The Latest From NIAD//

Familiar faces.  When you attend Thirsty Thursday tonight (and we hope you will!), you might recognize Anthony Grant, since he’s been a friend of the center for some time.  Last year, Anthony organized a terrific exhibition, Ether Here Nor There, in our galleries, and spent time with us in person with an artist/curator’s talk and one of the first Thirsty Thursday events onsite.  Before that, he got to know us online, and we got to know his work too. It was the beginning of something great.  We do try to keep people around.  When someone comes to NIAD with a Read More …

The Latest From NIAD//

One word that comes up often, as NIAD works to define our role as a racial and social justice organization, is radical – meaning root-level. Our staff use this word to define the best in how we work, and to remind us, as a community, that when we question the ground in which we’ve been planted so long, we are moving toward greater unity. When we embrace the differences and the diversity it’s our honor and fortune to hold, we can learn from these resources, and reimagine how we are going to exist in a more just society and world. Read More …

Online Exhibition: Let’s Go Away For A While, Selected By Caitlin McCormack//

Surrender to the warm current as it carries you away. In these chaotic and claustrophobic times, we are all in need of an escape route. Images of exotic landscapes and languid creatures, joyful snapshots of friends traversing imaginary topographies, and depictions of luscious plants bathed in sunlight now have more power than ever, providing us with a portal to fantastical serenity. This selection of works, many of which deftly entwine practices rooted in craft with artful ingenuity, offer portrayals of paradise, its inhabitants, and some of the necessities you might bring along on an idyllic excursion. The respite you desire Read More …

The Latest From Our Executive Director//

We often say, NIAD is a community – and NIAD is a family.  This past six months, we’ve learned how true that is.  Each Thursday at 4PM, family members and care providers come together to meet with NIAD staff and artists for an hour for our weekly Family Meeting.  The meeting offers a window into the Virtual Studio as well as NIAD’s activities as an organization.  Sometimes a facilitator offers a ‘movement moment’, we always check out the current Online Exhibition, and we share questions and answers about remote services and returning to our studio in Richmond. But because NIAD Read More …

The Latest From Our Executive Director//

The more things stay the same, the more we change.  In order to stay present with the lasting pandemic and this moment in the Movement for Black Lives, we’ve had to move in different ways, and grow.  NIAD’s exhibitions have become even more conversational – at tonight’s Thirsty Thursday event, we’re excited to bring together NIAD curators, studio artists, staff members, and friends to bring the latest NIAD Windows exhibition, Weaving Circle, to life. NIAD’s community studio is also changing as we prepare to work in two ways simultaneously – Virtual and Onsite – as soon as it is safe.  Read More …

The Latest From Our Executive Director//

This week at NIAD, we are reflecting on the idea of safety.  California air quality is improving day by day, and we are watching the fire perimeters shrink, with gratitude for the labor of those who have kept us safe.  Resilience means taking in this moment of relative safety, even as we know our extended community includes members along the Gulf Coast, where hurricanes are making landfall today. At the NIAD studio, where various rules and laws ensure we provide a safe studio space for creative work, we are learning how to become even more intimate with safety. Like so Read More …

Exciting News: NIAD x NADA//

We’re delighted and honored to announce that NIAD Art Center is now a member of NADA. The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art. We couldn’t be prouder to be a part.

Interesting Viewing: Our Jean McElvane Rounds Up The Best of Traveling And Military Serving Animate Shorts//

There are many ways and reasons you can travel and not just for vacation. NIAD artist Jean McElvane returns to our blog with another timely post. This one is a Top 20 of videos featuring travel and military service. She says, “The idea for this email came from moving one place to another.  Starting off to Pismo Beach, (aka Pepto Bismo Beach).” And Jean has gathered up the hilarity (much of it from the classic Warner Brothers’ Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes) on many forms of travel and the branches of the service: plane, rocket, naval ship, tunneling and even Read More …

See it: Yes, Our Work Is Featured On Local Bus Shelters//

We’re thrilled to see the results of our collaborative project with SaveArtSpace. SaveArtSpace is a non profit organization that works to transform ad spaces into public art. For this project SaveArtSpace worked with curators from NIAD Art Center, Creative Growth, and Creativity Explored to select work made by local artists to display in public spaces. NIAD studio artist Dorrie Reid selected the works which are now on display in these two Richmond bus shelter. The first is a detailed mixed media piece by Julio Del Rio located at San Pablo and Garvin Avenue in Richmond. The second bus shelter holds Read More …

New Work: Recent Jeremy Burleson Drawings//

You probably know about Jeremy’s amazing sculptures created from tightly rolling paper into tube forms that bent and twisted into shapes that often resemble the body of a lamp. But, Jeremy is also prolific drawer. Mainly working in India ink on mid-sized sheets of white paper, Burleson explores and notes creatures and flowers of all shapes and forms. The works, frequently drawn quickly and with no preliminary sketches, are deftly stark studies of Jeremy’s interests and obsessions. Have a look.

The Latest From Our Executive Director//

As NIAD contemplates keeping our community safe and connected during a longer-than-expected Shelter in Place, we are thrilled to be offering a reinvented Exhibitions program in our 23rd Street windows in Richmond. Exhibitions are how our artists’ work finds its audience – when artists sell work, their careers as artists are confirmed, and as in most art galleries, we split all art sales 50/50 with artists.  When you purchase art, online or in person, you directly support our artists and everything we do at NIAD.  Our online exhibitions will continue every week. We are grateful for the support of audiences Read More …