Fall Programs Include Works by Richard Diebenkorn & Improvements
Our fall programs, which includes an exhibition of works by world-renowned artist Richard Diebenkorn, will kick off with a gallery reception for the public on Sat., Sept. 13, 2014, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
“Our exhibition lineup this season is exceptionally strong, and underscores the Art Center’s historic role in supporting emerging and established artists,” says Richard Ambrose, executive director for the Richmond Art Center. The Art Center has also launched a series of improvements that highlight its historic legacy as the largest art center in the East Bay.
“As we look to the future, we’re elevating the quality of all we do — from the level of exhibitions the Center presents to our accessibility to diverse communities,” says Ambrose. “We’re thrilled to bring back the work of Richard Diebenkorn, one of the most influential painters of the last 50 years. He exhibited his work at the Art Center in the 1950s and held his first major exhibition of drawings here in 1968.”
The main exhibition, Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley, will showcase works by artists from the Bay Area Figurative Movement, which includes artist Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Nathan Oliveira, James Weeks and Joan Brown.
The Art Center’s galleries will also feature works by other Bay Area artists, including prints by Frank Lobdell, large-scale paintings by Tom Holland and the printmaking practices and collections of Juan Fuentes, Art Hazelwood, Jos Sances and Jim Nikas.
Reinforcing Richmond Art Center’s Historic Legacy
The Art Center is making numerous improvements as it looks forward to its 80-year anniversary, which will be celebrated in 2016.
The Art Center is expanding its gallery hours and will be open on Sundays so that the public has more opportunities to view art exhibitions. Expanded gallery hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays (10:00am – 5:00pm) and Sundays (Noon-5:00pm). The galleries are always free to the public.
The Art Center has launched a new logo and identity that reinforce the heart of its work — exhibitions, education and traveling Art in the Community programs. San Francisco graphic design firm MacFadden and Thorpe created the updated image.
“The new logo is both an acknowledgement of the lasting legacy of a long-standing organization and a recognition that change is constant,” says Brett MacFadden, partner in MacFadden & Thorpe.
The identity features prominently on the Center’s revamped website, which aims to reach a broader audience of people, including Spanish-speakers, and help them learn about the exhibitions, free events, classes and programs.
“Creating, seeing and learning about art occurs every day at the Richmond Art Center,” says Ambrose. “Everything we do at the Art Center continues to breathe life into our founder, Hazel Salmi’s, original vision: That within every person lives an artist.”
Images: Richard Diebenkorn Untitled, ink and charcoal on paper, 17 x 14 inches, 1964, Private Collection. Copyright 2014 Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. Frank LobdellTamarind No. 1711A, lithograph, 27 X 20 inches, 1966. Juan Fuentes Mayan Warriors, Woodcut, 27 x 53 inches, 2011.