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Winter 2019 Catalog download here!

Our Winter 2019 catalog will be hitting mailboxes soon! You also can download a copy here.

All of our Winter classes are also available on our Studio Arts classes page.

However, our printed catalog does have an error and is missing a page. The missing page contains some classes from both the Painting and Fiber Arts Studios. We greatly apologize for the error. If you would like to download just a copy of that page, click here.


Our galleries are closed now.

Due to unhealthy air quality, our galleries will be closed on Friday and Saturday. We hope that you had the opportunity to see our wonderful Fall exhibitions this season and we look forward to seeing you at the RAC for the Holiday Arts Festival on Sunday, December 2!

Please be safe and take care of yourself until we see you next!

Asé Arts

This is a series of images representing the Òrìṣàs African deities of the traditional Yoruba Ifa religious system that was carried to the West Indian islands and the Americas through the transatlantic slave trade. Where upon arrival slaves were baptized into the Roman Catholic Church. Forced to practice their native faith in secret the slaves masked their African rituals and deities with the practices and saints of the Catholic church. Evolving into Vodun religion found in Haiti, Santaria in Cuba and Candomblé in Brasil the syncretism of these traditions have became one of the most complex and flourishing faiths of the African diaspora. Òrìṣà also spelled Orixas, orichá or orixá are ancestors who have been deified. They are the link between the spiritual world and the world of humans. Each orixa represents a certain force in nature, elements of air, water, fire, as well as to mountains and animals. In addition, each deity has a specific attribute: a color, a metal, a day of the week, a favorite dish, a certain drumbeat, etc…. The Orixas act as mediators guiding us back to our origins of strengths and connecting us to our higher power. In the complex multi-faceted world of today we are constantly distracted. In our need to create we have built so many things that it has formed a disconnect to our natural spiritual energy. More and more we are seeking to connect back to this true essence, to tapping into that inner voice that links us to that higher power. The inner voices guides and protect you. It can be seen as our conscious, ancestors, saints, forces of nature or Orixas. This series of art works represent your Orixa, your protector, your guiding voice, your connection to those that no longer exist who have left words of wisdom and keys to unlock your natural spiritual energy.

Artist Nichole Talbott is a Colorado native with a background in graphic design. Relocated to the Bay in 2011 to pursue a career in Arts Education. She has become an arts advocate who believes that art has the power to change lives. She spends her time creating spaces that help individuals find their voice, that allow individuals to collaborate and learn from one another, spaces where they build community and re-imagine the world. Pulling from her background in graphic design Nichole likes to explore combining different mediums to build one cohesive piece not to limit herself to one style or technique. Seeing how different mediums work together to create a layered effect of complexity.

Nichole’s website

Be Our Next Catalog Cover Artist!

We’re looking for extraordinary art made here in our studios to feature as our next (and future!) catalog cover image. Maybe it’s yours.

Image requirements:

  • Work must be made here in one of our studio classes or workshops within the last year.
  • Current students and teaching artists may apply.
  • Work must be emailed to 
    • Full size color jpegs at 300dpi
    • Minimum size 8″ x 10″
    • Caption including artist’s name, title of work, class taken (and instructor’s name), medium, date.
    • Limit three images per person.

Questions? Email Julie Sparenberg at

Deadline is October 17.

Donate Your Fabric for a Good Cause!

Bring your unused fabrics to the RAC! We’ll make sure the artists at the Social Justice Sewing Academy can use them for their upcoming quilt projects. (We will be exhibiting their work in partnership with The Latina Center this Winter!)

What is the SJSA? Founded in 2017, the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is an art program where youth create art that engages and educates communities. Through quilt making, the organization empowers youth to become advocates for social change, while at the same time opening the door for dialogue and action within the wider quilting community.

We’re Hiring: Development Assistant and Database Coordinator

Position: Development Assistant and Database Coordinator

Schedule: 24 hours weekly: non-exempt, days/hours to be determined

Supervisor: Director of Development

Essential Functions:

Under the supervision of the Director of Development, the Development Assistant and Database Coordinator (1) manages the fundraising database, (2) supports all activities of the annual fund including handling all gift acknowledgements and annual fund mailings, (3) has responsibilities in the areas of foundation and corporation research, grant writing, and reporting, (4) assists in all fundraising events and donor stewardship.

Database management:

  • Manages database to support high quality relationship, funding management, and knowledge sharing
  • Daily maintenance of database, including gift processing, contact management, troubleshooting errors
  • Prepares reports on annual fund progress, special appeals,
  • Prepares donor lists for all reporting, donor wall updates, annual reports

Annual fund:

  • Prepares mailing lists and email lists for annual fund
  • Oversees the production of the annual fund mailing
  • Liaisons with printer and mailing house to assure timely delivery
  • Enters gifts into database
  • Maintain acknowledgment of gifts
  • Creates regular comparative reports on progress towards goals
  • Organizes annual Board thank you phone-a-athon

Research and Administration, Foundations and Corporations

  • Assists with prospect research for foundations and corporations
  • Prepares boilerplate proposals for submittal
  • Prepares support materials for all proposals
  • Assists in writing letters of inquiry
  • Prepares grant reports to foundations and corporations
  • Maintains foundation and corporation calendar

Fundraising events and donor stewardship:

  • Assists in all aspects of annual fundraising event, Party Richmond
  • Assists with all donor stewardship events
  • Assists with other events related to donors and Board of Directors


     Other duties as assigned by Director of Development

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree  
  • 1-2 years experience working with fundraising software such as Raiser’s Edge, DonorPerfect, Salesforce
  • Proficient with data entry, data report writing, queries, and exports
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple tasks in a busy environment.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and independently motivated.
  • Attention to detail and ability to organize data, schedules, tasks and projects.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Google Suite.

Examples of Database Assistant skills:

  • Computer skills – most of a database assistant’s work is done on a computer, so you should be comfortable accessing information and using programs on one or more operating systems
  • Data entry – database assistants spend a significant amount of time on data entry tasks, so you should have exposure to data entry processes and understand best practices
  • Attention to detail – this role requires a high level of attention to detail to ensure that data is correctly entered and secured and that it’s accessible by authorized personnel. Database assistants must also pay close attention when verifying data
  • Team coordination – because they provide support to personnel throughout the organization, database assistants are excellent at working with teams and coordinating their activities with business needs
  • Time management – this role also requires excellent time management, since database assistants move from task to task throughout the day
  • Communication skills – effective verbal and written communication skills are also vital in this role, particularly when providing assistance to employees or preparing reports


  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

About the Richmond Art Center: 

A non-profit organization, the Richmond Art Center has provided 80 years of excellence in arts education and exhibitions for the East Bay region. The Art Center’s mission is to be a dynamic arts organization that empowers and transforms individuals and the community through creative exploration, experience and education. The largest Art Center in the East Bay, the 1951 vintage modern facility is part of Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza and receives partial funding from the City of Richmond. The Art Center offers one of the most extensive schedules of exhibitions and art instruction programs in the East Bay, presenting 13 -16 exhibitions in four galleries, and providing 50-60 art classes and workshops in six studios four times a year to 400-450 students each quarter, ages 5 and up of all skill levels. In addition, the Art in the Community program offers after school art experiences to schools and various community centers, engaging nearly 1700 underserved student age children. The Art Center has over 600 members, 100 volunteers, 11 full-time and four part-time staff. The Center has an operating budget of just over $1.3 million.  

To apply, please submit the following materials via email:
Resume and a cover letter introducing yourself, stating how your work experience qualifies you for this position, how this opportunity supports your career goals.  Also include the names and contact information for three professional references. Open until filled.

Send all materials to

Compensation & Benefits:  Depending on experience.
DOE, includes vacation, sick, and holidays, contribution towards group health plan.  

The Richmond Art Center is an equal opportunity employer, values diversity and respects differences. 

Principals only. Recruiters please don’t contact this job poster.

Review: Art in the Community This Year

This year, our Art in the Community program (AIC) worked with a total of 48 student groups in ongoing arts learning 

experiences, as well as holding a weekly drop-in class at the Richmond Public Library, engaging over 1700 students. In collaboration with the WCCUSD office of expanded learning, we provided after-school art classes in eight local elementary schools and two middle schools.

In its fourth year, our school-wide spring residency at Washington elementary focused on printmaking, mixed media and fibers/weaving. Half of our partnerships occur in non-traditional learning spaces which include local nonprofits, City of Richmond community centers, and housing-affiliated community centers.

This year Art Center staff and teaching artists shared strategies for artmaking with 40 elementary school teachers through our Bring Art to Your Classroom professional development workshop series. Strategies for artmaking that were explored during our workshops emphasize teaching practices that build ownership of artistic processes and skills, comfort with problem-solving/ leadership thinking, reflection, and self expression.

This spring, AIC partnered with Korematsu Middle School to kick of our first class exploring the world of 3D model and design! During the semester students worked with teaching artist Vince De Jesus to learn drawing and design applications in 3D modeling. Students spent the semester conceptualizing sculptural themes and translated their designs into an array of 3D printed objects.

This year’s 6th annual Art in the Community Show, Richmond Creates, highlighted work created via partnerships with 20 local satellite sites. The artists shown here range from ages 5 to 85. For many, this was their first structured arts learning experience. This exhibition showcases work made in a variety of media; printmaking, sculpture, animation, weaving, painting, ceramics and mixed media. The talented teaching artists facilitating these classes are dedicated to sharing the joy and power of the creative process!

Press Release: Richmond Art Center Awarded California Arts Council “Arts Education: Extension” Grant

State funds support Richmond Art Center’s Art in the Community arts education programming

[Richmond, CA] – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $13,500 to the Richmond Art Center as part of its Arts Education: Extension program.

As a segment of the California Arts Council Arts Education grant opportunities, Extension grants support arts education programs for PreK-12 students that operate after school and during the summer, on school sites, in artistic venues, and in community settings. The intention of the program is to offer young people sequential, hands-on training in artistic disciplines, including dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

The funding from the California Arts Council will support Art in the Community’s after school artist residencies in West Contra Costa County Unified School District (WCCUSD) elementary schools. The 20 week residencies will take place over the course of the 2018-2019 school year, in partnership with the district’s office of expanded learning.

The Richmond Art Center is one of 169 grantees chosen for the Arts Education: Extension program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcementfrom the California Arts Council.

“The Arts Education Extension program capitalizes on the potential to create arts learning opportunities for California’s young people whenever and wherever possible,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “Projects like the Richmond Art Center’s Art in the Community program allow for the positive impacts of arts engagement to continue undeterred.”

To view a complete listing of all Arts Education Extension grantees, visit

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About the Richmond Art Center: The Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, delivering exciting arts experiences to young and old alike who reflect the diverse richness of our community. The Art Center features hands-on learning, well-equipped studios, Art in the Community programs and contemporary exhibitions in its galleries.

Every year, the Richmond Art Center serves thousands of students through classes and programs taught by professional artists, both onsite at the Art Center and at sites throughout Richmond. The Art Center’s four galleries mount rotating exhibitions that display the works of emerging and established Bay Area artists. Artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Richard Misrach, Wanxin Zhang, Mildred Howard, Bella Feldman, Hung Liu, William Wiley, June Schwartz, and David Park have been showcased here.

The Richmond Art Center originated in 1936, when local artist Hazel Salmi, who worked for the WPA, traversed the streets of Richmond with a suitcase packed with art supplies, eager to teach art to anyone interested. Today, everything at the Art Center continues to breathe life into Salmi’s original vision: That within every person lives an artist.

About the California Arts Council: The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at


Visit the Richmond Art Center’s website for more information:

Contact for more information:

Julie Sparenberg
Communications Director

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


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Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm