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FENCELINES: A Collective Monument to Resilience

FENCELINES: A Collective Monument to Resilience

Exhibition: April 5 – June 3, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 15, 12pm-2pm
Earth Day / Fencelines Installation: Saturday, April 22 | More info coming soon…
Spring Family Day: Saturday, April 29 | More info coming soon…

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Fencelines is a community-based participatory art project that invites local folks to reflect on the circumstances of environmental injustice in Richmond, CA. This exhibition presents messages by individual community members responding to the refinery landscape in Richmond, together making up a kind of collective monument. Centered around portraits of community participants, the show aims to amplify the work of local environmental justice organizations and provide opportunities for visitor participation and discourse.

Central to the Fencelines project is a public art installation along a city-owned fence bordering the Chevron refinery and the North Richmond residential neighborhood immediately downwind of it. Painted slats will be installed along the fence, topped with ribbons to animate the direction of the wind. Designed to amplify the voices of the local community, the project team have been offering painted fence slats for community members to inscribe their stories and messages through a series of workshops held at Richmond Art Center and during neighborhood events beginning in Summer 2022. These words and messages are the heart of this work, documenting the impact of the petroleum industry on many lives, and together forming a collective monument to resilience. 

“We are here, we want to be seen, and we are lending our hand to make all of these initiatives work to end pollution of our communities.”

Princess Robinson, Community Organizer and Fencelines Project Co-Creator

This project is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.


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Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804-1600


Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm