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Richmond Art Center Receives CAC 2019-2020 Grants

The California Arts Council voted to award the Richmond Art Center an Arts Education Artists in Schools program grant for 2019-2020!

We are pleased to announce the Richmond Art Center was recently awarded three program grants from the California Arts Council totaling $47,000. This fall, we will provide free field trips to 1500 Richmond elementary students, guided tours of current exhibitions and art-creation workshops at the Richmond Art Center.

In addition, we will expand our in-school and after-school art programs in Richmond schools this upcoming school year. The awards are an indication of the quality of Richmond Art Center community programs and value of arts as an essential component in youth education.

Congratulations to the Arts in the Community team for their dedicated work! 

Richmond Art Center Announces Summer 2019 Exhibitions

Image: Top: Richard-Jonathan Nelson, Untitled, 2019. Courtesy of the Artist, Bottom: Ruth Tabancay, What’s In You and On You: Normal Flora and Pathogens (detail), 2018 Mary Jeys, Waving Hand, 2018, Dennis A. Giacovelli, Untitled (Self-Portrait), 2018. Second Class (E5) Engineman: Navy 1969- 71, Vietnam 1970.  

RICHMOND, CA – June 11, 2019 – The Richmond Art Center presents exhibitions opening June 11: Discontent with Brute Force Uploading, ABOUTFACE, Parts Unseen and the 2019 Members’ Show

Discontent with Brute Force Uploading
South Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 11 – August 16, 2019

Richard-Jonathan Nelson’s solo exhibition examines how craft can be used to depict Black bodies in an imagined future. Through hybridizing traditional craft practices – like embroidery, weaving, and quilting – with digital art, Nelson’s work challenges the history of the mass media’s “uploading” of Black Diaspora as a monolithic culture, and reimagines the Black body as a place for futuristic progress. Nelson’s work draws reference from African-American low country herbalism, cybernetic Afrofuturism and his family’s history working with fabric.

About the ArtistRichard-Jonathan Nelson is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses textiles, video, and digital manipulation to create alternative worlds of speculative identity. His work is multi-layered, chromatically intense, and mixes images of the natural world with reference to hoodoo, queer culture, and Afrofuturism. Born in Savannah, GA (1987) and working in Oakland, CA, Nelson received his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2017. His work has been exhibited at Southern Exposure, Embark Gallery, Root Division in San Francisco and Aggregate Space in Oakland.

ABOUTFACE
Community Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 11 – August 16, 2019

This large-group exhibition brings together Veteran self-portraits from the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County’s ABOUTFACEprogram. Over 100 self-portraits will be presented, for the first time bringing together the numerous ABOUTFACE works created over multiple years of the program. Collectively the pieces form a ‘unit’ that represents the varied stories of Veterans transitioning from military to civilian life.

About the program: In 2015 the Arts and Culture Commission and the Physical Rehabilitation Service at Veterans Affairs Health Care in Martinez developed ABOUTFACE to improve the lives of California’s Veterans through arts programming. Based on the belief that individuals have the capacity to heal themselves, ABOUTFACE engages Veterans through painting workshops focused on artistic skill development and self-expression. The two-day workshops are team-taught by a teaching artist and a qualified therapist, with a Veteran coordinator present. Workshop activities include meditation, peer discussion, sketching each other, and painting a final self-portrait.

Parts Unseen
West Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 11 – August 16, 2019
Reception: Saturday, June 8, 5-7pm


This exhibition brings together recent works by three artists who received the Spotlight Award for their work in the 2018 Members’ Show: Bill AbrightJennie Braman, and Ruth Tabancay. While working in disparate media, these artists share an interest in transfiguring and deconstructing the human form.

About the Artists: Bill Abright was introduced to clay by Bruce Duke at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton in the late 60’s. He completed his graduate degree at San Francisco State in 1974 working with Bud McKee, Stephen De Staebler, Joe Hawley, and David Kuraoka. Abright recently retired after 40 years teaching ceramics at the College of Marin. Jennie Braman is an artist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is full-time faculty in Studio Art and Art History at Berkeley City College in Berkeley, CA, and served as Chair of the Art Program for the last decade. Braman’s current drawings investigate the nature of representation and the creative language of the body. Ruth Tabancay‘s passion for science led her to study bacteriology in college, and after a stint as a hospital laboratory technologist, she went on to medical school. After 11 years in private practice, she left medicine to study art. Her works refer largely to her previous studies in microbiology, anatomy, and geometry. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley; UC School of Medicine, San Francisco; and California College of the Arts.

2019 Members’ Show
Main Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 11 – August 16, 2019

Each year, the Richmond Art Center invites our members to participate in our annual Members’ Show, which is showcased in the Main Gallery. One of the oldest and largest non-juried member exhibitions in the Bay Area, this tradition presents a wide variety of media, styles, and subject matter by aspiring, emerging, and established artists, many of whom are colleagues, teachers, and students of the Richmond Art Center.

Spring Exhibitions Press

We’re excited to share some of the press coverage of our current exhibitions:

Charles Desmarais, “M. Louise Stanley’s very contemporary history paintings,” San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, Saturday, May 9, 2019

Charles Desmarais, “The Whale tries to save us,” San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, Saturday, May 4, 2019

Janis Hashe, “Jos Sances’ Great White Whale” and “High Time to Get to the Sea”, East Bay Express, May 1-7, 2019

Renny Pritikin, “M. Louise Stanley @ The Richmond Art Center”, Square Cylinder, Published April 12, 2019

DeWitt Cheng, “Two RAC Shows Mix Humor, Critique”, The East Bay Monthly, April 2019

Enrico Deaglio, “Nel Ventre Della Balena USA” (“In the Belly USA’s Whale”), Il Venerdì di Repubblica (Rome, Italy), April 19, 2019

Kathy Chouteau, “Life size whale artwork makes big splash at Richmond Art Center”, Richmond Standard, Published April 3, 2019

Kathy Chouteau, “WCCUSD Student Art Show wows at Richmond Art Center”, Richmond Standard, Published March 31, 2019

Party Richmond… Thanks and see you next year!

Members, students, teachers, artists, and donors – all enjoyed the second annual Party Richmond celebration of art and art lovers on Saturday, April 13! (See our Facebook album for pictures from the event!)

Each year Richmond Art Center honors three organizations and individuals who have contributed generously to the long-term wellbeing of RAC. This year those three included the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation, Betty Ann and Ray Barnett, and Hilda Robinson. We are honored to count these three as friends and supporters of RAC over many years.

After the awards ceremony, the crowd gathered for our live auction featuring art works by Peter Voulkos, Claire Falkenstein, Ed Penniman, Jos Sances, Rudolph Serra, Fred Alvarado, Stephen Bruce, and Randy Strong. In addition, unique opportunities to go salmon fishing on the Feather River, fly over the Bay Area in a private plane, travel to Santa Fe, enjoy a champagne party at RAC, and or take personal painting class, complete with wine and hors d’oeuvres with Ric Ambrose, were auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The evening included entertainment by dancer Maggie Powers, magician David Hirata, and jazz guitarist Hideo Date. Los Moles of El Cerrito provided a broad sampling of their moles, with decadent desserts donated by Maria’s Gourmet Bakery in El Sobrante.

Many thanks to our sponsors Jacobs & Company, LLC, Mechanics Bank, Ellengale Toki and Owen Oakley, Susan and Stephen Chamberlin, Patricia Guthrie, and James Wheeler and Joyce Shon. And many, many thanks to the spectacular John Ziesenhenne, world famous auctioneer.

This year was our most successful auction ever! We raised more money than last year to support our scholarship program for youth and adults. Thanks for all of your help and for participating in this annual event. See you next year!!

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Images clockwise from top left: Jos Sance’s Or, the Whale; Marguerite Browne and Maggie Powers; guests participating in the live auction; and artist Hilda Robinson (center) with Karen Jeffrey Anthony and Denise Jeffrey

The Beautiful Chaos of Art

The Beautiful Chaos of Art

By Emaline Lubinger-Chavez (Pinole Valley High School)

The ability to create and share art has always been a huge part of community. From artists working together to create murals, to a shadowy figure in the night clinging to an overpass to get the graffiti just right. Fences made from street signs, a scribble on a bathroom mirror, a camera set to capture all these things that burn gold against the gray monotony. Some work is seen as vandalism, however, no place would be the same without the clashing colors splashed across bridges, walls, and boulevards.

Recently, the Richmond Art Center opened its doors to the beautiful chaos of art waiting just outside. Young artists from middle and high schools across western Contra Costa County took advantage of the space awaiting them and filled every inch of the Community and West Galleries. Paintings, photographs, sculptures and more almost overwhelm the eyes. Over 400 pieces cover the walls from floor to ceiling; each one a window into an artist’s life.

These sorts of spaces are incredibly important to young people today. As a certified young person, I can say that many of us struggle with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and general confusion. It’s like reading the back of a pill bottle. But art is a salve on the leaking wound of the soul. It calms and cools the raging fire within us and gives us space to think and reflect on life.  The annual WCCUSD Student Art Show pushes kids to create art, which in turn pushes them to better understand themselves and the world around them.

I myself actually have a piece in the installation. A relatively small black and white photo, with words carved ruggedly into its surface, it stands out from the colorful almost piñata like masks above it. Across the way, the masks lock eyes with eerie portraits both painted and photographed. The contrast serves to show just how different everyone’s story is. And just how important it is that everyone’s story has a chance to be told.

We are all different. That is a simple fact of life. Art is how we express our differences. This installation provides a healthy and positive environment for young people to express themselves and be accepted as artists. For this, I am thankful.

Top image: Elianna Moran, Over the Rainbow, 2019 (Pinole Valley High School, Grade 9). On view in 54th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show, March 26 – April 24, 2019.

We’re Hiring: Visitor Services Assistant

Position: Visitor Services Assistant

Schedule: 40 hours, Tuesday – Saturday, Non-exempt

Supervisor: Operations Director

Essential Functions:  Shares responsibility for front desk operations, provides customer service and administrative support for the Education, Exhibition, Communication and Finance departments.  Maintains positive and informative relations with artists, instructors, students, volunteers and guests; maintains and inputs class registrations, memberships, donations and refunds into database system.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Visitor Services:

  • Greet guests entering the RAC and handle queries from the public and customers.
  • Answer telephone calls and emails that come to the front desk, as directed.
  • Effectively manage ongoing correspondence to members, donors, volunteers, students, instructors and artists.

Exhibition Program:

  • Process art sales transactions.
  • Support on site pickup & drop off of artists’ works.

Education Program:

  • Register students for classes/workshops/camps as needed.
  • Assist with classroom arrangements.
  • Process studio drop in fees, locker rentals and clay sales

Administrative:

  • Assist the Finance Director in the filing of account receivables, including membership, art sales, and class/workshop registration receipts
  • Generate membership renewals letters and reports upon request.
  • Support event setup/takedown and activities

Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to coordinate and prioritize activities with attention to detail and independent follow through.
  • People person, energized by face-to-face contact with others
  • Familiarity with database and point-of-sale transaction concepts.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision; self-starter and independently motivated.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple tasks in a busy environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in person, online and on the phone.
  • High professionalism and work ethic, with a clear understanding of what it means to represent the Art Center to the public.
  • Commitment to racial, gender, sexual orientation, and economic justice and ability to work effectively in a multicultural and diverse community.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Google Suite and databases
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English speaking & writing skills preferred

About the Richmond Art Center A non-profit organization, the Richmond Art Center has provided over 80 years of excellence in arts education and exhibitions for the East Bay region. Housed in a 1951 vintage modern 25,000 sq. ft. facility, the Richmond Art Center is part of Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza. The Art Center offers an extensive schedule of exhibitions and art instruction program, presenting 12 to 14 exhibitions in four galleries and providing 60-70 art classes and workshops in six studios four times a year to 500-550 students each quarter, ages 5 and up of all skill levels. In addition, the Art Center provides after-school art experiences to numerous schools and community centers. It has over 670 members, 125 volunteers, and 13 full-time and five part-time staff. The Center has an operating budget of over $1.4 million. To learn more about the Richmond Art Center, please visit our website: www.richmondartcenter.org.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter and three professional references to

jobsapp@nulltherac.org

Deadline: OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Compensation & Benefits

Non-exempt, full time:  $18 per hour

Casual and supportive, but professional and productive environment, vacation, sick and health benefits.

NO CALLS PLEASE.

NOTE: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

The Richmond Art Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Party Richmond Live Auction Preview!

Join us for Party Richmond!
Awards and Fundraising Event

Saturday, April 13, 5:30 to 9:00 pm
Drinks & Dinner Hors d’Oeuvres, Awards, Live Auction, Entertainment
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Here are just a few of the wonderful live auction items that will be available at Party Richmond on Saturday. April 13:

  • Peter Voulkos, Got the Cobalt Blues, 1979, Lithograph, 44/200
  • Santa Fe Getaway, three nights at the Casa de los Arroyos
  • Claire Falkenstein, Untitled, 1970, 18″x 24″
  • Fly fishing for two on the Feather River

Don’t forget that early bird picket prices for Party Richmond end in on Friday, March 15. Lock in the best and lowest ticket price by purchasing your event tickets now – online or by phone at 510-620-6580.

Plan now for a fun evening of art, live entertainment, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and seeing the Richmond Art Center in action!

Early bird price until March 15: $50 member/ $55 non-member
Tickets after March 15: $55 member/$60 non-member
Tickets at the door: $65

Doors open at 5:30 pm
5:30-7:00: Entertainment, food, & drink
7:00: Awards ceremony
7:30: Live auction

Proceeds from the event will go towards the support of the education programs of Richmond Art Center.
Get your tickets today.

 

 

For information about becoming a sponsor of this event,
please contact Catherine Millar, Director of Development
510.620.6780 | catherine@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Don’t miss Early Bird ticket prices for Party Richmond!

Join us for Party Richmond!
Awards and Fundraising Event

Saturday, April 13, 5:30 to 9:00 pm
Drinks & Dinner Hors d’Oeuvres,
Awards, Live Auction, Entertainment

Early bird ticket deadline coming up!

Don’t forget that early bird picket prices for Party Richmond end in one week on March 15. Lock in the best and lowest ticket price by purchasing your event tickets now – online or by phone at 510-620-6580.

Plan now for a fun evening of art, live entertainment, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and seeing the Richmond Art Center in action!

 

Early bird price until March 15:  $50 member/ $55 non-member
Tickets after March 15:  $55 member/$60 non-member
Tickets at the door:  $65

Doors open at 5:30 pm
5:30-7:00: Entertainment, food, & drink
7:00: Awards ceremony
7:30: Live auction

Proceeds from the event will go towards the support of the education programs of Richmond Art Center.

 

 

For information about becoming a sponsor of this event,
please contact Catherine Millar, Director of Development
510.620.6780 | catherine@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Party Richmond tickets now on sale!

Tickets on sale now for Party Richmond!
Richmond Art Center’s 2nd Annual Awards and Fundraising Event

Saturday, April 13, 5:30 to 9:00 pm
Drinks & Dinner Hors d’Oeuvres, Awards, Live Auction, Music

Tickets:

Early bird (by March 15): $55/$50 members
After March 15: $60/$55 members
$65 at the door

 

 

 

For information about becoming a sponsor of this event,
please contact Catherine Millar, Director of Development
510.620.6780 | catherine@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Image: Hilda Robinson, Here Stands the Blue Bird, 2017, Oil pastel on paper. Photo by Marty Heller.

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