Farewell to Miguel Chacon!

Dear NIAD Lovers: Every time Miguel Chacon comes through NIAD’s studio doors, he assumes his role as “The Manager,” a nickname he earned from his fellow artists for his leadership qualities,  but also for his unwavering support and mentorship of NIAD artists, veterans and newcomers alike.   Miguel is a sought-after sound engineer,  but his keen eye for cultural commentary in his visual art practice is clear in the artworks surveyed in his recent solo exhibition Observer. He has said that he spent years just watching other studio artists before hitting his groove as a painter, and by now that groove is as deep as on the tracks he produces. Read More …

Let the Water Flow!

Celebrating Rami Geller Dear NIAD Lovers: NIAD’s artists have dreamed since the pandemic began of hearing the calming sound of water coming from a fountain in our beautiful courtyard garden. Life on 23rd Street does get loud sometimes, and we could all use a little extra peace.  Enter Rami Geller, who made so many dreams come true for NIAD during his lifetime. His warmth and enthusiasm for connection and community widened NIAD’s circle in so many ways, from organizing numerous exhibitions for NIAD artists on the UC Berkeley campus to bringing friends and supporters each year to Win Win, our annual fundraiser. In the wake of Read More …

Stay Tuned: NIAD’s artists are receiving a cost of living increase!

You may have noticed that pricing for artworks by NIAD artists is very reasonable – and we aim to keep it that way. We believe collecting art should be attainable for everyone! However, with most artists at NIAD earning less than $100 monthly from art sales, and costs rising in the world at large, we are aiming to provide artists and NIAD a cost-of-living-increase after holding artwork prices steady for quite some time.  As you probably know, NIAD splits all proceeds from art sales with artists in an art world standard 50/50% split. This won’t change – NIAD’s art sales Read More …

In Memoriam: NIAD artist Erika Martinez

Dear NIAD Community, This week, we share with a heavy heart the news of Erika Martinez’s passing.  A NIAD artist for 17 years, Erika was a pillar of NIAD’s community, and a treasure to her family, to whom we extend our deep condolences. Her many friends remember her as kind, loving, fierce in her joy and inimitable style, and intensely dedicated to her relationships, as well as her work as an artist.  “Her mischievous streak was enviable”; “Her friendships remain so special and everlasting”; “I remember her hellos in the morning where she would say, ‘Hey, it’s me!’—and indeed it was.” These are just Read More …

Jean McElvane’s Top 20 Easter Favorites

NIAD artist Jean McElvane serves up another seasonal playlist! Jean says: Happy Easter, everyone. Top 20 favorites for Easter coming up.​ Enjoy. 1🐰 – (Easter Yeggs) 2🐰 – (I Want It Now) 3🐰 – (Veruca Salt Oompa Loompa Song) 4🐰 – (Veruca Salt Oompa Loompa Song in Reverse) 5🐰 – (A Family Circus Easter) 6🐰 – (M&M Easter Bunny Commercial 1) – 2 versions, this one I remember as a kid ‘cuz of the music. I hope it never goes away. 6🐰 – (M&M Easter Bunny Commercial 2) – This one has children singing in the background 7🐰 – (Cadbury Read More …

Creepy Comix from the Michael Nuñez Vault, Part 1: “The hunger of the Wendigo”

You probably know his movie posters, and you might’ve seen his historical scenes, but even hardcore Michael Nuñez fans don’t know about his zines, chock full of the incredible detail, canny framing, and fantastical monsters we all know and love. You can find Michael’s work in SFMOMA’s Library/Archives, but we’re making it more accessible here, for the first time. Enjoy! When it was 12:00am it was time to get in and get some sleep. … but not before they sleep they decided to have some passion. Bu then… (Animal like scream)!! Want to find out what horrifying thing Daniel saw Read More …

The Latest from NIAD: WIN WIN Thank You!

Dear NIAD Lovers: $47,000. Sometimes a number is so meaningful.  This year, we asked our supporters to help us reach $40,000 at this year’s fundraiser, Win Win 10, to plant the seeds for NIAD’s next 40 years.  You helped us sail past our goals, and into a new future. By some measures $47,000 may seem modest, but we’re already getting to work, purchasing new tables for the studio, upgrading computers and technology equipment, renovating NIAD’s building with key accessibility upgrades. In a continually growing nonprofit, $47,000 goes a long way toward anchoring our next decades in creating platforms for artist leadership, staff training, Read More …

WIN WIN 10 Tickets On Sale!

NIAD turns 40 this year, so we’re going BIG. NIAD is pulling out all the stops for our annual WIN WIN benefit to commemorate our 40th anniversary, and it wouldn’t be the same without you! It’s called “WIN WIN” because everyone has a chance to take home fantastic art and support NIAD artists. Please join us on Zoom for a fun afternoon of games, music and a live auction of extraordinary artwork donated by NIAD artists and artists in our vital network of supporters.  Following the Zoom event, NIAD lovers will come together (safely) for an in-person reception with music and paella Read More …

NIAD Goes Remote!

Dear NIAD Community,  We have made the decision to return to Virtual programming and remote work at NIAD for now. This was not an easy decision, but because we are committed to the health and safety of everyone in the NIAD community, we will remain in the Virtual Studio until we begin to see the most recent national wave of COVID cases decrease. Fortunately our Virtual Studio is a robust creative environment for artists to make work, and staff are prepared to be in contact with all of our studio artists to support their continued practices.  We are thankful for the Read More …

Welcome Rebecca Teague and Maria Yates!

NIAD Adds Two Members to the Win Win 10 Event Team Excitement for NIAD’s 40th Anniversary year and our upcoming Win Win 10 Benefit Auction is building,  and we’re thrilled to welcome two new members to the NIAD team who will take our fundraising game to the next level. Rebecca Teague, Win Win 10 Event Director Rebecca Teague was born in Washington DC, raised in Chicago, IL and has lived in places as exotic as St Paul, MN and Ann Arbor, MI and now resides in Woodacre, CA. Educated in textiles and then photography at SFAI and SF Academy of Art. Read More …

NIAD x Mills // MCAM Acquires 14 Works by NIAD Artists

We are thrilled to announce that fourteen artworks by NIAD studio artists Heather Hamann, Shana Harper, Serena Scott, and Jonathan Velazquez have been acquired by the Mills College Art Museum as part of a newly launched student acquisition project to help diversify the museum’s collection Full Press Release: Mills College Art Museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of 14 works of art by contemporary artists associated with NIAD Art Center in Richmond, California: Heather Hamann, Shana Harper, Serena Scott, and Jonathan Velazquez. These additions to MCAM’s collection are part of a newly launched student acquisition project to identity, research, Read More …

NIAD x SFMOMA // 2021 Small Press Book Bazaar

NIAD is thrilled to be participating in the 2021 Small Press Book Bazaar at SFMOMA! We’ll be rounding up a bevy of beautiful books, zines, t-shirts and other ephemera for NIAD’s table. We’ll be there alongside an amazing roster of small Bay Area presses. We hope to see you there! Event details: Thursday December 2 1-8pm Schwab Hall, Floor 2 SFMOMA / 151 Third Street / San Francisco Free and open to the public; museum admission is not required. From the SFMOMA website: This holiday season, support the Bay Area creative community by shopping this special pop-up sale with local Read More …

NIAD x Christie’s // Future History: The Katz Legacy

An exhibition of NIAD artists at Christie’s San Francisco We’re thrilled to be a part of “Future History: The Katz Legacy”, an exhibition at Christie’s San Francisco on view December 2-9. NIAD studio artists Dorian Reid (courtesy of Kapp Kapp Gallery), Shana Harper, Jeremy Burleson, Sam Gant, Felicia Griffin, Tre’von Silva, and Shantae Robinson will represent NIAD in the show, and we’re honored to share the space with incredible artists from our sister studios Creative Growth and Creativity Explored. Do you know about the Katzes? They’re an innovative, awe-inspiring couple – artist and art educator Florence Ludins-Katz,  and her husband psychologist Dr. Elias Read More …

Dorrie Reid’s “Evening With Jane Goodall”

Yes, that’s NIAD Studio Artist Dorrie Reid participating in a Q&A session with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace! Dorrie was invited to participate in the event by the Walt Disney Family Museum as part of a fundraiser for their arts and animation education programs. Anyone who knows Dorrie’s work – animals, advocacy, social and environmental justice are common themes – would agree that she and Dr. Goodall have much to talk about. Their interaction moved Dorrie to make a statement that she intends to send to Dr. Goodall: Dear Jane Read More …

From NIAD’s Director: Back to Studio!

For 25 years, Deatra has had a truly legendary practice as a studio artist at NIAD.  Not only does Deatra work across mediums including fiber arts, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, and painting, she is a community connector.  And so it’s fitting that this year, she was one of the first artists to return to our 23rd Street studio to work in person. In the video below, she shares her personal approach to making sure life in the Virtual Studio and on-site at NIAD stay continuous. It’s all about friends – whether in the NIAD courtyard or studio, or on-screen in our Virtual Read More …

Break Tune Favorites playlist by Jean McElvane

It’s time for the latest playlist from NIAD Studio Artist Jean McElvane! She has this to say about her latest collection: Hello, & welcome to this next occasion starting this month. Here are the top 10 “Break” Tune Favorites.  At least for now. The idea for this playlist is about taking some time off, whenever is needed.   Though, once again, this Jean is taking another one-week off for her birthday (like I do every year), just this first week (8-4-1973 – 4:11 am – Leo), I’m just staying put, & taking it easy at where I am & while turning 48 Read More …

From NIAD’s Director: Open Letter to SFMOMA

Embedded in NIAD’s tagline, “Redefining Contemporary Art,” is a mission to help build a more inclusive contemporary art world. One way we do this is by building partnerships – in Richmond, the Bay Area, and worldwide. Our partnership with SFMOMA has been an especially important one. Marlon Mullen received the SECA Award in 2019 and as I write this, NIAD studio artists are preparing to unveil two collaborative murals on August 14 and 15 at the museum’s Mini Mural Festival. SFMOMA is a meaningful entry point for NIAD studio artists’ visibility and success. However, at this time we are seeing SFMOMA Read More …

Summer Tune Favorites 2021 playlist by Jean McElvane

NIAD Studio Artist, Jean McElvane, created a new Spotify playlist for us to celebrate summer! Songs include: “Summer Breeze,” Seals and Crofts “Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran “In the Summertime,” Mungo Jerry “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” Sly & The Family Stone “Summer Day,” Sheryl Crow “Summer,” War “Summer Madness, Kool & The Gang “Summertime,” DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince “Summer Rain,” Johnny Rivers “Heatwave,” Martha Reeves & The Vandellas “Summer’s Daughter,” The 5th Dimension “Summertime,” Billy Steward “Summer in the City,” The Lovin’ Spoonful “Cruel Summer,” Bananarama “Sunny Afternoon,” The Kinks “Summer Nights” from Grease,” John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John Read More …

Mother’s Day Spotify Playlist by Jean McElvane

NIAD Studio Artist, Jean McElvane, has created a fabulous Mother’s Day Spotify playlist. Even though the holiday has passed, shouldn’t we celebrate mothers every day? Songs include: “If Mama Was Married,” Gypsy, Ann Jillian and Natalie Wood “Mama Didn’t Lie Jen,” Bradley “Mama Said,” The Shirelles “Mama Used to Say,” Junior “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” Three Dog Night “Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean,” Ruth Brown “I’ll Always Love My Mama,” The Intruders “Mama’s Pearl,” The Jackson 5 “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” Loggins and Messina “Mama Can’t Buy You Love,” Elton John “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” Read More …