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Reception to Celebrate and Remember Ed Lay

A reception to celebrate Ed Lay’s life will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Richmond Art Center. Please join us for a reception in the Art Center’s main gallery, with the RAC community and students, friends from ACCI Gallery, and Ed’s family and friends.

Ed was our Head Metals Studio Instructor, and he passed away on November 1. Ed taught Metals at the Art Center for the past 8 years, and prior to teaching with us, was a student for 17 years. Ed was the heart and soul of the Metals program. An humble person, patient and thoughtful instructor, Ed drew the best from each of his dedicated students, many of whom studied under him for several years.

If you have images of Ed to share during the event for a special slideshow, please email them to by Wednesday, November 15.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Ed’s family and our community of students for whom Ed was a treasured friend and mentor.

Closing Reception for Fall Exhibitions

Please join us for the closing reception of our Fall Exhibitions: Joan Brown: In Living Color, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Pogo Park.

UPDATE: Our hearts have been with all of those affected by the tragic, ongoing fires in the North Bay and all that has been lost. One of our extended RAC family, artist Clifford Rainey, who is currently featured in our Earth, Wind, and Fire exhibition, lost his home and his studio in the fire (SF Chronicle).

We are collecting donations in the gallery for Clifford. Please be sure to come and see his pieces of art here on exhibit in our Main Gallery.

We are also partnering with artist Joani Share, Creative Sonoma, and the Napa Valley Arts Council to collect new or gently used art supplies for artists in the North Bay. Please bring your art supply donations to the Front Desk on or by November 11 to help support the artists.

Remembering Ed Lay

The hearts at the Richmond Art Center are broken today, as we share the news that Ed Lay, our Head Metals Studio Instructor, has passed away.

Ed taught Metals at the Art Center for the past 8 years, and prior to teaching with us, was a student for 17 years. Ed was the heart and soul of the Metals program. An humble person, patient and thoughtful instructor, Ed drew the best from each of his dedicated students, many of whom studied under him for several years.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Ed’s family and our community of students for whom Ed was a treasured friend and mentor.

We will announce memorial plans and remembrances for Ed as soon as we have more information.

Please take a moment to watch this short video about Ed, filmed recently by Richmond Confidential.

Around the Way: Rhythmic Metals from Richmond Confidential on Vimeo.

We’re Hiring! Studio Art Coordinator

Position: Studio Art Coordinator

Schedule: Full-time:  40 hours/week; non-exempt; Tuesday through Saturday work schedule

Supervisor: Studio Art Director

Essential Functions:

Under the supervision of the Studio Art Director, the Studio Art Coordinator coordinates the scheduling of quarterly classes and workshops in six studios; on site art tours; orders and maintain art supplies, and assists with developing activities for family day events. Work with the Studio Art Director and Ceramics Studio Manager in gathering feedback from the Teaching artists, students and volunteers to maintain a harmonious and collaborative workplace culture.

Studio Teaching Artists and Students:

Work with Studio Art Director in onboarding of new Teaching Artists, developing and collecting Teaching Artists’ contracts, and providing them with enrollment rosters and studio updates.

  • Assist in soliciting instructor proposals and tracking Teaching Artist’s availability, class materials list, lesson plans, photos and bios.
  • Assist with the planning and scheduling of quarterly studio classes, workshops, etc.
  • Assist in distributing and gathering class/teaching artist evaluations.
  • Work with Studio Art Director and Operations Manager in tracking and awarding scholarships for youth and adult recipients.
  • Assist with addressing teaching artists concerns about classes, and miscellaneous questions as needed.

Program Events:

  • Work with Studio Art Director, and Ceramics Studio Manager in planning and implementing seasonal family day events including the annual Holiday Arts Festival.
  • Support the Art in the Community and Exhibition and Communications staff in developing activities for onsite public programs and community events including the festivals, expos and fairs.
  • Oversee onsite art tours (schedule dates and art leaders, order supplies, prepare confirmations/invoices).

Administrative Support for Studio Program:

  • Provide timely reports and updates on class enrollment and cancellation of classes.
  • When necessary, support class registration.
  • Order and maintain art supplies; maintain scheduling and payment of models.
  • Provide oversite of open studio schedules and studio monitors.
  • Work with the Studio Art Director, Ceramics Studio Manager and Operations Manager in assessing studio facilities, equipment needs and setup needs for classes/workshops.
  • Maintain public studio calendar listings for scheduled classes, tours, rentals, etc.


  •      Other duties as assigned by the Studio Art Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the arts or related field
  • Experience in teaching studio art and/or coordinating art programs for youth and/or adults.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Familiarity with registration database systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple tasks in a busy environment.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and independently motivated.
  • Attention to detail and ability to organize data, schedules, tasks and projects.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Google Suite.


  • Must be able to regularly lift 25lbs and climb an 8-ft. ladder.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

About the Richmond Art Center: 

A non-profit organization, the Richmond Art Center has provided 80 years of excellence in arts education and exhibitions for the East Bay region. The Art Center’s mission is to be a dynamic arts organization that empowers and transforms individuals and the community through creative exploration, experience and education. The largest Art Center in the East Bay, the 1951 vintage modern facility is part of Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza and receives partial funding from the City of Richmond. The Art Center offers one of the most extensive schedules of exhibitions and art instruction programs in the East Bay, presenting 13 to 16 exhibitions in four galleries, and providing 50-60 art classes and workshops in six studios four times a year to 400-450 students each quarter, ages 5 and up of all skill levels. In addition, the Art in the Community program offers after school art experiences to schools and various community centers, engaging nearly 1700 underserved student age children. The Art Center has over 600 members, 100 volunteers, 11 full-time and four part-time staff. The Center has an operating budget of just over $1.3 million.  

To apply, please submit the following materials via email:
Resume and a cover letter introducing yourself, stating how your work experience qualifies you for this position, how this opportunity supports your career goals.  Also include the names and contact information for three professional references. Open until filled.

Send all materials to
Compensation & Benefits:  $18-$20 per hour

DOE, includes vacation, sick, and holidays

The Richmond Art Center is an equal opportunity employer, values diversity and respects differences. 

Donate Art Supplies to Help Artists Affected by the North Bay Fires

We are working with local artist Joani Share, Creative Sonoma, and the Napa Valley Arts Council to collect new and gently used art supplies to donate to artists who have lost their homes and studios in the recent wildfires in the North Bay.

We encourage you to bring any art supplies you would like to offer, including drawing pads, drawing paper, charcoal paper, oil paint, oil pastels, a variety of drawing pencils, and paint brushes. Printmaking materials, ceramics, tools, and fabric paint and textile arts materials are also welcome!


To donate

  • Bring your art supplies to the Front Desk during regular business hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
  • We will also be collecting art supplies at our Closing Reception, on Saturday, November 11 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.
Joani shared her thoughts about the donation drive with us: “The news of the fires that spread so quickly through Napa and Sonoma were so upsetting to watch on the news. As an artist, I would be so distraught if my entire body of work and all my art supplies went up in flames in just a matter of minutes. I tried to put myself into the mind of the artists who lost everything in the inferno, so at the meeting of the Concord Art Association which was held a day after the fires began I asked my fellow members to bring new or gently used art supplies to our next meeting. I didn’t have a name yet for this campaign, but when I got home, it was  clear- it had to be called “stART over” – because that is what the artists who lost everything would be doing. I contacted the largest art organizations in that area, Creative Sonoma and the Napa Valley Arts Council, and both were happy for the help, and were willing to distribute the supplies to the artists in need.
I am just an artist, one of many in this community. I wanted to do something to help other artists besides giving cash (which I am sure is also needed), but having actual art materials on hand without having to go out to purchase them will allow the creative process to begin faster and help with the healing that will be a long haul.”

Printing Joan Brown

Please join us for a presentation by Don Farnsworth of Magnolia Editions, who will share the working process of Joan Brown.

Image: Joan Brown, Golden Gate, 1987
Woodcut and lithograph
36 x 26 ¼ in.
Edition: 80
Magnolia Editions
Courtesy Magnolia Editions and the Estate of Joan Brown



Fall Family Day at the Richmond Art Center Coming Soon!

Fall Family Day at the Richmond Art Center

Fall Family Day:
Saturday, October 28
12:30pm to 3:00pm

The annual celebration welcoming family, honoring Dia del los Muertos through artmaking activities, and sharing a Community Altar takes place on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The Richmond Art Center once again offers its popular Fall event, Fall Family Day, welcoming the community to this all-ages, free event to make art and celebrate family with a special Community Altar. The event will take place at the Richmond Art Center, located in Civic Center Plaza, 2540 Barrett Avenue, in Richmond from 12:30 to 3:00pm on Saturday, October 28. The Exhibition galleries will also be open to visitors, to experience the current Fall collections, which include Joan Brown: In Living Color; Earth, Wind, and Fire; and Pogo Park.

The planned artmaking activities are free, and children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. The day’s activities include:

Little Piñatas with Isaías D. Rodríguez, the Little Piñata Maker

A piñata is a container often made of papier-mâché, pottery, or cloth; it is decorated, and filled with small toys or candy, or both, and then broken as part of a ceremony or celebration. According to local records, the Mexican piñata tradition began in the town of Acolman, just north of Mexico City, where piñatas were introduced for catechism purposes as well as to co-opt the Huitzilopochtli ceremony. Today, the piñata is still part of Mexican culture, the cultures of other countries in Latin America, as well as the United States.

Metal Nichos/Milagros with Malena Lopez-Maggi

Nicho art originated as a popular adaptation of the Roman Catholic retablo tradition of painting patron saints on wood or tin. Unlike the large, flat panels of retablo, nichos are small and built in shadow box style. Common structural conventions include hinged doors, carved borders, and multiple panels. Within the box there is a key object or central figure for whose honor or memory the nicho has been created. Nichos are usually painted with striking colors and are decorated with all variety of images and objects from religious and popular culture, especially depictions of the Virgin Mary, saints, the sacred heart, figures from loteria, Dia de los Muertos characters and objects, and folk heroes. They can act as shrines, protection, or devotional objects.

Paper Flowers with Lisa di Prima

Why marigolds? It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit the living during the celebration. Marigolds guide the spirits to their altars using their vibrant colors and scent. Marigolds, or flowers in general, also represent the fragility of life.


Community Altar

Building a Dia de los Muertos altar is an important part of celebrating Mexico’s most famous holiday, Day of the Dead. Traditionally, families will build altars in their homes during the weeks leading up to November 1st, as a way to celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed to the other side.

Together we will remember our loved ones and those who are no longer with us, in creating a Community Altar. We invite you to be a part of the Richmond Art Center’s Community Altar, please bring pictures, objects, fabrics or an altar offering. Items should be limited 16 inches or less and no flames/candles will be lit. All items for the altar must be properly labeled with your first name, last name and phone number. Drop off for the Community Altar is between Tuesday, October 24 and Friday, October 27, 9am-5pm, to the Studio Education Office. All items should be picked up by Friday, November 3. Questions? Call the Education Office at 510.620.1245.

Screen Printing Bags with Joyce Shon

Have fun learning the basics of screenprinting on fabric with our longtime teaching artist Joyce Shon.


Visit Earth, Wind, and Fire, and help support Clifford Rainey

Our hearts are with all of those affected by the tragic, ongoing fires in the North Bay and all that has been lost.

One of our extended RAC family, artist Clifford Rainey, lost his home and his studio in the fire. Here he is, standing in front of one of his pieces currently on display in our Fall Exhibition: Earth, Wind, and Fire. This large glass installation is titled “No Man Is an Island.” The very works in this current show address, investigate, and reflect a vision of the environment, nature, and human nature as played out in an ecology of imminent concern.

Please join us in helping Clifford overcome this tragic loss. We are donating our exhibition proceeds this Fall to him. Please visit our touching and relevant exhibition, and leave some money for him in the donation box. Our galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am to 5pm.

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Richmond, California 94804

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