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Richmond Confidential: Making Our Mark

Thanks to Richmond Confidential for profiling our new exhibition, Making Our Mark

From the article: “The Richmond Art Center celebrated its 80th anniversary last Saturday with the opening of “Making Our Mark and Making New Paths,” an exhibit that builds a family tree of artists and their mentees. The show includes work by 14 artists who jumpstarted their careers by showing work at RAC, alongside pieces by younger artists they have mentored and believed in.

“Making Our Mark and Making New Paths” was inspired by RAC’s mission, which is to give voice to new artists and open the galleries to new visions, said curator Jan Wurm. The idea behind the show was to “reflect the Richmond Art Center as a place where young artists could both show their work and find support as they grow into the different phases of their artistic, creative lives,” she said.”

Making Our Mark and Marking New Paths are on view in our galleries Tuesdays through Saturdays, free of charge. We invite you to visit this inspiring and important collection soon.

East Bay Express, SFArts, and more: Making Our Mark in the News

Our much anticipated Fall exhibition Making Our Mark fills three galleries with extraordinary art. And the press has noticed as well.

The Richmond Post kicked things off with an early mention on their front page.

The Richmond Post kicked things off with an early mention on their front page.

The show has made the East Bay Express’ list of Top Gallery and Museum shows: and the Richmond Standard showcases the unique relationship between two of our featured artists, Enrique Chagoya and Yvette Deas: had a wonderful endorsement. This is what SF/Arts curator Christian L. Frock had to say about Making Our Mark:
Making Our Mark and Marking New Paths were organized in celebration of the Richmond Art Center’s 80th anniversary this year. It represents an artists list for the ages to celebrate one of the Bay Area’s longest running alternative nonprofit art spaces and features some 28 participants including Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Mildred Howard, Hung Liu, James Melchert, Richard Misrach.”

Several events planned in conjunction with this exhibition are on the calendar, including two series of artists’ talks (Squeak Carnwath, Hung Liu, Dru Anderson, Michael Hall, and Christopher Brown, Enrique Chagoya, Megan Atherton, Yvette Deas), and a live and video performance with Sofia Cordova. Our Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, September 10 from 5-7 to kick off this very exciting season for the Richmond Art Center.

The Art Center also has a very special partnership this season with the Del Sol String Quartet, who returns to our galleries for three events pairing art and music with workshops for local students. The residency by the Del Sol String Quartet, organized in partnership with the Richmond Art Center, has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund.

Images left to right: Wanxin Zhang, Deborah Oropallo, Hung Liu


East Bay Monthly: David Park


The East Bay Monthly has a feature article on our current exhibition David Park: Personal Perspectives! The article by Lou Fancher gives a deeper personal portrait of Park’s history and his entry into the Figurative Art movement. You can read the entire article online here if you’re not able to pick up a copy.

This unique exhibition is in our gallery until May 23, so please plan on visiting us soon and attending the closing reception on May 22.

The video from our recent event David Park: A Personal Point of View, featuring a presentation by Park’s daughter Helen, gives a family oriented perspective of the artist..

Berkeleyside: Amy Keefer Interview

Keefer working on an embroidery project. Photo: Melati Citrawireja

Keefer working on an embroidery project. Photo: Melati Citrawireja via Berkeleyside.

“Amy Keefer is not your average rainy afternoon knitter, crocheter or embroiderer. Keefer holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts with an emphasis on textiles and fibers, and uses these patience-demanding crafts as tools for self-expression, as well as to provoke political discussion.”

We’re proud to have Amy on our staff of Teaching Instructors. Please be sure to read the rest of the Berkeleyside interview with Amy, and be sure to register for one of her classes this Spring!

Huffington Post: Mildred Howard’s Spirit and Matter

As we enter into the final week of Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter, the Huffington Post’s Jane Vandenburgh has published a lively and thought-provoking piece on the exhibit. Vandenburgh concludes, “If you haven’t seen this show, don’t miss the chance. If you have had the pleasure, you may well want to go again, as as with all great things there’s really so much more to see.” Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter closes on Sunday, May 24 with a reception from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Read the full Huffington Post piece here:

Squarecylinder: Mildred Howard’s Spirit and Matter has just published a profound piece by Jeff Kelley
on our current exhibition Mildred Howard: Spirit & Matter … it is truly illuminating and you can find it here. The exhibition runs through May 24:

Mildred Howard @ Richmond Art Center

Jeff Kelley, May 9, 2015

Mildred Howard’s quasi-retrospective installation of assemblages, mixed media prints, collages, and sculptures at the Richmond Art Center is elegantly spare and richly reverberant. If you stand at the entrance and squint the show falls softly into place. We intuit this to be an organic whole, an assemblage of assemblages. While the gallery space is not very big, its reputation as a decades-long outpost for noteworthy Northern California art precedes it, adding a buzz to the atmosphere. A few well-positioned red walls incite a modernist semaphore, signaling the era from which Howard’s works emerge. She is a modern artist, of course, but from its wing of conceptual collage, which draws mostly upon photo-and-other-graphic impressions from the not-so-distant past, her family’s. She also draws upon a kind of thrift, hand-me-down, or secondhand material culture for the assembling of her sculptures.

San Francisco Chronicle: Mildred Howard’s Spirit and Matter

We are elated that “Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter” has garnered such extensive media coverage. The San Francisco Chronicle has published a third piece on the exhibition; the newspaper’s latest contribution comes from columnist Leah Garchik, who penned her thoughts on Howard’s work. “Spirit and Matter” runs through May 24 in the Main and West Galleries.

San Francisco Chronicle: Leah Garchik, April 23, 2015

We were away last month when “Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter” opened at the Richmond Art Center, so we went instead to the Sunday, April 19, walk-through conducted by curator Jan Wurm. The art center is a roomy facility that offers classes in all kinds of art forms. Its exhibition space is airy and bright, and in the lobby Wurm had set out coffee and refreshments for the art lovers. It all felt very welcoming.

The Eastside View: Mildred Howard’s Spirit and Matter

Writer and composer Charles Shere has written a deeply intriguing review of our exhibition, Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter. He places her imposing work in an art historical context and illuminates its importance in contemporary society. More of Shere’s writing can be found on his blog, The Eastside View.


Installation, Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter , Richmond Art Center

MILDRED HOWARD is an artist of considerable standing in an area — Northern California — not exactly hurting for powerful, mature artists. She has worked in collage, painting, assemblage, and sculpture for decades, always bringing to her work intellectual energy drawn from a sober, serious contemplation of self and society. I don’t know any artist who excels her in treating the significance of being African-American in contemporary American society, or in treating the history of that situation, without bogging down in mere politics-of-the-moment. A “white,” I can’t of course speak from within that “situation”: but it does seem to me the significance, the meaning, the roots and the reach of Howard’s work must be the same to a black viewer as to a white.

San Francisco Chronicle Review by Ken Baker: Mildred Howard at Richmond Art Center: Wide range of moods

Mildred Howard

We are pleased to share San Francisco Chronicle art critic Kenneth Baker’s review of Mildred Howard’s Spirit and Matter retrospective. The exhibit runs through May 24 in the Main & West Galleries.

Mildred Howard at Richmond Art Center: Wide range of moods

By Kenneth Baker, Friday April 17

“Spirit and Matter,” Berkeley artist Mildred Howard’s retrospective at the Richmond Art Center, comes at an unhappily timely moment. Recent events have forced mainstream media to pay unprecedented attention to the jeopardy that African Americans, especially men, face at the hands of the criminal justice system. The backbeat of social injustice has always made itself felt in Howard’s art, though she has seldom let social concern outweigh the specifics of viewers’ encounter with artworks’ at-hand reality.

Howard has studded two walls of the corridor entrance to the Richmond Art Center with embedded shell casings in floor-to-ceiling grids to form an installation titled “Ten Little Children Standing in a Line, One Got Shot and Then There Were Nine” (2015).

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