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See & Make Art

Join us on the last Saturday afternoon of each month! Meet us at the Library for a story, make some art, then head over to the galleries to enjoy our latest exhibition.

Open to all ages. Families welcome.

Please meet the group in the Madeline F. Whittlesey Community Room at the Richmond Public Library, Main Branch (325 Civic Center Plaza) and we’ll walk as a group over to the Art Center.

Open House

Please join us for a day to celebrate and honor RAC students, teaching artists, and our community! Explore the galleries and studios. Meet our teaching artists and students.

Our Open House will include demos and activities in each studio, and a wonderful variety of art for sale created by our talented students.

Come with an appetite because we’ll also have a bake sale (to benefit the Studio Education department), handmade pasta from the Cosa Nostra Food Truck, and Richmond’s own Kim’s Louisiana Fried Turkey sliders.

WCCUSD Student Art Show Reception

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.

Please join us for 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.

Image: Joelle Park, 10th grade, El Cerrito High School

Artists’ Panel: Mapping the Uncharted

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. We mark these paths to understand what is present, what is important, and in what relationship things exist. Maps anchor us to a home-base and they give us the freedom to explore expanded vistas.

The five artists in Mapping the Uncharted use physical maps as a point of departure for reconfiguring impressions of geography, politics, and visual language.

Please join us for a panel discussion with Mark Garrett, Indira Martina Morre, Lordy Rodriguez, and Diane Rosenblum.

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

“This manual is a testimony to the belief that art can, does and must have an existence that goes beyond the reach of the art market. These intimate essays have a disarming frankness, disclosing the lives of artists from the inside out rather than the outside in. They reveal how social action derives from self-reflection, and such artists turn personal hardships and financial difficulties into new practical models.” ~ Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director, Whitney Museum of American Art

Artist, educator, and author of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, Sharon Louden will be bring her new book, The Artist as Culture Producer, to the Richmond Art Center and opening a dialogue on how artists contribute and enrich our culture. A collection of artists’ essays, a wealth of experience and dedication is shared in an open spirit of generosity by artists active across the country.

Join us for this enlightening, free talk with the author, Sharon Louden, and our Director of Exhibitions, Jan Wurm.

Artists’ Panel: Marking Space

Sculpture has witnessed many changes: it has left the pedestal, it has sprawled on the floor, it has crawled up the wall, it has dug into the earth, it has written itself a thought on paper, and it has washed away with the tides. In Marking Space seven artists move off that historical pedestal to establish measured distance, to examine the nature of material, and to expose structure. In diverse materials, Mari Andrews, Robert Brady, Genevieve Hastings, Jann Nunn, Gay Outlaw, Lucy Puls, and Tracey Snelling, deploy matter to mirror habitat and architecture, to explore aggregation, to reflect on social structures, and to give voice to a common impulse to locate myriad humanistic concerns in space.

Please join us for a panel discussion with Mari Andrews, Genevieve Hastings, Jann Nunn, Gay Outlaw, and Lucy Puls.

To our valued Richmond Art Center community

To our valued Richmond Art Center community:

We add our voice and join with so many others who understand and value the crucial impact the arts and humanities bring to us as individuals, as members of our communities, and to our society, nationally and globally.

The proposed federal budget estimates $54 billion in domestic program cuts, which will eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the funding for afterschool programs throughout the country. These critical funds support local artists, writers, poets, historians, and nonprofit arts organizations, such as the Richmond Art Center’s Art in the Community program, making the arts accessible to underserved Richmond children and teens.

The Richmond Art Center stands with our nonprofit and cultural partners, and with citizens across our country, to support those agencies and organizations that may be impacted by this proposed budget. Our own roots at the Art Center trace back to 1936 when, with the support of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), local artist Hazel Salmi traveled the streets of Richmond with a suitcase packed with art supplies, eager to teach art to anyone interested. The value the role of the arts and humanities play in our lives, and the benefit to our larger society, cannot be discounted.

We realize that the House of Representatives and the Senate are now tasked with refining, reviewing, and approving the federal budget—a process that will span the next few months.

We will be urging our representatives in Congress to continue funding these agencies and hope that you, our dedicated and vibrant community of artists and arts enthusiasts, will lend your voices in speaking to your legislators about the vital influence, critical discourse, and positive societal impact that the arts bring to all of our lives.

Very best regards,





Ric Ambrose
Executive Director, Richmond Art Center

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