REACH Ashland Youth Center Arts Program Coordinator
Painter, Muralist, Graphic Artist, Educator.
A native Bay Area resident, having first lived in Oakland before moving to Richmond as an adolescent, Jerarde Gutierrez has been nurturing his creativity since childhood. The son of a immigrant mother from Mexico, and first generation Chicano father from Oakland Ca, Jerarde’s commitment to honoring his family’s culture and their struggles has fostered his commitment and drive towards his career path as an artist and educator.
As an inspiring young artist without a lot of resources, Jerarde had the benefit early in his artistic development to find a space with the Richmond Art Center in Richmond Ca. While still in high school, the Richmond Art Center in conjunction with the City of Richmond, connected Jerarde with Bay Area Muralist, John Wehrle, as an assistant. This experience gave Jerarde insight into the possibilities of being a professional artist and he challenged himself with creating a path to make art viable life goal. After graduating from the Academy of Art College with a BFA in illustration and painting, Jerarde has been pursuing a career in illustration and design.
In addition to pursuing his passion within the commercial arts, public art, as well as fine art, Jerarde has expanded his reach into the community through his involvement as a Teaching Artist. With a strong belief in giving back to the community, and making art accessible to everyone, Jerarde has chosen to share his passion for visual and digital art through Teaching and Community Art Projects. Jerarde has worked with several camps, after school programs and youth organizations, writing curriculum, program coordination, teaching photography, digital arts, drawing and painting.