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Don’t Blink Ink

Don’t Blink Ink

Four week class ran Saturdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm PDT from February 25 to March 18, 2023 

Teaching Artist Eli Africa created this fun video of students in ‘Don’t Blink Ink’; his class exploring permanent ink drawing techniques at Richmond Art Center.


Take a Metal Art Class this Spring

Take a Metal Art Class this Spring

Recently at Richmond Art Center instructor Maxon McCarter and students got creative with copper in the metals studio (see photos below by Elaine Moreno).

Do you like sculptural art and jewelry? Want to learn how to shape metal to create something amazing? Check out these classes starting soon at RAC…

Intermediate Jewelry

Practice and refine your skills using a jewelers saw, shaping techniques, textures and finishing with patina and polishing.

Saturdays, 1pm-3pm, March 18 – May 13

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The Silver Dream

Do you dream of making your own silver creations? Then join us in this exploration of silversmithing and get started making your silver dreams come true.

Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, Apr 26 – May 17

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Learn to form and forge wire into your own pair of hoop earrings! All tools and materials for students are provided. Ages 14+ welcome.

Wednesday, April 12, 6pm-8pm

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Beginning Blacksmithing

Learn the foundations of blacksmithing and forging with fire! This class will cover how to create a decorative and functional wall hanger.

Wednesdays, 3pm-5pm, Mar 22 – May 3

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Precious Metal Clay Jewelry Making

An introduction to working with bronze and silver metal clay. Projects will include pendants, rings, stone setting and mold making with a focus on different methods for creating, firing and finishing designs.

Thursdays, 6pm-8pm, Mar 30 – May 18

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Spring Catalog and a Message from RAC’s Executive Director

The Spring Catalog is Here!

Check out the Spring Catalog for information about upcoming classes, exhibitions and special events. CLICK HERE to see the catalog online, or pick up a copy at Richmond Art Center.

A Message from RAC’s Executive Director

Hello Friends,

Sunny weather is coming and we have a couple of “not to be missed” events at Richmond Art Center this season. First, it’s Spring Family Day. This time, this free event will celebrate advocacy for environmental justice through art-making. And then in April, it’s the West Contra Costa Unified School District Student Art Show. It always astonishes me to see the incredible artistic talent of local middle and high school students. And this year marks the 57th year of the exhibition.

Meanwhile, a new and exciting class is launching: blacksmithing! It will be held in the courtyard to keep everyone safe (and no need to carry your own anvil!)

Finally, a few weeks ago we were happy to welcome to Richmond Art Center Tony Tamayo, Chief of Staff to Richmond’s Mayor and B.K. White, Public Policy Director in the Office of the Mayor. Tony and BK toured our facilities and we talked about upcoming events and how the Office of the Mayor can assist RAC in its efforts. We are so appreciative that the Mayor’s Office visited us during their busy transition time. We look forward to a great relationship with them.

Stay warm and I hope to welcome you at RAC soon.

José Rivera

A Big Day at RAC – THIS Saturday 3/18!

A Big Day at RAC – THIS Saturday 3/18!

Join us at Richmond Art Center to celebrate one last time our winter exhibitions! We’ll also be having a free photo session with ENOUGH Considered and hosting a visioning session for the establishment of an Arts Council and an Arts & Culture Strategic Plan for our county.

What’s Happening:

Visioning Session for Arts & Culture in Contra Costa County, 10am-11:30am | More info…

Art of the African Diaspora Closing Party, 2pm-4pm | More info…

Connected Always and Remembrance Project Closing Reception, 2pm-4pm | More info…

ENOUGH: Photo Portrait Session, 2pm-4pm | More info…

Press Release: Trio of New Exhibitions Explore Climate Crisis at Richmond Art Center

Monday, March 13, 2023

Spring Exhibitions at Richmond Art Center
April 5 – June 3, 2023
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Exhibitions and events are all free and no rsvp is necessary

Richmond, CA: This spring Richmond Art Center (RAC) presents a trio of new exhibitions that explore the climate crisis: FENCELINES: A Collective Monument to ResilienceRequiem: The Remains of the Day, August 4, 2021, and Tanja Geis: Recompose.

Also, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Student Art Show returns for its 57th year.

FENCELINES: A Collective Monument to Resilience

Exhibition: April 5 – June 3, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 15, 12pm-2pm
Earth Day / Fencelines Installation: Saturday, April 22, 10am-4pm
Spring Family Day: Saturday, April 29, 12pm-3pm
Artist Talk: Saturday June 3, 12pm-1:30pm
Closing Reception: Saturday June 3, 2pm-4pm

Fencelines is a community-based participatory art project that invites local folks to reflect on the circumstances of environmental injustice in the city of Richmond. The exhibition is centered around portraits of community participants and aims to amplify the work of local environmental justice organizations and provide opportunities for visitor participation and discussion.

Central to Fencelines is a public art installation along a city-owned fence bordering the Chevron refinery and the North Richmond residential neighborhood immediately downwind of it. A special installation event will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, at the Richmond Parkway Bay Trail between Gertrude and Vernon Avenues.

Fencelines is co-created by Graham L.P.Princess RobinsonGita Khandagle, and members of the Richmond Community. 

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Top image: Members of the Richmond Community with their painted fence slats

Requiem: The Remains of the Day, August 4, 2021

Exhibition: April 5 – June 3, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday April 15, 12pm-2pm
Ruth Morgan in conversation with Robbin Légère Henderson: Saturday, May 27, 12pm-1:30pm

Photographer Ruth Morgan presents a selection of evocative photographs that document the devastation of Greenville, CA after it was burned down by the Dixie Wildfire in 2021. Officially caused by a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. equipment failure, the fire was fueled and exacerbated by man-made climate change along with overgrown forests caused by decades of fire suppression and population growth at the edges of forests. In this exhibition Morgan’s large 40 ”x 60” prints envelop the gallery composing a requiem to Greenville and a warning for us all to meet the challenge of climate change and ensuing global warming.

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Above image: Photography by Ruth Morgan

Tanja Geis: Recompose

Exhibition: April 5 – June 3, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 15, 12pm-2pm
Gallery Walkthrough with Tanja Geis: Thursday, May 11, 5:30pm-6:30pm

In the first exhibition of The Greenhouse Series, artist Tanja Geis displays mesmerizing cyanotypes of painted decomposing common murres, a bird species that experienced historic die-offs along local coasts in the summer of 2015 as a direct result of global warming. With carcasses of starving birds, ocean litter, and mud ridden with local toxins and heavy metals, Geis reassembles the components of decay into new forms, new bodies, new life. 

The Greenhouse is a three-part exhibition series at Richmond Art Center that focuses on the climate crisis and environmental justice movements in Richmond, CA.  The Greenhouse is organized in partnership with Round Weather, a nonprofit art gallery in Oakland, and curated by its director Chris Kerr

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Above image: Artwork by Tanja Geis

57th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show

Exhibition: April 5 – May 13, 2023
Reception: Tuesday, April 18, 5pm-6:30pm (Award Presentation at 5:45pm)

Now in its 57th year, the WCCUSD Student Art Show presents work by over 300 students from 15 different schools. This teacher-curated exhibition demonstrates best practices in delivering an art-based curriculum. It also represents Richmond Art Center and WCCUSD’s shared vision that art education is a crucial component of a thriving and productive society.   

Participating Schools: Betty Reid Soskin Middle School, De Anza High School, El Cerrito High School, Fred T. Korematsu Middle School, Helms Middle School, Hercules High School, Hercules Middle School, John F. Kennedy High School, Mira Vista School, Pinole Middle School, Pinole Valley High School, Richmond High School, Montalvin Manor, Stewart Elementary School, Vista High School 

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Above image: Artwork by Meghan Shelby Reisbord, El Cerrito High School

About Richmond Art Center
Richmond Art Center has been sharing art and creating with the community since 1936. Our programs encompass classes, exhibitions and events at our facility in downtown Richmond, as well as off-site activities that bring free, high-quality art making experiences to WCCUSD schools and community partners.
For more information contact:
Amy Spencer,



Welcome Kimberly! Richmond Art Center’s new Public Programs Coordinator

Meet Kimberly Ross, Public Programs Coordinator

Kimberly Ross joins Richmond Art Center’s staff team with extensive experience in the fashion industry, as well as entrepreneurial endeavors in event production and image consulting. As Public Programs Coordinator Kimberly will coordinate the volunteer program and special events, as well as support front desk activities. Kimberly is a Richmond native, with roots in Oakland and San Francisco. 

Say hello to Kimberly at the front desk next time you are at RAC!

Or connect with her at

Artist Talk: Ruth Morgan

Ruth Morgan in conversation with Robbin Légère Henderson

Saturday, May 27, 12pm-1:30pm

Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA


In her exhibition Requiem: The Remains of the Day, August 4, 2021 photographer Ruth Morgan presents a selection of evocative photographs that document the devastation of Greenville, CA after it was burnt down by the Dixie Wildfire in 2021. 

For this special event Ruth Morgan will be in conversation with Berkeley-based artist, curator and writer Robbin Légère Henderson.

Show Your RAC Pride! T-Shirts and Totes Now Available

Artist Designed T-Shirts and Totes

Our custom t-shirts and totes are only available for purchase at Richmond Art Center. Swing by the front desk and pick yours up while stocks last!

Ceramics T-Shirts

Design by teaching artist Shannon Abac

Unisex Style | Sizes S to 2XL | Cotton Heritage, Soft & Lightweight, 100% cotton 

Colors Available: Black shirt with red ink; grey shirt with white ink; and grey shirt with red ink

$35 each (includes sales tax)

Guillermo Tote Bags

Design by Fransisco Rojas

Heavy Cotton Tote | Union Made in the USA | Printed in the USA

$25 each (includes sales tax)

Top image: Photos by Elaine Moreno

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


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Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm