Richmond Art Center
Richmond Art Center

Holiday Arts Festival

62nd Annual Holiday Arts Festival

Sunday, December 8, 10am-4pm | Free Admission

Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA

  • Unique, Handmade Gifts by Local Arts & Crafts Vendors
  • Ceramics Studio Sale
  • Free Art Activities
  • Community Partner Pop-Ups
  • Raffle
  • Food and Drinks

Be a vendor! Local artists, artisans, crafters and makers are invited to apply to be vendors at the Holiday Arts Festival. This shop-local event is a great way to expose your work to an audience of 1,000+ who appreciate hand-crafted gifts. There is no application fee and first-time vendors to the Festival are encouraged to apply.

Join the HAF vendor mailing list to be notified when applications for the 2024 festival open.

Richmond Open Studios 8/17/24

Richmond Open Studios

Saturday, August 17, 11am-5pm

Richmond Art Center (courtyard), 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA


Richmond Art Center is one of the participating venues for Richmond Open Studios. This event is organized Visual Artists of Richmond. Registration is now open for artists who’d like to participate. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Taking Liberties: Artist Talk 8/10/24

Saturday, August 10, 11am-1pm

Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA


Join us for a conversation with JUST ARTISTS, a group of teaching artists and program alumni from the William James Association’s San Quentin Prison Arts Project. The artists will discuss their Taking Liberties print series, currently on view in the West Gallery.

JUST ARTISTS: Henry Frank, Nicola Bucci, Gary Harrell, Isiah Daniels, Felix Lucero, Katya McCulloch, Beth Thielen, Art Hazelwood

Top Image: Taking Liberties (2024)

The View from Here: Panel Discussion and Paint Day 7/13/24

The View from Here: Panel Discussion and Paint Day

Saturday, July 13, 11am start

Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA


Learn about the impact of art in prisons from formerly incarcerated artists at this special discussion and paint day. This event will feature alumni and facilitators from the arts programs at San Quentin Rehabilitation Center and Philadelphia’s State Correctional Institution (SCI) Phoenix.

Panel Discussion: Mwasi Fuvi (Bay Area), Eddie Ramirez (Philadelphia), Phoebe Bachman (Philadelphia), and Carol Newborg (Bay Area) will share their insights as program alumni and facilitators of art programs in prisons, exploring the role of art, the day-to-day of prison art initiatives, and the genesis of their bi-coastal collaboration.

Live Mural Painting: Following the discussion, Eddie Ramirez will demonstrate his mural painting technique, showcasing a design created by artists at SCI Phoenix. Community members are invited to participate in completing the mural (Richmond Art Center will be open until 4pm for painting).

This event is part of the exhibition, The View from Here, currently on display at Richmond Art Center.

Top image: Keith Andrews, Fishing from a Hole in a Wall, 2023, Acrylic on parachute cloth. Philadelphia Mural Arts at SCI Phoenix


Mwasi Fuvi (Isiah Daniels)

I was born in Springfield, Mass. – a runaway who faced the adversities of the streets alone, searching for beauty in a world of loneliness and heartbreak. Through my art, I show these struggles and beauty. I reveal the loneliness and heartaches that I have endured. With a stroke of my brush, I make the tears I shed disappear, the sadness I felt turn to laughter, and my pangs transform into the rains of a warm summer day. I can change day to night and paint a heaven from hell. No matter where I came from in life, my destination is only as great as my imagination. Throughout my life, no matter how adverse, I refused failure. Not even during incarceration could my mind be enslaved.

Eddie Ramirez

Eddie Ramirez was born in Philly, but spent most of his life in prison for crimes he did not commit. While the experience could’ve been a solely horrifying nightmare, Eddie employed all of his creative energies into making art that strives to invite others into a dialog about justice and perseverance. A partner with the Philadelphia Mural Project, collaborating and constructing several murals, Eddie has also shown his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Defenders Association, and the Barnes Foundation. He has also worked with the End the Exception Campaign through Worth Rises and Mural Arts, and Art For Justice. You can follow Eddie on Instagram: @76concepts

Phoebe Bachman

Phoebe Bachman (she/they) is an artist, facilitator, curator, and activist based in South Philadelphia. Over the past decade, they have cultivated an interdisciplinary creative path grounded in collaboration and social justice. Their work centers on amplifying ongoing acts of resistance with a focus on economic, gender, and racial justice. Selected projects include The People’s Budget, a public art initiative reimagining Philadelphia’s City Budget (2021-2024); The View from Here, an exhibit featuring artists from SCI Phoenix and San Quentin (2024); End the Exception, a multi-disciplinary project advocating for the end of the exception clause in the 13th Amendment (2020-2024). Bachman holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and an MA from the Center for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Carol Newborg

I make work to connect with others and to experience the physicality of making art, often with repetition of forms and process, which gives me a sense of repair and healing. From the original community arts work I did at Creative Growth 45 years ago, through over 40 years of working with Arts in Corrections, I have learned and been inspired by how making art can help people to process hurt and harm and to grow and be nurtured through art. Since 2010 I have been Program Manager, Open Studio teacher and exhibit organizer for the San Quentin Prison Arts Project through the William James Association. I organized many San Quentin art exhibitions, readings, panels and events at Alcatraz, the SF Public Library, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Opera and area colleges and art centers.

Annual Members’ Meeting 6/29/24

Annual Members’ Meeting

Saturday, June 29, 2024, 12pm-1pm

Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA


The Board of Directors at Richmond Art Center extends a warm invitation to all current, recent, and prospective members, along with the wider community, to our Annual Members’ Meeting. Learn about the achievements of Richmond Art Center over the past year and our plans for the future.

Following the meeting, we invite you to stay for refreshments as we celebrate our Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception.

Top Image: Recently students in “Women in Ceramics” drew inspiration from the renowned artist Toshiko Takaezu, creating hollow orbs and then suspending them in hammocks in the courtyard. (Local sculptor John Roeder’s statue looked on.)

Spring Family Day


Spring Family Day

Saturday, April 27, 2024, 12pm-3pm | Free

Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond

We’re gathering on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 12pm to 3pm, to celebrate light and new beginnings through art-making at Spring Family Day. Come join the fun!

Family Day offers a variety of drop-in art-making activities to celebrate the season. Make Spring Equinox affirmation cards with artist Shani Ealey, or print from the sun exploring cyanotype processes with Vivianna Carlos. Other activities are lantern making with Julia La Chica, and a community mural led by Maggie Burns.

Visitors can also listen to live music by Jazz and Soul, learn about opportunities at Urban Tilth, and enjoy sliders by Artisan Kitchen. Inside our galleries, the WCCUSD Student Art Show features a jumbo interactive coloring-in wall by Eli Africa.

This free event is open to kids of all ages and their grown-ups. No rsvp is necessary.

Image: Family Day participants in 2023 work on a community mural project led by Luis Garcia


Día Familiar en la Primavera

Sábado 27 de abril de 2024, 12:00-15:00 horas | Gratis

Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond

Nos reuniremos el sábado 27 de abril de 2024, de 12 p. m. a 3 p. m., para celebrar la luz y los nuevos comienzos a través de la creación artística en el Día Familiar en la Primavera. ¡Únete a la diversión!

El Día de la Familia ofrece una variedad de actividades artísticas sin cita previa para celebrar la temporada. Haga tarjetas de afirmación sobre el equinoccio de primavera con la artista Shani Ealey, o imprima explorando los procesos de cianotipo con Vivianna Carlos. Otras actividades son la fabricación de faroles con Julia La Chica y un mural comunitario dirigido por Maggie Burns.

Los visitantes también pueden escuchar música en vivo de Jazz y Soul, y disfrutar de sliders de Artisan Kitchen. Dentro de nuestras galerías, la Exposición de Arte Estudiantil del WCCUSD presenta una pared gigante interactiva para colorear de Eli Africa.

El evento gratuito está abierto a niños de todas las edades y adultos. No es necesario confirmar su asistencia.

Imagen: Participantes del Día de la Familia en 2023 trabajan en un proyecto de mural comunitario liderado por Luis García

Reception for the WCCUSD Student Art Show

Reception for the WCCUSD Student Art Show

Tuesday, April 16, 5pm-6:30pm (Award Presentation at 5:45pm)

Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA


A special reception to celebrate the artistic achievements of over 300 students from thirteen different West Contra Contra Unified School District schools participating in the annual Student Art Show! Featuring music by the De Anza High School band.

All friends and family of the students are welcome. No RSVP is necessary.

Top image: Artwork by Cashel Shaughnessy, Fred T. Korematsu Middle School

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