Richmond Art Center
Richmond Art Center

New Classes this Spring!

New Classes this Spring!

Check out these new classes coming to our studios this spring.

Stitch by Stitch

In this introductory embroidery methods, students will learn basic stitches, techniques for interpreting imagery into textiles, and create a self-portrait for their final project.

Tuesdays, 5:30pm-8:30pm, Apr 9 – May 14

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A Painter’s Process

If you are looking for community in your art making process, join us in the studio. Students will work on your own projects with the support of the instructor and the feedback of the other artists in the class.

Tuesdays, 1pm-4pm, Apr 9 – May 28

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Knit a Fair Isle Hat!

If you can knit rib stitch and decrease, then you can learn how to decorate hats with fun, repeating patterns!

Fridays, 10am-12pm, Mar 29-Apr 5

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Bezel Ring Making with Silver & Stone

Learn how to set a gemstone in a classic bezel setting. Instructor will demo creating a bezel, different seat options, adding the band and then setting the stone. Students will then design and create their own rings.

Fridays, 10:30am-1:30pm, Mar 29 – May 3

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Still Life Watercolor Painting

Create compelling, original still-life compositions building on foundational skills developed in the Beginning Watercolor class. We will learn how to paint light and shadow to create the illusion of volume, apply color theory to mix colors and practice the basic rules of perspective.

Saturdays, 10am-12pm, Apr 6 – May 11

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Go Wild! African Animals in Mixed Media

Let your creative juices “go wild” using mixed media such as colored pencil, pastel pencils, water soluble pencils, and more.

Thursdays, 10am-12:30pm, Apr 25 – May 30

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Metal Forming Basics

In this class we explore the foundational techniques of metal forming. We will learn how to use drawplates, the rolling mill, chasing and repoussé, press plates and how to use our a 20 ton press!

Wednesdays, 5:30pm-8:30pm, Mar 27 – May 1

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Announcing the Richmond Artist Residency Program

We’re excited to announce, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the second iteration of the Richmond Artist Residency program!

About the Residency: The Richmond Art Residency will support an emerging or mid-career artist to pursue their creative work while also engaging with the community in Richmond. Residency activities include a dedicated studio space for 8-months, and opportunities to teach, exhibit, take classes, and learn best practices for community-based arts programming. The selected RAR artist will receive a $8,000 stipend, plus competitive hourly rates for teaching time. 

Program Details

  • Artist Stipend: $8,000 (plus hourly pay for any teaching time)
  • Duration of Residency: Eight months (October 2024 – May 2025)
  • Discipline: Visual Art
  • Facilities Access
    • Dedicated Studio: Light-filled 250 square foot private studio equipped with a worktable, storage, chair and sink
    • Communal studios: Access to RAC’s shared visual arts studios and equipment, including the painting studio, ceramics studio, textiles studio, printmaking studio, metals studio (during pre-approved times)

About Richmond Art Center: Richmond Art Center’s mission is to be a catalyst in Richmond for learning and living through art. Richmond Art Center has been sharing art and creating with community since 1936. Our programs encompass art classes, exhibitions and events at our facility in downtown Richmond, as well as off-site activities that bring free art making experiences to district schools and community partners.

Top Image: The Richmond Artist Residency was launched in 2022 with Liberación Gráfica as artists-in-residence.

Call for Student Art! Exhibition Opportunity

Have Your Work Featured in the Spring Student Showcase

All media! All levels of experience! No entry fees!

Exhibition Dates: April 10June 14, 2024

About the Exhibition: Presented in the Community Gallery, the Student Showcase is a juried show of artwork by current and recent Richmond Art Center students. 6 to 12 artists will have their work selected for the exhibition, with an emphasis on presenting multiple pieces (2+) by the same artist to demonstrate students working in series and diving deeper into their chosen media or themes. Artworks will be selected by Richmond Art Center staff using the criteria: Artist Excellence and Diversity of Media/Themes.

Eligibility: All students who have taken a class or workshop at Richmond Art Center in the past three years are eligible to enter. Entries may include work done in a RAC class, or work completed over a period of time in response to techniques, processes or themes a student explored in a class at Richmond Art Center. All artwork media and sizes will be considered. See Terms at bottom of this webpage for more info.

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Deadline to Enter: Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 11:59pm
  • Artist Notification: By Monday, March 11, 2024
  • Artwork Drop Off: Saturday, March 16, 10am-1pm OR Monday, March 18, 10am-1pm
  • Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, April 10Friday, June 14, 2024
  • Reception: Thursday, April 18, 5pm-7pm
  • Artwork Pick Up: Saturday, June 15, 10am-1pm

Prepare Your Artwork Submission:

  • Artwork submissions must be original work created in 2021 or later
  • Students may submit minimum 1, and up to 4 artworks images, for consideration for the exhibition
  • Image files should be jpgs or pngs with a maximum 1 MB file size
  • Include caption information for each artwork image (title, year, media, dimensions)

Student Showcase 2024 – ENTRY FORM

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Only list the class/classes that relate to the artwork you are submitting. If known, please also list the Teaching Artist’s name.
Do you share your artwork online? We especially like to know students Instagram account handles 🙂


Can be edited later
Must be recent, 2021+
Material used
H” x W” or H” x W” x D”
Need to resize your image? Try: Optimizilla (free)
Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, Max. file size: 1 MB.


Can be edited later
Must be recent, 2021+
Material used
H” x W” or H” x W” x D”
Need to resize your image? Try: Optimizilla (free)
Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, Max. file size: 1 MB.


Can be edited later
Must be recent, 2021+
Material used
H” x W” or H” x W” x D”
Need to resize your image? Try: Optimizilla (free)
Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, Max. file size: 1 MB.


Can be edited later
Must be recent, 2021+
Material used
H” x W” or H” x W” x D”
Need to resize your image? Try: Optimizilla (free)
Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, Max. file size: 1 MB.


*TERMS: Selection: Entry does not guarantee selection for the exhibition. Installation Ready: Selected artworks should be installation ready with any hanging hardware attached (rods, hanging wire, d-rings, etc.), and labeled with artists full name on the back/underneath. Work on paper should be framed or mounted. Artwork Delivery: Selected artwork must be delivered to Richmond Art Center during scheduled drop off dates: Saturday, March 16, 10am-1pm OR Monday, March 18, 10am-1pm. Artwork Pick Up: All artworks must be picked up on the scheduled day: Saturday, June 15, 10am-1pm (unless artwork is sold).

Congratulations Carrie Lee McClish, Deborah Butler and Kim Champion

Art of the African Diaspora Artistic Achievement Award Winners Announced

Every year three Art of the African Diaspora artists receive Artistic Achievement Awards to have their work featured at Richmond Art Center. This year at the opening reception for the exhibition the 2024 awardees were announced: Carrie Lee McClish, Deborah Butler and Kim Champion. Congratulations to these three artists!

Don’t forget to check out the work by last year’s winners – John Broussard, Valerie Brown-Troutt, and Stacy Mootoocurrently on view in the West Gallery.

Top image (l-r): Carrie Lee McClish, Deborah Butler and Kim Champion

Remembering Hilda Robinson

Richmond Art Center staff are deeply saddened by the news of artist Hilda Robinson passing on December 27, 2023. Hilda was a joyful presence at so many Richmond Art Center exhibitions and events. She will be deeply missed. 

A special exhibition of Hilda’s work will be on view at Richmond Art Center as part of Art of the African Diaspora until March 16.

Hilda Robinson (1928-2023) 

Hilda Robinson was a beloved artist whose vivid pastels captured joy, love of family, and community in celebrations of life. Hilda grew up in Philadelphia and as a young adult studied painting at the Tyler School of Fine Arts at Temple University. She later completed her BA and MA studies in art at UC Berkeley.

“My mom was a quiet, humble observer who enjoyed her life to the fullest, while documenting each moment in sketch books that later became paintings,” says her daughter Ramona. “She wanted the observers of her art to know her story, and that of her family, while also being reminded of their stories, their families, their friends, the people they admire, the places where they grew up, and the places where they currently live.”

Hilda Robinson was one of the longest participating artists in The Art of Living Black/Art of the African Diaspora. She was deeply connected to the founders and would fondly recall her friendship with Rae Louise Hayward. In 2000, Hilda received the Jan Hart Schuyers Award for Artistic Achievement, and had her work featured in The Art of Living Black in 2001.

Hilda’s artwork has garnered national acclaim, with exhibitions at prestigious galleries like J. Latham Gallery in New York, New York, and a solo show at Art Vision in South Bend, Indiana to name a few. She was also very generous in sharing her artwork in her community at local art institutions and galleries. In 2013, Hilda presented a solo exhibition featuring illustrations from her children’s book, “Didn’t We Have Fun!,” at Richmond Art Center. Her diverse portfolio now resides in both private and public collections, adorning numerous locations throughout the nation. Notably, her creations hold a significant presence in the Alameda County Arts Commission’s Public Art Collection and were recently showcased in The de Young Museum Open 2023.

Hilda was beloved in this community and her vivacious enthusiasm for art and life will be missed, but her beautiful artwork will continue to inspire us all.

With Gratitude

End-of-Year Appeal Update

We did it! With support from you and you and you, we’re happy to announce that we reached our End-of-Year Appeal fundraising goal and raised over $100,000.

Thank you to everyone who contributed.* We couldn’t do it without you!

Onwards 2024!

*Thank you gifts can be picked up from RAC on January 19 or 20, from 11am to 3pm. 

2023 End-of-Year Appeal – Thank You Gifts!

We’re saying ‘thank you’ for supporting our appeal by offering these great gifts*!

Donation Level 1: $30

Guillermo Pin

This colorful pin depicts Andrée Singer Thompson’s preparatory sketch for her epic sculpture, ‘Guillermo the Golden Trout’. Wear it & show your big fish pride!

500 available

Donation Level 2: $60

Water Bottle

This large stainless bolt bottle (24 oz.) speaks the truth for all RAC students: “I make my art in Richmond”. The perfect accessory to take to your next art class.

60 available

Donation Level 3: $100

T-Shirt & Guillermo Pin

RAC t-shirt with design by Shannon Abac. 100% cotton. Sizes S-2XL available. Soft & lightweight. Style it with a Guillermo Pin!

75 available

Donation Level 4: $300

Moleskin Sketchbook, Tote & Pencil

RAC Moleskine sketchbook (Black, 8.25″ x 5″) and pencil. Plus a tote (with design by Francisco Rojas) to keep them in! The perfect portable package for capturing sketches in the studio or on the move.

15 available

Please help us keep art for everyone!


Hello Friends,

We ❤️❤️❤️ sharing art classes, exhibitions and community events with you! 

But do you also know about Richmond Art Center’s other programs, such as mentorship art classes for teens, bilingual artist residencies in schools, free art tours, and low-or-no cost summer art camps? These more behind-the-scenes programs are designed to be community-responsive and accessible to folks with limited opportunities to make and engage with art.

We need your help to continue this work. For the second year in a row, Richmond Art Center’s  total donations are lower by over $100,000; money that could cover over 300 class scholarships, or provide 20 free afterschool classes at Richmond public schools. While we are always cautiously optimistic our programs won’t be impacted, we are watching our pennies and running with a reduced staff team. But we cannot do this forever.

Please help us keep art for everyone! Can you donate to our Annual Fund to keep these programs rolling forward in 2024? CLICK HERE to learn about some of our achievements this year, and CLICK HERE to see the thank you gifts we have for donors to our end-of-year appeal.  

Your contribution – any amount – will support education programs and community outreach continuing next year. CLICK HERE to make your donation online. Or if you prefer, mail a check to Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804.

Please support Richmond Art Center this giving season.

With gratitude,

José Rivera
Executive Director

Michael Dear
President, Board of Directors

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

On Saturday we celebrated Indigenous Nations across the Americas at our annual Fall Family Day event. Hundreds of folk came to Richmond Art Center – in Huichun, the unceded territory of the Lisjan-Ohlone people – to make art, share in community, and honor the contributions and culture of Indigenous people.

Thanks to all our partners, artists and participants who made this event so much fun!

❤️ Special Thanks: Luis Garcia, Native American Health Center, Andrés Cisneros-Galindo, Tiffany Conway, Anne Wolf and Lisa Levine, DJ Freddie, UC Master Gardener Program, Tamales Tamazula ❤️

RAC Receives Special Recognition from the State of California

RAC Receives Special Recognition from the State of California

Adrianna Jackson, District Director for Senator Nancy Skinner, visited us recently to present Richmond Art Center with a Certificate of Recognition for our Greenhouse Live Youth Art Showcase.

We’re so proud to receive this commendation! 

Image above: Stu212 founders, Jeremy Phillips and Ron Armstrong Jr, Adrianna Jackson, and RAC’s executive director, José Rivera.

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