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 southwest Michigan. 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 more than 10,000 visitors annually. 


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Richmond Center for Visual Arts

Exhibitions Staff

Indra Lacis, PhD
Director of Exhibitions

Trained as an art historian and curator, Indra is deeply interested in the art world that lives somewhere between academia and the mainstream museum. With equal commitment to activism and aesthetics, Indra believes that contemporary art helps us understand the nature of human relationships and the passage of knowledge, as well as sharpening our critical awareness of the present moment. Establishing lasting relationships between artists, audiences, and institutions continues to make her work deeply rewarding.

Tanya Bakija
Coordinator of Exhibitions

Trained as a studio artist and preparator, Tanya is an accomplished creative problem solver who loves to learn. With over a decade of experience in university museums and galleries, Tanya enjoys working with students and providing instruction, insight, and encouragement into creative fields beyond the classroom. Tanya holds an MFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and spends her free time building her homestead with her husband and son.

Clara Peeters
Associate Curator, University Art Collection

Clara graduated Magna Cum Laude from WMU with a BFA in painting and a minor in psychology. In 2018, she was named Presidential Scholar for the Gwen Frostic School of Art. Trained as a painter, Clara’s practice is based in the belief that abstraction alters the limits of communication. Her drawings and painted images center on visualizing and bringing into focus moments that cannot be described with words.

Melina Wilcox
Student Gallery Coordinator

Melina graduated Summa Cum Laude from WMU in 2019 with a BFA in sculpture and minor in art history. In 2019, she was named the Presidential Scholar for the Gwen Frostic School of Art. Melina is a visual and performance artist with a multidisciplinary practice encompassing installation, sculpture, dance, and print. Her work focuses on the nexus of visual arts and dance—the tactile sensation and bodily responses inherent in each discipline, nonverbal communication, intuition, and the potential of mark-making.