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Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I exhibit my work at Richmond Art Center?

Exhibits are typically scheduled one to two years in advance. Propose an exhibition here.

I’m going on vacation. Can I pay for only the classes I will attend?

Classes are not refunded or prorated due to failure to attend, planned absences, minor illnesses or vacations. Purchase of a half class is allowed in some adult classes with the consent of the instructor. Learn more about our policies.

Do I qualify for a scholarship?

Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and are based on need, determined from your application. Scholarships are awarded in amounts of 25%, 50% or 100% of the class price. Scholarships are not awarded to the same person in two consecutive quarters (if you received in Spring, you are not eligible for Summer). Learn more or apply for a scholarship.

Do I need to bring my own supplies?

Studio / In-Person Classes: Supplies are provided for all kids and teens classes. For many adult classes there is a supply list provided either at the first class or online. Some materials may be supplied by the instructor. We do sell clay onsite.

Online Classes: All students need to have their own supplies. Supply lists are online with the class descriptions.

Where is Richmond Art Center located?

2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

We’re located just steps from City Hall in Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza. Richmond Art Center is the building with the giant fish sculpture hanging over it! Learn more about getting here.

Is Richmond Art Center accessible for people who use wheelchairs?

Richmond Art Center’s galleries are fully accessible for wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. We do have a wheelchair that may be checked out free-of-charge and on a first-come-first-serve basis at our front desk. Our building includes accessible restroom facilities. Accessible parking spots are available in both the 25th Street and Barrett Avenue parking lots. Accessibility in our classrooms varies.

How do I enter the building after hours?

Our hours are Tue – Sat, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. We are closed on Sundays, Mondays and major holidays. Outside of these hours, our doors are locked. If you have a class or workshop that begins after 5pm, please use our entrance off of 25th Street (walk up the ramp). You’ll see a series of doorbells to the left of the glass doors — each bell is labeled with the studio name. Simply press a buzzer and someone will let you in.

Who made the large fish on Richmond Art Center’s building?

Guillermo – The Golden Trout by artist Andree Singer Thompson is from the Making Waves exhibition in 1997. Guillermo is a 50-foot long, 800-pound Golden Trout made of recycled metal. Once endangered, the Golden Trout symbolizes survival. The artistic concept for this work originated with concerns over the amount of drinkable water left in the world. It was fabricated by Richmond volunteers who hand cut, wired and painted each of its 800 aluminum scales. It was welded by William Wareham to a fish-shaped frame. Participants wrote messages of hope for the planet on the back of each scale.

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Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804-1600


Contact and Visitor Info
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm