Richard May III, as educator, artist, scholar and committed Black father, demonstrates an unwavering commitment to enhancing the aesthetics of the human condition. May embraces his life mission to inspire, motivate and persuade.
May is Professor of public speaking, interpersonal communication & small group communication at Chaffey College and composition & writing at California Baptist University. He taught African American literature and Speech Communication at San Bernardino Valley College. May also teaches drawing and painting to men and women who are incarcerated at California Rehabilitation Center for Men (CRC), California Institution for Women (CIW) and California Institution for Men (CIM) sponsored by the William James Association.
As an artist, May’s creative voice is multilingual. His mastery of mixed media collage on canvas using text and images of vinyl 45 records reflects his rigorous training in drawing, painting and design at some of the best institutions on the West Coast. [Art Center College of Design, Otis School of Art & Design and California State University, Fullerton]
As scholar, May has conducted original research on the AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) art movement. Beginning in 2002, May has given conference presentations on AfriCOBRA at the San Jose State Art History Symposium, Association of African American Museum’s Conference, Western States Communication Association Annual Conference, New Critical Perspectives on African American Art History at the David C. Driskell Center and the College Art Association’s annual conference.
He has closely collaborated with founding AfriCOBRA member, Wadsworth Jarrell. He’s also conducted research with AfriCOBRA members Jae Jarrell, Carolyn Lawrence, Nelson Stevens and the late Barbara Jones-Hogu. May is currently researching the history of Black artists in California’s Inland Empire.
He’s written art exhibition reviews, curator profiles and book reviews for Los Angeles-based magazine, Artillery.
Finally, as a committed Black father, Richard May’s best work of art is his son. Ultimately, his poetry expresses that a father’s “presence” in his son’s life is better than his presents.