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The 23rd Annual Art of Living Black

Exhibition: January 15 – March 8, 2019
Open Studios: Saturday and Sunday, February 23 & 24 and March 2 & 3, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Satellite Exhibitions: Throughout January, February and March. Details to be published on The Art of Living Black website and in the Open Studios Guide
Spotlight Artist Talk: Saturday, February 2, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Reception: Saturday, February 2, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Featured Speaker Talk – Joyce Gordon: Saturday, February 9, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Co-founded by the late Jan Hart-Schuyers and the late Rae Louise Hayward, The Art of Living Black is a non-juried group Exhibition featuring work by artists of African descent. The Exhibition is held at the Richmond Art Center and is accompanied by a self-guided Open Studios tour and and Satellite Exhibitions.

Artists can register to participate in the Exhibition and Open Studios/Satellite Exhibitions, or the Exhibition only. Registration may be done online, over the phone, or in person at the Richmond Art Center.

The 23rd Annual Art of Living Black is organized by TAOLB Steering Committee in partnership with the Richmond Art Center. The Art Of Living Black Steering Committee is a dedicated group of established Bay Area artists touched by the vision of founders Jan Hart-Shuyers and Rae Louise Hayward. The group’s mission is to preserve and expand the vision of their beloved founders by supporting emerging, mid-career and established artists of African descent.



Artist Info Session: Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 pm RSVP
Registration Deadline: Thursday, December 20, 2018 (midnight)
Exhibition Artwork Drop Off: Friday, January 4 and Saturday, January 5, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exhibition Artwork Pick Up: Friday, March 8, 5:00 – 7:00 pm or Saturday, March 9, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm



  • Participation is open to all artists of African descent who reside/work within the nine counties of the Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma).
  • Artists participating in Open Studios/Satellite Exhibitions must have a studio or space to exhibit their work. Artists without a space can register for Open Studios/Satellite Exhibitions and request to be offered an exhibit space at a satellite exhibition location. For more info contact: TAOLB Steering Committee at or  The Art of Living Black 2019 Facebook page

Exhibition Artwork Requirements:

  • Media: All media accepted.
  • Artwork size: Artwork size may not exceed 16 square feet (including the frame).   
  • New and original work: Artwork submissions must be original work created since 2015 that have not previously been exhibited at the Richmond Art Center.
  • Digital image: To register you need to upload a digital file of your artwork in the exhibition. Image files should be jpgs with a maximum width of 1200px and 1 MB file size. For assistance with digital images please contact: TAOLB Steering Committee at or  The Art of Living Black 2019 Facebook page


  • Fees: Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Artwork for Exhibition: Artwork must be installation ready with appropriate hanging hardware.
  • Delivery: Artwork must be delivered to the Richmond Art Center during scheduled drop off dates: Friday, January 4 and Saturday, January 5, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Insurance: The Richmond Art Center shall insure selected artwork for duration of exhibition.
  • Photography and Image Use: The Richmond Art Center reserves the right to use images of submitted artwork and to photograph the artist, artwork and exhibition for publicity, documentation, and fundraising purposes.
  • Sales: For any artwork sales: artist receives 60% of the sale price; Richmond Art Center retains 40%.
  • Pick Up: All unsold artworks must be picked up on the scheduled days: Friday, March 8, 5:00 – 7:00 pm or Saturday, March 9, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.


  • Fees: Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Registered Participants: If an artist or venue hosts other artists, each artist must be a registered participant of TAOLB.
  • Photography and Image Use: TAOLB Steering Committee reserves the right to use images of submitted artwork and to photograph the artist, artwork and studio venues for publicity, documentation, and fundraising purposes.

Entry Fees:

Payment can be made online, over the phone or in person at the Richmond Art Center.

  • EXHIBITION ONLY Non-RAC Member: $55
  • EXHIBITION ONLY RAC Members: $45

Optional: Open Studios Artists can upgrade their Open Studios Guide Listing:

  • 1/4 page ad $35
  • 1/2 page ad $60
  • Full page ad $100







Image: Rae Louise Hayward, Three Women, date unknown

Place as Landscape/Place as Concept: Contemporary Enameling in the U.S.

Featuring work by both established and emerging enamelists, Place as Landscape/Place as Concept brings together enamel arts that explore place and landscape from an American perspective. In the United States, where the sheer size of the country has created an incredible diversity of landscape, concepts of place are intimately connected to identity and culture. The works in this exhibition use a range of traditional and experimental enameling techniques to explore place not just as scenery but as as a way of understanding who we are. By turns complex, conflicted, melancholy, and beautiful, these images and objects show us our country as well as ourselves.

This exhibition expands upon the American showcase presented at BLAZE: International Contemporary Enamel Exhibition at the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute in Taipei (2017-2018).

Featured Artists: Ken Bova, Harlan Butt, Katy Cassell, Kat Cole, Helen Elliott, Danielle Embry, Greg Flint, Kristina Glick, Gretchen Goss, Janly Jaggard, Sarah Loch-Test, Sharon Massey, Cynthia Miller, Pat Musick, Gail Reid, Rene Roberts, Averill Shepps, Jan Smith, Judy Stone, Don Viehman, Carly Wright

About the Center for Enamel Art: The Center for Enamel Art was founded in 2012 to preserve and promote the art of enameling, and to foster community among enamel artists and art-lovers alike. The Center exists in partnership with several other organizations to produce workshops, exhibitions, and other educational programs for and about enameling in the San Francisco/Bay Area and elsewhere in the U.S.


Enamel Art at the Richmond Art Center: Richmond Art Center is proud of its history promoting enamel as an art medium. We have taught enamel arts in our metals studio for over 50 years. Recent exhibitions presented at the Richmond Art Center to feature enamel art include: Alan Osborne – Expressionist Enamels (2009), Beyond Borders: Experimentation and Innovation in Enameling (2012), and California Now: Clay, Glass, and Enamel Art (2015). View our current studio catalog for information about enameling classes and workshops.

Image: Katy Cassell, Lost Sea, 2016, Enamel, copper, reflective glass beads, mounted to wood. Courtesy of the Artist

Empowering Threads: Quilts from the Social Justice Sewing Academy

In August 2018 the Richmond Art Center and Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) partnered to run a workshop at the Latina Center in Richmond, CA. Women from the Latina Center’s leadership program came together to learn how to visualize social justice issues to design fabric squares that express ideas relevant to themselves and their community. The multiple squares were then embroidered, pieced and sewn together to create a quilt that amplifies the impact and energy of the individual messages within it.

Empowering Threads will bring together recent SJSA quilts made in workshops held across America, including quilts by women at the Latina Center and youth from Richmond High School.

About SJSA: The Social Justice Sewing Academy is an education program that utilizes textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community activism. Founded in 2016, SJSA has run workshops with high school students, Boys and Girls Clubs and community groups in Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, Los Angeles, Rhode Island and Cambridge.

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