RAM Art Education and Community Engagement Staff

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Caryn Marsella: Director of Art Education and Community Engagement

Caryn has worked at the museum since 2012. First as a preschool and children with autism teacher, then as an Art-to-Go instructor. She also coordinated First Sundays, Arts Walk, and birthday parties. Caryn then took the position of Art Education Director in 2014, where she oversees all youth and adult education programming, including Creative Horizons projects for at-risk youth and detainees at juvenile hall. She also coordinates the Middle School Art Show, The Press-EnterpriseArt Show, the Moreno Valley Art Shows, as well as the California Art Education Association Southern California Art Show. Today, she continues in that role, as well as being the Director of Community Engagement, where she oversees the Artist-in-Residence programming, as well as community events. Caryn manages a team of 19 employees. She is happily married and a mother of three beautiful teenage daughters. 

“My teaching philosophy is to give all people the opportunity to experience art and to gain appreciation of their own artistic talents, regardless of age and/or perceived ability.”

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Bethany (Volker) 
Molyneaux: Art Education Coordinator

Bethany has worked at the museum since 2012. First as an intern, then as a contracted art instructor, and then as an Art-to-Go Coordinator. She is now full time at the museum as Art Education Coordinator and an youth education art instructor. Bethany began taking art classes at a young age and continued in college getting her Bachelors in Visual Arts with a concentration in sculpture. She keeps her own home studio creating welded metal sculptures and as a muralist. Bethany is married and pet mom to three adorable rescue dogs.

Bethany loves teaching students art! She writes curriculum and also teaches RAM's homeschool programs, afterschool classes, and summer classes. She works with at-risk teens for RAM's Creative Horizons program and schedules Walk and Wonder tours. She also oversees RAM's Art-to-Go program and its contracted instructors to bring Art-to-Go to elementary schools and middle schools. 

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Raven Johnson: Museum Associate

Raven Johnson began working at the museum in 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from California State University San Bernardino and an associate degree in Arts and Humanities from RCC. First starting as a volunteer at the Riverside Art Museum, she then became an intern in the Art Education Department. In 2014, Raven was hired as an Art Instructor and is now a full-time employee at the museum where she teaches youth, teen, and special-needs classes. She is also the Youth Birthday Party Coordinator, Senior Event Staff Leader, and Visitor Services Associate for the museum. 




Guest Artist-Instructors

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Gregory Adamson

Gregory Adamson is a renowned Southern California artist who has gained domestic and international acclaim for his mesmerizing, fast-paced art performances, where he paints to music with bare hands or brushes, creating huge masterpieces in just minutes. His subject matter includes historical leaders, sports legends, music icons, and other pop culture celebrities. He has performed coast-to-coast and abroad, at concerts with major recording artists, and at regional and national events. Beyond his performances, Greg creates privately commissioned studio paintings—including portraits and other subjects, and devotes time whenever possible to his “personal” works which are more abstract in nature.


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Joe A. Oakes

As an artist, I strive to create an alternative version to what people think they see in nature. Although nature is great inspiration, everyone has seen it. Therefore I strive to create something unique by using color as the catalyst between what you think you know and what it can be.

As an instructor, I want my students to know that there are some basic principles they should follow and include in their work. And I work to make sure they understand those principles. But there will come a day when they won’t need to think about those things as much. At that point, if they haven’t already been working on finding and expressing their unique vision, they will be lost. Learning principles and techniques should go hand-in-hand with expression. Each person’s unique expression can be found through thoughtful analysis, experimentation, and play! Because above all else, creating should be enjoyable and fun.

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Kim Cobb is a local educator and the owner of The Lovely Bug, a one-woman business focused on art and informal learning. With her easygoing attitude and upbeat personality, Kim enjoys making learning fun, informal, and stress free. Kim holds a BA in History and a certification in Museum Studies from California State University, Chico. She studied abroad for her graduate work and holds an MA in Museum Education from the Institute of Education, London, England. 

Kim has worked as a substitute teacher, curatorial assistant, outreach events coordinator, associate curator, and coordinator and supervisor of community centers. While holding those titles she has created original curriculum for all ages; developed a full STEAM-based summer camp; increased program visibility; designed, built, and installed museum exhibits; led mural projects; and partnered with National Parks for award-winning art projects. 

Currently Kim works as a freelance artist and education consultant in Riverside, CA. Kim can be commissioned for her unique portrait styles and her fun and colorful designs, or hired for private lessons and workshops. Her consultation services include staff training in a variety of subjects, guest speaking and lectures, customized curriculum creation, action plans, and program guides. 

A selection of Kim's work, products she offers for sale, consulting services, and commission details can be found on her website, thelovelybug.com.


Museum Wish List

As a non-profit art museum, we know how to stretch a dollar and pinch pennies to make things happen, but sometimes the things we need to take it to the next level are just beyond our reach. We've made a list of some of the pressing things we need.

Check out our Amazon Wish List. Better yet, make sure you're logged in to Amazon Smile when you do and then search for the Riverside Art Museum's Wish List! Your donations are very much appreciated!


Thank you to our Art Education sponsors!


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