Richmond Art Center

Teaching Artists

Eli Africa

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

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,

Ned Axthelm

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

Paulina Berczynski

Paulina Berczynski is a Berkeley-based artist working in textiles, print-making, and relational art forms. She came into her current practice after years honing her visual communication skills as an art director, and a decade as design and strategy lead for a sustainable lifestyle brand. In the studio and in on-site projects, Paulina is deeply invested in cultivating empowerment and collectivity through experimentation and participation, and seeks to provide a critical perspective on socially-normative and capitalist structures.

Chanda Beck

Chanda Beck is the owner and designer for her functional ceramics business, Ezme Designs and is based out of the Berkeley Potters Guild. She has a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the California College of the Arts in Oakland. She has been working in clay for over 20 years and has a particular love for surface decoration, hand-building, and porcelain clay. She is inspired by abstract representations of forms found in nature.

Jim Bruce

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

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

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis is a Berkeley-based cartoonist, comic book writer, and educator. She co-created the middle grade graphic novel “Debian Perl, Digital Detective,” which combines computer science learning with a futuristic mystery story. She loves to make work about science, weird history, and funny monsters., @laurendavisdraws

Feral Fabric

Feral Fabric is the collaborative project of Bay Area artists Paulina Berczynski and Amanda Walters. It is a platform for highlighting radical textile production in art, activism, and countercultural movements. Berczynski and Walters bring forward ideas, conversations, workshops, and classes that combine their interests in textiles, contemporary art, and personal and cultural transformation. They have led pop-up banner workshops at marches and parades, and backpatch workshops at BAMPFA and NIAD Art Center., @feralfabric

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Colleen Garland

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

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.

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.

Jocelyn Jones

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.

Leah Yael Levy

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

Suzanne Lacke

Suzanne Lacke has been teaching for over 20 years at institutions including College of Marin, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa Junior College, and UC Berkeley. She has taught figure drawing at Richmond Art Center for over ten years. Lacke has an MFA from UC Berkeley and BA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jennifer Linderman

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

Jill McLennan

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

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

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

Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh

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

Tatiana Ortiz

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

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

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.

Amanda Walters

Amanda Walters is an interdisciplinary artist, who writes, sews, makes sculptures, and publishes a journal about radical textiles. Her work explores the strange and well manicured history of human’s relationship with nature, the construction of landscape, images of the tropics, and page 9 stories from the newspaper. Walters received her MFA in Studio Practice and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. She is based in Oakland.

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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