Inaugurated by the Richmond Art Center in 1999, the Award included an exhibition in the 2000 square ft Main Gallery, a workshop and artist talk, and a stipend. 

     The first year's Award was presented to sculptors Susannah Israel and Lawrence LaBianca, by Bay Area artist and educator John Toki. The exhibition and events were organized by Rachel Osajima, Executive Director at RAC.

     Ernie Kim, a distinguished Bay Area ceramic artist, served as Director of the Richmond Art Center from 1970-1980. Kim was also a well-beloved instructor and studio supervisor from 1962 - 1982 at the Center.

John Toki

Lawrence LaBianca

Richmond Art Center

Rachel Osajima

Ernie Kim

The First Annual Ernie Kim Memorial Award & Exhibition


Top right, The Chicken



Left: Chicken Girl.


Right, Chicken Feed,

installation view.

Chicken Feed, installation