Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to commonly asked questions. If you have a question that is not answered here, or you would like to provide feedback, please submit an inquiry through our website or call us at 510.620.6772.
- How can I exhibit my work at the Art Center?
- How do I register for a class?
- I’m going on vacation. Can I pay for only the classes I will attend?
- Do I qualify for a scholarship?
- Can I get a discount on my classes?
- Do I need to bring my own supplies?
- Where is the Art Center located?
- Is the Richmond Art Center accessible for people in wheelchairs?
- How do I enter the building after hours?
- Who made the large fish on the Art Center’s building?
Exhibits are typically scheduled one to two years in advance. Learn more here.
You can register online by clicking the “Register” button on any individual class or workshop page. You can also register by phone or in person during our normal business hours. Learn more about registration.
Classes are not refunded or prorated due to failure to attend, planned absences, minor illnesses or vacations. Purchase of a half class is allowed in some adult classes with the consent of the instructor. Learn more about our policies.
Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and are based on need, determined from your application. Scholarships are awarded in amounts of 25%, 50% or 75% of the class price. Scholarships are not awarded to the same person in two consecutive quarters (if you received in Spring, you are not eligible for Summer). Learn more or apply for a scholarship .
Richmond Art Center members, Richmond residents and City of Richmond employees all receive 10% off of class prices. Discounts can be combined. Volunteering at the Art Center is another way to earn discounts of 25-50% off on classes. Learn more about volunteering.
Supplies are provided for all kids and teens classes. For many adult classes there is a supply list provided either at the first class or online. Some materials may be supplied by the instructor. We do sell clay onsite.
We’re located just steps from City Hall in the Civic Center plaza. Learn more about getting here.
The Richmond Art Center’s galleries are fully accessible for wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. We do have a wheelchair that may be checked out free-of-charge and on a first-come-first-serve basis at our front desk. Our building includes accessible restroom facilities. Accessible parking spots are available in both the 25th Street and Barrett Avenue parking lots. Accessibility in our classrooms varies.
Our hours are Tue – Sat, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sun, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. We are closed on Mondays and major holidays. Outside of these hours, our doors are locked. If you have a class or workshop that begins after 5pm or on Mondays, please use our back entrance off of 25th Street (walk up the ramp). You’ll see a series of doorbells to the left of the glass doors — each bell is labeled with the studio name. Simply press a buzzer and someone will let you in.
Guillermo – The Golden Trout by artist Andree Singer Thompson is from the “Making Waves” exhibition in 1997. “Guillermo” is a 50-foot long, 800-pound Golden Trout made of recycled metal. Once endangered, the Golden Trout symbolizes survival. The artistic concept for this work originated with concerns over the amount of drinkable water left in the world. It was fabricated by Richmond volunteers who hand cut, wired and painted each of its 800 aluminum scales. It was welded by William Wareham to a fish-shaped frame. Participants wrote messages of hope for the planet on the back of each scale.
If you have a question that is not answered here, or you would like to provide feedback, please submit an inquiry through our website or call us at 510.620.6772.