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The Richmond Art Center is 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
Our field trips allow K-12 students to see and learn about art, 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

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley
Luminous Space: Paintings by Tom Holland
Frank Lobdell: the Tamarind Prints
Social Discourses: In Print

 

Summer Exhibition Dates: Jun 14 – Aug 22, 2014
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11am – 5pm
Opening Reception: Sat, Jun 14, 5 – 7 pm
Reception will feature live music by Yolanda Alicia, Lichi Fuentes + Javier Trujillo starting at 5:30 pm

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

Jeremy Nuttall Woodson, copper and wire, 2012. Gene Erickson Centenary, wood, 32 x 25 inches, 2012Jeremy Nuttall Woodson, copper and wire, 2012. Gene Erickson Centenary, wood, 32 x 25 inches, 2012

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 – Jul 12 and Jul 22 - Aug 22, 2014 (closed Jul 13 - 22)
(Exhibition closes from Jul 13 - Jul 21 for changeover. Two phases, see exhibiting artists listed below)
Opening Reception: Sat, Jun 14, 5 – 7 pm

John Toki Springtime in Motion, ceramic, 56 x 14 x 9 inches. John Toki Blue Stance, ceramic, 94 x 23 x 17 inchesJohn Toki Springtime in Motion, ceramic, 56 x 14 x 9 inches. John Toki Blue Stance, ceramic, 94 x 23 x 17 inches

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.

June 14 - July 12: Works by Kati Casida, Claudia Chapline, Kathy de Rosa, Maj-Brit Hilstrom, Paticia Bengtson Jones, Bette Linderman, Rosy Penhallow, Darrell Phelps, Virginia Stearns, Nelsy Tarics, Cyrus Tilton, Lynne Todaro, Patricia Vader, James Watts, Jane Woolverton

July 22 - Aug 22: Works by Anya Behn, Rene Dayan-Whitehead, Danielle Fafchamps, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Dan Good, Cynthia Handel, Maru Hoeber, Patricia Hulin, Flavia Krasilchik, Kristen Lindseth, Oleg Lobykin, Catherine Merrill, Jann Nunn, Ellen Sasaki, Adele Selzer, Ruth Tabacany, Clayton Theil, Leitha Thrall, Michael Walsh

South Gallery
Ruth Braunstein: Focus on Clay
Exhibition Dates: Jun 14 – Aug 22, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Jun 14, 5 – 7 pm; Ruth Braunstein plans to attend the reception.
In the News:
Ruth Braunstein collection helps mold clay's reputation, SF Chronicle June 11, 2014

Robert Arneson Untitled, high-fired stoneware, 15.5 x 13.5 x 5.5 inches, 1977. Peter Voulkos Untitled, high-fired stoneware, 12.5 x 7 x 7.5 inches, 1956. Photos: Miguel Farias. Robert Arneson Untitled, high-fired stoneware, 15.5 x 13.5 x 5.5 inches, 1977. Peter Voulkos Untitled, high-fired stoneware, 12.5 x 7 x 7.5 inches, 1956. Photos: Miguel Farias.

Exhibition of works from Bay Area art icon Ruth Braunstein's private collection of clay objects, 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.

Braunstein generously shares selections from her collection for this exhibition of works by Tatako Araki • Arlo Acton • Robert Arneson • Robert Brady • Karen Breschi • Tony Costanzo • Arlene Daw • Jack Earl • Bean Finneran • Howard Finster • Coille Hooven • Thomas McCanna • Jim Melchert • Ron Nagle • Win Ng • George Ohr • Tim Rowan • Richard Shaw • Sandy Simon • Chris Unterseher • Peter Voulkos • Sue Whitmore and other artists.

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

Chip Sullivan The Landscape Imagineer in The Dream Layout, ink and watercolor, 15 x 11 inches, 2005. Joseph Slusky Cubo Roboto, steel and acrylic lacquer paint, 36 x 29 x 19 inches, 2002.Chip Sullivan The Landscape Imagineer in The Dream Layout, ink and watercolor, 15 x 11 inches, 2005. Joseph Slusky Cubo Roboto, steel and acrylic lacquer paint, 36 x 29 x 19 inches, 2002.

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.

 

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Fall 2014 Exhibitions
Exhibition Dates: Sep 14 – Nov 16, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Sep 13, 6 – 8 pm

Main Gallery
Closely Considered – Diebenkorn in Berkeley
Exhibition Dates: Sep 14 – Nov 16, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Sep 13, 6 – 8 pm
Public Program Series: see listing below
Closing Party: Sun, Nov 16, 3 – 5 pm

diebenkornRichard DiebenkornUntitled, watercolor and acrylic on paper, 17 x 12 inches, 1964, The Grant Family Collection. Richard Diebenkorn Untitled, ink and charcoal on paper, 17 x 14 inches, 1964, Private Collection.

Featuring intimate works on paper by Richard Diebenkorn which were created during his Berkeley years (1953 – 1966), several of which will be shown publicly for first time. Also included will be drawings by other Bay Area Figurative movement artists and those closest to Diebenkorn including David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Frank Lobdell, Nathan Oliveira and James Weeks. An exhibition catalog and public programs will provide a background on the historic role that the Art Center played in the rise of the Bay Area Figurative movement, a unique perspective into the ways in which Diebenkorn’s work lives on in local, private collections and still resonates in the contemporary art world today. Guest curated by Jan Wurm.

Closely Considered — Diebenkorn in Berkeley Public Programs

Dive into Diebenkorn, Tue, Sep 9 – Oct 28, 6:30 – 9:30 pm (8 classes)
RAC Member $194 • Nonmember $215 (registration available August 1)
Get inspired by Diebenkorn’s words and works in the gallery and develop your painting approach through two weeks each of still life study, landscape study and clothed and nude live models. Instructor Ned Axthelm will lead discussions about Diebenkorn's approach to various subjects and explore composition, color, paint application and abstraction. Work in oil or acrylic.

The Long Regard: Gretchen Grant and Kathan Brown, Sun, Sep 21, 1:30 – 3 pm, Free
Gretchen Grant, daughter of the Richard Diebenkorn, and Kathan Brown, founder of Crown Point Press and printer and publisher of the artist's significant work in intaglio, will talk about the long span of years watching Richard Diebenkorn at work and being engaged by his process. Kathan Brown's documentary of Diebenkorn will also be screened.

Sleeves Rolled Up and Plates Inked Up: Renee Bott Printing with Diebenkorn
Sun, Sep 28, 1:30 – 3 pm, Free
Join us for accounts of masterly pursuits in the printmaking studio as Renee Bott, co-founder of Paulson-Bott Press, shares stories of working with Richard Diebenkorn when she was at Crown Point Press.

The Big Draw: Channeling Diebenkorn, Sun, Oct 5, 1:30 – 3 pm, Free
Join a long line of participants from London's Big Draw across thirty countries to the California Coast. Bring your ranunculus, your eyeglasses, scissors and spoons as we build a still life connecting us across borders and time.

Striped and Stripped: Drawing Alongside Diebenkorn's Model, Thu, Oct 9, 6 – 8:30 pm
Member $36 • Nonmember $40 (registration available August 1)
With the images of Diebenkorn's models all around us, be inspired and take an evening to draw, drink and reflect in this small drawing session from the model led by a former student of Richard Diebenkorn. Registration required (registration available August 1)

Considering Diebenkorn, Sun, Nov 2, 1:30 – 3 pm, Free
Friends, students, collectors and artists will gather to talk about how Richard Diebenkorn's art, teaching and spirit have influenced the art and teaching in the Bay Area for half a century.

Hello, Goodbye – a Closing Party for Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkeley
Sun, Nov 16, 3 – 5 pm, Free
Join us in celebrating the work of one of the most influential painters of the past fifty years and the generous collectors who have shared this intimate journey.

West Gallery
Luminous Space: Paintings by Tom Holland
Exhibition Dates: Sep 14 – Nov 16, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Sep 13, 6 – 8 pm

Tom HollandTom Holland Berkeley Series, epoxy on fiberglass, 60 x 85 inches, 1970

Featuring abstract metal work by Bay Area artist Tom Holland. Holland merges sculpture and painting to create freestanding sculptural forms and wall hangings. His unique style utilizes simple materials like fiberglass and aluminum and a lustrous application of epoxy paint to achieve depth, light, reflection and shadow — the thin edges becoming a part of the space it occupies.

Holland is a former teaching colleague of Richard Diebenkorn. Tom Holland's long-standing relationship with the Richmond Art Center started in 1960 when he began teaching studio classes and in 1966 we mounted his first solo exhibition. Most recently his work was included in our 75th Anniversary exhibition. Tom Holland's work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and in the Chicago Art Institute.

South Gallery
Frank Lobdell: the Tamarind Prints
Exhibition Dates: Sep 14 – Nov 16, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Sep 13, 6 – 8 pm

Frank Lobdell Frank Lobdell Tamarind No. 1711A,, lithography, 1966. Frank Lobdell Tamarind No. 1709A (State III), lithography, 1966.

Featuring a series of prints created by Frank Lobdell during his fellowship at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1966. Although primarily known as a painter, Lobdell’s work also included lithographs, etchings and monoprints. Lobdell used his time at Tamarind to develop his composition for a large painting (Summer 1967) which was recently acquired by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Lobdell studied and later taught at the California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute) alongside Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff.

Community Gallery
Social Discourses: In Print
Exhibition Dates: Sep 14 – Nov 16, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat, Sep 13, 6 – 8 pm

Juan FuentesJuan R. Fuentes Mayan Warriors, woodcut, 27 x 53 inches, 2011. Juan R. Fuentes Hermanita II,, linocut/woodcut, 18 x 17 inches, 2008.

Featuring the printmaking practices and collections of Bay Area artists Juan Fuentes, Art Hazelwood, Jos Sances and Jim Nikas to illustrate how printmaking engages people in social issues and the sharing of ideas. The exhibition will address links between the practices and how printmaking has been utilized to create accessible political messages, social change and political solidarity in an otherwise alienating world.