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Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception, Saturday, Mar 21, 4 - 6 pm
SF Chronicle: Why Mildred Howard Wields 130 Butcher Knives for Art
Spring Public Program Series Highlight Work of Mildred Howard
Spring Into Creativity + Learn Something New
Classes and Camps Inspire Kids + Teens
We're Hiring a Studio Education Director
Support Our Work When You Shop on AmazonSmile
3rd Annual Upcycle Returns on April 25
We're Seeking Talented Leaders to Join our Board
Upcoming Events
Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception

Hope you'll join us for the opening reception of our spring exhibitions this Saturday, Mar 21, from 4 - 6 pm. Free and open to the public.

Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter
Exhibition Dates: Mar 22 - May 24, 2015
Come meet artist Mildred Howard at the opening reception for her solo exhibition. Over the course of four decades, Mildred Howard has created rich and evocative work. In free-standing sculpture, in wall-mounted musings, in graphic explorations and in representations of shelter, Howard has developed a language to address racism, injustice, need and compassion. View the public program series.

WCCUSD 50th Annual Student Show
Exhibition Dates: March 22 - April 26, 2015
The Art Center is celebrating a milestone 50 years of this annual exhibition of works by West Contra Costa middle and high school students. Come see hundreds of works by current day students, plus see historical ephemera and works by former students who became well known artists or teachers.

Thank you to the Jay DeFeo Trust and Oliver & Company for providing generous funding for the exhibition "Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter."

Shown top right: Mildred Howard, "Perched" (top); bottom right: Angel Garcia "Untitled" in the WCCUSD Student Art Show
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SF Chronicle Previews Mildred Howard Exhibition

Open up the 96 Hours insert in Thursday's SF Chronicle for a great preview of Mildred Howard's exhibition at the Richmond Art Center.

Why Mildred Howard Wields 130 Butcher Knives for Art
Mildred Howard plunged about 130 butcher knives into a wall at the Richmond Art Center, where her 2005 installation "Safe House" is being re-created for "Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter," a four-decade survey of the Berkeley artist's provocative and poetic work.

The piece, originally created for the opening of San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora, juxtaposes the knives with a metal-framed, house-like structure whose floor is covered with silver and silver-plated domestic objects -- chandeliers, platters, creamers, teapots -- that go from polished to tarnished. It's one of a series of pieces exploring the notion of "home" that the prolific assemblage and installation artist has made over the past 20 years....
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Mildred Howard Public Program Series

We've planned a series of public programs to complement Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter from artist talks to workshops to musical performances.

Join us next Sunday when we kick off the series with Mildred Howard in Conversation with guest curator Jan Wurm. Get an intimate view of the artist's work and her art making process. Grab a cup of coffee, a closer look and an opportunity to discuss the exhibition with the artist. Sunday, Mar 29, 1 pm, free.

See the full list of public programs on our website.

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Spring Into Creativity + Learn Something New

Search the full roster of more than 75 morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes and workshops online.

Featured Classes

Try out two cool techniques in our "Raku and Screen Printing on Clay" class with instructor Michael Perkin.
View all ceramic classes

Learn about the endless possibilities of screen printing for making T-shirts or multiples of your art and more in "Fundamentals of Screen Printing."
View all screen print classes

Cast metal and carve wax models for lost wax casting using organic and found objects in "Casting for Jewelry and Small Sculpture."
View all metals + jewelry classes

Don't miss your opportunity to learn from a talented knitter and designer in "Design Your Own Sweater."
View all fiber arts classes

Browse our full class catalog online.

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Classes and Camps for Kids + Teens

Give kids a creative boost this spring in one of our many afternoon and weekend kids classes:
  • I Love Art - Preschool (ages 3 - 5)
  • Knit & Crochet for Kids (ages 6 - 10)
  • Art Explorers' Club: For Homeschoolers (8 - 13)
  • Sculpt 'n' Sketch (ages 10 - 14)
  • See all kids classes
Spring Break (April 6 - 10) campers will spend an awesome week developing skills, confidence and creativity through fun hands-on projects!

Summer Art Camps keep young minds stimulated through fun activities like painting, screen printing, working with clay and more.

Teen Summer Art Camps (Ages 12+) give teens an opportunity to express their creativity with fiber arts, screen printing, metal and jewelry, and glass.

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We're Hiring a Studio Education Director

Please help us spread the word! The Richmond Art Center is searching for a dedicated and creative person to fill the role of our Studio Education Director.

The Studio Education Director is responsible for the development and administration of the educational resources, personnel and faculty involved in our on-site art education and studio program for children and adults. View the job posting here.
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3rd Annual Upcycle Returns on April 25

We're proud to announce our 3rd Annual Upcycle is taking place on Saturday, April 25 from 1 - 4 pm.

This maker festival is for the whole family to create, see and learn about the art of upcycling. Workstations will feature hands-on activities where you'll be able to creatively re-use materials otherwise headed for the landfill. Learn how to screen print patches, make bags from old ties and denim, create mosaics, weave rag rugs and create metal objects and recycled jewelry.

Help us spread the word! Share the event on social media or download a poster to hang at your school or favorite cafe: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)
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Seeking Talented Leaders to Join our Board

If you're committed to nonprofits and passionate about the work of the Art Center, we encourage you to apply to be a member of our Board of Directors.

We are particularly seeking people with experience in nonprofit board leadership or fundraising and people with ties to the growing spanish-speaking community in Richmond and its surrounding communities. We are also recruiting attorneys and an accountant (CPA preferred). Visit our website to learn more.
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Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 21
Spring exhibitions opening reception
4 - 6 pm, free

Saturday + Sunday, March 28 + 29
Tools for Moving Metal Workshop
Registration info here

Sunday, March 29
Mildred Howard in Conversation
1 - 2:30 pm, free

Sunday, March 29
Source + Synthesis Workshop
Registration info here

Saturday, April 4
Cold Connections: Exploring Rivets + More Workshop
Registration info here

Saturday, April 4
1st Saturday: See + Make Art Tour
3:00 - 4:30 pm, free

View all upcoming events

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Richmond, CA 94804

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Sundays, noon - 5 pm (during exhibitions)
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