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 …

From NIAD’s Director: Learning with Humility

From our elders, youth, neighbors, sisters, brothers, and respected community members we hear: the verdict in the George Floyd murder trial is a step forward, but this verdict is accountability, not true justice. We continue to mourn lives lost. This week, we say the names of Ma’Khia Bryant, Daunte Wright, and Adam Toledo in rage and sorrow knowing there are too many more. We must shape the present and the future to be more just. At NIAD, we are continually learning what we are called to do. As an organization, we are:   Holding space for weekly conversations at the intersection Read More …

We’re Hiring!

NIAD is an organization that aims to be artistically relevant and culturally inclusive. As an organization we deliver these aims through activities in our main galleries, our Artist of the Month installation run by studio artists and staff, and our off-site partnership collaborations. NIAD’s Art Marketing and Partnerships Program drives audience reach, reputation and revenue: developing and diversifying audiences; building brand visibility, and creating an outstanding audience experience; and generating income for NIAD. Our very active team aims to deliver outstanding art marketing to our audiences that is both highly creative and effective and can connect us to the widest Read More …

Call for Artists: Art in Windows 2021

NIAD Art Center and Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) are excited to announce a new collaboration to raise visibility for Richmond-based artists and bring art into public spaces along 23rd Street and Macdonald Avenues in Downtown Richmond.  Who: Established and emerging Richmond-based artists, artist groups/collectives, and organizations (arts, cultural, educational, community, historical). Artworks: Existing and/or proposed pieces, all genres and mediums. Site-specific works that reflect Richmond’s history, culture, architecture, and people with an emphasis on high-quality presentations that reflect the positive qualities of the community. What: • Simultaneous Art in Windows exhibitions at NIAD and RMSI during the month of Read More …

Jean McElvane’s Playlist: Door to Door / Let Us In

NIAD artist, Jean McElvane, has created a playlist of songs and cartoons for us: Door to Door / Let Us In. “An idea for this playlist came for various home deliveries to our doors,” says Jean. You can listen to the songs on NIAD’s Spotify, and view the cartoons using the links below. Enjoy! Spotify Cartoons Links to song lyrics #11 Spirit of the Radio by Rush #12 The Green Door – Jim Lowe #13 Let Me In – The Sensations #14 Let ‘Em In – Paul McCartney / Wings #15 I Hear You Knocking · Dave Edmunds #16 Keep Read More …

Jean McElvane’s Playlist: Walls, Windows, and Mirrors

NIAD artist, Jean McElvane, has created a playlist of songs about walls, windows, and mirrors for us! “The idea for this set list came from the thought of looking beyond four walls, through the window, and a good look in the mirror looking back at what’s there,” says Jean. You can view Jean’s available artwork in the NIAD Gallery Store by clicking here. Enjoy her Walls, Windows, and Mirrors playlist! #1 Off the Wall” by Michael Jackson Link to “Off the Wall” lyrics #2 “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” by Pink Floyd Link to “Another Brick in the Wall Read More …

Marlon Mullen’s First Monograph Now Available//

Designed by Eric Wrenn Office New York 128 pages / 52 color plates Marlon Mullen has had solo exhibitions at Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA (2015) and White Columns, New York, NY (2012). His work has been included in group exhibitions such as the 2019 SECA Art Award exhibition, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (2019); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2019); Way Bay 2, U.C. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Berkeley, CA (2018); Affinity, Museum of Northern California Art, Chico, CA (2017); Under Another Name, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2014–15); and Create, BAMPFA (2011). Mullen Read More …

Interesting Reading: ‘What Day Are You Picking Me Up for Christmas?’//

From the New York Times: The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives of many American families. Monica Duffey, 61, looks forward to the day before Christmas Eve. That is the day, every year, that one of her brothers picks her up from the group home in Waukesha, Wis., where she lives with seven other women who have developmental disabilities. Rituals are important to Monica, an avid consumer of Penny Press crossword puzzle books and a lifelong fan of the R&B group Brenda & the Tabulations. Since her parents passed away, Christmas has meant celebrating with her eight siblings, Joe, Maureen, Read More …

Online Exhibition: Favorite Recycled Nature, Selected By Jean McElvane//

View it. About the exhibition My art is my children. I make what I like and share it with the world. With projects I make in detail, I look at what’s in front of me. Anything I’ve made in the past has been improved over the years through studies. Whenever I make something, I always keep an exact few samples for myself. Sometimes I wear them for display, like a human tree, and/or have them displayed where I work. I also keep samples of a work-in-progress in progressive steps from start to finish. Hoping to have answers for questions posed Read More …

The Latest From NIAD//

What do the winter holidays mean to you this year? At NIAD, this is the time when we look back at the year’s accomplishments and learnings, recognize the hard work of staff, appreciate our supporters and donors, and prepare for the year ahead. While sheltering in place has in some ways felt like a held breath, in fact we have continued to grow this year in ways we previously thought impossible. We’re emerging from a year of reinvention and activism, with hard-won tools for staying connected across distance, and continuing work for change through greater equity. As a community, we Read More …

Online Exhibition: NIAD’s Holiday Gift Guide #2//

Welcome back for the second edition of our Holiday Gift Guide. This latest version features loads more gift ideas for you including a few terrific paintings and drawings (perfect for any wall). Another highlight of the guide is an inspirational pen + ink mantra from Serena Scott (you might want to keep this for yourself.) Also along are Alan Perez’s charming ceramic movie monsters (this one is a tribute to Jaws and perfect for the cinephile on your list) as well as Samantha Kershnar’s delightful ceramic restagings (this one is a Christmas celebration.) For your sports fan you’ll find Michael Read More …

An Update From NIAD//

This year, NIAD is more thankful than ever for you, our community of support.  Amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic, you stepped forward to ensure that NIAD grew in its resilience and capacity.  As a result, NIAD is stronger now than a year ago, preparing to expand artist resources in the coming year.  The Virtual Studio will continue; we know NIAD artists will return to 23rd Street in Richmond; and we’ll develop a wider range of community-based programs to connect them. Working in three places, NIAD will serve more artists and reach more of our community – with you.  As Read More …

Online Exhibition: NIAD’s Holiday Gift Guide #1//

About the exhibition Sometimes when giving a gift, you want the form to fit the function. Sometimes when giving a gift you want practical and beautiful over just, well, beautiful. And sometimes when giving a gift, you want something so funky and so unique, you know you didn’t already give it to the recipient last year. With the first edition of our Holiday Gift Guide, we’ve got you covered. In this guide we have some truly amazing jewelry from Maria Radilla and Esme Silva. We have a really lively vessel (don’t often read that combination of words, do you?) from Read More …