John Vias

John Vias

Berkeley, CA, United States

About John Vias

Prints of all images are available unmounted, matted, and framed, in several sizes. Prints here on Saatchi Art are open editions. Check his website for other options.

John Vias wanders around in the dark taking pictures. His award-winning night photography has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and other art venues.

Vias's work has won awards in juried shows and has been reprinted in the press. It hangs in public, private, and corporate collections in the US and abroad.

John Vias (rhymes with "bias") was born in Illinois. He lives and works in Berkeley, California.

Education

Certificate in Photography, awarded with distinction, UC Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, CA, 2004

Bachelor of Arts, University of Florida, 1990

Exhibitions

2016

Nightwatch: The Night Photography of John Vias, NBIP, Berkeley, CA

2014

Winter Open Studio, 2008-2014, Berkeley, CA

As It Happened, Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery, Alameda, CA

Noctilucent: Night Photos by John Vias, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Curated by DeWitt Cheng.

East Bay Open Studios, 2004-2014, Berkeley/Oakand, CA

Collector Art Shop, Berkeley

2013

Autumn Collection, SLATE Contemporary Gallery, Oakland

2012

Dis/Order: Juried Annual, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA. Curated by Naomi Beckwith.

Collector Art Shop, Berkeley

Spring Forward into Art, Studio 1509, Berkeley

Winter Open Studio, 2008-2012, Berkeley

2011

Courage, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland

John Vias (solo), Bay Area Visual Arts Network, Oakland

2010

Glimpses in Time, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA. Juried by Linda Connor.

Rotunda Gallery Exhibition, USF School of Law, San Francisco, CA. Curated by Saiko Matsumaru.

2009

Studio Nocturne, 2005-2009, San Francisco

Glimpses in Time, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland. Juried by René de Guzman.

2008

Ten Winners, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland

Glimpses in Time, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland. Juried by Stephen Wirtz.

Nocturnes…in Berkeley?, The LightRoom, Berkeley

Insights: Focus on Emerging Photographers, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland

Juried Annual, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland. Juried by Laura Hoptman.

2007

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios, 2004-2007, Berkeley

Nest Gallery Opening Reception, 2007, Oakland

Glimpses in Time, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland. Juried by Stephen Wirtz.

EBOS at OAK, Oakland International Airport, Oakland

Juried Annual, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland. Juried by Berin Golonu.

Quarterly Exhibition, MobiTV, Emeryville, CA

2006

Transmissions Gallery Holiday Show, Berkeley

New Visions: Introductions, Pro Arts, Oakland. Juried by Gary Sangster and Dennis O’Leary.

Preview Exhibitions for SF Open Studios, Canvas Gallery, San Francisco;

San Mateo City Hall, San Mateo; Embarcadero, San Francisco

After Dark: Night Photos by John Vias (solo), Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

The Nocturnes, A Biennial, online

Berkeley Civic Center Art Exhibition, Berkeley. Curated by Robbin Henderson and Archana Horsting.

Berkeley Art Center’s Annual Members’ Showcase, Berkeley

2005

EP Designworks’s June Exhibition, online

This Is Not Your Father’s Nocturne, online

A Night on the Hill, San Francisco

2004

Embarcadero Nocturne, San Francisco

Members Only, Richmond, CA

The Nocturnes, A Biennial, online


Grants and Awards

Creative Capacity Fund, Quick Grant, 2010

Juror Award, Glimpses in Time, Oakland, 2008. Awarded by Stephen Wirtz.

Juror Award, Glimpses in Time, Oakland, 2007. Awarded by Stephen Wirtz.

Finalist, Berkeley Civic Center Art Exhibition, Berkeley, 2006

Honorable Mention, Berkeley Art Center’s Annual Members’ Showcase, 2006

Finalist, 7×7 magazine’s Bring on the Night photo contest, 2005


Lectures/Public-Speaking Engagements

Lecture, “Enchanting Night Photography,” Pro Arts, Berkeley, 2007

Guest Lecture, Pro Arts, Oakland, 2007

Guest Lecture, Night Photography class, UC Berkeley Extension, 2006