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Richmond Art Center’s New Hours

Richmond Art Center is reopening in fall 2021!*

FALL 2021 GALLERY AND FRONT DESK HOURS: (starting 9/9/21):

Thursdays 10am-2pm
Saturdays 10am-2pm

Closed Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and major holidays. We are working hard to expand these hours subject to staffing and Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.

FALL 2021 STUDIO HOURS:

Online and in-person classes are happening during weekday, weekend and evening hours. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, studios will be open for in-person classes at a limited capacity. Fall class schedule to be announced soon.

Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive fall exhibition, event and class updates.

*Subject to Covid-19 rates of infection, and local health and safety guidelines

Top image: A sneak peek of the remodel work-in-progress at Richmond Art Center

Press Release: This Land Is Me

This Land Is Me

Online Exhibition: July 28 – September 7, 2021

Artists: Saif Senussi Azzuz, Kim Champion, Emily Van Engel

View the exhibition: https://richmondartcenter.org/exhibitions/this-land-is-me/

Richmond, CA: Richmond Art Center presents a new online exhibition This Land Is Me, presented in conjunction with EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, a multimedia, multi-venue, cross-border art intervention. The exhibition will run July 28 through September 7 and feature work by three Bay Area artists Saif Senussi Azzuz, Kim Champion, and Emily Van Engel.

This Land Is Me highlights artwork that uses abstraction to express ideas related to land care. Saif Senussi Azzuz is a Libyan-Yurok artist whose paintings explore the interconnected and dynamic practices of Indigenous land management. Kim Champion’s detailed drawings are a visual tribute to the connection she shares with her father and the importance of her family’s land in Mississippi. In her new series of paintings, Emily Van Engel searches for a future without crisis through assigning positive meanings to colors.

Employing approaches that range from personal to cultural to imagined, the artists in This Land Is Me show how abstraction is a powerful tool for exploring how we can situate ourselves within the land; a vital first step towards restoring and protecting it.

Top image (l-r): Details for work by Saif Senussi Azzuz, Emily Van Engel, and Kim Champion

About EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss: The Extraction Project is a global coalition of artists and creators committed to exposing and interrogating the negative social and environmental consequences of industrialized natural resource extraction. The project consists of nearly fifty overlapping exhibitions, performances, installations, site-specific work, land art, street art, publications, poetry readings, and cross-media events throughout 2021. www.extractionart.org

About Richmond Art Center: Richmond Art Center has been sharing art and creating with the community since 1936. Our programs encompass classes, exhibitions and events at our facility in downtown Richmond, as well as off-site activities that bring free, high-quality art making experiences to WCCUSD schools and community partners. richmondartcenter.org

For more information contact: Amy Spencer, Exhibitions Director, amy@nullrichmondartcenter.org

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#RichmondSpeaks | With Love… Issue 25

ISSUE 25
Mural Art as Resistance | Online Classes and Reopening Survey | Announcing… The Student Show!
Classes Starting Soon | Support Funding for the Arts in CC County


Mural Art As Resistance

#RichmondSpeaks

Online Artist Talk: Thursday, August 5, 7-8pm PST

Special Event Announcement Join us Thursday, August 5 at 7pm as photographer Robin D. López (Shots from Richmond) will speak with three artists about their recent mural projects in Richmond: Deonta Allen, Rebeca Garcia-González, and David Solnit.

RSVP here…


Online Classes and Reopening Survey

Online Classes and Reopening Survey (win a free class!)

With the reopening of Richmond Art Center in sight, we want to take a moment to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of our students online over the past year.

Students who complete the survey are eligible to win a free class!

Start the survey…


Announcing… The Student Show!

Richmond Art Center Student Exhibition is coming!

Let’s see our collective creativity over the pandemic!

Deadline to Enter: Sunday, August 8, 11:59PM
Online Exhibition Dates: August 23 – November 19, 2021
In-Person Exhibition Dates: September 8 – November 19, 2021

All students who have taken an class or workshop at Richmond Art Center in the past year are invited to enter!

Image: Drawings by student Melody Rose Serra made in Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh’s ‘Visual Journaling’ class

Register to participate…


Classes Starting Soon

Slime Camp

In this online camp students will be making stretchy, gooey, colorful, irresistible SLIME! Enjoy making fluffy cloud slime, milk and cereal slime and more.

Kids Camp (Ages 8-11)
Tues, Wed, Thu, 10:30-11:30am
Jul 27 – Jul 29

More info…


Vase Making with Profiles and Templates

In this two-part workshop, students will learn how to create simple paper templates and profiles with which to construct larger symmetrical forms like vase.

Adult Workshop (Ages 16+)
Saturdays, 10am-12pm
Aug 21 – Aug 28

More info…


Support Funding for the Arts in Contra Costa County!

Support secure arts funding at the Measure X meeting!

Measure X is Contra Costa’s new countywide half-cent sales tax. The Measure X Community Advisory Board was formed to identify unmet community needs and recommend spending priorities to the county Board of Supervisors. On Wednesday, July 28 at 5pm the Arts Commission will be presenting to the Advisory Board to request $625,000 ($.54 per resident!) to support art programs and a community art fund.

More info…


Have something to share? Please email us at admin@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Student Exhibition – CALL FOR ENTRY

All work! All media! All levels of experience!

Let’s see our collective creativity over the pandemic!

Deadline to Enter: Sunday, August 8, 11:59PM

Non-Juried Online Exhibition Dates: August 23 – November 19, 2021

Juried In-Person Exhibition Dates: September 9 – November 19, 2021*

About the Exhibition: The Student Exhibition is a two part exhibition. 1.) All work entered will be exhibited in a non-juried Online Exhibition on RAC’s website. 2.) Selected artists in the online show will also be invited to exhibit their work in an in-person exhibition in RAC’s remodeled Community Gallery.

Eligibility: All students who have taken an online class or workshop at Richmond Art Center in the past year are eligible to enter. Entries may include work done in a RAC class, or work completed over a period of time for a RAC class. Students may enter up to three images (of different work) into the exhibition (just complete this form three times to do this!).

By uploading your artwork image here you are agreeing to the following exhibition terms:

  • The Online Exhibition is a listing webpage only. RAC will refer any sales inquiries directly to the Artist.
  • The Artist grants the right to RAC to use the submitted images for publicity and educational activities related to the Online Exhibition. RAC will use reasonable efforts to credit the Artist.

*In-person exhibition dates are subject to change based RAC’s reopening and Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.


2020-2021 Student Exhibition Registration Form

Your name as you would like it listed with your work. If you are feeling shy then 'Anonymous' is okay to list. 🙂
Accepted file types: jpg, png, Max. file size: 2 MB.
Need to resize your image? Try Optimizilla (free)
Would you like to have this artwork also considered for the in-person exhibition at Richmond Art Center?
We will try to select as many artworks as possible but space in the gallery is limited. Artists will be notified if they are selected for the in-person exhibition by Monday, August 16, 2021. Artwork drop off for the exhibition is happening on Saturday, August 21, 10am-3pm.
To receive exhibition updates or if we need to contact you.

↓↓↓ DON'T FORGET TO CLICK SUBMIT ↓↓↓

Top images: These beautiful drawings are by beginner students in Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez’s online Fundamental Drawing class. Work by Jeanette, Judith, Lorna, and Susana

Student Survey

2020-2021 Online Classes and Reopening Survey

ONLINE PROGRAMS

Was this your first class with Richmond Art Center?

How was your experience...

Registering for programs on our website?
Receiving program communications?
Eg. Email reminders and instructions about your class/workshop.
Using and navigating the Zoom platform?
Receiving technical assistance from RAC staff?

How well did our online platforms support...

Your instructor's ability to teach and share their practice with you??
Your ability to learn, receive guidance and apply the skills being taught in your class?
Your ability to connect and share with fellow students in your class?
If you answered 'Not So Good' to any of the above questions please elaborate on your answer here.
Please describe why.

REOPENING FOR IN-PERSON PROGRAMS

Would you be comfortable attending in-person classes at Richmond Art Center this fall?
The question below invites you to expand upon this answer.

List any concerns or questions you have about safety; policies and practices you think are important; etc.

INFORMATION ABOUT YOU (ALL FIELDS OPTIONAL)

Eg. They/Their, She/Her, He/His
My age range is:

ENTER THE DRAW TO WIN A FREE CLASS

We are giving away five coupons for a free class. Coupons must be redeemed before 6/30/22. Class coupons can be used for either online or in-person classes, space permitting.

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Calling All RAC Students!

What have you learned? What will you share?

With the reopening of Richmond Art Center in sight, we want to take a moment to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of our students online over the past year.

Online Classes and Reopening Survey (win a free class!)

If you’ve taken an class or workshop over the past year we want to hear from you! We also want to know how students feel about RAC’s facility reopening to the public. Please be as candid in your feedback as you like. This survey may be completed anonymously. (But you’ll need to leave your email address if you would like to go into the draw to win a free class.)

Student Exhibition

We’re honoring the achievements of our students over this past year with an exhibition showcase! This online and in-person exhibition will feature work made in our online classes by students of all ages and all experience levels.

Note, you can complete the Online Student Survey without entering Student Exhibition and visa versa. One is not contingent with the other.

Top image: Tiffany Conway, Zany Zoom, 2021. Courtesy of the Artist

ART. IN. RICHMOND. | With Love… Issue 24

ISSUE 24 **EVERYTHING RICHMOND SPECIAL EDITION**
A Showcase of Richmond Art | Richmond Artists Speak | Summer Mural Class for Richmond Youth
Summer Photography Class for Richmond Youth | Seeking Past Students of Robert Benin


A Showcase of Richmond Art

Spoken Word. Dance. Music. Art. Movement.

Online Event: Friday, June 25, 3:30pm-5pm PST

In collaboration Richmond organizations NIAD, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond Art Center, and RYSE bring you Out of the Mouths of Beings, hosted by Richmond’s own Youth Poet Laureate, Sheila McKinney!

Kick off summer right and enjoy the abundance of creativity Richmond has to offer!

RSVP here…



Richmond Artists Speak

End in Sight
Three Artists’ Bittersweet Journey Through a Pandemic

Online Artists’ Talk: Thursday, June 24, 7-8pm PST

Three artists – Elishes Cavness, Tiffany Conway and Marva – will discuss their journey through the Covid-19 pandemic in a special online artists talk on Thursday, June 24, 7pm to 8pm. These three Richmond artists have studios very close to each other, and over the past eighteen months have developed a special bond. As Cavness says, “We are a unique three. We’ve supported each other. We’ve been in contact. We created a community of three.”

RSVP here…


Summer Mural Class for Richmond Youth

Muralism, Actions, and Community Activations

In-Person Mural Class for Richmond Youth
Class starts Tuesday, July 6

Learn how public art is a powerful tool for community building while creating a mural at Richmond Art Center this summer with artist Fred Alvarado. Students will learn basic color theory, composition, and painting methods.

This class welcomes Spanish speakers and is an inclusive bilingual space. El Artista Maestro habla Español.

Image: Community mural by Fred Alvarado

Learn more…


Summer Photography Class for Richmond Youth

Calling All Aspiring Photographers!

Online Photography Class for High School Youth in Richmond
Class starts Wednesday, July 21

Would you like to be paid to develop your photography skills this summer? Richmond Art Center is working with esteemed artist Simone Bailey to offer an online summer photography intensive for high school students in Richmond. Students in the class will receive a DSLR Camera (Canon EOS Rebel T7), stipend for their time, prints of work developed in class, and opportunity to exhibit photos in an exhibition at Richmond Art Center. Apply today, space is limited!

Image: Photograph by a student in a RAC photography class from the 1970s. See the bottom of this newsletter for more information.

Learn more…


Seeking Past Students of Robert Benin

Did you take an afterschool photography class at RAC in the 1970s?

We would love to hear from you! Contact Amy Spencer amy@nulltherac.org, 510.620.6772

We recently discovered a trove of black and white photographs taken by youth at Richmond Art Center and Shields-Reid Community Center in the early 1970s. These works were created in an after school class taught by Richmond photographer Robert Benin. We’ll be sharing these more of these photos online and around the community this summer as we try to identify the photographers and their models.


Top and bottom banners show a detail of Tom Marioni’s work Birds in Flight from 1969. Curator Shaelyn Hanes recently interviewed Marioni to discuss the 50th anniversary of his work at Richmond Art Center.

Have something to share? Please email us at admin@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Inner Vision – Summer 2021 Youth Photography Class

Inner Vision – Summer 2021 Youth Photography Class

Calling All Aspiring Photographers! Online Photography Class for High School Youth in Richmond!

About the Class: Richmond Art Center is working with esteemed artist Simone Bailey to offer an online summer photography intensive for high school students in Richmond. This online class offers students the opportunity to develop skills using a SLR camera and while learning to create impactful photography. Students will also learn to curate photographs when they select images for a public exhibition. 

Eight students selected to participate in the class will receive:

  • DSLR Camera (Canon EOS Rebel T7)
  • Stipend of $350
  • Prints of work developed in class
  • Opportunity to exhibit photos in an exhibition at Richmond Art Center and/or in the community

Schedule: The online class will meet twice a week via zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays, 11am to 12:30pm. The class runs for five weeks from July 21 to August 25, 2021. The first day of class is Wednesday, July 21.

Eligibility / Selection process: All high school students in Richmond with an interest in photography (including 2021/22 rising high schoolers) are eligible to apply. Eight students will be selected for the class based on need and readiness to take the next step in developing their photography skills as demonstrated by their application.

How to apply: Complete the short application by the deadline Friday, July 1, 2021. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so please apply as early as possible.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Selected students will be notified by Friday, July 9, 2021. Once students have confirmed their participation in the class Richmond Art Center will begin coordinating camera pick ups from RAC asap.

About the Instructor: Simone Bailey is an artist who utilizes photography, video, performance, sculpture, and site-specific installations in her artistic practice. Her work focuses on perception, process, ephemerality, desire, surrogate bodies, violence, and the impossible, all while maintaining an intimate proximity to blackness. Simone’s work has been exhibited at The Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA), The Lab (San Francisco, CA), Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena, CA), and the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY), among other venues. She received both an MFA in Fine Arts and an MA in Visual & Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. She also earned a BFA in Filmmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. Simone lives and works in San Francisco.

Questions? Contact Amy Spencer at amy@nullrichmondartcenter.org / 646-301-1307

This program is funded by a grant from the California Arts Council

Top image: Richmond Art Center recently re-discovered a series of analog photographs taken by youth at RAC in the early 1970s. These photographs were created in an afterschool class taught by Richmond photographer Robert Benin. Participants in the class learned how to use cameras and process film, they then took the cameras home with them to photograph their friends and families. Nearly fifty years later, these photographs made by youth, for youth and with youth, provide an intimate glimpse into daily life for youth in Richmond in the 1970s.

Summer Mural Program for Youth

S.P.O.T.S: Supporting Peoples Outlooks, Talents, and Speech

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm to 4 pm

The painting spot, the gathering spot, the spot light or epicenter of action.

Public art is a powerful tool for community building. This program will introduce young artists to the means to create vibrant community art works. A cohort of twelve young artists (ages 12-24) will learn about different models of community art projects, help to define how the program will local youth, and create a collaborative mural project. Students will learn basic color theory, composition, and painting methods.

Eligibility: This six week class is for youth ages 12-24 who live, work or study in Richmond.

Stipend: Each student will receive a $200 stipend for their work at the completion of the program.

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-4pm, July 6 – August 12

Instructor: Fred Alvarado

This class welcomes Spanish speakers and is an inclusive bilingual space. El Artista Maestro habla Español.

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