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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.