WCCUSD student art exhibition at Richmond Art Center through May 14

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Richmond Art Center (Photo by Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

Want to check out the artwork of emerging West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) students? You still have time to do so at the “WCCUSD 56th Annual Student Art Show” on display at the Richmond Art Center (RAC) now through Sat., May 14.

The exhibition is showcasing the work of more than 300 students originating from 12 schools throughout the district, including: Betty Reid Soskin Middle School, De Anza High School, El Cerrito High School, Fred T. Korematsu Middle School, Helms Middle School, Hercules High School, Hercules Middle School, John F. Kennedy High School, Mira Vista School, Pinole Middle School, Pinole Valley High School and Richmond High School.

Art by Tajah Mitchell of John F. Kennedy High School

“This teacher-curated exhibition demonstrates best practices in delivering an art-based curriculum,” said the RAC in a statement, adding that it also represents the “[RAC] and WCCUSD’s shared vision that art education is a crucial component of a thriving and productive society.”   

Students selected for Artistic Achievement Awards at an Opening Reception in April include: Yvette Bennett (Pinole Valley High School), Isabella Shapland (El Cerrito High School), Chandy Viridet (Richmond High School), Navi Emiliano (Hercules High School), Roderick Alexander (Kennedy High School) and Moncerrat Gudino Valdez (Richmond High School), according to the RAC.

Admission to the exhibition is free; RAC gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The RAC is located at 2540 Barrett Ave. in Richmond.