Director of BAMPFA

James Kao

CA 94704




Feb 06, 2020

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is the present-day incarnation of the
oldest still-operating art museum on the West Coast. Bacon Hall Library and Museum was the
third building on the UC Berkeley campus and opened in 1881. In 1963, renowned abstract
expressionist painter Hans Hofmann pledged a selection of nearly 50 of his own paintings and
$250,000 on the condition that the University construct a proper facility to house the
collection. After 46 years in a building designed by Mario Ciampi, in 2016 BAMPFA moved to its
current facility: a celebrated complex designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro that transformed a
historic printing plant into exhibition galleries and added new areas for film theaters, study
spaces, and a library.

The Director provides overall artistic vision, leadership, and management for BAMPFA and its annual operating budget of approximately $11 million ($2.5+ million provided by the University), the 118,000 square-foot facility, and 59 professional and 250 work-study student staff across seven functional areas: Development, Art Curatorial, Film Curatorial, Collections, Administration, Communications, and Education. The Director reports directly to the University Chancellor and works closely with BAMPFA’s 41-member Board. The Director encourages and inspires excellence in all BAMPFA activities including exhibitions, acquisitions, collection management, and research and interpretation while exploring new ways in which art, film, and other media can intersect and be presented to the University campus and public audiences.

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