Bay Area artist Mildred Howard and students from the West Contra Costa school district will showcase their work in the Richmond Art Center’s spring exhibitions, which opened this past weekend.
The main exhibition, Mildred Howard: Spirit and Matter, open through May 24, showcases a selection of works that present some of the artist’s most iconic sculptures as well as graphic works never before exhibited.
Long admired for her direct and forthright reflections on society, Howard will exhibit work that incorporates her own image, popular images and anonymous photography. In freestanding sculpture, in wall-mounted musings, in graphic explorations and in representations of shelter, she has developed a language to address racism, injustice, need and compassion.
Howard’s work is already familiar to those living in Richmond. Her public installation, Moving Richmond, a work in which a poem by Macarthur Fellow Ishmael Reed was incised into a forty-foot wall of faceted steel, can be seen at Richmond’s BART Station.
The Art Center’s galleries will also feature a milestone 50 years of the annual exhibition of the West Contra Costa Unified School District Student Show.
The WCCUSD Student Art Show, open through April 26, is an annual collaboration between the school district and the Richmond Art Center. It features work by more than 200 students, illustrating their diverse visions and individual creative voices.
In May, the Art Center will mount the annual exhibition of works by students created in their after-school and summer Art in the Community programs.
A special reception for the student exhibit will be held Thursday, April 23, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
All events are free. The Richmond Art Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Center is closed Mondays and holidays.
For more information, visit RichmondArtCenter.org.