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Flora, Family Ghosts + Resilient Correspondence


Flora, Family Ghosts + Resilient Correspondence

Three artists discuss the threads and themes of their work

Online Artists’ Talk: Thursday, June 10, 7-8pm PST CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Online Exhibition: Monday, May 10 – Friday, June 11, 2021

Join us for a special event on Thursday, June 10, 7pm to 8pm bringing together three artists – Shari Arai DeBoer, Manon Wada, Irene Wibawa – to discuss intersecting themes within their creative practice. While working in different media, scale and modes for investigation, the artists’ work is interconnected through their consideration of family stories, nature and resilience during these challenging times.

DeBoer, Wada and Wibawa met as members of Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA). Irene Wibawa and Shari Arai DeBoer live in the East Bay, while Manon Wada resides in New York. This Artists’ Talk represents an opportunity for communion through an exchange of ideas and reflection on past and current works after a year of social distancing.

Note: Due to an unexpected occurrence this Artists’ Talk is now happening on Thursday, June 10, 7-8pm (it was previously scheduled for 5/27)

(You will receive an email 30 minutes before the event starts with a link.)

Presented here in conjunction with the Artists’ Talk is an online exhibition of recent and past works by the artists.



Shari Arai DeBoer is a visual artist. Born and raised in the East Bay she now lives in El Sobrante, on Chochenyo Ohlone lands. In her work she examines wonders of the natural world, the minutiae of everyday life and stories inspired by her Japanese American family history.

Manon Wada is an artist and poet currently based in Brooklyn/Canarsie Munsee Lenape territory and lived in San Francisco/Muwekma Ohlone Ramaytush territory for many years. Her art practice primarily takes form as sculptural installations and collaboratively in socially engaged projects.,,

Irene Wibawa is a multidisciplinary artist in visual and performance art, and a plant and insect enthusiast. She is ethnic Chinese, born in Indonesia, has lived in the US since 1983, and currently resides in Richmond on Chochenyo Ohlone territory, with her cat Pebbles.


This series of four online monthly zoom talks highlights the work of Richmond artists and their peers. Recognizing that the Covid-19 pandemic has severely limited opportunities for artists to present their work, RAC LIVE utilizes virtual platforms to show how artists are showing up, naming this moment and moving forward. 


This Artists’ Talk and Online Exhibition are part of RAC LIVE, a project supported by a 2021 Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grant from the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission.

Top image details (l-r): Irene Wibawa, Excavation 18, Reprinted images, fern, found wooden box, light; Shari Arai DeBoer, Camera at Manzanar, Watercolor; Manon Wada, inSITE, Carved earth, found candles





55th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show

Every spring Richmond Art Center partners with the West Contra Costa Unified School District to present the annual WCCUSD Student Art Show. For the first time in 2021, due to the covid pandemic, this show is presented as an online exhibition. The 55th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show show represents the wealth of student artistic talent in the district. It also demonstrates how over the past year teachers and students have moved forward creatively within the boundaries of an online art classroom; finding ways for innovative arts curriculum and artistic expression.

Participating Schools: De Anza High School, Fred T. Korematsu Middle School, Hercules High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Pinole Valley High School, Richmond High School



Top Image: Michelle Zhao, Grade 10, By the Light of the Window, 2021, Oil pastel. Hercules High School, Teacher: Schrampf

West Contra Costa Unified School District generously sponsors this annual student exhibition.


Art of the African Diaspora 2021

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Welcome to Art of the African Diaspora 2021!

Since 1997 Art of the African Diaspora, in partnership with Richmond Art Center, has supported artists of African descent in the Bay Area through representation, professional development, and building a creative community. In 2021 Art of the African Diaspora is a hybrid online/in-person event presented at,, and at venues throughout the Bay Area.*

Online Exhibition

February 11 – May 16, 2021

Over 130 artists are featured in this online exhibition; presenting their work, bios, artist statements and more! Explore the exhibition…

Special Reception and Guest Speaker Events

Reception: Saturday, March 20, 3pm

A special online artist reception and guest speaker series will be presented by the Art of the African Diaspora Steering Committee. See the event schedule and register…

Satellite Exhibitions and Artist Happenings

February – May 2021 *new events added weekly!*

In conjunction with the online exhibition, artists are hosting open studios, artists talks and satellite exhibitions throughout February, March, April and May 2021. These artist-curated events are both virtual and in-person happenings (covid-permitting). Learn what’s happening…

Free Workshop Series

April – May 2021

In the spirit of skill-sharing and building a creative community, this workshop series is taught by artists participating in Art of the African Diaspora and are presented free to the public. Join a workshop…

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Participating Artists

a. d. floyd, Abi Mustapha, Ajuan Mance, Akeem Raheem, Akili Simba, Alfred J. White, Alix J Magloire, Andrea McCoy Harvey, Anna W. Edwards, Antt’Smalls aka AnttonioDesigns, Arthur Norcome, Ashara Ekundayo, Ashlei Reign, Asual Aswad, Atiba Sylvia Thomas, Beautiful Beads by Lan, Bertrell Smith, Bill A. Dallas, Brianna Mills, Carla Oden, Carla Golder, Carrie Lee McClish, Celise, Charles Curtis Blackwell, Chasya Thierry, Christian Vassell, Chuck Harlins, Claude Lockhart Clark, Damon Powell – Artist & Theologian, Darryl Thompson, De’Ana Brownfield, Deatra Colbert, Derrick Bell, Diamela, Doitshā Lexington, Dolores R Gray, Donna Gatson, Donna Meke’da Bradley, Dre’An Cox, Dulama, Elishes Cavness, Elmarise Owens, Escape Artist, Ester M. Armstrong, Fan Lee Warren, Floyd Brown, Freddie Crome Lambright III, Gene Dominique, Genesse McGaugh, Gregory Worsham, Hilda Robinson, iam4muze, Idris Hassan, Irene Bee Kain, J of Coeurs De Papier, J. B. Broussard, JaeMe Bereal, James Gayles, James Knox, Janay Futch, Janet Barnes, Jasmine, Jason Byrd, Jason Powell-Smith, Jennifer Inez Ward, Jessica Keener, Jimi Evins, Jonathan Taylor, Joseph Robinson, Julee Richardson, Julie Atkinson, KaliMa Amilak, Karen Smith – Metal Artist, karin turner – karinsArt, Keisha White, Kelvin Curry, Kimberley Champion, Kimberly Virginia Johnson, L Holley, Latisha Baker, LC, Leon Kennedy, Lorraine Bonner, Maalak, Malik Seneferu, Marguerite, Mark Sublett, MARVA, Mia Mya Dawson, Michelle Tompkins, Naomi Floyd, Olubori Babaoye, Ora Clay, Orin Carpenter, Orlonda Uffre, Osaze Seneferu, Pam Jackson, Patricia Patterson, Patricia Perry, Paula Vaughan, Raven Harper, Raymond L. Haywood, Renata Gray, Rodney Bell, Ron Calime, Shanju, Shantae Robinson, Shante’ Young, Shawna Kinard, Sienna Forde, Stephanie Thames, Stephen Bruce, Steve Hurst, Suzane Beaubrun, TaSin Sabir, The Art of Justice, TheArthur Wright, Thomas Robert Simpson, Tiffany Conway, Timothy B, Tomye, Val Kai, Valerie Brown-Troutt, Vaughn F. Filmore, VirgiNia Jourdan Fine Art, Wanda Sabir, Xan Blood Walker, Yasmin Sayyed, Yolanda Holley, Yolanda Patton ThaSun, Zoë Boston, and Zwanda




Art of the African Diaspora 2021 is generously sponsored by Elizabeth Kellas and George Tomberlin. 

Event partners include: Macy’s Union Square, NIAD Art Center, Rhythmix Cultural Works

Support Art of the African Diaspora: Contact the AOTAD Steering Committee for information about sponsorship opportunities or to learn how your organization can host a satellite exhibition: Stephen Bruce,


About Art of the African Diaspora

Art of the African Diaspora is the longest running event of its kind in the Bay Area. It originated from a salon for African American artists known as Colors of Black that was organized in 1990 by artist and professor Marie Johnson Calloway. In 1997 artists Jan Hart-Schuyers and Rae Louise Hayward founded The Art of Living Black at Richmond Art Center, and many of the artists from Colors of Black participated in the inaugural exhibition. Hart-Schuyers and Hayward developed The Art of Living Black to present the work of emerging and established African American artists, introduce them to new audiences, and build a creative community of artists and art lovers. Over the next twenty-five years Richmond Art Center’s commitment in presenting the exhibition ensured the increased visibility for African American artists in the Bay Area that Hart-Schuyers and Hayward wanted. Tragically Hart-Schuyers passed away in 1998 and Hayward died in 2008. However, their organizing efforts were carried on for many years by their husbands Henri Schuyers and Steven Hopkins, and Steven’s sister Melba Lazenby, who passed away in 2013. Since 2018, the event has been produced by a Steering Committee of artists dedicated to the vision of Hart-Schuyers and Hayward. In 2020 the event changed its name to Art of the African Diaspora to reflect a new era moving forward.

* No in person events will be held at Richmond Art Center. Individual artist events are subject to City and County health orders and compliance with the social distancing requirements.

Images: Artworks by (top) Val Kai; (above left) Fan Lee Warren, and  (above right) Tiffany Conway

For Artist Participation Information CLICK HERE


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