“Richard Alan Mayer (1935-2017), a sculptor and former San Francisco Arts Commissioner noted for his advocacy of artists' rights.
Mayer founded and for many years was the executive director of Arts Habitat, the Monterey non-profit community under construction at East Garrison on the former Fort Ord Army base, where artists will live and work in studios transformed from existing military buildings.
His artist's work led to one-man exhibitions at art galleries across the country and in dozens of group shows at galleries and museums throughout the Bay Area and Monterey. Critics called his works "astonishing" and praised their "bite and power." His brush drawings in an exhibit at the Richmond Art Center drew one critic's praise as "bold and assertive" while another saw "a kind of elegant poetry" in their shapes and sweep.
Mayer was a long-time member of Artist's Equity and served as president of its West Coast chapter as well as vice president of the national organization. He was also a member of Lawyers for the Arts. In 1979 he was appointed to the San Francisco Arts Commission by then mayor Dianne Feinstein.”