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Contra Costa County Extends Stay-at-Home Order Through May 3

Contra Costa County Health officers today issued an extension of a previous stay-at-home order through Sunday, May 3. Read the press release HERE.

In alignment with the recommendations of Contra Costa County Health Services (CCHS) and the new stay at-home orders for six Bay Area counties, including Contra Costa County, the Richmond Art Center will be closed to the public through Sunday, May 3, 2020.

More information at richmondartcenter.org/rac-updates/

For up-to-date public health information and how to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, visit the Contra Costa Health ServicesCalifornia Department of Public Health and CDC websites.

Richmond Art Center Closed Through Tuesday, April 7

In alignment with the recommendations of Contra Costa County Health Services (CCHS) and the new shelter-in-place orders for six Bay Area counties, including Contra Costa County, the Richmond Art Center will be closed to the public through Tuesday, April 7.

More information at richmondartcenter.org/rac-updates/

For up-to-date public health information and how to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, visit the Contra Costa Health Services, California Department of Public Health and CDC websites.

Coronavirus: Precautions at the Richmond Art Center

As you may have heard, public safety warnings have been issued for Bay Area counties to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Please be assured that we here at the Richmond Art Center are monitoring the situation carefully and are preparing for any potential impact. Should we need to temporarily close, any class scheduled for that day will be rescheduled for a make-up session at the end of season.

We are taking the following measures to ensure safety in public spaces:

  • Staff and volunteers are being asked to stay home if they are ill
  • Provide additional hand-sanitizers in the lobby, entrances, classrooms and bathrooms
  • Ensure sanitary wipes are available to use on common surfaces, tables, chairs, tools
  • Wipe down shared surfaces several times throughout each day

We will continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus carefully and will inform students, teaching artists and volunteers of closures ASAP by email, and by posting on our website and social media pages.

The Contra Costa County site has information and resources on the coronavirus HERE.

You can refer to the Contra Costa County site for more information or call our Front Desk at 510-620-6772. If you call during a closure, your call will forward to the automated attendant system with a recorded message with reopening information.

We will do all we can to keep you apprised of the situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Press Release: Dewey Crumpler: Crossings

The inventive power of Dewey Crumpler’s shipping containers

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 10am – 5pm

Exhibition: March 31 – May 30, 2020
Reception: Saturday, March 28, 5-7pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 2, 11am
Location: Main Gallery

RICHMOND, CA: The Richmond Art Center announces Dewey Crumpler: Crossings, the first survey of Dewey Crumpler’s ‘shipping container’ work to be exhibited in the Bay Area. The exhibition will include over 120 works that ask us to consider the history, lived legacy and future impact of the global shipping industry.

Dewey Crumpler: Crossings will present work from sketches to large scale paintings that show twenty-five years of investigation into the beauty and power of ribbed, metal cargo boxes. Growing up in the Bayview, Crumpler became interested in ports, especially the massive forms of shipping containers. As a young artist he often sketched plein air along the waterfront. Since the late 1990s, he has been developing his studies into paintings of containers that flit between abstraction and representation. More recently Crumpler has added sequins, collage, gold leaf and pop cultural references to his work, suggesting the bling and flash of commodification, as well as spiritual awakening.

In Crumpler’s work shipping containers are dense metaphors; encompassing stories of mass migration, transformation and voyages destined to be repeated. They trace transatlantic trade routes that emerged in the 15th century and are still used today. They also show industry that has irrevocably shaped port cities like San Francisco, Oakland and Richmond. Through connecting historical and contemporary systems, time in Crumpler’s work becomes a loop of rebirth and decline pressed forward through the crossing of water. Crumpler explains, “At the heart of these works is memory.”

Dewey Crumpler: Crossings will be on view in the Richmond Art Center’s Main Gallery from March 31 through to May 30, 2020. An exhibition reception will be held on Saturday, March 28, 5-7pm, and an Artist Talk will be held on Saturday, May 2, 11am. Exhibition and events are free and open to the public. A print publication featuring a new essay by Thea Quiray Tagle will accompany the exhibition. Dewey Crumpler: Crossings is curated by Marguerite Thompson Browne and Amy Spencer.

About the Artist: Dewey Crumpler is an Associate Professor of painting at San Francisco Art Institute. His current work examines issues of globalization and cultural co-modification through the integration of digital imagery, video and traditional painting techniques. Crumpler’s works are in the permanent collections of the California African American Museum, Triton Museum of Art Los Angeles and Oakland Museum Of California. Crumpler has received the Flintridge Foundation Award, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, as well as The Fleishhacker Foundation Fellowship Eureka Award. Collapse was Crumpler’s most recent exhibition at Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery. He is represented by Jenkins Johnsons Gallery. deweycrumpler.com

About the Richmond Art Center: 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 we do at the Center continues to breathe life into Salmi’s original vision: that within every person lives an artist. Annually we teach thousands of students through classes taught by professional artists; onsite in our six large studios, and off-site via partnerships with community organizations. We also mount 14-16 rotating exhibitions yearly in our four gallery spaces that display the work of youth, emerging and established Bay Area artists.

For more information contact:
Amy Spencer, Exhibitions Director, Richmond Art Center
amy@nullrichmondartcenter.org, 510-620-1252

Top image: Dewey Crumpler, Untitled 1, 2017, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the Artist

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Richmond Art Center Begins Executive Director Search

For Immediate Release

Richmond, CA, February 6, 2020 – The renowned Richmond Art Center announced today it has opened its search for a new Executive Director. The search will be led by an Executive Director Search Committee comprised of members of the Board of Directors and Richmond Art Center staff.

The job description and contact information for qualified applicants is available on the Richmond Art Center website, richmondartcenter.org/executive-director.

Applications and resumes may be submitted to applynow@nullrichmondartcenter.org.

“This is an exciting time for the organization,” said Michele Seville, Interim Executive Director. “We will be looking to the new Executive Director to follow our mission of building participatory spaces, equitably growing and sustaining innovative art practices, driving fundraising and providing organizational leadership.”

The Richmond Art Center Board of Directors plans to name a new ED by May 2020. Michele Seville, Interim Executive Director, replaced Ric Ambrose in November 2019, who had served as Executive Director since 2011. Current Board President Patricia Guthrie will support the orientation, transition and on-boarding process of the new ED.

Hazel Salmi founded the Richmond Art Center in 1936, between the Great Depression and World War II, with support from the Lanham Act. In 1951, the Richmond Art Center opened in the City of Richmond’s award-winning Civic Center Campus and continues Hazel Salmi’s vision: “Within every person lives an artist.”

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About the Richmond Art Center
The Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, delivering exciting arts experiences to people of all ages who reflect the diverse richness of our community. We do this through onsite Studio classes, Exhibitions and offsite Art in the Community programs.


Press Contact
Jordan Greene, Communications Manager
jordan@nullrichmondartcenter.org
510-620-5525

Richmond Art Center
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Richmond, CA 94804
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Art of the African Diaspora Artists Interviewed on Bay Area Art Beat, February 2020

Host Susan Duham Felix interviewed Stephen Bruce, Steering Committee Chair for the Art of the African Diaspora and 2020 Artistic Achievement Awardees, KaliMa Amilak, Zoë Boston and Abi Mustapha for Bay Area Art Beat, February 2020. The Art of the African Diaspora exhibition is now on view at the Richmond Art Center until March 13, 2020.

The interview will replay on Berkeley Community Media Channel 28 in February every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM: February 5, 12, 19 and 26
Fridays at 5:00 PM: February 7, 14, 21 and 28
Saturdays at 9:00 AM: February 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Stream Berkeley Community Media – Channel 28 Online

www.bcmtv.org/article/watch_channel_28 

For more on Art of the African Diaspora and the Winter exhibitions, visit RichmondArtCenter.org.

Richmond Art Center Receives Grant from California Humanities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2020

Contact: Amy Spencer, Exhibitions Director, amy@nullrichmondartcenter.org, 510-620-1252

Richmond, CA — California Humanities has announced the recent round of Humanities For All Quick Grant awards. The Richmond Art Center is one of thirty-seven awardees for its event Revelation & Rebirth – The History & Practice of Collecting African-American Art.

The Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy.

Revelation & Rebirth is a featured speaker event to be held in conjunction with Art of the African Diaspora. Nashormeh Lindo, Chair of the California Arts Council, will speak about collecting work by African-American artists, including the history of Black artists being overlooked by major institutions. Her presentation will be followed by a conversation with artist Dana King on contemporary collecting practices that are shifting the status quo.

“These projects will bring the complexity and diversity of California to light in new ways that will engage Californians from every part of our state, and, will help us all understand each other better,” said Julie Fry, President & CEO of California Humanities. “We congratulate the grantees whose projects will promote understanding and provide insight into a wide range of topics, issues, and experiences.”

A complete list of all Humanities For All Quick Grants can be found on the calhum.org website here.

California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment of the Humanities, promotes the humanities – focused on ideas, conversation and learning – as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to help strengthen California. California Humanities has provided grants and programs across the state since 1975. To learn more visit calhum.org, or follow California Humanities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Image: Nashormeh N. R. Lindo (left) and Dana King (right)

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Art of the African Diaspora Artists on KCRT Richmond

Art of the African Diaspora, Artistic Achievement Awardees for 2020, KaliMa Amilak, Abi Mustapha, Zoë Boston and Steering Committee Artist Chair, Stephen Bruce were interviewed by KCRT of Richmond. The Art of the African Diaspora exhibition is now on view at the Richmond Art Center until March 13, 2020.

Join us for the Artistic Achievement Awardees’ Talk, Saturday, January 25 12:30 – 2:00 PM and the Opening Reception immediately after from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information on the Art of the African Diaspora: richmondartcenter.org

Right Here, Right Now, Richmond – East Bay Express Review

Lou Fancher writes about Right Here, Right Now, Richmond in “Five Richmond Risk-Takers,” in the East Bay Express, January 2020.

“The Richmond Art Center’s Right Here, Right Now, Richmond is evidence of the city’s cultural breadth and of the art center’s role as a sake haven in the art workspace-starved Bay Area.”

Five Richmond Risk Takers PDF

Right Here, Right Now, Richmond is on view until March 6, 2020.

Image: East Bay Express, January 1-7, 2020, Page 10

Press Release: Art of the African Diaspora

Featuring Over 150 Artists of African Descent

Exhibition: January 14 – March 13, 2020
Artistic Achievement Awardees’ Talk: Saturday, January 25, 12:30-2pm
Reception: Saturday, January 25, 2-5pm
Featured Speaker Event: Saturday, February 1, 12:30-2pm
Closing Party: Friday, March 13, 3-5pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm

Events Around the Bay Area
Open Studios: 
Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1; Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8; and Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 2020
Satellite Exhibitions: Throughout January, February and March 2020

Richmond, CA: The Richmond Art Center announces Art of the African Diaspora, an exhibition featuring over 150 artists of African Descent. The exhibition will be on view in the Richmond Art Center’s Main and West Galleries from January 14 through to March 13, 2020. This exhibition will be accompanied by self-guided open studio tours and satellite exhibitions at 30 different venues across the Bay Area. 

Art of the African Diaspora was formerly known as The Art of Living Black. The Steering Committee of artists that produces the event announced the name change as a reflection of the new energy behind the event, which was founded in 1997 by the late Jan Hart-Schuyers and late Rae Louise Hayward. 

“The name The Art of Living Black belongs to the late founders’ families,” explains Stephen Bruce, artist and chair or the Steering Committee. “We remain dedicated to the spirit of Jan and Rae and will honor them by producing a stellar community event for artists of African descent. However, the time has come for us to have a name that will allow us the autonomy to grow and reflect this new era for the event. ”

In 2020, special events for the Art of the African Diaspora at the Richmond Art Center include an artist talk with Artistic Achievement Awardees KaliMa AmilakZoë Boston, and Abi Mustapha on Saturday, January 25, 12:30-2pm, followed by a reception featuring live music from 2-5pm. A featured speaker event (speaker tba) will happen Saturday, February 1, 12:30-2pm with the 2021 Artistic Achievement Awardees to be announced.

This year over 95 artists will participate in open studios and satellite exhibitions. Venues hosting artists include Bridge Storage and ArtSpace (Richmond), CoBiz (Richmond), Creative Framing and Gallery (Oakland), Dorks Tec Café (Berkeley), Ethnic Notions Fine Art Gallery (Vallejo), Joyce Gordon Gallery (Oakland), JPosh Designs (Oakland), SHOH Gallery (Berkeley), and Village Theatre Art Gallery (Danville). Details about the off-site exhibitions and open studios can be found in the Art of the African Diaspora guide, published January 2020.

KaliMa Amilak is one of 2020’s Artistic Achievement Awardees. She acknowledges Art of the African Diaspora is an important opportunity for emerging artists, “When I received the award for me what that meant… was a reiteration to keep going. Keep going with my art. Keep going with expanding as an artist in my career. It’s an affirmation in moving forward.”

Participating Artists: AkeemRaheem, Aneu’re, AnttonioDesigns, Ester M. Armstrong, Jason Austin, Latisha Baker, Irene Bee Kain, Derrick Bell, Randolph Belle, Jae Me Bereal, Charles Blackwell, Lorraine Bonner, Zoë Boston, Donna Meke’da Bradley, J.B. Broussard, Cedric Brown, Floyd Brown, Marguerite Browne, Valerie Brown-Troutt, Stephen Bruce, Lawrence Buford, Melanin Buford, Ron Calime, Orin Carpenter, Marsha Carter, Elishes Cavness III, Celise, Toshia Christal, Claude Lockhart Clark, Lottye Clayton, Gary Collins, Tiffany Conway (Project Get Free), Zwanda Cook, Kelvin Curry, Diamela Cutino, Patricia Daigre McGee, Bill A. Dallas, Jim Dennis, Pete Dent, Doitshā, Gene Dominique, Angela Douglas, Anna W. Edwards, Louise Terry Eubanks, Jimi Evins, Candi Farlice, Vaughn Filmore, a. d. floyd, Naomi Floyd, Kaya Fortune, Donna Gatson, Carla Golder, Grandma’s Hands, Renata Gray, Stephen Greer, Charles Harlins, Raven Harper, Nannette Y. Harris-Jones, Idris Hassan, Raymond L. Haywood, Evelyn Hicks, Karla Higgins, Rose Hill, Yolanda Holley, Mitchell Howard, Ozell Hudson Jr, Steve Hurst, Pam Jackson, Kimberly V. Johnson, Michael Johnson, Will Johnson, Virginia Jourdan, JPosh Aubry (Janina), KaliMa Julien, Val Kai, Jessica Keener, Travis “Trav Lyrics” Keeton, H Lenn Keller, Leon Kennedy, Dana King, James Knox, Dulama LeGrande, Jennifer A. Lockette, Maalak, Alix J. Maglorie, Ajuan Mance, Andrea McCoy Harvey, Shonna McDaniels, Genesse McGaugh, Susan McGuire, Brianna Mills, James Moore, Abi Mustapha, Mychal, Halisi Noel-Johnson, Arthur Norcome, Carla Oden, Kwadwo Otempong, Elmarise Owens, Sean Papillion, Pat Patterson, Yolanda ThaSun Patton, Raife Pickett, Cori Nicole Pillows, Damon Powell – Artist &Theologian, Rais, Kumi Rauf, Gwendolyn Reed, Marva Reed, Ashlei Reign, Justice Renaissance, Julee Richardson, Joseph Robinson, Dawn Rudd, Wanda Sabir, Ronnie Sampson, Ron Moultrie Saunders, Jabali Sawicki, Yasmin Sayyed, Malik Seneferu, Malik Seneferu, Osaze Seneferu, Shanju, James Shorter, Akili Simba, Thomas Robert Simpson, Bertrell Smith, Karen Smith, Chanell Stone, Mark Sublett, Thomas Tandy, Stephanie Thames, Atiba Sylvia Thomas, Mildred Thompson, Michelle Tompkins, Tomye, Karin Turner – karinsArt, Orlonda Uffre, Olaitan Valerie, BJ VanBuren, Paula Vaughan, Charles Walker, Xan Blood Walker, Jennifer Inez Ward, Fan Warren, Horace Washington, Lois Williams, Nedra T. Williams, WilParish, Jazmyne Woffard-Jones, TheArthur Wright (SiGiDiArt), Jasmine Young

About the Richmond Art Center:  The Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, delivering exciting arts experiences to people of all ages who reflect the diverse richness of our community. We do this through onsite Studio classes and Exhibitions, and offsite Art in the Community programs.

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm

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 we do at the Center continues to breathe life into Salmi’s original vision: That within every person lives an artist. Annually we teach thousands of students through classes taught by professional artists; onsite in our six large studios, and off-site via partnerships with community organizations. We also mount 14-16 rotating exhibitions yearly in our four gallery spaces that display the work of youth, emerging and established Bay Area artists. richmondartcenter.org

Image: Tiffany KaliMa Amilak, Regal Attendance, 2019. Courtesy of the Artist

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