It’s been a vibrant partnership for more than five decades, and this spring, it will color our city’s canvas once again.
On Thursday, April 13, 2017, from 57 p.m., the Richmond Art Center will team up with the West Contra Costa Unified School District to present a reception celebrating the “52nd Annual West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) Student Art Show” at the center’s Community Gallery, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond.
The school district is sponsoring the exhibition, which opened up for display yesterday. The celebratory reception is free and open to the public and will feature a special performance by the John F. Kennedy High School Band. At the reception, several art awards will be given out to students to honor their artistic talent and originality.
Per Richmond Art Center organizers, the year’s exhibition features more than 250 works of art created in a diverse array of media—from ceramics to acrylic—that represent the creative artistic talents of students from middle and high schools throughout the WCCUSD.
Students Joelle Park from El Cerrito High School and Jennifer Campos of Kennedy High School will be among those displaying their original works.
“It is an incredible opportunity for my students and the students from other high schools and middle schools in our district to have their work showcased at one of the most prestigious art centers in California,” said Steve Mainini, visual arts teacher, John F. Kennedy High School.
On April 29, 2017, the Richmond Art Center will launch another youth-orientated show—the “Art in the Community Show”—that will showcase the work of young, regional artists from elementary and middle schools who participated in its Art in the Community program throughout the year.
According to the Richmond Art Center, the youth art shows will overlap with its featured exhibitions: “Marking Space,” a survey of modern sculpture and installation art, and “Mapping the Uncharted,” an updated appreciation of mapmaking.
“The Richmond Art Center and WCCUSD share an ongoing vision: that art education is a crucial component of a thriving and productive community,” said Richmond Art Center Executive Director Ric Ambrose. “We are proud to support the efforts of so many teachers and students in our district as they discover and learn through explorations in art.”
To learn more about the WCCUSD Student Art Show or the spring exhibitions and events, visit the Richmond Art Center’s website here or call 510.620.6772.
Photo: Painting by Joelle Park, El Cerrito High School.