Richmond Art Center to feature works of Mildred Howard and WCCUSD students

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Richmond Art Center to feature works of Bay Area artist Mildred Howard
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Later this month, the Richmond Art Center is set to feature the works of Bay Area artist Mildred Howard, who helped beautify the Richmond BART station parking garage with her art (see photo above).

Along with Howard’s work, the Art Center will for the 50th year feature hundreds of works by West Contra Costa Unified School District students.

The free exhibitions will open with a reception on March 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Art Center, located at 2540 Barrett Ave. They will remain on display through May 24.

For over four decades, Howard has taken common objects of daily life and infused them with meaning, often addressing the subjects of racism, injustice, need and compassion. Her work at the Richmond BART Station, Moving Richmond, features a poem by Macarthur Fellow Ishmael Reed that was incised into a 40-foot wall of faceted steel.

Here’s one of Mildred’s pieces that will be shown at the Richmond Art Center exhibit:

Mildred Howard, The Other Side of the Coin
Mildred Howard, The Other Side of the Coin

The works created by WCCUSD students were accomplished during after-school and summer Art in the Community programs. The artwork is undeniably impressive. Here’s a piece created by student artist Angel Garcia:

Angel Garcia Untitled. Work to be featured in the 50th Annual WCCUSD Student Show
Angel Garcia Untitled. Work to be featured in the 50th Annual WCCUSD Student Show

Richmond Art Center’s Spring Exhibitions
Dates: March 22 – May 24, 2015
Reception: Saturday, Mar. 21, 4 – 6 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, noon – 5:00 pm; (closed Mondays and holidays)
Cost: FREE
More information: RichmondArtCenter.org
Images: Download high-res images here.

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