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KPFA La Raza Chronicles: Interview with Rick Tejada-Flores, co-curator of Emmy Lou Packard exhibition

Julieta Kusnir spoke with curator Rick Tejada-Flores about the exhibition Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience at Richmond Art Center on June 14, 2022.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW (STARTS AT 16:26MINS)

This transcript has been edited lightly for clarity. 

Julieta Kusnir: You’re listening to La Raza Chronicles, I’m Julieta Kusnir and I’m so happy to have on the line with me Rick Tejada Flores. Many people know Rick from his filmmaking, he’s produced incredible documentaries that serve to be a history of so many important movements, everything from looking at farm worker struggles to looking at his own personal journey understanding the context of Bolivia’s revolution through his own family story. So Rick it’s so wonderful to have you here on the line with us. Thank you so much for joining us.

Rick Tejada Flores: It’s wonderful too. It’s nice to talk about things to people who care about them.

Julieta: So you actually have a really exciting exhibit that is opening up soon and it’s related to Emmy Lou Packard’s life, who was a California post-war activist, muralist, painter, many many many other things. But let’s just start there – a lot of people maybe don’t know about her work – why don’t you give us some context. Who was she and what was happening in the world while she was most active?

Rick: Well, she was a great artist and I think her art career started when she was twelve. Her parents took her to Mexico because her dad was an agronomist working for the Mexican Government on irrigation issues and her mother introduced her to Diego Rivera, the famous muralist. And they met and Diego Rivera decided this is a really talented young girl – she was twelve at the time – so I’m going to give her art lessons. So imagine, you’re twelve years old and Diego Rivera is teaching you how to paint. This sort of set the direction for her life. She grows up, studies art, and then Diego comes to the United States to paint a big mural at Treasure Island in 1940 and he brings her on; she’s his chief assistant on the mural. So I think that connection with Rivera formed her political vision and her artistic vision. 

Rick: After the mural she goes back and lives with Diego and Frida in Mexico. She’s a very good friend of theirs. Then she comes back and starts her own artistic path. It’s the end of World War Two and she goes to work at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond as an artist drawing illustrations about integration, women in the workforce, the importance of health and vaccinations. And that sort of gets her started as an artist and as someone who can make a social connection. After that, she’s a very political person, but she focuses on ordinary people and ordinary life. She doesn’t paint pictures of demonstrations or people with guns. She celebrates humanity. She did a wonderful series of images – she’s a printmaker, by the way, she did large linoleum prints – of ordinary people: net menders, artichoke pickers, fisherman, things like that. Those [works] become what she is known for. 

Rick: But there’s a connection between her art and her politics. For example, her most famous print is a print called ‘Peace is a Human Right’. It came out of the anti-war movement after World War Two. It shows three children sitting around a sunflower. They’re just ordinary kids. But they have a right to peace and to live a life. She brings her politics and beautiful images of life together in that way. 

Rick: I met her in the 1960s. I was an art student, and she asked me if I wanted to sit her gallery for her and she taught me how to print artist editions. That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship for me. And later on, she knew I was a filmmaker… I said, “Is Diego Rivera Mexican artist?” And she said, “Well, not quite. He was an American artist too.” And she gave me a wonderful biography of Rivera to read, and that led me down the path of doing a big film on Diego Rivera in the United States. I have very strong connections with her. She’s a significant figure. 

Rick: Given the way politics influences art… The 1950s was the age of abstract expressionism. Political art, social art, it was forgotten. It was shoved to the side. So she was pretty much ignored. She died in 1998, and she was known to a small circle, but no one has seen her art in many, many years. So this was an ideal time to bring her back to the public. Especially since of her connection with Rivera. There’s a large Rivera show at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and so I thought if there’s any time to do an Emmy Lou Packard show it’d be now. She was a San Francisco artist. She worked with Rivera on his San Francisco mural. So that was the impetus for what I’m doing now, working on this show with Robbin Henderson, my co-curator. To do a retrospective, to connect all the dots; between her personal life, her political life, her connections with Rivera and Frida, and paint a real portrait of this wonderful woman. 

Julieta: Her artwork was telling these stories. I know that she was also involved with UC Berkeley. Tell us about some of the movements, touchpoints, and issues that were important to her.

Rick: She had a wide range of issues: she was concerned about history, she was concerned about working people, she was an educator too. She’d been a teacher in San Francisco schools and she’d taught kids to make murals. There’s still one of her murals at a San Francisco public school.* At the bottom it says, “Created by 650 children and Emmy Lou Packard.” So that was her vision of including people. At UC Berkeley she did a very large relief underneath the campus commons dining hall, so she did architectural work. But her real love was prints. You know they’d say, “Why do you do prints? Why not paintings or more murals?” “Well, it’s hard to get murals done and for people to see them. And people need art. So I want to make beautiful pictures that-” (and they can’t afford art? Who can buy a painting if you’re taking care of your kids?) “I want to create beautiful affordable art that they can have in their houses.” Even the implicitly non-political art had a political motive. It furthered what she thought was important. Art is important. And as we know, art is the first thing to go onto the chopping block, art teachers are fired at schools, it’s considered expendable. So she was making the point that art is really important to us; to our culture, to our society.

Julieta: We’re speaking to Rick Tejada-Flores who is part of an important exhibit. So tell us how we can get to know about Emmy Lou Packard and actually see her work. So tell us about this opportunity to actually get to know Emmy Lou Packard’s work. 

Rick: Well, as I said, the impetus was this big Rivera show at SFMOMA, which is opening very soon. We’re cross promoting this show and telling people about the Rivera show. And people at MOMA are telling people if you want to know more about Rivera and his work in California then go and see Packard. So this is new to me. I’m a filmmaker, never done an art show, even though I was somewhat of an artist at one point. So I got a very good friend of mine involved; Robbin Henderson, of the Berkeley Art Center. She’s a brilliant curator who sort of guided me through the process. And it’s been a three year path. We started working on this show three years ago: trying to find the art, put it together, the history, the context. So it’s not just her pictures, it’s photographs, it’s statements that Rivera wrote about her. It’s her politics, especially with someone like Emmy Lou Packard you can’t just look at her work. You have to understand the context. Well, you don’t have to, you can enjoy her work. But if you see the context you really get the significance of it. 

Rick: So the show is opening in Richmond this week, June 18. And it’ll run June 22 to August 20. But the Richmond Art Center where it’s at is a wonderful institution. Great, great gallery and a wonderful place to put this show on too, because Emmy Lou Packard worked in Richmond. That’s how we hope to get people there, through the Rivera show. But also through talking to you and people who cared about her, and maybe had a print on their wall. Sort of trying to bring her back in that way. And I should also mention when I did the film about Rivera, Emmy Lou Packard was one of my inspirations and naturally she is one of the people interviewed in the film. So we did a little gallery piece too so people can look at her art and then also hear her and see her talking about her art to understand who she is as a person. It’s been a wonderful journey and it’s time for people to see it. And see what they think about it.

Julieta: That’s the voice to Rick Tejada-Flores, he’s been working on this Emmy Lou Packard exhibit. It’s going to be at the Richmond Art Center. And it’s going to be up for a couple of months. We recommend people check it out. Are you doing any opening or closing activities?

Rick: Yes, first of all the opening reception is this Saturday, the 18th, from 2pm to 4pm. There’s going to be a bunch of activities during the length of the exhibition. We have her [printing] press. So we’re going to be doing a demonstration how Emmy Lou Packard made her art. And the end of the show is going to be celebrated with edible art with an appearance and a presentation by the Great Tortilla Conspiracy, who silkscreen tortillas with chocolate. Kids eat them and adults save them as art. So it seems like the perfect way to end her visit to the Bay Area, hearts and minds.

Julieta: Oh, and it’s also a wonderful project by the Yañez father-son duo, where Rio continues that tradition which is such an important one. 

Rick: There’s another side that I think should be mentioned, that is very important to the Bay Area. She lived in Mendocino for a very long time and she moved back to the Bay Area in the 1970s. And she was an inspiration and a role model. When people wanted to learn how to make murals they didn’t know how to do it, and she taught them how. She mentored a whole generation of Latina women and people in the Mission, supporting the new emergence of murals and political and social art. So that’s a really important side of her that people don’t really know about. You know if you talk to an artist who lives in the Mission District, they’ll say, “Oh yeah, Emmy Lou Packard.” But that’s an unknown part of her that I think is quite important: the issue of whatever you do passing it on to the next generation. I think that’s a real important thing about who she was and what she cared about.  

Rick: So the show is in downtown Richmond. It’s part of the Civic Center complex on Barrett Avenue. The opening reception is this Saturday, June 18, from 2 to 4. The show actually opens the following Wednesday on June 22 and will run until August 20. The galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday each week. Admission is free. There’s information there. You can take a handout and learn more about her. And enjoy her work I hope! 

Rick: It’s been a real pleasure talking to you and spreading the message about this important artist.

*Hillcrest Elementary School, San Francisco

Important Parking Notification for Students and Visitors to RAC during RPAL’s Juneteenth Carnival

RPAL’s Juneteenth Carnival

Set-Up through Deinstall: Tuesday, June 14, 6pm – Monday, June 20, 5pm

Carnival Dates: Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19

Starting Tuesday, June 14 at 6pm through Monday, June 20, 5pm the City parking lot opposite Richmond Art Center (on the 400 block of 25th Street between Barrett and Nevin Avenues) will be reserved for the Juneteenth Carnival being sponsored by the Richmond Police Activities League. The Civic Center parking lot in front of RAC will also be occupied and not available during this time. As a result students and visitors to Richmond Art Center during this period will need to find alternative parking.

PARKING OPTIONS:

  • The Civic Center parking lot at RAC’s 25th Street entrance is open, visitors can enter from Nevin Avenue only, as 25th Street is closed to traffic
  • There are City parking lots adjacent to 1st Northern California Credit Union or across from Richmond Library (these may get crowded)
  • Residential street parking on the other side of Barrett Avenue from RAC might be the best option (RPAL has informed us that during the Carnival 2-hour street parking limits will not be enforced)
  • Lastly, we encourage visitors to RAC to take public transportation, car pool or use a ride share service

For information about the Juneteenth Carnival Celebration call Richmond PAL at 510-621-1221 or visit their website at www.rpal.org

A message from RAC’s Board of Directors

Dear Community Member,

Richmond Art Center’s Board of Directors invites you to our Annual Members’ Meeting on Saturday, June 18 starting at 1pm. Learn about RAC’s accomplishments over the past year and what we have planned for the future. This meeting is open to all current, recent and prospective members, as well as the general public.

At the meeting current members will also be invited to vote to elect new members to our Board of Directors (see short biographies for members who are standing for election below). Voting will open at 12:30pm and close at 1:30pm.

The Members’ Meeting will be followed by the Opening Reception for our summer exhibitions from 2pm to 4pm.

We hope to see you there!

RAC Board of Directors


Prospective New Members to Our Board of Directors

John Boychuk

John Boychuk is a professional artist and art professor who works with a wide variety of materials and processes, both traditional and digital. Over the course of 20+ years of art making, John has shown and taught internationally as well as in the Bay Area. He is a new teaching artist at Richmond Art Center. John grew up in the Detroit metropolitan area and now lives with his family in Richmond. Being a RAC board member would further connect his local community, his love of art and his experience of mentoring artists.

John has taught at Berkeley City College, SAE Expression College in Emeryville, and the University of Silicon Valley in San Jose. His greatest accomplishments as an educator are in supporting multicultural, gender-diverse, and economically challenged students to achieve their academic and personal goals. He encourages his students to question conventional ideas, form their own opinions and communicate that through their art. He is excited to work with Richmond Art Center to increase the creative opportunities for the communities of Richmond.

Jane Diokas

With her Master’s in printmaking from Illinois State University and background in teaching art at schools in underserved communities, as well as starting and running two successful design-based businesses, Jane Diokas is uniquely qualified to provide real world solutions that bridge the gap between idealism and financial necessity. She believes that art can be first and foremost a joyful pursuit that naturally expresses a higher truth. She hopes to help carry on the mission of the founder of Richmond Art Center – who believed there was an artist in everyone and that art was as vital as breathing – while aligning it with both contemporary values and needs.

Nettie Hoge

Nettie Hoge is an East Bay resident who is deeply grateful to the staff and faculty at Richmond Art Center for her cultivation of self-expression and personal growth in and as a result of Richmond Art Center’s painting and drawing classes. She would love to give back to RAC and the community surrounding it by serving on the board.

Nettie would bring a wealth of nonprofit experience to Richmond Art Center’s board. She has served on three nonprofit boards, including a stint as the chair of the Heyday Press board. She is a retired lawyer who has worked in many governmental and nonprofit organizations including as an executive director and a senior staff member. She served as Chief Deputy Commissioner at the California Department of Insurance during the term of Dave Jones. She provided legal assistance to victims of domestic violence as a Legal Services lawyer. While working for Consumers Union, she served on the advisory board for Health Access and litigated to establish funds for community health efforts as nonprofits like Blue Cross converted to for profit institutions. She was Executive Director for six years at TURN, a nonprofit, legal organization advocating at the Public Utilities Commission for utility consumer rights, and fare rates.

Susan Kuramoto Moffat

Susan Kuramoto Moffat melds the arts and the humanities and environmental design disciplines to study urban life. She is Executive Director of Global Urban Humanities Initiative and Creative Director of Future Histories Lab, two grant-funded interdisciplinary programs at UC Berkeley. She has worked in organizations ranging from small advocacy organizations (Greenbelt Alliance) to large bureaucracies (UC Berkeley) and has served on Albany’s City Council-appointed Waterfront Committee and Arts Committee in Albany. She founded a small non-profit community arts organization called Love the Bulb that brings outdoor music, dance, and theater performances and public art to non-traditional audiences. She brings an anti-racist and equity lens to all her work.

Susan earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and master’s degrees at UC Berkeley (City Planning) and Columbia (Journalism). She has lived in Albany since 1997. She looks forward to bringing her experience and expertise to Richmond Art Center’s board.

Rachel Sommovilla

Rachel Sommovilla was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, and received her B.A. degree in biological anthropology from Harvard University. She earned her law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law, practiced law in San Francisco and clerked for numerous Federal District Court judges before joining the Richmond City Attorney’s Office in 2012. As a Senior Assistant City Attorney and Interim City Attorney, Ms. Sommovilla’s duties included the handling of complex litigation and land use matters for the City, and advising the City Council, City Departments, and various boards and commissions. Ms. Sommovilla currently serves as Assistant County Counsel for Alameda County. While in the Richmond City Attorney’s office, Rachel and her two sons participated in various Richmond Art Center classes and summer programs. Rachel lives in El Cerrito with her two sons, husband and dog.

Top image: Past and current members speaking about their artwork in 2019

Richmond Standard: Liberación Gráfica selected for residency at Richmond Art Center

Link: https://richmondstandard.com/richmond/2022/06/06/liberacion-grafica-selected-for-residency-at-richmond-art-center/

By Kathy Chouteau

The Richmond Art Center (RAC) has selected community based art collective Liberación Gráfica as its artists-in-residence this year, with its residency to encompass hands-on community screen printing workshops, a summer youth class and a major fall exhibition. Funding for the artistic endeavor has been provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The art collective—which consists of Richmond artists, teachers and community organizers Eddy Chacon, Lisette Vera, Daniel Cervantes and Francisco Rojas—aims to provide opportunities for personal and community expression via silkscreen printing, said the RAC.

Midway through this month, Liberación Gráfica will bring live screen printing demos to community events throughout Richmond at these locations: The Richmond Juneteenth Festival, Sat., June 18, 12-3 p.m., Nicholls Park, 3230 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond; Low Rider Sundays, Sun., July 31 12-3 p.m., 23rd St. between Grant Ave. and Rheem Ave.; and the Richmond Flea Market, Sun., Aug. 21, 12-3 p.m., 716 W. Gertrude Ave. in Richmond. Additional dates/locations will be announced, per the RAC.

According to the RAC, the prints will raise awareness surrounding Richmond social issues, while also “reflecting the joy and resilience of the community.” The art center added that the project aims to “bring art directly to the people and inspire the community to engage with Richmond and each other through art.”

Another facet of Liberación Gráfica’s residency will be teaching a summer youth class at the RAC centered on screen printing through a social justice lens. During a six-week class, students will become familiarized with basic screen printing materials and techniques “while choosing a theme that is related to community, culture, social justice and/or societal issues,” per the RAC. The class welcomes Richmond youth via referral.

Liberación Gráfica’s residency will hit a crescendo when—this fall from Sept. 13 through Nov. 17—the RAC’s Main Gallery will feature work created by the art collective, as well as Richmond youth and additional community artists.

Want Liberación Gráfica to come to your community event this summer? Contact Roberto Martinez at roberto@nullrichmondartcenter.org. Learn more about the RAC here.

Special Summer Class for Youth Ages 13-17

New dates!!

SPECIAL SUMMER CLASS FOR YOUTH AGES 13-17 STARTS NEXT WEEK AT RAC

Framing Identity: Legends, Characters and Icons

Tue, Wed, Thu & Fri, 1pm – 4pm

June 14 – June 24, 2022

For this two-week course, youth ages 13-17 will join artist Alex Martinez to explore the legends, characters and icons that have informed their personal identity and cultural understanding, while developing their own visual language in mixed media.

La instructora de clase es bilingüe ingles / español.

More info and online registration

Need an ART BOOST? SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! Apply online at: richmondartcenter.org/art-boost

Liberación Gráfica at Richmond Flea Market
8/21/22

Liberación Gráfica at Richmond Flea Market

Sunday, August 21,12pm-3pm

716 W. Gertrude Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801

FREE

Join art collective Liberación Gráfica at Richmond Flea Market!

This summer Liberación Gráfica will be out in Richmond engaging youth and families at community events and local gathering places with live screen printing demonstrations. The prints will raise awareness to social issues faced in Richmond while reflecting the joy and resilience of the community. The goal of this project is to bring art directly to the people and inspire the community to engage with Richmond and each other through art. 

Community Event Schedule:

Liberación Gráfica at the Richmond Juneteenth Festival
Saturday, June 18, 12pm-3pm
Nicholls Park, 3230 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Liberación Gráfica at Low Rider Sundays
Sunday, July 31, 12pm-3pm
23rd Street Between Grant and Rheem Avenues

Liberación Gráfica at Richmond Flea Market
Sunday, August 21,12pm-3pm 
716 W. Gertrude Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801

More dates and locations to be announced. If you are interested in inviting Liberación Gráfica to a community event this summer, please contact Roberto Martinez at roberto@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Liberación Gráfica is a community based art collective whose mission is to provide opportunities for self and community expression through silkscreen printing. The collective is made up of Richmond-based artists, teachers, and community organizers: Eddy Chacon, Lisette Vera, Daniel Cervantes and Francisco Rojas. Liberación Gráfica was established in 2019 and since has worked towards teaching youth the process of silkscreen printing through a social justice lens with the intention to bridge gaps between communities of color and bring awareness to social injustices faced by the Richmond community.

Top Image: Daniel Cervantes, Real G’s Grow Food, 2020

PRESS RELEASE

Press Release: Richmond Art Center Announces Artists-in-Residence Liberación Gráfica

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 6, 2022

Richmond Art Center Announces Artists-in-Residence Liberación Gráfica

Residency to include community screen printing events, summer youth class and a major exhibition 

Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center (RAC) is excited to announce Liberación Gráfica, a community-based art collective, as this year’s Artists-in-Residence. With major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Liberación Gráfica will lead two summer art programs that will engage Richmond youth and the greater Richmond community through hands-on screen printing workshops. 

Beginning in mid-June Liberación Gráfica will be out in the community bringing screen printing to events and locations throughout Richmond (details and schedule below).

Additionally, Liberación Gráfica will teach a summer youth class at Richmond Art Center focused on screen printing through a social justice lens. Students will be introduced to basic materials and techniques of silkscreen printing, while choosing a theme that is related to community, culture, social justice, and/or societal issues. This six-week class is open to Richmond youth by referral.

The residency will culminate in a fall exhibition in Richmond Art Center’s Main Gallery showcasing work created by Richmond youth, Liberación Gráfica, and other invited community artists. The exhibition will run from September 13 through to November 17, 2022. Public programs tba.

Screen Printing in the Community: This summer Liberación Gráfica will be out in Richmond engaging youth and families at community events and local gathering places with live screen printing demonstrations. The prints will raise awareness to social issues faced in Richmond while reflecting the joy and resilience of the community. The goal of this project is to bring art directly to the people and inspire the community to engage with Richmond and each other through art. 

Schedule:
Liberación Gráfica at the Richmond Juneteenth Festival
Saturday, June 18, 12pm-3pm
Nicholls Park, 3230 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Liberación Gráfica at Low Rider Sundays
Sunday, July 31 12pm-3pm
23rd Street Between Grant Avenue and Rheem Ave 

Liberación Gráfica at Richmond Flea Market
Sunday, August 21,12pm-3pm 
716 W. Gertrude Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801

More dates and locations to be announced. If you are interested in inviting Liberación Gráfica to a community event this summer, please contact Roberto Martinez at roberto@nullrichmondartcenter.org

About the Artists-in-Residence: Liberación Gráfica is a community based art collective whose mission is to provide opportunities for self and community expression through silkscreen printing. The collective is made up of Richmond-based artists, teachers, and community organizers: Eddy Chacon, Lisette Vera, Daniel Cervantes and Francisco Rojas. Liberación Gráfica was established in 2019 and since has worked towards teaching youth the process of silkscreen printing through a social justice lens with the intention to bridge gaps between communities of color and bring awareness to social injustices faced by the Richmond community. 



Images: (top artwork) Daniel Cervantes, Real G’s Grow Food, 2020, Screenprint; (above logo) Eddy Chacon, Liberación Gráfica Logo, 2022; (above photo) Liberación Gráfica printing at Richmond Art Center’s Family Day, May 2022


 
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. richmondartcenter.org
 
For more information contact:
Roberto Martinez, Curator, roberto@nullrichmondartcenter.org

 

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Press Release: Announcing Richmond Art Center’s Summer Exhibitions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2022

Announcing Richmond Art Center’s Summer Exhibitions

June – August 2022
Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat, 10am-4pm
Exhibitions and events are all free and open to the public


Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center will present four new exhibitions this summer that shine a spotlight on artists with vital stories to share: Collective Care Is Our Best ProtectionThe Eastern Shore: Works by J.B. BroussardWomen Weaving Stories, and Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience.

Collective Care Is Our Best Protection

South Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 22 – August 20, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm

Collective Care Is Our Best Protection brings together a group of women artists who are at the forefront in activating public consciousness through muralism and printmaking. Created during the pandemic, the work on display illustrates the healing and protective power that resides in the act of collective care. Included are two large scale portable murals: one painted by Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong from Twin Walls Mural Company; and the other painted by Keena RomanoLeslie Dime LopezVanessa Agana Espinoza Solari and Yazmin Shi Shi Madriz. Complementing the murals is a series of collages and prints by Favianna Rodriguez.  

The Eastern Shore: Works by J.B. Broussard

West Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 8 – July 23, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, July 9, 12pm-1pm


In his solo exhibition, The Eastern ShoreJ.B. Broussard presents a selection of bronze sculptures, drawings and paintings that honors the legacy and expressions of freedom of the great 19th century abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

This exhibition is part of Art of the African Diaspora: Luminaries, a series of four solo exhibitions that shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of artists who have participated in Art of the African Diaspora but who have maintained an inconspicuous public image throughout their storied artistic careers. 

Women Weaving Stories – Mujeres Tejiendo Historias – Eje xuj nchachmon qa o che ex tuj

Community Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 1 – August 20, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 25, 2pm-4pm
Collaborative Learning Circle: Saturday, July 30, 1:30pm-3:30pm


Women Weaving Stories is an exhibition of a newly released art zine created by members of Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) an organization of Latina and Indigenous immigrant women with a dual mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice. This project was done in partnership with NAKA Dance Theater. The zine was created by Latina and Indigenous immigrant women who came together in a series of collaborative learning circles where art was used as a medium to share stories, learn from each other, and give voice to their lived experiences as immigrant women in the United States. This exhibition is presented in Mam, Spanish and English. Oakland and the larger Bay Area is home to the largest Mam speaking community outside of Guatemala. 

Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience

Main Gallery
Exhibition Dates: June 22 – August 20, 2022
Reception: Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm
How Emmy Lou Packard Made Her Prints (demo): Sat, July 16, 12pm-2pm
Rebel Art: Emmy Lou Packard’s Legacy (panel): Fri, July 29, 6pm-7:30pm
Film screening of Rivera In America: Thurs, August 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Closing Reception Ft Great Tortilla Conspiracy: Sat, August 20, 12pm-2pm


Artist of Conscience explores the life and work of Emmy Lou Packard (1914-1998), a remarkable artist known for her paintings, prints and murals, as well as her activism. Packard’s linoleum prints celebrated ordinary people — their work, their history and their environment. Through artworks, photos and ephemera, the exhibition is be organized around key periods of Packard’s life. Packard was mentored by Diego Rivera and became his principal assistant on the mural he painted on Treasure Island for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1940 (currently on view at SFMOMA). During WWII Packard worked at Kaiser shipyard’s newspaper, Fore ‘n’ Aft, in Richmond. Later in life, Packard mentored a generation of mostly female and Chicana artists in the Bay Area. She also led the movement to save the Mendocino headlands from development. 

This exhibition is curated by Robbin Légère Henderson and Rick Tejada-Flores.

Images (clockwise from top left): Twin Walls Mural Company, Protectors of the Sacred, Power: A Prayer for Buffalo Nation, 2020; Image: J.B. Broussard, The General, 2021; Emmy Lou Packard, Artichoke Picker (detail), circa 1955; J. Ramirez Pablo, Untitled, 2021
 
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. richmondartcenter.org
 
For more information contact:
Roberto Martinez, Curator, roberto@nullrichmondartcenter.org

 

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Fencelines Community Art Workshop
9/17/22

Fencelines Community Art Workshop

Saturday, September 17, 12pm-2pm

Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA

FREE

Create art for environmental justice in Richmond!

Join the Fencelines team for a hands-on art workshop that will provide space to reflect on local conditions of environmental injustice in Richmond. Participants will paint on recycled wooden fence slats with images, messages and stories that respond to the following prompts:“What message do you have for the polluting industry here in Richmond?” and “What vision do you have for your community in the future?”

The slats created in is workshop will be used to form a temporary public art installation along a city-owned fence bordering the Chevron refinery and North Richmond neighborhoods in fall 2022. Additionally, this installation will be shown in an exhibition at Richmond Art Center in spring 2023.  

This workshop is part of a series of workshops that will be presented at Richmond Art Center every third Saturday this summer. Additional workshops will be presented out in Richmond at local community events. All workshops are free to attend. 

Fencelines Art Workshops at Richmond Art Center

Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm

Saturday, July 16, 12pm-2pm

Saturday, August 20, 12pm-2pm

Saturday, September 17, 12pm-2pm

Fencelines Workshops in the Community

Saturday, June 18, 10am-12pm: Urban Tilth Volunteer Day at Unity Park

Saturday, July 9: Richmond LAND: Love Your Block Event in North Richmond

Saturday, August 6: APEN Refinery Explosion 10 Year Memorial Event; Hood Day in North Richmond at Shields-Reid Park

… and other summer 2022 events with Richmond Our Power Coalition TBD!


Fencelines aspires to create a unique, celebratory monument with the community in Richmond by: facilitating the creation of artwork by the community itself, promoting conversation and connection between Richmond community members, bringing awareness to issues of environmental injustice, and beautifying and activating an otherwise underutilized space. The project design and participatory format is explicitly designed to center and amplify the voices of the community. 

The Fencelines team is made up of local artists, organizers, and community members, Princess Robinson, Graham L.P., Dulce Galicia and Gita Khandagle. This project is presented as a partnership between Richmond Our Power Coalition, Richmond Art Center, and Fencelines. 

Fencelines Community Art Workshops

Fencelines Community Art Workshops

Create art for environmental justice in Richmond!

This summer, join the Fencelines team for a series of hands-on art workshops that will provide space for the community to reflect on local conditions of environmental injustice in Richmond. Participants will paint on recycled wooden fence slats with images, messages and stories that respond to the following prompts:“What message do you have for the polluting industry here in Richmond?” and “What vision do you have for your community in the future?”

The slats created in these workshops will be used to form a temporary public art installation along a city-owned fence bordering the Chevron refinery and North Richmond neighborhoods in fall 2022. Additionally, this installation will be shown in an exhibition at Richmond Art Center in spring 2023.  

Fencelines Community Art Workshops will be presented at Richmond Art Center every third Saturday this summer. Additional workshops will be presented out in Richmond at local community events. All workshops are free to attend. 

Fencelines Art Workshops at Richmond Art Center

Saturday, June 18, 2pm-4pm

Saturday, July 16, 12pm-2pm

Saturday, August 20, 12pm-2pm

Saturday, September 17, 12pm-2pm

Fencelines Workshops in the Community

Saturday, June 18, 10am-12pm: Urban Tilth Volunteer Day at Unity Park

Saturday, July 9: Richmond LAND: Love Your Block Event in North Richmond

Saturday, August 6: APEN Refinery Explosion 10 Year Memorial Event; Hood Day in North Richmond at Shields-Reid Park

… and other summer 2022 events with Richmond Our Power Coalition TBD!


Fencelines aspires to create a unique, celebratory monument with the community in Richmond by: facilitating the creation of artwork by the community itself, promoting conversation and connection between Richmond community members, bringing awareness to issues of environmental injustice, and beautifying and activating an otherwise underutilized space. The project design and participatory format is explicitly designed to center and amplify the voices of the community. 

The Fencelines team is made up of local artists, organizers, and community members, Princess Robinson, Graham L.P., Dulce Galicia and Gita Khandagle. This project is presented in partnership with Richmond Our Power Coalition, Richmond Art Center, and Fencelines. 

Top Image: Princess Robinson, co-creator of the Fencelines project, with her family



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