Mission Statement

USArtBerlin is an independent artist-run initiative affiliated with the Public Affairs Section of the U.S . Embassy. Our goals: to foster, maintain, and sustain a network of creative communities among U.S. artists and cultural workers (those involved in.....Read More >

New Board Member June 2014

Jonah Landor-Yamagata is a painter and draftsman. He grew up in in Berkeley and Oakland, California, and attended Bard College (New York) then UC Santa Cruz (California), where he graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies in 2003.

The main theme of his work concerns tensions between modern life and the natural world, and he is drawn to situations where he notices the two interacting in interesting ways. By taking the time to observe, paint and draw he sees deeper levels of relationship between natural and human-created environments. In addition to his artistic work, Jonah has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector as a program manager and environmental educator. He moved to Berlin in 2012 to concentrate on developing his artistic practice.



Announcing a USArtBerlin event in cooperation with Momentum Worldwide


Artist Talk

Monday February 29 @ 18.00-20.00

At Momentum Worldwide, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin


“Migrating artists – How does it impact their practice?”

A dialogue between Ma Li & Elana Katz

moderated by Rachel Rits-Volloch


Due to the increased globalization of the art world and the rising opportunities for Artist Residencies all around the world, artists are compelled to be mobile and flexible. Moving to evolve their art has become a crucial part for most artist’s practice. However everyone grew up somewhere and carries their cultural heritage. How do the two things work together? What can be gained? Is the artwork changing due to the setting in which it is created or exhibited?

Ma Li a Chinese born artist, living in San Francisco and currently completing her Residency here in Berlin with MOMENTUM will discuss with artist Elana Katz, an American artist based in Berlin, whose recent work is concentrated in the Balkans. Katz is a board member of the organisation USArtBerlin, working with artists emigrated to Berlin. Both share the experience of migrating to different places for their art practice and their work. In the dialogue they will talk about these experiences and reflect on how they are influenced by their cultural heritage, their migration background but also the possibilities inherent in a mobile lifestyle.


Speaker Bios:

Ma Li is an interdisciplinary artist working with painting, sculpture, installation and performance. Using both traditional and nontraditional media, Ma Li formulates dreamlike worlds influenced in part by her background in choreography and upbringing in a collectivist society. Originally from Fuzhou, China, She has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Shanghai Dong Hua University, and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (2014). She has been awarded grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Knight Foundation; a fellowship from La Napoule Art Foundation; and the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award. She has been a resident artist at Recology San Francisco, Vermont Studio Center, Elsewhere Museum, among others. Ma Li has exhibited her work in a range of museums and galleries, including solo shows such as Gathering Among Stars, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2015); and Seeing, Peeping, and Scrying, Alter Space, Peephole Gallery, San Francisco (2015). Group shows include Zhong Gallery (Berlin), A.I.R Gallery (Brooklyn), Gallery 825 (Los Angeles), SOMArts (San Francisco), and Root Division (San Francisco), amongst others. Of note is inclusion of her work in the Nion Mcevoy Art Collection and reviews of her work in China Daily, VOA, KQED, and other leading publications.

Elana Katz is a conceptual artist working primarily in the medium of performance art. Katz’s work confronts cultural conventions, critically examines the complexity that lies within contradictions, and thus aims to create an experience of unlearning the assumed. Her grants have included the DAAD Graduate Studies Grant for Germany (2010), Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2011), and her ongoing work Spaced Memory (2011-present), focused on locations of historical erasure in the Balkans, has been realized in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy of Kosovo, the Embassy of Israel in Serbia, and the Goethe Institute of Bucharest. Katz has exhibited/ performed at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium (2011), Diehl CUBE Berlin (2013), P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York (2013), Gallery 12 HUB, Belgrade (2014), Kunstwechsel, Aachen (2015), and DNA Berlin (2015). She studied in New York at the Parsons School of Design and earned a Meisterschülerin title from the Universität der Künste Berlin (Klasse Katharina Sieverding). Katz is a Founding Board Member of USArtBerlin and has been based in Berlin since 2008.

Rachel Rits-Volloch is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Literature and holds an M.Phil and PhD from the University of Cambridge in Film Studies. She wrote her dissertation on visceral spectatorship in contemporary cinema, focusing on the biological basis of embodiment. Having been a university lecturer in film studies and visual culture, her focus moved to contemporary art after she undertook a residency at A.R.T Tokyo. Rachel Rits-Volloch founded MOMENTUM in 2010 in Sydney, Australia, as a parallel event to the 17th Biennale of Sydney. Since that time, MOMENTUM has evolved into a non-profit global platform for time-based art, with headquarters in Berlin at the thriving art center, Kunstquartier Bethanien. MOMENTUM’s mission is to continuously reassess the growing diversity and relevance of time-based practices, with an aim to support artists and artistic innovation in Berlin and worldwide.


Fall 2015 Stammtisch

We are happy to announce our next Stammtisch (“regular’s table”) event coming up November 10th (Tue.), from 6:30pm! This will be an informal gathering for members, to meet each other and exchange ideas concerning USArtBerlin, our own endeavors, and potential for new opportunities for involvement in USArtBerlin.

As the sunny autumn turns into a blustery fall come join us!

We will meet at:

LAIKA – kultur kiez kneipe
Emser Strasse 131
S+U Bahn Neukölln (ringbahn)

Tuesday, November 10th
6:30pm — 9:00pm

RSVPs are much appreciated, in order to help our planning! Please let us know if you will be able to make it at:

We look forward to seeing you there!


New Board Member June 2014

Jonah Landor-Yamagata is a painter and draftsman. He grew up in in Berkeley and Oakland, California, and attended Bard College (New York) then UC Santa Cruz (California), where he graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies in 2003.

The main theme of his work concerns tensions between modern life and the natural world, and he is drawn to situations where he notices the two interacting in interesting ways. By taking the time to observe, paint and draw he sees deeper levels of relationship between natural and human-created environments. In addition to his artistic work, Jonah has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector as a program manager and environmental educator. He moved to Berlin in 2012 to concentrate on developing his artistic practice.


Announcing a Special Thanksgiving Event!

USArtBerlin in collaboration with The Fish Bowl, English Language Comedy Berlin

Thursday, November 28th
Thanksgiving dinner from 8pm
Comedy Show from 9pm
All USArtBerlin members get in with a special reduced entry fee of  € 6 !

We’d like to extend a special invitation to all USArtBerlin members and their friends to join us this Thanksgiving for our Thanksgiving Dinner and Comedy Show brought to you in collaboration with The Fish Bowl, English Language Comedy in Berlin. MORE INFO HERE >


call4artistsDear USArtberlin Members,

The Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Berlin regularly organizes speaker programs, discussion forums, workshops and events on all sorts of topics for a broad range of audiences in Berlin and throughout the country. We know there are a lot of talented American musicians, artists, and authors living in Berlin, but we don’t have a central database or reference to contact you to either participate or attend such programs. This is why we are currently working on establishing such a database.

Please send your name and contact information, as well as a short bio if you are interested in being added to the creative contacts database. Click Here to Fill in the Form! 


Nomadic Stammtisch V: Gwendolyn Kerber Studio Visit June 29th 13:00-15:00

So Glad to Be Here III   74 x 76 cm   oil on polyester 2011

Questions of “looking” and “perception” are central issues in the painters studio, something that is integral to the practice of painting. Hours of engagement exploring a vast history, as well as context, gesture, color, light, form, and mark-making make up a special dialog in contemporary painting. Join us for a relaxed studio visit and discussion with Gwendolyn Kerber about her current research mediated by painter and USArtBerlin board member Michael Markwick.

Gwendolyn Kerber is an American painter living and working in Berlin. She has taught at Pratt Institute, The University of Connecticut, Trinity College, and Bucks County Community College. She has a B.A. from Hampshire College, a B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and earned an M.F.A. in painting at Yale University. She was recently awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.


June 29th, Saturday



USArtBerlin launches a new listserve mailing list per request of our members.

We are growing! After careful consideration of our member needs we are moving to a Listserve, while still being a secure service for members only. The forum was a safe and inventive opportunity to interact online, but the majority requested easier digital communication. If demand is re-asserted by members, we reserve the right to reinstate the forum at a later time.


This listserve mailing list can be used to publicize exhibitions, publications, presentations, events, and any services you might also offer alongside your art practice and scholarly activity, such as translation, editing, photography, design, music recording, teaching, etc. The listserve to be about you and your needs.

Once the listserve is up and running, you’ll receive information by email. You can manage your own subscription and can cancel at any time. All past conversation and services offered on the forum will be archived and securely encrypted offline.

Kind Regards, USArtBerlin Administration

Questions? Please email help@usartberlin.org


May Stammtisch

Tuesday May 21st, 6- 7:30pm

In the Spotlight: ikono TV


USArtBerlin is proud to present the fourth installment of our Nomadic Stammtisch Series. Our May Stammtisch will feature a presentation by USArtBerlin collaborator ikono TV. Ikono’s curatorial and administrative team will present the concept and history of this television platform for contemporary art.

ikono is an intangible platform of display and broadcasting visual arts, following the vision that art needs to be seen, and everybody needs to see art. In cooperation with international artists, collections and archives as well as the most important museums of the world, a team of 30 curators, artists and filmmakers produces a monthly program of video clips about art of all periods, movements and disciplines throughout history. Without adding any sound or comments for a purely visual and emotional approach, the productions are made internationally accessible by being broadcasted via ikono’s two HDTV channels ikonoMENASA (broadcasted in Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) and ikonoTV (broadcasted in Germany and Italy) as well as online via the platform.

Please join us on Tuesday, May 21st at 6pm, at ikono’s headquarters:
Wattstraße 10
13355 Berlin-Wedding.
Ring the “ikono” bell, the event will be held on the 3rd floor.
Location map: http://goo.gl/maps/0muR9


April  Stammtisch

Wednesday 24 April 2013



Our next installment in the Nomadic Stammtisch Series will feature a presentation and tour by the Producing Artistic Director of English Theater Berlin, Daniel Brunet. Please join us to learn more about the theater and its transition to an international performing arts center, as well as what it has to offer English-speaking artists and enthusiasts in Berlin. This presentation will be followed by an introduction to the theater’s partner company Theater Thikwa, an integrative theater group featuring actors with and without disabilities. After the presentation, we call all gather in the theater’s bar for some Stammtisch chitchat and networking—refreshments will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you there! More information here. 

Please join us for the presentations at the theater, which will begin at 7pm on April 24th, followed by Stammtisch in the English Theater bar. The theater is located in Kreuzberg at Fidicinstraße 40, 10965 Berlin. U6 Platz der Luftbrücke or Buses M19 and 104



March Stammtisch

Sunday 24 March 2013

AleksSlota(byAnia_Pabis) mountain_building-1

Photo credit: Ania Pabiś.

USArtBerlin is proud to present the second event of our Nomadic Stammtisch Series, on 24th of March 2013, featuring Aleks Słota, an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, photography, sound, video and installation. His work reflects an interest in the absurd, the interaction of fantasy and reality, and the meaning of public space. Slota received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003, and has been involved in art education, parallel to his own work, for 10 years, primarily with young and emerging artists. Currently he works and lives in Berlin.

Please join us at 3pm for a late lunch* on Sunday afternoon at the Dong Xuan Markt on Herzbergerstraße 128, 10365 Berlin. The restaurant “Nha Hang Viet Nam” is located at the left side of the entrance to Halle 3. After lunch around 4pm we’ll cross the street to the HB55 studio on Herbergerstraße 55 for the premiere of  a performance entitled “Mountain Building” which explores the artist’s uneasy fascination with heroic art, monolithic architecture and the sublime.

 Transportation info: Tram M8 and M21

Dong Xuan Markt
Stop Herzbergstr./Industriegebiet

The restaurant “Nha Hang Viet Nam” is located at the left side of the entrance to Halle 3, on Herzbergerstraße 128.

Stop Herzbergstr/Siegfriedstr.

*Everyone is expected to cover her/his own meal.



February Stammtisch

Tuesday 26 February 2013


We are proud to invite you to a special co-hosted USArtBerlin event with visual artist and USArtBerlin member,
Anne Drew Potter, in collaboration with her solo exhibition, Mythologie einer Geschichtsstunde/Mythology of a History Lesson at the BrotfabrikGalerie.

Artist Talk and Discussion with Anne Drew Potter
TUESDAY, February 26 at the Brotfabrik Galerie
17:00 Uhr German
19:00 Uhr English

After the presentation we will be meeting in the Brotfabrik Kneipe for our regularly scheduled Stammtisch.

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Vietnamese Lunch at Dong Xuan Markt and Performance by Aleks Słota
Sunday, 24 March at the HB55 Studios on HerzbergStraße

USArtBerlin is proud to present the second event of our Nomadic Stammtisch Series, on 24th of March 2013, featuring Aleks Słota, an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, photography, sound, video and installation.


Photo credit: Ania Pabiś.

More information here. 


Artist Talk and Discussion with Anne Drew Potter
Tuesday, 26 February at the Brotfabrik Galerie


We are proud to invite you to a special co-hosted USArtBerlin event with visual artist and USArtBerlin member, Anne Drew Potter, in collaboration with her solo exhibition, Mythologie einer Geschichtsstunde/Mythology of a History Lesson at the BrotfabrikGalerie.

More information here.


Representation in the Arts: The Role of the Agent in Literature, Music, Acting, and Visual Art / A USArtBerlin Panel Discussion (in English)

Tuesday, 4. December 2012, 7:30 pm
Humboldt University
Dorotheenstraße 24 (entrance on Hegelplatz) Lecture Hall 5.101

The Humboldt University American Studies Department hosts this USArtBerlin special event, as part of the W.E.B. DuBois Lecture Series. This program is open to USArtBerlin members, their guests, and the public. Please RSVP to rsvp@usartberlin.org to notify us of your attendance (this helps our planning tremendously).

In the field of arts management/ arts representation, parallels, contrasts, misconceptions, and divisions exists between the disciplines of literature, music, acting, and visual arts and their respective economies. How might these differences and similarities ultimately affect the content, scope, and form of the art that artists produce [ Read more >]


Volker Diehl, Gallerist/ Isabelle Münch, Acting Agent/ Alexander Simon/ Literary Agent/ Sonia Simmenauer, Music Agent

Moderated by: Rose-Anne Clermont

[ Read about these speakers >]


Workshop Announcement!: ART SURVIVAL #2  (usartberlin members and invited guests only)

  • How close are you to your vision of success as an artist or cultural producer?
  • Where do you want your practice to be 5 years from now?
  • What does it mean to achieve a sustainable practice and meet your creative goals?

Our upcoming ART SURVIVAL #2 workshop will help find solutions to these inquiries and map your creative future.

USArtBerlin is happy to announce the second workshop of our ART SURVIVAL series. Curator and art critic CATHY BYRD has developed this “ACHIEVING SUSTAINABILITY” workshop for early/mid-career visual artist members of USArtBerlin. Space is limited and Registration is required. The American Studies department of Humboldt University Berlin hosts the workshop session to be held on  Sat, 27 October 1pm-3pm.

CATHY BYRD currently directs and produces Fresh Art International, an experimental new media platform. Cathy Byrd’s writing appears in numerous catalogue essays, features, profiles and reviews for Art in America, Art Papers, Sculpture, Public Art Review, contemporary, Art & Antiques, artnet.com and Beaux Arts. USArtBerlin recommends her audio podcast series Fresh Talk, conversations about creativity in the 21st century with curators, artists, and other cultural producers.


Important Update: Monday Stammtisch moved to Last Wednesday of Each month!

ATLAS PANCAKES 20:00 @ September 26th 2012!

Dear Members, since our declared ambitions to have our Stammtisch on Mondays our venues have had some last minute issues. So please note our new location and time. We have moved all future Stammtisch’s to the last Wednesday of each month!


Website: http://atlasberlin.com/

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USArtBerlin participates again in the Draftmen’s Congress in Eisenhüttenstadt!

Berlin Biennial Draftsman's Congress 6

Friday, September 28th, 2012 - All Day
Eisenhüttenstadt/ Germany
RSVP by September 25th to: groups@usartberlin.org
Open to all artists and cultural workers!

The ongoing project Draftsmen’s Congress is a continuous meeting of people who talk using images instead of words, initiated by Polish artist Pawel Althamer, as part of the 2012 Berlin Biennale.

USArtBerlin was proud to participate in the Draftmen’s Congress in June 2012, as part of the Berlin Biennale. We are also glad to announce that the project has been extended until October 2012 – and USArtBerlin has been invited back!

On September 28th, USArtBerlin will facilitate a series of site-specific performances, actions, and other activities centered around the act of drawing in its myriad manifestations. For this event, USArtBerlin will bring together a group of international Berlin-based artists to lead these activities, and the public will be invited to employ different materials, tools, and instruments that explore responsive experimental drawing.

More here.



USArtBerlin Internship Now Available!

Read more here about the internship opportunity.


First Annual 4th of July Picnic

4th of July Picnic 9

More here.


Participation in the 7th Berlin Biennial Draftsman’s Congress

Berlin Biennial Draftsman's Congress 11

Read more about the workshop here.


7th Berlin Biennale 2012 tour by curator Joanna Warsza and Staff

Friday June 21/ 15:00-17:00

7th Berlin Biennale 2012


NPR Berlin Review: ’ArtFacts.net’: The Methodology And Controversy Of Marek Claasson


“Quality,” Claasson says, “is the most used term in the art world, rendering its (application for art-object appraisal) effectively meaningless.” Rather than art investors basing their decisions on flimsy qualitative hunches, he touts his product a means to let buyers “see art through spreadsheets.”

But his methodology, which fails to account for galleries that haven’t paid a registration fee with ArtFacts.net, art fairs, publications, or auction sales, has caused a storm of controversy regarding the accuracy of his ranking system.

Get the full read on NPR’s site here




A Lecture by ARTFACTS.NET founder Marek Claasson

11 May 2012 (4-6PM)
US Embassy Berlin
USArtBerlin Members only
RSVP Required

MAREK CLAASSON is the founder of www.artfacts.net, one of the leading portals on contemporary art. With a background in Business Administration and many years experience working with various galleries and software companies, Marek has been actively producing database enhanced websites for the art world since 1995. He has won many prizes for his internet activities and in 1998 was nominated as one of Europe’s foremost multimedia entrepreneurs by the EU Commission. In 2004 Marek developed the “Artist Ranking” tool which allows you to see and measure different artists productivity and success in the art world side by side.

For more info please visit the members forum.


Note: A New Members Page with new works should be live next week.



USartBerlin Special Event  on SUNDAY 25 MARCH at 4PM 
As guests of the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e-V. NGBK
Location : Oranienstraße 25, 1.Stk., 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Cultural Exchanges in Art: Patterns, Trends, Value, and Limitations 
A roundtable discussion and lecture/presentation from three cultural facilitators
  • Annette Rupp, Executive Director of Villa Aurora Forum Berlin
  • Valerie Smith, Director of Exhibition, Film, New Media, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
  • Kathy Rae Huffman, Independent curator, writer, and lecturer.
  • Diana McCarty Moderator, reBoot.fm radio

This is a special OPEN event (in english) and we invite you and your colleagues


USArtBerlin is pleased to announce:

ART SURVIVAL: How to Navigate the Art World as an Independent Artist

Workshop for media artists with curator Kathy Rae Huffman
Thursday 22 + Friday 23 March (4-6pm) 
US Embassy Berlin
RSVP Required (12 members max)
RSVP Deadline: Wednesday 21 March, Noon
This USArtBerlin workshop lead by Berlin-based American curator Kathy Rae Huffman is designed as a lab for a small group of media artists, who will work together to develop a critical, positive perspective on the Berlin media art scene.

Glenn Phillips

Photo: Curators Intl

PRIVATE TOUR of Pacific Standard Time – Art in Los Angeles, 1950-1980  
An exhbition of the Getty Insititute of L.A. on tour in Berlin at the Martin Gropius Bau

Glenn Phillips,  Principal Project Specialist/ Consulting Curator Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Getty Research Institute of  L.A. 

will give a private tour to USartBerlin members:

Thursday 15 March,  2012
Martin Gropius Bau Berlin
2PM (14:00 o’clock)
USArtBerlin members + 1 guest
RSVP Required

USArt Berlin January 2012 Stammtisch!

Tuesday, January 31st
PFEIFFERS Cafe [in back room]
Oranienstrasse 17
[U8 - Kottbusser Tor]



Members studio visit Sunday!

Date is set for February 26th, Sunday, 14:00
at the ECC-Atelierhaus 
Neumagener Straße 21-29
13088 Berlin


Partnership with NYFA

Announcing a new partnership  between USArtBerlin and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Both organizations seek to help artists in different ways, the mission of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives.

Please visit their site if you are unfamiliar with them! We look forward to further collaboration!


Announcing: USArtBerlin’s January 2012 Stammtisch!

Read More/Location >


USArtBerlin Website is Live! Already this month we have had  5,981 visitors!

This new website is integrated with a secure social networking forum for USArtBerlin Members
to collaborate, network, and find support in a host of areas.The site has been carefully designed to allow users to work freely without worries of it showing up on google results.  Due to today’s digital issues of anonymity, and on-line profiles only items posted in forums marked public will be visible to search engines. Don’t forget to introduce yourself on the forum!

This site was created by M3Designs which specializes in CMS websites for creatives.


2012 USArt Berlin Cards are now available for each member!



Ever worry about all those things posted online that are searchable?
Well, we have created an Online Forum that is completely private with exception
of a few sections for USArtBerlin members to post their services such as
lessons and workshops to the Berlin public.


The On-Line Forum includes information about:

  • Events and exhibitions (public)
  • Grants, competitions and opportunities
  • Visual art (Artist Forum : 2 & 3-D, i.e. Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Installation, Photo, Digital/Technology, Sound-Art, Video & Film)
  • Curatorial praxis
  • Performance art and theatre
  • Music and composition
  • Written and spoken word
  • Dance and choreography
  • Bartering* services within USArtBerlin network (*No €)
  • Lessons and services offers (public)
  • Berlin spaces available / searching (Ateliers, Work-desks, Apartments, Shares…)
  • Visa, Immigration, and practical info about living in Berlin
  • German/English tandems or groups (public)