Richmond Art Center

Teaching Artists

Eli Africa

Pronouns: he/him

A multimedia artist by choice and educator by accident, Eli Africa has created illustrations, graphic design, photography and short-form videos for nonprofit, for-profit and educational institutions on both sides of the Pacific. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communications from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Arts degree in Multimedia Communications from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University.

Lauren Ari

Pronouns: she/her

Lauren Ari is a Richmond-based artist and educator. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from U.C. Davis. Her primary focus is on drawing and sculpture. You can find Lauren’s work in the permanent collection of the Legion of Honor Achenbach Foundation. “Lauren Ari’s art roars out of the deepest part of her psyche and arrives with great tenderness into the world. It is fiercely honest, playful and provocative. She speaks directly what is still unfettered in all of us, our wild, free, animal selves.“ –  Poet Alison Luterman. @thelaurenari,

Vicki Assegued

Vicki loves teaching her fiber art techniques and supporting her students to create unique and gorgeous art. Vicki has been an artist since childhood, constantly experimenting to find new and beautiful ways to create stunning art. Along with teaching workshops, Vicki exhibits her pieces. @fiberartcreations,

Nelli Astvatsatrian

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Nelli Astvatsatrian is an Armenian-American artist and educator based in Berkeley, CA. Her multi-media work grapples with questions of diaspora, memory, and home through figurative illustration, printmaking, and textile work. She currently teaches Drawing and Painting, Photography, and Sculpture to high schoolers at Tilden Preparatory School. @nellidraws

Ned Axthelm

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Ned Axthelm has an MFA from Academy of Art University. He works primarily in oil paint, depicting scenes of contemporary urban life, and exhibits his work throughout the Bay Area., @nedaxthelm

Chanda Beck

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Chanda Beck is a graduate in Ceramic Sculpture from the California College of the Arts in Oakland where she currently resides. Until the recent retirement of her boss, she has honed her ceramics knowledge and skills working part time at Leslie Ceramics Supply for the past 14 years and has taught many workshops there. The rest of her time has been spent on her functional ceramics business, Ezme Designs where she sells at fairs, in galleries, online and museum gift stores. She is currently a member of the Berkeley Potters Guild. Chanda has a special passion for surface decoration, porcelain, hand-building, slip-casting and wheel throwing with a focus on abstract representations of forms found in nature.

Julia Beery

Julia Beery is a science illustrator with a passion for drawing all the animal, plant, and fungi who live in the Bay Area. Her most peaceful moments are spent capturing the curve of a petal in ink. When Julia is not creating science illustrations she likes to sew clothing and embroider what she already owns to make it feel new again. @juliabeery_art

Cristine Blanco

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Cristine Blanco is an interdisciplinary artist who works in painting, sculpture, video and installation. Her works take environmental injustices, the precarity of resources, and familial story as her starting point. Through repetition, reenactment and reconstruction, Blanco processes and makes sense of a constantly evolving world by documenting personal and global changes., @cblanco

Jim Bruce

Pronouns: he/him

Jim Bruce has been a media artist since the age of 8mm film. He has been witness to media arts growing from cam-corders to smart phones, from desktop publishing to web streaming while marketing for creative computing software publisher Peachpit Press. He began teaching Stop Motion Animation with the Richmond Art Center Art In The Community in 2014 with studio program offerings beginning in 2016. Jim believes that while everyone has an artist living inside, many of us need support to self-identify as artists. He also believes that the arts help fill our lives with meaning and strength as we recognize the personal dignity in others, ultimately contributing to a more equal and accessible world.

Marisa Burman

Pronouns: she/her

Marisa Burman is a ceramic artist from San Francisco. She has been making things out of clay for the past 15 years and continues to find it a source of incredible joy and wonder. She currently lives in Richmond with her tiny parrot, Louie. In addition to being a teaching artist around the Bay, Marisa manages the ceramics studio at the Richmond Art Center. She loves making and using handmade objects, working with porcelain, and teaching people about all things ceramic, especially colored clay. @marisaburman

Kieren Dutcher

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Cass Frayer

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Cass Frayer is a queer Bay Area based author/illustrator and teacher who has loved drawing since she could hold a crayon. She studied art in Boston for years and earned her MFA in Illustration from University of Hartford in 2010. Frayer is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and Storyteller Academy. She is currently seeking representation for her picture book Space Bear., @cassfrayer

Colleen Garland

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Colleen Garland grew up in Richmond and works as a potter and ceramics teacher in the Bay Area. She enjoys making functional pottery and absolutely loves teaching! @colleenandclay

Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez

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Rebeca García-González is a painter and muralist interested in social justice issues. She earned her BFA at the University of Puerto Rico and has been painting representationally ever since. Some of her recent work includes portraits of people underrepresented in the cannon and lately, dystopian visions of our government., @rebecathepainter

Santiago Gervasi

Santiago Gervasi-Tokunaga was born in Lima, Perú. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 80s, where he has been residing ever since. He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Santiago has shown his work extensively both nationally and internationally. The galleries that have represented his work include Olga Dollar (S.F., CA) SFMOMA Artists Gallery (S.F. CA), Cervini-Haas Gallery (Scottsdale, AZ), Bay Area Visual Arts Network (Oakland, CA). and FOG Gallery (S.F. CA). His work has been reviewed in Art Week magazine, and has been featured in the TV show “Latin Eyes.”

Chris Harper Triplett

Chris Harper Triplett is a practicing artist and operates the Lotus Art Studios in Lotus, California. She has a BA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley, and a MA in Modern Art History and Critique from AZUSA Pacific University. Chris has exhibited her work at venues including Autobody Art Gallery in Alameda, Worth Ryder Gallery at UC Berkeley and Tubac Center for the Arts in Arizona.

Madi Hunt

Madi Hunt is an artist and teacher from Richmond, California. As a teacher, she holds space for creative exploration; encouraging students of all ages and experience levels to experiment and grow through drawing, painting, writing, and SoulCollage®. She believes that art can be healing and liberating, and that access to self-expression and creativity is essential to our collective well being. Her classes are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese., @mad_hunt

Ilah Jarvis

Ilah Jarvis has exhibited her watercolors nationally and has taught watercolor and fiber arts all over Northern California since the late 1990’s. She received a residency at the Fundacion Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain in 2003. She is a patient and caring teacher who wants her students to develop their own creative voice., @ilah_jarvis

Jocelyn Jones

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Jocelyn Jones is from Berkeley, California. She studied filmmaking, painting and drawing at San Francisco State University. Jones is a youth art instructor at The Junior Art Center, Museum of Children’s Art, Richmond Art Center and Kala Art Institute. Her personal art practice focuses on traditional realism, and figure painting and drawing.

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Leah Yael Levy

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Leah Yael Levy is a visual artist, storyteller and teacher based in Berkeley, CA. Born and raised in Israel, she first moved to New York City in 2002 to attend the Art Students League of New York, and later gained a BFA of Illustration from Parsons the New School for Design (2011). She moved to California to pursue an MFA in Comics at California College of the Arts (2017). Levy is a teaching Artist for Richmond Art Center, Kala, and JCC of the East Bay., @yaelefly

Jennifer Linderman

Pronouns: she/her

Jennifer is a self-taught artist with a passion for teaching art to all ages! She is a mixed media artist working mainly in colored pencil, markers, and ink. Her favorite subjects to draw/paint are animals, people, and botanic subjects. Her work is known for using bright, saturated, and bold colors along with fun and contemporary patterns., @jenniferlindermanart

Ralph McCaskey

Ralph McCaskey has been flameworking glass for 21 years, and gleefully teaching it for 11 years.

Jill McLennan

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Jill McLennan is a professional oil painter and teaching artist in the Bay Area. She has been painting and teaching for over 19 years. She works for the DeYoung Museum, Museum of Children’s Art, Richmond Art Center, and various schools in Oakland. McLennan founded her own organization, JMAC: Jill McLennan Arts and Community, as a platform for teaching classes and workshops and creating murals and community projects.  She is a member of the artists run gallery, Mercury 20 Gallery in the heart of Oakland’s Art Murmur district. McLennan creates drawings, mixed media built pieces, wax encaustics and oil paintings that explore the ideas of industry, history, urban nature and our outlook towards a future of human and natural cooperation.

Alex Martinez

Pronouns: she/her

Alex Martinez is a second-generation Queer, Mexican-American, Chicana, raised in Watsonville, California. She began her Arts Education at San Francisco State University, where she fell in love with printmaking and painting processes. She is based in Oakland, California, and feels very privileged to spend her days developing and teaching her multi-medium art curriculum in Bay Area schools. Using vivid acrylic hues, texture and pattern, Alex explores themes of Queer POC identities, intergenerational trauma/wisdom, Wild Women archetypes, spirituality, ritual, healing, transition and growth., @hechoporalex

Travis Meinholf

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Travis Meinolf been a weaver since stumbling upon the loom room at San Francisco State University while pursuing a degree in Industrial Design. He now produces fabric at home in Lagunitas with his wife, Iris, and their young son, Louis. A practitioner of action weaving, Travis teaches weaving whenever he is called, using available looms or weaving tools he designs and builds. Meinholf has an MFA from California College of the Arts., @actionweaver

Larissa Mellor

Larissa Mellor works within drawing in the expanded sense; creating drawings, installations, videos, and objects. She received her BFA from Maine College of Art and MFA from Ohio State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Ortega y Gasset Projects, Marshall University, Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Maine Center for Contemporary Art. Among other awards, she was a 2010 Fulbright Fellow to Germany in Painting and Printmaking. She has taught art, design and interdisciplinary courses at Ohio State University and Columbus College of Art and Design.

Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh

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Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh has been a part of Richmond Art Center’s community since she began here as a teaching artist in 2016. She in based out of Oakland, CA, where she continues to work as a teaching artist, educational facilitator, illustrator, and exhibiting visual artist with a full time studio practice., @disfordilettante

Rachel-Anne Palacios

Rachel-Anne Palacios is an Oakland native, multi-cultural arts educator, and self taught folk artist. She has been creating and sharing art that reflects her respect for culture, spirituality, traditional values, elders and the cycle of life and death with the community for more than 20 years. Palacios has been teaching art workshops and classes at Bay Area schools and libraries for over a decade-her lessons and projects are inspired by indigenous cultures and traditional art from around the world. @devikaspalacio

Luis Pinto

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Luis Pinto is an interdisciplinary artist who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL in 2006 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of the Arts in 2015. His work ranges from the digital arts to the fine arts working in mediums such as sound, film, digital media, performance, painting, sculpture, and works on paper.  Pinto, who works as a freelance graphic designer for the past 14 years, has also been creating murals (2012-2021) in South Florida and the Bay Area. In 2011 Pinto started an art publication called Strangeways which is currently on its 27th issue. Since 2018 Luis has been working with 7th West as their lead designer and art director. He has been featured in many online publications such as The305, Chasseur Magazine, Art Business, and many more., @luispinto17

Tatiana Ortiz

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Tatiana Ortiz is a local artist from Richmond. She studied arts education at Academy of Arts, and has written and illustrated her own children’s book. In 2016 she received a grant from the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission to advocate for Children’s Art and Literacy. She has since started her own non-profit organization devoted to the advocacy of Children’s Art and Literacy in Contra Costa County. When she is not teaching, you can find Ortiz creating her own art, using polymer clay or acrylic paint. She continues to find innovative ways to challenge her art skills and support the community she serves.

Tania Pulido

Tania Pulido lives and works in the flats of San Pablo and Richmond. She started hoop dancing eight years ago and performs at local community events. Tania enjoys hoop dancing to cumbias and hip hop. On special occasions, you can catch her dancing with her hoop on fire. She shares her love for hooping in community spaces that promote unity, inclusivity, and social justice.

Daniela Rivero

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Daniela Rivero is a visual artist from Xalapa, México. She studied at the Facultad de Artes Plásticas at the Universidad Veracruzana and founded La Chuparosa, a mobile ceramics studio that she uses to create in both the U.S. and México. Her work has been recognized by the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City and El Instituto Veracruzano de la Cultura., @la.chuparosa

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Betsy Streeter

Betsy Streeter is a cartoonist and illustrator and East Bay native. Her work has appeared all over the world in print and other forms, including a traveling Smithsonian exhibit, a Hollywood movie (barely), and tattooed on a person. She’s currently illustrating a history of the bicycle and creating a series about local animals putting on their own plays as a benefit for California Shakespeare Theater, where she is a board member. She has taught classes for all ages and at many venues including the Schulz Museum and the Cartoon Art Museum, and illustrated books for 826 Valencia and Chapter 510. She studied Art at Stanford, and has worked in film, video games, web design, and software.

Alan Tarbell

Alan Tarbell is a mixed media painter who is aesthetically inspired by nature’s infinite combination of form, light, texture, atmosphere and rhythm. Exposure through travel and exploration into diverse physical and cultural environments formulate his conceptual approach. His work has been widely reviewed in Mexico where he lived from 2002-2008. He currently lives and works from his studio in Oakland, CA. Tarbell teaches painting and drawing at Richmond Art Center, ASUC Berkeley and Sharon Art Studio in San Francisco. His work is held by numerous private collectors in Mexico and the US.

Emily Van Engel

Emily Van Engel was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey and currently lives in Oakland, California. She bases her art practice on exploring environmental issues, which have felt personal and urgent for her from the day she understood the gravity of global warming as a pre-teen. She received a BA in French Studies and Economics from Wesleyan University and started her career by working at non-profit organizations that addressed conservation and affordable housing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. With a goal of communicating about our ecological crisis through visual art, she moved to the Bay Area where she earned a BFA in Painting from California College of the Arts, and an MFA in Pictorial Art from San José State University. Additionally, she completed a glass artist residency at the Bay Area Bullseye Projects Resource Center in the summer of 2016. She taught drawing at San José State University and teaches painting and drawing at Richmond Art Center.

Julie Walker

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Julie Walker is a Bay Area native with a background in printmaking, sculpture, and fused glass. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago where interdisciplinary art was encouraged and she combined her love of printmaking and sculpture. After college she worked in the commercial printing industry and eventually discovered glass. Her artwork calls to the mystical and magical, lifting the veil to bring more magic into the everyday experience. As a self proclaimed “artistic enabler” she loves to share knowledge and ideas. When she is not making art she is communing with plants., @j.skout

Erin Wheeler

Erin McCluskey Wheeler is known for her bright colored collage works that employ a meticulous assemblage of found and painted papers. McCluskey Wheeler has a BA in studio art and art history from Beloit College, and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She is represented by Jen Tough Gallery and her award winning collage based paintings have been exhibited nationally and licensed and sold through West Elm and Minted. In 2018 – 2019, she was the Artist in Residence at the El Cerrito Recycling Center., @erinmwheeler

Fumiyo Yoshikawa

Born in Kyoto, Japan, Fumiyo Yoshikawa specializes in the Japanese brush painting methods sumi-e and nihonga. Currently, Fumiyo is on the board of The Sumi-e Society of America, Inc. Since moving to San Francisco in 2004, her work has also incorporated elements of American art. She has exhibited widely at art museums and galleries in Japan since 1984 and in the United States since 2006. Yoshikawa also has an interest in different cultures; she lived in Guatemala for a year where she researched Guatemalan Mayan culture and was fascinated by the parallels she saw between the ancient cultures of Central America and East Asia. As an instructor of Japanese Arts and Culture with a focus on Calligraphy and Sumi-e, she has worked with audiences of diverse backgrounds and ethnicity.

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