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Press: Richmond, Alameda art exhibits celebrate Black History Month, East Bay Times

‘Art of the African Diaspora,’ ‘Demystifying the Journey’ feature Bay Area artists’ works

By MARTA YAMAMOTO | Correspondent

PUBLISHED: February 6, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. | UPDATED: February 7, 2021 at 7:14 a.m.

In honor of Black History Month, the Richmond Art Center is hosting its “Art of the African Diaspora” exhibit along with a satellite exhibit at Alameda’s Rhythmix Cultural Works. The exhibits offer opportunities to view art inspired and produced by Bay Area artists of African descent as it reflects the spirit and creativity of African people and, through artists’ talks and virtual open studios, opportunities to hear their stories and appreciate their creativity.

Richmond Standard: What’s up with the fish?

Did you know that the big fish artwork displayed prominently on the Richmond Art Center is named “Guillermo — The Golden Trout?”

The 50-foot-long, 800-pound work by artist Andree Singer Thompson may be named Guillermo, a typical male name, but this fish is actually a she. And she is “pregnant with hope.”

It’s just one of many fun factoids provided in a new video by the Richmond Art Center that takes viewers on a virtual tour of public art at the Richmond Civic Center.

Watch and enjoy! And make certain to visit the Richmond Art Center’s website for updates here.

Story by Mike Aldax

SFBT’s Richmond Supplement features Local Arts Leaders

Did you see the San Francisco Business Times’ Richmond Supplement – “Richmond Leaders, Innovators & Change Makers”?

This magazine includes an article on Richmond arts leaders Amanda Eicher (Executive Director of NIAD), Stephen Bruce (artist and local organizer), and RAC’s very own Executive Director José Rivera!! See pages 22 and 23.

Click here to view the supplement Richmond Leaders, Innovators & Change Makers

Recent Press: Richmond Art Center’s new executive director has unique resume

The Richmond Art Center’s new executive director, José R. Rivera, might be the non-profit organization’s most improbable appointment of its 84-year history. The arts education and exhibition center is prominently located at Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza and has four galleries, over 600 members, hundreds of art classes, an operating budget of over $1.5 million and serves thousands of underserved youth and adults in workshops and community outreach presentations. Visibility is RAC’s middle name, it could be assumed.

Read the article as a PDF Link or Online

Recent Press: Art of the Heal, East Bay Express

“Art of the Heal”, East Bay Express, By Janis Hashe, June 17, 2020

When it’s safe to do so, the venerable Richmond Art Center will reopen under new leadership. José R. Rivera, the new executive director, is well aware he’s assuming control as the RAC faces multiple challenges.

Read the full article article: PDF Link or Online

“Richmond Art Center appoints Jose R. Rivera as new executive director”, Richmond Standard, By Mike Aldax, June 15, 2020

The Richmond Art Center has appointed Jose R. Rivera as its new executive director.

Patricia Guthrie, board of directors president for the Richmond Art Center, described Rivera as having “a wealth of management experience and a deep commitment to the arts and community which we feel will help move the Richmond Art Center forward at a time of great societal change.”

Read the full article article: Online

Art of the African Diaspora on KCRT Richmond

Art of the African Diaspora, Artistic Achievement Awardees for 2020, KaliMa Amilak, Abi Mustapha, Zoë Boston and Steering Committee Chair, Stephen Bruce were interviewed by KCRT of Richmond. The Art of the African Diaspora exhibition is now on view at the Richmond Art Center until March 13, 2020.

Join us for the Artistic Achievement Awardees’ Talk, Saturday, January 25 12:30 – 2:00 PM and the Opening Reception immediately after from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information on the Art of the African Diaspora:

Right Here, Right Now, Richmond – East Bay Express Review

Lou Fancher writes about Right Here, Right Now, Richmond in “Five Richmond Risk-Takers,” in the East Bay Express, January 2020.

“The Richmond Art Center’s Right Here, Right Now, Richmond is evidence of the city’s cultural breadth and of the art center’s role as a sake haven in the art workspace-starved Bay Area.”

Five Richmond Risk Takers PDF

Right Here, Right Now, Richmond is on view until March 6, 2020.

Image: East Bay Express, January 1-7, 2020, Page 10

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