Give A Little Take A Little: Real Time & Space At NIAD, Organized By Lexa Walsh • Shantae Robinson • Christian Vassell At NIAD Art Center Through July 26//

For Give a Little Take a Little, Bay Area artist Lexa Walsh has chosen to present the works of several NIAD artists alongside six Real Time & Space (RTS) artists. Walsh chose this group of artists — her fellow studio mates — because she saw a similarity in the sense of community at both studios, artists working alongside each other every day. When she invited her RTS friends to join in this project, Walsh asked them simply to respond to a NIAD artist’s work. To Lexa’s and our delight, her studio mates visited NIAD several times, engaged with the artists there, and found deep connections with their work.

Johnna Arnold presented a workshop about her photographic practice of enlarging and printing mundane microscopic detritus, and then invited NIAD artists to add, subtract, adorn, destroy, and otherwise interact with her prints.

Amy Ho responded to the architectural works of James Heartsill by imagining the insides of these spaces through drawings and models.

Beth Krebs engaged in call and response art making, inviting NIAD artists Carlos Fernandez, Felicia Griffin, Julio Del Rio and Shantae Robinson to finish some of her works, and doing the same to theirs.

Kate Rhoades crafted a custom video in response to NIAD artist Luis Estrada’s embellishment of a TV cabinet provided by Rhoades.

Emma Spertus hosted a workshop with the artists about her practice and interest in the repeated patterns and design of paper reams. NIAD artists made their own patterns and reams with Emma’s assistance.

Lexa Walsh is participating, too, responding to Sara Malpass’ text-based work.

Lexa Walsh is an artist and cultural worker based in Oakland who examines and creates social ties in order to craft Hospitable Democracies.

She is a graduate of Portland State University’s Art & Social Practice MFA program and was Social Practice Artist in Residence in Portland Art Museum’s Education department. She was a recipient of Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award, the CEC Artslink Award, the Gunk Grant and was a de Young Artist Fellow. Walsh has participated in projects, exhibitions and performances locally and nationally at Apexart, Oakland Museum of California, Portland Art Museum, SFMOMA, Smack Mellon, Walker Art Center, Williams College Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and has done several international artist residencies, tours and projects in Europe and Asia.

Her upbringing as the youngest child of fifteen informs her work, as does practicing collectivity while coming of age in the Bay Area post punk cultural scene of the 1990’s.  She founded the experimental music and performance venue the Heinz Afterworld Lounge, worked for many years as a curator and administrator at CESTA, an international art center in Czech republic, whose team created radical curatorial projects to foster cross-cultural understanding. Walsh co-founded and conceived of the all women, all toy instrument ensemble Toychestra. She founded and organizes Oakland Stock, the Oakland branch of the Sunday Soup network micro-granting dinner series that supports artists’ projects.

She is currently working on curatorial projects at di Rosa in Napa and NIAD in Richmond, CA, and is a 2018-19 Kala Print Public awardee.

Located near Oakland’s Chinatown, Real Time & Space was founded in March 2011 by Emma Spertus and her husband Mark Taylor as a communal studio space where artists could come and work alongside, learn from and exchange ideas with each other. RTS currently has fifteen art studios and nineteen studio members, as well as an international residency program.


Shantae Robinson

NIAD’s Shantae Robinson has recently created a stunning trio of large-scale abstract paintings. We’re delighted to install them in our Annex Space. We’ll also be a showing a smaller but related painting.

This is the second solo exhibition of Shantae Robinson’s work at NIAD.


Christian Vassell

You may know NIAD artist Christian Vassell for his amazing abstract paintings or his detailed and lyrical drawings, but recently Christian has begun making prints. We’ll be exhibiting a selection of his latest monotypes and linocuts.

This is Christian Vassell’s second solo exhibition at NIAD Art Center.