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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:

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 Exhibition: January 14 – March 13, 2020

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.

Images Courtesy of the Artists: 
Top: Tiffany KaliMa Amilak, Regal Attendance, 2019
Center (l-r): Abi Mustapha, Untitled, 2018; and Zoë Boston, Untitled, 2018

The 57th Annual Holiday Arts Festival Returns to the Richmond Art Center, Sunday, December 8, 2019

Free, family-friendly arts and crafts festival includes over 55 local artist vendors, community partners and food vendors, holiday café and free art activities for all ages, from 11 AM – 5 PM

Richmond, CA – November 26, 2019 – The Richmond Art Center invites holiday shoppers to experience a day of custom-made arts and crafts, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, packaged goods, clothing and accessories made by local independent artists and craftspeople. The 57th Annual Holiday Arts Festival is the largest community event and fundraiser for the Richmond Art Center, free to the public, with over 55 local artists and artisan vendors, non-profit community partners and gourmet food vendors participating, Sunday, December 8, 11 AM – 5 PM, at the Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond.

“The Holiday Arts Festival is an annual East Bay tradition that brings the art community together and introduces handcrafted art to new audiences,” said Addela Garboos, Operations Director, Richmond Art Center. “For the hard-to-shop-for person, I am always able to find a gift here.

Visitors can browse the Richmond Art Center’s four galleries for holiday gifts made by local, independent artists and artisans, treat themselves to food from local gourmet food trucks and caterers, relax in the Holiday Café which will serve coffee, pastries, beer and wine. The festival also features its annual raffle of donated items from local artists, a Ceramics Sale and Yarn Market to support Studio Art programs, a holiday giftwrap station to present gifts in artistic style and free holiday art activities for all ages.

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Free parking is available in the 25th Street and Barrett Avenue parking lot, across the street from the Richmond Art Center. Accessible by BART, AC Transit, R-Transit, Lyft and UBER.

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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 and Exhibitions and offsite Art in the Community programs.

For more information on the Richmond Art Center visit:

PG&E Planned Power Outage: How it will affect the Richmond Art Center

As you may have heard, a Red Flag Warning has been issued for several Bay Area counties, which could initiate a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff in the next 24 hours.  While Richmond is listed as one of the cities possibly affected, current maps on the PG&E site show us as in the clear.  That could change at any time however, so we want to prepare you just in case! Should the power be out, we will unfortunately need to close the Art Center for that day. Any classes scheduled for that day will be rescheduled for a make-up session at the end of season.

We will be tracking the status of the blackouts carefully, but most likely we will only know if the power will be out after the fact. The Contra Costa County site is providing alerts and maps of affected areas HERE. PG&E is also updating maps of affected areas, such as THIS ONE.  You can refer to these sites for more information, or you can call our Front Desk at 510-620-6772.  If luck is with us, we will have power and you will reach a person or at least our voice mail.  If we are closed due to no power, your call
will go straight to the automated attendant system.

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

‘Or, the Whale’ Tours America (and new posters for sale!)

We are excited to announce that Jos SancesOr, the Whale is scheduled to appear at locations across California, Massachusetts and Kansas starting this month. Sances’ impressive life size scratchboard drawing of a sperm whale drew large crowds to the Richmond Art Center when it was featured in the fall exhibition Here is the Sea (check out the press from this show). Now audiences across America will have the opportunity to experience this epic work. See the touring schedule below.

Posters for sale! Would you like your own copy of Or, the Whale? Starting in October the Richmond Art Center will be selling high resolution posters of the piece. These limited edition posters are printed on archival quality paper and each copy is signed by the artist. The unframed poster is six feet long and available for $200. A display copy of the poster will be on view at the front desk at the Richmond Art Center for the next six months. Come and see the amazing detail illustrating the history of capitalism in America that Jos Sances’ embeds within the body of the whale!


Global Nurses Solidarity Assembly
Hilton San Francisco, 333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
September 12-15, 2019

CNA/NNOC Headquarters
155 Grand Avenue, Oakland
September 20-27 and October 4 (First Friday)
Presentation by Jos Sances: September 26, 1:30pm

Bioneers Conference
Marin Center, San Rafael
October 18-20, 2019

Surfriders Show
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
To be layed out on floor and viewed from above
November 2019

New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Moby Dick Marathon
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740
January 2020

Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS 66044
September 2020

Image: Jos Sances, Or, the Whale (detail), 2018-19. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo by John Wehrle

Richmond Art Center Announces Fall 2019 Exhibitions

August 19, 2019: The Richmond Art Center’s fall exhibitions CountersteerThresholdsPause, Gap, OmissionReady and Waiting and Rich Reality will run from Tuesday, September 10 through Friday, November 22, 2019.

Countersteer: Custom Motorcycles as Self-Expression
Main Gallery

Since the invention of the motorcycle over 100 years ago, creative individuals have endeavored to improve performance and enhance the aesthetics of their vehicle of choice. Motorcycles, as symbols of personal freedom, are often the “canvas” for that personal expression. California, the heart of American motorcycle culture, is a hotbed of creativity on wheels.

Countersteer examines personal expression through the medium of the motorcycle. From its beginnings as a motorized bicycle, the motorcycle has inspired creative modifications matching its great versatility: a bike can be a city commuter, long-distance tourer, track racer, backcountry explorer, drag racer and much more. In every guise, when motionless, motorcycles become aesthetic objects that people have, from day one, adorned with unique painted surfaces and hand-crafted parts; the personal expressions of their makers.

Countersteer features fourteen custom built motorcycles, each reflecting a particular purpose and creative sensibility. The exhibition starts almost where it all began, with a 1909 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. It goes on to include a rideable parts-bin special named Pixie, built in 2013 by a team of artists for an annual competition and party. Other bikes in the exhibition were built for show, for racing or just for tearing up the avenues for the pleasure of riding. In addition to the bikes on display, a glimpse into motorcycle culture and spirit comes from paintings, sculptures and even a quilt made by artists inspired by their motorcycle dreams and riding exploits.

Countersteer is guest co-curated by Danny Aarons and Phil Linhares.

Thresholds: Nicole Mueller
West Gallery

Through this exhibition called Thresholds, that includes a new body of paintings and site-specific installation, Nicole Mueller will transform the gallery into a shifting environment that addresses the transitional and intangible nature of spaces. Using cut layers of colored films, collage, and paint, Thresholds will activate the natural light and windows of the Richmond Art Center’s West Gallery, combining the effects of stained glass with contemporary abstract painting.

Gap, Pause, Omission
South Gallery

Bay Area artist Stephen Namara will present a solo exhibition of dry pigment works on paper that oscillate between figuration and abstraction.

Pause, Gap, Omission is guest curated by Marguerite T. Browne.

Ready and Waiting
Community Gallery

This group exhibition will feature Californian graphic art and illustration exploring shared issues relevant to local and global communities.  The exhibition is juried by Marvella Muro, Director of Artistic Programs and Education at Self Help Graphics and Art in Los Angeles.

Rich Reality
Community Gallery Display Cases

This exhibition features work by young artists who participated in a five-week free printmaking class at the Richmond Art Center this summer. The class was run by youth, for youth, and with youth.

Images: Top: Countersteer Motorcycles; Bottom l-r: Joel Berroteran, Temporary Fix, 2019; Stephen Namara, Untitled (peaches), 2019; Nicole Mueller, Thresholds, 2019

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