5, 5-7pm

​Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

Free & open to the public

Every moment and every event of our lives on earth plants something in our soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of invisible and visible winged seeds, so the stream of time brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in our minds and wills. Must of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because we are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these can not spring up anywhere except in the good soil of liberty and desire. ~Paraphrasing Thomas Merton


View previous exhibitions at the Doug Adams Gallery

Visit CARe's Website


In the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology

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

The Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology strives to foster a greater understanding of and appreciation for the ancient biblical world through the preservation, research, interpretation, and presentation of artifacts recovered by its founder, William F. Badè, professor of Old Testament literature and Semitic languages at PSR from 1902 until 1936.

Tell en-Nasbeh 
On 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.

In addition to the permanent display, there are three current exhibits:

The Badè Museum Legacy -- This exhibit highlights the history of the Badè Museum since its founding in 1927 (as the Palestine Institute) through a small display of photographs, newspaper articles, and brochures commemorating its various stages.

Crossing Borders 1935 – This display chronicles the nine-month around-the-world voyage of Dr. William Badè and his family in 1935, including his four months spent in Palestine, completing the final season of excavation at Tell en-Nasbeh.

Our Work: Modern Jobs, Ancient Origins – An exhibition of photographic portraits, exploring how cultural achievements of the ancient Middle East have created or contributed to much of modern life. Ancient artifacts that document the origins or development of professions such as baker, farmer, manicurist, brewer, writer, astronomer, or judge are paired with a person who is the modern “face” of that profession.

PLEASE NOTE: ThBadè Museum will be closed from June 16 through September 1, 2017, reopening on September 8. We apologize for the inconvenience!

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