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Be a Sponsor for UPCYCLE 2016!

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Put your business front and center as a sponsor of our 4th Annual Upcycle event!

This hands-on maker festival is free and brings the whole family together to create, see and learn about the art of upcycling—the creative re-use of materials otherwise headed for the landfill.

We have sponsorship levels for every business and budget.

Connect your business with thousands of people. Upcycle will be advertised through the Art Center’s website, e-news, social media, on local cable and radio and through community outreach.

The Art Center is proud to partner with other nonprofit and community-based organizations to provide a range of fun arts and crafts upcycling activities. Help us make these experiences possible for kids and their families by becoming a sponsor of Upcycle in 2016.

Become a Sponsor

If you’re interested in sponsoring Upcycle, please contact Ric Ambrose, Executive Director at Richard@nullRichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.6777.

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For More Information

Download a sponsorship packet here.

Press Release: Richmond Art Center Honored with NobleCause Grant to Foster Volunteerism

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RICHMOND, CA–March 24, 2016– The Richmond Art Center is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $6500 grant through NobleCause, a national grant competition mobilizing volunteers to address the greatest challenges facing their local communities.

These funds will support The Richmond Art Center’s efforts to create a more visible presence of the Richmond Community in their volunteer program, and to make the program, and its benefits, more accessible to the community at large. The center will elect a board of empowered volunteer leaders, a governance team, who will be essential in creating new goals for the volunteer program and in deciding new recruitment and retention strategies. The governance team, with the support of the Art Center’s volunteer coordinator, will implement these new goals and strategies to achieve a volunteer body that is more representative of the Richmond community.

In order to ensure success, each volunteer leader will attend two professional development courses on volunteer management and conduct site visits to volunteer programs that have a successful, diverse volunteer program. The implementation of this governance team will not only help to diversify and increase the center’s volunteer base, but allow volunteers to foster skills such as leadership, public outreach and community development. The governance team will give a voice to the center’s volunteers, and will become a permanent fixture that represents the interests and concerns of all those who volunteer at The Richmond Art Center.

NobleCause is made possible by a donor within the GiveWell Community Foundation and organized by NobleHour.com, a volunteer management tool that promotes a culture of civic engagement and charts meaningful acts of goodness. For more than a decade, NobleHour has been connecting and equipping thousands of schools, non-profit agencies, and organizations to shape well-rounded students and service leaders, build better communities, and measure their collective impact.

In total, the NobleCause competition awarded $1,000,000 in grant, recognizing 100 organizations at the $6500 level, and seven organizations at the $50,000 level. All grant recipients demonstrated a remarkable ability to raise community awareness, foster partnerships, and cultivate leaders who take action.

“We set out to encourage communities throughout the country to tell us their big, sustainable ideas to inspire quality volunteerism, “says Wesley Barnett, managing partner for TreeTop Commons and NobleHour. “By organizing volunteers to address local concerns, NobleCause award recipients are defining social responsibility right in their own communities.”

About the Richmond Art Center: The Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, delivering exciting arts experiences to young and old alike who reflect the diverse richness of our community. The Art Center features hands-on learning, well-equipped studios, traveling Art in the Community programs and contemporary exhibitions in its galleries.

Every year, the Richmond Art Center serves thousands of students through classes and programs taught by professional artists, both onsite at the Art Center and at sites throughout Richmond. The Art Center’s four galleries mount rotating exhibitions that display the works of emerging and established Bay Area artists. Artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Jay DeFeo, Wanxin Zhang, Hung Liu, Ed Rossbach and Peter Voulkos have been showcased here.

The Richmond Art Center originated in 1936, when local artist Hazel Salmi, who worked for the WPA, traversed the streets of Richmond with a suitcase packed with art supplies, eager to teach art to anyone interested. Today, everything at the Art Center continues to breathe life into Salmi’s original vision: That within every person lives an artist.

Please visit the Richmond Art Center’s website https://richmondartcenter.org for a full detail of activities and events.

Download a copy of this press release here.

David Park Opening Reception Recap

We had an wonderful reception for the opening receptions for David Park: Personal Perspectives and The Human Spirit: Contemporary Figuration as an Expression of Humanism on Saturday! Please join us in the galleries Tuesday through Sunday to experience a diverse and human display of Figurative Art, curated by our Director of Exhibitions, Jan Wurm. We have a calendar of associate events, many of which are free to the public, and hope to see you at the Art Center very soon!

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Press Release: 51st WCCUSD Student Art Show

THE RICHMOND ART CENTER ANNOUNCES THE WEST CONTRA COSTA UNIFIED SCHOOL (WCCUSD) STUDENT ART SHOW

The Richmond Art Center has hosted this exhibition for more than 50 years, which features the work of over 300 local schoolchildren.

RICHMOND, CA — MARCH 16, 2016 — In collaboration with the West Contra Costa School District (WCCUSD), the Richmond Art Center will present the annual West Contra Costa Unified School District Art Show in its Community Gallery.

The Richmond Art Center has a prosperous and long-standing 51-year partnership with the WCCUSD, and this year there are over 300 works of various media and subject matter on displayrepresenting the creative artistic talents of students from middle and high schools  throughout the school district. The Art Center and WCCUSD share an ongoing vision that art education is a crucial component of a thriving and productive society.

There will be a special reception honoring the students and art teachers on Thursday, April 14 from 5-7 pm, which will be free and open to the public.

In addition, numerous art awards will be given out by the Richmond Art Center, the El Sobrante Art Guild, and other community members for the students’ artistic talent and originality.

The West Contra Costa Unified School District has generously sponsored the annual student exhibition.

The student show coincides with the Art Center’s featured  exhibitions: David Park: Personal Perspective and The Human Spirit: Contemporary Figuration as an Expression of Humanism focusing  on the historical and aesthetic development of Bay Area’s figurative art over the past 60 years.

About the Richmond Art Center: The Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, delivering exciting arts experiences to people of all ages, reflecting the diverse richness of our community. The Art Center features contemporary exhibitions in four galleries hundreds of classes and workshops in its  well-equipped six studios, and delivers these same experiences throughout the Community in the schools, community centers and the Richmond Public Library.

This year, the Richmond Art Center  serves nearly four thousand students through classes and programs taught by professional artists, both on site at the Art Center and at numerous sites throughout Richmond.

The Richmond Art Center originated in 1936, when local artist Hazel Salmi, who traversed the streets of Richmond with a suitcase packed with art supplies, eager to teach art to anyone interested. Today, the Art Center continues to breathe life into Salmi’s original vision: That within every person lives an artist.

Please visit the Richmond Art Center’s website https://richmondartcenter.org for a full detail of activities and events relating to these exhibitions.

Contact:

Jessica Parker, Communications/Marketing Director
jparker@nullrichmondartcenter.org
510-620-6780

To download a PDF of this press release, click here.

 

Vote for the Richmond Art Center for 2016 Parents Press Best of Contra Costa County!

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Calling all Richmond Art Center friends and supporters! We’d love your help in getting nominated for the Parents’ Press Best of 2016 Awards!
Last year, we were proud to be recognized in three categories: Best Arts & Crafts Summer Camps, Best Art Classes, and Best Enrichment & Afterschool Programs!
It’s really easy to vote for us!
  1. Visit this page for Classes and Enrichment Programs.
  2. Visit this page for Kids’ Camps.

Everyone on the staff of the Art Center sends their big big thanks for your help in nominating us!

Tips for Voting

  • Please write in the Richmond Art Center for the categories you would like to vote for.
  • You need to create and confirm your log-in info in order to vote.

Important Dates

March 1 – March 31 is the first round of voting in each category.

April 2 – April 30 will be the final round of voting for each category.

 

Berkeleyside: Amy Keefer Interview

Keefer working on an embroidery project. Photo: Melati Citrawireja

Keefer working on an embroidery project. Photo: Melati Citrawireja via Berkeleyside.

“Amy Keefer is not your average rainy afternoon knitter, crocheter or embroiderer. Keefer holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts with an emphasis on textiles and fibers, and uses these patience-demanding crafts as tools for self-expression, as well as to provoke political discussion.”

We’re proud to have Amy on our staff of Teaching Instructors. Please be sure to read the rest of the Berkeleyside interview with Amy, and be sure to register for one of her classes this Spring!

Press Release: Viola Frey and Juan Carlos Quintana in The Human Spirit

THE RICHMOND ART CENTER EXHIBITION FEATURES REFLECTIVE WORKS OF VIOLA FREY AND JUAN CARLOS QUINTANA IN THE HUMAN SPIRIT: CONTEMPORARY FIGURATION AS AN EXPRESSION OF HUMANISM

In conjunction with our 80th anniversary, the Richmond Art Center will present two important companion exhibitions that trace the human figure as vehicle in Bay Area art.  

RICHMOND, CA — FEBRUARY 29, 2016 — As the Richmond Art Center reflects on its 80th Anniversary, appreciation for our rich history of artists and exhibitions illuminates current art practices and the shape and form of contemporary visual exploration. These influences on visual language and culture are revealed in the exhibition, The Human Spirit: Contemporary Figuration as an Expression of Humanism.

In particular, the autobiographical work of Joan Brown and Viola Frey stand as beacons to the younger artist striking out on a personal path peripheral to the mainstream and in pursuit of identity and place in the world. The challenges of treading new interior territory have been met by new voices including Lava Thomas in her portrayals of her Grandmother or her close friend and mentor, Mildred Howard, in which hair provides a vocabulary for identity. Similarly, Juan Carlos Quintana faces desolation and mortality with repetition and aggregation in a shared intensity of focus.

The Human Spirit: Contemporary Figuration as an Expression of Humanism runs from March 19 – May 22, 2016, and will focus on the historical and aesthetic development of Bay Area figurative art over the past 60 years. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Art Center will offer enlightening public programs including performance, video, music, and a series of talks.

Untitled (Skull with Hat on Glove), 1978

Viola Frey, Untitled (Skull with Hat on Glove) (1978), Ceramic, 11 x 10 1/2 x 12 inches (27.94 x 26.67 x 30.48 cm), Image courtesy of the Artists’ Legacy Foundation © 2016 Artists’ Legacy Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Committee Member For The Defense of Bad Painting, 2015

Juan Carlos Quintana, Committee Member For The Defense of Bad Painting (2015), Oil and acrylic on canvas 22″ x 22″, © Juan Carlos Quintana, Photo courtesy Jack Fischer Gallery

The Spring exhibitions are sponsored by Artists’ Legacy Foundation, Blick Art Materials, Susan and Steven Chamberlin, James Curtis III, Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, Nina and Claude Gruen, Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Charitable Foundation, Jacobs & CO., Oliver and Company, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.

 

 

 About the Richmond Art Center: The Richmond Art Center is the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, delivering exciting arts experiences to young and old alike who reflect the diverse richness of our community. The Art Center features hands-on learning, well-equipped studios, traveling Art in the Community programs and contemporary exhibitions in its galleries.

Every year, the Richmond Art Center serves thousands of students through classes and programs taught by professional artists, both onsite at the Art Center and at sites throughout Richmond. The Art Center’s four galleries mount rotating exhibitions that display the works of emerging and established Bay Area artists. Artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Jay DeFeo, Wanxin Zhang, Hung Liu, Ed Rossbach and Peter Voulkos have been showcased here.

 

The Richmond Art Center originated in 1936, when local artist Hazel Salmi, who worked for the WPA, traversed the streets of Richmond with a suitcase packed with art supplies, eager to teach art to anyone interested. Today, everything at the Art Center continues to breathe life into Salmi’s original vision: That within every person lives an artist.

Please visit the Richmond Art Center’s website https://richmondartcenter.org for a full detail of activities and events relating to these exhibitions.

Contact:

Jessica Parker, Communications/Marketing Director
jparker@nullrichmondartcenter.org
510-620-6780

A downloadable version of this press release is here.

Meet an Instructor: Joyce Shon

About the interviews: The Richmond Art Center is fortunate and proud to work with a diverse and growing number of artists and teachers who work with our students at the Art Center as well as in our local communities. We want to share some of these wonderful people with you, to inspire your own artistic path, take a class, or learn more. See all of our interviews here.

JShonBioPic2In this interview, meet Joyce Shon, a long-time Richmond Art Center instructor who’s teaching our upcoming Handprinted Textile Workshop and  Material(s) World (which teaches basic screenprinting techniques). You can register for both of these classes now (see links above).

Joyce Shon is a Berkeley-born artist with a particular fondness for screen printing. She would probably rather sketch her bio than try to write it. She attended UC Berkeley and worked in construction for many years, supplementing her income and retaining her sanity with her artwork. Her unofficial job title for herself is Semi-professional Dilettante, constantly trying new techniques and attempting to integrate them into her artwork. Joyce loves not only creating art but also adding to her collection of the work of local artists.

Q. What do you find most inspiring about teaching art?

A. It might be easier to answer what is not inspiring about teaching art. In particular, I am always amazed at the way ideas multiply exponentially in a class. So much creative inspiration! Although most of my personal work is done in a solitary setting, the energy and inspiration I get from students and other teachers is simply phenomenal. And I love to solve problems, so when a student asks, for example, “Can I print with patinas? Can I print on glass? Can I print an image of the moon on green cheese?”… I’m instantly trying to figure out how to do it. Those sort of challenges really jazz me and expand my repertoire as both a teacher and an artist.

Q. How did you become involved with the Richmond Art Center?

In 1998, I was recovering from nearly two years of treatment for cancer. I spent a lot of that time in “solitary confinement,” and being able to draw and journal saved my sanity and possibly my life. I really wanted an arts community and found the Richmond Art Center through the recommendation of Patti Kjontaas, who was teaching there at the time. My goal was to learn enough basic ceramics skills to move on to meshing it with screen printing. Curtis Jones was teaching a screen printing class, and I took that because I love learning other artists’ tips and techniques and approaches. When he left to teach at the University of Oklahoma, he suggested that I take over his classes. I was hesitant (scared!) but agreed to teach one class. I loved it! But I still love being a student, too.

Q. What was your path to becoming an artist? Please share some of your favorite work (captions below).

A. Wow…my path is now 67 years long, and very meandering. My family was very hands-on. We did these very un-suburban things in suburban California. Making our own soap in a big kettle outdoors, pouring concrete for patios, building stairs and retaining walls, canning our own food, picking berries for jam, digging clams, sewing our clothes—we were always Doing Something. And I was one of those children who was constantly drawing on everything, always making something: Ballpoint pen tattoos on my friends, costumes for the family cats, papier-mâché dragons and castles for my little sister’s Barbie dolls, little mud figures that I would bury to be discovered in future eras as Items of great Archaeological Interest. I sketched while babysitting, which led to my first commission work: watercolors of toy soldiers for a little boy’s room.

Then my father gave me a screen printing kit for my 12th birthday. He had an ulterior motive—labels for his homemade beer. I really got into it, though: labels, posters, cards, yearbook covers. I attended the University of California in the ’60s (!) with a mind to transfer to CCAC but got waylaid by politics and ended up in Vancouver, Canada with a community of conscientious objectors.  

Eventually I returned to the Bay Area and worked in construction, did custom sewing and screen printing and raised a daughter. Regardless of the direction I was headed at any point in my life, there was always an element of art. I remember washing new towels once and being intrigued by the lint in the dryer. It was so beautiful and soft, I decided to felt it into wall hangings. Meanwhile, at my day job, I was operating heavy equipment, turning the Berkeley Landfill into Cesar Chavez Park. Large scale sculpting! I could go on and on and on, but you’ve probably got the drift by now. No particular favorite work—after all, I am a semi-professional dilettante. But I am sorta more jazzed by fiber than paper. May my path continue to meander.

Q. Who are your inspirations?

A. That’s a tough question, because inspirations are everywhere. But what comes to mind first is all the hours I’ve spent in museums looking at marvelous magical works by unnamed artists from cultures all over the world. Masks from anywhere, cloth of bark or fibers, painted or printed, kachinas, carvings, ritual objects of known and unknown purpose. Our human history is full of everyday people recording their visions in marvelous ways.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not at the Art Center?

A. Well, twenty years ago, I might have been racing camels or fueling up a backhoe. But these days you are more likely to find me working on a costume for an event past, present, future (or none of the above), baking cookies, reading anything in print, attacking weeds or packing my suitcase —the sketchbook and camera go in first.

Q. What’s on your bucket list?

A. I always thought it would be very cool to learn to fly a helicopter. And I am terrified of heights.

Q. If you could meet one artist, living or not, who would it be and why?

A. Unfair question! How ever to make a single choice? Any of the unnamed women who made those carvings, textiles, baskets, adornments that I have gazed at, enraptured, in countless museums. Maybe Susie Silook, a woman of Yupik, Inupiak and Irish descent. Her work, which combines traditional carving technique with a modern message, just takes my breath away and makes me feel my heart sending my blood to my brain. And she doesn’t live so very far away—can you get me an introduction?

Thank you, Joyce!

Be sure to check out Joyce’s class and workshop and register early before they fill up!

Images, from left to right:

1st row: screenprinted cats plates (set of 4), handmade bog coat, “Chat Noir” print, “Curios” print
2nd row: felt cuff, handmade journal,“Nostrum” print (from The Alphabet According to Kate series), screenprinted poppy pod plate
3rd row: ceramic sculpture—piece from “The Right to Bear Arms”,“Look Up Sam” mixed media piece—screen print on salvaged materials, “Tools” print, “Kilter” print

Call for Artists: Our Town Juried Exhibition

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Our Town
Juried Exhibition

June 12 – August 27, 2016

Richmond Art Center

 

The people and places which mark a town as “Our Town” are as varied as our lives.

The histories and generations of schools and teachers, shops and customers, workplaces and co-workers, these populate our days.

As the Richmond Art Center reflects on its 80th Anniversary, we are asking for your views, impressions, thoughts on what makes a place unique, what gives a place its identity, what meaning can be drawn from experience, association, or memory. We invite artists to show us their art reflecting their town, our town, a better town.

Juror: Jack Fischer, director of the vibrant Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, brings a unique point of view to this selection. Always fresh and direct in his response to art, Fischer extends a multi-textured and open approach to “Our Town.”

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Monday, April 11  

Notification of jury results (via email)Sunday, May 1

All accepted work must be Hand Delivered Friday, May 27 or Saturday, May 28 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Opening Reception: Saturday June 11     5 – 7 PM

Exhibition Closes: Saturday, August 27

Pick up of accepted work: Sunday, August 28,  or Monday, August 29  11 a.m. –  4 p.m.

Eligibility/Jurying Criteria

  • California Residents only
  • All media except for Video/Film
  • Original work produced in the last three years
  • Size Limitations: no larger than 36 x 36 inches
  • All works must be suitably prepared for hanging or installation.

Entry Fee

Entry Fee is $40 for two works
RAC Members Discount:  $30 for two works
$15 for each additional work

Awards

Awards totaling $1,000

Submission Entry Form

Submission of artwork entries is online only. Go to  CaFÉ at https://callforentry.org/

Deadline:  Monday April 11, 2016   11 p.m.

Digital Images are required for Jurying

  • Images must be submitted online in the Entry Form.  The images must be in jpg format at 300 dpi .
  • JPEG must be labeled with Artist’s first and last name and title

Insurance

The Richmond Art Center will insure the artwork while on site with the exclusion of any damage due to acts of God.  Artists are responsible for insuring their artwork to and from the RAC.

Sales

The RAC will retain 40% commission on all art sales. Not for Sale work (NFS) will also be accepted but an insurance value must be stated.

For general information, please contact Jan Wurm via email jwurm@nullrichmondartcenter.org

Image: Christ’s Entry into Brussels, James Ensor, 1888.

 

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Richmond, CA 94804-1600

 

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Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm