CREAM from the top

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Get out of Study Hall (detail), 2009 Paper Cut Letters 9" X 11"
CREAM from the top

2540 Barrett Ave.
Richmond, CA 94804
April 6th, 2010 - June 5th, 2010
Opening: May 1st, 2010 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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


The Richmond Art Center is pleased to present CREAM, from the top, featuring artists who have risen to the top of their respective Master of Fine Arts classes in 2009. From 2002 through 2008, Curator Kathryn Weller Renfrow presented the exhibit at a non-profit arts organization in Benicia, CA before moving the project and expanding it in 2010 to include two exhibition venues, the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, CA, and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, CA.

This year’s exhibition features 14 artists who received Master of Fine Arts degrees in the spring of 2009 from one of 6 schools in the region: California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, University of California Berkeley, and University of California, Davis. The artists have been chosen from a field of nearly 200 candidates, and their work is among the newest, freshest, and most accomplished expressions of contemporary visual art in Northern California. Many of the artists are already achieving success in their careers, receiving honors, awards, artist residencies, gallery exhibits and glowing reviews of their work.

Seven of the fourteen artists participating in the project in this year will be featured in Cream, from the top at the Richmond Art Center.

On April 10th from 2-4pm, an The Artists’ Forum moderated by Kenneth Baker, art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, will be presented. The forum provides an opportunity for the artists to engage in a conversation about their work with the eminent writer, focusing on contemporary directions in art practice as exemplified by the work in the exhibitions. The public is invited to attend and join in the discussion. This event is free and open to the public.