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Press Release: Artist Mildred Howard Showcases Work in New Solo Exhibition at Richmond Art Center

The Richmond Art Center announces its spring exhibitions which includes an exhibition of works by artist Mildred Howard, plus a milestone 50 years of the annual exhibition of the West Contra Costa Unified School District Student Show. These exhibitions will open with a reception on Saturday, Mar 21 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The main exhibition, Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter, will showcase works by Bay Area artist Mildred Howard. Over the course of four decades, Howard has created rich and evocative work by taking common objects of daily life and infusing them with meaning to illuminate the underlying significance and historical weight of cultural form. In free-standing sculpture, in wall-mounted musings, in graphic explorations and in representations of shelter, Howard has developed a language to address racism, injustice, need and compassion.

Howard’s work is already familiar to those living in Richmond, her public installation, Moving Richmond,, a work in which a poem by Macarthur Fellow Ishmael Reed was incised into a forty-foot wall of faceted steel can be seen at Richmond’s BART Station.

The Art Center’s galleries will also feature hundreds of works by students. This year, the Art Center is celebrating a milestone 50 years of the West Contra Costa Unified School District Student Show and in May, we will mount our annual exhibition of works by students created in our after-school and summer Art in the Community programs.

Richmond Art Center’s Spring Exhibitions
Dates: March 22 – May 24, 2015

Reception: Saturday, Mar. 21, 4 – 6 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, noon – 5:00 pm; (closed Mondays and holidays)
Cost: FREE

Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter
March 22 – May 24, 2015
Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter will showcase a selection of works that present some of the artist’s most iconic sculptures as well as graphic works never before exhibited. Long admired for her direct and forthright reflections on society, Mildred Howard will be exhibiting work which incorporates her own image, popular images and anonymous photography. Whether taking found objects for use in assemblage or layering complex collaged works on paper, Howard imbues her artwork with the spirit of personal and community history as she reveals the matter at hand in the materiality of the object. Guest curated by Jan Wurm.

Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter Public Programs:
Mildred Howard in Conversation: Sun, Mar 29, 1 pm, free
Don Farnsworth – Magnifying Magnolia and Mildred: Sun, Apr 19, 2 – 3:30 pm, free
Workshop – Boxing Our Memories: Sun, May 3, 2 – 3:30 pm, free
Del Sol String Quartet Performance & Special Reception: Sun, May 17, 2 pm, $20 suggested donation
And Then There Were None – Closing Reception: Sun, May 24, 3 – 5 pm, free

WCCUSD 50th Annual Student Show
March 22 – April 26, 2015
Special Reception: Thu, Apr 23, 5 – 7 pm
The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) Student Art Show is an annual collaboration between the school district and the Richmond Art Center and this year we are celebrating a milestone 50 years. Artwork by secondary school students fills the walls with their creative voices and visions. For many students, this is their first time showing their work in a professional gallery.

A historical component, open through May 24, will showcase 50 years of ephemera and works by former students who became well-known artists or art teachers.

Art in the Community Program Annual Student Show
May 5 – 24, 2015
Special Reception: Saturday, May 9, 3 – 5 pm
This annual exhibition showcases and celebrates the diverse work being created in our traveling Art in the Community program, which brings our teaching artists and after-school art programs to students at middle and elementary schools, community centers and the Richmond Public library.

Images: Mildred Howard Perched, mixed-media assemblage, 2010. Photo: Gallery Paule Anglim. Mildred Howard Laila Ali, mixed-media assemblage, 2010. Photo: Paule Anglim Gallery. Sharon Galicia Untitled, charcoal, 16 x 20 inches, 2014, included in the 50th Annual WCCUSD Student Show.


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