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, within the city of Kalamazoo, and throughout the southwest Michigan area. Dynamic, diverse, and devoted exclusively to the art of today, the mission of the Richmond Center is to spark conversation and sustain 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 visitors annually.
Comprised of the Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery, the Rose Netzorg & James Wilfred Kerr Gallery and the Eleanor R. & Robert A. DeVries Student Art Gallery, the Richmond Center for Visual Arts encompasses approximately 5,000 sq. feet of flexible exhibition space. In its ten-year history, the Richmond Center has organized two major travelling 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 collective Quintapata (2015), and Mike Glier (2016). Widely ranging group exhibitions include Worlding (2017, curated by Mia Curran) featuring work by Ajay Kurian, Lucas Blalock, Marsha Cottrell, Ben Hagari and Hayal Pozanti; Division of Labor: Anne Wilson, John Paul Morabito & Fernando Orellana (2013); Animal Logic: Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw, Paul Sydorenko, Squeak Carnwath (2011, curated by Don Desmett,); and Sculptural Concepts, a historical survey featuring Vito Acconci, Sherrie Levine, Sol LeWitt, Ana Mendieta, Robert Morris, and Robert Smithson among others.
The Rose Netzorg & James Wilfred Kerr Gallery highlights the work of Frostic School of Art faculty as well as regional artists and special exhibitions comprised of selection from the University Art Collection, which includes an outstanding print collection. Employed primarily as an object-based teaching collection, the Frostic School of Art print 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, 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.
The Richmond Center for Visual Arts features several exhibition spaces:
- Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery for temporary exhibitions of national and international artists
- Rose Netzorg and James Wilfrid Kerr Permanent Collection Gallery for exhibitions of works from the University Art Collection and other special exhibitions.
- Atrium Gallery, primarily for sound and video art.
- Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Student Art Gallery is dedicated to Frostic School of Art students.
Exhibitions are free and open to the public throughout the academic year for all to enjoy and be exposed to regional and national topics in modern and contemporary art.
Academic year: September through April
- Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday: noon to 6 p.m.
Summer hours: May 1 through June 30
- Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With the exception of the 17 Days video series, the Richmond Center for Visual Arts does not accept unsolicited artist submission. If you are interested in submitting a single channel video for consideration, please visit the 17 Days blog for more information and submission guidelines.