Collection: NIAD Windows Exhibition: Art In Windows, Organized by NIAD + Richmond Main Street Initiative

About the exhibition

Art In Windows, the annual storefront exhibitions program pioneered by Richmond Main Street Initiative, returns this year through a pilot collaboration with NIAD Art Center. Funded by the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission’s Neighborhood Public Arts Mini-Grant, the collaboration includes two exhibitions in Downtown Richmond windows, a free online opening reception (featuring participating artists and family-friendly workshop kits to accompany the exhibition), and a small business development workshop in June for up to 25 artists.

In March, the Art in Windows call for artists resulted in 34 submissions from 26 artists. Running from May 1–22, 2021, Art In Windows 2021 includes the work of eight selected artists: Mireya Betances, Eddie Braught, Sarah Waite Chase, Deatra Colbert, Robin D. Lopez, Elmarise Owens, Esmeralda Silva, and Karin Turner. All artists selected for the exhibition have lived, worked, and/or exhibited in Richmond. Ranging from photography and ceramics to drawing, painting, and oil pastel, the artwork will be shown in two simultaneous exhibitions in NIAD and RMSI’s windows. Both exhibitions are visible from the street, and the online exhibition presents an expanded catalog of artists' work with new items exclusive to the online platform.

Artworks by Sarah Waite Chase, Robin D. Lopez, Elmarise Owens, and Karin Turner are on view in NIAD's front windows at 551 23rd Street, Richmond, CA 94804. Artworks by NIAD Studio Artists Mireya Betances, Eddie Braught, Deatra Colbert, and Esmeralda Silva are on view in Richmond Main Street Initiative's front windows at 1600 Nevin Plaza, Richmond, CA 94801.

Online Opening

Join us at Thirsty Thursday May 13 from 6-7:30 PM PT for an art-making workshop and conversation with all the artists. The first 25 ticket holders who opt to receive a make-and-take art workshop kit will have the chance to pick up some of the materials the 8 artists used to make their artwork. Sign up to today!

About Richmond Main Street Initiative

Richmond Main Street Initiative, Inc. is a community-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to revitalizing historic Downtown Richmond as a pedestrian-friendly urban village, offering products, services, arts, and entertainment that reflect the community’s rich and diverse heritage.

About NIAD Art Center

In 2022, NIAD Art Center will celebrate 40 years of progressive studio programs in its downtown Richmond, CA studio and galleries for adult artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. NIAD’s visual arts programs provide the time, space, art marketing, education, and teaching opportunities all artists need to maintain a thriving contemporary practice. 

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