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Press Release: Trio of New Exhibitions Explore Climate Crisis at Richmond Art Center

Monday, March 13, 2023

Spring Exhibitions at Richmond Art Center
April 5 – June 3, 2023
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Exhibitions and events are all free and no rsvp is necessary

Richmond, CA: This spring Richmond Art Center (RAC) presents a trio of new exhibitions that explore the climate crisis: FENCELINES: A Collective Monument to ResilienceRequiem: The Remains of the Day, August 4, 2021, and Tanja Geis: Recompose.

Also, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Student Art Show returns for its 57th year.

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, 10am-4pm
Spring Family Day: Saturday, April 29, 12pm-3pm
Artist Talk: Saturday June 3, 12pm-1:30pm
Closing Reception: Saturday June 3, 2pm-4pm

Fencelines is a community-based participatory art project that invites local folks to reflect on the circumstances of environmental injustice in the city of Richmond. The exhibition is centered around portraits of community participants and aims to amplify the work of local environmental justice organizations and provide opportunities for visitor participation and discussion.

Central to Fencelines is a public art installation along a city-owned fence bordering the Chevron refinery and the North Richmond residential neighborhood immediately downwind of it. A special installation event will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, at the Richmond Parkway Bay Trail between Gertrude and Vernon Avenues.

Fencelines is co-created by Graham L.P.Princess RobinsonGita Khandagle, and members of the Richmond Community. 

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Top image: Members of the Richmond Community with their painted fence slats

Requiem: The Remains of the Day, August 4, 2021

Exhibition: April 5 – June 3, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday April 15, 12pm-2pm
Ruth Morgan in conversation with Robbin Légère Henderson: Saturday, May 27, 12pm-1:30pm

Photographer Ruth Morgan presents a selection of evocative photographs that document the devastation of Greenville, CA after it was burned down by the Dixie Wildfire in 2021. Officially caused by a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. equipment failure, the fire was fueled and exacerbated by man-made climate change along with overgrown forests caused by decades of fire suppression and population growth at the edges of forests. In this exhibition Morgan’s large 40 ”x 60” prints envelop the gallery composing a requiem to Greenville and a warning for us all to meet the challenge of climate change and ensuing global warming.

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Above image: Photography by Ruth Morgan

Tanja Geis: Recompose

Exhibition: April 5 – June 3, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 15, 12pm-2pm
Gallery Walkthrough with Tanja Geis: Thursday, May 11, 5:30pm-6:30pm

In the first exhibition of The Greenhouse Series, artist Tanja Geis displays mesmerizing cyanotypes of painted decomposing common murres, a bird species that experienced historic die-offs along local coasts in the summer of 2015 as a direct result of global warming. With carcasses of starving birds, ocean litter, and mud ridden with local toxins and heavy metals, Geis reassembles the components of decay into new forms, new bodies, new life. 

The Greenhouse is a three-part exhibition series at Richmond Art Center that focuses on the climate crisis and environmental justice movements in Richmond, CA.  The Greenhouse is organized in partnership with Round Weather, a nonprofit art gallery in Oakland, and curated by its director Chris Kerr

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Above image: Artwork by Tanja Geis

57th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show

Exhibition: April 5 – May 13, 2023
Reception: Tuesday, April 18, 5pm-6:30pm (Award Presentation at 5:45pm)

Now in its 57th year, the WCCUSD Student Art Show presents work by over 300 students from 15 different schools. This teacher-curated exhibition demonstrates best practices in delivering an art-based curriculum. It also represents Richmond Art Center and WCCUSD’s shared vision that art education is a crucial component of a thriving and productive society.   

Participating Schools: Betty Reid Soskin Middle School, De Anza High School, El Cerrito High School, Fred T. Korematsu Middle School, Helms Middle School, Hercules High School, Hercules Middle School, John F. Kennedy High School, Mira Vista School, Pinole Middle School, Pinole Valley High School, Richmond High School, Montalvin Manor, Stewart Elementary School, Vista High School 

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Above image: Artwork by Meghan Shelby Reisbord, El Cerrito High School

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.
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