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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.

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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.

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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.

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, 510-620-1252

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


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,

Applications and resumes may be submitted to

“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.”


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.

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Jordan Greene, Communications Manager

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804

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 

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

Richmond Art Center Receives Grant from California Humanities


Contact: Amy Spencer, Exhibitions Director,, 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 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, or follow California Humanities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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


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:

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