Richmond Art Center

Zellerbach Work Samples

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Press for Mildred Howard

Why Mildred Howard wields 130 butcher knives for art” San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, Jesse Hamlin, Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Mildred Howard on Art, Race, and Memory” Radio Free Richmond, Sean Pyles, Wednesday, April 1,2015
Review of Mildred Howard Show: Spirit and MatterThe Eastside View: Art as Social Commentary, Charles Shere, Sunday, April 05, 2015
Mildred Howard at Richmond Art Center: Wide range of moods” San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker, Friday, April 17, 2015
Pop-Up event jumped from the written page to the stage” San Francisco Chronicle, Column: Leah Garchik, Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Mildred Howard @ Richmond Art Center” Northern California Art, Jeff Kelley, Saturday, May, 09, 2015
Mildred Howard at the Richmond Art Center, Art as Weapon, Art as Shelter” Huffington Post, Jane Vanderburgh, Friday, May 15, 2015


Installation view “Mildred Howard: Spirit & Matter ” at the Richmond Art Center March 22- May 24, 2015.  Photo Credit: John Wehrle

Public Programs Videos


Work Sample 2

Artist’s Testimony

Allison Magee, Executive Director

Zellerbach Family Foundation

575 Market St

San Francisco, CA 94105


Dear Ms Magee,

I am writing this letter in support of the Richmond Art Center’s Community Arts Program application to present a major exhibition of the work one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s preeminent, internationally known artists, David Park. David Park was a pioneer in Bay Area Figurative Movement. His influence can be seen in the work of Manuel Neri, Joan Brown, and Nathan Oliveira among others.

The Richmond Art Centers exhibitions incorporate a series of events centered around the artist. Workshops, lectures, musical events that speak to the life of an artist  give the audience a first hand experience of what the life of an artist is like. These kinds of programing provide better understanding of the role art can play in our daily lives.

The Richmond Art Center has served the community since 1936  and continues to be a main force in exhibiting the work of lesser known and major artists and providing art classes for the citizens of Richmond and the greater Bay Area. On most any given day at the center art happens, a group of elementary school children viewing one of the stellar exhibitions while art classes for all ages are taking place. Attending an opening at the center is different than that of many of the blue chip galleries and museums in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The audience is comprised of multigenerational, ethnically diverse artists and community members all who will benefit from seeing such a major player in the art world at the center.

Throughout the years and in spite of a limited budget, the Richmond Art Center has continued to serve the community on a shoestring budget. The volunteers not only come from the city of Richmond but from as far as Palo Alto. These volunteers are artist, students and teachers all with one thing in mind -– to learn from the staff and to support the efforts of the curatorial and administrative staff of the organization. Full funding for an organization such as this is well deserved.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Mildred Howard

Press for David Park

Two exhibits celebrate Richmond Art Center milestoneSan Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Taking Drastic MeasuresEast Bay Monthy, May 2016

Public Programs for David Park
Public Program Videos

Opening Reception
Saturday, March 19th   5-7 p.m
A first viewing for RAC members and the community, artists, their families and friends. Free and open to the public.

David Park: A Personal Point of View 
Sunday, April 3rd 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
A discussion of the artist’s work and life with the Artist’s daughter, Helen Park Bigelow and family and friends. Free.

Being Human: A Performance by Allan deSouza
Sunday, April 10th   2 p.m.
Artist, critic, and, educator, deSouza presents a performance developed for the exhibition, “The Human Spirit,” with an eye to the rhythms and movements of society and personal experience. Free.

David Park in Perspective: A Radical Choice and a Profound Legacy
Sunday, April 17th 1:30 -3:30 p.m.
In light of Park’s influence on his contemporaries and impact on teaching, art attitudes and practices, and the persistence of values with artists, we bring together a roundtable discussion with artists exhibiting in “The Human Spirit” examining directions within, outside, and against the mainstream in art. Free.

Critical Approaches to Figure and Form, Concept and Content
Sunday, April 24th   1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
A panel discussion and open forum with art critics, writers and historians including DeWitt Cheng, Terri Cohn, and John Zarobell. Free

Modeled and Formed: Drawing from the Model in the Company of Park
Thursday, April 21st   6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
A working session with model open to artists of the community for a Park- inspired evening of drawing.   $25

The Del Sol String Quartet Concert
Saturday, May 7th  2 p.m.
These extraordinary musicians programming music in concert with the exhibition and improvising off individual artwork. Suggested Donation. No one turned away!

Plein Air Perspectives: A Watercolor Workshop  
Sunday, May 15th  12- 2 p.m.
Pack up your paper, watercolors and gouache and join us for painted vistas and views around the Richmond Art Center.

Never Fade Away: Closing Reception for David Park
Sunday, May 22nd   3-5 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

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