Richmond Center for Visual Arts

Mission

Founded in 2007, the Richmond Center for Visual Arts acts as an anchor for the presentation and interpretation of contemporary art and design on the campus of Western Michigan University, in the city of Kalamazoo, and throughout the southwest Michigan area. Dynamic, diverse and devoted to showcasing the art of today, the Richmond Center for Visual Art sparks conversation and sustains dialogue about the social, political, aesthetic, and cultural role of art in the 21st century. Free and open to the public, the Richmond Center for Visual Arts hosts 10,000 annual visitors.

Exhibition History

Comprised of approximately 5,000 sq. feet of flexible exhibition space, the Richmond Center for Visual Arts houses the Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery, the Rose Netzorg & the James Wilfred Kerr Gallery, and the Eleanor R. & Robert A. DeVries Student Art Gallery. In its ten-year history, the Richmond Center has organized two major traveling exhibitions:Complex Conversations: Willie Cole Sculptures and Wall Works (2010) curated by Patterson Sims, and After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics, and Culture in Contemporary South African Art (2016) curated by Andrew Hennlich. Solo exhibitions in RCVA’s sprawling Albertine-Monroe Brown Gallery have featured such artists as Yinka Shonibare (2010), Roger Shimomura (2010), Peter Campus (2012), Kate Teale (2014), Nayda Collazo-Llorens (2014), the artist group Quintapata (2015), and Mike Glier (2016). Widely ranging group exhibitions include Worlding (2017, curated my Mia Curran) featuring work by Ajay Kurian, Lucas Blalock, Marsha Cottrell, Ben Hagari and Hayal Pozanti; Division of Labor: Anne Wilson, John Paul Morabito & Fenando Orellana (2013); Animal Logic: Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw, Paul Sydorenko, Squeak Carnwath (curated by Don Desmett, 2011); and Sculptural Concepts, a historical survey featuring Vito Acconci, Sherrie Levine, Sol LeWitt, Ana Mendieta, Robert Morris, and Robert Smithson among others.

In the more intimate Rose Netzorg & James Wilfred Kerr Gallery, exhibitions featuring Frostic School of Art faculty and regional artists present the richness of art and design of the immediate region. The Kerr gallery also hosts rotating exhibitions of the University Art Collection, which includes an outstanding permanent print collection housed in the Frostic School of Art. Employed primarily as an object-based teaching collection, the prints collection encompass traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques, including work by such artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg, Cy Twombly, Ann Hamilton, Ruth Root, Chakai Booker, Alfredo Jaar, Joyce Pensanto, and Catherine Opie.

With nearly 1,000 square feet of exhibition space, the DeVries Student Art Gallery qualifies as one of RCVA’s most vivacious exhibition spaces. Ranging from BFA thesis shows to individual student projects and group exhibitions from areas including art education, painting, photography and intermedia, sculpture, graphic design, and printmaking, exhibitions in the DeVries Gallery provide an essential professional practice experience for Frostic School of Art students.