NEW Doug Adams Gallery Opens at the GTU

The new Doug Adams Gallery, operated by the Center for the Arts & Religion at the Graduate Theological Union, has its grand opening on Tuesday, September 6, at 5 pm.

The reception marks not only the relocation and reopening of the Doug Adams Gallery, but the inauguration of the Center for the Arts & Religion as an academic unit of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). The addition of the Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe) to the GTU means an enhanced role for the arts both within the intitution and across the community.

The opening exhibit, “The Hermitage of Landscape,” will feature the luminous landscape paintings of Bay Area artist Nicholas Coley. Painting en plein aire, Coley experiments with light and shape, producing images that range from realism to abstraction. Familiar Bay Area sites – Mt. Tam, Baker Beach, Tennessee Valley, the Berkeley Hills – take on other-wordly qualities.

The artist will be present at the opening reception to discuss his work. The reception will also feature music by a duo from the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.

The new Doug Adams Gallery is located at 2465 LeConte Avenue. For more information, visit

About the Doug Adams Gallery:
The Doug Adams Gallery, part of the Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe) at the Graduate Theological Union, presents exhibitions that examine themes of religion and spirituality, broadly defined. The exhibitions and related programming are open, free of charge, to the public as well as to members of the GTU community.

About the exhibition and events:
“The Hermitage of Landscape: Works by Nicholas Coley,” August 30, 2016 - December 9, 2016

  • Opening reception, Tuesday, September 6, 5pm
  • Panel discussion: Spiritual Ecology, Wednesday, October 5, 5pm
  • Left Coast Chamber Ensemble performance: Thursday, November 3, 5pm

About the Artist:
Nicholas Coley is a Bay Area native, who focuses on color and composition in both landscapes and cityscapes. He has exhibited his work at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, the California Pacific Medical Center, the Wall Gallery, and ArtZone 461. His work has been included in group shows at St. Mary’s College Museum of Art, J Go Gallery, and Robert Allen Fine Art. For more information, see

About the Graduate Theological Union
Founded in 1962, the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley is home to the largest PhD program in religious studies in North America. As a consortium of independent theological schools, the GTU includes eight seminaries—two Roman Catholic, five Protestant, and one Unitarian Universalist—as well as a variety of academic centers and affiliates, including the Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Islamic Studies, the Center for Dharma Studies, the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, and the Center for the Arts & Religion.

MEDIA CONTACT: Douglas Davidson, Director of Communications, Graduate Theological Union, 510-649-2423,

Doug Adams Gallery, Center for the Arts & Religion, Graduate Theological Union, 2465 LeConte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709