Richmond Art Center preps for ‘Art of the African Diaspora’

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Richmond Art Center is located at 2540 Barrett Ave. in Richmond.

The Art of the African Diaspora, an annual, non-juried group exhibition featuring works by over 150 artists of African decent, will be featured at the Richmond Art Center from Jan. 14 to March 13 and will be accompanied by self-guided open studios and satellite exhibitions.

Formerly known as The Art of Living Black, the exhibition was founded in 1997 by the late Jan Hart-Schuyers and late Rae Louise Hayward, who wanted to instill equitable representation in contemporary art spaces.

Several events will welcome the exhibition. On Saturday, Jan. 25, an artistic achievement awardees’ talk will occur from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richmond Art Center, located at 2540 Barrett Ave. That will be followed by a reception from 2-5 p.m.

A featured speaker event will occur Feb. 1, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and a Closing Party for the exhibition will take place March 13, from 3-5 p.m.

Click here for information on Open Studios dates and satellite exhibitions.

The annual exhibition has been credited with creating visibility for hundreds of artists. Last year, a Steering Committee of artists was formed to continue producing the event, leading to the name change.

“Their goal was to reinvigorate the program while staying true to the vision of Jan and Rae of producing a stellar community event for artists of African descent,” according to RAC.