Richmond Art Center

Work Samples for Zellerbach Family Foundation

Richmond Art Center Application to the Zellerbach Family Foundation

“David Park: Personal Perspectives” and “The Human Spirit”


Work Sample 1

Mildred Howard:  Spirit & Matter
March 22 – May 24, 2015
Installation view “Mildred Howard: Spirit & Matter ” at the Richmond Art Center March 22- May 24, 2015. Photo Credit : John Wehrle

This survey exhibition represented four decades in which Mildred Howard created rich and evocative work by taking common objects of daily life and infusing them with the spark of meaning to illuminate the underlying significance and historical weigh of cultural form. In free-standing sculpture, in wall-mounted musings, in graphic explorations and in representations of shelter, Howard has developed a language to address racism, injustice, need and compassion. This exhibition presented some of the artist’s most iconic sculptures as well as graphic works never before exhibited. The Richmond Art Center presented 35 works including two large scale installations mounted in new iterations.  Guest curated by Jan Wurm.


Mildred Howard Public Programs :

Mildred Howard in Conversation
Sun, Mar 29, 1 pm, free

Don Farnsworth and Mildred Howard – Magnifying Magnolia and Mildred
Sun, April 19, 2 – 3:30 pm, free

Workshop – Boxing Our Memories
Sun, May 3, 2 – 3:30 pm, free

Del Sol String Quartet Performance & Special Reception
Sun, May 17, 2pm

And Then There Were None  – Closing Reception with Mildred Howard
Sun, May 24, 3 – 5 pm, free

Curator-led Professional Group Tours
Art Table    May 16
Achenbach Graphic Arts Council     April 19


Student Groups:
Dominican University, Contra Costa College


Exhibition Catalogue
Artist in Conversation Video
Curator Videos for Educators



Installation view “Mildred Howard: Spirit & Matter ” at the Richmond Art Center March 22- May 24, 2015.  Photo Credit: John Wehrle


1) San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, Jesse Hamlin

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

“Why Mildred Howard wields 130 butcher knives for art”


2) Radio Free Richmond, Sean Pyles

Wednesday, April 1,2015

“Mildred Howard on Art, Race, and Memory”


3) The Eastside View: Art as Social Commentary, Charles Shere

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Review of Mildred Howard Show: Spirit and Matter


4) San Francisco Chronicle , Kenneth Baker

Friday, April 17, 2015

“Mildred Howard at Richmond Art Center: Wide range of moods”


5) San Francisco Chronicle, Column:  Leah Garchik

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

“Pop-Up event jumped from the written page to the stage”


6) Northern California Art, Jeff Kelley

Saturday, May, 09, 2015

“Mildred Howard @ Richmond Art Center”


7) Huffington Post, Jane Vanderburgh

Friday, May 15, 2015

“Mildred Howard at the Richmond Art Center, Art as Weapon, Art as Shelter”


Artist’s Testimony

Allison Magee, Executive Director

Zellerbach Family Foundation

575 Market St

San Francisco, CA 94105


Dear Ms Magee,

I am writing this letter in support of the Richmond Art Center’s Community Arts Program application to present a major exhibition of the work one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s preeminent, internationally known artists, David Park. David Park was a pioneer in Bay Area Figurative Movement. His influence can be seen in the work of Manuel Neri, Joan Brown, and Nathan Oliveira among others.

The Richmond Art Centers exhibitions incorporate a series of events centered around the artist. Workshops, lectures, musical events that speak to the life of an artist  give the audience a first hand experience of what the life of an artist is like. These kinds of programing provide better understanding of the role art can play in our daily lives.

The Richmond Art Center has served the community since 1936  and continues to be a main force in exhibiting the work of lesser known and major artists and providing art classes for the citizens of Richmond and the greater Bay Area. On most any given day at the center art happens, a group of elementary school children viewing one of the stellar exhibitions while art classes for all ages are taking place. Attending an opening at the center is different than that of many of the blue chip galleries and museums in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The audience is comprised of multigenerational, ethnically diverse artists and community members all who will benefit from seeing such a major player in the art world at the center.

Throughout the years and in spite of a limited budget, the Richmond Art Center has continued to serve the community on a shoestring budget. The volunteers not only come from the city of Richmond but from as far as Palo Alto. These volunteers are artist, students and teachers all with one thing in mind -– to learn from the staff and to support the efforts of the curatorial and administrative staff of the organization. Full funding for an organization such as this is well deserved.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Mildred Howard



Installation view “Mildred Howard: Spirit & Matter ” at the Richmond Art Center March 22- May 24, 2015.  Photo Credit: John Wehrle



 Work Sample 2

 “Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley”
September 14 – November 16, 2014


Installation view “Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley ” at the Richmond Art Center September 13November 15, 2015 Photo Credit: John Wehrle

Featuring intimate works on paper by Richard Diebenkorn created during his Berkeley years (1953 – 1966), several were shown publicly for the first time. Also included were drawings by other Bay Area Figurative movement artists and those closest to Diebenkorn including David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Frank Lobdell, Nathan Oliveira and James Weeks. An exhibition catalog and public programs showcased the historic role that the Art Center played in the rise of the Bay Area Figurative movement and provided a unique perspective into the ways in which the Diebenkorn’s work lives on in private collections and still resonates in the contemporary art world today. Guest curated by Jan Wurm.


Public Programs:

The Long Regard : Gretchen Grant and Kathan Brown
Gretchen Grant, and daughter of Richard Diebenkorn, and Kathan Brown, founder of Crown Point Press and printer and publisher of the artist’s significant work in intaglio, talked about the long span of years watching Richard Diebenkorn at work and being engaged by his process. Kathan Brown’s documentary of Diebenkorn was also screened.
Sun, Sep 21, 1:30 – 3 pm, Free

Sleeves Rolled Up and Plates Inked Up: Renee Bott Printing with Diebenkorn
Accounts of masterly pursuits in the printmaking studio as Renee Bott, co-founder of Paulson-Bott Press, shared stories of working with Richard Diebenkorn when she was at Crown Point Press.
Sun, Sep 28, 1:30 – 3 pm, Free

The Big Draw: Channeling Diebenkorn
Join a long line of participants from London’s Big Draw, the world’s largest celebration of drawing, across 30 countries. Bring your ranunculus, your eyeglasses, scissors and spoons as we build a still life connecting us across borders and time.
Sunday, October 5, 1:30 – 3 pm, Free

Striped and Stripped: Drawing Alongside Diebenkorn’s Model
With the images of Diebenkorn’s models all around us, local artists were inspired to take an evening to draw, drink, and reflect in this small drawing session from the model led by a former student of Richard Diebenkorn.
Thurs, Oct 9, 6 – 8:30 pm

Considering Diebenkorn
Friends, students, collectors and artists gathered for an informal discussion on how Richard Diebenkorn’s art, teaching, and spirit have influenced the art and teaching in the Bay Area for half a century.
Sun, Nov 2, 1:30 pm – 3 pm, FREE

Hello, Goodbye – A Closing Party for Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley
Celebrating the work of one of the most influential painters of the past fifty years and the generous collectors who have shared this intimate journey.
Sun, Nov 16, 3 – 5 pm, FREE


Dive Into Diebenkorn
Diebenkorn’s words and works in the gallery were an inspiration to develop a painting approach through still life study, landscape study and clothed and nude live models.
8 classes Tue, Sep 9-oct 28, 6:30 – 9:30 pm


Free Curator-led Tours for Students:

Diablo Valley College
Dominican University
UC Berkeley
Contra Costa College
and Multiple Student Groups from: Dominican University, UC Davis, San Francisco Art Institute


Free Curator-led Tours for Professional Groups:

Achenbach Graphic Arts Council
Saint Mary’s College Art Museum Staff
Contemporary Jewish Museum




Video recordings of three public talks with Gretchen Grant, Kathan Brown, Renee Bott, and an Artist Circle including: Tom Holland, Terry St. John, June Felter, Deana Forbes, and Diebenkorn’s model, Carla Kandinsky



“Drawing with Diebenkorn’s Model” in conjunction with “Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley ” at the Richmond Art Center September 13November 15, 2015  Photo Credit: Jan Wurm


1) SF Chronicle, Meredith May

Thursday, September 11, 2014

‘Closely  Considered: Diebenkorn  in Berkeley’: When friends draw”


2) The Monthly, DeWitt Cheng

October, 2014

“Bay Area Figuration and More in Four RAC Shows”


3) Oakland Art Enthusiast, Jan Wurm

Monday, November 10, 2014

“Artist Proof: Curator Jan Wurm, “Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley” at Richmond Art Center”

The Art Enthusiast, Staff

September 1, 2014

Richmond Art Center: “Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley”


Installation view “Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley ” at the Richmond Art Center September 13November 15, 2015 Photo Credit: Jan Wurm

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