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East Bay Times: 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.

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East Bay Express: Art of the Heal (new Executive Director at RAC)

“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.

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“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.”

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KCRT Richmond: Art of the African Diaspora

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.

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East Bay Express: Right Here, Right Now, Richmond

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.”

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

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

East Bay Monthly: Born to Be Wild

Janis Hashe writes about Countersteer in her article “Born To Be Wild,” featured in The East Bay Monthly (November 2019). Hashe writes, “The show revs up the viewer’s imagination – whether you own a Harley or not.”

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Countersteer: Custom Motorcycles as Self-Expression on view until Friday, November 22, 2019.

SF Chronicle, East Bay Express, East Bay Monthly, and more: Spring Exhibitions Press Recap

We’re excited to share some of the press coverage of our current exhibitions:

Charles Desmarais, “M. Louise Stanley’s very contemporary history paintings,” San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, Saturday, May 9, 2019

Charles Desmarais, “The Whale tries to save us,” San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, Saturday, May 4, 2019

Janis Hashe, “Jos Sances’ Great White Whale” and “High Time to Get to the Sea”, East Bay Express, May 1-7, 2019

Renny Pritikin, “M. Louise Stanley @ The Richmond Art Center”, Square Cylinder, Published April 12, 2019

DeWitt Cheng, “Two RAC Shows Mix Humor, Critique”, The East Bay Monthly, April 2019

Enrico Deaglio, “Nel Ventre Della Balena USA” (“In the Belly USA’s Whale”), Il Venerdì di Repubblica (Rome, Italy), April 19, 2019

Kathy Chouteau, “Life size whale artwork makes big splash at Richmond Art Center”, Richmond Standard, Published April 3, 2019

Kathy Chouteau, “WCCUSD Student Art Show wows at Richmond Art Center”, Richmond Standard, Published March 31, 2019

Art Practical: John Zarobell and Seeing Power through the Map

Our Spring Exhibition, Mapping the Uncharted, was recently the subject of an essay by Bay Area curator and professor John Zarobell. Excerpted from his essay, “Seeing Power Through the Map,” in this month’s edition of Art Practical:

The impulse of showing the state of the world through visual means is what maps accomplish even as the world we inhabit becomes ever-more virtual, and the tentacles of power increasingly opaque. Once a document of conquest, the map recreates the spaces that the mind traverses and occupies, creating networks for later exploration. As a means of representation, maps are reimagined and critiqued by artists in these two exhibitions and the underlying authority of maps is renegotiated. Viewers must make sense of each of these artistic maps and, in so doing, find their way in the world. Everyone is subject to power, but these maps help one to see through it.

You can read the entire essay here.

John Zarobell is Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Director of International Studies at the University of San Francisco. Formerly, he held the positions of assistant curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and associate curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Art Quarterly (SFAQ) and the online journal Art Practical, has written for numerous exhibition catalogues and has published in Art History, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, and the Berkeley Review of Latin-American Studies. His first book, Empire of Landscape, was published in 2010 and his next, Art and the Global Economy, will be published by University of California Press in April 2017.

Image: Yayoi Kusama Painting, Diane Rosenblum

Richmond Standard: Richmond Art Center’s 54th Holiday Arts Fest draws a crowd


Thanks to the Richmond Standard for this great recap of our 2016 Holiday Arts Festival! “The Richmond Art Center (RAC) hosted the 54th edition of their popular Holiday Arts Fest on Sunday, and a bustling turnout enjoyed the 50-plus artisan vendors, engaging make-your-own-art tables and some tasty food offerings.”

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KQED Arts: Fall Programming and Del Sol String Quartet

Starting off an exciting weekend with a highlight from KQED Arts’ The Do List:

Sept. 23-Nov. 12: Another 80th birthday now, this time for one of the Bay Area’s best and most innovative art centers. The Richmond Art Center celebrates with the show Making Our Mark by some of the great artists who’ve shown there, and their students, featuring work by Hung Liu, Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, William T. Wiley, and more. This evening the RAC celebrates its role teaching art to thousands of local school kids, with a Back to School Community Celebration with art-making and food. Tomorrow the Del Sol Quartetplays music by Terry Riley at 2pm — just ten bucks for that. Details for the gallery show and other goodies are here.

Join us for a gallery visit and musical performance and workshop tomorrow at 2pm with the Del Sol String Quartet.

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