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Artist’s Talk: Richard-Jonathan Nelson

Join us for an artist’s talk and gallery walkthrough with Richard-Jonathan Nelson in conjunction with his solo show, Discontent with Brute Force Uploading.

About the Artist: Richard-Jonathan Nelson is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses textiles, video, and digital manipulation to create alternative worlds of speculative identity. His work is multi-layered, chromatically intense and mixes images of the natural world with reference to hoodoo, queer culture, and Afro-Futurism. Born in Savannah, Georgia (1987) and working in Oakland, CA, Nelson received his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2017. His work has been exhibited at Southern Exposure, Embark Gallery, Root Division in San Francisco, and Aggregate Space in Oakland.

Image: Richard-Jonathan Nelson, Untitled, 2019. Courtesy of the Artist

Artographies: Voices, Sounds & Poetry from the Bay Area on Refugees & Borders

Please join us at the Richmond Art Center on World Refugee Day for an evening of poetry, music, and conversations with local writers, musicians, and activists for Artographies: Voices, Sounds & Poetry from the Bay Area on Refugees & Borders. Food and beverages will be served. This event is free.

Participants include Veronica Aguilar, Rachel Qúy Collier, Yang Huang, Laleh Khadivi, Oliver Mok, Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong, Nwe Oo, Sakhone, Audrey T. Williams, Maw Shein Win, Kenneth Wong, and Julie Zhu.

Special thanks to Dr. Penny Edwards, The Critical Refugee Studies Collective, and the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Much gratitude to the Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law for their generous sponsorship.

This event is organized by Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong and Maw Shein Win.

About the participants:

Veronica Aguilar is an activist who works for Pueblo Sin Fronteras. pueblosinfronteras.org

Rachel Qúy Collier is a writer, teacher, and translator who lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Yang Huang is a Chinese-American fiction writer and computer engineer. Her collection of linked family stories My Old Faithful won the Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her debut novel Living Treasures won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction. Her essays and stories have appeared in Poets & Writers, TASTE, Literary Hub, The Margins, Asian Pacific American Journal, and others. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works for the University of California at Berkeley. yanghuang.com

Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran. Her debut novel, The Age of Orphans, received the Whiting Award for Fiction, the Barnes and Nobles Discover New Writers Award and an Emory Fiction Fellowship. Her debut documentary film 900 WOMEN aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. She has worked as director, producer and cinematographer of documentary films since 1999. Her fiction and non-fiction can be found in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, VQR, The Sun and other publications. She is the recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her story Wanderlust. She lives in Northern California. laleh-khadivi.com

Oliver Mok is a guitarist interested in the continued exploration of sound, improvisation and composition.

Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong is a multi-disciplinary artist and software developer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has lived in nine states and two continents. Art is a way for her to traverse seen and unseen geographies. Her first poetry collection is ravel, a finalist for the many voices project by New Rivers Press, and the White Pine Poetry Prize. Bonnie is Lead Artist in the Critical Refugee Studies Project artographies: in other words/worlds. Bonnie’s first play Liriope was staged as a work in progress at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve to culminate her artist’s residency at Stanford University.

Nwe Oo is a Bay Area activist for the Rahkine people in Burma.

Sakhone from the Asian Prisoner Support Committee will speak about his lived experience. asianprisonersupport.com

Audrey T. Williams is a Poet and Storyteller who is either creating, curating, or dreaming. She writes from the intersection of her African and “South by Southeast Asian” ancestry. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at CCA in 2018 and is on the Board of Directors at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. She is working on her first book, Of Chutneys and Chitlins: Stories from a Multi-cultural American Girl.

Maw Shein Win is a poet, writer and educator whose poetry collections include Score and Bone (2016), Invisible Gifts: Poems (2018) and a forthcoming collection on Omidawn in Fall (2020). The first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 – 2018), Maw is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Department of English, UC Berkeley and Lead Artist in the Critical Refugee Studies Project artographies: in other words/worlds. mawsheinwin.com

Kenneth Wong is a Burmese-American writer, blogger, artist, and translator. His short stories, essays, articles, and poetry translations have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston University’s AGNI magazine, Irrawaddy, Myanmar Times, California College of the Arts’ Eleven Eleven magazine, and other publications. He currently teaches a course on Beginning Burmese at UC Berkeley.

Julie Zhu is a composer, artist, and carillonneur pursuing a doctorate in music composition at Stanford University who strives towards expressive synchronicities between disparate fields.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong

Member Artists’ Talk

Join us for a lively talk with artists participating in our annual Members’ Show and Parts Unseen. This event is an experiment in letting artists have the floor. The mood will be informal, the pace will be quick, the goal is for artists to use their own words to reveal new dimensions about their work.

Images of artists participating in the 2018 Member Artist Talk (l-r, top-bottom): Shamy Noily, Jessica Jordao, Jayma Brown, Peter Baczek, Jennie Braman, Bertrell Smith, Hilda Robinson, Robbin Henderson, Rachel Padilla. Photos by Bill Johnston Jr.

Annual Members’ Meeting

Richmond Art Center members are cordially invited to attend our annual members meeting. The purpose of the meeting is for members of the Richmond Art Center is to approve the changes to the organization’s Bylaws. Richmond Art Center’s Members must be present to vote.

After the meeting, we’ll kick off the reception for our summer exhibitions!

Itinerary

3:30-5:00pm Members voting for acceptance of 2019 revision of Bylaws

4:00-4:45pm Presentation of Art Center’s achievement’s over the past and looking ahead

5:00-7:00pm Opening Reception for Summer Exhibitions, including the Annual Members Show

Image: Artwork by Jennie Braman (Mientras II, 2018) whose work will be featured in the members’ spotlight exhibition, Parts Unseen, opening on June 8. 

Spring Family Day

Spring Family Day is our free community event for all ages. Join us in the courtyard for an afternoon of eco-conscious artmaking, music and food. This event is free and family friendly!

Reception for Siempre Estaré A Tu Lado

Jennifer Lugris‘ paintings explore identity in terms of fault lines, fissures and pressure points. Lugris grew up in a house where asado was eaten with kimchi, and where dinner conversations seamlessly shifted from English to Spanish to Korean. As a first-generation American, born of immigrants with roots in North Korea, South Korea, Argentina, Spain and Uruguay, Lugris has a tremendous appreciation for the opportunities she has seized. She expresses this through paintings that capture moments, people and things from her life she does not want to take for granted.

Lugris‘ solo exhibition, Siempre Estaré A Tu Lado (I’ll always be by your side), will include a new series of portraits of herself, her husband and a placeholder work for her soon to-be-born daughter. These intensely fractured multi-panel portraits represent personal reflections on her growing family, the challenges of establishing new identities, and the possibilities for interconnectedness.

We’re Hiring: Summer Art Camp Counselor

Position: Summer Art Camp Counselor

Schedule: 15 hours/week, Temporary

Supervisor: Studio Director & Summer Art Camp Coordinator

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the intake and organization of student records (check-in, attendance, check-out,etc.) Check in with instructors to assess their needs (supplies, discipline, attendance, assistance.)
  • Help ensure that instructors leave classrooms clean and organized at the end of class and assist as needed.
  • Assist in generating weekly Summer Art Camp preparations including room set-up diagrams, rosters, name tags, forms and volunteer schedules.
  • Supervise camp students ages 5-16.
  • Report issues to Summer Art Camp Coordinator/ Studio Art Director
  • Assist Studio Art Coordinator in managing the requisition, use, and organized return of supplies.
  • Maintain and nurture a creative, collaborative and safe environment to support the well-being of students.

Qualifications:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma and related work experience
  • Able to pass a CA state-run background check
  • Demonstrated experience working with children
  • Strong organizational, time management and communication skills, self-starter/motivated
  • Ability to oversee and lead recreational activities
  • Excellent character, integrity, adaptability, sense of humor and patience
  • Ability to communicate and work with a variety of ages and skill levels
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred
  • Experience working with students with special needs preferred
  • Negative TB test within the past 4 years, or a TB-risk assessment by a healthcare provider

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to

jobsapp@nulltherac.org

Deadline: OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Compensation & Benefits:

Non-exempt, temporary part time:  $15 per hour

Approximate Schedule:
Monday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
June 10 – 28, July 8- August 9
Plus several days TBD during the week of June 3-7

About the Richmond Art Center 
A non-profit organization, the Richmond Art Center has provided over 80 years of excellence in arts education and exhibitions for the East Bay region. Housed in a 1951 vintage modern 25,000 sq. ft. facility, the Richmond Art Center is part of Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza. The Art Center offers an extensive schedule of exhibitions and art instruction program, presenting 12 to 14 exhibitions in four galleries and providing 60-70 art classes and workshops in six studios four times a year to 500-550 students each quarter, ages 5 and up of all skill levels. In addition, the Art Center provides after-school art experiences to numerous schools and community centers. It has over 670 members, 125 volunteers, and 13 full-time and five part-time staff. The Center has an operating budget of over $1.4 million. To learn more about the Richmond Art Center, please visit our website: www.richmondartcenter.org.

NO CALLS PLEASE.

NOTE: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

The Richmond Art Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We’re Hiring: Summer Art Camp Coordinator

Position: Summer Art Camp Coordinator

Schedule: 40 hours/week, Temporary

Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, May 23 – August 15. Schedule is somewhat flexible up until camps begin on June 10th.

Supervisor: Studio Director

Position Description: Under the direction of the Studio Art Director and Studio Art Coordinator, the Summer Art Camp Coordinator will coordinate all aspects of Summer Art Camp for students ages 5 – 16. Summer Art Camp at the RAC gives kids and teens an exciting immersion in visual art practice. Daily projects include drawing, painting, printmaking, textile arts and sculpture. Summer Art Camp runs weekly, Monday to Friday, with a varied curriculum.  The SAC Coordinator will provide front-line support for students, parents, teachers and volunteers who are involved with the summer programs.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensure Summer Art Camp is well-organized and runs on schedule by monitoring class changes, lunch break and extended care.
  • Support camp teachers and volunteers.
  • Plan and execute lunch-hour games, crafts and activities.
  • Prepare and coordinate weekly and daily Summer Art Camp materials including room set-up diagrams, rosters, no-photo list and name tags.
  • Work with teachers’ to facilitate their needs regarding classroom requirements and
    supplies
  • Communicate to parents and students to ensure that pertinent information is shared in a
    timely manner.
  • Coordinate the organization and safety of up to 90 students per day; including delivery of
    announcements regarding Summer Art Camp safety, policies and schedules.
  • Arrange documents for sign in and sign-out procedures; manage afternoon sign-in/out
    and morning sign-out.
  • Ensure that release forms and emergency contact information is on file for each student.
  • Ensure behavioral policies are followed by students. Work with Studio Art Director and
    Studio Art Coordinator to address student or parent conflicts.
  • Complete a final camp recap including offering recommendations to improve the
    program.
  • Organize and monitor availability of classroom supplies.
  • Assist instructors as needed with student incidents, classroom management, conflict resolution and managing the needs of students.
  • Monitor camp enrollment numbers and assist with marketing as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • Previous experience coordinating children or youth programs
  • Knowledge of conflict resolution procedures for children
  • Ability to relate to children
  • Previous experience working with children with special needs/learning differences.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking
  • Well organized with, attention to detail
  • Capacity to manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to work independently and exercise initiative, with an eagerness to learn
  • Approachable and able to work with a variety of personalities
  • Proficiency in MS Office and Google Suite
  • Bilingual preferred
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds
  • Ability to pass CA State background check
  • Negative TB test within the past 4 years, or a TB-risk assessment by a healthcare provider

 

How to Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter and three professional references to

jobsapp@nulltherac.org

Deadline: OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

 

Compensation & Benefits:

Non-exempt, temporary full time:  $18 per hour

 

About the Richmond Art Center 
A non-profit organization, the Richmond Art Center has provided over 80 years of excellence in arts education and exhibitions for the East Bay region. Housed in a 1951 vintage modern 25,000 sq. ft. facility, the Richmond Art Center is part of Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza. The Art Center offers an extensive schedule of exhibitions and art instruction program, presenting 12 to 14 exhibitions in four galleries and providing 60-70 art classes and workshops in six studios four times a year to 500-550 students each quarter, ages 5 and up of all skill levels. In addition, the Art Center provides after-school art experiences to numerous schools and community centers. It has over 670 members, 125 volunteers, and 13 full-time and five part-time staff. The Center has an operating budget of over $1.4 million. To learn more about the Richmond Art Center, please visit our website: www.richmondartcenter.org.

NO CALLS PLEASE.

NOTE: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

The Richmond Art Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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