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52nd Annual West Contra Costa Unified School District and Richmond Art Center Art in the Community Student Shows This Spring

52nd Annual West Contra Costa Unified School District and Richmond Art Center Art in the Community Student Shows This Spring

Popular shows featuring the artwork of hundreds of local students return to the Art Center’s Community Gallery this season.

RICHMOND, CA — March 9, 2017 — This Spring, the Richmond Art Center will present two exhibitions showcasing the work of West Contra Costa Unified School District’s elementary, middle and high school students. The 52nd Annual West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) Student Art Show opens in the Community Gallery on Tuesday, March 20, followed by the Richmond Art Center’s Art in the Community Show on April 29, 2017.

Joelle Park, 10th grade, El Cerrito High School

The Richmond Art Center has a five decade-long partnership with the WCCUSD, and many of the district’s art students receive instruction from teachers who have received art-specific training through the Art Center. This exhibition features over 250  works of art, created in a variety of media—from ceramics to acrylic— representing the creative artistic talents of students from middle and high schools  throughout the school district. Says Executive Director Ric Ambrose, “The Richmond Art Center and WCCUSD share an ongoing vision: that art education is a crucial component of a thriving and productive community. We are proud to support the efforts of so many teachers and students in our district as they discover and learn through explorations in art.”

There will be a special reception honoring the WCCUSD students and art teachers on Thursday, April 13 from 5-7 pm, which will be free and open to the public. The John F. Kennedy Band will perform and several art awards will be given out for the students’ artistic talent and originality. The West Contra Costa Unified School District has generously sponsored the annual student exhibition.

Opening on April 29, the Richmond Art Center’s Art in the Community Show will feature the work of the area’s youngest artists: children from elementary and  middle schools who participated in the Art Center’s popular Art in the Community program throughout the year. The reception for the Art in the Community will take place on May 21, 2017 at noon.

These student shows coincide with the Art Center’s featured exhibitions: Marking Space, a survey of modern sculpture and installation art, and Mapping the Uncharted, an updated appreciation of mapmaking. All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information about Spring exhibitions, programming, and events, please visit the Richmond Art Center’s website: http://richmondartcenter.org

About the Richmond Art Center:

The Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, delivering exciting arts experiences to young and old alike who reflect the diverse richness of our community. The Art Center features hands-on learning, well-equipped studios, Art in the Community programs and contemporary exhibitions in its galleries.

Every year, the Richmond Art Center serves thousands of students through classes and programs taught by professional artists, both onsite at the Art Center and at sites throughout Richmond. The Art Center’s four galleries mount rotating exhibitions that display the works of emerging and established Bay Area artists. Artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Richard Misrach, Wanxin Zhang, Mildred Howard, Bella Feldman, Hung Liu, William Wiley, June Schwartz, and David Park have been showcased here.

The Richmond Art Center originated in 1936, when local artist Hazel Salmi, who worked for the WPA, traversed the streets of Richmond with a suitcase packed with art supplies, eager to teach art to anyone interested. Today, everything at the Art Center continues to breathe life into Salmi’s original vision: That within every person lives an artist.

Visit the Richmond Art Center’s website for more information: http://richmondartcenter.org/

Contact:

Julie Sparenberg
Communications Manager
julie@nullrichmondartcenter.org
510-620-6772

The Boundaries of Sculpture and the Alternate Meanings of Maps at the Richmond Art Center

The Boundaries of Sculpture and the Alternate Meanings of Maps at the Richmond Art Center
Two new exhibitions, Marking Space and Mapping the Uncharted, bring new meaning to the traditional arts of sculpture and mapping this Spring.

RICHMOND, CA — February 22, 2017 — In the new Spring sculpture exhibition Marking Space, opening on March 21, seven artists examine the nature of material and expose structure in a myriad of forms. Bay Area artists Mari Andrews, Robert Brady, Genevieve Hastings, Jann Nunn, Gay Outlaw, Lucy Puls, and Tracey Snelling use diverse materials to mirror habitat and architecture, to reflect on social structures, and to represent various human concerns.

In Marking Space, the very boundaries of what sculpture has become are redefined. Turning our attention to identity, the environment, systems of power, and inequality, these artists have followed different paths with a common passion of expression. These works investigate language, the body, and the nature of image, recognition, space and orientation. Throughout these artworks, a narrative emerges: self, home, loss, boundaries.

The companion exhibition, Mapping the Uncharted, uses physical maps as a point of departure for reconfiguring impressions of geography, politics, and visual language. Historically, maps have been drawn to mark where we are, what lies around us, what lies before us, and to note the paths taken so that others may follow or we may return.

The five artists in Mapping the Uncharted give new meaning to the art of map making. Mark Garrett cuts and paints and transforms maps into visualizations of patterns that emphasize the fragility and debasement of the ecology. Lordy Rodriguez expands and conflates maps to make visible our cultural and political conceits. Diane Rosenblum appropriates artworks and superimposes auction prices creating a map of the art world. Guillermo Galindo creates scores of music composed with instruments made of found objects, these collected along the US – Mexico border in collaboration with photographer, Richard Misrach. Indira Martina Morre creates delicate surfaces marking the most ethereal — cyberspace – passwords and passages are noted with symbols and layers noting information.

The exhibitions Marking Space and Mapping the Uncharted open in the Main, West and South Galleries on March 21 and run through May, 20, 2017, at the Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA. The opening reception for both shows will take place on Saturday, March 18 from 5 – 7 pm.

Two Artists’ Panels will be presented in conjunction with these exhibitions: April 1 and April 8, both starting at 2 pm. All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information about Spring exhibitions, programming, and events, please visit the Richmond Art Center’s website: http://richmondartcenter.org

Images:

Robert Brady, Return
Diane Rosenblum, Yayoi Kusama Painting 1989 – 2005

About the Richmond Art Center:

The Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, delivering exciting arts experiences to young and old alike who reflect the diverse richness of our community. The Art Center features hands-on learning, well-equipped studios, Art in the Community programs and contemporary exhibitions in its galleries.

Every year, the Richmond Art Center serves thousands of students through classes and programs taught by professional artists, both onsite at the Art Center and at sites throughout Richmond. The Art Center’s four galleries mount rotating exhibitions that display the works of emerging and established Bay Area artists. Artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Richard Misrach, Wanxin Zhang, Mildred Howard, Bella Feldman, Hung Liu, William Wiley, June Schwartz, and David Park have been showcased here.

The Richmond Art Center originated in 1936, when local artist Hazel Salmi, who worked for the WPA, traversed the streets of Richmond with a suitcase packed with art supplies, eager to teach art to anyone interested. Today, everything at the Art Center continues to breathe life into Salmi’s original vision: That within every person lives an artist.

Visit the Richmond Art Center’s website for more information: http://richmondartcenter.org/

Contact:

Julie Sparenberg
Communications Manager
julie@nullrichmondartcenter.org
510-620-6772

Richmond Standard Recap: Richmond Art Center’s 54th Holiday Arts Fest draws a crowd

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Thanks to the Richmond Standard for this great recap of our 2016 Holiday Arts Festival! “The Richmond Art Center (RAC) hosted the 54th edition of their popular Holiday Arts Fest on Sunday, and a bustling turnout enjoyed the 50-plus artisan vendors, engaging make-your-own-art tables and some tasty food offerings.”

Read the rest of the article here: http://richmondstandard.com/2016/12/richmond-art-centers-54th-holiday-arts-fest-draws-crowd/

Celebrating Our 80th Anniversary with Heart!

This year the Richmond Art Center turned 80 and we threw two big parties to celebrate! We’re looking forward to the next 80 years of sharing art, education and community with you.

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Our Back to School Community Celebration was a family-friendly event, full of heart, art, and delicious food. All ages were welcome to share a meal with us at our new communal tables in the courtyard, and the first 80 guests received a special handmade ceramic bowl crafted by none other than our talented ceramics manager, Marisa Burman. Delicious rice bowls were cooked and served by RAC students and volunteers, and our bar was staffed by RAC staff. DJ Juice provided danceable music for hours and our teaching artists Michael Perkin and Joyce Shon showed people the ropes in how to screenprint their own limited edition tote bags (with hand-drawn art by our Studio Education Coordinator Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo).

We have a full album of photos on our Facebook page.

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Our 80th Anniversary Gala was a stylish, elegant event where guests mingled in the galleries, met some of the artists—including Hung Liu, Jim Melchert, Richard Shaw, William Wiley, Mary Hull Webster and Lia Cook—whose works are now on exhibition in Making Our Mark. With Board President Inez Brooks-Myers and Board member Susan Wittenberg driving months of planning, this gala was beautifully executed by our entire Board and a team of volunteers (with thanks to our Volunteer Coordinator Nisha Chauhan-McGrath). Custom screenprinted tortillas featuring RAC founder Hazel Salmi were a big hit, thanks to the Great Tortilla Conspiracy, and guests listened to jazz singer Terrie Odabi in our Main Gallery while enjoying refreshing Vodka cocktails and wine bar , which were supported by donations from St. George Spirits in Alameda, and Jacobs & Co. and Vintage 59 Imports.

Almost 200 guests enjoyed a 3-course dinner, catered by Richmond favorite Menbere Aklilu and her restaurant Salute E Vita. The evening ended with a lively auction offering donated art, trips, theater and sports events to a very generous crowd. The funds raised from the auction and the Fund-a-Need will go towards supporting the Art Center in the upcoming year.

You can see all of the photos of the gala here.

Art Center Helps to Create Interactive Play Space

screen_shot_2016-06-23_at_4-42-19_pmWe’re happy to announce that the Richmond Art Center, in partnership with the City of Richmond and The Trust for Public Land, has received a new grant from Kaboom to create the Mathieu Court Alley Play Street.

“It’s exciting that elementary school students will have the experience of transforming an outdoor community space in a lasting way. We have a strong team of teaching artists who will be facilitating this project bringing students, families and neighbors together in the process.” says Rachel Schaffran, our Art In the Community director.

Elementary school students from Peres Elementary and Nevin Community Center, along with their families and RAC teaching artists Vreni Michelini Castillo and Sophie Siegmann will paint interactive games & artwork on a recently transformed “green alley.” This inventive play street will give families a fun, green, and clean place to play in a underserved and park-deficient neighborhood in the city.

The Art Center and grant partners will host a design and development activities to discuss ideas for the play street and will work with artists, local non-profits and volunteers to carry out the plan. Possible innovations to the space include games painted on the ground, fence art, a trash & recycling receptacle, and community garden boxes with seating areas. Proposed interactive educational signs will share the green features of the alley, and offer ideas on nutrition and healthy living. Safety in the area will be enhanced with a barrier that can be closed when families are playing and fencing for the play street. English and Spanish signage will be installed to encourage full use of this play street by non-English speaking area residents.

We’ll be sure to share more information with you as this project develops.

Image courtesy of Kaboom.org.

KQED Arts Highlights Fall Programming and Del Sol String Quartet

Starting off an exciting weekend with a highlight from KQED Arts’ The Do List:

Sept. 23-Nov. 12: Another 80th birthday now, this time for one of the Bay Area’s best and most innovative art centers. The Richmond Art Center celebrates with the show Making Our Mark by some of the great artists who’ve shown there, and their students, featuring work by Hung Liu, Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, William T. Wiley, and more. This evening the RAC celebrates its role teaching art to thousands of local school kids, with a Back to School Community Celebration with art-making and food. Tomorrow the Del Sol Quartetplays music by Terry Riley at 2pm — just ten bucks for that. Details for the gallery show and other goodies are here.

Join us for a gallery visit and musical performance and workshop tomorrow at 2pm with the Del Sol String Quartet.

Richmond Confidential on Making Our Mark

Thanks to Richmond Confidential for profiling our new exhibition, Making Our Markhttp://richmondconfidential.org/2016/09/15/exhibit-showcases-rac-mentor-mentee-artist-legacy/

From the article: “The Richmond Art Center celebrated its 80th anniversary last Saturday with the opening of “Making Our Mark and Making New Paths,” an exhibit that builds a family tree of artists and their mentees. The show includes work by 14 artists who jumpstarted their careers by showing work at RAC, alongside pieces by younger artists they have mentored and believed in.

“Making Our Mark and Making New Paths” was inspired by RAC’s mission, which is to give voice to new artists and open the galleries to new visions, said curator Jan Wurm. The idea behind the show was to “reflect the Richmond Art Center as a place where young artists could both show their work and find support as they grow into the different phases of their artistic, creative lives,” she said.”

Making Our Mark and Marking New Paths are on view in our galleries Tuesdays through Saturdays, free of charge. We invite you to visit this inspiring and important collection soon.

Making Our Mark in the News

Our much anticipated Fall exhibition Making Our Mark fills three galleries with extraordinary art. And the press has noticed as well.

The Richmond Post kicked things off with an early mention on their front page.

The Richmond Post kicked things off with an early mention on their front page.

The show has made the East Bay Express’ list of Top Gallery and Museum shows: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/top-gallery-and-museum-shows/Content?oid=4955774 and the Richmond Standard showcases the unique relationship between two of our featured artists, Enrique Chagoya and Yvette Deas: http://richmondstandard.com/2016/08/richmond-art-center-80th-anniversary-major-exhibition-to-make-a/

SFArts.org had a wonderful endorsement. This is what SF/Arts curator Christian L. Frock had to say about Making Our Mark:
Making Our Mark and Marking New Paths were organized in celebration of the Richmond Art Center’s 80th anniversary this year. It represents an artists list for the ages to celebrate one of the Bay Area’s longest running alternative nonprofit art spaces and features some 28 participants including Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Mildred Howard, Hung Liu, James Melchert, Richard Misrach.”

Several events planned in conjunction with this exhibition are on the calendar, including two series of artists’ talks (Squeak Carnwath, Hung Liu, Dru Anderson, Michael Hall, and Christopher Brown, Enrique Chagoya, Megan Atherton, Yvette Deas), and a live and video performance with Sofia Cordova. Our Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, September 10 from 5-7 to kick off this very exciting season for the Richmond Art Center.

The Art Center also has a very special partnership this season with the Del Sol String Quartet, who returns to our galleries for three events pairing art and music with workshops for local students. The residency by the Del Sol String Quartet, organized in partnership with the Richmond Art Center, has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund.

Images left to right: Wanxin Zhang, Deborah Oropallo, Hung Liu

 

Press Release: Bay Area Painter Squeak Carnwath Presents Work with Former Student

BAY AREA PAINTER SQUEAK CARNWATH PRESENTS WORK WITH FORMER STUDENT DRU ANDERSON IN RICHMOND ART CENTER FALL 2016 EXHIBITION PROGRAM

From September 13 through November 12, the Richmond Art Center will highlight 14 established and nationally known artists, including Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Lia Cook, Allan deSouza, Mildred Howard, James Melchert, Hung Liu, Richard Misrach, Richard Shaw, William T. Wiley, and Wanxin Zhang.

RICHMOND, CA — AUGUST 10, 2016 — In celebration of the Richmond Art Center’s 80th anniversary this year,   the Art Center’s major Fall exhibition, Making Our Mark, highlights some very special relationships that have nurtured artists and sustained this creative environment. Examining the  teacher – student  bonds and connection, Making Our Mark looks closely at the work of the mature, long-established practices of notable Bay Area artists, including the painter Squeak Carnwath and her former student Dru Anderson. In a vastly divergent choice in scale – from Carnwath’s monumental painting, Big Tiny – to the intimate small page of Anderson’s pastel rendering, In Five Years I, the mutual sympathy between the works is palpable. Both artists record the impact of life on their musings, their standing in their worlds, and their emotional commitment to being present, open, and self-revelatory.

“It takes a special generosity of spirit for an artist to be a committed teacher,” says Jan Wurm, Richmond Art Center’s Director of Exhibitions. “Stepping out of one’s studio practice to share one’s insights and understanding of our culture and the times we live in, being open to the particular perspective of a young artist, and guiding their artistic impulses in a supportive way—these aspects demand great skill and energy. It is a very privileged position for a young artist to be the recipient of such considered attention and it is also a sign of a profound sympathy that opens this exchange.”

Left:
Squeak Carnwath
Big Tiny
Oil and alkyd on canvas over panel, 2012
75 x 65 in.
Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree

Right:
Dru Anderson
Five Years I
Chalk pastel on paper, 2016
13 x 18 ½  in.
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Artist

Carnwath and Anderson will participate in one of the Making Our Mark Artists’ Talks related to the exhibition, where they will discuss their individual practices and how they have experienced the teacher/student relationship and the importance of the guidance and support. This event will take place in the Richmond Art Center’s Main Gallery on Saturday, November 5 at 2 pm and is free to the public. For more information on the event, please visit: http://richmondartcenter.org/event/making-mark-artists-talk-2/

From September 13 through November 12 in three galleries, Marking Our Mark will highlight 14 established and nationally known artists who have supported, and enriched the programs and exhibitions at the Art Center over many years. These artists include Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Lia Cook, Allan deSouza, Mildred Howard, James Melchert, Hung Liu, Richard Misrach, Richard Shaw, William T. Wiley, and Wanxin Zhang, artists who reflect various philosophies and media (painting, ceramics, fiber, sculpture, and photography). The opening reception for this exhibition will take place on Saturday, September 10, from 5-7 pm. For more information about this exhibition, please visit: http://richmondartcenter.org/exhibitions/making-our-mark/

To learn more about the Art Center’s 80th Anniversary, including the 80th Anniversary Gala celebration, please visit: http://richmondartcenter.org/making-mark-80th-anniversary/
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog of artwork and interpretation by the Director of Exhibitions, Jan Wurm. The complete list of artists included in Making Our Mark are Dru Anderson, Megan Atherton, Christopher Brown, Ethan Caflisch, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Lia Cook, Sofia Córdova, Yvette Deas, Allan deSouza, Nathan Dollarhite, Michael Hall, Scott Hewitt, Mildred Howard, Hung Liu, Nicholas Makanna, Bruce McGaw, James Melchert, Richard Misrach, Kate Nartker, Deborah Oropallo, Shari Paladino, Johanna Poethig, Richard Shaw, Ehren Tool, Mary Hull Webster, William T. Wiley, and Wanxin Zhang.

About the Richmond Art Center:

The Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, delivering exciting arts experiences to young and old alike who reflect the diverse richness of our community. The Art Center features hands-on learning, well-equipped studios,  Art in the Community programs and contemporary exhibitions in its galleries.

Every year, the Richmond Art Center serves thousands of students through classes and programs taught by professional artists, both onsite at the Art Center and at sites throughout Richmond. The Art Center’s four galleries mount rotating exhibitions that display the works of emerging and established Bay Area artists. Artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Jay DeFeo, Wanxin Zhang, Hung Liu, William Wiley and Peter Voulkos have been showcased here.

Now celebrating its  80th anniversary, the Richmond Art Center originated in 1936, when local artist Hazel Salmi, who worked for the WPA, traversed the streets of Richmond with a suitcase packed with art supplies, eager to teach art to anyone interested. Today, everything at the Art Center continues to breathe life into Salmi’s original vision: That within every person lives an artist.

Contact:

Julie Sparenberg
Communications Manager
julie@nullrichmondartcenter.org
510-620-6772

Download the press release here.

 

We won the gold! Thanks to you…

 

pp bannerFour Gold Stars for the Richmond Art Center!

Thanks to you, our wonderful supporters, the Richmond Art Center won the top honors Parents’ Press Best of the Bay 2016 for our Arts and Crafts Summer Camp, Teen Focused Summer Camp, After-School and Enrichment Programs, and Art Classes!

We’re humbled and thrilled to receive these honors, and look forward to serving your families with even more exciting art offerings in the future. Thank you for believing in us and supporting the Art Center with your votes!

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