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Workshop: Inventing a Narrative

Inventing a Narrative – Lulu’s Postcard Collection Comes to the Rescue

In this workshop Faces Without Noses artist M. Louise Stanley will share her sketchbook and ideas development process, then lead students through an exercise to create their own narrative-driven artwork. Stanley’s extensive postcard collection will be a guide as students learn how to develop a visual laboratory for inventing a narrative. The Richmond Art Center will supply basic materials or students can bring their own. Recommended media: pencil, oil pastel, watercolor, gouache. Water-based media only, no solvent based mediums.

Click here for more information and to register.

Party Richmond… Thanks and see you next year!

Members, students, teachers, artists, and donors – all enjoyed the second annual Party Richmond celebration of art and art lovers on Saturday, April 13! (See our Facebook album for pictures from the event!)

Each year Richmond Art Center honors three organizations and individuals who have contributed generously to the long-term wellbeing of RAC. This year those three included the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation, Betty Ann and Ray Barnett, and Hilda Robinson. We are honored to count these three as friends and supporters of RAC over many years.

After the awards ceremony, the crowd gathered for our live auction featuring art works by Peter Voulkos, Claire Falkenstein, Ed Penniman, Jos Sances, Rudolph Serra, Fred Alvarado, Stephen Bruce, and Randy Strong. In addition, unique opportunities to go salmon fishing on the Feather River, fly over the Bay Area in a private plane, travel to Santa Fe, enjoy a champagne party at RAC, and or take personal painting class, complete with wine and hors d’oeuvres with Ric Ambrose, were auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The evening included entertainment by dancer Maggie Powers, magician David Hirata, and jazz guitarist Hideo Date. Los Moles of El Cerrito provided a broad sampling of their moles, with decadent desserts donated by Maria’s Gourmet Bakery in El Sobrante.

Many thanks to our sponsors Jacobs & Company, LLC, Mechanics Bank, Ellengale Toki and Owen Oakley, Susan and Stephen Chamberlin, Patricia Guthrie, and James Wheeler and Joyce Shon. And many, many thanks to the spectacular John Ziesenhenne, world famous auctioneer.

This year was our most successful auction ever! We raised more money than last year to support our scholarship program for youth and adults. Thanks for all of your help and for participating in this annual event. See you next year!!

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Images clockwise from top left: Jos Sance’s Or, the Whale; Marguerite Browne and Maggie Powers; guests participating in the live auction; and artist Hilda Robinson (center) with Karen Jeffrey Anthony and Denise Jeffrey

Reception for the 54th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show

Join us for a reception to celebrate the 54th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show.

Every spring the Richmond Art Center partners with the West Contra Costa Unified School District to present the annual WCCUSD Student Art Show. This teacher-curated show represents the wealth of student artistic talent in the district, as well as best practices in delivering an art-based curriculum. The Richmond Art Center and WCCUSD share an ongoing vision that art education is a crucial component of a thriving and productive society.

The West Contra Costa Unified School District generously sponsors this annual student exhibition.

Image: Emiko Akiyama Tahara, A Room in the City, 2018. Courtesy of the Artist and Fred T. Korematsu Middle School

Party Richmond!

Tickets on sale now for Party Richmond!
Richmond Art Center’s 2nd Annual Awards and Fundraising Event

Saturday, April 13, 5:30 to 9:00 pm
Drinks & Dinner Hors d’Oeuvres, Awards, Live Auction, Music

Tickets:

Early bird (by March 15): $55/$50 members
After March 15: $60/$55 members
$65 at the door

 

 

 

For information about becoming a sponsor of this event,
please contact Catherine Millar, Director of Development
510.620.6780 | catherine@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Image: Hilda Robinson, Here Stands the Blue Bird, 2017, Oil pastel on paper. Photo by Marty Heller.

The Beautiful Chaos of Art

The Beautiful Chaos of Art

By Emaline Lubinger-Chavez (Pinole Valley High School)

The ability to create and share art has always been a huge part of community. From artists working together to create murals, to a shadowy figure in the night clinging to an overpass to get the graffiti just right. Fences made from street signs, a scribble on a bathroom mirror, a camera set to capture all these things that burn gold against the gray monotony. Some work is seen as vandalism, however, no place would be the same without the clashing colors splashed across bridges, walls, and boulevards.

Recently, the Richmond Art Center opened its doors to the beautiful chaos of art waiting just outside. Young artists from middle and high schools across western Contra Costa County took advantage of the space awaiting them and filled every inch of the Community and West Galleries. Paintings, photographs, sculptures and more almost overwhelm the eyes. Over 400 pieces cover the walls from floor to ceiling; each one a window into an artist’s life.

These sorts of spaces are incredibly important to young people today. As a certified young person, I can say that many of us struggle with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and general confusion. It’s like reading the back of a pill bottle. But art is a salve on the leaking wound of the soul. It calms and cools the raging fire within us and gives us space to think and reflect on life.  The annual WCCUSD Student Art Show pushes kids to create art, which in turn pushes them to better understand themselves and the world around them.

I myself actually have a piece in the installation. A relatively small black and white photo, with words carved ruggedly into its surface, it stands out from the colorful almost piñata like masks above it. Across the way, the masks lock eyes with eerie portraits both painted and photographed. The contrast serves to show just how different everyone’s story is. And just how important it is that everyone’s story has a chance to be told.

We are all different. That is a simple fact of life. Art is how we express our differences. This installation provides a healthy and positive environment for young people to express themselves and be accepted as artists. For this, I am thankful.

Top image: Elianna Moran, Over the Rainbow, 2019 (Pinole Valley High School, Grade 9). On view in 54th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show, March 26 – April 24, 2019.

Faces Without Noses Artist’s Talk

Join us for an artist’s talk with M. Louise Stanley in conjunction with her solo show, Faces Without Noses.

For over fifty years, Emeryville artist M. Louise Stanley’s large scale paintings have roamed across themes of classical myths, feminism, art history, travel and current politics. An anchor for Stanley’s formidable creative output is her sketchbooks. As she says, “Sketchbooks are a major part of my process, they define my compulsions!” Faces Without Noses presents a survey of Stanley’s sketchbooks, capturing the skill of her draftsmanship and including her most quintessential subjects. The sketchbooks are accompanied by a selection of Stanley’s paintings demonstrating the development of her ideas from sketchbook to canvas.

Image: M. Louise Stanley, Truncis naribus, airplane back home, June 9, 1994 (sketchbook page), 1994. Courtesy of the Artist

Here is the Sea Artists’ Talk

Join us for a gallery walk-through and talk with artists featured in Here is the Sea.

Here is the Sea brings together artworks that use the ocean and its coasts as a site for investigating the fraught relationship between humans and nature. Richmond is a city with thirty-two miles of shoreline, and through this exhibition visitors to the Richmond Art Center are invited to reflect on what is at stake and what has already been lost in our local maritime environment. The exhibition presents a range of environmental work, from political pieces with critical messages for social action, to works exploring more subtle, personal impulses that shape our relationship to water.

Image: Marie-Luise Klotz, Equilibrium, 2017. Courtesy of the Artist

We’re Hiring: Communications Manager

Position:   Communications Manager

Schedule: Full time, Exempt position

Supervisor: Executive Director

Essential Functions:

The Communications Director develops, plans, and implements an integrated, organization wide strategic communications plan to broaden awareness of the Richmond Art Center. This position oversees internal and external messaging, manage all media relations, and strengthens brand identity. S/he coordinates both strategic and tactical levels with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and other members of the senior management team to advance organizational objectives, broaden the impact of the Art Center’s programs and support goals of increased audience participation, donations and program revenue. The Communications Director is a hands-on position that support the needs of three programs (exhibitions, studio and outreach) , as well as design or oversee the design of digital and print collateral, such as websites, print materials brand elements, and advertisements. S/he fosters an environment of creativity, innovation and productivity, championing new ideas and approaches as appropriate. The person will possess a high-level of professionalism with the ability to thrive under pressure.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Communications Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • Work with the Executive Director and the Development Committee to develop long-range goals and strategies for marketing, branding and communications and take ownership for achieving those goals.
  • Partner with internal departments heads to develop cohesive marketing and communications materials that reflect the Center’s brand.
  • Establish and articulate clear marketing priorities across organization.
  • Recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.
  • Present fresh, creative, innovative ideas for cost-effective, results-oriented strategic communication campaigns and activities aligned with the Art Center’s vision, mission and goals.  
  • Support work of all departments to achieve organizational goals.

Communications, Marketing & Design

  • Manage the guidelines of the Art Center’s brands, visual identity, social media , website and marketing efforts.
  • Manage the website, including keeping content up to date and appropriate, making improvements to functionality and advising colleagues on maximizing its potential.
  • Ensure all communications are consistently on brand, high quality, professional, engaging, well written and appropriate for target audiences. Establish internal procedures and processes to ensure uniform usage.  
  • Produce editorial content and oversee all print and digital communications, from concept through completion; including, but not limited to, social media, brochures, e-newsletters, posters, postcards, promotional items, publications, advertising campaigns, fundraising appeals and website.
  • Plan annual online and print advertising calendar and negotiate media buys.
  • Grow and manage the email list.
  • Manage the organization’s image library, including procuring photos & videos that represent the Art Center’s programs.
  • Manage cross-department teams to ensure timely delivery.
  • Oversee the development, editing, and printing of the quarterly Studio Class/Workshop and Summer Camp catalog
  • Oversee the calendaring and printing of the exhibition’s educational and promotional materials. Update exhibition info on the website
  • Coordinate and manage work of volunteers and paid consultants for graphic design, printing, photography or other communication activities.
  • Manage online and social media strategy. Ensure up-to-date content (articles, links, stories, events, photos, video, etc.) is posted to website and social media ( Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin) to increase audience engagement.
  • Develop  ad campaigns to increase audience participation and brand awareness.
  • Manage institutional marketing budget.

Media & Public Relations

  • Serve as lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization and actively cultivate and manage press relationships to ensure coverage of the Art Center’s programs, special events, public announcements and other projects.
  • Oversee the organization’s overall media and public relations strategy, including day-to-day media relations, messaging, outreach and internal training.
  • Maintain and update external communications plan that will strengthen, enhance and protect the organization’s reputation. Advise on the impact of organization’s actions as they relate to public perceptions.
  • Identify and leverage emerging communications opportunities, events and initiatives.
  • Write and distribute press releases and pitch stories for broader public outreach.
  • Build and leverage strong relationships with community partners and media representatives to promote Art Center activities.
  • Manage and update comprehensive press list including media contacts & local reporters, public officials, local community groups and arts organizations.
  • Manage the organization’s media library and track all coverage.

Analysis & Evaluation

  • Set up systems to track and measure results and evaluate campaigns.
  • Set performance objectives and metrics for online communications.
  • Collect and analyze data to evaluate SEO, key audience engagement and impact of various communication channels, including social media, e-letter, online and print ads and website to ultimately inform content creation.

Special Events & Development Communications

  • Lead the visual and message development for special event print & electronic collateral, event graphics, press releases, websites and other marketing initiatives.
  • Implement direct mail and electronic campaigns that support fundraising goals and utilize best practices.
  • Work with Development staff/committee in developing and executing creative online fundraising campaigns and websites.
  • Work with senior staff in scheduling planning external outreach events.
  • Support execution of revenue-generating fundraising projects and events as they arise.

Administrative related tasks

  • Work with Operations Director in managing the visual look, registration and membership data base system.
  • Maintain security of website and social media accounts

Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

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Qualifications:

Essential Requirements:

  • Strategic marketing
  • Media relations
  • Social media
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Community relations
  • Audience development
  • Website development and management

Other requirements include:

  • Minimum B.A./B.S. in marketing, or communications or related field.
  • Three+ years of professionally managed public relations, marketing, and advertising experience in which creativity is demonstrated.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • In-depth knowledge of print production methods and costs.
  • Experience in media relations.
  • Ability to define goals, meet urgent deadlines, organize and prioritize assignments.
  • Ability to work in fast past environment with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated track record in building brands, creating integrated marketing campaigns to raise awareness and stimulate demand, and foster increased customer loyalty
  • Ability to interface effectively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Mastery of software and online applications including Microsoft Office (Excel), Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, inDesign, CMS, HTML, CSS Design, web tools (word press), analytics, and new media platforms.
  • Professional level skills in graphics and knowledge of desktop publishing for in-house graphics design.
  • Commitment to racial, gender sexual orientation, and economic justice and ability to work effectively in a multicultural and diverse community.
  • Candidate must have flexibility to work evenings/weekends

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 afterschool 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. 

How to Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter and three professional references to  jobsapp@nulltherac.org

Deadline: OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Compensation & Benefits

Exempt, Full time – 40 hours a week. $50,000 to $55,000

Casual and supportive, but professional and productive environment vacation, sick and health benefits.

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: Visitor Services Assistant

Position: Visitor Services Assistant

Schedule: 32 – 40 hours, Tuesday – Saturday, Non-exempt

Supervisor: Operations Director

Essential Functions:  Shares responsibility for front desk operations, provides customer service and administrative support for the Education, Exhibition, Communication and Finance departments.  Maintains positive and informative relations with artists, instructors, students, volunteers and guests; maintains and inputs class registrations, memberships, donations and refunds into database system.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Visitor Services:

  • Greet guests entering the RAC and handle queries from the public and customers.
  • Answer telephone calls and emails that come to the front desk, as directed.
  • Effectively manage ongoing correspondence to members, donors, volunteers, students, instructors and artists.

Exhibition Program:

  • Process art sales transactions.
  • Support on site pickup & drop off of artists’ works.

Education Program:

  • Register students for classes/workshops/camps as needed.
  • Assist with classroom arrangements.
  • Process studio drop in fees, locker rentals and clay sales

Administrative:

  • Assist the Finance Director in the filing of account receivables, including membership, art sales, and class/workshop registration receipts
  • Generate membership renewals letters and reports upon request.
  • Support event setup/takedown and activities

Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to coordinate and prioritize activities with attention to detail and independent follow through.
  • People person, energized by face-to-face contact with others
  • Familiarity with database and point-of-sale transaction concepts.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision; self-starter and independently motivated.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple tasks in a busy environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in person, online and on the phone.
  • High professionalism and work ethic, with a clear understanding of what it means to represent the Art Center to the public.
  • Commitment to racial, gender, sexual orientation, and economic justice and ability to work effectively in a multicultural and diverse community.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Google Suite and databases
  • Ability to lift upto 25 lbs.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English speaking & writing skills preferred

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.

 

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, part time:  $18-$20 per hour

Casual and supportive, but professional and productive environment vacation, sick and health benefits.

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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