Richmond Art Center showing mature works by young artists

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You'll be shocked to learn that middle and high school students were responsible for the exhibition currently on display at the Richmond Art Center.
The above images show part of two artworks on display at the Richmond Art Center. On the left: Gilberto Gil, All of Me, charcoal on paper, 18 x 24 inches; On the Right: Priya Naidu, Transportation, Acrylic on paper, 12 x 14 inches

If you can believe it, the artworks displayed on this page are not from a major-city museum.

They were created by local middle and high school students and can currently be viewed at the Richmond Art Center.

The 49th annual West Contra Costa Unified School District Student Art Show began on March 22 at the center at 2540 Barrett Ave. On Thursday, a special reception will be held to honor the collection from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For most students, the professional exhibition is their first, organizers said. That’s hard to tell given the maturity of the works in this year’s collection. The exhibition features photography, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, collage, painting and drawing. It will remain on display until Apr. 30.

The images below were posted on the Richmond Art Center’s Facebook page. Attend Thursday’s reception to learn more about these works and the artists behind them.

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