The Work of Judy Baca: Excavating Land and Memory through Public Art

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Dancers (tentative title), 2009. © Courtesy of the Artist and Richmond Art Center
The Work of Judy Baca: Excavating Land and Memory through Public Art

2540 Barrett Ave.
Richmond, CA 94804
January 11th, 2011 - March 11th, 2011
Opening: February 5th, 2011 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

East Bay
(510) 620-6772
Tue-Sat 11-5pm


In the Community Gallery.

Judy Baca is a world-renowned painter, muralist, community arts pioneer, scholar and educator. In early 2010, Baca met with Richmond residents through a series of workshops designed to collect their stories and represent them in a mural commissioned by the city of Richmond.

This exhibition showcases Baca's extraordinary work by featuring prints and renderings of her many projects while exploring the community meetings in Richmond that were the seeds of the upcoming mural Baca will be creating for the city.

Baca's conception of a mural begins with its location and the people that live there. The millimeter of paint that is applied to the surface of a wall or building is only one aspect of her work. It is merely the end result of Baca's process, one that she begins by collaborating with residents who have otherwise been made invisible in their society. Baca's images become an act of cultural preservation and a voice for those individuals.

"I really want to produce artwork that has meaning beyond simple decorative values. I want to use public space to create public voice, and consciousness about the presence of people who are often the majority of the population but who may not be represented in any visual way. By telling their stories we are giving voice to the voiceless and visualizing the whole of the American story." - Judy Baca

For more information on Judy Baca please visit her website at

The Richmond Art Center is grateful for the generous support of the San Francisco Foundation, which made this exhibition possible. The San Francisco Foundation