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Board of Supervisors' Chamber Gallery

Board Gallery
Located at 700 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Hours:  Open when the County Board of Supervisors are in session.  Please check Board agenda.

Sacramento County sponsors bi-annual exhibitions of artwork in the Board of Supervisors' Chambers.


Jim Kimberly: Painting with ALS

January 10, 2018 - July 10, 2018


The artist reception is held at the gallery location and is free to the public.

There are no receptions planned for this exhibition.


Jim is known for his politically charged and controversial large-scale installation art. Now facing extreme challenges of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), almost completely immobile, Jim has developed alternative methods to continue making powerful art. He describes his current process of creating art as a manipulation of materials that allow him to achieve the most pure expression -  “In the calming balance between myself and my work, I feel the order of the universe present itself”. 

“Every one of us has the basic human desire to survive. The question is how. What will be the driving force when you come face to face with your own mortality?  For me, it is my passion to create and the ability to see things in a different light. But, how do I do my artwork without the use of my hands?  It seemed impossible and overwhelming at first. I would stare at my past works around my home and realize I may never be able to paint or sculpt again.  Or, will I?  I thought, what is art?  Expression, visualization, passion, creative, skilled or ability to do something well, application, fluidity, design and emotion. An artist is someone who executes these attributes in a variety of mediums.  I thought about this and realized I still possessed all of these qualities. At that moment, I realized I was still an artist and nothing could ever take that away from me. Finding a new way to create my art was the only roadblock, but where there is a will where is a way. 

So, my wheelchair became my brush, the floor held my canvas, which put everything in a totally new perspective, and my mind will lead the way. Learning o work with these new tools has been challenging but has also opened up unlimited creative possibilities. As I apply each color I move the chair through the paint turning the wheels making swirls, patterns, and running off the canvas in to infinity and back. Sometimes I’ll let a color or layer of paint dry before I add more. Other times my wet on wet technique brings new colors to light that jump off the canvas. With help, the canvas is raised from the floor and hung. As I wheel back my chair I study my work. If I decide that all the colors, the splatters, the twist and turns and the brush (wheel) marks have developed enough to tell my story, express my vision, state my philosophy, I will call it done. Then I’ll lay down a new canvas and begin again and again until I can’t”. – Jim Kimberly 

Jim has been making art for over forty years.  He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and attended UC Berkeley's Masters of Fine Arts program.  Over the years his artwork has received local and national attention. 

10% of sales will be donated to the ALS Association. For all inquiries or purchases, please contact Daniel at or Jenica at

Jim Kimberly, Circle of Evolution with Orange, acrylic on canvas, 2016, 67' x 78'  

Image: Jim Kimberly, Circle of Evolution with Orange, acrylic on canvas, 2016, 67" x 78"