Richmond Art Center to celebrate 80th anniversary with major exhibition


To celebrate its whopping 80th anniversary, the Richmond Art Center is preparing a major, unique fall exhibition that invites established artists to introduce not only their works but also the works of younger artists they have mentored.

The three-gallery exhibition, Making Our Mark, runs from Sept. 13 through Nov. 12 and reflects the Richmond Art Center’s “history and mission — to give voice to new artists and open the galleries to new visions,” officials said in a statement.

The Richmond Art Center — which originated in 1936 when founder and local artist Hazel Salmi traversed the city’s streets with a suitcase packed with art supplies, eager to teach art to anyone interested — will feature 14 established and nationally known artists who have supported and enriched the Art Center over the years.


They include Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Lia Cook, Allan deSouza, Mildred Howard, James Melchert, Hung Liu, Richard Misrach, Richard Shaw, William T. Wiley, and Wanxin Zhang.

They will be accompanied by 14 emerging artists, along with a fully illustrated catalog of artwork and interpretation by the Director of Exhibitions Jan Wurm.

In conjunction with Making Our Mark,  Allan deSouza, professor and chair of the Department of Art Practice at U..C Berkeley, will guest curate Marking New Paths in the Community Gallery, which features 12 current MFA candidates presenting new works.

An opening reception for these exhibitions will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, from 5-7 pm. at the Richmond Art Center, located at 2540 Barrett Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and exhibitions are free.

The exhibitions will also feature an interpretive musical performance by Del Sol String Quartet and an artist’s talk. See here for the list of events.

In addition, the Richmond Art Center will hold its 80th Anniversary Gala on Oct. 1 and a community celebration for its anniversary on Oct. 15. Stay tuned for future reports about these events in the Richmond Standard.

The Fall exhibitions are sponsored by BLICK Art Materials, Mechanics Bank, Jacobs & CO,  and Susan and Steven Chamberlin.