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Current Members are invited to vote to elect new Board Members at our Annual Members Meeting

Current Members are invited to vote to elect new Board Members at our Annual Members Meeting

At the Annual Members’ Meeting meeting there will be a ballot to elect new members to the Board of Directors. There will also be a vote to make amendments to Richmond Art Center’s By-Laws. All current Richmond Art Center members are invited to vote. The meeting will happen at Richmond Art Center on Saturday, June 29, 2024 starting at 12pm.


Richmond Art Center’s Nominating Committee and Board of Directors have nominated each of the following seven people for a three-year term on Richmond Art Center’s Board of Directors, beginning July 1, 2024. Biographical information is available HERE. You may vote for up to seven candidates.

  • Amy Feitelberg
  • Amy Zheng
  • Cristina Saavedra
  • Dawn Gonzalez
  • Sandra Kozma-Kennedy
  • Tia Foss


At the meeting there will also be a vote to make amendments to Richmond Art Center’s By-Laws. The proposed amendments are HERE.

East Bay Express: Home Is Where the Art Is

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Home Is Where the Art Is

Exploring ‘home’ at Richmond Art Center

By Janis Hashe

Jun 4, 2024

The concept of “home” is baked into human DNA. “There’s no place like home,” says Dorothy as she clicks her heels to return to Kansas. But, wrote seminal American writer Thomas Wolfe, “You Can’t Go Home Again.”

Home can be a safe, comforting place—but for some, it’s a place of anger and insecurity, and for others, “the homeless,” it doesn’t exist at all.

All these ideas of home and more are explored in the exhibition at the Richmond Art Center through June 15. “Home Show” features the work of six RAC teaching artists—Eli Africa, Ned Axthelm, Colleen Garland, Julia LaChica, Travis Meinolf and Kristin Satzman—who work in many media, from printmaking to ceramics, to jewelry to video.

RAC Community Engagement Director Amy Spencer both envisioned the idea for “Home Show” and curated it. She did so with two goals, she said: To curate a theme that people have in common, and to highlight the work of the teaching artists at RAC. “Everyone was happy to participate. It’s always exciting to find a way to work differently with them,” she said.

Spencer noted that the pandemic elicited mixed feelings about home for many. While home was a safe space and a retreat from a frightening unknown, it also felt confining and isolating. “You can see that in [one of] Ned Axthem’s paintings, created during the pandemic,” she said. “It’s hyper-focused on this space … comfortable but confined.”

Julia LaChica’s pieces in “Home Show” address home as both a place to be venerated and as an ideal that isn’t realized for many. Her/their Home Altar (Ode to Monica) celebrates her/their Japanese/Filipino ancestry, with items collected over 20 years from those places, and also including an old clock assembly with a note honoring a housing activist friend who died.

LaChica, an Oakland resident, has been a teaching artist at RAC for a year, instructing classes in both screen and block printing. She/they has watched and spoken with gallery visitors while they look at Home Altar. “Someone said, ‘Standing in front of this is very calming,’” she/they said.

But LaChica’s three works in the exhibition deal with her/their own experiences as a child of divorce, moving from one home to another. Court Ordered depicts a family portrait layered over a court-ordered custody document. LaChica and her/their siblings were, for some time, bounced between her/their mother’s and father’s apartments, with neither feeling like a true home.

In another work, Home, some of the effects of this are seen. LaChica’s mother did not speak English well, and felt she had to leave her three young children home alone as she went out to work. LaChica’s five-year-old brother accidentally set the apartment on fire. At that point, “Child Protective Services stepped in, and we moved into public housing in [San Francisco’s] Chinatown,” she/they said.

Yet the third piece, Permanent Resident, is an homage to her/their mother, using her old Japanese passport, and reimagining her/their 4-foot-11-inch-tall mother as a samurai with a sword. Under “occupation” on the passport,  LaChica wrote: “Badass hell-raiser.” Under “visual identification marks,” she/they inserted: “Back straight,” “Youthfully beautiful” and “Singing Japanese love songs.”

LaChica is inspired by the theme of home, and plans to continue creating a “broader exhibit [focusing on] the displacement of people. This project will affirm that all people deserve a place to rest. I want people to think about that,” she/they said.

Displacement is also addressed in Eli Africa’s animated video, The Story of Frai, a tribute to immigrant workers deciding to leave their home in the Philippines to make a better life for their children.

Richmond resident Colleen Garland has taught ceramics at RAC since 2019. With more than 10 pieces in “Home Show,” she considers her contributions to be, in part, a tribute to her own ceramics teacher at Contra Costa College, Mary Law. “I continue to fire with her,” she said.

The show’s theme literally hit home for Garland. “I make pots to be used,” she said. But some of her work in the show is sculptural, including a “chipmunk house,” complete with log and mushrooms, created at the request of a friend, and dioramas of interior scenes. In Soda Kiln (Pot House), “I replicated the inside of Mary Law’s kiln. It’s a home for pots,” she said.

One project she attempted to make specifically for “Home Show” proved unsuccessful. “We had a month’s turnaround to prepare for the show, and I tried to make a self-portrait,” she said. But she didn’t let the clay dry long enough—and it exploded in the kiln. She’s philosophical about it, noting that working with clay, glaze and heat is always full of variables, which is one of the reasons the work that survives and is beautiful should be valued.

Garland would like visitors to “Home Show” to feel “that each artist has brought in a piece of [their own] home.” She also urges viewers to imagine how pieces interact with each other, like her pots being used in Travis Meinolf’s Small Shelter.

“Look really closely [at the art],” she said. “How was it made? Travis’ woven house took hours of work.”

Amy Spencer discussed yet another aspect of the show: That it’s a home for the multiple teaching artists featured in it, as well as for the many students from all over the East Bay who take classes with them. RAC offers classes for adults, kids, youth and families, including some bilingual offerings.

Art Boost! scholarships are available for some who cannot afford class fees. This summer, adult classes run the gamut from “Urban Nature Journaling” to “Japanese Brush Painting and Calligraphy.” A summer art camp for kids, and free summer art classes for youth, are also offered.

“The Richmond Art Center has been here for more than 80 years, but there are still people who haven’t discovered us yet,” Spencer said.

“We are doing special things here,” Garland added.

Upcoming: “Richmond Open Studios Preview,” an exhibition showcasing art by artists participating in Richmond Open Studios; July 3–Aug. 17.

Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond. Gallery hours: Wed-Sat, 10am to 4pm. 510.620.6772.

Top image: Created During The Pandemic, Ned Axthelm’s ‘Whelmed’ (2020, Oil On Panel), Conveys The ‘Comfortable Yet Confined’ Feeling Of Home During That Time. (Photo Courtesy Of Richmond Art Center)

Richmond Derivations – Call for contributions

Richmond Derivations – Call for contributions

Artist Quinn Keck is collecting words, stories, poems, and images for a project that will be part of the Right Here Right Now exhibition opening at Richmond Art Center in September 2024. Community members are invited to submit their memories and moments of Richmond to their new artwork that will be part of the show. 

Press Release:  Announcing ‘The View from Here’ and ‘Richmond Open Studios Preview Exhibition’

Monday, June 3, 2024

Summer Exhibitions at Richmond Art Center

July 3 – August 17, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 1pm-3pm

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: Artists living and working in Richmond, as well as incarcerated artists, will present their artwork at Richmond Art Center in two new exhibitions opening this summer

In the Main Gallery, San Quentin Prison Arts Project and Philadelphia Mural Arts present The View from Here, an exhibition featuring artwork by incarcerated artists from San Quentin Rehabilitation Center and Philadelphia’s State Correctional Institution Phoenix who participated in a creative exchange over the past year. The theme – The View from Here – emerged from the artists’ communications, exploring life inside prison and the realms where their minds wander beyond its gates.

A Panel Discussion and Paint Day featuring alumni and facilitators from both prison arts programs will be held on Saturday, July 13 starting at 11am. Following a panel discussion, former program participant Eddie Ramirez will showcase his mural painting technique – community members are invited to join in the process!

Also opening at Richmond Art Center this summer is the Richmond Open Studios Preview Exhibition. In its second year, this event will bring together nearly fifty artists in Richmond who are opening their studios to the public during the weekend of August 17-18. The Preview Exhibition offers visitors an advance showing of work by participating artists, allowing them to plan their self-guided tours throughout different Richmond neighborhoods in August. Richmond artists are also being hosted at ar.ti.fact Gallery, NIAD Art Center, and Richmond Art Center. Richmond Open Studios is an independent project of the Visual Artists of Richmond, an all-volunteer, fiscally-sponsored group based in Richmond.

An Opening Reception for both The View from Here and the Open Studios Preview Exhibition will be held on Saturday, June 29, from 1pm to 3pm. All are welcome to attend.

Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.

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.

Top image: Jeffrey A. Isom, Bridge to Freedom, 2023, Oil on canvas board, San Quentin

For more information and images contact:
Amy Spencer,



Important Parking Notification during RPAL’s Juneteenth Carnival

Important Parking Notification during RPAL’s Juneteenth Carnival

RPAL’s Juneteenth Carnival

Set-Up through Deinstall: Monday, June 9, 12am (midnight) – Monday, June 17, 5pm

Carnival: Friday, June 14, 5pm – Sunday, June 16, 11pm

Starting Sunday, June 9 at 12am (midnight) through Monday, June 17, 5pm the City parking lot opposite Richmond Art Center (on the 400 block of 25th Street between Barrett and Nevin Avenues) will be reserved for the Juneteenth Carnival being sponsored by the Richmond Police Activities League. As a result students and visitors to Richmond Art Center during this period may need to find alternative parking.


  • There are City parking lots adjacent to 1st Northern California Credit Union or across from Richmond Library
  • Residential street parking on the other side of Barrett Avenue from RAC might be the best option

For information about the Juneteenth Carnival Celebration call Richmond PAL at 510-621-1221 or visit their website at

Point Molate Artist Talk and butohBuddies Performance

Point Molate Artist Talk and butohBuddies Performance

Saturday, February 24, 2024, 1pm

This video highlights the Point Molate artist discussion, facilitated by ARTSCCC Executive Director Jenny E. Balisle, followed by a performance by the butohBuddies.

Artists: Rebeca García-González, Irene Wibawa, Tony Tamayo

butohBuddies: Ruth Ichinaga, Kiyono Kishi, Lipton Mah, Nina Moore, and Irene Wibawa

Bravo to the WCCUSD students honored with Artistic Achievement Awards!

WCCUSD Student Artistic Achievement Awards

Congratulations to the students who won Artistic Achievement Awards for their artwork in the 58th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show!


  • Adrian Salmoran, Richmond High School
  • Rose Yerian, Pinole Valley High School
  • Valeria Rodriguez, John F. Kennedy High School
  • Quin Savage, Pinole Valley High School
  • Jose Guzman, De Anza High School
  • Ira Quimora, De Anza High School
  • Tyson Williams, El Cerrito High School
  • Meghan Reisbord, El Cerrito High School
  • Lourdes Mendoza Ramos, John F. Kennedy High School
  • Caylee Patterson, Betty Reid Soskin Middle School


  • Jirah Jabla, Montalvin K-8
  • Suzie Rassinoux, Fred T. Korematsu Middle School
  • Ronard Abesamis, El Cerrito High School
  • Raheru Allen, Hercules High School
  • Dani Hermosillo, DeJean Middle School
  • Lydia Icabalceta, Vista High School
  • Brian Perez, Helms Middle School
  • Gorety Valdivia Gomez, El Cerrito High School
  • Ashley Belen Torres, Pinole Valley High School
  • Liana Soriano, Pinole Valley High School

Top image: Lourdes Mendoza Ramos, Untitled, Watercolor and ink, John F. Kennedy High School

10 days left to apply! Richmond Artist Residency

10 days left to apply! Richmond Artist Residency

The Richmond Artist Residency offers one community-responsive artist a dedicated studio for 8 months, $8,000 artist stipend, opportunities to teach, exhibit, take classes, and develop strategies for community-based arts programming.

KQED Arts: Your Guide to This Summer’s Not-To-Miss Visual Art



Your Guide to This Summer’s Not-To-Miss Visual Art

By Sarah Hotchkiss | May 13, 2024


Every year, it’s a struggle to whittle this list down to a select few. There’s simply so much happening in art spaces across the Bay Area. For 2024, I’ve plotted out an ideal summer, full of inventive gallery shows, exciting museum exhibitions and local artists getting the attention they deserve, all in venues spread across the region.

Painting of a cell block with collaged images in windows
Keith Andrews, ‘Fishing from a Hole in a Wall,’ 2023; Acrylic on parachute cloth. (Philadelphia Mural Arts at SCI Phoenix)

The View from Here

July 3–Aug. 17, 2024
Richmond Art Center

Over the past year, incarcerated artists at San Quentin and Philadelphia’s State Correctional Institution (SCI) Phoenix have exchanged letters — but not through ordinary means. Using their arts programs (the William James Foundation and Philadelphia Mural Arts) as intermediaries, letters were scanned, emailed and printed out to facilitate a creative exchange. The results in this group show includes both imagined and literal views (of daily prison life, of a landscape seen through bars), alongside some of those letters. Art can transport us to other places and into others’ experiences, the show argues, but that is true for both the makers and viewers of that work.

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


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