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Artist's CV

Amiri.Life Studio 

Amiri Richarson-Keys

B. 1982, Richmond, VA 

Lives and work in Chesterfield



June 2014 - present 

Co-Founder and Art Director 

The A.R.T.S. Community Center, Chesterfield, VA


  • Provide families a platform to develop a passion for the arts, social interactions, and academics 

  • Provide opportunities for all ages to explore the arts and experience growth through the different programs offered 

  • Coordinate creative classes that offer families and individuals a chance to be free and creative

  • Offer therapeutic art activities for ages 2-100

Sept 2018 - Feb 2019

Art Educator 

(Real School) Richmond Public School, Richmond, VA


  • Provided at-risk students with creative projects that allow them to express their ideas and thoughts 

  • Assist and instructed students on various creative techniques using multi-mediums

  • Offered therapeutic art that allowed students an opportunity to express themselves

Aug 2013 - May 2016 

Program Leader 

Art 180, Richmond, VA


  • Developed artistic curriculum for programs that served to inspire and challenge youth (8-18)

  • Guided youth to explore creativity and self-discovery through different artistic forms

  • Curated art exhibitions to highlight the talents of youth in the community


May 2022

Painting and Printmaking 

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    (GPA: 3.54, Deans List, Spring 2022)

May 2014

Visual Arts 

John Tyler Community College, Midlothian, VA


  • Associates of Arts and Communications


Exhibition Record

2023 Art of Freedom, Black History Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA 

2023 She Is…, Amiri Art//Life Gallery, Chesterfield, VA 

2023 Mending Walls Exhibition, The Cultural Arts Center, Glen Allen, VA

2023 Blackity Black Black, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA 

2023 The Art Seen, The Legacy Collective, Petersburg, VA 

2023 Black Women & Children - Solo Exhibition, Pine Camp Community Center, Richmond, VA  

2022 Liberated Flow Charity Gala, Main Street Train Station, Richmond, Virginia

2022  BRUN Experience Artist Showcase, Richmond, VA

2021  Liberated Flow Gala, Virginia Black History Museum, Richmond, VA

2020  Mending Walls RVA, 20th & Franklin St., Richmond, VA

2020  Common Grounds Gallery, St. Giles Church, Richmond, VA

2020  Liberated Flow Gala, Virtual Exhibition, Richmond, VA

2017  Comfortable & Confident, The ARTS Community Center, Midlothian, VA 

2016  Sneakers On The Wire, The ARTS Community Center, Midlothian, VA 

2014  Sneakers On The Wire, The Artisan Cafe, Richmond, VA 

2010  Arts is Health - Solo Exhibition presented by VCU Health, Gateway Gallery, Richmond, VA 

2008  National Arts Program Juried Exhibition, VCU Health Gateway Gallery, Richmond, VA

Awards and Accomplishments

2021  Nominated for Yale Norfolk Summer Art Program

2021  Tau Sigma, Academic Honor Society for Transfer Students

2021  Alpha Sigma Lambda, Academic Honor Society for Adult and Non-Traditional Students

2008  National Arts Program Juried Exhibition, Awarded 1st place in Amateur Painting Category

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