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The Richmond Art Center is a visual arts showcase and hands-on learning center that gives wide-ranging audiences the opportunity to create, see and learn about art. We’re the largest visual arts center in the East Bay, dedicated to bringing art to young and old alike who reflect the diverse richness of our community. Our four galleries and sculpture courtyard allow us to mount rotating exhibitions that display the works of emerging and established Bay Area artists. Artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Jasper Johns, Jay DeFeo, Wanxin Zhang, Hung Liu, Ed Rossbach and Peter Voulkos have been showcased here.

Annual funding for the Richmond Art Center’s exhibitions is provided by the Reuben and Muriel Savin Foundation and Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation.

Art Tour Field Trips at the Richmond Art Center
K-12 students get to look at, think about and engage with art on our artist-led tours. Schedule your tour to explore our exhibitions, get an insider’s view of our working art studios and experience a fun art-making activity. Call 510.620.6773 or download our flyer for more info.

Current Exhibitions

The Breakfast Group: Jive and Java
Victor Cartagena: Sites/Sights of Intervention
49th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show
Art in the Community Annual Student Show

Upcoming Exhibitions

Annual Members Show
Sculpture!
Ruth Braunstein: Focus on Clay
Slusky and Sullivan: Sculptures, Drawings, and Related Antics

 

Spring Exhibition Dates: Mar 22 – May 30, 2014;
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11am – 5pm
Opening Reception: Sat, Mar 22, 2014, 4 – 6pm


Main Gallery
The Breakfast Group: Jive and Java
Exhibition Dates: Mar 22 – May 30, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Mar 22, 2014, 4 – 6pm
Saturday Jive & Java Conversations: Sat, Mar 29 – May 24, 11am – 1pm (see listing below)
Saturday Workshops taught by Breakfast Group artists (see listing below)

Left: Carl Worth Sanctum, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, 2013. Photo: John Friedman. Right: Katie Hawkinson Water Element, Oil on linen, 48 x 48 inches, 2013. Left: Carl Worth Sanctum, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, 2013. Photo: John Friedman. Right: Katie Hawkinson Water Element, Oil on linen, 48 x 48 inches, 2013.

Exhibition featuring artworks by 30 noted artists of the East Bay's "Breakfast Group" and complemented by a series of weekly programs, talks and workshops. For five decades, an ever changing group of painters, glass artists, sculptors, film-makers and photographers have been meeting weekly over breakfast to discuss ideas, artists, world events, movies, life and sports! They gather because of their common devotion to art and a desire to be with other like-minded people. The group originated in the mid-'60s when art professors at the University of California at Berkeley including Sid Gordin, a well-known abstract painter and sculptor, and Elmer Bischoff, a pioneer in the Bay Area figurative school of art began meeting to talk about art. Funding for The Breakfast Group: Jive and Java exhibition has been provided by Oliver & Company.

Breakfast Group Jive & Java Discussions & Spotlight Gallery Artist Talks

Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and talk, debate and joke the Breakfast Group artists when they relocate their weekly coffee-fueled conversations to the Richmond Art Center. Each week the 'Spotlight Gallery' will feature the work of a new artist who will lead a special talk and an informal gallery tour. Coffee is provided by the Richmond Art Center.
Every Saturday from Mar 29 - May 24, 11am – 1pm, FREE

Mar 29 – Sculptor Patricia Bengtson Jones & Painter Edythe Bresnahan
Apr 5 – Painter & Drawer Jan Wurm
Apr 12 – Painter Katie Hawkinson
Apr 19 – Mixed-media artist Robert Simons & sculptor Joe Slusky
Apr 26 – Painter Donna Fenstermaker & sculptor Stan Huncilman
May 3 – Painter Carol Ladewig
May 10 – Mixed-media artist Guillermo Pulido
May 17 – Watercolor painter Loren Rehbock
May 24 – Painter Nancy Genn

Workshops: Taught by Breakfast Group Artists
Saturdays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm; Cost: $20 ($18 for RAC Members)

Apr 5Jan Wurm Workshop: head to toe - self-portraits & other reflections. Look from top to bottom, right and left to create an image of ourselves, our interests and our days. All levels. Register >

Apr 26Donna Fenstermaker Workshop: an afternoon of plein air. Use viewfinders to find a composition, make a preliminary drawing and begin painting. Make swatches to compare color as the light changes during the session. Some experience in a chosen media required. Register >

Apr 26 - Stan Huncilman Workshop: think BIG. Want to make a big sculpture but did not know how to go about it? In this workshop, we will make maquettes and discuss what would be the best way to make large sculptures later on. For intermediate-level students. Register >

May 3Carol Ladewig Workshop: coloring the day. Discuss color’s history and symbolism, then visualize a day and translate the memory into a painting by creating a color to represent your day. $15 materials fee due. All levels. Register >

May 10Guillermo Pulido Workshop: dead artist breakfast group. View Guillermo’s video portraits of Erle Loran, Elmer Bischoff, Peter Shoemaker, Robert Warren Loberg and other late members of the Breakfast Group and learn about his approach to interviewing subjects. All levels. Register >

May 17Loren Rehbock Workshop: watercolor without fear. Demos of watercolor with a basic intro to washes, glazes, color and composition. Experiment with techniques. All levels. Register >



South Gallery
Victor Cartagena: Sites/Sights of Intervention
Exhibition Dates: Mar 22 – May 30, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Mar 22, 2014, 4 – 6 pm
Victor Cartagena Artist Talk: Mar 22, 3 – 4 pm

Left: Victor Cartagena, installation.  Right: Victor Cartagena, Blindfolded, installation, 40 x 60 inches, 2005.Left: Victor Cartagena, installation.
Right: Victor Cartagena Con Los Ojos Vendados, installation, 40 x 60 inches, 2005.

A series of provocative installations by San Francisco-based artist Victor Cartagena aim to create an intercultural dialogue and extract an empathetic understanding from the viewer. Cartagena’s work ranges from printmaking, drawing and painting, to sculpture, audio and video installation and draws on his early memories of fleeing El Salvador’s bloody civil strife in 1985. Cartagena utilizes appropriated images and formal strategies to comment on his own experiences in relation to world events and broader socio-political issues, including war, forced migration and exile, cultural and gang violence and social insensitivity.

Read the review by Oakland Art Enthusiast, March 28, 2014


Community Gallery
49th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show
Exhibition Dates: Mar 22 – Apr 25
Special Reception: Thu. Apr 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Left: Gilberto Gil, All of Me, charcoal on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 2013. Right: Priya Naidu, Transportation, Acrylic on paper, 12 x 14 inchesLeft: Gilberto Gil, All of Me, charcoal on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 2013. Right: Priya Naidu, Transportation, Acrylic on paper, 12 x 14 inches

The Richmond Art Center is proud of its history hosting the West Contra Costa County Unified School District (WCCUSD) Annual Student Art Show, a tradition now in its 49th year. The exhibition features original creative works by hundreds of middle and high school students in photography, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, collage, painting and drawing. For most of these students, this will be their first professional exhibition. Through April 30.


Community Gallery
Art in the Community Annual Student Show
Exhibition Dates: May 3 – 30 Special Reception: Sat. May 10, 3 – 5 pm

Students at the Richmond Public Library Main Branch construct cities and playgrounds from recyclable materials as part of our Art in the Community.Students at the Richmond Public Library Main Branch construct cities and playgrounds from recyclable materials as part of our Art in the Community.

The Art Center’s traveling Art in the Community program delivers talented instructors and after-school art programs to middle and elementary schools, community centers and the Richmond Public Library. This annual exhibition showcases the jewelry, ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture and more that was created by the students in these program. May 3 – 30

 

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Summer 2014 Exhibitions
Exhibition Dates: Jun 14 – Aug 22, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Jun 14, 5 – 7 pm

Main Gallery
Annual Members Show
Exhibition Dates: Jun 14 – Aug 22, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Jun 14, 5 – 7 pm

Come see the array of talent and imagination of the Art Center's dynamic and creative community in this annual exhibition which features the works of over 100 artist-level members and a range of media including screen-printing, ceramics, metals, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, weaving and more. A showcase gallery will feature multiple works by the 2013 award winners: Gene Erickson, Virginia Jourdan, Jeremy Nuttall, Joseph Rogers and Saadi Shapiro.

West Gallery
Sculpture!
Exhibition Dates: Jun 14 – Aug 22, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Jun 14, 5 – 7 pm

Juried exhibition celebrating works in a vast array of artistic styles and media by members of the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group. Formed by six Bay Area artists in 1988, this group promotes artistic excellence and fosters the development of emerging sculptors. Juror John Toki is an internationally known sculptor, public artist, teacher, curator and author.

South Gallery
Ruth Braunstein: Focus on Clay
Exhibition Dates: Jun 14 – Aug 22, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Jun 14, 5 – 7 pm

Exhibition of works from Bay Area art icon Ruth Braunstein's private collection of clay objects with works by Peter Voulkos, Robert Brady, Richard Shaw, Win Ng, Robert Arneson, and others, many shown publicly for the first time. This exhibition celebrates her role in transforming Bay Area art over the last several decades through her work as a long-time gallerist and supporter of the arts. Ruth Braunstein, now 91 years of age, will be present at the opening reception.

Community Gallery
Slusky and Sullivan: Sculptures, Drawings, and Related Antics
Exhibition Dates: Jun 14 – Aug 22, 2014
Drawing Jam Session: Sat, Jun 7, 1 - 4 pm. Free, but must register to participate. Stay tuned for more information.
Opening Reception: Sat, Jun 14, 5 – 7 pm

Sculpture, drawing and illustration showcasing the playful sensibilities and creative antics of noted UC Berkeley artists and professors Joseph Slusky and Chip Sullivan. Joe and Chip have co-taught for over two decades inspiring countless students and artists. A new book has just been published of their work called: "Impulse to Draw". Slusky's sculpture embraces the more ephemeral human qualities of flesh and fluid with the hardness of the metal medium — his sculptures are like the imagination fossilized. Sullivan, also a long-time landscape architect, has a unique illustrative drawing style that provides commentary on the delicate balance between humans and nature and experiments in energy, fantasy and form.