Richard (Ric) Ambrose
Ric brings his extensive experience in art administration and strategic planning which includes fundraising, donor cultivation, marketing, facility operations and program development to the Art Center. In more than twenty-eight years, Ric has managed or curated more than 200 exhibitions in art, science and history in a variety of multimedia formats. He is a practicing artist and has taught studio art at several colleges. Ric is represented by Hespe Gallery in San Francisco. His only unchanging part of the workday is having a can of soup for lunch, as Andy Warhol reportedly did throughout his life.
Richard@nullRichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.6772
Studio Education Coordinator
Lukaza is a graduate from California College of the Arts in printmaking and works in a wide range of media. She was the Screen Print Studio Manager at CCA and taught art classes at Chabot Elementary School and at Camp 2545, a youth summer camp she founded and ran. Lukaza has worked with the education department at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and has been an Artist in Residence with the Richmond Rosie’s Girls Program. She is extremely interested in the conversation between social justice and the arts and believes that art has a very important role in making this world a more just and equitable place. On her free time, Lukaza loves collecting art books and trying out new dessert recipes!
lukaza@nullRichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.1245
Marisa started throwing on the wheel in 2006 and hasn’t stopped since. She works primarily in porcelain because she loves its smooth, luscious quality and ability to portray softness, delicateness and organic form. A 2011 Niche Award winner, she has exhibited her work across the Bay Area. She earned a BA in sociology from UC Santa Cruz and studied ceramics at San Francisco State University. Marisa likes ice cream and collects birds’ eggs and animal skulls.
Marisa@nullRichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.1245
Visitor Services Coordinator
An arts aficionado, Addela is a Richmond native and graduate of De Anza High School. She has a BA in Classics with a concentration in Art History from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and a MA in Museum Studies from SF State. She spent the junior year of her bachelor’s living in England, feeding her love of art by exploring the wealth of museums and art institutions Britain has to offer. Now back home in her beloved Bay Area, Addela is thrilled to be surrounded by the talent that fills the Art Center and is looking forward to trying her hand at wheel-throwing!
Addela@nullRichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.6772
Art in the Community Coordinator
An arts educator at heart, Cristina brings her enthusiasm and love of collaboration to her work as the Art in the Community Coordinator. She has a B.A. in Art History from Sonoma State University, and before coming to the center worked as a Senior Teaching Artist for the de Young and Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. There she worked to develop projects and curricula for students, teachers and visitors. A Bay Area native, and a current Richmond resident, Cristina loves exploring new places, fostering dogs in need, and working to create spaces for all individuals to explore their own curiosities and connections to art.
cristina@nullRichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.5539
Director of Development
Catherine has been involved in non-profit fundraising for over 20 years having worked at Lindsay Wildlife Museum as Director of Advancement, at American Red Cross as Director of Major Gifts, and at the Oakland Museum of California and Chabot Space and Science Center as Director of Development. She is actually quite surprised to find herself as a career fundraiser because she received a BFA in printmaking from University of Michigan and spent many years creating site-specific installations in Michigan and California. Finally, her long-time yoga practice led her to become a certified yoga teacher and she teaches yoga classes in Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda.
Catherine@nullRichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.6780
Volunteer & Visitor Services Coordinator
Jeremy is an event organizer disguised as an art curator. He holds a BA in Communications from Seattle University and a Master of Art Curating from the University of Sydney, Australia. Jeremy’s docent training in Seattle led him to pursue a career planning art exhibitions and tours for audiences including seniors, adults and youth groups. In addition, his event planning experience obtained working as a caterer, concierge, and leasing agent gave him the ability to manage volunteer operations and develop collaborative fundraisers for arts-based non-profits. Jeremy’s favorite art activities include collaging and making artwork from found objects.
Jeremy@nullRichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.6778
For more than 25 years Carolyn has been in financial management for the software, high-tech, architecture and design industries and then for nonprofits. Perhaps more inspiring is Carolyn’s past life as a ceramic artist. Her work was featured in a two-year traveling exhibition “American Ceramics Now” and some of her pieces are in the George & Dorothy Saxe contemporary crafts collection. When she’s not working, she’s probably gardening or out walking in nature.
Carolyn@nullRichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.6775
Severo “Pete” Rodriguez
Severo is a native of Richmond, CA and a graduate of Richmond High School. Severo loves traveling to his native country, Mexico to learn more about his culture and family. Severo joined the Richmond Art Center team as a volunteer, then soon after, he became an addition to our staff. Severo is very family oriented and looks forward to sharing the Richmond Art Center and its rich culture with his family!
Severo@nullRichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.6772
Art in the Community Programs Director
A Richmond native, Rachel brings her first-hand experience as a teaching artist in our Art in the Community program and summer STEAM camps. Rachel holds a BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College and a Masters in Education from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, where her work was focused in the Community Arts Practices program. Rachel is a practicing, interdisciplinary artist who has worked in fiber arts, installation, sculpture and performance. She also enjoys using her creativity to experiment and create homemade herbal products in her kitchen apothecary.
RSchaffran@nullRichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.5543
Julie brings her experience as a devoted nonprofit creative and technical professional to her position at the Richmond Art Center. As a former street photographer and graffiti hunter in San Francisco, she has spent a lot of time behind a camera for a range of projects and collaborations. Julie holds a BS in Industrial Technology from San Jose State University. She first became acquainted with the Art Center by taking an encaustics workshop. She spends a lot of her free time with her trusty sidekick, a green cheek conure named Birdie Sanders.
Julie@nullRichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.5525
Exhibitions Director and Curator of Art
Jan has taught painting and drawing and lectured in California and Europe. She has organized and facilitated lecture series, symposia, and a mentoring program. Her interest in a forum for contemporary art has fueled her passion for curating, public programs, and documentation. As an artist, Jan has exhibited internationally and her work is in museum collections in the United States and Europe. The Richmond Art Center encompasses the many elements of art that she finds most meaningful.
JWurm@nullRichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.1252