Contemporary art is filled with many and varied conversations. Some center on materials and techniques, some are emotive, and other discussions involve intellectual exercises, maybe even jokes.

For “Affinity,” the Museum of Northern California Art has generously opened its permanent collection, allowing NIAD Art Center to leap in, creating a group exhibition that takes snippets of conversations created by the Museum’s works and expands the discussions into an even more diverse cacophony.

Pairing up more than 20 works – paintings and objects -- created by NIAD artists with a similar number of works from Northern California artists creates a show that exudes a sort of call and response, or even in some situations a connect-the-dots.

Included artists are Steve Miranda Byers, Lisa Blevens, Lew Carson, Sal Casa, Deatra Colbert, Arista Dawson, Michael Divan, Julio Del Rio, Sylvia Fragoso, Jon Fukui, Felicia Griffin, Tom Griffith, Mike Halldorson, Raven Harper, Bill Hauk, Grace Hertlein, Richard Hornaday, James Kuiper, Portia Lyde, Julie MacDonald, Karen May, Ann Meade, Marlon Mullen, Cynthia Rand, Shantae Robinson, Elena Rossi, Alice Sampson, Danny Thach, Jeffrey Thurston, Christian Vassell, and Billy White.


August 31-October 29, 2017
Reception: Thursday, August 31, 6-8pm


About NIAD Art Center

Located in Richmond, California for more than 30 years, NIAD’s visual art program promotes meaningful independent living by artists with disabilities—while its artists create remarkable contemporary art.

In a unique open studio environment, and with the guidance of qualified staff, NIAD artists acquire new skills in artistic practice and in independent living. As artists paint, build sculpture, mold clay, or work with textiles, their skills of observation and project management improve. As they explore and express their creativity, exhibit artwork in professional-quality galleries and museums, participate in the community, and occasionally earn money from selling art, their feelings of independence and self-esteem increase. Each NIAD artwork is an original piece of contemporary art that tells an individual story from the perspective of an artist with disabilities.

Frequently remarkable, surprising, and engaging, NIAD artwork has become a highlight of the Richmond art scene and has received recognition from the national artistic community.

Wondering what NIAD’s acronym stand for? Nurturing Independence through Artistic Development. For more information, visit