Saturday, April 13, 2024, 10 a.m.–4 p.mFree Admission

The Riverside Art Alliance is delighted to announce its 9th annual Riverside Art Market! The event will again be located at the historic White Park in downtown Riverside. This year’s event will feature 100 artist vendors, art and other activities for children, art demonstrations, entertainment, food, beer and wine, and much more. We anticipate over 4,000 visitors to this free, family-friendly, fun-filled event! 

All proceeds support the Riverside Art Museum; last year over $25,000 was raised to make art and culture more accessible to Inland Empire residents! 

Thank you to our vendors and sponsors who have participated over the years!

CALL FOR ARTIST VENDORS

Applications for vendor booths are now being accepted. Early-Bird pricing until January 1, 2024, is $130 for RAM members and $145 for non-members. After that date booth fees will be $140 for members and $155 for non-members. Applications are accepted online through March 24. There is no additional charge for selecting your specific booth or for sharing a booth. Booths can be selected using the online application.

We will provide white E-Z UP canopies to all outside vendors (no personal E-Z UPs are allowed). E-Z UPs will be set up for all vendors by 7:30 a.m. on April 13.

Please read all attachments prior to filling in your Vendor Application.

Vendor Waiver & Instructions
Vendor Booth Map

If you have any questions, please contact riversideartmarket@gmail.com.

We would love for you to be a part of the excitement!

ART MARKET sponsors get special treatment this year. Not only have we enhanced our signage and sponsorship acknowledgement, but we are also offering our sponsors at any level a new benefit: use of the Sponsors’ Tent, where you can relax, enjoy free refreshments, and have a front row seat to the entertainment Please click on the attached informationn link to find out more about our sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsor Information with downloadable form

Click here to pay online for sponsorship



Thank you to our Art Market 2024 Sponsors

CITY SPONSOR

City of Riverside


ROSE SPONSOR

Kathy and David Bocian


TULIP SPONSOR

Riverside East Rotary Foundation, Inc.

Gordon and Jill Bourns
Dayton and Cheryl Gilleland
Kiwanis Club of Riverside
Kathy and Dwight Tate


HYACINTH SPONSOR

Burgess Moving & Storage


MARIGOLD SPONSOR

Gless Ranch
Woodard Group
Riverside Downtown Partnership

Kathy and John Allavie
Lucile Arntzen
Mark and Pam Balys
Suzy and Gary Clem
Sandi and John Fay
Suzanne and Lawton Gray
Francie and Eric Johnson


DAISY SPONSOR

Lorraine and Richard Anderson
Selina and Phil Bremenstuhl
Teresa Chamiec and Robert Giannini
Patti and David Funder
Lawrence T. Geraty
Debra Johnson
Pamela Kaptain
Chris and Georgia Kutch
Peggy Littleworth
Bud and Claudia Luppino
Cookie Smith
Denise Stevens and Madelyn Warner

BEVERAGE SPONSOR

Euryale Brewing Company



Join us in celebration of the opening of Uncaged Perspectives. All are welcome to attend, no RSVP needed

Date: Thursday, March 7th

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: 1st floor of The Cheech

Guests will enjoy food by Ya Estufas! and music by LA DJ Smurf


About the Exhibition:

The prison functions ideologically as an abstract site into which undesirables are deposited, relieving us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers. This is the ideological work that the prison performs—it relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society. – Angela Davis.

Through drawings, paintings, photography, and mixed-media sculptures, viewers are invited to critically examine the roots and repercussions of mass incarceration – from its historical origins rooted in racism and inequality to its contemporary manifestations within the criminal justice system and our communities. A platform for incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system-impacted individuals to share their stories and personal testimonies, this exhibition seeks to shed light on the ways society has perpetuated erasure and criminalization, from the earliest encounters with indigenous populations to the present-day crisis of mass incarceration.

In collaboration with the UC Riverside Underground Scholars Initiative, this exhibition was co-curated by Maryana Carreon, Fidel Chagolla, Carlos Cruz, Ismael Davila, and Luis Miranda. Uncaged Perspectives features art by 17 local artists: Mark Stanley Bey, Cisco Streetlenz, James Clark, Steve Clark, Eugene Cuypers, Dishon, Humberto Flores, Javier Flores, Miguel Magana, Luis Miranda, Gabriela Molina, Panda, Jair Torres, Arturo Valles, and Vicente Vega.

Participatory Defense

Riverside All of Us or None

UCR Underground Scholars  

Starting Over

Pictured: “Got it Bad Cause I’m Brown” and Inland Empire Carceral Landscape, Photo credit: Humberto Flores UCLA’ 19 and UCR’ 21 Alumnus, UCSB PhD Student


Riverside ArtsWalk is hosted by the Riverside Arts Council and sponsored by the City of Riverside and Riverside Downtown Partnership. Find an ArtsWalk map – here.

Join our vibrant community in celebrating the diversity of arts and culture in Riverside and the Inland Empire.

Join us for an art activity led by Cynthia Huerta (@lovewithjoyart) from @lovewithjoyartclub! Learn more about the Love With Joy Mural unveiling at the Community Settlement Association and local community resources.

* Location: The Cheech Education Classroom (2nd floor)

* Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

We will be joined by the following organizations!

* Partners Against Violence @partnersagainstviolence

* The Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California @inlandcivilrights

* Community Settlement Association @csariverside

* Planned Parenthood @pppswaction

* Grace Gonzales-Holistic Therapy

See you there!


First Sundays is a series of free programs featuring activities for all-ages at various downtown Riverside locations.

Every first Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building) and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture are free and open to the public from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. No tickets are necessary.

Complete list of participating organizations, here.

If you are interested in sponsoring free First Sundays activities, please contact Valerie Found at vfound@riversideartmuseum.org


Join artist, writer, and scholar Richard Allen May in conversation with artist Charles Bibbs highlighting the principles and views on art making and entrepreneurship. They will be tracing back Bibbs unique routes into artist independence.

Art 2000 is a non-profit visual art association founded by Bibbs encouraging artists and art patrons alike to further engage in the arts. Artists are invited to learn skills that lead towards becoming financially independent and making art more affordable. Through Bibbs encouraging journey artists will hear about principles that nurtured a period of collectors

Due to limited capacity, RSVP here


First Sundays is a series of free programs featuring activities for all-ages at various downtown Riverside locations.

Every first Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building) and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture are free and open to the public from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. No tickets are necessary.

Complete list of participating organizations, here.

If you are interested in sponsoring free First Sundays activities, please contact Valerie Found at vfound@riversideartmuseum.org


Pictured: Charles Bibbs™ The Gift 4. Courtesy of the artist.

Riverside County, CA. The Riverside County Office of Economic Development proudly declares March 2024 as the Inaugural Riverside County Arts & Culture Month!

This month-long celebration is set to illuminate the diverse and vibrant arts and cultural landscape across the county, extending an invitation to cities and organizations to unite in a coalition dedicated to art, education, and enrichment.

A Collaborative Effort for Arts & Culture

Riverside County Arts & Culture Month is proudly presented by The Riverside County Office of Economic Development in partnership with The Riverside Arts Council, California Desert Arts Council, Corona Art Association, Murrieta Arts Council, and the Temecula Valley Art League. This collaborative initiative aims to bring together communities and celebrate the diverse arts and cultural experiences that make Riverside County a distinctive and enriching community.

Embark on the Journey with the “Exploration Pass”

Take part in the festivities by obtaining a commemorative “Exploration Pass” available at any Riverside County Library System branch and designated locations. Each cultural destination is a unique treasure waiting to be discovered, and as you explore your chosen destination, your pass will be stamped, creating a lasting memento of the experience. Certain locations will also host special events on specific days, offering attendees the chance to engage in enjoyable activities. It’s important to note that the Exploration Pass is not a free entry ticket to participating locations; instead, it serves as a cherished keepsake designed for year-round use.

Visit Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building) and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture to pick up your Exploration Pass and to get your pass stamped!

More information including participating locations and a list of special events on their website

Artist Panel Discussion: Charles A. Bibbs, Kathleen A. Wilson, and Kenneth Gatewood

Moderated by Richard Allen May

February 18, 2024 at 2pm

Renowned artist Charles will be in discussion with longtime friends and artists Kathleen A. Wilson and Kenneth Gatewood. Contemporary black art from artists who are innovating new ways of being entrepreneurial artists.

Artist, Writer, and Professor Richard Allen May will moderate and navigate the discussions from the historical context into present day.

Location: Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building), Members Gallery

Event is free. Please RSVP, capacity is limited.


Thank you for supporting Riverside Art Museum exhibition Sacred Spaces: The Work and Collection of Charles Bibbs™

Pictured: Charles Bibbs™. The Keeper. Courtesy of the artist.

We invite you to join us at a reception in celebration of the artist and exhibition: Rico Gatson: Icons.

An interdisciplinary, Brooklyn-based artist, Gatson grew up in Riverside, California.

His work is bold and graphic with art historical references to Russian Constructivism and Op art, while in his wholly unique style highlighting the complexities of Black life and impact on American popular culture.

Event is free. Please RSVP, capacity is limited.

Artist walk-through led by Indigenous Futurism curator Denise Silva

  • Location/Time: Altura Credit Union Community Gallery from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Maya Codex Workshop with artist Stephanie Godoy, who’s work Venus Rising, 2023 is featured in Indigenous Futurism

  • Location/Time: The Cheech Education Classroom (upstairs) from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Art Activity with UCR Gluck Fellow, Johanna Nieto Rojas

  • Location/Time: The Cheech Education Classroom (upstairs) from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“The mission of the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at the University of California, Riverside is to create the opportunity for the broader community to benefit from the creative, performative, and the expository talents of the graduate and undergraduate students of the Departments of Art, Creative Writing for the Performing Arts, Dance, History of Art, Music, Theatre, Film and Digital Production, and UCR Arts”.


Admission to Riverside Art Museum and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture is free between 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations and exhibitions. All activities are free.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year, Running the Dragon, with Inlandia!

  • Please note the correct time for storytelling & puppets is from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Artist Ginger Galloway works in media, including painting and collage.  She is also an accomplished poet! She will be at the Riverside Art Museum teaching while working on a storyboard. 

UCR Gluck Fellow Jovana Isevski will be in the classroom creating art with visitors based off self-portraits and self-expression.

  • Location/Time: Arts Education Classroom (upstairs) from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“The mission of the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at the University of California, Riverside is to create the opportunity for the broader community to benefit from the creative, performative, and the expository talents of the graduate and undergraduate students of the Departments of Art, Creative Writing for the Performing Arts, Dance, History of Art, Music, Theatre, Film and Digital Production, and UCR Arts”.

Gluck Contemporary Dance Ensemble will be performing Ladies First at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

Ladies First, a hip hop piece celebrating and honoring the ladies of hip hop through the generations. Through a series of key artists and dances, this performance will take you on a journey of growing up in Hip Hop culture. Directed and Choreographed by Brandon J Aiken

Audience members will learn about dance, choreography, contemporary dance, hip hop dance, and the opportunity to pursue dance as a career. Audience members will watch a 15-minute choreographed dance and then have the opportunity to ask questions to the dancers about the piece, their artistic experiences, and much more. Audience members will also engage in interactive activities such as dance, play, and movement games. This piece is family friendly and school appropriate.

Audience members will recognize how dance is a viable source of embodied knowledge to access ways we understand our cultural, historical, and personal experiences. The audience will create alongside the performers and will evaluate their enjoyment of dance by sharing their experiences, thoughts, and reactions to the piece.

Kevin Wong is a Queer Asian-American artist from San Francisco, California with a background in experimental, contemporary, hip hop, modern, pedestrian, and Chinese dance. He has danced with STEAMROLLER, Project M, and the Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company, and produced several works with his childhood best friend Matthew Wong. His work researches ideas of intimacy, desires, and memories through improvisation scores, experimental choreographic approaches, and reactive conversations. His goal is to develop an analytical and bodily practice that cultivates a safe space for generating a deeper understanding of the self.

Brianna Bootle-Litman is a dance major, her pronouns are she/her/hers and this is her first year in the Gluck Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

Evelyn Casique is a first-year dance major. She is a self-taught dancer in hip-hop and street jazz, she has been dancing since the age of eight and is excited to be a Gluck Fellow.

Karine Cuevas (she/her) is a fourth year Public Policy and Dance double major at UC Riverside. Her research focuses are within Arts-Education, specifically bringing street-dance to public schools in her home city of Los Angeles, as a form of community building and identity exploration. She began dancing Ballet at the age of 5 through EverybodyDanceLA, a non-profit dance program. She later was introduced to Versa-Style Dance Company in 2016 and was trained in Hip Hop, Popping, House and more, through VS Next Generation and the VS Legacy performance group.

Christine Dao is a 4th year dance major and math minor, newcoming Gluck Fellow.

Samantha Leung (she/her) is a fourth year undergrad Theatre, Film, and Digital production major concentrating in Acting and Directing at UCR. She is minoring in Dance hence her interest in joining the Gluck Dance Ensemble. Her love for performing arts began to germinate in high school and prosper in college. Samantha has been dancing for as long as she can remember. From taking ballet to support her 10+ years of figure skating background, participating in high school dance shows, to learning hip hop in university, Samantha also has experience in jazz, lyrical, beginning Hula, beginning Chinese Dragon Dance, and even beginning traditional Korean dance techniques. This is Samantha’s first time participating in the Gluck Dance Ensemble and she feels very fortunate to work with such a talented and passionate group.

Mahek Jindani is a 2nd year Dance major at UCR and it is her first time participating as a Gluck Fellow. She goes by she/her pronouns.

Tia Smith is a transfer student at UCR, her style ranges from ballet, jazz, modern, and Egyptian style belly dancing.


Admission to Riverside Art Museum and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture is free between 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations and exhibitions. All activities are free.

Presenting Sponsor:

In honor of Rosa Park’s birthday and during Transit Equity Day, Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building) and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture have FREE admission to both locations on Sunday, February 4th from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Current exhibitions: Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building) and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture

Opening Saturday, February 3rd at 10 a.m. at The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture: Judithe Hernández | Beyond Myself, Somewhere, I Wait for My Arrival


On Sunday, February 4, 2024 we’re inviting everyone to Take A Seat – Any Seat and ride Metrolink for free. That’s because it’s Transit Equity Day, which is celebrated on the birthday of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

Metrolink is committed to providing safe, accessible and affordable transportation for everyone. Simply arrive at the station and board any Metrolink train operating that day (no ticket required). LA Metro, OCTA, Riverside Transit Agency and San Bernardino County public transportation providers (including OmniTrans, MBTA, Mountain Transit and Victor Valley Transit) are also offering free rides on Transit Equity Day.

Please note: Transit systems in other counties may require a fare. Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner trains will require a fare. 

Transit Equity Day is a national day of action to commemorate the birthday of Rosa Parks by declaring that public transit is a civil right. In 1955, Ms. Parks, an iconic civil rights leader, refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in protest and to demand an end to segregation on transit systems.

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Metrolink spotlight on the Riverside Art Musuem (Julia Morgan Building) and other fun things to do and see during Transit Equity Day

To reach the Riverside Art Museum and The Cheech, take the Metrolink Riverside Line, 91 Perris Valley or Inland Empire-Orange County Line trains to the Riverside-Downtown station and walk .05 miles (about 10 minutes) to the museums. Visit metrolinktrains.com for schedules and a map of the system.



Free Portrait photography with Riverside photographer Miguel Esparza

  • Location/Time: The Cheech Auditorium (upstairs) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Music by DJ Jesse Monstera of Succs2byou


Admission to Riverside Art Museum and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture is FREE between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations and exhibitions. All activities during Artswalk are free.



Art Project will be based on Sacred Spaces: The Work and Collection of Charles Bibbs™ using ink and watercolor.

  • Location: Education Classrooms (upstairs)

Gads’Zukes is a Riverside based band of music-loving professionals who cover some of the best rock songs ever written.  With the Ukelele as a foundation, the 8-person group blends acoustic and electric elements to recreate Beatles, Rolling Stones, and other great artists from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s. 

The music just keeps coming as Gads’Zukes aims to please the music lovers of Riverside with hours of raucous music. 

  • Location: Atrium (downstairs)

Courtesy of the artist: Charles Bibbs™ The Keeper


Admission to Riverside Art Museum and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture is free between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations and exhibitions. All activities are free.



Alebrije Art Activity with UCR Gluck Fellow, Athena Sesma

  • Location/Time: The Cheech Education Classroom (upstairs) from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“The mission of the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at the University of California, Riverside is to create the opportunity for the broader community to benefit from the creative, performative, and the expository talents of the graduate and undergraduate students of the Departments of Art, Creative Writing for the Performing Arts, Dance, History of Art, Music, Theatre, Film and Digital Production, and UCR Arts”.


Admission to Riverside Art Museum and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture is free between 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations and exhibitions



Thank you for supporting First Sundays and the Riverside Art Museum exhibition Sacred Spaces: The Work and Collection of Charles Bibbs™


In partnership with Cultura Con Llantas, join us as we celebrate Dia de los Reyes Magos!

1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Riverside Art Museum.

Enjoy music and Ballet Folklorico, along with tamales, pan dulce, xocolate Mexicano y slices of Rosca de Reyes as part of this all-ages, free celebration.

Admission to Riverside Art Museum and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture is free between 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations and exhibitions



Thank you for supporting First Sundays and the Riverside Art Museum exhibition Sacred Spaces: The Work and Collection of Charles Bibbs™


January 11, 1947 – January 7, 2024

Ofelia Valdez-Yeager, Immediate Past President of our Board of Trustees and chair of The Cheech capital campaign (2017-2019), passed away peacefully on January 7, according to a statement from her family. We remember her incredible leadership and her vision, bravery, energy, strength and love which were inspiring to all who got the privilege to serve alongside her. Ofelia is recognized for her incredible civic achievements, and we remember her for her relentless efforts to establish The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture of the Riverside Art Museum and her incredible fundraising abilities! We remain committed to ensuring her legacy at the museum remains for generations to come. We send her family prayers and love at this difficult time and remember her beautiful light.

Ofelia’s family has requested donations to the museum in recognition of her deep commitment to the Riverside Art Museum and the people it serves.


Photo courtesy of Zach Cordner/The Riversider

Collage Workshop with artist Mer Young, who’s work All My Relations, 2023 is featured in Indigenous Futurism

  • Location/Time: The Cheech Education Classroom (upstairs) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Soundscape Meditation with artist Jeshua Viveiros, who’s work Deer Woman, 2023 is featured in Indigenous Futurism

  • Location/Time: The Cheech Auditorium (upstairs)
  • Meditation sessions run from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Admission to Riverside Art Museum and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture is free between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations and exhibitions.



Riverside Art Museum art instructors will be guiding an all-ages, Rico Gatson : Icons inspired arts activity

Admission to Riverside Art Museum and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture is free between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations and exhibitions.



Help Riverside Art Museum keep up the momentum of engaging, inspiring and building community through the arts! Donate today and have your donation matched!

2023 – an exceptional year! Riverside Art Museum celebrates The Cheech being open its first full year. Thanks to the 130,000 people, including 10,000 students on tours, who visited The Cheech and RAM’s Julia Morgan building to see our critically acclaimed exhibitions. Between both sites, 20 exhibitions featuring the works of over 250 diverse artists educated, inspired, and helped us to understand our humanity in these complex times. Fifty-four programs – including free events like the Pura Pachanga, artist talks, panels, and symposia – created opportunities for connection and community. And, we worked to be in national dialogue through our partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino to tour Collidoscope: de la Torre Brothers Retro-Perspective, starting in Corpus Christi, Texas, then on to El Paso, and opening soon at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Oklahoma! In addition, our team of teaching artists taught nearly 5,000 art lessons in Inland Empire-based schools as well as on-site art classes and workshops, bringing the wonder of creating to nearly 30,000 students. RAM’s The 52 Project encouraged folks that it’s never too late to focus on your art practice, and the Art Alliance’s Riverside Art Market welcomed 5,000 visitors and 100 artisan vendors.

Riverside Art Museum did this unprecedented work in partnership, so thanks to those partners for their commitment to uplifting artistic voices that connect us all. We are also grateful to our many partners including, but not limited to, the City of Riverside, Riverside Unified School District, Val Verde Unified School District, local institutions of higher learning faculty, staff and students like UC Riverside’s Chicano Student Programs, Cosmé Cordova and Division 9 Gallery, Cultura con Llantas, Mexicali Biennial, Unidos For La Causa, Inc., Riverside Latino Network, The Garcia Center for the Arts, Eastside Arthouse, Inlandia Institute, Cellar Door Bookstore, Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance, American Federation of Arts, National Museum of the American Latino, and LACMA. A BIG thank you to Cheech Marin who dreamed that all of this was possible, whose relentless advocacy for Chicano art has changed American art forever, and who always has a little fun doing it!

We are very grateful for a $100,000 matching gift from the Wingate Foundation to launch our inaugural Acquisitions Fund to ensure that we are actively working to collect and preserve work by diverse artists. Over the past year and a half, Riverside Art Museum has added over 150 works by nearly 90 artists; a majority of whom are new to the permanent collections. Spanning from 1920 to 2023, all of these works augment the museum’s joint holdings and amplify the commitment to equitably diversify acquisitions and to collect from innovative points of view.

This was a year of unexpected recognition! The Cheech was nominated by USA Today Readers’ Choice 2024 for “Best New Museum!” The Riverside Art Museum received the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ highest honor – one of only four museums in 2023 –  for “dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service….through their community outreach, these institutions bring about change that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive.” Our partners were honored, too. The City of Riverside received the Helen Putnam Award for Economic Development Through the Arts for “The Cheech” from the League of California Cities.Our architectural firm Page & Turnbull was a winner in the 2023 Modernism in America Awards, receiving a Civic/Institutional Design Citation of Merit from DocomomoUS for the firm’s preservation of the mid-century building to make it the home of The Cheech.

The museum also received an extraordinary amount of news coverage this year by local, regional and national press, from PBS NewsHour, CBS Mornings and KVCR TV, to Inland Empire Magazine and Artillery Magazine, to The Press-Enterprise, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. Almost 850 stories were shared to audiences about our exhibitions, the artists featured in our collections, and our work in the community.

And, you chose us! By becoming a member, buying a ticket, taking a class, following us on social media, shopping in our stores, voting for us as Best New Museum, or attending a unique fundraising event like the Pachuco Ball, Music from Below, and Artoberfest, you are part of our movement to reinvent museums, center artist voices, and continually seek innovative and creative ways to embrace our shared humanity. While we are fortunate to have partners investing in our success, it is individuals like you who are the backbone of philanthropic giving for nonprofits like ours. Nationwide, individual gifts make up over 70% of donations. And we need you today. We have a tight budget gap to close, and we hope you will give today. The first $2,000 in donations received now through December 31st will be matched dollar for dollar (by a donation from RAM Trustee Adam Guzkowski), essentially doubling your impact! We ask that you make your tax-deductible donation today to help us reach our year-end giving goals and to take advantage of Adam’s matching gift. If you can’t make a monetary gift today, we would love the gift of your presence at one of our upcoming events in the New Year!

We have much to look forward to as we focus on more free access days (Free Summer Sundays coming up in 2024 thanks to Art Bridges’ Access for All program) and opening much anticipated exhibitions likeJudithe Hernández | Beyond Myself, Somewhere, I Wait for My Arrival, welcoming homeRico Gatson on February 16, 2024 to celebrate his “Icons”exhibition, and learning more about Charles Bibbs. We also will share more about the historic preservation study of our Julia Morgan building (made possible by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation) and will be bringing on a Director of Interpretation through the Leadership in Art Museums (LAM) initiative made possible by the Walton Foundation, Ford Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and Pilot House Philanthropy.

Thank you for believing in our mission. We look forward to welcoming you in 2024!

Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director, Riverside Art Museum


DECEMBER 7, 2023

Riverside ArtsWalk is the first Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations. Admission is free.


Please join our drum circle on the lawn in front of Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building) from 6-9 p.m. during ArtsWalk. Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. No experience necessary.

Drumming will begin at 6:30 p.m. and go until we have created peaceful rhythms and altered public vibrations. Drums will be available on a limited basis. You are encouraged to bring your own drums and percussion instruments.  Led by Woody Díaz @drumdj413


Riverside ArtsWalk is hosted by the Riverside Arts Council and sponsored by the City of Riverside and Riverside Downtown Partnership. Find an ArtsWalk map – here.

Join our vibrant community in celebrating the diversity of arts and culture in Riverside and the Inland Empire.

DECEMBER 7, 2023

Riverside ArtsWalk is the first Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations. Admission is free.


Join our vibrant community in celebrating the diversity of arts and culture in Riverside and the Inland Empire.


Riverside ArtsWalk is hosted by the Riverside Arts Council and sponsored by the City of Riverside and Riverside Downtown Partnership. Find an ArtsWalk map – here.

A seasonal series of free, family programs featuring activities for all-ages at various downtown locations: the Museum of Riverside, Mission Inn Museum, The Cheech, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Public Library, and UCR ARTS.

DECEMBER 3, 2023

12 p.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations and exhibitions

All-ages activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Join us for a Las Posadas celebration!

@The Cheech

12:00 – 12:20               Grupo Axolotl

12:20 – 12:30               History and importance of Las Posadas

12:30 – 12:45               Song instruction

12:45 – 1:00                 Procession from The Cheech to Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building)

@Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building)

1:00 – 1:20                  Grupo Axolotl performs

2:00 – 2:20                  Folklorico Perris HS

3:00 – 3:20                  Folklorico Rubidoux HS

4:00 – 5:00                  David Borquez


Thank you for supporting First Sundays and the exhibition Sacred Spaces: The Work and Collection of Charles Bibbs™


First Sunday of each month from October 1, 2023 – May 4, 2024 is FREE


Organized by the curators of Xican-a.o.x Body, this symposium explores networks of affectivity, collectivity, and new forms of existence that have expanded the social, cultural, traditional, and political ways of Xicanx life.

We will consider how solidarity and sense of belonging highlight beauty and ingenuity as well as countering and resisting state and gender violence, militarized deportation, structural inequality, marginalization, racism, classism, and stereotyping.

At this symposium, we will discuss how this has led to the systematic erasure of the contribution of Xicanx artists, such as their participation in the history of Pop Art, which encompasses unique expressions that incorporate popular and street culture, the critique of consumer culture, and political critique.

SCHEDULE:

Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

Welcome by María Esther Fernández, Artistic Director, The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

“Circles and Nexus: From the Barrio to the Gallery” with moderator and curator Marissa Del Toro and artists Sebastian Hernandez, Gabriela Muñoz, Gabriela Ruiz and Shizu Saldamando.

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

“Consumption and Revulsion: Xicano Pop” with moderator and curator Gilbert Vicario, artists Justin Favela, Alfonso Gonzalez, Jr. and artist Tamara Santibañez.

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

“Violent Histories/Defiant Futurities through Aesthetic Modes” with moderator and curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and artists Isabel Castro, María Gaspar and Ken Gonzales-Day.

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition Catalog Release and Signing of Xican-a.o.x. Body

Space is limited, RSVP here

Image: Maria Gaspar, Disappearance Suit (Captiva, FL), 2018. Photograph 24 x 36 in. Courtesy of the artist

The Riverside Art Alliance invites you to attend a special presentation with artist Katherine Gray.

Social hour from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Artist presentation from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Gray received her undergraduate degree from Ontario College of Art in Toronto, and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Her work has been exhibited at Heller Gallery in New York City, Urban Glass in New York, and most recently in solo shows at the Craft Contemporary (formerly the Craft and Folk Art Museum) in Los Angeles and the Toledo Museum of Art. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Observer.com, Artforum.com and in the LA Times. Images of her glasswork have also appeared in the New York Times Design magazine.

In 2017, she was the recipient of the Libenský/ Brychtová Award from the Pilchuck Glass School for her artistic and educational contributions to the field; she has also been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Craft Council and is a Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass. Gray can be seen in the ongoing Netflix series Blown Away as the Resident Evaluator. Her work can be found in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Asheville Museum of Art and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, among others. Gray has written about glass, curated and juried multiple exhibitions, and has taught workshops around the world.

Currently, she lives in Los Angeles, CA, and is a Professor of Art at California State University, San Bernardino.

www.katherine-gray.com

No RSVP required; limited guest capacity in The Cheech Auditorium

Please join Inlandia Institute and Blacklandia at Riverside Art Museum for an immersive, one-of-kind literary and visual treat.

On Saturday, November 11, from 3:00-4:30 PM, the storytellers of the Blacklandia anthology These Black Bodies Are … will read their work in a gallery at RAM surrounded by the art of internationally-acclaimed artist Charles Bibbs, whose painting, Shared Knowledge, is featured on the cover of the anthology.

These Black Bodies Are …  is a collection of stories, poems, and essays by Black writers from the Inland Empire and beyond, and was officially launched on Juneteenth of this year.

Copies of These Black Bodies Are … will be available for sale and signing at the event. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a free community event and all are welcome. Attendees of this event will have free access to the Riverside Art Museum (Julie Morgan Building) on November 11th. RSVP here.


Sacred Spaces: The Work and Collection of Charles Bibbs™

Charles Bibbs’s landmark exhibition, filling three galleries of the Riverside Art Museum, presents a range of works from Bibbs’s personal art collection as well as the artist’s own original paintings and drawings. Through Sacred Spaces, Bibbs shares his life-long love of contemporary art and the creative values that guide his own work. This deep acknowledgement of the link between one’s own experience and a piece of art, and how that can be reflected and expanded on in one’s own home, is a living pathway that Bibbs aims to spotlight in this carefully curated installation of his works.

The exhibition will run from November 3, 2023 – March 10, 2024. More information here

A seasonal series of free, family programs featuring activities for all-ages at various downtown locations: the Museum of Riverside, Mission Inn Museum, The Cheech, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Public Library, and UCR ARTS.

NOVEMBER 5, 2023

12 p.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations.

All-ages activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


@ The Cheech: The Cheech and Cellar Door Bookstore welcome Ernesto Cisneros!

Please join us and author Ernesto Cisneros at The Cheech on Sunday, November 5th at 1:00 p.m. Cisneros will be reading excerpts from Efren Divided and Falling Short.

Ernesto Cisneros is the nationally acclaimed author of EFRÉN DIVIDED. He was born and raised in Santa Ana, California, where he still teaches.  As an author, he believes in providing today’s youth with an honest depiction of characters with whom they can identify.

EFRÉN DIVIDED is the winner of the 2020 Poppy Award in MG, 2 International Latino Book Awards, as well as the prestigious 2021 Pura Belpré Medal and an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award in 2021.

Art activity with UC Riverside Gluck Fellow, Athena Sesma


@ The Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building) Cultures of Environmentalism: Read Aloud

(1 p.m. – 2 p.m.) & Basket Making with Lorene Sisquoc (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

For this closing day public program in association with the pop-up exhibition of Climates of Inequality, families are invited to join Lorene Sisquoc (Mountain Cahuilla/Fort Sill Apache), Curator/Cultural Tradition Leader at Sherman Indian H.S. Museum, to learn about and make baskets, and discover how California Native American cultural and land preservation are connected; all ages welcome.

Featuring a bilingual reading of Carole Lindstorm and Michaela Goade’s We Are Water Protectors (2021 Caldecott Medal Winner)

English-Language reading by Riverside Artist/Author Tim Musso from his Chasing the Sun (2023), for ages 3-8. 

Free, open to the public – RSVP here.


First Sunday of each month from October 1, 2023 – May 4, 2024 is free


Are you a high school, college, or university-level teacher interested in bringing regional issues of environmental justice into your classrooms? We have limited spaces available to workshop strategies together, to build upon each other’s work in deliberate ways that can best provide pathways for our students to engage in environmental justice work at all levels.

Registration required; space is limited. Includes same-day museum admission at Riverside Art Museum. Register here

Caption: Opening of Climates of Inequality with student and community collaborators, October 2019, Rutgers University-Newark.  Photo: Shelley Kusnetz

NOVEMBER 2, 2023

Riverside ArtsWalk is the first Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations. Admission is free.


Join our vibrant community in celebrating the diversity of arts and culture in Riverside and the Inland Empire.

@ Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building)

As part of the Climates of Inequality pop-up exhibition, join local social practice artists, documentarians, and activists Tamara CedréNoé Montes, and Anthony Victoria in a discussion on community-based practices in art and activism. Program begins at 6:00 p.m.

Due to limited room capacity, please RSVP here

@ The Cheech

In collaboration with The Garcia Center for the Arts a Dia de Los Muertos tapete will be created to experience in front of The Cheech.

Indigenous Futurism

Opening reception for exhibition Indigenous Futurism in the Altura Community Gallery. Remarks from curators and artists will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Refreshments and catering provided by Zacatecas Catering.

Music by DJ Quilo


Riverside ArtsWalk is hosted by the Riverside Arts Council and sponsored by the City of Riverside and Riverside Downtown Partnership. Find a map of the ArtsWalk – here.

All are welcome to attend, no RSVP needed.

The reception will take place at The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture in the Altura Credit Union Community Gallery (1st Floor). Our Community Gallery is free to the public.

Remarks from curators and artists will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Refreshments and catering provided by Zacatecas Catering.

Music by DJ Quilo

Local social practice artists, documentarians, and activists Tamara Cedré, Noé Montes, and Anthony Victoria talk about the challenges of representing the slow violence of the supply chain, which digs deep into historical forces of colonialism, extraction, and exploitation of the land and people. With over a billion square feet of warehouses blanketing the I.E. and a vast infrastructure—freeways, railroads, and intermodal rail yards—carrying goods to market, how can the arts help humanize the issues and convey the magnitude of the impacts we feel today in Riverside and San Bernardino, where residents experience among the highest rates of air pollution and asthma in the state? 

Free, open to the public – RSVP here.

Please note Riverside Artswalk is the first Thursday of each month; admission is free at the Riverside Art Museum and The Cheech.

Photo of Anthony Victoria taken by Noé Montes

Join us for a lively dialogue with environmental justice organizers from the Inland Empire, who consider how their communities mobilize storytelling for change, to save their lives and those of generations to follow. Spanish/English translation available. 

Free, open to the public, and includes same-day museum admission at Riverside Art Museum.

Please RSVP here

Caption: Warehouses dominate Inland Southern California and encroach upon homes and open space, as pictured here at the home of Tommy and Anna Rocha, Bloomington, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of Anthony Victoria, @frontlineobserver

Michelle Téllez and Mike Chávez engage in conversation on topics related to the Xican-a.o.x. Body exhibition. Dr. Chávez wrote the essay “Los de Abajo: Lowriders, Bodies, and Rasquachismo” that is included in the exhibition catalog. He is the co-executive director and founder of the Inland Empire Labor Institute and a professor of sociology at Riverside City College. Dr. Téllez is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in Community Studies, Sociology, Chicana/o Studies and Education who writes about identity, mothering, transnational community formation, cross-border labor organizing, gendered migration, autonomy and resistance along the U.S./Mexico border.

Mike Chávez is a father, partner, and an activist who was born and raised in the Inland Empire. He has been a teacher in higher education for the last 20 years where he has taught classes in Chicanx/Latinx Studies, Gender Studies, Labor Studies, and Sociology. He earned his bachelor’s in Psychology and Ethnic Studies and a PhD in Sociology, all from the University of California, Riverside. However, he began his academic career as a student at Riverside City College, the school where he is now a sociology professor. He was recently elected as the next president of the California Sociological Association. 

Michelle Téllez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona. She is the author of “Border Women and the Community of Maclovio Rojas: Autonomy in the Spaces of Neoliberal Neglect” (2021), winner of the 2023 National Association of Chicana/o Studies Book of the Year Award. She co-founded the Chicana M(other)work Collective, the Arizona Binational Artist in Residency Project and is co-director of the Memorias en Movimiento Exhibit now showing at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego.

Event has reached RSVP capacity. There will be limited access available at the door.

This Plática will take place at The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture in the Cheech Auditorium (located on the second floor)

ARToberfest

Local Craft Beer, Art Sales, Live Music & More
October 7, 2023
6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA

Tickets $25 Includes food, art sales and music.

Beer and wine tickets $10 each. Non-alcoholic beverage will be available.

An artful night of “bier and musik” German-style, the Riverside Art Museum is opening its doors on Saturday, October 7 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM for beer tasting flights from some of Riverside’s favorite breweries: Carbon Nation Brewing, Euryale Brewing Company, Packinghouse Brewing Company, Route 30 Brewing, and Thompson Brewing Company.

Wine will be available for purchase, along with German food catered by Gazzolo’s Sausage Company & Restaurant. Lively music from Brassworks, a Riverside brass quintet, will have attendees tapping their feet.

The central part of the evening is ART! Attendees can sort through the vintage art sale of gently loved art treasures to snatch up at bargain prices and an art boutique that will offer everything from jewelry to ceramics at very affordable prices.

ARToberfest is a night of festivity hosted by the Art Alliance, the nonprofit that raises funds for the Riverside Art Museum. Event proceeds benefit the museum’s art and education programs throughout the Inland Empire.

For more information, call Kathy Allavie at (951) 784-7377 or email kallavie@aol.com.

Pre-event tickets are sold out.

Please purchase your tickets at ARToberfest.

Become a Sponsor

The Riverside Art Museum and Art Alliance are seeking sponsorships to help make this event a success!

Click here to become a sponsor or download form to mail


Thank you to our sponsors

ERLANGEN


MUNICH

Kathy & John Allavie


HAMBURG

Kathy & David Bocian
Tim Burgess, Burgess Moving & Storage: In-Kind Sponsor
Kathy & Gary Christmas
Paulden & Joni Evans: In-Kind Sponsor
Francie & Eric Johnson


FRANKFURT

Lucile Arntzen
Pam & Mark Balys
Michael Bates
Linda & Ted Boecker
Selina & Phil Bremenstuhl
Teresa Chamiec & Robert Giannini
Suzy & Gary Clem
Barbara Cockerham
Sandi & John Fay
Cheryl & Dayton Gilleland
Suzanne Gray
Jacqueline & Andrew Hopper
Maureen Kane
Pamela Kaptain
Tami & Steve Maio
Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds
Patricia Reynolds
Ruth Ann Ryan & Stephen Parker
Carole Stadelbacher
Athena & David Waite


HEIDELBERG

Georgia Anders-Kutch
Lorraine & Richard Anderson
Marilyn Grell-Brisk
Larry Geraty
Debra & Jeff Johnson
Pauline McGuigan
Sue Mitchell
Debby & Ken Phillips
Marianne Ronay
Cookie Smith
Sue & Robert Spitzer
Denise Stevens & Madelyn Warner
Ofelia Valdez-Yeager & Ley Yeager


MUSIK SPONSOR

James Antoyan


MEDIA SPONSOR

OCTOBER 5, 2023

Riverside ArtsWalk is the first Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations. Admission is free.


Join our vibrant community in celebrating the diversity of arts and culture in Riverside and the Inland Empire.

@ The CheechPenrose recording artists Vicky Tafoya  (@lashesandlungs) and Matt Beld (@mattbeld77) will be performing an acoustic set from 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Join Willis Salomon (@willisthegorila) for an interactive installation “Growing Art Riverside” from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

All-ages jumbo games on the outdoor patio

@ Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building) – Jesse from Succs 2 Be You will be sharing his expertise on propagation and free plantitas (while supplies last).

Gadz’Ukes. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Join us on the front lawn as a Riverside-based band of music-loving professionals who cover some of the best rock songs ever written play at RAM.  With the ukulele as the foundation, the eight-person group blends acoustic and electric elements to recreate music from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and other great artiest from the 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s.  The music just keeps coming as Gads’Zukes aims to please the music lovers of Riverside with hours of raucous music.

Riverside ArtsWalk is hosted by the Riverside Arts Council and sponsored by the City of Riverside and Riverside Downtown Partnership. Find a map of the ArtsWalk – here.

Join us on the first Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Riverside ArtsWalk, a vibrant community event that celebrates the diversity of arts and culture in Riverside and the Inland Empire.

We offer free admission at both Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building) and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture as part of the ArtsWalk, which includes many downtown arts destinations.


Riverside Artswalk is hosted by the Riverside Arts Council and sponsored by the City of Riverside and Riverside Downtown Partnership. More information and Artswalk map available here.

Riverside ArtsWalk is supported in part by:

Photo credit: Puma Photography

A seasonal series of free, family programs featuring activities for all-ages at various downtown locations: the Museum of Riverside, Mission Inn Museum, The Cheech, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Public Library, and UCR ARTS.

OCTOBER 1, 2023

12 p.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations or reserved tickets needed to access both locations.

All-ages activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

@ The Cheech: Cellar Door Bookstore and The Cheech welcome Mónica Mancillas! Story time with author Monica Moncillas 12pm – 2pm and button making workshop with UCR Gluck fellow Athena Sesma.

Lawn games from 12-5pm

@ The Riverside Art Museum: “Make and Take” art activity.


First Sunday of each month from October 1, 2023 – May 4, 2024 is free


October Sponsored by Wescom

First Sundays is a series of free programs featuring activities for all-ages at various downtown Riverside locations.

Every first Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building) and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture are free and open to the public from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. No tickets are necessary.

Presenting Sponsor – First Sundays (March, April, May) and Judithe Hernández | Beyond Myself, Somewhere, I Wait for My Arrival

In partnership with Riverside Arts Council. List of participating organizations, here.

If you are interested in sponsoring free First Sundays activities, please contact Valerie Found at vfound@riversideartmuseum.org


Photo credit: Puma Photography

On Sunday, September 24, please join Inlandia Institute and Riverside Art Museum as we celebrate the launch of local author Evan Turk’s latest book for children, To See Clearly:  A Portrait of David Hockney. The author-illustrator of a dozen books for kids, Evan Turk will inspire you with his visual and storytelling talents. Enjoy an illustration demo and reading – and stay for the book signing and conversation. Books will be available for purchase.

This free, family-friendly event starts at 2:00 PM at Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside. Refreshments will be served.

More About the Book:

From award-winning creator Evan Turk, a stirring biography of world-famous artist David Hockney that celebrates seeing beauty everywhere “It’s the very process of looking at something that makes it beautiful.” —David Hockney

Growing up under the gray skies of England during World War II, David Hockney used art to brighten his world. He discovered that the more he looked and drew, the more he could see beyond the surface to find beauty, possibility, and new perspectives. In the most ordinary things, whether a splash of water, a changing landscape, or the face of a friend, David always found something to love, uniquely capturing the vibrancy and life of his subjects.

Lyrically written and breathtakingly illustrated by award-winning creator Evan Turk, To See Clearly tells the inspiring story of a groundbreaking artist who has shown the world a new way to see.

Evan Turk is an award-winning illustrator, author, and animator living in Riverside, California with his husband, Chris, and two cats, Pica and Bert. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and NPR. He has exhibited work at the Society of Illustrators, ArtsWestchester, Mystic Seaport Museumin Connecticut,  and Petit Palais Museum of Fine Artin Paris. A graduate of Parsons: The New School for Design, his illustration and animation have been shown all over the world. He grew up in Colorado and loves nature and being outdoors. He continues his studies with Dalvero Academy, a private illustration school in New York City. Evan loves to travel all over the world and learn about other people and places through drawing and the interactions that come from it.

No registration needed for this event.

Join poet Juan Delgado and photographer Thomas McGovern as they walk visitors through their exhibition while discussing their 10-year creative collaborations.

Major themes of their work include culture and communities of inland California, swapmeets, murals and local signage.

September 23: 1 pm – 3 pm. Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Artist talk will take place at Riverside Art Museum on the 2nd floor in the Powell and DeVean galleries.

Saturday, August 12, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

The Pachuco Ball is back and happening at a new location! Join us at Skyview Event Center, 5257 Wineville Ave, Jurupa Valley, on Saturday, August 12, from 5:00-11:00 p.m. Get ready to dress up to get down!

Tickets are $50/person. Join us for music by BB Wolf and solo singer Micayla Rivera. We’ll have a buffet-style dinner from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., a no-host bar, a fun raffle for some cool prizes, and dancing until 11:00 p.m.

Proceeds from this event support programming at The Cheech.

ONLINE TICKET SALES HAVE CLOSED. HOWEVER, TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSOR:
Maureen and Juan Rubalcaba – Chingona Consulting

Silver Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsor:

Ronald H. Chilcote Endowed Chair – University of California, Riverside
Latino and Latin American Studies Research Center

Copper Sponsor:

Suzanne & Lawton Gray

In-Kind Sponsor:
Raquel’s Specialty Linens, Inc.

For more info, contact Valerie Found at vfound@riversideartmuseum.org.

Pura Pachanga at The Cheech
Sunday, June 18, 2023 @ 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Celebrating the first anniversary of The Cheech, Altura Credit Union and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum presents Pura Pachanga, a free, family-friendly outdoor festival for the community featuring art and music. More than 30 artisans and about a dozen food vendors will share their wares, along Mission Inn Avenue between The Cheech and RAM (from Lime St. to Orange St.). Artist demonstrations will take place at The Cheech on its outdoor Zocalo.

On stage, enjoy dance performances by Orgullo Mestizo Ballet Folklórico, Tradición Alegre Ballet Folklórico, and Ballet Folklórico de Riverside and music by Inland Empire musical sensations QUITAPENAS, El Santo Golpe, MILPA, Deladeso, and deejay music throughout the day by the female duo Las Chicas Tristes.

Artisan vendors include CJs Angels, a family of artists – Jose, Annette, and Theresa Armas – who create original fine art and handcrafted art based on Mexican traditions. Man One and Pablo Damas are among the artists who will paint live outside of The Cheech. Food vendors include Tacollynn, which specializes in tacos de canasta, also known as “basket tacos” or tacos sudados. Common in Mexico City, but originating in Tlaxcala, this popular Mexican street food consists of tortillas bathed in oil and filled with various stew fillings (papas, chicharrón, frijoles, adobo), then steamed.

Pura Pachanga is sponsored by Altura Credit Union with support from Bank of America, Itzen Bishop Financial and U.S. Bank. The event is co-produced by artist, curator, and community partner Cosmé Cordova.

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM – QUITAPENAS

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – El Santo Golpe

3:15 PM to 3:45 PM – Orgullo Mestizo Ballet Folklórico

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM — MILPA

1:15 PM to 1:45 PM – Deladeso

12:40 PM to 1:10 PM – Tradición Alegre Ballet Folklórico

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Ballet Folklórico de Riverside (Aztec blessing)

Deejay music between band sets – Las Chicas Tristes

TICKETS & INFORMATION: Festival admission is FREE. Reservations can be made online for FREE admission to The Cheech and RAM (limited supply). No additional tickets will be available the day of the event, reservations are required to enter the museums. For museum news and event updates, follow @thecheechcenter and @riversideartmuseum on social media and join the museum mailing list by clicking the button below:


QUITAPENAS is one word – all caps, four syllables – all claps, which gives you a taste of the group’s rhythmic contagion. This tropical Afro-Latin combo was born under the warm California sun. They borrow aesthetics from the radical 60s, 70s and 80s. Each song echoes a remix of history and invites one to engage in the liberating evenings of Angola, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and beyond. The name means “to remove worries.” Everybody has a “pena” and the mission of QUITAPENAS is simple: to make you dance and leave you without a worry.

El Santo Golpe translates best to “The Mighty Hit” – that feeling when one experiences a powerful sense of joy, an unexpected punch of happiness when connecting with a song, a rhythm, movement, art, and an experience that brings peacefulness and alegria! This artist collective was created to introduce an original take to the fun world of “Afro-Latin” music, as they borrow influences of rhythms, sounds, traditions, and Folklore from the Afro Latin Diaspora around the world.

MILPA is a collective of multi-instrumentalist, composers, poets, and cultural artist from the Inland Empire (San Bernardino/Riverside) the band explores the world of folkloric rhythms from Jarocho to Conga, Caribe to Angola, Pacífico beats, and tropic rodas. Milpa’s diverse energy has remained rooted to Afro-Indigenous music, poetry, dance, and community since 2009.

Deladeso is the art persona created by Richie Velazquez. Based out of Riverside California, he has been developing his Digital Death and Grime art aesthetic since 2012. As the originator of grime art, he pays homage to those that have molded himself into the “Spookek” that he is today!

Las Chicas Tristes consists of Latinx deejays Brittney Carranza (Benny) and Leticia Calderón (Leti) who are “bound by sound.”

Saturday, June 17, 2023 | Doors open at 7:00 PM

Riverside Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

Celebrating the first anniversary of The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum, two Grammy® Award-winning East Los Angeles groups La Santa Cecilia and Quetzal combine efforts to present Music From Below: Quetzal together with La Santa Cecilia

As two of the most important groups to emerge from the Chicanx community, Quetzal and La Santa Cecilia are uniquely positioned to present this night of songs and multimedia history highlighting important, yet under-recognized, contributions of Chicanx musicians and songwriters in the landscape of popular music and social justice movements. 

This historic concert and collaboration promises to offer stories and songs past and present that originated along and across imaginary and physical borders. The diverse repertoire represents and spans the history of US/Mexico relations, featuring important compositions from artists such as Don Tosti, Lalo Guerrero, Lydia Mendoza, Los Lobos, Alice Bag, and Las Hermanas Herrera, to name a few. Sponsors include Altura Credit Union, Bank of America and US Bank.

Concert tickets start at $32 and proceeds benefit The Cheech.



QUETZAL is a relentlessly innovative Grammy® Award-winning ensemble that narrates the social, cultural and political stories of humanity. The band’s influences have been described as Chicano rock, rhythm and blues, JB funk, Cuban batá, punk, and Motown soul. Dr. Alex Chavez states that the band “has worked to fight forms of oppression in the communities“ to which they are connected, “and in pursuit of forging these creative and political bridges, you hear artists who are at the epicenter of the transnational world of Son Jarocho.” Quetzal’s live shows are filled with moments of tenderness, fervor and vivid storytelling that transport the audience into a world of affirmation and belonging. For 30 years, they have graced stages across the US, Canada, Asia and Mexico. Recognized by notable institutions such as the Library of Congress and The Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music” featured Quetzal as leaders and innovators of Chicano music. Founded by Quetzal Flores, current members also include Martha Gonzalez, Tylana Enomoto, Juan Perez, Quincy McCrary, and Alberto Lopez. Listen to Quetzal’s music on Spotify.

LA SANTA CECILIA exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid in an era and city in which Latin culture has given birth to many musical fusions. A recipient of a Latin GRAMMY and a Grammy® Award, La Santa Cecilia draws inspiration from all over the world, utilizing Pan-American rhythms including cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz and klezmer music. Their unique sounds and the experience of their colorful, passionate performances captivates both loyal fans and new listeners. Named after the patron saint of music, La Santa Cecilia is composed of accordionist and requinto player Jose “Pepe” Carlos, bassist Alex Bendaña, percussionist Miguel “Oso” Ramirez, and vocalist La Marisoul whose haunting voice accentuates the band’s sound, delivering messages of love, loss, and everyday struggles. Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, the band has become the voice of a new bicultural generation in the United States, fully immersed in modern music, but always close to their Latin American influences and Mexican heritage. Their eighth album titled Cuatro Copas, Bohemia en la Finca Altozano (Four Drinks, Bohemia at the Altozano Estate) was released in 2023. Listen to La Santa Cecilia on Spotify.

Thank you to our benefit concert sponsors:

Steinbeck Remixed: Inventing the Californias in Classic Hollywood is a three-part event exploring representations of California history in John Steinbeck film adaptations. The indoor afternoon panel includes screening trailers and features leading film scholars discussing Steinbeck film adaptations and his home movies. Catherine L. Benamou, Anthony Macias, and Laura Isabel Serna, will reflect on historical narratives affixed to Alta and Baja California—as ripe with resources and opportunities, and how these narratives have overdetermined our understanding of California. Following the film panel is a dedicated gallery tour by two of the curators of the 2022-2023 MexiCali Biennial exhibit Land of Milk & Honey, a traveling multidisciplinary arts and culture program featuring works by over 40 artists whose works focus on concepts of agriculture in the regions of California and Mexico. The day’s program culminates in an outdoor screening of artist Emmanuel Ramos-Baraja’s video installation of Steinbeck films remixed to a live soundscape by a live DJ set by Chulita Vinyl Club.

2:30–5:30 pm    Scholar Panel & Curator-led Gallery Tour  (Registration Required)

6:30–8:00 pm    Outdoor Screening Installation (Open to the public)

Registration

About

Borderless Cultures, founded by Emmanuel Ramos-Barajas and Annette M. Rodríguez, has hosted film screenings and discussions with independent indigenous and Latinx film makers. We greatly appreciate the support of the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of History and we are grateful for the invitation to participate in the 2022-2023 MexiCali Biennial. We offer thanks to our many collaborators, including MexiCali Biennial curators: Ed Gomez, Luis G. Hernandez, Rosalía Romero, and April Lillard-Gomez, Enid Baxter-Ryce; The Cheech staff: María Esther Fernández, Artistic Director of The Cheech Center, Maryana Carreon, and Annery Sanchez; also, the participating scholars, and The Chulita Vinyl

In the words of Mr. Blue himself,

“There is nothing better than kicking back listening to music on a Sunday afternoon. Bring your ride and join us at the Riverside Art Museum on Sunday, May 7, from noon to 4 p.m. Listen to this FIRME lineup of DJs, who will play a variety of different music for you.”

Admission is FREE. See you there!

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

Chicano art, music, and literature played a role in capturing the spirit of an entire community which propelled, nourished, and sustained the Chicano Civil Rights Movement. Artists that embraced Chicano and Chicana identities at that time addressed pressing social justice concerns such as educational and economic inequality, farmworker rights, and other forms of state violence and oppression in the United States.

The oral tradition of spoken word in music or storytelling has been the way that our history and culture has endured and persevered. Poetry is an extension of that oral tradition and is the sister spirit of music. It gives voice to our struggles and allows us to work towards a collective consciousness for our gente as we maintain our cultural identity and fight for political power and place in an ever-changing world. Poets continue to be the voice of our community.

Join us at The Cheech for an evening of powerful poesía in hosted by Cultura con Llantas.

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Wendy L. Silva is a queer, Latinx poet from Santa Maria, California and the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. She did her undergraduate studies in creative writing at UC Riverside and received her MFA in poetry from the University of Idaho. In 2010, she won the Judy Kronenfeld Award in poetry, and in 2013 she received the Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She currently teaches English at Riverside City College. Her most recent work can be found in Line Rider Press, The Packinghouse Review, and the Acentos Review.

Bernice “bere” Espinoza (she/her/they/them) poet/activist/advocate.

She is a first generation American and college attendee, a Xicanx/Latinx Civil Rights lawyer. Her lifelong dedication to social justice has led to her activism, advocacy, a career in law, and even poetry -all of which center on the social justice issues close to her heart (particularly immigration, racial justice, and criminal justice reform). She has been writing since age 10, and has three published poems. 

Sonia Gutiérrez is the author of Spider Woman / La Mujer Araña and the recipient of the Tomás Rivera Book Award 2021 and the International Latino Book Awards 2022 for her novel, Dreaming with Mariposas. She is currently a Finalist for the Book into Movie Awards. Presently, she is working on her bilingual poetry collection, Paper Birds: Feather by Feather / Pájaros de papel: Pluma por pluma and her first illustrated book, The Adventures of a Burrito Flying Saucer.

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of the short story collection Graft, the chapbook Burn Scars, and soon to be release the daughterland poems. She’s the co-editor of the anthology Red Flag Warning: Northern Californians Living with Fire out on HeyDay Books in 2024. She writes about family, culture and surviving climate change disasters.

Ceasar K. Avelar is the current Poet Laureate of Pomona. He is the writer in residence of Cafe con Libros Press, and the founder of Obsidian Tongues open mic. Avelar writes through the sociological lens of a blue-collar worker. He is the author of God of the Air Hose and Other Blue-Collar Poems due to be released this year (El Martillo Press 2023). Avelar will graduate this summer from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.

David A. Romero is a Mexican-American spoken word artist from Diamond Bar, CA. Romero is the author of My Name Is Romero (FlowerSong Press, 2020). Romero has received honorariums from nearly a hundred colleges and universities in thirty-four different states in the USA and has performed live in Mexico, Italy, and France. He is the co-founder of El Martillo Press. Romero is the nephew of Frank Romero, and the cousin of Sonia Romero, both artists whose works are on permanent display in The Cheech. 

Donato Martinez was born in in small pueblo, Garcia de la Cadena, Zacatecas, Mexico and immigrated into USA at six years old. He teaches English composition, Literature, and Creative Writing at Santa Ana College. He has also taught classes in Chicano Studies. He has a self-published collection with three other Inland Empire poets, Tacos de Lengua. His full collection of poetry, Touch the Sky, will be published in May by El Martillo Press.

Paul S. Flores is a San Francisco artist of Mexican and Cuban-American heritage that has built a national reputation for interview-based theater and bilingual spoken word. He integrates Latino and indigenous healing practices to tell the stories of real people impacted by immigration and systemic inequalities. His first book of poetry, “We Still Be” will be published by El Martillo Press.

Sponsors:

Cultura Con Llantas

Los Cinco

Latino Network

April 30, 2023

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Art Talk

Registration link: https://ramcheech.ticketapp.org/portal/product/97

Join us for an engaging conversation between Beliz Iristay and Christie Mitchell about Tracing Acculturations: Beliz Iristay

BELIZ IRISTAY: Beliz Iristay is a visual artist working on both sides of United States and Mexico border region. As such, her work is a representation of the identity created in the in-between spaces. Iristay creates installation work that critically examines the traditions in the cultures she has experienced, specifically as they relate to tradition, identity, gender, and custom. Iristay was born in 1979 in Izmir, Turkey and currently lives between San Diego, California and Ensenada, Baja California, México. Iristay’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in Slovenia, México, and Los Angeles. She was awarded for San Diego Art Prize in 2021 and her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the San Diego Art Institute; Lux Art Institute SOFA Chicago; Miami Red Dot Art Fair Miami; and the Los Angeles Art Fair. She creates her projects and hosts workshops in her TURKMEX studio, which is located in the Guadalupe Valley of Baja California, México.

CHRISTIE MITCHELL: Christie Mitchell is a cultural worker and contemporary art curator. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, an organization providing arts and music resources, exhibitions, art classes, and year-round concerts and public programs to the San Diego community. Previously, she worked as an independent curator, and in the curatorial department of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York where she started as a part of the team orchestrating the museum’s move to a new building downtown. While at the Whitney she organized and co-organized multiple exhibitions including the retrospective Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, which debuted at the Whitney before traveling to the San Francisco Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018-2020. Prior to this, she was a Research Assistant for the publication and exhibition Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.


Friday, April 21, 2023 @ 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The MexiCali Biennial presents a full-day symposium dedicated to highlighting the artistic and cultural innovations of its programs. Since 2006, the MexiCali Biennial has promoted the shared regions of California and Baja California as a site of unique aesthetic production. This symposium will bring together three panels of artists, curators, and scholars to discuss past and present exhibitions. Each panel will address broader issues and key themes defining contemporary art in both Californias over the last few decades, including biennials and art institutions, exhibition models, conceptualism, border activations, and colonial mythologies and the decolonial. These conversations will shed light on the place of the MexiCali Biennial in broader histories of Chicanx-Latinx, American, Mexican, and U.S.-Mexico borderlands art. 

This event is organized in conjunction with the exhibition MexiCali Biennial: Art, Actions, Exchanges that is currently on view at the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture. Support for this program comes from the Mellon Foundation and the ACLS Sustaining Public Humanities grant.

This event is at capacity. Please check back to see if there are any cancellations and spots become available.

Schedule

10:00am                      Welcome Remarks

10:15am                      Introduction and Overview of Panels

10:30-11:30am           Anti-Biennial: (De)Constructing Exhibition Models

Speakers: Ed Gomez (MexiCali Biennial and CSU San Bernardino), Israel Ortega (Centro Estatal de las Artes, Mexicali), Alejandro Espinoza (Universidad de Baja California, Mexicali)

Moderated by Joseph Daniel Valencia (Vincent Price Art Museum)

11:30-12:30pm           Readymade Border: Conceptualism on the Line

Speakers: Luis G. Hernandez (MexiCali Biennial and SDSU Imperial Valley), Omar Pimienta (UC San Diego), Guillermo “Memo” Estrada (Artist)

Moderated by Selene Preciado (Independent Curator and Getty Foundation)

12:30am-1:30pm       Lunch Break

1:30-2:30pm               Colonial Mythologies of California: Decolonizing Border Art

Speakers: Daniela Lieja Quintanar (REDCAT, Los Angeles), Carmina Escobar (Artist), Emmanuel Ortega (University of Illinois Chicago)

Moderated by JV Decemvirale (CalTech)

2:30-4:00pm               Closing Reception

Please join us for a reception in honor of the Paulden Evans Exhibit: Skating on Thin Ice.

Riverside’s Paulden Evans, designer, sculptor, painter returns to RAM with a series of recent abstract paintings and sculptures. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments at this free event.

Thursday, April 6, 2023,

5:00-6:00 PM Reception for Members and Invited Guests

6:00-9:00 PM Arts Walk Public Opening

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free Admission

The Riverside Art Alliance is thrilled to announce its 8th annual Riverside Art Market!  The event will again be located at the historic White Park in downtown Riverside.  This year’s event will feature 100 artist vendors, crafts for children, entertainment, food, beer and wine, and much more.  We anticipate over 2500 visitors to this free, family-friendly, fun-filled event! 

Our goal is for the Riverside Art Market to be one of the Inland Empire’s premier art events. All proceeds support the Riverside Art Museum; last year over $20,000 was raised to make art and culture more accessible to Inland Empire residents!

We will have family-friendly arts activities including crafts, face-painting and a henna artist! Be sure to stop by our community booths, featuring RAM Art-to-go instructors, East Side Arthouse and The Garcia Center for the Arts. DJ’ing the event will be Art Alcaraz.

Don’t forget! We will also be having a golden-egg hunt, where young participants (children only) will get a chance to win a family membership!

Thank you to our vendors and sponsors who have participated over the years!

Call for Artist Vendors

Booth fees are $140 for members and $155 for non-members. Applications are accepted online through March 24. (see link below)

There is no additional charge for selecting your specific booth or for sharing a booth. Booths can be selected using the attached map and online application.

We will provide white E-Z UP canopies to all outside vendors (no personal E-Z UPs are allowed). E-Z UPs will be set up for all vendors by 7:30 a.m. on April 1.

Please read all attachments prior to filling in your vendor application.

Vendor Map, Waiver, Application Instructions and Rules & Procedures

Vendor Applications Closed

If you have any questions, please contact riversideartmarket@gmail.com.

Become a Sponsor!

The Riverside Art Museum and Art Alliance are seeking sponsorships to help make this event a success. We hope you will consider supporting this free, fun-filled, community-oriented event.

Sponsor Information and Donation Form

Click here to become a sponsor

Thank you to these generous sponsors:

Entertainment Stage Sponsor:

Pam & Mark Balys

Kathy & David Bocian


Children’s Pavilion Sponsors:

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Cheryl & Dayton Gilleland

Sue Johnson
Riverside East Rotary Foundation


ARTrageous Sponsors:

Francie & Eric Johnson

Patricia Reynolds


ARTventurous Sponsors:

Kathy & John Allavie | Philip & Selina Bremenstuhl | Suzy & Gary Clem | Sandra & John Fay | Tami Fleming-Maio & Steve Maio | RuthAnn Ryan & Stephen Parker | Sandra Webb | Kathy Wright & Dwight Tate


ARTastic Sponsors:

Chris & Georgia Anders-Kutch | Lorraine & Richard Anderson | Lucile Arntzen | Linda & Ted Boecker | Anja & Ring Cardé | Teresa Chamiec & Robert Giannini | Anne & Joe Deem | Patti & David Funder | Suzanne Gray | Adam Guzkowski | Debra Johnson | Pamela Kaptain | Peggy Littleworth | Peggy & Roger Luebs | Louise D, Moore | Tiffany North | Alixandra Ogawa | Debby & Ken Phillips | Dallas & Gloria Rabenstein | Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds | Cookie Smith | Carole Stadelbacher | Denise Stevens & Madelyn Warner | Ofelia Valdez-Yeager & Ley Yeager


Thank you to generous donors:

Beverly Inaba | Dolores Johnson | Frances & Robert Moerke | Nicolette Rohr | Sarah Smith


Media Sponsor

Camping World

Beverage Sponsor

Euryale Brewing

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

The MexiCali Biennial and The Cheech present a performance by Rancho Shampoo and Indian Dub Orchestra. Rancho Shampoo will perform March 2 during Riverside Artswalk at 7:00 pm. Events and activities are FREE!

Also at The Cheech, artist Fred Brashear will be leading a paper making demonstration and activity! Participants can decorate squares of handmade paper with wildlife stamps which echo themes in the artist’s solo exhibition currently on view at the San Bernardino County Museum, a special project of the Mexicicali Biennial’s program Land of Milk & Honey titled Handle with Care.

Rancho Shampoo and the Indian Dub Orchestra (Guillermo Estrada, Rubén Alonso Tamayo, Rodo Ibarra, Julián González, David Bautista Toledo) is a group of “Aliendígenas” from the border regions of California and Mexico. This experimental musical performance explores identities through the concept of aliendigenismo, or the shifting/transcendance of a person or group through real and spiritual borders, territories, physical bodies and realities.

See you there!

Saturday, February 25, 2023, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

Please join us for the opening reception of Land of Milk & Honey and Life Logistics.

This event is at capacity.

The Other Side of Memory: Photographs by Luis C. Garza

February 25, 2023

2 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Art Talk

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Book Signing

Registration Required

RESERVE YOUR BOOK IN ADVANCE! A limited number of copies are available for $50+tax. Send an email to visitorservices@riversideartmuseum.org.

CANNOT ATTEND AND WANT TO BUY A BOOK? Send an email to art@causeconnect.net for shipping information.

Join us for an engaging conversation between Elizabeth Ferrer, Armando Durón, and Luis C. Garza about The Other Side of Memory: Photographs by Luis C. Garza. On view through March 19, 2023, this exhibition includes 66 black-and-white silver gelatin prints selected from the extensive archive of his work. Mostly unpublished until now, Garza’s images document his East Los Angeles community during the early 1970s, his South Bronx neighborhood during the 1960s, and his 1971 travels to Budapest, Hungary, for the World Peace Conference where he met Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros.

ELIZABETH FERRER: Elizabeth Ferrer is Chief Curator at BRIC, a multi-disciplinary arts organization in Brooklyn, as well as a scholar of Latinx and Mexican photography. She has written extensively and curated exhibitions of Mexican modern and contemporary photography. Ferrer is author of Lola Alvarez Bravo (Aperture, NY), named a New York Times notable book of the year, as well as of numerous exhibition catalogs published in the United States and Mexico. Most recently, she authored the critically lauded Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History, published by the University of Washington Press in 2021. Ferrer has curated major exhibitions that have appeared at such institutions as the Smithsonian Institution, Notre Dame University, El Museo del Barrio, the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, and the Americas Society in New York, where she was Gallery Director for several years. She is currently curating a major retrospective exhibition on the work of Louis Carlos Bernal, a pioneering Chicano photographer, to be presented at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson in fall 2023. The exhibition catalog will be co-published by Aperture. Ferrer, who studied art history at Wellesley College and Columbia University, is originally from Los Angeles and is based in Brooklyn, New York, and in Western Massachusetts.

ARMANDO DURÓN: Armando Durón has been avidly collecting Chicano art since 1981. His extensive collection includes over 660 artworks and over 1,000 publications and books related to Chicano art. It represents the last 40 years of Chicano art in Southern California and reflects his Chicano perspective on collecting Chicano art. Among other exhibitions, Durón curated “Time Refocused: Photographs of Luis C. Garza” and organized “A Short Essay on Chicano Photography” at the Social and Public Resource Center (SPARC) in 2015. He also has written essays for “Camilo Cruz: Portraits of Purpose: Century Regional Detention Facility” (2016) and “Camilo Cruz: Judges/Inmates/Juxtaposed” (2017). The Durón Family Collection includes other Chicana/o photographers such as Laura Aguilar; Rafael Cardenas; Christina Fernandez; Harry Gamboa, Jr.; and Ricardo Valverde.


LUIS C. GARZA: Luis C. Garza is an independent curator and photojournalist who recorded the tumultuous social events of the 1960s and 1970s, often on behalf of La Raza magazine, the journalistic voice of the Chicano movement. His images captured the attention of many, and later led to his multifaceted career in documentary production, arts marketing, event coordination, arts consulting, and exhibition curation. He co-curated the exhibition “Siqueiros in Los Angeles: Censorship Defied” at The Autry, which elevated awareness of his work as a curator and a photographer. He then collaborated with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and The Autry on the blockbuster exhibition “LA RAZA” for The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

ABOUT THE CATALOG: In addition to 66 black-and-white photographs, the catalog for the exhibition “The Other Side of Memory: Photography by Luis C. Garza” features essays by photographer Luis C. Garza and the exhibition’s curator Armando Durón, bookended by a foreword by curator and scholar Elizabeth Ferrer who authored the critically lauded “Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History” and an afterword by Charlene Villaseñor Black, Professor of Art History and Chicano Studies and Central American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles; editor of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies; and founding editor-in-chief of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture. It also includes previously unpublished proof sheets of Garza’s film negatives that demonstrate his process of selecting what to shoot and what to print.


Friday, February 3, 2023, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Co-presented by the UCR Department of Creative Writing / the Tomás Rivera Lecture Series and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture, please join us for a joint reading and conversation with Dr. Ricky Rodríguez, author of A Kiss Across the Ocean, and Kid Congo Powers, author of Some New Kind of Kick. Audience Q&A, reception, and book signing to follow.

Hosted by Professor Alex Espinoza and moderated by author and professor Michael Jaime-Becerra, this event will showcase these memoirs and the affinity shared by both Rodríguez and Powers as pioneering Chicanx figures.

Rodríguez’s book is a genre-melding work that is a part academic text, part memoir about growing up immersed in the 1980s British New Wave music. The book transcends the usual conversations about Latinx punk and post-punk fandom by showing how, across space and time, Latinx culture actually helped shape the work of artists such as Siouxsie and the Banshees, Soft Cell, and Bauhaus, among many other influential groups.

For the last four decades, Kid Congo Powers has been widely known in underground music circles as a musician in bands such as The Gun Club, The Cramps, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, as well as for leading his own group, The Pink Monkey Birds. His long-awaited memoir tells a story of acceptance and community through his experiences as a young, queer Chicano in Los Angeles’s nascent glam and punk rock scenes.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

REGISTER HERE!

January 21 | 1:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M.

Meet the author and artist of The Vermillion Speedateer, Sebraé Harris! Follow some of the staff of the Riverside Art Museum on an incredible journey as you flip through the pages of this amazing manga.

REGISTER HERE!

Sunday, January 15, 2023, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

Join The Cheech and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino for ¡Descubra!, a fun-filled afternoon of activities for families and visitors of all ages. This special celebration features The Cheech exhibition, “Collidoscope: A Retro-Perspective,” which closes Jan. 22.

The day will include art demonstrations, fun activities, music, dancing, and featured activities from ¡Descubra! national collaborator, the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Bring the family and participate in hands-on activities that will include making your own lenticular, making your own Aztec calendar, and an interactive installation with James Rojas and John Kamp.

Tours of the Collidoscope exhibition will be offered throughout the afternoon, by the de la Torre brothers Muralist Jesus Castañeda will be painting a community art wall reflecting on being bicultural in the United States and building community on both sides of the border. 

Admission is FREE!

Walk-up tickets are available at the front desk.

The Collidoscope traveling tour is made possible by (or supported by) the National Museum of the American Latino.

January 15, 2023 | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join us for an artist talk and book signing with Sant Khalsa, whose work is featured in the exhibition Western Waters. Free event. To reserve your copy of the book email visitorservices@riversideartmuseum.org

Register here!

About the book, CRYSTAL CLEAR || WESTERN WATERS Photographs by Sant Khalsa: Before Flint, before ever-expansive wildfires annually ravaged her home state of California and much of the west coast, yet after the popular introduction of bottled water to the American consciousness in the 1990s, Sant Khalsa discovered a store called Water Shed, and photographed it.

That was the first of what would become her series “Western Waters.” The sixty gelatin-silver photographs, made between 2000 and 2002, depict water stores in Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, and southern Nevada. At that time, Khalsa said: “the photographs will serve in the future as a historical document of either a fleeting fad, or the foundation of what will become commonplace in our society.”

Twenty years have passed since Khalsa completed this photographic project. Bottled water is an over $11 billion dollar industry, yet millions of Americans are daily affected by the lack of access to clean drinking water. The existence of these stores in the early part of the millennium played on human fears and desires—never-ending thirsts—that have become need in a very short period of time.

Khalsa’s framing of these small businesses is an homage to Walker Evans, the seminal influences of Bernd and Hilla Becher, and the typologies of fellow Californian Ed Ruscha—whose words preface the series in the book—while demonstrating a sensitivity to a prescient subject matter that is unique.

SANT KHALSA (b. Sheila Roth, January 3, 1953, New York, New York; currently resides in Joshua Tree, California) is an artist and activist who has lived in Southern California since 1975. Her mindful inquiry into the nature of place is at the root of her life and visual work.

Her photographs, sculptures and installations have been exhibited internationally; her work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Nevada Museum of Art, National Galleries of Scotland, and UCR/California Museum of Photography, and others, in addition to private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Over her esteemed career Khalsa has received fellowships, awards and grants from many significant institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts, California Humanities, California Arts Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In March 2012, she was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Society for Photographic Education’s Insight Award for her significant contributions to the field, and in 2015 received the Society for Photographic Education (west region) Honored Educator award.

Khalsa is Professor of Art, Emerita at California State University, where she served on the art faculty from 1988 to 2018; she is one of the founding faculty of the CSUSB Water Resources Institute research center and archive. She hosts the ecoartspace.org monthly program Tree Talk: Artists Speak for Trees and is the founding director of the Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts. Her first book, Prana—Life With Trees (Griffith Moon), was published in 2019. 

www.santkhalsa.com

ED RUSCHA (b. 1937, Omaha, Nebraska; lives in Los Angeles) graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts), Los Angeles, in 1960. Although his images are undeniably rooted in the vernacular of a closely observed American reality, his elegantly laconic art speaks to more complex and widespread issues regarding the appearance, feel, and function of the world and our tenuous and transient place within it. In 2012, Ruscha curated “The Ancients Stole All Our Great Ideas,” at Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Ruscha represented the United States in the 51st Biennale di Venezia in 2005, and was featured in the 2015 Biennale de Lyon’s exhibition, “La Vie Moderne.” Select recent exhibitions include “Ed Ruscha and the Great American West,” De Young Museum, San Francisco (2016); “Music From the Balconies: Ed Ruscha and Los Angeles,” Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2017); “Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire,” The National Gallery of Art, London (2017); and “Word/Play: Prints, Photographs, and Paintings by Ed Ruscha,” Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha (2018). He is represented by Gagosian.

January 15, 2023 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Join us for an artist talk featuring Christina Fernandez and Luis Garza moderated by UCR Professor Jennifer Nájera. Free event.

We are currently at capacity. Registration will open back if there are any cancellations.

Christina Fernandez is the subject of an exhibition at UCR ARTS, located less than a mile away from the Riverside Art Museum. “This landmark exhibition surveys the work of Christina Fernandez, the crucially important Los Angeles-based artist who has spent thirty years in a rich exploration of migration, labor, gender, her Mexican-American identity, and the unique capacities of the photographic medium itself. Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures brings together the artist’s most important bodies of works for the first time, allowing audiences to discover the threads that connect them, both formal and conceptual. Through work that spans decades, Fernandez compels us to reconsider history, the border, and the real lives that cross and inhabit them. The exhibition will be accompanied by the first major monographic catalogue of her work, co-published with the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA.”

Luis Garza’s work is currently featured at the Riverside Art Museum. The Other Side of Memory: Luis Garza includes 66 black-and-white silver gelatin prints selected from the extensive archive of his work. Mostly unpublished until now, Garza’s images document his East Los Angeles community during the early 1970s, his South Bronx neighborhood during the 1960s, and his 1971 travels to Budapest, Hungary, for the World Peace Conference where he met Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros.

Jennifer R. Nájera is Associate Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside.  Dr. Nájera’s research interests lie at the intersections of race, immigration, and education, and she is committed to producing work that is community-accountable.  She is the author of The Borderlands of Race:  Mexican Segregation in a South Texas Town (University of Texas Press, 2015) and is currently working on a manuscript entitled, Undocumented Education: Intersections of Activism and Education Among Undocumented Students.

January 14

Tour the Collidoscope Exhibit with the de la Torre brothers before the exhibit leaves for a nationwide tour.

Tours will be offered on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

REGISTER HERE!

Saturday, January 14, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM (members’ reception starts at 5:00 PM)

Please join us to celebrate Beliz Iristay and her exhibition Tracing Acculturations. Beliz is a Turkish American visual artist working on both sides of the the United States and Mexico border. Live music by DJ özgür and light turkish refreshments will be served.

Register here!

Join us for an exciting artist talk with artist, Beatriz Cortez in conversation with Collidoscope guest curator, Selene Preciado.

This event will take place on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 6:30-8:00 P.M. in The Cheech Auditorium.

Register here!

Artist Bio:

Beatriz Cortez is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in El Salvador and based in Los Angeles. Her work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities and versions of modernity, the untimely, and speculative imaginaries of the future. She has had solo exhibitions and has participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has received numerous awards, including the Borderlands Fellowship by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School and ASU (2022-2024); Atelier Calder Artist Residency in Saché, France (2022); California Studio Manetti Shrem Artist Residency at UC Davis (2022); Longenecker-Roth Artist Residency at UCSD (2021); Artadia Los Angeles Award (2020); Frieze LIFEWTR Inaugural Sculpture Prize (2019); Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2018); and California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2016), among others. Cortez holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and a doctorate from Arizona State University. She teaches in the Department of Central American and Transborder Studies at California State University, Northridge.

Photo credit: Beatriz Cortez, Glacial Erratic, 2020. Steel. Installation view at ICA San Diego, North Campus. Courtesy of the artist.

January 8, 2023 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate Dia De Los Reyes Magos at the Riverside Art Museum. Mr. Blue and Cultura con Llantas are back and bringing the tamales, pan dulce, chocolate Mexicano, Rosca de Reyes, and entertainment! This event is absolutely FREE. Invite your friends and families!

We’ll see you there!

December 10, 2022 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Join us for Las Posada at the Riverside Art Museum! This will be a free event that the whole family can enjoy. We will have tamales, pan dulce, and chocolate Mexicano. You and your loved ones can also enjoy music and entertainment. We’ll see you there!

November 25, 2022 | 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

Get into the holiday season with fun art projects in front of The Cheech Center during the Riverside Festival of Lights!

We will have merchandise from our gift store outside for purchase, so you can grab those early Christmas presents! You can also pick up some information on upcoming exhibits, talks, classes, and more in our Artifacts newsletter. It’s going to be a fun evening!

Please keep in mind that entry into The Cheech Center on November 25th will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, November 13, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Please join us for the opening reception of The Other Side of Memory: Luis C. Garza. This event is free and open to the public.

To RSVP for this event, visit HERE!

October 29, 2022, 12:00 p.m.

Join us in honoring the ancient tradition of Día de los Muertos at The Cheech! 

We are honored to have Mujeres de Maiz construct our first altar for Día de los Muertos. 

On Saturday, 10/29, members of the community can participate and bring a photo, momento, or name of a departed loved one. We ask that you please bring a copy as we will be unable to return the items. There will be a short program with Mujeres de Maiz to bless the altar and discuss these important days and traditions in Mexican culture. Free with admission.

If you cannot make it out on Saturday, we invite you to be a part of the community altar by submitting a photo to thecheech@riversideartmuseum.org. Please email your photo by Friday, Oct. 28th. 5 PM PST. 

Mujeres de Maiz (women of the corn) Is a women of color holistic artivist group founded in 1997 in East LA. Their mission is to bring together and empower diverse women and girls through the creation of community spaces that provide holistic wellness through education, programming, exhibition and publishing.

As an inter-cultural, intergenerational and interdisciplinary collective they have made that space from the stage to the page, the gallery to the streets, and ceremony and wellness world by sharing their own specific blend of mind, body, spirit and cultural work.

The AIAIC sponsors this annual event to help young people understand what architecture is and how to draw like an architect! The program includes fun exposure to architectural marvels around the world through images and games, a short example session for drawing like an architect, followed by drawing exercises for kids to practice drawing famous buildings.

October 20, 2022, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Come dance and support our community!
On Saturday, October 22, join us for a Zumbathon and food drive from 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.! Start off the morning right outside The Cheech Center and dance into the afternoon. Admission is free with the donation of canned veggies, 1lb bag of rice, or 1lb bag of beans!

October 15, 2022, 6–8:30 p.m. PT

Please join us for a celebration and reading of an important new book by the author Otilio Quintero, The Sign Catcher, just released by Arte Público Press.

The book covers Quintero’s real-life journey and evolution from his humble origins as a poor, at-risk youth in the California San Joaquin Valley, to his brush with incarceration in the New Jersey prison system, to his later life achievements as a youth and community violence prevention activist engaged with historic social justice leaders, including United Farm Workers Co-Founder Dolores Huerta, legendary actor and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, and the late peace activist and California senator Tom Hayden.

This community event will feature important Latinx celebrities including actress Elipidia Carrillo (“Predator” and “Nine Lives”), actor Jesse Borrego (“Colombiana” and “Vida”), Richard Montoya (Culture Clash), and Daniel Villarreal (“Stand and Deliver” and “American Me”). Henry Ramos will serve as Master of Ceremonies!

RSVP HERE

Food service and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided at no charge.

Tickets are open to the public and free to the first 150 individuals that sign up.

Please join us. You won’t want to miss it!

Learn more about The Sign Catcher

Meet our featured celebrities for this event:

Elipidia Carrillo

Jesse Borrego

Daniel Villarreal

Richard Montoya

The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum is bringing back its popular Off the Wall fundraiser. This unique event is a great opportunity for new and seasoned collectors alike to purchase original art at affordable prices ($100-$500) that is ready to hang at their home or office.

The event opens with a ticketed reception on Friday, October 7 at 5:30 PM. The sale and exhibition of local artists work continues Saturday, October 8 thru Sunday, October 9 during regular museum hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Opening Reception and Sale

Join us for our Canadian-themed opening on Friday, October 7 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM in memory of Sue Simonin, Art Alliance member, past Off the Wall chair, artist, and Canadian native, who recently passed away. Guests will have access to purchase art on opening night as they enjoy an array of food and sip on a glass of wine or beer.

Become a Sponsor!

Sponsorships include tiered early entry into the gallery to choose your must-buy pieces ahead of the crowd!

  • $1000 Vancouver Sponsor – 5:00 PM entry; includes 6 gala tickets
  • $500 Toronto Sponsor – 5:10 PM entry; includes 4 gala tickets
  • $250 Montreal Sponsor – 5:20 PM entry; includes 2 gala tickets

Other sponsorship benefits include listing of your name and/or logo on our event webpage, and mention in marketing materials and social media as appropriate (anticipated 65,000 brand impressions throughout Riverside County).

All proceeds support the museum’s exhibitions and education programs.

To receive the greatest marketing recognition, we will need to hear from you as soon as possible, but certainly by October 1.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions: Emmanuelle Reynolds at frenchconnection1231@gmail.com or Valerie Found at vfound@riversideartmuseum.org.

Call for Artists!

Off the Wall returns to the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) this October 2022, with the opening fundraising event the evening of October 7th and the sale continuing through October 9th during museum admission hours. We hope that you will participate again. We look forward to providing you with a great opportunity to exhibit and to sell your work, as well as support the museum.

Off the Wall has been a successful event over the years, even during the Covid-19 pandemic when it was presented online. We look forward to a wonderful exhibit and sale again this October. The Riverside Art Alliance and RAM will market the sale through direct mail, a social media campaign and a press release. We hope you will help promote this event as well.

There are a few important policies that we would like to share with you:

1) We do not guarantee that all/any of your art will be exhibited and/or sold.

2) If you are currently a RAM member, you may submit up to four pieces of original art. All pieces must be priced at $100, $200, $300, $400, or $500 and must be ready to hang with appropriate frames, wires, D-rings etc. (Please note that sawtooth hangers are not compatible with the screws used by our art handlers to install the show). At least one piece must be priced at $100.

3) If you are not currently a member of RAM, you may submit up to two pieces of original art. At least one piece must be priced at $100.

4) No 2-dimensional art piece larger than 60” by 60” will be accepted; no 3-dimensional art work heavier than 20 pounds will be accepted.

5) All art must be original and created by you.

6) Please do not submit work previously offered for sale at past RAM fundraisers such as Off-the-Wall or Get Your Kicks at 6 x 6.

7) Any art not picked up by November 1st will be considered abandoned. At the sole discretion of the museum abandoned art may be sold, donated or otherwise disposed of.

8) As in past years, artists receive 50% of the price of the artwork sold. All payments will be made within 45 days of the sale.

The important dates for you to be aware of are:

Art Intake:

  • Thursday, September 29, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn, Riverside, CA 92501
  • Saturday, October 1, 2022, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn, Riverside, CA 92501

Art Pick Up:

  • Monday, October 10, 2022, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 15, 202, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

For submission forms go to: https://2022OTW_Artist_Submission

If you have questions, please contact Denise Kraemer kraemer.denise@gmail.com or Emmanuelle Reynolds frenchconnection1231@gmail.com

If you are interested in becoming an artist member of RAM, click here.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

VANCOUVER SPONSOR

Pam and Mark Balys

Drs. David and Kathy Bocian

Kathy and Gary Christmas


TORONTO SPONSOR

Selina and Phil Bremenstuhl

Suzy and Gary Clem

Cheryl and Dayton Gilleland

Tami and Steve Maio – Westcoe Realtors

Tiffany North

Betty and Walter Parks

Emmanuelle Reynolds

Simonin Family

Kathy Wright and Dwight Tate


MONTREAL SPONSOR

Lorraine and Richard Anderson

Lucile Arntzen

Eileen and Stephen Ashwal

Scott Beloian

Juanita Bigelow

Linda and Ted Boecker

Erin Christmas

Anne and Joseph Deem

Ana Farfan

Patti and David Funder

Suzanne Gray

Debra and Jeff Johnson

Michelle Ouellette

Mark and Brandy Parker

Mesa Fence Co., Inc./ John Cooke

Patricia Reynolds

Marianne Ronay

Camille Sanders ad Tom Powell

Cookie Smith

Ofelia Valdez-Yeager, Louis E. Yeager III

Athena Waite

Madelyn Warner

Eduardo Jimenez

Sunday, October 2, 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Please join us for the opening reception of our Fall 2022 Exhibition, featuring June Edmonds Rhythmic Inquisitions, Sant Kahlsa’s Western Waters, and Fred Brashear Jr.’s Endemic Treasurers. RSVP here.

Blacklandia Events Series and the Riverside Art Museum Present June Edmonds and the Legacy of American Abstract Painting with art historian Richard Allen May III and curator Lisa Henry

Saturdays in September 10, 17, 24, and October 1

  • 4:00-5:30 PM – September, 10, 27, 24 via Zoom
  • 2:30-4:00 PM – October 1 an optional in-person meeting at Riverside Art Museum.

Free and open to the public. Register at this link.

This workshop will be team-taught by art historian Richard May III and curator Lisa Henry. 

Coinciding with the Riverside Art Museum’s exhibition of Abstract painter June Edmonds, this four-part workshop will survey the hidden history of American Abstract art. Focusing on the vibrant work of LA based artist June Edmonds, the workshop will give participants a background on American abstract painters with a special focus on women and artists of color like Edmonds who have pursued a path of abstraction with an emphasis on color, pattern and texture to create works of stunning power. 

Each week, both instructors will present brief lectures on specific topics related to abstract art, followed by engaged discussion regarding art appreciation, interpretation and personal identity. Each class will use the works of June Edmonds as a prism for a wider consideration of contemporary abstract painting. A reading list will also be posted for participants that want to delve further into the field.

Richard Allen May III is a scholar, educator, cultural critic, and artist dedicated to the history and contributions of African American artists. He was selected as an editor and had his foreword included in the May 2020 book, AFRICOBRA: Experimental Art Toward a School of Thought by Wadsworth Jarrell and published by Duke University Press.  May has presented his research on African American art at the San Jose State Art History Symposium, the New Critical Perspectives on African American Art History at the David C. Driskell Center in Maryland and the College Art Association’s annual conference in 2010 held in Chicago. Since 2021, he has taught survey courses in art history the Bowie State University, an HBCU (Historically Black College, University) in Maryland. Additionally, as a lecturer for the African American Studies Department for California State University, Fullerton, Cal State San Bernardino and Art Center, he incorporates the study of African American artists in his instruction to students. May has contributed art exhibition reviews, curator profiles, artist interviews and book reviews for Los Angeles-based magazine, Artillery for over six years.   Lisa Henry is an independent curator and educator working in Southern California. She is the curator of Riverside Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition featuring June Edmonds. She has also organized Brenna Youngblood: Lavender Rainbow and Sheila Pree Bright: #1960Now at RAM. She has also curated shows at California African American Museum, The UCLA Hammer Museum and The MAC Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles.

Image: June Edmonds, Two Lillies of Ojai, oil on canvas, courtesy of Katherine Ng and Becky Villasenor

September 8, 2022, 6:30-8:00 PM

Join us for an exciting conversation between Einar and Jamex de la Torre and artists Carlos Castro Arias and Rubén Ortiz Torres with guest curator, Selene Preciado. 

Capacity is limited.

Click here to register

For more information on these artists, visit the links below:

Carlos Castro Arias

Rubén Ortiz Torres

de la Torre Brothers

This exhibition was developed in partnership between The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum and the National Museum of the American Latino.

Additional support provided by California Humanities.

Images (from left to right): Encuentro, Carlos Castro Arias; Feminencia, Einar and Jamex de la Torre;  Power Tools, Function & Power Tools, Form, Rubén Ortiz Torres

Saturday, August 20, 6 p.m.–12 a.m.

Mr. Blue and Cultura con Llantas have done it! The Pachuco Ball is back and happening at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 20, 6 p.m.–midnight, so get ready to dress up to get down!

Tickets will be $50/person. Join us for music by BB Wolf and guest performer Trio Sol De Amores! We’ll have a buffet-style dinner laid out from 6 p.m.–8 p.m., a no-host bar, a fun raffle for some cool prizes, plus we’ll be bringing back our button-making station and we’ll have some fantastic printed totes and shirts you can buy (so bring some cash)!

Online ticket sales are closed but you can still buy tickets at the door!

Become a sponsor here!

Sponsorships are available with great benefits. View the sponsorship form here. For more info, contact Valerie Found at vfound@riversideartmuseum.org.

FAQs:

Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions about the Pachuco Ball!

Q: Do we need to dress up?
A: If you’ve got a zoot suit, do you really need a better excuse to wear it than to go to a Pachuco Ball? But if you don’t, you can still hang with us. Just come dressed to dance and have a great time!

Q: Do we have to pay for parking?
A: No. We got you covered.

Q: Is there a secure parking area if I bring my lowrider or classic car?
A: Indeed. There will be a secure and designated area for your sweet ride. For more info, contact Anita Gonzales: 951-255-1342, Rene “Pecas” Camargo: 951-443-7626, or Mr Blue: 951-204-6613.

Q: It’s August. In Lake Perris. Is the event happening inside? Is there A/C?
A: We wouldn’t leave you out in the heat. Yes, the Pachuco Ball is indoors inside Harrison Hall, WITH A/C! The only way you’re going to break a sweat is if you dance . . . and you better dance.

Q: What’s included in the $50?
A: Admission to the Pachuco Ball, where you’ll dance the night away to awesome musical talent. Parking. Amazing classic rides to swoon over. Buffet-style dinner from 6–8 p.m. only.

Q: Will there be a bar?
A: Yes, there’s a no-host bar!

Q: Will tickets be sold at the door?
A: Yes! …if we haven’t sold out yet…

Saturday, August 6, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

Please join us for the closing reception of What Would You Say?, the artist receptions for Naida Osline’s Chasing Clouds and Karen Kitchel’s Garden/ Plot, and, in partnership with the National Museum of the American Latino, a reception celebrating Collidoscope. RSVP required and capacity is limited. Please RSVP here.

L;VING is a one of a kind live art exhibit that sheds light on our Attitude, Awareness, Relationship, and Transformation (AART) towards mental health.

Beyond showcasing the thought provoking photographic art, dance film, and live performances, L;VING invites the audience to play an active role in suicide prevention.

The day includes a Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention skills certification training, interactive activities, resources and more!

Featuring a special production of Got SOUL written and performed by RAM Fellowship awardee, Khalil Bleux.

Join us in discovering ways to help create life-affirming communities!

Register for the QPR certification training from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. HERE

Register for the afternoon performances of L;VING from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. HERE

Register for the evening special production of GotSOUL written and performed by RAM Fellowship awardee, Khalil Bleux followed by a Q&A from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. HERE

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Join us for an exciting day featuring great art, music, dance, lowriders, and food as we celebrate the public opening of The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum. With appreciation for the overwhelming community support of The Cheech, and in collaboration with community partner Cosme Cordova, the Riverside Art Museum is co-hosting an art fair along Mission Inn Avenue featuring amazing local artisans, food vendors, and more! In addition, get creative in the zocalo in front of The Cheech by making art with featured artists from all over Southern California and the Inland Empire.

Entry to the Art Festival is free. Admission into The Cheech on opening day is sold out and limited to ticketholders only. ! Click here to buy admission tickets for the summer today.

Entertainment lineup:

5:30 p.m. Pachuco Jose Y Los Diamantes

5:10 p.m. BFDR Danzas Aztecas

4:10 p.m. El Santo Golpe

3:55 p.m. Las Pequenas Raices del Señor

2:55 p.m. Vicky Tafoya and the Big Beat

2:40 p.m. Las Pequenas Raices del Señor

1:40 p.m. Cherry Bomb Revival

1:25 p.m. Ballet Folklorico De Riverside

12:25 p.m. Los Rockin Slugs

12:10 p.m. Las Pequenas Raices del Señor

11:10 a.m. Mariachi Juvenil de Riverside de ( ARR ) Riverside Arts Academy

10 a.m. Ballet Folklorico De Riverside Aztec Blessing

Thank you to our opening day sponsors:

Celebrating the Opening of The Cheech!

Friday, June 17, 2022, 6 p.m. SOLD OUT!

Riverside Convention Center, 3637 5th St., Riverside

After nearly five years of collective community effort, we are opening the doors to the nation’s premier center for Chicano art and culture! A public-private partnership between the Riverside Art Museum, Cheech Marin, and the City of Riverside, The Cheech will welcome 100,000+ visitors annually to explore exhibitions and engage in educational opportunities. 

With an expected attendance of 900, including Cheech Marin and friends, the Celebrando Chicano Art Gala, presented by UNIDOS, will include a VIP cocktail reception for sponsors, dinner, awards, live performances, and both live and silent auctions.

Emceeing the gala is Culture Clash, with entertainment by Trio Sol de Amores, plus other surprises!

The highlight of the program is the awards recognition of our comunidad. The awards recognize individuals and organizations who exemplify the spirit of The Cheech, honoring those who have blazed a trail that continues to endure, inspire, and enrich our community through art and culture.

The 2022 awards and their respective honorees include:

  • Chicano Art Award: Yolanda Lopez (posthumously)
  • Chicano Culture Award: Chicano Student Programs of UC Riverside
  • Chicano Art Advocate: Eduardo Diaz
  • Community Award: Dr. Ernie Garcia
  • Special Acknowledgement: Michelle Ouellette
  • Special Acknowledgement: Ofelia Valdez-Yeager

We invite you to join us for this extraordinary evening as we celebrate the opening of The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture. Thank you for your support in making this possible.

Tickets to the gala are $250/person. Tickets are now sold out. Tickets are nonrefundable. Cocktail attire; black tie optional. To purchase your ticket in support of The Cheech, click here.

Thank you to our gala sponsors:

Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Doors open at 6 p.m.

Riverside Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside

After nearly five years of collective community effort, we are opening the doors to the nation’s premier center for Chicano art and culture on Saturday, June 18, 2022! A public-private partnership between the Riverside Art Museum, Cheech Marin, and the City of Riverside, The Cheech will welcome 100,000+ visitors annually to explore exhibitions and engage in educational opportunities. We invite you to celebrate with us at one or more of the exciting events we have planned!

First up, a benefit concert for The Cheech headlined by Grammy-Award-winning Chicano rock band, Los Lobos, with “East L.A. Chican@ rock group” Quetzal opening!

Tickets start at $32. All proceeds go to The Cheech!

To purchase tickets, click here!

Thank you to our benefit concert sponsors:

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at White Park, No cost

We’re back! After a two-year interlude we are ready to relaunch the Riverside Art Market in its new location, White Park, located in downtown Riverside.  This new space will highlight our artist vendors, entertainers, and children’s activities in a beautiful park setting.

We are very grateful to the artist-vendors who patiently stuck it out with us so they could participate in this April’s Art Market. With 100 booths located along the pathways of White Park, we still have booths available so we encourage anyone who is interested to submit a vendor application!

With FREE admission, children’s crafts, and art demonstrations, plus a safe, outdoor setting, we hope you’ll join us for this community-oriented event that raises funds for the mission-driven work of the art museum, and supports the local artists and artisans who will be selling their unique work at this event.

Call for Vendors

Click here to download the Vendor Instructions, Map, Rules & Procedures, and Waiver.

You must sign and return a waiver.  You may submit the waiver by attaching it in the online application when you select your booth (which makes it automatic) or by mailing it to the Riverside Art Museum or emailing riversideartmarket@gmail.com.  Mailed or emailed waivers must be received within 5 business days or the booth you have selected will be released.  If you share a booth with another artist or artists, submit only one application; however, they will also need to sign and return a waiver.

Booth fees are $130 for members (early-bird price) and $145 for non-members (early-bird price). Early-bird pricing ends January 15, 2022. Prices will then go up to $140 for members and $155 for non-members. Applications are accepted through April 1.

There is no additional charge for selecting your specific booth or for sharing a booth. 

We will provide white E-Z UP canopies to all outside vendors (no personal E-Z UPs are allowed). E-Z UPs will be set up for all vendors by 7:30 a.m. on April 1.

If you have any questions, please contact riversideartmarket@gmail.com.

Become a Sponsor!

We are asking for your support of our annual Riverside Art Market, which is organized by the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum. 

This event is free and open to all. Publicity at the event and on social media will clearly show your community support!  

The Art Market is a fun-raiser as well as a fund-raiser! In the past, visitors: 

  • shopped from over 85 local artists;
  • enjoyed music, art demonstrations, food trucks, and wine/beer offerings; and
  • created art of their own—children had their own kid-friendly crafts and activities.

With free admission and free children’s crafts and art demonstrations, the Riverside Art Museum and Art Alliance need your sponsorship to raise funds.

Sponsor Levels

LevelRecognitionHospitality
Presenting: $2,500 (FMV* $664)Your name or logo featured most prominently as the presenting sponsor on all marketing materials and event signage, the welcome booth(s), the RAM website, and all social media marketing. Sponsor NOW for full marketing benefits!• 20 free Riverside Art Museum passes for admission to both RAM and The Cheech.
• Docent-led tour at either site for up to 15 clients or employees, including refreshments (at a mutually agreed upon time).
Entertainment Stage: $1,500 (FMV* $390)Your name or logo featured prominently on the entertainment stage, on all marketing and sponsor signage through the event, and on the RAM website and social media marketing as space permits.·       10 free Riverside Art Museum passes for admission to both RAM and The Cheech.
Docent-led tour at either site for up to 10 clients or employees, including refreshments (at a mutually agreed upon time).
Children’s Pavilion: $1,000 (FMV* $510)Your name or logo featured prominently on the Children’s Pavilion, on all marketing and sponsor signage throughout the event, and on the RAM website and social media marketing as space permits.• 10 free Riverside Art Museum passes for admission to both RAM and The Cheech.
• 2 Child/Teen Summer 2022 classes at RAM, value up to $175 each.
ARTrageous: $750 (FMV* $303)Your name or company logo featured on marketing materials, the RAM website, and sponsor signage throughout the event.• 8 free Riverside Art Museum passes for admission to both RAM and The Cheech.
• 1 Child/Teen Summer 2022 class at RAM, value up to $175.
ARTventurous: $500 (FMV* $128)Your name or company logo listed on marketing materials, the RAM website, and sponsor signage throughout the event.8 free Riverside Art Museum passes for admission to both RAM and The Cheech.
ARTastic: $250 (FMV* $64) Your name or company name listed on the RAM website and sponsor signage throughout the event.4 free Riverside Art Museum passes for admission to both RAM and The Cheech.

Can’t sponsor at this time? Your donation in any amount will ensure an ample supply of children’s craft supplies and a successful event.

The deadline for inclusion on printed materials is Monday, March 28, 2022.

Thank you in advance for your support in any amount and for making art central to the Riverside Community.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Children’s Pavilion Sponsors:

Kathy & David Bocian

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Cheryl & Dayton Gilleland

Sue & Bill Johnson

Ruth Ann Ryan & Stephen Parker

ARTrageous Sponsors:

Mark & Pam Balys

Francisca & Eric Johnson

Riverside East Rotary Foundation, Inc

ARTventurous Sponsors:

Suzy & Gary Clem | Teresa Chamiec & Robert Giannini | Cathy Morford | Kathy Wright & Dwight Tate

ARTastic Sponsors:

Kathy & John Allavie | Sally & Dr. Chuck Beaty | Patti & David Funder | Katie Grigsby | Ofelia Valdez-Yeager, Louis E. Yeager III

Thanks you to generous donors:

Gloria Rabenstein | Nicolette Rohr

No cost

Please join us for the opening reception of The Weight of Memory and The 52 Project 2021 Exhibitions, plus the artist reception for Are You with Me?

Masks are required to visit the Riverside Art Museum. We are a community space and the health and safety of our visitors, young students, staff, and volunteers must remain our top priority. For now, this means continuing to require our visitors to wear masks. This policy will allow us to offer a safe and welcoming space to families with children who are not currently eligible to be vaccinated as well as to individuals who are unable to get vaccinated. 

For RAM special events (held on or off site) with 60 people and over, proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required. “Fully vaccinated” means the event is at least 14 days after a participant’s final vaccine dose. To enter the event, participants must bring  proof of vaccination, either a physical vaccination card, a picture of a vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record. Most California residents may request a digital vaccination record at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov. Anyone 12 and over without proof of being fully vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (3 days) prior to entering the event. Masks are also required at all times indoors, except when eating, drinking, or actively speaking to a group as part of a presentation for all patrons and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, at the Riverside Art Museum.

January 20, 2022, 6 p.m.–7 p.m. on Zoom

Happy birthday, Julia Morgan! January 20, 2022, marks what would be the 150th birthday of renowned architect Julia Morgan! To celebrate, please join us for a presentation via Zoom by scholar Karen McNeill about Julia Morgan’s legacy designing institutions for women. McNeill’s research centers the development of Morgan’s Riverside YWCA (where RAM currently resides) as part of the transnational women’s movement in the 1920s. The story of the remarkable leadership of the Riverside women who made this project possible despite all challenges is not to be missed!  

Karen McNeill specializes in architectural history, receiving her PhD from UC Berkeley in 2006. Her scholarship on architect Julia Morgan explores the intersection of gender, reform, and the built environment during the Progressive Era. She has received numerous awards including a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Click here to register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About our Julia Morgan building

Among the art museum’s greatest assets is its 1929 building and its blueprints, which are held in our Permanent Collection. Originally a YWCA, it is listed as a National Historic Site and designated as a City Landmark within downtown Riverside’s Mission Inn Historic District. Most notably, the building was designed by Julia Morgan (January 20, 1872–February 2, 1957), California’s first licensed female architect. Perhaps best known for her work at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Morgan was also the first woman to receive the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal Award in 2014.

The Riverside YWCA was one of more than 700 buildings designed by Morgan during her prolific career. Its signature reinforced-concrete construction provided a sturdy foundation for the Riverside Art Center (now the Riverside Art Museum) when they purchased the facility in 1967 and began the transformation into a robust hub for arts education and exhibitions.

Over the decades, RAM has worked to preserve Morgan’s design details, investing significantly in the building’s maintenance and improvements. In addition to individual donors, foundations such as the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Provident Bank, and the Wingate Foundation have championed the building’s importance as a regional museum, a cultural gathering space, and an architectural gem. We are grateful to these longtime supporters and are pleased to report that this summer we received an award from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Climate Initiative, a multi-year grant-making program designed to advance the goal of carbon neutrality in the visual arts. Over the coming months, a Frankenthaler-funded energy assessment, along with a Carpenter-funded historic structure report, will provide a framework as we look to the future preservation of our Julia Morgan building and its role as a vibrant 21st century museum.

Click here to buy art online through October 14, 2021.

Get your kicks at 6×6! You’ll want to get hip to this tip, SAVE THE DATE, October 1–3, for this art sale and fundraiser put on by the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, famous for past events like Off the Wall, Art Bark in the Park, the Riverside Art Market, and many other fun, art-related FUNdraisers.

Make an Inland Empire trip to buy 6 by 6 inch original artwork in a variety of mediums by artists from throughout Southern California, all for sale at $100 each. The artists will receive 50% of the sales price for each of their pieces that sell, so the art museum won’t be the only beneficiaries of your generous participation during the art sale!

Artists are encouraged to read the submission guidelines below and to register their art prior to dropping off their pieces on Friday, September 10, or Saturday, September 11, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Please read size/framing requirements carefully; there is no theme requirement. Artists with questions can email Denise Kraemer at kraemer.denise@gmail.com or Emmanuelle Reynolds at frenchconnection1231@gmail.com

The Opening Gala on Friday, October 1, 7 p.m.–9 p.m., will give ticket holders access to the art sale before it opens to the general public on Saturday and features a Route 66-themed party, complete with libations, music, and appetizers. Want to get even earlier access to the sale? Become a sponsor (see below)! Tickets are $25. Online ticket sales are closed; tickets will be available for purchase at the door.* 

The Art Sale will be open to the public for in-person shopping Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. The remaining artwork will come down after Sunday, but will be available for online purchase between Monday, October 4, and Thursday, October 14. The online sale website link is available here.

RAM and the Art Alliance are also teaming up with local high schools in the Alvord and Riverside Unified School Districts for a separate but related art contest and exhibition (no sales) in conjunction with this event. A celebration to announce the award winners will take place Saturday, October 9, 10 a.m. 

* For RAM special events (held on or off site) with 60 people and over, proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required. “Fully vaccinated” means the event is at least 14 days after a participant’s final vaccine dose. To enter the event, participants must bring  proof of vaccination, either a physical vaccination card, a picture of a vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record. Most California residents may request a digital vaccination record at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov. Anyone 12 and over without proof of being fully vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (3 days) prior to entering the event. Masks are also required at all times indoors, except when eating, drinking, or actively speaking to a group as part of a presentation for all patrons and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, at the Riverside Art Museum.

Become a Sponsor!

We’re looking for a few great sponsors for the Get Your Kicks at 6×6 Art Sale and Fundraiser. The Gala begins at 5 p.m. for sponsors. Entrance into the art sale is staggered based on sponsorship level.

Los Angeles: $5,000

  • Naming opportunity at the top of the event
  • First opportunity for 10 people to shop the gallery and purchase art before anyone else
  • Private art purchasing time of one hour
  • Wine, refreshments, and appetizers served in the gallery while you shop
  • Always mentioned prominently in our social media and other printed material as the lead sponsor
  • Route 66 gift box with fun memorabilia

Tulsa: $1,000

  • Second opportunity for 4 people to shop the gallery and purchase art before ticket purchasers
  • Purchasing time begins at 5 p.m. for one hour
  • Mentioned in social media

Chicago: $300

  • Third opportunity for 2 people to shop the gallery and purchase art before ticket purchasers
  • Purchasing time begins at 6 p.m. for 45 minutes

Value of goods and services received for tax purposes: Los Angeles, $500; Santa Fe, $320; Tulsa, $120; and Chicago, $60. RAM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our Tax ID number is 95-1904692.

Call for Artists

Artists may submit up to six pieces of artwork if they are RAM members or four if they are not. The artwork will be sold for $100/piece and the artist will receive 50% of the proceeds of any of their artwork sold. We are looking to showcase 500+ pieces of art at the museum as well as on the virtual sales site.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  1. ONE SIZE ONLY: 6 INCHES X 6 INCHES X 1.5 INCHES DEEP ON CANVAS OR CRADLE BOARD OR, if your art is on paper (watercolor, pen and ink, pastel, etc.), you can frame your art as long as the outer frame is no larger than 6 INCHES X 6 INCHES and is ready to hang.
  2. All artwork must be original in interpretation and composition. RAM reserves the right to reject artwork that is deemed inappropriate or unsafe. Artists agree that RAM can use images of their artwork for event promotions. Although we will treat your art as gently as possible, RAM is not responsible for any damaged art.
  3. No hanging devices, hooks, or cables on the back of canvases or cradle boards. Cable or hanging strip is needed for framed art.
  4. All artwork needs to have the artist’s name, painting title, and email address on the back bottom right of the artwork.
  5. 3D pieces cannot exceed 6 INCHES X 6 INCHES X 4 INCHES TOTAL DIMENSION.
  6. No wet paint or unsealed pastels/charcoals.
  7. Any medium that can meet these guidelines is acceptable (fused glass, prints, fiber art, charcoal, pastels, paint, photography, collage, etc.)
  8. Artists may submit pieces as part of a series; however, each piece must be work as a stand-alone as buyers are free to choose which pieces to buy. We cannot promise that a full series will be purchased.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

ART INTAKE: Friday, September 10, and Saturday, September 11, 2021, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

ART PICK UP: Friday, October 15, and Saturday, October 16, 2021, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Questions? Email Denise Kraemer at kraemer.denise@gmail.com or Emmanuelle Reynolds at frenchconnection1231@gmail.com. Details about the exhibit and sales event will be sent at a later date.

PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE BEFORE SEPTEMBER 10.
WE WILL BE PRINTING ALL REGISTRATIONS PRIOR TO THE START OF DROP OFF.

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT THIS REGISTRATION UNLESS YOU ARE ABLE TO FILL OUT THE
TITLE/MEDIUM/IMAGE UPLOAD SECTION FOR ALL ARTWORK YOU WISH TO ENTER.
YOU MAY ONLY SUBMIT YOUR REGISTRATION ONCE.

Registration is now closed. Thank you.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

LOS ANGELES

Brad Alewine of

TULSA PLUS

TULSA

Pam & Mark Balys

Kathy & David Bocian

Selina & Phil Bremenstuhl

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Mike Dahdul

Adam Guzkowski

Jacqueline & Dr. Andrew Hopper

Francisca & Eric Johnson

Cathy & Terry Walling

Sandy Webb

CHICAGO PLUS

Betty & Walter Parks

CHICAGO

Kathy & John Allavie

Lorraine & Richard Anderson

The Arntzen Family

Eileen & Stephen Ashwal

Kathleen & Matt Barth

Michael Bates

Dan Benner & René Glynn

Judy Berg

Erin Christmas

Suzy & Gary Clem

The Clem Clan

Amy Conger

Phyllis Crabtree

Anne & Joseph Deem

Marcia & Tom Evans

Patti & David Funder

Cheryl & Dayton Gilleland

Debra & Jeff Johnson

Judy Davies Designs

Beth & Doug Kollmyer

Sari & Owen Kustner

Peggy & Arthur Littleworth

Tami & Steve Maio

Monster Media

Louise D. Moore

Doris Morton

Tiffany North

Raymond Phipps

Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds

Rosie Russell

Sandy & Bill Schnack

Patricia Reynolds

Cookie Smith

Carole Stadelbacher

Janis & Wendel Tucker

Athena & David Waite

Madelyn Warner and Denise & Chuck Stevens

General Donations

Melanie A. Miller

RAM proudly introduced Khalil Bleux in our summer Artifacts newsletter as our California Arts Council Administrators of Color (CACACF) fellow. 

As part of Khalil’s fellowship, his goal was to propose a project at RAM to positively impact our community engagement, diversity-equity-inclusion-access strategies, and/or arts administration work. 

***UPDATE***

Due to continuing COVID-19 concerns, we will continue forward with the workshop and pop-up exhibition portion of the Summit on Saturday, September 25, and postpone the larger day-long event to the spring.

The three-hour training workshop uses creativity as a tool to learn and practice the art of life-saving dialogue. Earn a QPR certification that will equip you with skills to identify the warning signs, ask the right questions, and refer someone to the right resources for support. For ages 12 and up. Lunch will be provided.

To sign up for the workshop, click here.

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In Spring 2022, RAM will launch the first annual Suicide Prevention Summit, (I AM) L;ving AART (Attitude, Awareness, and Relationship Training). It is a day-long experience designed to excite, engage, and equip the Riverside community to play their role in suicide prevention. This event is produced by Agency 515, led by Khalil. We invite community members, leaders, and organizations to celebrate and affirm life through art and dialogue. In this space, share stories, build skills, and honor the lived and lost experiences of those impacted by suicide and mental health. A complete schedule will be made available prior to the event.

Khalil is an artist, activist, and educator from Southeast San Diego. He is the founder of The SOULcial Workers, a creative development collective supporting youth and communities through social education and emotional development. Khalil is also the Producing Artistic Director for Agency 515, The Social Education Theatre, a local non-profit that focuses on mental health, social education, and emotional development through the arts.

This program is made possible by:

Free admission with downloaded ticket

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, the Smithsonian’s Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people.

Please visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday to download your free ticket.

Join Douglas McCulloh, Senior Curator at UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography and RAM Trustee, in conversation with Golden Hour curator Eve Schillo, Assistant Curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA, via Zoom, on Monday, September 13, 5 p.m.–6 p.m. Click here to register.

The awards reception for the Members’ Exhibition has been moved to Zoom on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 5:30 p.m.–6:15 p.m. Click here to register.

Mr. Blue and Cultura con Llantas have done it! The Pachuco Ball is back and happening inside Harrison Hall at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 28, 6 p.m.–midnight, so get ready to dress up to get down!

Tickets will be $50/person. Join us for music by Lil Bit of Soul and guest performer Joey Quinones of Penrose Records! We’ll have a buffet-style dinner laid out from 6 p.m.–8 p.m., a no-host bar, a fun raffle for some cool prizes, plus we’ll be bringing back our button-making station and we’ll have some fantastic printed totes and shirts you can buy (so bring some cash)!

To purchase tickets, click here.

Sponsorships are available with great benefits. For more info, contact Valerie Found at vfound@riversideartmuseum.org.

FAQs:

Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions about the Pachuco Ball!

Q: Do we need to dress up?
A: If you’ve got a zoot suit, do you really need a better excuse to wear it than to go to a Pachuco Ball? But if you don’t, you can still hang with us. Just come dressed to dance and have a great time!

Q: Do we have to pay for parking?
A: No. We got you covered.

Q: Is there a secure parking area if I bring my lowrider or classic car?
A: Indeed. There will be a secure and designated area for your sweet ride. For more info, contact Anita Gonzales: 951-255-1342, Rene “Pecas” Camargo: 951-443-7626, or Mr Blue: 951-204-6613.

Q: It’s August. In Lake Perris. Is the event happening inside? Is there A/C?
A: We wouldn’t leave you out in the heat. Yes, the Pachuco Ball is indoors inside Harrison Hall, WITH A/C! The only way you’re going to break a sweat is if you dance . . . and you better dance.

Q: What’s included in the $50?
A: Admission to the Pachuco Ball, where you’ll dance the night away to awesome musical talent. Parking. Amazing classic rides to swoon over. Buffet-style dinner from 6–8 p.m. only.

Q: Will there be a bar?
A: Yes, there’s a no-host bar!

Q: Will tickets be sold at the door?
A: Yes! …if we haven’t sold out yet…

Join us on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. on RAM’s Instagram (@riversideartmuseum) to watch and learn live as artist Juan Navarro (and occasional guest artists) create art and give tips!

Unidos is back with their second series of diálogos! If you enjoyed the last series or even if you missed them, here’s your opportunity to join us for two dynamic virtual conversations. 

Coming up on Thursday, April 29, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., we will celebrate Chicano Park and its rich history, art, and culture, and the fight of the people of Barrio Logan to keep Chicano Park. Join this diálogo featuring Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash and Josie Talamantez, member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee. 

On Thursday, May 20, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., we will be honored by the one and only Dolores Huerta and the talented Daniel Valdez as we get into the role arte, musica, and teatro have played and how they continue to be such an integral part of the Chicano Movement. 

Tickets are $25. All funds raised will benefit The Cheech!

¡Que Viva Chicano Park! Art, Culture, and History: Thursday, April 29, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., $25

Moderator: Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash

En Diálogo with: Josie Talamantez, Chicano Park Steering Committee Member, and Yolanda Lopez, Artist.

Arte, Música, and Teatro in the Movimiento: Thursday, May 20, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., $25

Moderator: Jose “Dr. Loco” Cuellar

En Diálogo with: Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader and Community Organizer, and Daniel Valdez, Actor, Musician, Composer, and Activist

Click here to register.

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This is a series of conversations organized by Unidos. Unidos is a collective of many local and community-focused organizations and engaged individuals, together serving the diverse spectrum of the Chicano Latino community in Riverside and across Inland Southern California. Unidos was formed to work together on initiatives that serve us all beyond the valued niche mission of each group.


This series of conversations is sponsored by: Assemblymember Jose Medina and Pat Reynolds

About Our Auction

This auction is part of En Diálogo: Unidos Presents | Unveiling Chicano Art and Culture: A Preview of The Cheech, a series of conversations raising funds for The Cheech. Proceeds will support opening exhibitions and future programming at the new Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum.

No Cost

The Riverside Art Museum and The Cheech, in partnership with the Inlandia Institute, is excited to present a dynamic panel discussion about the significance of el Cinco de Mayo—especially to Chicanos.

Join hosts Jorge “Mr. Blue” Hernandez & Frances J. Vásquez in a festive evening celebrating cultura with local educators and cultural arts aficionados José Chávez, Dr. Carlos Cortés, Dr. Irene M. Sanchez, and Ofelia Valdez-Yeager.

Through music, pláticas, poetry, stories, and personal reflections, panelists will discuss the cultural and historical perspectives of why Chicanos have embraced the pivotal Batalla de Puebla, which took place in México 159 years ago on May 5, 1862, and has been celebrated in California since 1863.

Click here to register.

Come be a part of a community Art Installation on the fence around the soon-to-be Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum on the corner of Mission Inn Avenue and Orange Street.

Join us on Sunday, May 2, 2021, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., to add your artistic touch with Sharpies to CDs/DVDs and have it added to the We Heart Art Installation! Bring the whole family and tell your friends as the whole community is invited to participate. 

In consideration of COVID-19, tables will be spaced appropriately and everything will be sanitized between uses. Please wear masks (babies and children under the age of two excepted). Volunteers will be on hand to help and to attach completed artwork to the Art Installation.

Have old CDs/DVDs you’d like to donate? Please drop them off at the Riverside Art Museum on Fridays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., 1:30 p.m.–4 p.m., by Saturday, May 1. We need about 400 to complete the Art Installation.

This Art Installation is put on by the Riverside Art Museum and Arts Now, with a special thank you to the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum.

Join Mr. Blue in conversation with Agustín Lira, co-founder of El Teatro Campesino and NEA National Heritage Fellow and Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, as he discusses his interactions with César Chávez and his involvement with the Delano Grape Strike and Boycott. Agustín will discuss his life-long dedication to music and Teatro. He will be joined in this discussion of the transformational power of music and the arts with his life partner Patricia Wells Solórzano. This event is organized to celebrate the life of César Chávez whose birthday is March 31. The event will include a virtual birthday cake cutting and readings from essays from previous César Chávez writing contests, traditions organized by those who established Riverside’s César Chávez memorial. 

Register for this free Zoom event by clicking here.

FYI: Don’t miss our special Virtual Artswalk on Thursday, April 1, 6 p.m., on the Riverside Art Museum’s Instagram (@riversideartmuseum), which will also celebrate César Chávez! 

Supported in part by Union Pacific.

$120 per household

Let the good times roll . . . laissez les bon temps rouler!

Please join the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum in indulging in a fun evening to celebrate Mardi Gras (virtually, via Zoom) with a guided wine tasting, a cooking demo of classic N’awlins food, and some art, music, and history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Chris Kern of Forgotten Grapes is our sommelier and he will feature the wines and the winemaker of Shadow Run Vineyards in Paso Robles. Our cooking demo is courtesy of Chef Maree Reed (Chez Rae Chef) who hails from New Orleans.

Join us on Saturday, February 6, starting at 6:30 p.m. Polish your wine glasses and enjoy two bottles of wine (a red and a white that you can’t buy in our local stores, safely delivered to you from Shadow Run) along with a swag bag of New Orleans Mardi Gras lagniappe (a little something extra), recipes, and more. At $120 per household, you can enjoy a great evening and support the Riverside Art Museum!

Deadline to register in time to receive the wine, etc., in time for the Zoom event is Monday, January 25, 2021. We can ship to the contiguous United States. Additional shipping charges may apply to non-Western states after registering.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact: Kathy Bocian at kathleen.bocian@gmail.com 

Registration is closed to anyone outside of the Riverside, CA, area due to shipping deadlines.

HOWEVER, if you are within Riverside, CA, we have a limited number of tickets available for either pick-up or delivery of the wines. Please email Kathy Bocian at kathleen.bocian@gmail.com for availability.

A Preview of and a Fundraiser for The Cheech

LA Originals (Estevan Oriol and Mister Cartoon), January 21, 2021, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., $25

Please join Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol—from the documentary LA Originals currently streaming on Netflix—in conversation for our last En Diálogo Zoom on Thursday, January 21, 2021, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Tickets are $25. All funds raised will benefit The Cheech. 

This conversation will be moderated by Emilio Rivera.

Photo of Mister Cartoon by Estevan Oriol.

Click here to register and pay. 

This is a series of conversations organized by Unidos. Unidos is a collective of many local and community focused organizations and engaged individuals, together serving the diverse spectrum of the Chicano Latino community in Riverside. Unidos was formed to work together on initiatives that serve us all beyond the valued niche mission of each group.

About Mister Cartoon

Website: www.mistercartoon.com 

Instagram: @misterctoons 

Twitter: @misterctoons

Born in 1969 in Los Angeles and raised in the harbor area, Cartoon graduated high school in San Pedro in 1988.

Mister Cartoon’s expressive style of art is universally recognized and embodies the true soul of Los Angeles street culture. Beginning his career as a graffiti artist in the 1980s, he gained notoriety for his album cover designs, logos, advertisements, custom lowrider car murals, and his one-of-a-kind tattoos.

Mister Cartoon’s richly detailed, hand-rendered designs are inspired by the style of tattoos that originated in the streets of 1970s’ Los Angeles—fine-line Chicano black-and-grey custom tattoo art. Mister Cartoon took this style of tattooing and brought it into mainstream culture; he is known as a pioneer in the tattoo world as one of the first artists to get global notoriety by tattooing celebrities, athletes, musicians, and actors alike.

His tattoos have been commissioned by many icons of the music and film industry from Dr Dre, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Skylar Grey, Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Shia Labeouf, Pharrell, Ryan Phillippe, Usher, Kanye West, YG, and Nas, to DJ Premier and Slash. 

His work also adorns professional athletes such as CC Sabathia, Amar’e Stoudemire, Lewis Hamilton, Kobe Bryant, Jonathan Quick, Carlos Boozer, Matt Barnes, Paul Rodriguez, Carl Crawford, and Terry Kennedy, and has come to represent strength, faith, and ferocity on the competition field.

The bonds formed with clients in the tattoo chair have led to some longstanding relationships and unique collaborations. Cartoon’s private tattoo studio, Skid Row Tattoo, has become a cultural landmark all in itself. From Thailand to New York, Japan, and the United Kingdom, Cartoon’s tattoo residencies continue to take his cultural message worldwide. 

Mister Cartoon has partnered with companies such as Microsoft, Nike, Vans, Levis, Supreme, RVCA, Diesel, T-Mobile, Axe, Target, Universal Pictures, and Fox Studios on a variety of successful collaborations.  

He has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York TimesThe Wall St JournalRolling Stone, Complex, XXLGQ, and many more. 

His work has been an integral part of music culture, producing album art work, logos, and identities for the likes of Shady Records, Eazy-E, Paul Wall, Clipse, Cypress Hill, Wale, Zac Brown Band, and many more.

Cartoon’s custom muraled car collection and art work has been featured internationally from art shows in London and Japan to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. His style and art transcends many artistic mediums. 

Mister Cartoon is continually driven to give back to the community that has supported him. He is able to do this through youth outreach programs and collaborations with organizations that are active in the community. 

About Estevan Oriol

Website: https://www.estevanoriol.com/

Instagram: @estevanoriol

Facebook: @EstevanOriolPhoto

YouTube: @EstevanOriol

Estevan Oriol is an internationally celebrated professional photographer, director, and urban lifestyle entrepreneur. Beginning his career as a hip-hop club bouncer turned tour manager for popular Los Angeles-based rap groups Cypress Hill and House of Pain, Estevan’s passion for photography developed while traveling the world. With an influential nudge and an old camera from his father, renowned photographer Eriberto Oriol, Estevan began documenting life on the road and established a name for himself amid the emerging hip-hop scene.

Nearly 20 years later, Oriol’s extensive portfolio juxtaposes the glamorous and gritty planes of LA culture, featuring portraits of famous athletes, artists, celebrities, and musicians, as well as Latino, urban, gang, and tattoo culture lifestyles. He has photographed Al Pacino, Robert Dinero, Dennis Hopper, Ryan Gosling, Chloe Moretz, Marissa Miller, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Floyd Mayweather, and others. He has also produced shoots for internationally acclaimed photographers such as Ellen von Unwerth for Sang Bleu and Luca Babini for GQ Italy.

In  addition to shooting campaigns for companies including Cadillac, Nike, and Rockford Fosgate, and directing new media projects for My Cadillac Stories, MetroPCS, MTV, and Apple, Estevan has designed album covers and/or directed music videos for artists including Eminem, Cypress Hill, Blink 182, Snoop Dogg, and Xzibit.

His  work has been showcased in select galleries and institutions—such as Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, Mesa Contemporary Art Center, Petersen Automotive Museum, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los  Angeles’ Art in the Streets exhibit—concluding with best-selling books of his work: LA Woman, L.A. Portraits, and This Is Los Angeles, capturing dangerous gangsters, lowriders, musicians, celebrities, the L.A. lifestyle, and the alluring beauty of women shot in his uniquely provocative and raw style. His photography has been featured in Complex,  FHM, Juxtapoz, GQ, Vibe, Rolling Stone and other publications, with  appearances on popular television shows such as, CNN’s  Anthony Bourdain: UnKnown Parts, CNN’s Street Food: Roy Choi,  HBO’s Entourage, and Last Call With Carson Daly.

About Emilio Rivera

Emilio Rivera is a prime example of how turning one’s life around can make dreams a reality. Growing up in a rough and impoverished neighborhood, Rivera turned to wild and reckless behavior during his teen and young adult years. However, he found discipline and true passion through the art of acting. After years of hard work and perseverance, he has become a well-known name in the industry and his resume continues to grow.  

A few of Emilio’s most notable films include Steven Soderbergh’s award-winning film Traffic and David Ayer’s Street Kings with Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, and Hugh Laurie. Rivera also played Paco the Hitman in Michael Mann’s Collateral, starring opposite Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise. He can be seen in F. Gary Gray’s A Man Apart, starring opposite Vin Diesel, High Crimes opposite Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman, and Nick Lyon’s Bullet opposite Danny Trejo. More recently, he could be seen in the blockbuster film Venom and in 3 From Hell, which was released into theaters in September 2019.

Rivera is perhaps best known for playing the starring role of Marcus Alvarez on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, as well as being a series regular on its spin-off, Mayans M.C., which was just picked up for its third season. He has also recurred heavily on the FOX series Gang Related and on Showtime’s Weeds. Emilio also recently wrapped his recurring role on the new hit Netflix series On My Block for a second season. 

Rivera’s hard work and dedication to his career has allowed him to juggle recurring roles on both Amazon’s Hand of God and the SyFy channel’s zombie apocalypse series, Z Nation, where he plays Hector “Escorpion” Alvarez. He recurred on the second season of Bounce TV’s Saints & Sinners and in the films 48 Hours to Live with James Maslow and Tommy Flanagan, Badsville opposite Robert Knepper, and Loca with Danay Garcia. In addition, Emilio has begun developing one of his own feature film projects.  

Rivera’s decision to learn from his past and pursue his passion has led to continued success and a promise of more to come in the future.  

Cheech Marin and Einar & Jamex De La Torre

Moderated by Eduardo Díaz, Director of Smithsonian Latino Center

Thursday, October 15, 2020 October 29, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., $25 | Please register in advance

We are so pleased to announce that Cheech Marin and artists Einar and Jamex De La Torre will be in conversation via Zoom on Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.! The conversation will be moderated by Eduardo Díaz, Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center. Tickets are $25.

All funds raised will benefit the exhibition and associated publication of Collidoscope: A De La Torre Brothers Retro-Perspective, which will be the inaugural temporary exhibition at The Cheech! This exhibition is organized with the Smithsonian Latino Center and curated by Selene Preciado.

This is a first in a series of conversations organized by Unidos. Unidos is a collective of many local and community focused organizations and engaged individuals, together serving the diverse spectrum of the Chicano Latino community in Riverside. Unidos was formed to work together on initiatives that serve us all beyond the valued niche mission of each group.

After registering, on the day of the event, we will email you the link to the event. Please make sure your Zoom name matches the name you used here so we can quickly move you from the waiting room to the event.

Lalo Alcaraz and Gustavo Arellano, November 19, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., $25

We are please to announce Lalo Alcaraz and Gustavo Arellano in conversation for our next En Diálogo Zoom on Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Tickets are $25. All funds raised will benefit The Cheech. Registration is now closed. Thank you.

About Lalo Alcaraz 

Lalo Alcaraz is an award-winning visual/media artist and television/film writer. A Los Angeles resident, he has been chronicling the ascendancy of Latinos in the U.S. for over a quarter-century. The busy Chicano artist is the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip La Cucaracha seen in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers nationwide. Alcaraz is founder and Jefe-in-Chief of POCHO, which started out as a Xeroxed zine in the last century and now ranks a leading Latino satire website. A prolific political cartoonist, Lalo is the winner of six Los Angeles Press Club awards for Best Editorial Cartoon. He was an editorial cartoonist for the L.A. Weekly from 1992–2010 and now creates editorial cartoons in English and Spanish for Andrews McMeel Syndication, Daily Kos, and various newspapers, including Philadelphia’s Al Dia News.

His work has appeared on 60 Minutes, CBS News, NBC, Univision, and in hundreds of publications. Lalo’s graphic novel and cartoon books include the New York Times bestseller A Most Imperfect UnionLatino USA: A Cartoon History, 15th Anniversary EditionMigra Mouse: Political Cartoons On Immigration; and La Cucaracha.

Author of the forthcoming graphic history novel, UNIDOS, about the historic civil rights group formerly known as the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS), Lalo is also a highly sought-after Hollywood consultant and producer. 

In 2014 he was a staff writer and producer on the animated Seth MacFarlane-led TV show Bordertown on Fox. He next served as cultural consultant on the Oscar-winning Day of the Dead-themed Pixar movie COCO. Alcaraz was recently cultural consultant, consulting producer, and writer on the animated series The Loud House and now on Nick’s The Casagrandes. Alcaraz is the co-host of KPFK satirical talk show, The Pocho Hour of Power, heard on L.A.’s Pacifica station KPFK 90.7 FM. He is a former illustration faculty member at Otis College of Fine Art & Design in Los Angeles.

He is a graduate of San Diego State University (BA in Art) and UC Berkeley (Master of Architecture). Lalo was born in San Diego, California to Mexican immigrant parents from Sinaloa and Zacatecas.

Website: https://laloalcaraz.com/ | Instagram @laloalcaraz1 | Facebook @lacucaracha | Twitter @laloalcaraz

About Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano is a Mexican with glasses con su pluma en su mano who writes pure DESMADRE about everything and is based in Orange County, California.

Arellano is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, covering Southern California everything and a bunch of the West and beyond. He previously worked at OC Weekly, where he was an investigative reporter for 15 years and editor for six, wrote a column called ¡Ask a Mexican!, and is the author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. He’s the child of two Mexican immigrants, one of whom came to this country in the trunk of a Chevy.

Website: https://www.gustavoarellano.org/ | Instagram @gustavo_arellano | Facebook @gustavoarellanowriter | Twitter @GustavoArellano

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This is part of a series of conversations organized by Unidos. Unidos is a collective of many local and community focused organizations and engaged individuals, together serving the diverse spectrum of the Chicano Latino community in Riverside. Unidos was formed to work together on initiatives that serve us all beyond the valued niche mission of each group.

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Cheech Marin and Carlos Santana, December 17, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., $25

We are pleased to announce Cheech Marin and Carlos Santana in conversation for our next En Diálogo Zoom on Thursday, December 17, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Tickets are $25. All funds raised will benefit The Cheech. 

This conversation will be moderated by KCSM 91.1 FM Music Director Jesse “Chuy” Varela.

Click here to register.

About Carlos Santana

Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades-from Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco-Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.

Long before the category now known as “world music” was named, Santana’s ever-evolving sound was always ahead of its time in its universal appeal, and today registers as ideally in sync with the 21st century’s pan-cultural landscape. And, with a dedication to humanitarian outreach and social activism that parallels his lifelong relationship with music, Carlos Santana is as much an exemplary world citizen as a global music icon.

To date, Santana has won 10 GRAMMY® Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”) as well as three Latin GRAMMY’s. In 1998, the group was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose website notes, “Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock’s true virtuosos and guiding lights.”

Among many other honors, Carlos Santana received Billboard Latin Music Awards’ 2009 Lifetime Achievement honor, and, he was bestowed Billboard’s Century Award in 1996. On December 8, 2013 he was the recipient of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Award. Rolling Stone has also named him #15 on the magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” noting that “Santana’s crystalline tone and clean arcing sustain make him the rare instrumentalist who can be identified in just one note.” And, with the 2014 release of Corazón, Santana surpassed the Rolling Stones and is one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one Top Ten album for six consecutive decades from the 1960s on.

Carlos executive produced the Peter Bratt-directed documentary film DOLORES, about the life and work of Dolores Huerta, who is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century-and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.

The arc of Santana’s performing and recording career is complemented by a lifelong devotion to social activism and humanitarian causes. The Milagro Foundation, originally established by Carlos Santana and his family in 1998, has granted more than seven million dollars to non-profit programs supporting underserved children and youth in the areas of arts, education and health. Milagro means “miracle,” and the image of children as divine miracles of light and hope-gifts to our lives-is the inspiration behind its name.

—Excerpt from https://www.santana.com/carlos-santana-biography/

About Cheech Marin

Best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred duo Cheech and Chong (now on tour), Cheech Marin is a paradox in the world of entertainment. Cheech is an actor, director, writer, musician, art collector, and humanitarian, a man who has enough talent, humor, and intelligence to do just about anything. He is truly a multi-generational star. To this day, Cheech and Chong films remain the number one weekend video rentals, and Cheech is widely acknowledged as a cultural icon. Cheech’s long-awaited memoir entitled Cheech is Not My Real Name…But Don’t Call Me Chong! was released in 2017.

Cheech (real name Richard) Marin was born in South Central Los Angeles and met Tommy Chong in Vancouver, British Columbia as a political refugee. The duo moved back to Los Angeles and proved to be “entertainment gold.” Six of their albums went gold, four were nominated for Grammys, and Los Cochinos won the 1973 Grammy for Best Comedy Recording. The critically acclaimed duo made a fluid transition to films, starring in eight features together.

During his split with Chong, Cheech wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy Born In East L.A. He appeared in over 20 films, including his scene-stealing role in Tin Cup. On television, Cheech was a sitcom regular before joining Don Johnson on the highly successful CBS drama Nash Bridges (1996-2001). He later had a recurring role on the hit NBC show, Lost, and in recent years, he guest-starred on Rob and Jane the VirginThrough his popular Disney Pixar animation film roles (Oliver & CompanyThe Lion KingCars, and more) and as an author of children’s books such as Cheech the School Bus Driver, Cheech is also a favorite with kids and parents around the world.

Cheech is recognized today as a preeminent Chicano art advocate. In the mid-1980s, he began developing what is now arguably the finest private collection of Chicano art. Much of it formed the core of his inaugural exhibition Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, which broke attendance records during its groundbreaking 15‐city tour during 2001‐2007 to major art museums across the United States. He states, “Chicano art is American art. My goal is to bring the term ‘Chicano’ to the forefront of the art world.”

Furthering his goal to introduce Chicano art to a wider audience, Marin has entered a partnership with the City of Riverside and Riverside Art Museum to create The Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture, and Industry. Slated to open in 2021, The Cheech will become the permanent home for his more than 700 works of Chicano art, including paintings, sculptures, and photography; collectively, the most renowned Chicano art collection in the United States.

—Excerpt from https://cheechmarin.com/bio/

About Jesse “Chuy” Varela

For KCSM 91.1 FM’s Music Director Jesse “Chuy” Varela, music roots have run deep. Currently, Chuy is celebrating 20 years as Music Director at KCSM Jazz 91, the San Francisco Bay Area’s Jazz radio station.

From an early age, Chuy was fascinated by music, playing the guitar in Mexican bands and in the army. He attended Cal State Hayward where he majored in music. But after realizing that music would probably not be a lucrative career, he switched to mass communications where he studied print, television, and radio.

In 1980, Chuy started volunteering at KBBF in Santa Rosa, the first bilingual radio station in the country. From there, he went on to KPFA, first as a volunteer, then as Director of the Public Affairs Dept., and finally as Music Director in the mid-90’s. At KPFA, he produced news-oriented public affairs programming and was awarded a Minority Training Grant by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to study at the Center for Investigative Report in San Francisco and began contributing as a freelance reporter to National Public Radio, Pacifica Network News, and Radio Bilingue.

At KPFA, he also produced cultural arts programming co-hosting La Onda Bajita—Radio Del Barrio, a Chicano collective dedicated to diverting young Raza from violent behavior and enriching cultural pride; Ahora, a community affairs program; and produced numerous special broadcasts.

While at KPFA, he was simultaneously working at KJAZ radio, the pioneer jazz radio station, first as an intern, then as a production assistant and recording engineer, working with Bob Parlocha on “On The Scene”, and with Bud Spangler on “The Turk Murphy Show” and “Sunday Night Suites”. In 1984, he began hosting “The Latin Jazz Show”.

When KJAZ went off the air in 1996, Chuy accepted a Sunday afternoon position at KCSM and introduced Bay Area listeners to “The Latin Jazz Show”. Since then, he has attracted a large and loyal audience who have come to depend on his expertise and sunny disposition. In 2000, he became KCSM’s Music Director and began co-hosting “Jazz in the Afternoon”.

In addition to his shows, Chuy is also a freelance music writer who has contributed liner notes to many albums and reviews to various newspapers and periodicals, including the San Francisco ChronicleSF Bay GuardianThe SF WeeklyEastbay ExpressLatin Beat MagazineNY LatinoJazz Times, among others.

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This is part of a series of conversations organized by Unidos. Unidos is a collective of many local and community focused organizations and engaged individuals, together serving the diverse spectrum of the Chicano Latino community in Riverside. Unidos was formed to work together on initiatives that serve us all beyond the valued niche mission of each group.

Photo by: Gary Leonard

About Unidos and the En Diálogo Series

Unidos, a group committed to furthering the Chicano Latino Community in Riverside, is launching a series of conversations called “En Diálogo: Unidos Presents | Unveiling Chicano Art and Culture, A Preview of The Cheech.” All proceeds from the conversations will benefit an inaugural exhibition of the work of Einar and Jamex De La Torre at the forthcoming Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum slated to open late Fall 2021. 

“I am grateful to Unidos for their support of The Cheech,” says Cheech Marin. “I’m now a fundraiser for life to ensure the center will continue to advocate for Chicano artists and share the importance of the Chicano school of art. I deeply appreciate all of the work to raise the money that is required to organize and promote programming, operations, and more. 

Since coming together in December 2017, Unidos has raised over $250,000 for The Cheech, specifically for the capital campaign to fund the renovation of the former main library and future home of The Cheech. They had originally planned to raise these funds over three years, but surpassed their goal within one year. Their inaugural gala in September 2018, Celebrando Chicano Art and Culture honoring Cheech Marin and featuring George Lopez and Dolores Huerta, helped them exceed their goal. Since then, they also organized a benefit concert for The Cheech featuring Grammy-nominated Flor de Toloache, along with Victoria La Mala, in January of this year at the Fox Performing Arts Center. 

“Although we had exceeded our pledge and in a much shorter time than expected, our commitment was not just raising the funds, but rather to seeing The Cheech through to its opening date and continuing our support beyond the opening,” says Ninfa Delgado, chairperson of Unidos. “The realization of The Cheech is significant not only in the demonstration and sharing of the history and contributions of the Chicano Latino community in the United States as documented by artists, but we hope that anyone who has ever worked toward giving voice and a presence to those who have struggled against invisibility can identify with what The Cheech will bring. It is more than a museum, and it is for everyone, inviting us all into a movement of inclusivity, understanding, and forward-thinking.” 

After kicking off with the series with Cheech Marin and Einar & Jamex De La Torre, additional events in this virtual series will include Lalo Alcaraz in conversation with Gustavo Arellano on November 19, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., Cheech Marin with Carlos Santana on December 17, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., and LA Originals—Estevan Oriol and Mister Cartoon—on January 21, 2021, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Tickets for these events will be made available soon. Tickets for each conversation are $25.  

“Unidos demonstrates the incredible passion and commitment behind establishing The Cheech,” says Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director of the Riverside Art Museum. 

Unidos will also be launching an online auction this winter. The auction will feature a limited-edition lithograph from Einar and Jamex De La Torre, an original piece of Cheech fan art autographed by Cheech and from his personal collection, paintings and sculptures and other items. Follow The Cheech or Unidos on social media for announcements. 

Members of Unidos include:

  • California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
  • Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Latino Network
  • LULAC of Riverside Council 3190
  • MR Consulting
  • National Latino Peace Officers Association IE Chapter
  • Orale Press Publishing
  • Riverside Art Museum
  • Spanish Town Heritage Foundation
  • UCR Chicano Latino Alumni
  • UCR Chicano Student Programs
  • Uniko Media Group
  • VFW Villegas Chapter

To learn more about The Cheech, click here.

To learn more about Unidos, click here.

 

 Thank you to the sponsors:

Tell Your Story: The Social and Political Impact of the Mexican Revolution on the United States

Friday, November 20, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. | Free | Registration required

Join us for a discussion on the social and political impact of the Mexican Revolution on the United States. The Mexican Revolution was described as the first great social revolution of the 20th century. We will discuss the political climate of Mexico that lead to the revolution, the wealth disparity between the ruling classes and the masses, the mass exodus of Mexican citizens to the U.S. and the impact that migration had on the social and political climate of Chicano/Mexicano living in the U.S.

This conversation will feature Dr. Irene Sanchez and Ron Gonzalez, moderated by Mr. Blue.

Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Tell Your Story: Chicano Oldies to Souldies

Wednesday, September 16, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. | Free | Registration required

Soul music and oldies have decades of history in Southern California with deep-rooted ties to the Chicano and car-club culture of Southern California. Join Mr Blue of Radio Aztlan and Gabriel Roth AKA Bosco Mann of Daptone/Penrose Records to discuss the explosion of young bands continuing and expanding on the Souldie tradition.

This is organized in celebration of the forthcoming Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum, slated to open in Fall 2021. 

Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Tell Your Story: Chicano Oldies to Souldies, Part 2

Wednesday, October 28, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. | Free | Registration required

By popular demand we are happy to announce a “Part 2” of the conversation with Mr. Blue of Radio Aztlan and Gabriel Roth AKA Bosco Mann of Daptone/Penrose Records about the explosion of young bands continuing and expanding on the Souldie tradition. Soul music and oldies have decades of history in Southern California with deep-rooted ties to the Chicano and car-club culture of Southern California. 

UPDATE! Joey Quiñones of Thee Sinseers will be joining us as a special guest!

UPDATE 2! Singer-songwriter Trish Toledo has also been added!

This is organized in celebration of the forthcoming Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum slated to open in Fall 2021.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Tell Your Story: #1960Now

Wednesday, November 11, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. | Free | Registration required

Join renowned photographic artist Sheila Pree Bright and Inland Empire curator Lisa Henry in conversation about art and the Black Lives Matter movement. Bright’s #1960NOW show will be on exhibit virtually (in person pending lifting of COVID-19 restrictions) at the Riverside Art Museum, November 2020 through March 2021. “Sheila Pree Bright’s striking black-and-white photographs capture the courage and conviction of ’60s elder statesmen and a new generation of activists, offering a powerful reminder that the fight for justice is far from over. #1960Now represents an important new contribution to American protest photography.”

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Other Humanities Hour partners are the Mission Inn Foundation and Inlandia Institute.

Funding for the Riverside Public Library’s Humanities Hour has been provided by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.

by artists Cosme Cordova and Martin Sanchez

UPDATE: For those who cannot visit the altar at the museum, digital submissions will be accepted. Create your papel picado or cempasúchil honoring your lost loved one, take a photo, and tag us on Instagram #theyarepeoplenotnumbers or send to thecheech@riversideartmuseum.org. We will then print it and add them to the altar for you.

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To commemorate the lives of those lost from COVID-19, the Riverside Art Museum is collaborating with artist and Riverside Day of the Dead organizer Cosme Cordova and Martin Sanchez of Tio’s Tacos to create a ceremonial altar or ofrenda in the front of the museum. The project entitled, “They’re Not Numbers, They’re People,” invites the community to participate October 31–November 7, 2020.

“As we all know, this year has been especially difficult for our community as COVID-19 has taken the lives of many of our relatives, friends, and neighbors,” says Eric Martinez, artist and RAM staff member. “Unfortunately, too many are simply seen as numbers. The community challenged RAM to create a visual display that honors the memories of loved ones lost as people and not just statistics. In response, we outreached to local artists Cosme Cordova and Martin Sanchez to build this community ofrenda.”

The community is invited to participate in the ofrenda by adding items such as a paper cempasúchil, a type of marigold flower native to Mexico, or papel picado (see below for downloadable templates and instructions). 

“An ofrenda is our opportunity to honor our family and friends who have passed, and to hopefully provide them with items necessary for their journey,” adds Martinez. “A chance, possibly, to remind them and ourselves, that we still love them. I hope this can serve as a chance for those of us who have lost loved ones to support one another as well.”

Cempasúchil and Papel Picado Templates

A downloadable template for papel picado designed by RAM staff member Bethany Molyneaux is available by clicking herehere, and here. Community members can add a unique message for their loved one using one of the templates and drawing/writing in the blank spaces, and then bring the papel picado to the museum to place on the altar.

To make a paper cempasúchildownload this template and print out two copies. You’ll also need orange and green crayons, markers, or paints; scissors; and a glue stick. Color the petals orange and the leaves, green. Cut out all the petals and leaves. As you stack the petals from large to small, glue them down at the center of the flower. Then glue the leaves to the underside of the flower.

A video is below on how to make a tissue-paper marigold flower instead, which can also be customized and brought to the ofrenda.

Off the Wall is about making original art available at affordable prices for first-time buyers, as well as more seasoned collectors.

To that end, use OTW2020 for a 25% discount at checkout right now!

BUY ART AT OFFTHEWALL2020.ORG!

Off The Wall is going virtual!

Shop your heart out at this special art sale presented by the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum from the comfort of your own home or backyard. The online sale runs October 23–28 and features works by artists from throughout Inland Southern California. It is a rare opportunity to purchase original art at VERY reasonable prices ($100, $200, $300, or $400). This is a great chance for new collectors and for seasoned collectors alike. 

The exclusive opening event will offer a fun virtual tour of the gallery and other engaging programming. Become a sponsor to get special early access to purchase your must-have piece before someone else snags it. Top sponsors will also receive refreshments the evening of the sale.

Virtual Off the Wall 2020 is a fundraiser for RAM by the Art Alliance, the nonprofit fundraising arm of the museum that hosts many events throughout the year to keep art alive in Riverside. 

 

Opening Event Tickets

Join us for a fun evening with the artists and fellow art lovers as we open the online sale to Gala ticket holders before it goes live to the general public at 8 a.m. the next day!

This online virtual Gala will happen on Zoom on Friday, October 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Click here to purchase your ticket!

Ticket purchasers! Check your emails for the Zoom link to tonight’s event and the link to the art sales website; the password for the art sales website will be announced during the Zoom event.

FYI for those who purchased art during Off the Wall. First, THANK YOU! Second, you can pick up the art you purchased: 

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Friday, October 30, 2020, 2 p.m.–6 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31, 2020, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Shipping is available for out-of-area purchasers (US Mainland Only) at UPS or USPS rates plus $4 handling; we will contact you separately for payment of shipping charges.

 

Become a Sponsor

We are looking for a few great sponsors and want to offer you the opportunity to be a part of this exciting and exclusive event. The Riverside Art Museum is the largest visual arts museum in the Inland Empire and welcomes approximately 50,000 visitors each year. Your sponsorship will allow our museum to keep showing great art in our community and offer educational programs for all ages. 

You can choose to be a Platinum sponsor for $1,000, a Gold sponsor for $500, or a Silver sponsor for $250. With these tax-deductible sponsorships, your name or company name and/or logo will be listed on marketing materials and in social media coverage. The higher your sponsorship, the earlier your access to purchase art before the sale opens to ticket holders the day of the sale. 

To reserve your spot and ensure the most media exposure, we need to hear from you as soon as possible.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions: Emmanuelle Reynolds at frenchconnection1231@gmail.com or Madelyn Warner at madelynwarner@yahoo.com. 

Thank you for your support and best regards! 

“Platinum” for $1,000.

This sponsorship provides you with: 

  • 6 tickets to the Virtual Gala; refreshments for sponsor will be arranged
  • FIRST early-bird admittance to view and buy artwork
  • Your name on RAM and event website, e-vites, and acknowledged during event

“Gold” for $500.

This sponsorship provides you with: 

  • 4 tickets to the Virtual Gala; refreshments for sponsor will be arranged
  • SECOND early-bird admittance to view and buy artwork 
  • Your name on on RAM and event website, e-vites, and acknowledged during event

 “Silver” for $250. 

This sponsorship provides you with: 

  • 2 tickets to the Virtual Gala; refreshments for sponsor will be arranged
  • THIRD early-bird admittance to view and buy artwork 
  • Your name on RAM and event website, e-vites, and acknowledged during event

Riverside Art Museum Tax ID# 95-1904692. Please consult your tax advisor to determine tax deductibility.

 

Info for Artists

Off the Wall returns to Riverside this October. We hope that you will participate again and we look forward to providing you with a great opportunity to showcase and sell your work, as well as support the Riverside Art Museum (RAM). This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are planning a Virtual Exhibition and Online Sale. The virtual exhibition opening event and sale will be on October 23, 2020, but we will need your art early in order to take professional pictures. 

Our 2018 sales were a great success. We sold over $25,000 worth of art in one evening. This year, we expect that your art will be viewed by thousands of people and potential purchasers via the virtual platform during the exhibition/sale period of October 23–28. The Art Alliance and RAM will be promoting the sale. 

There are a few important things that we want you to know: 

  1. Due to time and technology limitations, we cannot guarantee that all your art will be displayed the night of the exhibition opening event and sale.
  2. The Art Alliance reserves the right not to exhibit and/or sell any art that is not deemed suitable for an online exhibit and sale.
  3. If you are currently a RAM member, you may submit up to four pieces of original art. All pieces must be priced at $100, $200, $300, or $400, and must be “ready to hang”. At least one piece must be priced at $100. 
  4. If you are not currently a member of RAM, you may submit up to two pieces of original art. At least one piece must be priced at $100. If you would like to become a member, click here.
  5. Due to required physical distancing and to facilitate the art-intake process, we would appreciate if you would submit your paperwork via online form in advance of dropping off your artwork. Alternatively, you can download, print, and fill out the required forms in advance: the artist’s agreement and receiptart tag(s) for each submitted artwork, and the COVID-19 OTW Guidelines, and bring all paperwork with you when dropping off your artwork. It is important that you print legibly. If you do not have a website but would like potential purchasers to have your email address, please write it on the website line on the art tag; otherwise, leave it blank.
  6. The Art Alliance will have a professional photographer take a picture of your art. Make sure your art is “hanging ready” with solid cable or bracket(s). Frames need to be in good condition and secure. Non-glare glass is preferable for mixed media or watercolor. As we will be selling online, some purchasers may not be local and might ask us to ship the art to them, so we would recommend less glass and offering some smaller paintings to facilitate shipping. Glass art will not be available for shipping.
  7. Shipping shall be paid by the purchaser.

As in past years, artists receive 50% of the price of the artwork sold. 

The important dates for you to be aware of are: 

  • Art Intake*: 
    • Thursday, October 1, 2020, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 
    • Friday, October 2, 2020, 2 p.m.–6 p.m. 
    • Saturday, October 3, 2020, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 
  • Virtual Exhibition Opening and Sale: 
    • Friday, October 23, 2020, time to be determined 
  • Art Pick Up*
    • Thursday, October 29, 2020, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • Friday, October 30, 2020, 2 p.m.–6 p.m.
    • Saturday, October 31, 2020, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

* Please do not come to the museum for art drop off or pick up if:

  • you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms;
  • you have experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 10 days:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • You have been told to self-isolate by a Public Health or medical professional.

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please visit the CDC’s website for more info.

While at the museum for art intake or pick up, please:

  • wear your mask so it covers your nose and mouth.
  • maintain a physical distance of six feet between yourself and others as much as possible.

Please contact Emmanuelle Reynolds, frenchconnection1231@gmail.com (951-538-5212) or Tami Fleming Maio, Tami@westcoe.com (951-318-5363), if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

 

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Jamie & Raul Aballi

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Gold Sponsors

Selina & Philip Bremenstuhl

Kathy & Dave Bocian

Anne & Joseph Deem

Francie & Eric Johnson

Cathy & Steve Morford

Michelle Ouellette

Betty & Walter Parks

Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds

Silver Sponsors

Kathy & John Allavie

Lucile Arntzen

Kathryn Arthur

Eileen & Stephen Ashwal

Pam & Mark Balys

Bosco Cason

Erin Christmas

Suzy & Gary Clem

Mike Dahdul of La Bodega

Patti & David Funder

Cheryl & Dayton Gilleland

Martha González

Suzanne N. Gray

Adam Guzkowski

Arthur & Peggy Littleworth

Tami & Steve Maio

Sue Mitchell

Dr. Ciriaco “Cid” Pinedo

Patricia Reynolds

Marianne Ronay

Cookie Smith

Patrick Sura of Grapow Riverside

Madelyn Warner

Kathy Wright & Dwight Tate

Moderated by Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”— Arundhati Roy

Design for a Healthier World

Saturday, November 14, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Postponed; new date TBA

Much of what we appreciate today in kitchen and bathroom design originated from past pandemics. Join design insider and journalist Arianne Nardo, architect Greg Fischer, urban planner James Rojas, and RAM curator Todd Wingate in a conversation about the best, worst, and most promising design innovations they’ve seen emerge during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A House Becomes a Home: A look back and forward at the Branch, RAM’s artist-in-residency program

Saturday, December 12, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Postponed; new date TBA

Join RAM’s artist-in-residence Juan Navarro, Councilmember (and Eastside resident) Andy Melendrez, Eastside resident Griselda Martinez, and urban planner James Rojas as they take a look back at the first year of the Branch, an affordable housing artist-in-residency that is a partnership between the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Housing Development Corporation, and the City of Riverside. The panel will discuss how Navarro has worked alongside community members to help make resident-led creative arts project happen. Learn what’s in store for this year and how this model might be adapted in other neighorhoods. 

Registration is required. Registration link coming soon! 

We’ll be adding more Portals conversations, with Charles Bibbs and more, so stay tuned!

Inland Empire Transformations Made Visible: Gina Ferazzi discusses her recent photography with Douglas McCulloh, artist and senior curator at UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

Saturday, October 10, 2020, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Gina Ferazzi grew up in the small New England town of Longmeadow, Mass. She has been a staff photographer with the Los Angeles Times since 1994 and her photos are a part of the staff Pulitzer Prizes for Breaking News in 2016 for the San Bernardino terrorist attack and for the wildfires in 2004. She’s an all-around photographer covering assignments from the Winter Olympics and presidential campaigns to local and national news events. Her video documentaries include stories on black tar heroin, health clinics, women priests, sports features, and marine suicide. Lately, she has spent the past six months documenting how the coronavirus pandemic has affected lives in the Inland Empire. A two-sport scholarship athlete at the University of Maine, Orono, she still holds the record for five goals in one field hockey game. This discussion is in partnership with UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography.  

Click here to register for Inland Empire Transformations Made Visible.

Join us virtually during October’s Artswalk as Juan Navarro, the lead artist on our University and Park Avenue Mural Project, takes over RAM’s Instagram, live, with all the participating artists: Adrian Boyer, John Cuevas, C. Matthew Luther, Robin Luther, and Daniel Toledo. 

This is a family-friendly COVID-19 event to celebrate this new community mural project located at the gateway to the Eastside, at Arci’s Candy at 2870 University Avenue. If you’re up for it, stop by for a celebratory car parade by honking your horn and grabbing a fun goodie bag filled with fun surprises by Arci’s, RAM, and the artists.   

The University and Park Avenue Mural Project brought together these six artists to engage with the community to design and create a mural reflective of the aspirations of local residents. The community chose the following themes: unity, peace, harmony, multicultural appreciation, and family celebration across cultures. Artists worked from September 8–September 22 to complete this community mural. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Artists’ Friend

Paint Partner

Brush Buddy Sponsors

Ron and Marsha Loveridge

Patricia Reynolds

Project Pal

Rose Mayes

This project is also supported by:

Sponsored by the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum

$25 per car

Looking for a new and fun activity to enjoy with friends, family, colleagues, or even a first date? Join the ART Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, September 24–27, 2020.

Entry fee is $25 per car.

Prizes will be awarded for:

  • Goofiest Selfie
  • Super Solo Selfie
  • Fabulous Family Selfie
  • Cutest Couple Selfie
  • Best Overall Selfie

There will also be participation prize drawings.

On September 24, those who have registered beforehand to participate in the ART Scavenger Hunt will be emailed art destination clues taking you all over the beautiful city of Riverside.

HOWEVER, you can still register through the weekend! We’ll email the clues after you register, so you won’t miss out on the fun if you didn’t register before September 24!

You will have until Sunday, September 27, to take selfies at the destinations and post to Instagram using #RivArtHunt and @riversideartalliance. No Instagram account? Photos can also be emailed to RivArtHunt@gmail.com.

Winners will be announced on the Art Alliance’s social media platforms on Monday, September 28.

Click here to register.

Happy hunting!

featuring Oscar R. Castillo and Luis C. Garza

Conversation/Photography/Music 

Free Zoom Event | Registration Required

Join Oscar R. Castillo and Luis C. Garza in conversation about photography and documenting protest. Organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium on August 29, 1970, Castillo and Garza will speak about their personal work to photograph the Chicano civil rights movement and protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Moderated by Judge Jorge Hernandez, the conversation will take place over Zoom on Saturday, August 29, 2020, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. (PDT). This is a free event.

Please click here to register.

Top Photo by Luis C. Garza, Students and barrio youth lead protest march, La Marcha por La Justicia, Belvedere Park. January 31, 1971. © Luis C. Garza. Courtesy of the photographer and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

Bottom Photo by Oscar R. Castillo, Activists marching during the National Chicano Moratorium on East Los Angeles on August 29, 1970. © Oscar R. Castillo. Courtesy of the photographer and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

For more info about the Chicano Moratorium, click here.

Free event | Registration required

The last two Augusts, we’ve enjoyed the Pachuco Ball organized by Cultura con Llantas to raise funds for The Cheech. Due to COVID-19, we have to postpone the event this year.

In the spirit of the Pachuco Ball, join Mr. Blue of Radio Aztlan and Dr. Carlos E. Cortés, Professor Emeritus of History at University of California, Riverside, as they talk about the significant history behind the Pachuco Ball.

After the Zoom talk, Mr. Blue will spin Boogie Woogie tunes. 

For those registered for the event, if you’d like to learn more about the Zoot Suit Riots prior to the event, click here.

And check out Mr. Blue’s Homenaje al Pachuco SoundCloud mix, here.

To register for the Zoom, click here.

WE HAVE EXCEEDED RESERVATIONS. THANK YOU FOR THE ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE. 

If you did not get into the Zoom, please join us for future programs to be announced.

To learn more about The Cheech, click here.

To donate to The Cheech, click here (and choose Cultural con Llantas) or text CHEECH to 44321.

About Dr. Carlos E. Cortés

Dr. Carlos E. Cortés is a Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Riverside. Since 1990 he has served on the summer faculty of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, while he is also on the faculties of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and the Federal Executive Institute and has served as a Smithsonian Institution public lecturer.

A consultant to many government agencies, school systems, universities, mass media, private businesses, and other organizations, Cortés has lectured widely throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia on the implications of diversity for education, government, business, and media.

Cortés has served as Scholar-in-Residence with Univision Communications and as Creative/Cultural Advisor for Nickelodeon’s Peabody-Award-winning children’s television series, “Dora the Explorer,” and its sequels, “Go, Diego, Go!” and “Dora and Friends: Into the City.” For his Nickelodeon contributions, he received the 2009 NAACP Image Award.

He also travels the country performing his one-person autobiographical play, A Conversation with Alana: One Boy’s Multicultural Rite of Passage. His recent books include The Children Are Watching: How the Media Teach about Diversity, The Making—and Remaking—of a Multiculturalist, and his memoir, Rose Hill: An Intermarriage Before Its Time. He also edited the four-volume Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia.

Cortés has received numerous honors, including honorary doctorates and awards. While at the University of California, Riverside, he received the campus’ Distinguished Teaching Award, Faculty Public Service Award, and Emeritus Professor of the Year Award. In 2016, the City of Riverside, California, established the annual Carlos E. Cortés Award for community service that fosters inclusivity and diversity.

Zoot Suit, 1978, by Ignacio Gomez. This screenprint on paper is dated 2002 and is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, gifted by Ricardo and Harriett Romo.

We have reached capacity; RSVPs are now closed. First 65 to RSVP for Chicano Art Then and Now will be guaranteed seating; all RSVPs after that will be standing room only.

Latinx Issue Release Party

Thursday, March 5, 6 p.m.–9 p.m., as part of Artswalk @ RAM, No cost

Come celebrate the release of Curious Magazine’s Latinx issue. There will be a showcase of I.E. and L.A. artists and their work on our rooftop, with live music performances by Little Sister, Kiki Diago, Chips, and Barranco. Consumption Collab will be doing a Clothing Swap & Photo Op. Bring three items, take three. $3 to participate.

The Latinx issue features Pável Acevedo, Ray Napoles, Paloma Montoya, William Camargo, Michelle Muñoz, John Taveras, Sismanov Barron, Cindy Ramirez, Laurie Gonzalez, Karen Castillo, Brenda Angel, deaddogbone, Genessis Martinez, Edgar Perez Peña, Joseph Escobar, Abraham Ramirez, Gloria A, Adam Perez, Eliana Urrego, Andrea Gordillo, Sofia Diaz, Edith Jimenez, Consumption Collab, Denise Cortes, Alexis Cortez, Rosemary L’Esprit, Ivan Salinas, Omar Solorio, Michael Palmer-Cervantes, Kassandra Carrettini, Amparo Cortez Chi, Lydiane Batista, Lauren Verdugo, Jesus Romero, and more.

Latinx Identity Zine Workshop and Talk with Curious Publishing Editor-In-Chief Rebecca Ustrell

Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.–noon, All Ages, RSVPs are now closed; materials included, but we encourage you to bring your own printed poems and black & white images

What is a zine? We’ll discuss the origins of the small-circulation magazines called “zines” and how to create small volumes of your own artwork, ideas, and poetry that incorporate themes of Latinx identity. Learn the basics of zine-making construction and layout using the saddle-stitch binding method.

Chicano Art Then and Now

Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.–2 p.m., RSVPs are now closed.

In celebration of The Cheech, the first Chicano art museum in the nation, scheduled to open in Riverside in 2021, join The Arts Area for a discussion on the Chicano art movement, then and now. A panel of Chicanx artists and scholars will consider how the themes and functions of Chicano Art have evolved within this artistic community since the 1960s. What does the movement and art express for the new Chicanx generation today and what is its role in shaping new perceptions of Chicanx identity?

Jennifer Nájera
Erika Hirugami  
William Camargo
Pável Acevedo
Jessica Carrillo

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These programs are a part of The Cheech @ RAM series of exhibitions and programming leading to the opening of The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum in 2021. To see more programs like this at The Cheech, please consider a donation by texting CHEECH to 44321. 

No cost

The Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Limits, and Settlement Between the United States of America and the Mexican Republic

A Cultura con Llantas Event

Please join us for a discussion on the “Chicano Birth Certificate”. Dr. Carlos E. Cortés, Professor Emeritus of History at University of California, Riverside, will talk about the meaning and importance of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Protocol of Queretaro, and the annexation of Texas.

About Dr. Carlos E. Cortés

Dr. Carlos E. Cortés is a Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Riverside. Since 1990 he has served on the summer faculty of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, while he is also on the faculties of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and the Federal Executive Institute and has served as a Smithsonian Institution public lecturer.

A consultant to many government agencies, school systems, universities, mass media, private businesses, and other organizations, Cortés has lectured widely throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia on the implications of diversity for education, government, business, and media. 

Cortés has served as Scholar-in-Residence with Univision Communications and as Creative/Cultural Advisor for Nickelodeon’s Peabody-Award-winning children’s television series, “Dora the Explorer,” and its sequels, “Go, Diego, Go!” and “Dora and Friends: Into the City.” For his Nickelodeon contributions, he received the 2009 NAACP Image Award.

He also travels the country performing his one-person autobiographical play, A Conversation with Alana: One Boy’s Multicultural Rite of Passage. His recent books include The Children Are Watching: How the Media Teach about DiversityThe Making—and Remaking—of a Multiculturalist, and his memoir, Rose Hill: An Intermarriage Before Its Time. He also edited the four-volume Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia.

Cortés has received numerous honors, including honorary doctorates and awards. While at the University of California, Riverside, he received the campus’ Distinguished Teaching Award, Faculty Public Service Award, and Emeritus Professor of the Year Award. In 2016, the City of Riverside, California, established the annual Carlos E. Cortés Award for community service that fosters inclusivity and diversity.

No cost; while supplies last

Enter the witty and wild mind of artist Deladeso. Come see the pop-up art installation inspired by his drawings, including selected artwork created by our youth art students. Be a part of the fun with coloring and clay activities. 

Benefit Concert for The Cheech!

Friday, January 24, 2020, 8 p.m.
at the Fox Performing Arts Center

Tickets available at: www.riversidelive.com

VIP Sponsorship Opportunities listed below 

JUST ADDED: Victoria La MalaOne night only! Latin Grammy winning, New York-based all-female ensemble, and beloved press-darlings Flor de Toloache continue to win the hearts of both progressive and traditional mariachi music fans alike through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated, enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments. The female group’s diverse ethnicities and musical backgrounds have also transcended culture and gender by forging new paths. Like the legendary Love Potion the Toloache flower is used for in Mexico, the ladies of Flor de Toloache cast a spell over their audiences with soaring vocals and physical elegance. The group is led by co-band directors Mireya I. Ramos on violin and Shae Fiol on vihuela. Together, they have graced international stages from Chenai, India, to Paris, France, and have extensively toured the U.S. as the supporting act for Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys’ new project The Arcs, as well as Cafe Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia, and Natalia Lafourcade.  

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VIP Sponsorship Opportunities

We have the following event sponsorship opportunities available:

$15,000 PRESENTING SPONSOR:

Recognition: Your company’s name on event invitation, event signage, event materials, social media, The Cheech and RAM websites

Hospitality: Speaking opportunity at event, 10 VIP tickets with best seating, VIP Reception before event

$10,000 MAJOR SPONSOR:

Recognition: Your company’s name on event signage, event materials, social media, RAM website

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event, 8 VIP tickets with best seating, VIP Reception before event

$5,000 ADVOCATE:

Recognition: Your company’s name on event signage, event materials, social media, RAM website

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event, 6 VIP tickets with best seating, VIP Reception before event

$2,500 SUPPORTER:

Recognition: Your company’s name on event signage, event materials

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event, 4 VIP tickets with best seating, VIP Reception before event

$1,000 FRIEND:

Recognition: Your company’s name on event signage, event materials

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event, 2 VIP tickets with best seating, VIP Reception before event

$500 BELIEVER:

Recognition: Your company’s name on event signage, event materials

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event, 2 VIP tickets with best seating

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A SPONSOR!

This event is generously sponsored by:

ADVOCATE LEVEL SPONSOR

SUPPORTER LEVEL SPONSOR

FRIEND LEVEL SPONSOR

Latino Network | Assemblymember Jose Medina | Ramirez y Ramirez

BELIEVER LEVEL SPONSOR

Richard Alvarado | Sal Ayala | Bail Hotline | Kathy & Joe Calderon | Steven Figueroa | Carmen Lainez

Tim Maloney | Councilmember Andy Melendrez | Proabition | Pat Reynolds | Michelle Rios

Stream Kim Hicks Wrage & Alfaro, P.C. | Tilden Coil | Ley Yeager

No cost as part of First Sundays @ RAM

Please join us for El Día de los Reyes, presented by Cultura Con Llantas. We’ll have tamales, pan dulce, chocolate Mexicano, and Trio Sol de Amores will perform, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

This event is generously sponsored by:

Los Cinco | Luis Aguilar | Richard Carnero

Russell Juarequi | Jorge Hernandez | Luis Lopez

No cost to attend; light refreshments will be available

Location: Gregory Adamson Studio, 2242 Karendale Circle, Riverside, CA 92506

Gregory Adamson needs to “lighten the load” for his big move to the Midwest and that means you will have an unbelievable, one-time-only opportunity to acquire work from his substantial personal archive at amazing prices!

There will be works available spanning nearly 20 years of his career and nothing will be off limits.

And, just as with Off the Wall, a significant portion of the proceeds from every piece sold will benefit RAM.

Come join us for a glass of wine to toast Greg on his next big adventure. Then purchase one or several pieces of his original art for your home or office, or as holiday gifts, while helping Greg lighten the load for his move and raising valuable funds for RAM.

It’s a real win-win-win situation for everyone!

Once-in-a-Lifetime Raffle Opportunity!

Here is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to win the pictured Gregory Adamson painting (at right of flowers in a vase) simply by purchasing a raffle ticket! Greg has NEVER allowed his work to be raffled or be part of silent auctions, so this is a big deal.

Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Proceeds from the raffle tickets will support the Riverside Art Museum; Federal Tax ID #95-1907692. The tickets are not tax deductible. All federal and state laws apply. Winner must be 18 years of age or older. Shipping available within the U.S. Winner’s name may be made public. Winner need not be present to win.

The drawing will be held during the Lighten the Load Art Fundraiser.

Click here to purchase your raffle ticket(s)!

About Gregory Adamson

Gregory Adamson’s art is owned and exhibited by celebrities, broadcasters, politicians, major corporations, public institutions, and private collectors from Hawaii to New York and beyond. His Facing the Music performance painting has entertained audiences across the U.S. and internationally with his paintings raising well over $1 million in cumulative charity auction proceeds and individual paintings selling for as much as $100,000. He has been featured in numerous print publications, radio, and television. His volunteer work with RAM as a teacher, board member, and former interim director spans more than 12 years.

No cost

Join University of California, Riverside, professor of English, Robb Hernández, for an ‘80s flashback party in celebration of his recent book, Archiving an Epidemic: Art, AIDS, and the Queer Chicanx Avant-garde (NYU Press, 2019). Emboldened by the boom in art, fashion, music, and retail culture in 1980s Los Angeles, the iconoclasts of queer Aztlán—as Hernández terms the group of artists who emerged from East LA, Orange County, and other parts of Southern California during this period—developed a new vernacular with which to read the city in bloom. Tracing this important but understudied body of work, Archiving an Epidemic catalogs a queer retelling of the Chicana and Chicano art movement, from its origins in the 1960s, to the AIDS crisis and the destruction it wrought in the 1980s, and onto the remnants and legacies of these artists in the current moment. Hernández offers a vocabulary for this multi-modal avant-garde—one that contests the hetero-masculinity and ocular surveillance visited upon it by the larger Chicanx community, as well as the formally straight conditions of traditional archive-building, museum institutions, and the art world writ large. 

With a focus on works by Mundo Meza (1955–85), Teddy Sandoval (1949–1995), and Joey Terrill (1955– ), and with appearances by Laura Aguilar, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, and even Eddie Murphy, Archiving an Epidemic composes a complex picture of queer Chicanx avant-gardisms questioning not what Chicanx art is, but what it could have been. The event is co-sponsored by the Riverside Art Museum, the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum, and AIDS Health Care Foundation’s Somos LOUD (Latino Outreach and Understanding Division).

No cost

Bring the family to enjoy a warm cup of chocolate mexicano and some arroz con leche while we celebrate our version of the Mexican Festival Las Posadas. Learn about the traditional festival and find a place at the table to make your own star piñata.

$20, $15 Students (with Valid ID), No cost for museum members

Click here to purchase tickets or to RSVP (for members). (All sales are final. No refunds will be issued.)

Take a seat and maybe bring a notebook; it doesn’t hurt to be prepared while learning from four of the artists featured in Inland Ink as they talk about being working artists, their habits, the quest for art opportunities, and forming partnerships to pursue their creative endeavors. 

Denise Kraemer & C. Matthew Luther: Saturday, October 19, 1 p.m.–2 p.m.

Denise Kraemer

Denise Kraemer of Riverside is a native of the Inland Empire. She served as the Education Curator at the Riverside Art Museum for three years where she organized the adult education programs, monthly lecture series, and member critiques. Kraemer curated the printmaking exhibition Pressed at the Riverside Art Museum and worked with the museum’s “Monothon” workshop and exhibition for four years. Kraemer received her BA in Art from California Baptist University and her MA in Art at California State University, San Bernardino. She is a professor at Riverside Community College and California State University, San Bernardino.

https://www.facebook.com/Denise-Kraemer-Printmaker-1653825178183361/

C. Matthew Luther

C. Matthew Luther employs multimedia processes in his studio work from printmaking to video. His work often explores the human relationship to nature and the connection of visual imagery to memory, the subconscious, and its effect.

Born in Virginia, Luther studied printmaking and photography at Southern Oregon University where he received a BFA. Luther received his MFA in Painting/Video from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

After living in Wuhan, China, as Visiting Professor of Art and Design at Hubei University of Technology, Luther moved to California with his wife, Robin, where they keep a home and studio.

His artwork has recently been exhibited at San Diego Mesa College, LAESXLA, and San Pedro Soundpedro, along with international exhibitions in China, Italy, and South Korea. Luther has been a visiting Artist-in-Residence in Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

Luther is a presenter at the 2019 New Media Caucus Symposium at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and currently teaches at Moreno Valley College.

www.canvasofruin.com

http://www.matthewluther.com/

Tim Musso & Pavel Acevedo: Saturday, November 23, 1 p.m.–2 p.m. 

Tim Musso 

Musso grew up in the wild foothills of the Motherlode, just 20 miles from where gold was first discovered in California in 1848. Musso’s childhood was filled with exploring the forests, rivers, and mountains of the Northern Sierra Nevada. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and Printmaking respectively at California State University, Long Beach. 

While Musso enjoys living in the urban environment of Southern California, he finds it important to run to the hills for extended periods of time. In the wilderness, he hikes (~4,000 miles to date), sketches, photographs, and creates rubbings of natural objects. This extensive documentation of the natural world then becomes the reference material for his intricately detailed prints and drawings. 

Musso exhibits his work internationally with works in both museums and private collections.

https://www.timmusso.com/

Pável Acevedo, Oaxaca, Mx (1984)

My formal art studies began at the Rufino Tamayo Plastic Arts Workshop in Oaxaca City while I was an assistant and student of the Lithography studio. In 2006, I enrolled to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in visual arts at La Escuela de Bellas Artes/Fine Arts School of Oaxaca where I studied under the guidance of prolific artists Shinzaburo Takeda and Raul Herrera. During this time, I completed my education by taking workshops with artists such as Isis Rodriguez, Marietta Bernstorff, Inma Coll, and Elvia Esparza. I was also an assistant in the print studios of artist Demian Flores (Taller Grafica Actual) and Alejandro Santiago (Taller la Huella).

In 2010, I moved to Riverside, California, and started getting involved in printmaking projects with a social justice and educational awareness component in communities of color throughout California. In 2015, I opened my printmaking studio by collaborating with “The Desert Triangle Print Carpeta” located provisionally in Riverside. In the last few years, I was commissioned by the Wignall Contemporary Art Museum for a permanent mural, as well as by La Sierra University for a mural for their Art Department, and the City of Riverside for a mural located in Downtown.

I’ve being traveling, giving printmaking workshops around the U.S. in Albuquerque with New Grounds/Remarque Print Shop, as printmaker-in-residence with Horned Toad Printshop guided by Manuel Guerra and KALA Art Institute in Berkeley, California, and, recently, I was included to be a  professional artist by Speedball.

My artwork has been exhibited in different group shows between Mexico and the U.S. in public and private institutions, as well as individually at: Rufino Tamayo Worskhop (Mx); Casa de la Ciudad Oaxaca (Mx); Museo de Los Pintores Oaxaquenos (Mx); Arte Cocodrilo (Mx); Plan B (Mx); Riverside Art Museum (U.S.); Mission Cultural Center (San Francisco, CA); Museum of Art El Paso (U.S.); The Mexic-Arte Museum (U.S.); Comalito Collective (U.S.); and College of the Canyons (U.S.).

Please join us and the artists for the Opening Reception of Inland Ink and Lost in the Andes on Thursday, October 3, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Please join us and the artist, Michael Skura, for the Opening Reception of Tendrils on Thursday, November 21, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

The Art Alliance invites the general public to join them on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. for the following programs:

September 19: Susan Straight and Douglas McCulloh, will discuss their collaboration on Badass Women and the Road to the Promised Land. Susan and Doug find inspiration in each other’s creativity. They have been collaborators for nine years, which has resulted in three RAM exhibits. From 6 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Susan will be autographing her most recent book to be published, her memoir, In the Country of Women, which is the inspiration for the exhibit. The book will be available for purchase.

October 17: Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director of the Riverside Art Museum, will discuss the Art Alliance’s fundraising and innovative art projects. In Drew’s words: “For more than 50 years, the Riverside Art Alliance has raised much-needed funds for the museum while expanding our mission-driven work. Hear more about how the Art Alliance’s projects have deepened RAM’s impact on the community and how they have helped us forge a brand-identity as an innovative, creative, and important community partner.” 

November 21: Michael Skura, will discuss his exhibition Tendrilswhich opens this evening. An exhibition of blown, molded glass, light, and video mapping, Michael’s show is organized in conjunction with the Riverside Festival of Lights.

Take a time out; go on a day trip! They create unexpected memories and are a refreshing cultural experience. Join us on two trips this fall to learn from artists in their studio, see onsite murals, and get in-depth knowledge about their work and what propels them to create. Questions? Please contact Katie Hernandez, RAM Interpretation Coordinator, at khernandez@riversideartmuseum.org.

Studio Visits and Outing at the Brewery Art Walk CANCELLED

Saturday, October 26, Bus departs RAM at 8 a.m., $125 (Includes transportation & bus cocktails)

Hop on the bus and let’s see some art! First, we’ll go to Michael Skura’s studio to learn about glass art via a tour and demo. Then we’re off to meet up with Todd Gray. Be warned, you’ll leave with your sides aching from laughter as Todd won’t hold back his vivacious personality as he talks about the making of his 3D pop art sculptures. We’ll end our day exploring the old Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery, which has been converted into over 100 studio lofts for artists. Grab a bite and enjoy a cold adult beverage as you wander the old brewery and are engrossed by artwork at every turn. 

Growing in Coachella Valley CANCELLED

Saturday, November 16, Bus departs RAM at 8 a.m., $175 (Includes transportation, lunch, and bus cocktails)

Away we go to learn about the growing art scene in the Coachella Valley. Armando Lerma will be our tour guide as he talks about his murals as part of Coachella Walls, a community-driven project to revitalize downtown Coachella’s Historic Pueblo Viejo District. This visit is an opportunity to learn about the arts in a neighboring community and hear from artists and partners working to preserve local history. To end our trip, we’ll make a stop in Palm Springs to enjoy a cocktail or two. 

The Hispanic Bar Association of the Inland Empire invites you to A Night of Art & Champagne with Cheech Marin.

Join Cheech for a special evening of art, champagne, and conversation! Cheech will share updates about The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum (opening in 2021), which will have a tremendous economic impact on the Inland Empire and elevate our region in the art world. Learn how the renovation project is progressing, what types of programs you can expect to see at The Cheech, and how you can be part of this incredible effort!

Tickets are $100, if purchased before October 31, and $120 thereafter. There are only a limited number of tickets available. 

If you are a teenager (13–19 years old), tickets are $50, if purchased before October 31, and $75 thereafter. You will be asked for ID at check in.

If you are a student (20–25 years old), tickets are $60, if purchased before October 31, and $85 thereafter. You will be asked for current student ID at check in.

ONLINE SALES ARE NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CALL US AT 951.684.7111 DURING MUSEUM HOURS TO CHECK ON AVAILABILITY OF ADDITIONAL TICKET SALES.

For more information, please contact HBAIE members Marie Wood (mwood@rhlaw.com or 951-219-4262) or Joe Ortiz (joseph.ortiz@bbklaw.com or 951-826-8291), or Riverside Art Museum Executive Director, Drew Oberjuerge (doberjuerge@riversideartmuseum.org or 909-800-6217).

Become a sponsor!

We have the following sponsor levels available:

PRESENTING SPONSOR $15,000 (two still available):

Recognition: Your name on the Founders Wall at The Cheech. Your name on event invitation, event signage, event materials, social media, RAM website.

Hospitality: Speaking opportunity at event. VIP Meet & Greet with Cheech before or after event. 16 tickets to event.

MAJOR SPONSOR $10,000:

Recognition: Your name on the Founders Wall at The Cheech. Your name on event signage, event materials, social media, and RAM website.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. VIP Meet & Greet with Cheech before or after event. 14 tickets to event.

ADVOCATE $5,500:

Recognition: Your name on the Founders Wall at The Cheech. Your name on event signage, event materials, social media, and RAM website.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. 8 tickets to event.

SUPPORTER $2,500:

Recognition: Your name on event signage and event materials.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. 8 tickets to event.

FRIEND $1,000:

Recognition: Your name on event signage and event materials.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. 4 tickets to event.

SOLO PRACTITIONER $500:

Recognition: Your name on event signage and event materials.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. 2 tickets to event.

Sponsorship deadline to ensure inclusion in event program: October 31, 2019. Sponsorships are limited.

PRESENTING SPONSOR:

Advocate Sponsor

Friend Sponsor

Solo Practitioner Sponsor

Christopher Johnson with Reid & Hellyer

Florencio Mendoza

Free for museum members; included in paid general admission

Hear from the women themselves (or their family members) as they share their stories in person for the closing weekend of Badass Women and the Road to the Promised Land.

Come celebrate these remarkable journeys. Enjoy light refreshments and make your own badass bookmark.

No cost

RAM is proud to be participating in the fifth Long Night of Arts & Innovation! For more information about this event, visit www.longnightriverside.com.

3936 Chestnut St, Riverside, CA 92501

The park will be open to the public, free, Saturday–Wednesday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and Thursday, October 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., before the Pups go to their forever homes.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE ART PUPS!

The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, who previously brought you Art Float—Riverside (inspired by Portraits of Hope), in partnership with the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, is proud to present Art Bark in the Park, an homage to man (and woman’s) best friend—the dog!

This October, Riversiders will get a chance to view more than a hundred Art Pups at downtown Riverside’s White Park for an event called Art Bark in the Park, a huge celebration of both art and our canine companions. For the next few months, local artists will be painting, decorating, and transforming metal dog silhouettes into unique, one-of-a-kind works of art.

Art Pups have been painted by local artists Gregory Adamson, Helen L. Bell, Charles Bibb, Chick Curtis, Paulden Evans, Todd Gray, Juan Navarro, r. mike nichols, Yolanda Terrell, Durre Waseem, and many, many more. 

Art shouldn’t be confined inside the walls of a museum. Art should be found where people live, work, and play. Support equitable access to art for all by sponsoring an Art Pup today.

All funds raised through Art Bark in the Park will help the Riverside Art Museum as we weave art into our community and instill a love of art throughout our city! #ArtBark

Art Bark Opening Gala

The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum is organizing this remarkable public art exhibit, which kicks off with a Gala event called Riverside Has Gone to the Dogs on October 4, 2019, from 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Appetizers and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $25 each. All proceeds from Art Bark in the Park will benefit the Riverside Art Museum.

Thanks to overwhelming support, online ticket sales are now closed! However, we have a very limited number of tickets that will be available at the door. First-come, first-served. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Please join us on Sunday, October 6, 1 p.m.–4 p.m., for a special Art Bark First Sunday in the Park! See details below.

Art Bark First Sunday at the Park

Be sure to come back on Sunday, October 6, for a special Art Bark First Sunday at the Park from 1 p.m.–4 p.m. 

Bring your friends and family to see and take photos with our 130 Art Pups. The Riverside Art Museum will have fun, free, family-friendly art activities for all! The Riverside Public Library will also be here with a Puppy Ear craft and “What’s Your Canine Name?” activity.

BONUS! Canine Companions for Independence will be at the Park during our First Sunday festivities! We’ll also the Riverside Humane Society and Cool Smiles Orthodontics tabling.

Pop over to the art museum during First Sunday as well as we’ll have even more art activities happening here. Get messy and paint with shaving cream to create colorful pups and kitties to create thank you cards! Come make Día de los Muertos pins to wear or attach to your backpack with UCR GLUCK Fellow Cara Rae Joven. (First Sundays @ RAM are sponsored by US Bank.)

Parking is free on Sundays downtown!

Note: Please leave your real-life dogs at home. Dogs are not allowed at White Park per Riverside Municipal Code Section 9.08.015. Thank you.

Art Bark is brought to you by:

RUSD Art Bark Art Contest

The Riverside Art Alliance and Riverside Art Museum, in partnership with City of Riverside Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, invite all RUSD students to submit works of original art for the “Paint That Pup!” art contest! This is in conjunction with a huge, public art show of Art Pups by local artists called Art Bark in the Park, coming up October 4–10, 2019. 

The rules are simple! Just create a work of art based on your own dog, a dog you know, or a make-believe dog. It can be funny or fantastical, realistic or abstract. It can be a dog doing anything, anywhere! Artwork must be two-dimensional (flat) and measure no more than 11×14 inches in size.

All artwork must be turned in to the RUSD Main Office, c/o VAPA Coordinator Annemarie Guzy, 3380 14th Street, Riverside, CA 92501. Deadline is September 20, 2019.

Students could win a cash prize and more thanks to CM School Supplies!

Artwork will be judged on creativity and execution! Make sure you completely fill out the application and securely attach it to the back of your artwork with tape. (If the application is not filled out or attached, we may not have a way to contact you!) Winning artwork will be on display during the Art Bark opening gala event on October 4, 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m., and then at the Riverside Art Museum through October 10.

Partial list of participating artists:

Here are a few of the many amazing and talented artists who have agreed to paint an Art Pup:

  • Gregory Adamson
  • Nick Bahula
  • Blanche Banuelos
  • B.A.T. Printmaking Club of CSUSB
  • Jeni Bate
  • Jim Behrman
  • Helen L. Bell
  • Terry Chacon
  • Jesus Cruz
  • Chick Curtis
  • Teodor Dumitrescu
  • Rachael Dzikonski
  • Judy Davies & Jennifer Guy
  • Paulden Evans
  • Todd Gray
  • Maurice Howard
  • Denise Kraemer
  • Juan Navarro
  • r. mike nichols
  • Geeta Pattanaik
  • Ginger Pena
  • Gary Rainsbarger
  • Anita Silvestri
  • Yolanda Terrell
  • Martin Tobias
  • Katrin Wiese
  • Anna Vanover
  • and MANY, MANY MORE!

Sponsor an Art Pup to take it home!

Choose one of the Sponsorship Levels below.

$500 “Blue Ribbon”

  • An original Art Pup is yours to take home. A sign below your Art Pup* will identify you as its sponsor during the week-long public exhibit at White Park.
  • Two (2 in total) tickets to the Opening Night Gala on October 4, 2019.
  • Your name on the program, RAM website, Art Alliance website, and more!

* Each artist and sponsor will be matched on a first-come, first-served basis by breed at the “Blue Ribbon” and “Top Dog” sponsor levels. 

$1000 “Top Dog”

  • All the advantages of a “Blue Ribbon” sponsor, plus:
    • Two more (4 in total) tickets to the Opening Night Gala on October 4, 2019.
    • Your name on all promotional banners!

$2500 “Grand Champion”

  • All the advantages of a “Top Dog” sponsor, plus:
    • Two more (6 in total) tickets to the Opening Night Gala on October 4, 2019.
    • Pick one of our participating artists (or provide your own) to paint your Art Pup.*
    • Your name on one of our specialty areas, such as the Student Art Corner, etc.

*Sponsorships must be made by August 25, 2019, in order for us to accommodate specific-artist requests.

$5000 “Best in Show”

  • All the advantages of a “Grand Champion” sponsor, plus:
    • Your name will grace the entrance to White Park for the week of the public exhibit.
    • Your choice of ANY dog breed you wish for your Art Pup—Chihuahua to St. Bernard.*
    • Your name will be above the event name in all publications, invites, and promotions.
    • Four more (10 in total) tickets to the Opening Night Gala on October 4, 2019.
    • Prominent mention on social media.

*Sponsorships must be made by August 25, 2019, in order for us to accommodate specific-artist and specific-breed requests.

Please respond as soon as possible. The deadline for inclusion on printed materials is August 15, 2019.

Riverside Art Museum Tax ID #95-1904692. Fair Market Value of goods and services received is $250/Art Pup, and $25 per Opening Gala ticket. Please consult your tax advisor and retain for tax purposes.

We hope you’ll sponsor so each Art Pup can find its forever home.

We only have a few Art Pups left! Scotties, Beagles, and Huskies are no longer available for sponsorships that come in after September 10.

THANK YOU, ALL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES HAVE BEEN CLAIMED.

For more information, contact:

  • Kathy Allavie, 951.784.7377, kallavie@aol.com
  • Lucile Arntzen, 951.274.9292, LSA51@sbcglobal.net

Thank you to our sponsors!

Grand Champion

The Arntzen Girls

Betty Dixon—In Memory of Leonard Dixon, Paul Bell, Mickie & Ray Miller, 

Emily Neblett, Dave Rines, Dorotha & Josh Taylor

KH METALS and SUPPLY—”SERVICE FIRST” K-9 

Top Dog

Brad Alewine

Kathy & John Allavie

Baccarella Insurance Services Inc.

Mark & Pam Balys

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Marie J. Fritts/Fritts Ford

Frank & Lucy Heyming

Georgia Hill

The Hwang Family

Lloyd & Megin

Greg & Teresa Marrujo

The Merickel Family

Ross & Tim

Select ACR Inc.

Terry & Cathy Walling

Anonymous

Blue Ribbon

Raul & Jamie Aballi

Keith & Janet Alex

Sarah Amici

Lorraine & Richard Anderson

James Antoyan

Kathryn Arthur

Stephen & Eileen Ashwal

B&W Consulting Engineers

Carolyn & Leo Badger

Scott & Beverly Bailey

Matt & Kathy Barth

Michael Bates, UBS Financial Services

Dr. Chuck & Sally Beaty

BK Customs Inc.

Bogart Bocian

Gerry Bowden

Philp & Selina Bremenstuhl

Carrie Buttigieg

Christine Cahraman

Erin Christmas

Suzy & Gary Clem

Phyllis, Jim, and “Jack” Crabtree

Liz & Steve Cunnison

Joseph & Anne Deem

J L Dietzman

Jim & Brightie Dunn

Bud & Margo Dutton and Dutton Motor Co.

Tom & Marcia Evans

Angelov Farooq

John & Sandi Fay

Patti & David Funder

Dayton & Cheryl Gilleland

Ken & Mary Gutierrez

Adam Guzkowski

Amy Harrison

Heath & Robin Donated to the Newberrys

Andy & Jackie Hopper

Linc, Lolo & Pickles Johnson

KP in Home Care—Kathleen Parra

Sari & Owen Kustner

Law Office of Rosa M. Marquez

Lee & John Levin

Arthur & Peggy Littleworth

The Lovely Thorne Skincare Studio

Ron & Marsha Loveridge

Tami & Steve Maio

Tim & Meredith Maloney

The McDonnells

Sarah Suverkrup Mundy

Shannon Murphy

Jim & Marilyn Orens

Betty & Walter Parks

Ann & Myles Pfeifle & Kim Earhart

Debby & Ken Phillips

Bobbie Powell

Tom Powell & Camille Sanders

Susan Rainey & John Collins

The Razo Family

Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds

Riverside Air Service Inc.

Riverside Eye Specialists

Riverside Personnel Services

Robert Santillano & Joanne Lee

Sandy & Bill Schnack

Leslie Slamal

Small Animal Hospital

Cookie Smith

Janice Stolzy & Jeffrey Thomas

Dennis Taylor

Judy Teunissen & Jay Lood

Janis & Wendel Tucker

Jimmie Tyson & Hedy Zikratch-Tyson

Sandra Webb

Susan Wolf, Real Estate Agent

Billie Yeager

Jacques & Kristi Yeager

Donors

Georgia Anders-Kutch

Daniel Bernstein

Tracee Davidson

Merla & Barton Gaut

Georgia Hill

John Amir Rezaei Dental Corp

Susan Newman-Harrison

Food Donors for Gala:

Jammin’ Bread

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Placita Restaurant 

Raincross Pub & Kitchen

In-kind Sponsors:

Mike Dahdul

Free admission with downloaded ticket

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. Please visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday to download your free ticket.

18700 Lake Perris Drive, Harrison Hall

Presented by Cultura Con Llantas

Dress up to get down! Again! This fundraiser for The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum was a HUGE hit last year so we’re bringing it back! Hundreds of you showed up (many even before doors opened) and stayed for the whole event. What a great night!

Put on by Cultura Con Llantas, the Pachuco Ball will feature live music, food, and drinks, as well as classic cars and lowriders, all at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.

UPDATE: The Midnite Cruzzers will be our headliner band for the evening!

UPDATE 2: Also performing this evening is Brittany Nicole Flores! Ruben Molina, from the Southern Soul Spinners, will also be here spinning original 78s.

Make art, win raffles for vintage items, and more!

Tickets are $25 per person, with all proceeds benefiting The Cheech!

Buy your tickets here.

More info can be found on Cultural Con Llantas’ Facebook and Instagram.

FAQs:

Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions about the Pachuco Ball!

Q: Do we need to dress up?
A: If you’ve got a zoot suit, do you really need a better excuse to wear it than to go to a Pachuco Ball? But if you don’t, you can still hang with us. Just come dressed to dance and have a great time!

Q: Do we have to pay for parking?
A: No. We got you covered.

Q: Is there a secure parking area if I bring my lowrider or classic car?
A: Indeed. There will be a secure and designated area for your sweet ride. For more info, contact Anita Gonzales: 951-255-1342, Rene “Pecas” Camargo: 951-550-9801, or Mr Blue: 951-204-6613.

Q: It’s August. In Lake Perris. Is the event happening inside? Is there A/C?
A: We wouldn’t leave you out in the heat. Yes, the Pachuco Ball is indoors inside Harrison Hall, WITH A/C! The only way you’re going to break a sweat is if you dance . . . and you better dance.

Q: What’s included in the $25?
A: Admission to the Pachuco Ball, where you’ll dance the night away. Parking. Amazing classic rides to swoon over. Appetizers from 6–8 p.m.

Q: Will there be a bar?
A: Yes, there’s a no-host bar!

Q: Will tickets be sold at the door?
A: Yes! …if we haven’t sold out yet…

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Rosa Elena Sahagun, Atty at Law

Ofelia Valdez-Yeager

Ride N Pride Car Club Sur Califas

Friday, August 16, 5 p.m.–8 p.m., $20

Don’t miss this popportunity to watch professional balloon artists paired with amateur teams as they compete to create large-scale art sculptures!

As the teams puff, pinch, and sculpt with their balloon artist pro, you’ll get to create art of your own while enjoying music, food, a no-host bar, and participate in a fantastic raffle! Come see who wins and have a say yourself as there’ll be a People’s Choice awarded as well! Tickets are only $20.

Poppin’ Party, Sunday, August 18, 4 p.m.–5 p.m., $5

What goes up, must get POPPED!

Join us for a champagne (or sparkling cider) toast and balloon-popping extravaganza (ear plugs optional) on Sunday, August 18, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.!

Click here to purchase your tickets.

Want to enter your own team in this competition? See the Team Building Sponsorship below!

Team Building Sponsorship

Want to encourage a creative, collaborative culture at your company? Provide opportunities for your employees to get to know each other better or build bridges across departments?

Pop-a-Balloonza is a fun, unique opportunity for your team members to join with professional balloon artists to create large-scale, one-of-a-kind sculptures inspired by works from the museum’s permanent collection. They’ll collaboratively puff, pinch, and sculpt with the pros to bring their team’s artistic vision to life.

The sculpture-building will begin in the afternoon on Friday, August 16th, with family, friends, and coworkers joining for an early evening Pop-a-Balloonza party with music, food, libations, and hands-on art projects at the museum. Team members and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to drop by on Thursday to meet their balloon pro leaders, learn some simple techniques, and start preparations for their sculptures. PLUS, they can come back on Sunday at 4 p.m. for a Poppin’ Party, complete with champagne and snacks.

Sign up today for this unique, exclusive experience. Bring up to 10 team members for $1,000. Add additional team members for $100 each. Pop-a-Balloonza party tickets for family, friends, and co-workers are $20 per person, and Sunday afternoon Poppin’ Party tickets are $5 per person.

BONUS! In addition to providing your team with an innovative experience, you’ll also be supporting the museum’s mission to inspire, engage, and build community through the arts. We’ll include your company logo on event materials, announce your participation on social media, and include your logo in the next Artifacts newsletter. The sculptures created Friday night will be part of a friendly competition where everyone’s a winner and will be on view for museum visitors to Instagram throughout the weekend. 

Click here to sign up your team!

Sponsorships

Prize sponsor: $250. Includes two tickets to Pop-a-Balloonza and two tickets to the Poppin’ Party. And you get to be a judge!

Presenting sponsor: $1500. Includes 10 tickets to Pop-a-Balloonza and 10 tickets to the Poppin’ Party. Your name/company name/logo will be featured as the presenting sponsor of this event in all appropriate media.

FMV of Pop-a-Balloonza tickets is $20 each, $5 each for the Poppin’ Party.

Click here to sponsor!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Team Builder

Prize Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

Special thanks to our partners, QBN So. Cal Balloon Network members:

Theresa Alfonso/Tess’ Touch Balloon Décor/Long Beach

Amanda Armstrong/Top Hat Balloon Werks/Mission Viejo

Carolyn Baker/Total Package Balloons/Los Angeles

Dara Butler/In Awe Event Décor/Greater Los Angeles

Guadalupe Campos/Dream Décor/Bell Gardens

Bridgette Carter/Carter’s Balloons & Candy Creations/Victorville

Brenda Dillion/Dezignz Etc/Gardena

Claudia Gee/Amazing Balloons by Gee/Hawthorne

Denise Hagopian/Heavenly Choice Flowers & Events/Whittier

Charity Hill/Lighter Than Air Balloons/Rancho Santa Margarita

Bertha Johnson/Joy Productions/Rialto

Yvette Mack/Yvette’s Balloon Designs/Pasadena

Carmen Mayo/Elegant Designs by Carmen/Inglewood

Mackie McAllister/Spectacular Events & Décor/Los Angeles

Sylvia McClung/Charming Balloons/Los Angeles

Celini McKinney/Balloons & Party/Capistrano Beach

Kesha Miller/Three C’s/Bev’s Balloons & Flowers/Los Angeles

Melissa Mog/Creative Designs/Anaheim

Sandy Moreno/Hermosa Celebrations/Hermosa Beach

Yadira Noriega/Face Painting & Balloons/Riverside

Elizabeth Peterson/Tip Top Entertainers/City of Orange

Francie Rosen/Balloons Sound Great/Huntington Beach

Leslie Withers/Elite Floral Design/Eastville/Corona

Ja’Net Wyatt/POP! Balloons/Reseda

Linda Zeller/Party Blitz/Simi Valley

Sharon Woolfolk/Begin Again/Palmdale

Rosie Haynes/Ms. Rosies Balloons/Inglewood

RSVPs are now closed. We are at capacity. Thank you. Please consider coming to the Opening Reception at 5:30 p.m., if you did not already RSVP for the Book Launch.

Author Susan Straight’s memoir, In the Country of Women, is the inspiration behind our Badass Women and the Road to the Promised Land exhibition. Please join us for the book launch, which will include a talk and book signing, before the opening reception for Badass Women. Books will be available for purchase.

In Inland Southern California, near the desert and the Mexican border, Susan Straight, a self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write. Once back in Riverside, at driveway barbecues and fish fries with the large, close-knit Sims family, Straight—and eventually her three daughters—heard for decades the stories of Dwayne’s female ancestors. Some women escaped violence in post-slavery Tennessee, some escaped murder in Jim Crow Mississippi, and some fled abusive men. Straight’s mother-in-law, Alberta Sims, is the descendant at the heart of this memoir. Susan’s family, too, reflects the hardship and resilience of women pushing onward—from Switzerland, Canada, and the Colorado Rockies to California.

A Pakistani word, biraderi, is one Straight uses to define a complex system of kinship and clan—those who become your family. An entire community helped raise her daughters. Of her three girls, now grown and working in museums and the entertainment industry, Straight writes, “The daughters of our ancestors carry in their blood at least three continents. We are not about borders. We are about love and survival.” In the Country of Women is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women.

This event is generously sponsored by:

Suzy & Gary Clem

Cati & Lloyd Porter

Hosted by Barrio Sounds & Mr. Blue from Radio Aztlan | A Cultura Con Llantas Committee Event

The first Vinyl & Rides was a hit, so we’re bringing it back! During Artswalk!

Listen as DJs spin their vinyl 45s on the roof and check out the sweet rides in front of the museum. Drinks/snacks available for purchase.

DJ Lineup:

  • Mr. Blue
  • DJ Guaracha
  • Barrio Sounds
  • Glo’s Oldies
  • Bobby Rendon

(Awards announced promptly at 12:30 p.m.)

Please join us as we announce this year’s winners of the 2019 Members’ Exhibition.

Hosted by Barrio Sounds & Mr. Blue from Radio Aztlan

We’ll provide the set up, you bring your LPs and 45s to spin. Contact Lina at linajunior@msn.com to pre-schedule your set time or if you have any questions. $20 for a 30-minute set.

UPDATE: ALL SLOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED! Here’s the lineup!

2:00 p.m. Barrio Sounds
2:30 p.m. Tommy De Leon
3:00 p.m. Bobby Rendon
3:30 p.m. Gloria Morales
4:00 p.m. Guaracha~Radio Aztlan
4:30 p.m. Ruben Molina~Southern Soul Spinners
5:00 p.m. Mr Blue~Radio Aztlan
5:30 p.m. DJ Romeo

Want to bring your ride to show off in front of the museum? Contact Rene “Pecas” Camargo at 951.443.7626. We’ve already got 10 beautiful classic cars confirmed.

Special Guest: Ruben Molina from the Southern Soul Spinners will take his turn at 4:30 p.m.

Admission to sit back and enjoy the music and check out the gorgeous cars is free. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. So bring your friends and fam and chill on our rooftop on a firme Sunday.

RAM Members! Join us for Coffee & Conversation: Pop! on Friday, June 7, at 10 a.m. Artist Todd Gray will be in conversation with Curator Todd Wingate as they talk about the history and importance of Pop Art and how it influences Gray’s work. Join the conversation, partake in some light refreshments, and enjoy the Pop! exhibition.

Please RSVP by emailing vfound@riversideartmuseum.org or calling us at 951.684.7111.

Members’ Preview: 5 p.m.–6 p.m., Public Reception: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Please join us for the opening of Pop! | New Work by Todd Gray.

Members! Get in first to see the show and get an artist-led tour of the exhibition.

March–Summer 2019

The Riverside Art Museum is proud to join the collaborative efforts of Inland Southern California cultural organizations exploring the legacy of our citrus heritage. Kickstarting March 2019, the Zest! collaboration will feature exhibitions, performances, and workshops at museums and centers across the region.

Partner organizations include:

  • A. K. Smiley Public Library
  • California Citrus State Historic Park
  • Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center
  • Loma Linda Area Parks and Historical Society
  • Mission Inn Museum
  • Riverside Art Museum
  • Riverside Metropolitan Museum
  • San Bernardino County Museum
  • The University of California Riverside Citrus Variety Collection

Click here for more info on our partner organizations’s programming.

Zest! at RAM | Unpacking the Citrus Label: The Art and Design of Fantasy Heritage

Join Dr. Irene Sanchez, a Chicana educator, poet, and writer, for a free presentation on Saturday, May 25, 2019, 2:30 p.m.–4 p.m. Citrus crate labels were condensed works of graphic design that spread across the country at the turn of the century via refrigerated train cars. Dr. Sanchez’s presentation and poetry reading explores how the idealistic imagery pictured on these were quixotic and often so whitewashed as to be devoid of any sense of the true Mexican and Native American roots of California.

Zest! Sponsors:

Gless Ranch

Riverside Metropolitan Museum

San Bernardino County Museum

Click here to RSVP
or call us at 951.684.7111.

Larry Burns, author of 100 Things to Do in Riverside, CA Before You Die and The 52 Project member, has a new book! Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, shares the wildest, wackiest, and most wonderful places and people that make up the diverse and storied collection of communities that is the Inland Empire. 

Join us for this ‘secret’ book launch on Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m. This (okay, not-so) secret book launch is no ordinary book launch. While Secret Inland Empire will be available for purchase ($20.95) and there’ll be a super special deal on 100 Things to Do in Riverside, CA Before You Die (only $5 if purchased with Secret Inland Empire), we’ll also have a reading with the author, a bit of IE trivia, and GIVEAWAYS! This is going to be FUN! 

This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP! And keep it ‘secret’! 😉 

About Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, published by Reedy Press

As the name implies, the Inland Empire is an ambitious collection of communities. The “I got this” ethos is alive and well here. It’s a confidence that comes from living in a place that is wide open like the fabled American frontier. The two counties that comprise the Inland Empire (IE), Riverside and San Bernardino, make it California’s largest metropolitan area. Its population and popularity grow year after year. The biggest secret about the Inland Empire is the number of ways that they lead the state, nation, and world in innovative practices, ideas, and commerce. Home of the first McDonald’s, it perfected the taste that took over the globe. Sampled a Flaming Hot Cheeto lately? Invented here by an hourly employee. This region’s citrus symbolized health and prosperity in the 20th century. Today, 90% of our dates come from the IE’s eastern deserts. Innovative? This is where Dr. June McCarroll redesigned highways by adding the white line—the first mile by her own hand. It’s home to the world’s first Tesla-inspired 3-phase A/C generator power plant, a method employed in 90% of the world today. The largest animatronics studio, Garner Holt Industries, Inc., is not in Hollywood, it’s in the IE. This is where NASA placed the world’s first Deep Space Communications Complex at Goldstone. Every single message from Mars, every probe photograph, comes here first. The purpose of this book is to share the wildest, wackiest, and most wonderful places and people that make up this diverse and storied community.

About the Author

Larry Burns draws inspiration and ideas from the heady mixture of sights, sounds, peoples, and places of his hometown, Riverside, CA. He is an active community leader, booster, and all-around fan of the recreation, entertainment, arts, and culture ready to be discovered across the Inland Empire. He is a founding member of the Inlandia Institute, a non-profit literary organization. He teaches English at Riverside City College and Humanities at Southern New Hampshire University.

The City of Riverside in partnership with Riverside Downtown Partnership and the Mission Inn Museum and Foundation are hosting the City’s third annual Doors Open event. These events are held nationally and internationally and provide free access to captivating historic sites. Come to California’s only Doors Open event. RAM’s participation will be between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information on Doors Open and the other sites that are taking part, please visit: www.riversideca.gov/doorsopen.

Please join us as we announce the winners of this year’s Art Show.

Join us for Coffee and Conversation for a members’ preview of 90 Years of Ink. Moderated by RAM Executive Director, Drew Oberjuerge, listen to curator Todd Wingate and former museum director Bobbie Powell talk about the history and importance of prints collected by RAM. Join the conversation, partake in some light refreshments, and enjoy a survey of over 100 RAM prints.

Please RSVP by emailing vfound@riversideartmuseum.org or calling us at 951.684.7111.

The Riverside Art Museum will be a stop on the Explore Riverside Together‘s tours around Riverside. Discover hidden gems, historic landmarks, and unique activities in Riverside.

You’ll need to get your Discovery Passport, similar to a scavenger hunt, by registering here. Check in at the Riverside Convention Center between 9 a.m.–noon on Saturday, May 4. You’ll have an opportunity to choose your mode of transportation between walking, driving, or biking and choose your destination. 

As an added bonus, you will earn raffle tickets and other prizes along the way. After your adventure, return to the Riverside Convention Center as early as 4 p.m. and get ready for a free Concert on the Lawn featuring Riverside talent starting at 5 p.m. The Riverside Convention Center is also offering a barbecue and drinks for purchase. Seating is first come first serve and gates open at 4 p.m.

For more information and to register (free) for this event, visit: www.ExploreRiversideTogether.com.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO JOINED US, INCLUDING THE AMAZING ART VENDORS, WHO MADE IT OUT FOR THE ART MARKET! 

Check out photos here.

And SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

Imagine it: thousands of people, young and old, from all around the region, here in beautiful downtown Riverside to enjoy a fun day with family and friends. They’ll look at and buy unique arts and crafts, enjoy art/artisan demos, make some art, listen to live music, partake from gourmet food trucks, indulge in a beer or a glass of wine, and the kids get to have their face painted, get a balloon animal (or three), and do make’n’take art projects!

The 6th Annual Riverside Art Market is a fundraiser that helps support the Riverside Art Museum’s mission-driven efforts to engage, inspire, and build community through the arts. Free and open to the public, artist and artisan vendors are placed within and outside the Riverside Art Museum and the Riverside Municipal Auditorium, as well as on Lemon Street.

Be part of the fun!

Click here for downtown parking info.

Click here for a list of select vendors.

Call for Vendors

Reserve your spot by downloading, printing out, and filling out this Vendor Application and Waiver.

Then click here to pay for and submit your application for your space. You will be prompted to attach your completed, signed, and scanned application and waiver, as well as upload a photo sample of your wares and vendor booth (if applicable).

Online applications are closed. If you are still interested in applying, please contact ramartmart4@gmail.com.

Become a Sponsor!

We are asking for your support of the 6th Annual Art Market, which is organized by the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum. 

This event is free and open to all. Publicity at the event and on social media will clearly show your community support!  

The Art Market is a fun-raiser as well as a fund-raiser! Last year, visitors: 

  • shopped from over 100 local artists;
  • enjoyed music, art demonstrations, food trucks, and wine/beer offerings; and
  • created art of their own—children had their own kid-friendly crafts and activities.

With free admission and free children’s crafts and art demonstrations, the Riverside Art Museum and Art Alliance need your sponsorship to raise funds. Please consider the following sponsorship levels:

LevelRecognitionHospitality
ARTrageous:$1,000Your name or company logo featured prominently on: advertising, website, and sponsor signage throughout the event in BOLDEST/HIGHEST placement10 Free Museum Passes2 Free Child/Teen Summer Classes at RAM, value up to $150
ARTventurous:$500Your name or company logo featured prominently on: advertising, website, and sponsor signage throughout the event in BOLD/HIGH placement8 Free Museum Passes
ARTastic: $250Your name or company logo featured prominently on: advertising, website, and sponsor signage throughout the event4 Free Museum Passes 

Can’t sponsor at this time? Donations will go towards children’s craft supplies.

Thank you in advance for your support in any amount and for making art central to the Riverside Community.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Kathy & Dave Bocian

Burgess Moving & Storage

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Patti & David Funder

Barbara & Tom Mazzetti

Cathy & Steve Morford

Shannon Murphy & John Conrad

Kathy & John Allavie

Lucile Arntzen

Stephen & Eileen Ashwal

Pam & Mark Balys

Selina & Philip Bremenstuhl

Christine Cahraman, Esq.

Anja & Ring Carde

Suzy & Gary Clem

Frank Heyming 

Cheryl & Dayton Gilleland

Inland Empire Economic Partnership

Francie & Eric Johnson

Sari & Owen Kustner

Lee & John Levin

Fran Moerke

Debby & Ken Phillips

PLD Consulting

Provident Bank

Gloria & Dallas Rabenstein

Drs. Gail & Richard Rice

Madelyn J. Warner

Thank you to the following who generously donated:

Kathy Arthur | Phyllis & James Crabtree | Susan & Jerry Gordon

Katie Grigsby | Doris M. Morton | Nicolette Rohr

Sue A. Spitzer | Joan M. Thomas | Teresa Chamiec | Doreen Alewine

Barbara & Jeffrey Holshouser | Leslie Slamal

Phyllis & Russell Hodel | Athena Waite | Denise Stevens

Emmanuelle Reynolds | Tami Fleming | Georgia Anders-Kutch

Barbara Havens

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The American Planning Association—Inland Empire Section invites planners, designers, architects, artists, and the community at large to participate in an unprecedented event that highlights the creative eye and critical thinking of two nationally-recognized and award-winning artists: James Rojas and Douglas McCulloh. The program will be centered around the idea that anyone can be an urban designer to address neglect and resiliency; all it takes is imagination, desire, and the opportunity to improve quality of life in our neighborhoods.

The program includes:

  • Guided tour of In the Sunshine of Neglect at RAM and UCR Arts.
  • Community Engagement Interactive Place It! Workshop.
  • Presentations about The Cheech and the City of Riverside’s Latino Historic Context Statement.
  • An hour is set aside for lunch and to walk around downtown.

Registration is free, but limited. Register promptly at ies-apa.org.

For additional information, please contact Miguel Vazquez at 951.966.5799 or mavurbanplanning@gmail.com.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for book sales. Talk begins at 6 p.m.

Click here to RSVP.

The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum is pleased to invite the public to join them at their March meeting at the museum for a special community event, Justice in Plain Sight: Dan Bernstein in Conversation with Jim Ward and Mel Opotowsky, moderated by John Bender.

Bernstein’s book, Justice in Plain Sight, is the story of a hometown newspaper in Riverside, California, that set out to do its job: tell readers about shocking crimes in their own backyard. But when judges slammed the courtroom door on the public, including the press, it became impossible to tell the whole story. Pinning its hopes on business lawyer Jim Ward, whom Press-Enterprise editor Tim Hays had come to know and trust, the newspaper took two cases to the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1980s. Hays was convinced that the public—including the press—needed to have these rights and needed to bear witness to justice because healing in the aftermath of a horrible crime could not occur without community catharsis. 

The newspaper won both cases and established First Amendment rights that significantly broadened public access to the judicial system, including the right for the public to witness jury selection and preliminary hearings.

Justice in Plain Sight is a unique story that, for the first time, details two improbable journeys to the Supreme Court in which the stakes were as high as they could possibly be (and still are): the public’s trust in its own government.

This event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited. Please RSVP so we can have an accurate head count. Thank you!

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase. The talk will begin at 6 p.m.

Gallery Tour: 12:30 p.m., Panel Discussion: 1:30 p.m., Free

Robbert Flick, Ken Marchionno, Susan Straight, and Kim Stringfellow share their inland discoveries and how their finds inspired their work in In the Sunshine of Neglect.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities,
a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Visit www.calhum.org.

$120/person, $100/RAM member, Evening Wear and Masks Requested

Join us for an evening of intrigue at the museum where you’ll be delighted by sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and an array of cocktails at our hosted bar, enthralled by the mystic performances of master mask maker Rob Faust, treated to a sneak peek of the fantastical Beast exhibition, and much more!

It’s a masquerade, so don’t forget to dress up! #BeastMasquerade

Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door! Thank you.

Become a sponsor!

Sponsorships start at $500, which includes two tickets, plus other benefits. Contact Valerie Found at vfound@riversideartmuseum.org or 951.684.7111×311 for more information.

$7,500 PRESENTING Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $480

Recognition: Your name/company’s name and logo headlined as PRESENTING Sponsor on event and exhibit signage, including exterior exhibition banner*, in press releases*, on RAM website (including link), print materials*, e-newsletters, Artifacts newsletter*, social media, etc. (*Note: pending pertinent deadlines.)

Hospitality: 8 tickets to Masquerade Gala and Beast exhibit sneak peek. Invitation to official exhibition opening reception. Exclusive curatorial tour for up to 10 guests. 75 museum passes for distribution to colleagues, clients, family, and friends.

$5,000 LEAD Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $360

Recognition: Your name/company’s name featured as LEAD Sponsor on event and interior exhibit signage*, on RAM website (including logo and link), print materials*, e-newsletters, Artifacts newsletter*, social media, etc. (*Note: pending pertinent deadlines.)

Hospitality: 6 tickets to Masquerade Gala and Beast exhibit sneak peek. Invitation to official exhibition opening reception. 50 museum passes for distribution to colleagues, clients, family, and friends.

$2,500 SUPPORTING Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $240

Recognition: Your name/company’s name featured as SUPPORTING Sponsor on event signage, on RAM website (including logo and link), print materials*, e-newsletters, Artifacts newsletter*, social media, etc. (*Note: pending pertinent deadlines.)

Hospitality: 4 tickets to Masquerade Gala and Beast exhibit sneak peek. Invitation to official exhibition opening reception. 25 museum passes for distribution to colleagues, clients, family, and friends.

$1,000 ASSOCIATE Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $120

Recognition: Your name/company’s name featured as ASSOCIATE Sponsor on event signage, on RAM website (including logo and link), print materials*, e-newsletters, Artifacts newsletter*, social media, etc. (*Note: pending pertinent deadlines.)

Hospitality: 2 tickets to Masquerade Gala and Beast exhibit sneak peek. Invitation to official exhibition opening reception.

$500 FRIEND Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $120

Recognition: Your name/company’s name on event signage, on RAM website, e-newsletters, and Artifacts newsletter*. (*Note: pending pertinent deadlines.)

Hospitality: 2 tickets to Masquerade Gala and Beast exhibit sneak peek. Invitation to official exhibition opening reception.

Click here to become a sponsor today!

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS!

Francie and Eric Johnson

Amy Harrison

Jinnefer and Derrick Razo

Coyote Oaks Vineyards

Please join us as artists Kathryn Clark and Sandy Rodriguez walk you through their respective exhibitions, Refugee Stories and Codex Rodriguez-Mondragón. Both artists will be available for a Q&A session afterwards. 

Please join us for the Opening Reception of In the Sunshine of Neglecta joint exhibition held concurrently at RAM and UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography.

Catalogues will be available for purchase at exhibit venues.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities,
a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Visit www.calhum.org.

Artist Lisa Schulte will talk about her neon artwork as we hold a closing reception for her show, Light Encounters.

The Riverside Art Museum showcases the creative possibilities that happen when light and art collide during the annual Festival of Lights celebration. Join us for the Switch-On Event on Friday, November 23, at 5 p.m. as we light up alongside the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa. RAM’s facade will feature the colors of the season and our Luminaries Project debuts two new sculptures by Kristi Lippire, Cal Baptist University Assistant Professor, and CBU visual arts students.

New this year is an exhibition in the works that will feature contemporary art in keeping with the spirit of the Festival of Lights. Click here for more information on Lisa Schulte: Light Encounters.

We will also have extended hours every Thursday in December until 9 p.m. Regular admission prices apply except for Thursday, December 6, during Artswalk.

Come and shop your heart out at this seven-day art sale that fills a huge gallery with original art that you can buy right “off the wall.” The sale will feature works by artists from throughout Inland Southern California. It’s a rare opportunity to purchase original art at VERY reasonable prices ($100, $200, $300, or $400). This is a great chance for new collectors and seasoned collectors alike.

This art love affair begins with an Italian Gala on Friday, November 9, 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Tickets are $35. ONLY guests at the Gala will be able to buy art on our opening night. Become a sponsor and get early entry into the gallery so you can grab your must-buy piece before someone else grabs it off the wall.

The sale continues for the general public on Saturday, November 10, through Thursday, November 15. Doors open daily (closed Monday) at 10 a.m. (12 noon on Sunday) and close at 4 p.m. On the last day of the sale, there will be an additional incentive of 25% off all remaining artwork.

Art . . . that’s Amore at Off the Wall is a fundraiser for RAM by the Art Alliance, the fundraising arm of our non-profit museum that hosts many events throughout the year to keep art alive in Riverside.

Come join us as we have fun “Loving Art” this fall! 

Your name will be on our Check-In List if you have already purchased tickets online. Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets are still available at the door! See you tonight!

Call for Artists!

Off the Wall returns to Riverside this coming November. We hope that you will participate again and we look forward to providing you with a great opportunity to showcase your work, as well as support the Riverside Art Museum. Our 2015 and 2016 sales were a great success. We sold over $30,000 worth of art in one evening. Your art will be viewed by an estimated 400 people at the Gala and during museum hours. The Art Alliance and RAM will be promoting the sale.

There are a few important changes that we want you to know about:

1) This year, we are limited to one gallery to exhibit your art so we cannot guarantee that all your art will be displayed the night of the gala. Due to the space restriction, please do not submit art that is larger than 24” by 36”, including the frame if there is one.

2) If you are currently a RAM member, you may submit up to four pieces of original art. All pieces must be priced at $100, $200, $300, or $400. At least one piece must be priced at $100 and only one may be priced at $400.

3) If you are not currently a member of RAM, you may submit up to two pieces of original artAt least one piece must be priced at $100, and once again, only one piece may be priced at $400.

As in past years, artists receive 50% of the price of the artwork sold.

The important dates for you to be aware of are:

Art Intake: Click here to download the Artist Agreement form. Fill it out and bring it with you. There will also be blank forms available at the Intake desks.

Tuesday, November 6: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Wednesday, November 7: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Italian Gala & Opening Sale:

Friday, November 9: 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

Art Pick Up:

Friday, November 16: 12 noon–4 p.m.

Saturday, November 17: 12 noon–4 p.m.

As is traditional with Off the Wall, there is a 25% discount on all remaining art on the last sale day, Thursday, November 15.

If you are interested in becoming an artist member of RAM, click here.

Become a Sponsor! Get in First!

We are looking for a few great sponsors and want to offer you the opportunity to be part of this exciting and fun-filled event. The Riverside Art Museum is the largest visual arts museum in the Inland Empire and welcomes approximately 50,000 visitors each year. Your sponsorship will allow our museum to keep showing great art in our community and offer educational programs for all ages.

You can choose to be a Da Vinci sponsor for $1,000, a Michelangelo sponsor for $500, or a Raphael sponsor for $250. With these tax-deductible sponsorships, your name or company name and/or logo will be listed on all marketing material, under the event title. We believe that this will total nearly 65,000 brand impressions throughout Riverside County, plus social media coverage. In addition, we will provide you with free tickets to the always sold-out gala event on November 9, a value of $210 for the Da Vinci sponsorship, $140 for the Michelangelo, and $70 for the Raphael sponsorship.

To meet our printing deadlines, we will need to hear from you as soon as possible, but certainly by October 10. 

“Da Vinci Sponsor” for $1,000

This sponsorship provides you with:

  • 6 tickets to the Italian Gala
  • FIRST early-bird admittance to view and buy artwork
  • Your name on invitations, program, and signage throughout the event

“Michelangelo Sponsor” for $500

This sponsorship provides you with:

  • 4 tickets to the Italian Gala
  • SECOND early-bird admittance to view and buy artwork
  • Your name on invitations, program, and signage throughout the event

“Raphael Sponsor” for $250

This sponsorship provides you with:

  • 2 tickets to the Italian Gala
  • THIRD early-bird admittance to view and buy artwork
  • Your name on invitations, program, and signage throughout the event

CLICK HERE to become an Off the Wall Sponsor!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Da Vinci

Arnold & Julie Philippi

Michelangelo

Drs. David & Kathleen Bocian

Eric & Francisca Johnson

Arthur & Peggy Littleworth

Steve and Cathy Morford

Shannon Murphy & John Conrad

Michelle Ouellette

Raphael

Kathy & John Allavie

Lucile Arntzen

Mark & Pam Balys

Brand Purpose LLC

Philip & Selina Bremenstuhl

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Suzy & Gary Clem

Phyllis & Jim Crabtree

Dayton & Cheryl Gilleland

Sari & Owen Kustner

Beth & Don Miller

Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds

Leon & Patricia Reynolds

Cookie Smith

Leslie Swor/Riverside Walking Tours

Kathy Wright & Dwight Tate

Artist panel moderated by Robb Hernández, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of English, at the University of California, Riverside. Panel participants include 4 Threads artists Jaime Zacarias, Jamie Chavez, Jaime Muñoz, and Gerardo Monterrubio, as well as Sandy Rodriguez, whose exhibition, Codex Rodriguez-Mondragón, opens this evening, and CSUSB Assistant professor, Ed Gomez.

This panel is sponsored by Latino Network.

RAM celebrates the talents of Chicano artists Jaime Zacarias, Jamie Chavez, Jaime Muñoz, and Gerardo Monterrubio as the exhibition 4 Threads comes to a close. At the same time, join Sandy Rodriguez and Kathryn Clark for the openings of Codex Rodriguez-Mondragón and Refugee Stories.

Walking Tour – UCR ARTSblock & Riverside Art Museum (RAM)

Explore the exhibitions, Mundos Alternos (UCR ARTSblock) and Myth & Mirage (RAM). Participants will be guided through a docent-led walking tour of the exhibitions, including an excursion downtown to see its Spanish Colonial Revival (SCR) architecture.*

Choose your tour date: October 5 or November 2**

ITINERARY

6:30 p.m. | Meet at UCR ARTSblock (3834 Main St.) to tour Mundos Alternos.

7 p.m. | Depart UCR ARTSblock and walk through downtown for a SCR tour.7:30 p.m. | Arrive at RAM (3425 Mission Inn Ave.) for a tour of Myth & Mirage. 

This Partnered PST: LA/LA Tour is free with a reserved ticket.RESERVE YOUR SPACE at www.artsblock.ucr.edu/Program/pst_lala_walkingtour. 

AFTER THE TOUR: Receive 10% your total bill (including alcohol) with a coupon for Heroes Restaurant & Brewery. Participants must attend the full tour to receive discount coupon. Coupon deal is non-transferable and expires February 4, 2018.   

*Walking distance between UCR ARTSblock and RAM is 0.3 miles (approx. 7-minute walk).

**Same itinerary both dates. 

Mundos Alternos and Myth & Mirage are part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. 

Major support for these exhibitions is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Facilitated by the Art Alliance, Art Float – Riverside (inspired by Portraits of Hope) was the biggest community art project that Riverside has ever seen! A collaboration between the City of Riverside (Park & Rec), the Riverside Unified School District, and RAM, the giant floating spheres on Lake Evans inspired some great art and photography.

Join us on Thursday, October 4, to find out who won our Art & Photography Contest!

Free admission with downloaded ticket

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.

Please visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday to download your free ticket.

The Riverside Art Museum Invites YOU to join Artist/Entertainer Gregory Adamson and Coyote Oaks Vineyards on a FANTASTIC VOYAGE!

It’s pARTy time! On a boat! Join artist/entertainer Gregory Adamson and owner/winemaker of Coyote Oaks Vineyards Karen Sherman on a 7-day cruise leaving from Seattle and visiting Astoria, San Francisco, and Victoria BC, while learning about wine and taking part in high-energy art “experiences” on land and sea where even novice painters will take home art pieces they’ll proudly show off!

We embark from Seattle and will sail under the Golden Gate Bridge for an overnight stop in S.F. where we will have almost two whole days to explore, wine taste, and even plein air paint for those who so desire. Then we’ll spend a day in the gorgeous seaside village of Astoria, and then on to Victoria, B.C., before returning to Seattle.

Your cruise fare includes two painting workshops at sea with all supplies provided, plus transportation to/from Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C., where you can sketch or paint with your personal supplies. Also includes wine tasting and education at sea with Karen Sherman of Coyote Oaks Vineyards.

But wait, there’s more! Every guest will receive a complimentary bottle of award-winning Coyote Oaks wine and every booked cabin will receive a gift of art from Gregory Adamson.

There’s still more! Those who join us on this fantastic voyage will reunite for a pizza/ wine party at Coyote Oaks Vineyard in October.

This amazing opportunity is offered by Riverside Art Museum in collaboration with Coyote Oaks, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Connection to Cruise, and Gregory Adamson. Cabins start at just $851 p.p. for seven days and the proprietors of Connection to Cruise are so excited about this trip that they are paying full fare to join you!

So join us; it’s going to be great fun!!!

VIP Sponsors Only Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

Riverside Convention Center, 3637 5th St, Riverside, CA 92501

Celebrando Chicano Art, with an expected attendance of 1000 including Cheech Marin and friends, will consist of a VIP reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. (for sponsors), dinner, awards, live performances, and both live and silent auctions.

Cocktail attire; black tie optional.

Consider becoming a sponsor! Download Sponsor Package info here.

You can purchase tickets and sponsorships here. We have released a limited number of additional tickets for purchase. Buy now before we’re sold out!

Parking: Click here to see convenient parking locations and fees.

Entertainment Announcement!

The live entertainment for the Gala will come courtesy of TIERRA!

TIERRA, named “Best R&B Vocal Group” in 1981 by Billboard Cashbox, Record World, and BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) magazines, is the first Hispanic act to have four songs on the national Pop charts and three songs simultaneously in the top 100 charts. Tierra’s invigorating blend of R&B, Latin, and Pop, is the precursor to many Hispanic artists. They performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Greek Theater, Dodger Stadium, The Rosebowl, Red Rocks, Houston Astrodome, as well as such television shows as The American Music Awards, American Bandstand, Soul Train, Solid Gold, and many others. 

Their 1981 mega hit “Together” catapulted them to the top of the national and international charts. And the band, under the leadership of Rudy Salas has been going strong for almost 45 years and have performed on stage with such superstars as James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, War, as well as many other top performers of the music business. 

Tierra has been widely known for opening doors for other Latino artists, such as Los Lobos, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, Sheila E., Paul Rodriguez, etc. 

Rudy started Tierra in 1972 and brought in his brother Steve on vocals. At the time, Tierra was more rock oriented and released two albums. They received critical acclaim, but they failed to impress the commercial markets around the country. They refined their R&B and Latin influences on the nightclub circuit for about six years. 

In 1981, Tierra decided to quit the club circuit and honed their skills in the recording studio again. 

“City Nights” was the result and Rudy tried to shop it to every record company around L.A. He was turned down by all of them. Rudy decided to put the album out independently. He worked out deals here and there, and the local radio stations started playing “Together” the single. Before you know it, the song got on the national charts, even without a record company. All of a sudden, the very same record companies that turned it down were bidding for the record. 

It finally caught the ear of Neil Bogart of Boardwalk Records. He signed the band, and as they say, “The rest is history”. 

Subsequently, Tierra had many other hits such as “Gonna Find Her”, “Memories”, “La La Means I Love You”, “Are We In Love”, “Zoot Suit Boogie”, “Lady In the Moonlight”, “Latin Legends Live”, etc. 

In 1992, Tierra was asked by James Brown to back him up for his appearance on the Hollywood “Walk Of Fame” and toured with him, as well as with the Commodores, Kool and The Gang, The Gap Band, etc. 

Since then, Tierra has performed all over the U.S. and many parts of the world. 

With over 25 CDs under their belts, and their songs being featured on several compilation CDs, the band is as strong as ever, with leader-guitarist-singer-producer Rudy Salas holding down the foundation, along with a super tight rhythm section lead by Chris Trujillo on drums (formerly with Toto and Tom Petty), Tony Banda (original bassman for the legendary Poncho Sanchez), Joey Navarro, keyboard wizard, and Dale Villavicencio on percussion (Sheila E., Azteca). Leading the horn section is Tierra veteran Rudy “Bub” Villa on alto sax, as well as Victor Cisneros on soprano sax, and Jeff Lewis on trumpet (formerly with the Jackson Five). Handling the vocals is the dynamic Will “Rize” Rivera. 

Tierra is now in the studio working on their next CD. With a line up of veteran musicians like this, it promises to be one of their best ever.

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Additionally, the Mariachi Divas will perform during dinner and DJ Anthony Guaracha will spin during the VIP reception.

Here’s a little bit more about Guaracha: Anthony Guaracha, DJ TJ Pops, began DJ-ing in the mid-1990s. He has volunteered at the University of California, Riverside, radio station, KUCR, since he was an undergraduate student in 2001, interning for the Radio Aztlan program. He enjoys participating in events that support and highlight the community.

. . . about Mariachi Divas . . . Founded in 1999 by trumpet player Cindy Shea, the Two -Time Grammy Award-Winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea is a multicultural, all-female ensemble that continues to push and expand the scope of mariachi music. Since 2003, Mariachi Divas has been the official mariachi of the Disneyland Resort where they entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds on a year-round basis. In addition to performing regularly at the Disneyland Resort and when they are not busy recording albums, Mariachi Divas and their music can be found in films, music videos, Hallmark greeting cards, and movie soundtracks, as well as touring across the United States and Mexico.

Chicano Culture Awardee – Dolores Huerta

Receiving the Chicano Culture Award during the gala will be Dolores Huerta, Founder & President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez.

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship, which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards, among them, The Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012, President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

Chicano Art Awardee – Cosmé F. Cordova

Receiving the Chicano Art Award during the gala will be Cosmé F. Cordova, artist and Founder/Director of Division 9 Gallery.

Cosmé F. Cordova is a Mexico native that moved to Riverside with his family when he was a young child. Growing up, Cordova was a natural-born artist and he quickly gained his footing as one of Riverside’s premier creative leaders. Cordova has established himself as a professional artist who works in several mediums with acrylic painting being his favorite. In 2001, Cordova founded and is the Director of the Riverside-based Division 9 Gallery. 

Through the years, Cordova has enhanced the role of arts and cultural events in the City of Riverside. Included in the list of his inspired signature events are: Riverside Arts Walk on First Thursdays, Amo Frida Festival, Cinco de Mayo Festival, and now in its 15th year, the Riverside Day of the Dead Celebration. Cordova is an integral part of Riverside’s cultural identity and brings to the forefront both established and emerging local artists, as well as art students from local educational institutions. 

Cordova’s goal has always been to bring the diverse community of Riverside together using the arts as our common ground and believes, “there is much to learn from the celebration of our differences.”

Chicano Industry Awardee – Cardenas Markets

Receiving the Chicano Industry Award during the gala will be Cardenas Markets

Jesus Cardenas was an ambitious and determined young man when he came to this country from the state of Jalisco, Mexico, in 1957. Jesus traveled to California under the “Bracero” work program.

For years, he worked in the fields of California with the goal of providing a better future for his family, determined to someday own his own business.

He never imagined that this dream would someday become a reality and his chain of stores would become a leading business in the same communities he became acquainted with for the first time while working in the fields. 

Decades later, Cardenas Markets grew in Southern and Northern California, Nevada, and Arizona. 

Today, Cardenas Markets LLC, headquartered in Ontario, CA, is one of the largest Hispanic grocers in the country with 47 stores under the Cardenas Markets banner and seven stores under the Los Altos Ranch Market banner in Arizona.

Cardenas Markets LLC is proud to continue its expansion as part of a dynamic and solid investment group establishing the foundation to become. The #1 chain of Hispanic supermarkets in the United States, the values and traditions instilled by the Cardenas Family remain current in day-to-day operations, as is their commitment to the communities they serve. 

A Special Award to Honor Cheech Marin

We wouldn’t be having this Gala if it wasn’t for Cheech. To honor him, UNIDOS is presenting him with a special Patron of the Arts Award this evening.

Best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred duo Cheech and Chong (now back on tour), Cheech Marin is a paradox in the world of entertainment. Cheech is an actor, director, writer, musician, art collector, and humanitarian, a man who has enough talent, humor, and intelligence to do just about anything. He is truly a multi-generational star. To this day, Cheech and Chong films remain the number one weekend video rentals, and Cheech is widely acknowledged as a cultural icon. Cheech’s long-awaited memoir entitled Cheech is Not My Real Name…But Don’t Call Me Chong!was released on March 14, 2017, by Hachette Book Group.

Cheech (real name Richard) Marin was born in South Central Los Angeles and met Tommy Chong in Vancouver, British Columbia, as a political refugee. The duo moved back to Los Angeles and proved to be “entertainment gold.” Six of their albums went gold, four were nominated for Grammys, and Los Cochinoswon the 1973 Grammy for Best Comedy Recording. The critically acclaimed duo made a fluid transition to films, starring in eight features together.

During his split with Chong, Cheech wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy Born In East L.A.He appeared in over 20 films, including his scene-stealing role in Tin Cup. On television, Cheech was a sitcom regular before joining Don Johnson on the highly successful CBS drama Nash Bridges(1996-2001). He later had a recurring role on the hit NBC show, Lost, and in recent years, he guest-starred on Roband Jane the Virgin. Through his popular Disney Pixar animation film roles (Oliver & CompanyThe Lion KingCars, and more) and as an author of children’s books such as Cheech the School Bus Driver, Cheech is also a favorite with kids and parents around the world.

In 2009, everyone’s favorite duo reunited after 25 years apart for a national and international comedy tour, the Light Up Americareunion tour, selling out everywhere. They also shot a full-length live comedy film Hey Watch Thisin 2010. The pair followed with subsequent tours, satisfying audiences thirsty to see the pair together. They continue to perform together as their schedules allow.

Cheech is recognized today as a preeminent Chicano art advocate. In the mid-1980s, he began developing what is now arguably the finest private collection of Chicano art. Much of it formed the core of his inaugural exhibition Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, which broke attendance records during its groundbreaking 15‐city tour during 2001‐2007 to major art museums across the United States. He states, “Chicano art is American art. My goal is to bring the term ‘Chicano’ to the forefront of the art world.”

Following the success of Chicano Visions, over a dozen additional exhibitions drawn from the Cheech Marin Collection have toured more than 50 major art museums across the United States and in Europe under the direction of Melissa Richardson Banks. In addition, art books have been independently published to accompany many of these exhibitions, including Papel Chicano: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech MarinChicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, and Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin. Artwork from his collection inspires his work in other ways. For example, the bottle design of Tres Papalote Mezcal, for which Cheech serves as the brand ambassador, was inspired by the contemporary glass sculptures and other works of Einar and Jamex de la Torre, two brothers who are represented his collection.

Furthering his goal to introduce Chicano art to a wider audience, Marin has entered into a partnership with both the City of Riverside and the non-profit, non-governmental Riverside Art Museum to create the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum. Slated to open in 2020, The Cheech as the Center was affectionately dubbed by Marin, will become the permanent home for his more than 700 works of Chicano art, including paintings, sculptures, and photography; collectively, the most renowned Chicano art collection in the United States.

Cheech is a nationally-ranked golfer and active in the charity circuit. Married to Russian-born classical pianist Natasha Marin, the couple resides in Pacific Palisades, California.

Photo by Allen Amato.

Presenter of the Patron of the Arts Award

We are excited to announce that George Lopez will be at the Gala to present the Patron of the Arts Award to Cheech Marin!

George Lopez’s multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy, and late-night television. 

Lopez is currently on his standup comedy tour, The Comedy Get Down, with Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer in arenas across the country. The comedians recently debuted their BET-scripted comedy series based on their tour. 

Lopez will next be seen in Cinedigm’s thriller River Runs Red with Taye Diggs, John Cusack, and Luke Hemsworth, set for release on November 2, 2018. Written and directed by Wes Miller, the film tells the story of a respected judge who switches his gavel for a gun and seeks revenge after two policemen murder his only son in cold blood. 

Lopez recently wrapped shooting the upcoming crime thriller The Tax Collectorwith Shia LaBeouf and Lana Parrilla. David Ayer wrote the screenplay and directed the film. He is also set to star in Walking With Herbopposite Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell. The faith-based film is inspired by Joe S. Bullock’s novel of the same name. 

Lopez recently starred in Lopez on TV Land. Produced by Lopez, the series explored how he struggled between his two worlds and crises that are often of his own making. The half-hour, single-camera serialized comedy aired for two seasons. 

For two seasons, Lopez hosted Lopez Tonight, a late-night television talk show on TBS. This represented Lopez’s return to series television after co-creating, writing, producing, and starring in Warner Bros. Television’s groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. George Lopezremains a hit with viewers in syndication on both broadcast stations and cable’s Nick at Nite, ranking as one of the top-rated shows on the network and among the top five comedies and top 20 weekly programs in syndication. 

In 2015, Lopez was seen in the Lionsgate inspirational drama, Spare Parts. Produced by Lopez, the film is based on a true story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who team up to build an underwater robot that wins the national robotics competition. In 2014, Lopez starred in the multi-camera ensemble comedy Saint Georgeon FX, which he co-created.

Lopez debuted his third solo stand-up special It’s Not Me, It’s You in 2012on HBO. Lopez also voiced animated characters in a string of animated blockbuster films including Zook in Gnome Alone, Rafael in Rioand Rio 2along with Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, and Jesse Eisenberg, Thurman in Escape from Planet Earthopposite Jane Lynch and Sofia Vergara, Grouchy Smurf in The Smurfs 1 and 2, and The Beverly Hills Chihuahua 1, 2, and3. His most recent film credits include the box-office hit Valentine’s Day directed by Garry Marshall, Swing VoteHenry Poole Is Here,and Balls of Fury.

Lopez has been featured in three HBO specials, The Wallin August 2017, GRAMMY-nominated Best Comedy Album Tall, Dark, and Chicano in 2009, and America’s Mexicanin 2007. Lopez also performed as part of HBO and TBS’s Comic Relief 2006. His acclaimed comedy concert, Why You Crying?, debuted on Showtime in 2004. He released his third standup CD, El Mas Chingon, in 2006, which also earned Lopez a GRAMMY nomination in the category of Best Comedy Album. In 2004, he was nominated for a GRAMMY in the same category for his CD Team Leader

In May 2004, Lopez’s autobiography, Why You Crying?, entered The New York TimesBestsellers List top 20. The book was co-written by Emmy-winning writer and sportscaster Armen Keteyian. Lopez released his second memoir, I’m Not Gonna Lie And Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50, in 2013, where he tells the unabashed and hilarious truth about aging – as only he can. Lopez was also the focus of the award-winning documentary Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream

In 2006, Lopez received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition, Timenamed him one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and the Harris Poll named him one of the Top Ten Favorite Television Personalities.

Gala Emcee – Pep Fernandez

Pep Fernandez is an award-winning sports anchor and radio host with more than 18 years in the TV/radio sports broadcasting business.

After several stops at different televisions stations throughout California, Pep eventually landed in the Inland Empire and launched the Inland_Sports Show to bring the best sports coverage in the Riverside and San Bernardino County areas.

The Inland_Sports Show is a back-to-back finalist for the top radio/television in the Inland Empire.

Pep hosts a number of sports shows in the Inland Empire, including the popular ”Sports Weekly” television show featuring high school sports highlights and interviews on IEMG-TV 3, as well as the Riverside TV Highlight Reel and sports updates on KCAL 96.7 FM. He also joins Geoff Gorham to form the broadcast team for UC Riverside men’s basketball games.

Pep is a member of the Riverside Sport Hall of Fame Executive Board and is the reigning Inland Empire Media Talent of the Year award winner.

He has also won the CIF Southern Section Champion for Character Award, the National Football Foundation award, the Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association award, the Southern California Interscholastic Football Coaches Association award, and was honored by the San Bernardino Unified School District.

Pep graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Journalism/Broadcasting. He began his television career at KAEF-ABC in Eureka, followed by stops at KNVN-NBC in Chico, KRCR-ABC in Redding, and KERO-ABC in Bakersfield. 

Pep is married to his beautiful wife Tara and has two daughters, Alana (11) and Elle (8). He enjoys taking his family to Disneyland and jumping on the trampoline with his kids when he’s not covering local sports.

Thank you to the following sponsors:

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$2,500 Sponsors

$1,000 Sponsors

Statement by UNIDOS

Chicano artists began efforts to redress the plight of Mexicanos in the United States beginning in the 1960s, a key component of the Chicano Movement. Chicano artists captured and articulated the core of Chicano culture and history, the struggles, and traditions with a commitment to social change. These were and continue to be reflected in theater, corridos or folk songs, traditional folk dances, literature, painting, sculpture, and media art forms.

The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry (The Cheech) of the Riverside Art Museum will be a dynamic daily demonstration of the presence and voice of the Chicano/Latino community. The Cheech will provide a space to highlight and share our history, arte y cultura, and the many contributions Chicanos/Latinos have made and continue to make in Riverside, across the state of California, the nation, and worldwide.

Latino Network, the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Spanish Town Heritage Foundation formed an alliance in December 2017 and pledged a combined organizational commitment of $90,000 to The Cheech.

They further pledged to raise an additional $160,000 for a grand total of $250,000 by expanding the alliance to all Chicano Latino organizations, big and small, across the region. This alliance is now called UNIDOS.

The many organizations and individuals that form UNIDOS have worked for years within the different stages of the movimiento to address issues impacting the Chicano/Latino community. UNIDOS is committed to engage the community and work together to make The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum a reality.

The first UNIDOS annual gala will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center. The theme for this year’s gala is Celebrando Chicano Art. The gala will feature a dinner, live performance, and silent and live auctions. UNIDOS is a proud to offer an evening to celebrate contributions to Chicano art, culture, and industry. The program will include: 

1. A celebration of community recognizing the tireless efforts of the many Chicano/Latino organizations who are actively uplifting and advocating for the community.

2. A presentation by Cheech Marin on how The Cheech came about and his vision for the center.

3. An award presentation celebrating artists and cultural icons who have brought Chicano Art to the forefront. Cheech Marin and contributors to Chicano arts, culture, and industry will be honored.

The Celebrando Chicano Art Gala will host 1,000 guests to share in this celebration and come together to raise funds for The Cheech. All proceeds will benefit The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum.California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Casa Blanca Community Action Group, Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Las Comadres, Latino Network, LULAC of Riverside Council #3190, Concilio Child Development Centers, Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, UC Riverside Chicano Latino Alumni, UC Riverside Chicano Student Programs, and VFW Villegas Chapter.

Presented by Cultura Con Llantas
Lake Perris Fairgrounds, 18700 Lake Perris Drive

Dress up to get down! This fundraiser for The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum is taking place at the Lake Perris Fairgournds.

Put on by Cultura Con Llantas, the Pachuco Ball will feature live music by Lil Bit of Soul and Flash Bak, food, and drinks, as well as classic cars and lowriders, all at Lake Perris Fairgrounds.

Make art, win raffles for vintage items, and compete in the Dance and Best Dressed competitions!

Tickets are $25 per person, with all proceeds benefiting The Cheech!

Buy your tickets at the door at the event.

More info can be found on Cultural Con Llantas’ Facebook and Instagram.

FAQs:

Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions about the Pachuco Ball!

Q: Do we need to dress up?
A: If you’ve got a zoot suit, do you really need a better excuse to wear it than to go to a Pachuco Ball? But if you don’t, you can still hang with us. Just come dressed to dance and have a great time!

Q: Do we have to pay for parking?
A: No. We got you covered.

Q: Is there a secure parking area if I bring my lowrider or classic car?
A: Indeed. There will be a secure and designated area for your sweet ride. For more info, contact Anita Gonzales: 951-255-1342, Rene “Pecas” Camargo: 951-550-9801, or Mr Blue Hernandez: 951-204-6613.

Q: It’s August. In Lake Perris. Is the event happening inside? Is there A/C?
A: We wouldn’t leave you out in the heat. Yes, the Pachuco Ball is indoors, WITH A/C! The only way you’re going to break a sweat is if you dance . . . and you better dance.

Q: What’s included in the $25?
A: Admission to the Pachuco Ball, where you’ll dance the night away to Lil Bit of Soul and Flash Bac. Parking. Amazing classic rides to swoon over. Appetizers from 6 – 8 p.m.

Q: Will there be a bar?
A: Yes!

Q: Will tickets be sold at the door?
A: Yes!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Don Peterson, Mayor Pro Tem of Banning

Jairo Ruiz

Awards announced at 6:10 p.m.

Please join us as we announce the winners of this year’s annual Members Exhibition!

Join us for the opening reception of Geoff Gouveia: The Game.

Come celebrate The Game and the “beautiful game” with the artists as we chat about art, soccer, the intersections between them, and how both bring people together.

2nd Saturdays of June, July, & August, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$12/person, $25 for 3 family members, $30 for 4 family members

Grab your family and friends and begin your museum adventure with us! Enjoy our exhibitions and explore our rooftop for adventure-themed activities on the 2nd Saturdays of June, July, and August. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $12 per person, $25 for 3 family members, or $30 for 4 family members. Museum admission, drinks, and snacks also included in the price.

June 9 – Beach Day
Hang ten with us on Beach Day at the museum! Come dressed in your beach attire; flip flops and Hawaiian shirts welcome! Enjoy a surfboard selfie station, giant bubble making, three bodacious art projects, and more!

July 14 – Travel Day
Travel the world and beyond with three hands-on art projects that will take you far and away, plus a learning station and more!

August 11 – Nature Day
Enjoy learning about the prehistoric creatures that roamed the IE thanks to the Western Science Center! Nature-themed art projects will rule the day.

Tickets: $20/person. LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

The free Opening Reception for 4 Threads: New Work by Jamie Chavez, Gerardo Monterrubio, Jaime Muñoz, and Jaime “GERMS” Zacarias is 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

DJ SETS BY:
RYAN G (FUNK FREAKS) & MAS TROPICAL (KUCR 88.3 FM)

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BUT THE NIGHT DOESN’T END THERE!

OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY – 8 p.m. – 12 midnight 
Presented by Mano y Mano Productions, featuring live music by: 

QUITA PENAS – 10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Kiki Diágo – 9 p.m. – 9:40 p.m.

Guest DJ – KING Steady BEAT spinning the best in vinyl all night:
Cumbia * Chicha * Salsa * Boogaloo * AfroLatin * & More!!

Make some art and eat World Famous Tacos, too! Included in the price.

ALL AGES EVENT | BEER SERVED FOR 21+ W/ID ($5 beers)

Beer Fairies:

Please join us for the free public Opening Reception for 4 Threads: New Work by Jamie Chavez, Gerardo Monterrubio, Jaime Muñoz, and Jaime “GERMS” Zacarias.

These highly talented and acclaimed artists share with us the exuberance, richness, and pathos of their complex cultural identity. Mesoamerican imagery dominates the richly-layered paintings by Jaime Muñoz and fuses with the Cholo styles of the ‘70s and ‘80s in Jamie Chavez’s fantastical work.

From Jaime Zacarias’s cleverly stylized Lucha Squids to Monterrubio’s clay vessels that combine the elements of
Mexican mural painting with his artistic beginnings as a graffiti artist, these artists celebrate a personal exploration of community, each with a respectful nod to the Chicano artists who inspired them.

Come meet these amazing artists! DJ SETS BY: RYAN G (FUNK FREAKS) & Más Tropical (KUCR 88.3 FM)

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Don’t want the night to end? Consider joining us for the After Party presented by Mano & Mano Productions featuring QUITAPENAS! Tickets are only $20. Click here for more info and to buy your tickets now.

THANK YOU for coming out and enjoying the Art Floats

while they were at the Park May 11 – June 1. We hope you enjoyed them.

Please consider entering your Art Float-inspired art and photography in our contest! See details below!

Interested in sponsoring a sphere? CLICK HERE!

May 11 – June 1, 2018

Credit Portraits of Hope_a27c web.jpgThe Riverside Art Museum (RAM), in collaboration with the City of Riverside’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department and the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD), will host a signature community art event that will involve hundreds of huge, floating, hand-painted spheres in Lake Evans at Fairmount Park. Called Art Float – Riverside, the project is patterned after one staged a few years ago by Portraits of Hope in Los Angeles. The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, the volunteer fundraising group of RAM, is spearheading the event that will take place May 11 – June 1, 2018. When complete, the floating artwork will feature over 350 hand-painted spheres that will float in Lake Evans for a three-week festival.

Each plastic sphere is six feet in diameter and will be brightly painted by schoolchildren at 48 RUSD schools. After being painted, the spheres will be launched in Lake Evans at Fairmount Park and will float as a huge piece of community art. During the time the spheres will be in the lake, there will be multiple events for the public to enjoy.

“This will be a signature event in Riverside,” says Lucile Arntzen, incoming RAM Board President. “It will allow everyone free access to a unique kind of community art.”

Art Float – Riverside chairwoman, Kathy Allavie, says that one of the unique aspects of the project is the involvement of thousands of schoolchildren throughout the city. Allavie, who also sits on the RUSD Board of Trustees, is excited to bring the art experience into the schools. “Our painting teams will be visiting each school and letting the children participate in the process,” says Allavie. “I know that when they see the spheres floating colorfully in the lake they will be thrilled to have had a hand in its creation.”

Art Float – Riverside is also a fundraiser for the museum. Allavie is hoping to have 350 spheres sponsored by community members for $350 each. After the event, the sponsors can keep the painted spheres or have them donated to a school, library, or community center. The money raised by the project will return to RAM’s mission-driven programs, including their award-winning art education program called Art-to-Go. Art-to-Go delivers art education directly to each classroom with age-appropriate projects and lessons given by qualified art instructors.  RUSD has engaged the museum to deliver around 3,700 art classes in all their elementary schools, K-6th, this coming year.

Inspired by Portraits of Hope.

Windermere Tower Properties Family Art Day in the Park

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., near the playground and carousel, free to attend (tickets available for purchase on-site to participate in select art-making activities while supplies last)

Bring your family and friends to see the Art Float spheres and have a fun-filled day at the park! Enjoy activities (like giant bubble making, colorful kite making, splatter painting, etc., while supplies last), bring your own picnic lunch and listen to live music, play outdoor games, and more!

UPDATE: Enjoy the following community activities for free:

  • enjoy an outdoor game of croquet, giant bowling, or hula hooping;
  • get ready to rumble in the Battle of the Drawings with artist and Division 9 Gallery owner Cosme Cordova;
  • take a seat to reflect and write using nature-inspired prompts with Inlandia Institute;
  • check out the unique sculpture made out of found objects by Tios Tacos owner Martin Sanchez;
  • enjoy musical performances coordinated by RUSD;
  • learn about water conservation from the City of Riverside;
  • say hello to the City’s Parks & Recreation Department;
  • spin the Windermere Tower Properties wheel at the sponsor table; and
  • sit in a Riverside Fire Truck and honk the horn and hear the siren (12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.)

No refunds on day-of sales. Proceeds benefit exhibitions, education, and programming at the Riverside Art Museum.

Click here for a map of Fairmount Park and
where the events will take place, as well as where to park.

This event is sponsored by:

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IMG_0514.JPGThe Altura Credit Union and RAM Art and Photography Contest

Free and open to everyone, all you have to do is depict the wonder and excitement of Art Float – Riverside through a painting, drawing, or photo. It’s easy to enter for the chance to win cash and prizes, and have your creative work displayed at the art museum and at Altura branch offices across the city.

Click here for contest info, rules, and the application!

This contest is sponsored by:

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Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Egret

Warbler

Sparrow

Amy S. Harrison

Three-Sphere

Albert A. Webb Associates

Brad Alewine

Kathy and John Allavie

James Antoyan – JLA Real Estate Group

Lucile Arntzen

Blue Banner Packing

Craig Blunden

Jill and Gordon Bourns

Carol and Nick Brown

Kathy and Gary Christmas

Betty Dixon

Sandra and John Fay

Fritts Ford

Ellen and Clarence Peterson Foundation

Lucy and Frank Heyming

Georgia L. Hill

HUB International 

Piper Jaffray

Jeff Clark Heavy Equipment Repair, Inc., Michelle and Jeff Clark

Francisca and Eric Johnson

S. Sue Johnson

Jeannene and Kevin Kelly

Assemblymember Jose Medina

Laura and Matt Merickel

Neff Construction, Inc.

Debby and Ken Phillips

The Ransom-McKenzie Team

Riverside Education Enrichment Foundation (REEF)

Riverside Optimists Youth Club, Inc. 

Stronghold Engineering, Inc.

Stuart Family

U.S. Congressman Mark Takano

Launa Wilson and Chad Young

Windermere Tower Properties/Collette Lee

Kathy Wright and Dwight Tate

One-Sphere

Jamie and Raul Aballi

Ashley and Jose Alcala

Alcott Elementary PTA

Ann Alden 

Doreen and Mike Alewine

Jaclyn Allavie

Paula and David Allbeck

Lorraine and Richard Anderson

Anonymous

Art Alliance Sustainer Friends

Kathy Arthur

The Arts Area – Inland Empire Arts Directory

Eileen and Stephen Ashwal

Baccarella Insurance Services, Inc.

Lori and Bryan Backstrom 

Carolyn Badger

Mayor Rusty Bailey

The Bailey Family

Pam and Mark Balys

Debbie Barles and Scott Zohlman

Jane and Joe Barr

Kathy and Matt Barth

Michael Bates – Merrill Lynch

Drs. Brad Baum and Carla Lidner Baum

Sally and Chuck Beaty

Benjamin Franklin Elementary 

Ellie and Richard Bennett 

Judy Berg

Candia and Dan Bernstein

Ileana and Timothy Black

Kathy and Dave Bocian

Linda and Ted Boecker

Sharon and Cal Boothby 

Geraldine Bowden

Gary Bowman – Bowman Financial Svcs. 

Selina and Phillip Bremenstuhl

Kristen Bristow 

Vicki Broach and Tim Kelley 

Bud’s Tire Pros

Christine Cahraman, Attorney at Law

Cannon Management

Quinn Alexandra Castellino

Erin Christmas

Citizens United for Resources and the Environment, Inc. (“CURE”)

Citrus Hills Middle School

Suzy and Gary Clem

The Community Foundation

Irene Conable

Jessica L. Cook and Nicholas A. Konoske

Nancy L. Cox and Kathy Schulz

Phyllis and Jim Crabtree

Elizabeth and Stephen Cunnison

DACKS

Donna and Dr. Tom Davis

Matthew Davis

Clyde Derrick

Desiree’s Designs

Susan and Jim Dieterich

J. L. and Frankie Dietzman 

DLR Group

Downtown Area Neighborhood Alliance

Sharon A. Duffy

Margo and Bud Dutton

Barbara Ermert – The Spa @ Canyon Crest

Marcia and Tom Evans

Dr. Angelov Farooq

Sandra J. Ferguson

Virginia and Charlie Field

Fiesta Village Family Fun Park 

First Thursday Book Club

Fremont Elementary PTA

Patti and David Funder

Gage Retirees 

Councilmember Mike Gardner, Ward 1

Gillian and Larry Geraty

Mary Anne and Paul Gill

Cheryl and Dayton Gilleland

Dorothy and Dr. Anthony Ginter

Dr. Ray R. Glendrange, Riverside Eye Specialists

Gless Ranch

Rene M. Glynn and Dan Benner

Deirdre and Rich Goeman

Rebeccah Goldware and Larry Burns 

Gortner Family

Ann and Jerry Grell/Jag Ranch Services

Adam Guzkowski

Nicole Ha and Dianne Ha

Richard Haller 

Diane and Dave Hansen 

Happily Retired BRINKs

Linda Harding-Hicks, Aquamotion, Riverside Parks & Recreation

Mark E. Harris 

Harrison Elementary School PTA 

Haupt-Wadding Family

Barbara and Dr. Fred Havens

Vickie and Brian Hawley

HMC Architects

Cathy and Toby Holmes

Barbara and Jeff Holshouser

Jacqueline and Andrew Hopper

Geri and Tom Hunt

Inland Empire Blue Belles

Inland Empire Magazine

In Memory of Mrs. Lou R. Ulrich 

Jefferson Elementary PTA

Jeni, Paul and Ashley

John Rezaei Dental 

John W. North High School

Shelley and Bob Kain

Cathy and Steve Kienle

Kiwanis Club of Riverside

Kiwanis Club of Uptown Riverside

Monette and Warren Klure

Robert H. Krain, M.D. 

Sari and Owen Kustner

Georgia and Christopher Kutch

Lahr Family

Lake Mathews Elementary 

La Noria Market

Dee and Dennis Lausé

Law Offices of Brian C. Pearcy, APC 

Lauren Lee

 Peggy and Arthur Littleworth

Live Nation — FOX Performing Arts Center

Live Nation — Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Patricia Lock-Dawson and Scott Dawson

Elizabeth Lossing and William Nicoletti 

Marsha and Ron Loveridge

Peggy Luebs

Judy and Michael Luther

Councilmember Chris MacArthur, Ward 5

Mary and Sperry MacNaughton

Tami and Steve Maio

Bailey and Alexander Mann

Mark Twain Elementary School PTA

Gregory Marrujo, M.D.

Matthew Gage Middle School PTA

Maureen Kane & Associates, Inc.

Ann and Pat McDonnell

Pauline and Bill McGuigan

Marcia McQuern 

Ann Marie and Councilmember Andy Melendrez

Eileen and Jim Milam

Joan Miller

Patricia Miller

Fran and Bob Moerke

Monster Media, Inc.

Patricia and Keith Moorman

Cathy and Steve Morford

Dennis Morgan – Inland Pacific Advisors, Inc. 

Linda K. Mullen

Shannon Murphy and John Conrad

NAACP-RIVERSIDE BRANCH #1059

Aaron Norris 

Jennifer, Damien, and Marleigh O’Farrell 

Korinne and Thomas Ortega

Michelle Ouellette

Betty and Walter Parks

Jenny and Tim Pietro 

Kathy and Phil Pitchford 

Professional Growth System, a Division of RUSD 

Project T.E.A.M. 

Gloria and Dallas Rabenstein

Lori and Tom Raffy

Raincross Readers Bookclub 

Sue Rainey and John Collins

RAM Staff

Jinnefer and Robert Razo

Re-elect Brent Lee, RUSD Trustee

Residents for Responsible Representation

Emmanuelle and Morey Reynolds

Patricia Reynolds

Todd Ridgway – C21 Lois Lauer

Riverside Air Service, Inc.

Riverside Community Health Foundation

The Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau

Riverside Downtown Partnership

Riverside East Rotary Club

Riverside Personnel Services

Riverside Police Foundation

Riverside Truck & Equipment, Inc. 

Riverside Woman’s Club

Robyn A. Rogers and Ronald McCaskill

Rotary Club of Riverside

Cindy and Richard Roth

Susan Rothermund and Robert Harris 

Phyllis and Arnold Rowe

Ruhnau Clarke Architects

Karen and Steve Russell 

Rosie Russell

Melissa and John Russo

Camille Sanders and Tom Powell

Sandy and Bill Schnack

Margaret G. Scott 

The Scrappy Sisters Scrapbook Group, Supporting CSDR in the Art Float Project 

Joan and Gary Semonella 

Sandy and Wayne Sheppard

Sue and Rich Simonin

Robin and Paul Sinkhorn

Leslie Slamal/Jill and Tim Peterson

Cookie Smith

Maria F. and Thomas Smith

Sarah Smith

Carole Stadelbacher

Janice Stolzy

David St. Pierre 

Leslie A. Swor 

Irma Tandingan and Grenia Arceo 

Taylor’s Appliance

Teaman, Ramirez & Smith, Inc. 

Tesselle Cement Tiles – Daniel & Karin Jeske

Terre and Bill Thomas

Thompson & Colegate LLP

Kathryn Uhrich and Jeffrey Holmes

Louise and Hans van Delft

VNA California

Athena and David Waite

Cathleen and Terry Walling

Carole and Jim Ward

Sandy Webb

Nina Weidhouse – Water Aerobics by Nina

Western Rehab/La Vonne Dodge

Susan and Les Whittaker

Todd Wingate

Kyley and Steven Ybarra

Billie Yeager

Kristi and Jacques Yeager

Hedy Zikratch-Tyson and Jimmie Tyson

A special THANK YOU to Vista Paint, Smokey Canyon BBQ, D’Elia’s Grinders, Migliore Gourmet Foods, Jammin’ Bread Bakery and Cafe, and Nothing Bundt Cakes — Riverside!

Thank you to our collaborating partners for this community art event:

Individual Sponsorships

One-Sphere Sponsor: $350

When you participate in Riverside’s largest community art project by sponsoring a sphere, you get to determine who will receive it when the public display is over. You can choose to keep it or donate it to a school, community center, or City Park and Rec playground of your choice. You will be listed a “Sphere” sponsor in our program and invited to all events throughout Art Float – Riverside.

Three-Sphere Sponsor: $1,000

Receive all of the above times three. In addition, you will receive two tickets to our Launch Party on May 11, 2018, your name in all programs and triple the tax deduction (to the extent of the law)! Best of all, you’ll be helping the Riverside Art Museum with their mission-driven programs, including Art-to-Go, the in-school art education program for K-8th grade children.

Business Sponsorships

Businesses who choose to underwrite Art Float – Riverside will be featured on all signage, brochures, banners, and programs! All advertisements, press releases and media announcements will also highlight our business friends and their logos. All gifts are tax-deductible donations to the Riverside Art Museum and benefit their on-going programs, including art education in schools.

SPARROW LEVEL: $2,500

Big Publicity

WARBLER LEVEL: $5,000

Bigger Publicity

EGRET LEVEL: $10,000

Biggest Publicity

Click here to choose your Sponsorship Level and pay.

The City of Riverside in partnership with the Old Riverside Foundation, the Riverside Arts Council, the Riverside Downtown Partnership, and the Mission Inn Museum and Foundation are hosting the City’s third annual Doors Open event.

Doors Open events began over 30 years ago in France and has since spread across Europe, North America, and Australia. These events provide free access to captivating historic sites that are often closed to the public. By opening the doors to these architectural gems, event organizers hope to increase awareness of historic architecture and the community’s collective heritage. 

For more information, visit: www.riversideca.gov/doorsopen 

(The museum will be closed to the public May 9 – 14, but will be open for this event.)

The 5th Annual Riverside Art Market is a fundraiser that helps support the Riverside Art Museum’s mission-driven efforts to engage, inspire, and build community through the arts. The Riverside Art Market is free and open to the public, taking up the entire city block with vendors placed within both the Riverside Art Museum and the Riverside Municipal Auditorium.

The setting is a beautiful place for the community to come and enjoy looking at and buying unique arts and crafts. In addition to a fun day of shopping, visitors will enjoy multiple art demonstrations, participatory art projects, musicians, face painters, balloon artists, and the very popular children’s craft area–a perfect family-centered day.

With over 100 artist and artisan vendors, gourmet food trucks, and thousands of visitors, the Riverside Art Market is sure to be a lively and welcoming downtown community event.

This event is put on by the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum. To become a member, click here.

Vendor Check In

For vendor check-in instructions, click here.

For vendor site map, click here.

Click here to see a list of vendors who have signed up so far!

Become a sponsor!

The Riverside Art Market is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Because there is no cost for the public to attend, funds are raised by:

  • booth fees from the vendors; and 
  • sponsors who help underwrite the event.

Your sponsorship supports RAM’s commitment to the local arts community, arts education, and outreach. Please review the levels of sponsorship below and return the form with your tax-deductible donation. Although we accept donations at any time, the deadline for recognition on printed materials is March 2, 2018.

Click here to download the sponsorship letter for more information on the sponsorship levels available and to fill in the sponsorship form if you would like to mail in your sponsorship.

CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE ONLINE FORM TO BECOME A SPONSOR
OF THE 5TH ANNUAL RIVERSIDE ART MARKET AND PAY ONLINE.

Live music provided by the Music Fellows from the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts by UC Riverside. 

 

This event is generously sponsored by:

Cheer:

Dave & Kathy Bocian

Jacqueline and Andrew Hopper

Kathy and Gary Christmas

Applause:

Cathy & Steve Morford

Patti & David Funder

Lee Levin

Kathy & John Allavie

Richard & Lorraine Anderson

Sari & Owen Kustner

Ron and Marsha Loveridge

Philip & Selina Bremenstuhl

Shannon Murphy and John Conrad

Teresa and Robert Newell

Lucile Arntzen

Sperry and Mary MacNaughton

T.L. Mazzetti

Thank you to the following donors:

Suzy and Gary Clem | Martha Smith | Sue Spitzer | Emmanuelle Reynolds | Kathy Arthur | Rebecca Kitchings

One day each year, people the world over visit local museums and galleries to look at art s-l-o-w-l-y. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.

The Riverside Art Museum Invites YOU to join Artist/Entertainer Gregory Adamson and Coyote Oaks Vineyards on a FANTASTIC VOYAGE!

It’s pARTy time! On a boat! Join artist/entertainer Gregory Adamson and owner/winemaker of Coyote Oaks Vineyards Karen Sherman on a 7-day cruise leaving from Seattle and visiting Astoria, San Francisco, and Victoria BC,while learning about wine and taking part in high-energy art “experiences” on land and sea where even novice painters will take home art pieces they’ll proudly show off!

Learn more about the cruise ship, the Explorer of the Seas, and all this exclusive RAM Art + Wine Pacific Coast Cruise has to offer from Connection to Cruise. You’ll want to book the cruise even before you leave the meeting! 

Info Meeting Date: Thursday, March 22, 6 p.m. at the 
Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501.

Cruise Dates: September 21 – 28, 2018

Please email request@connectiontocruise.com or call 888-798-9133 for more information.

Bring the WHOLE family to celebrate all things GREEN on the second floor! Enjoy:

  • Ton of art activities (make & takes, plus a giant collaborative mural to help paint) for the kids
  • Learn about famous green artwork and artists
  • Discover the (poisonous!) history of green pigment
  • A fun selfie booth
  • Wear your greenest outfit/costume for a chance to win prizes
  • Storyteller Angela Lloyd will perform stories from Kazakhstan, Korea, and an eclectic mix of songs, all with a green theme! Story time begins at 3 p.m.

We’ll also have some snacks and drinks available for purchase.

It will be $10/wristband. Wristbands allow for participation in the art activities and story time on the second floor. No refunds. Proceeds benefit exhibitions, education, and programming at the Riverside Art Museum.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Learn more about the history of green pigment below:

Performed with Wendy Maruyama’s E. O. 9066 Tag Project

Swirling in silk, telling true tales that triumph over despair, the Riverside Art Museum’s performing artists-in-residence, America’s first Asian Storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki and Emmy Award-winning musician/composer Mark Izu present, The People of the Tags.

The events and circumstances that led to the Japanese prison camps in the 1940s are strikingly similar to what’s happening today. Every incarcerated man, woman, and child was forced to wear a tag with a name and a number. Made of replicas of these tags, Wendy Maruyama’s hanging sculptures bear silent witness.

Brenda’s stories will give dramatic testimony to the real people behind these tags. Stories she has gathered in her 42 years as a teller in the hinterlands of America; acts of bravery and human decency that can teach us strategies for navigating the turbulence of today.

In the polyglot of cultures that is America today, our children marry each other. These beautiful rainbow children unknowingly inherit unresolved trauma. Our descendants are all children of the tags. But if you know your past, together we can change our future.

Please bring photos of people and loved ones who were incarcerated in the Japanese prison camps. By telling their story in a public forum, we can transform their shame into honor. If you are a person from the tags, show up! We will honor YOU!

“Mark Izu’s music is a great gift to the jazz tradition, to its ongoing transformation and revitalization into energetic and unpredictable new directions.”

– Downbeat Magazine

“Aoki encompasses the comic and the tragic with fine, quick, delicate gestures, using everything from her expressive hands and face to her long sweeping black hair . . . making relevant and magical even the most faraway tales.”

 – Los Angeles Times, Critic’s Choice

Since 1976 Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu have, together and separately, created multi-disciplinary work that has received national and international acclaim. They founded First Voice in 1997 with a mission to create, present, and contribute the stories and music of people living between worlds. Critical to this mission is “personal experience” or “voice” – essential to the authentic representation of the people of the United States. 

The two prominent Asian-American artists were founding faculty at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford. First Voice was founded in 1997 to provide an organizational structure for their collaborations, which center on the creation of contemporary American art by working in and adapting non-Western theatrical, musical, and spoken word traditions. First Voice looks for symbols, parables, and shared intent between people that can be woven together to create universal understanding. 

Aoki and Izu’s work has garnered: Emmy Awards: Dramalogue Awards; Critic Circle Awards; Indie Awards; Goldies; Certificates of Merit from the California State Legislature, Mayor of San Francisco, and Board of Supervisors; and commissions from U.S. Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Japanese Department of Cultural Affairs, the Asian Arts Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Japan Friendship, Meet-the-Composer, the Gerbode Foundation, the Dramatist Guild, and the American Association of Authors, Composers, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Throughout the organization’s history, First Voice has produced, presented, toured, published, and recorded original work that incorporates Asian theatre and music (particularly Japanese Nohgaku and Gagaku) and musical and spoken word traditions into indigenous American art forms like jazz and contemporary performance art. This original work includes: symphonic works, plays, storytelling, jazz ensemble, chamber music, large-scale pageant performances with traditional and contemporary dancers, solo monodramas and live performance to silent film. First Voice collaborates not only across disciplines, but also across cultures. Full-length main-stage performances usually revolve around issues of place, home, family and survival. Collaborations include artists from Japan: Aunt Lily’s Flowerbook (2017), MU, (2013), Legend of Morning Glory (2008); Hong Kong: Kuan-Yin: Our Lady of Compassion (2002); Hawaiian treasure Keola Beamer: Ghost Festival I (2001); Basque musician: Kepa Junpera (2010); Karuk Tribal elders Julian Lang and Lyn Risling: Hibakusha (1995); musicians and storytellers from the Cherokee nation: Fire in Heaven (2003); Afro-Peruvian, Mayan, Indian, and Korean dancers: Return of the Sun (2009); classical conductor Kent Nagano, Opera Lyon, and the Berkeley Symphony: Mermaid (1997); and African-American civil rights poet & actor John O’Neal: Ballad of the Bones (1999). The work is premiered in Aoki and Izu’s home base in San Francisco and then presented internationally. www.firstvoice.org

To learn more about the residency,  visit: https://riversideartmuseum.org/events/specialevents/riverside-love-stories-artist-residence-project/

For more information on RAM’s Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 exhibition, visit: https://riversideartmuseum.org/exhibits/wendy-maruyama-eo-9066/

Sponsored by:

  • Exhibition sponsored by Bob Harris & Susan Rothermund, Burgess Moving & Storage, with special thanks to the Japanese American National Museum and the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.
  • Exhibit-related programming for Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 was made possible with support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program at the California State Library.

A Story Gathering Workshop

The events and circumstances that led to the incarceration of close to 120,000 Japanese Americans in the 1940s are strikingly similar to what’s happening now. RAM Artists-in-Residence Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu seek to engage with the Riverside community to fill out that narrative, expand on unsung heroes and acts of courage, and discover strategies for living that can be used today.

This workshop is an intergenerational workshop culminating in a roundtable sharing of personal stories and artifacts. Participants, please bring small precious objects that have sustained you during your life. Come prepared to explain how you got them and why they’ve helped you.

The purpose of this workshop is to gather personal stories. Stories about or that resonate with the Japanese American incarceration during WWII; stories of kismet and kindness that go beyond skin color.

Some of these stories may be used to add to the impact of Wendy Maruyama’s The Tag Project and the E09066 historical narrative in the culminating site-specific performance by Aoki and composer Mark Izu on Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m.

Instructor

Brenda Wong Aoki is trained in Noh and Kyogen, contemporary dance and voice. She continues to entrance audiences throughout the world with her intense, lyrical Japanese ghost legends and heart-warming personal stories. A playwright and performing artist, Brenda has been honored with Hollywood Dramalogue Awards, Critic Circle Awards, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, commissions from U. S. Congress, the State of California, and the City of San Francisco. Her recordings have garnered Indie awards for Best Spoken Word. She is a founding faculty member of Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts. Her grandfather was a founder of the nation’s first Japantown in 1897 in San Francisco. Brenda was raised in Long Beach and in the early 1970s played glockenspiel at football games in the Poly High School marching band. http://www.brendawongaoki.com/

For more information on Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu, visit: http://www.firstvoice.org

To learn more about the residency,  visit: https://riversideartmuseum.org/events/specialevents/riverside-love-stories-artist-residence-project/

For more information on RAM’s Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 exhibition, visit: https://riversideartmuseum.org/exhibits/wendy-maruyama-eo-9066/

Sponsored by:

  • Exhibition sponsored by Bob Harris & Susan Rothermund, Burgess Moving & Storage, with special thanks to the Japanese American National Museum and the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.
  • Exhibit-related programming for Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 was made possible with support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program at the California State Library.

Please join us for the opening Reception for The 52/52+ Project Exhibitions.

Over the past 52 weeks, these artists participated in workshops and ongoing discussions with their fellow 52/52+ Project members with the goal of becoming more creative on a regular basis. Come see the results!

Exhibition Dates: March 1 – April 15, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1, 6 – 8 p.m.

Exhibition Artists:

Becky Bane
Bly Cannon
L W Krebs
Gwen Melby
Mary Melcher
Julie Ann Silverman
Ingrid Tegnér

In addition, John dePillis will have a pop-up exhibit and 
digital drawing demo during the Opening Reception.

RAM invites visitors to reflect on civil liberties and stand with those who fight to protect them by creating a paper ID tag, reminiscent of the ones Japanese-Americans were required to wear when being forcibly relocated to incarceration camps during WWII, using small self-portraits taken with polaroid cameras. Participants can add their tag to a Solidarity Wall for the duration of the Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 exhibition. The Tag Yourself Project is also part of RAM’s Play the Museum program.

Exhibit-related programming for Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 was made possible with support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program at the California State Library:

Reception & Cocktails: 5:45 p.m., Dinner & Program: 6:40 p.m.

Tickets: $80/person, business attire, RSVP by February 20, 2018

Started in 1999, the Top Dog celebration honors individuals who embody the vision and dedication that helped transform a small art center located in the old city dog pound into a dynamic cultural center now housed in our historic Julia Morgan-designed architectural gem.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Gregory Adamson
  • Jim Davis
  • Doris Morton
  • Connie & Roger Ransom

This event is sold out. Thank you for all your support of our Top Dogs!

Artwork by: r. mike nichols

Renowned storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki and Emmy Award-winning composer Mark Izu will weave Asian-American history, family legend, and humor together in a vibrant celebration of our community.

Inspired by Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066, Brenda and Mark will place their focus on the interracial connections (including love stories) around the time of the incarceration and the impact on their descendants today. Because of a long-shared history, they will specifically reach out to the Chicano/Mexicano and Japanese-American communities in Riverside.

The project still in development, Brenda writes:

Distilling our conversations, researching Wendy’s work, and cognizant of the current demographics of Riverside, the energy building around The Cheech Marin Center, and the need to bring attention to the Hard House renovation efforts and the immigration issues stressing the Latino community, we thought long and hard about what kind of community engagement we could do around the Japanese incarceration that would add to the story.

Our work, while based in the Japanese/Chinese/Asian-American experience, is intended to be culturally specific, but universally empowering. Unfortunately, the racial bigotry so devastating to our ancestors is repeating itself to both new immigrants and to second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-generation Latinos, Muslims, Asians, and others. As we begin to unwrap our histories in California, we find not merely commonalities of subjugation, but also that we banded together and provided mutual support for each other. While Japanese-Americans were incarcerated, those who remained tended the fields and stored our treasured possessions. And when we returned, we joined together on athletic fields in the matrimony. We fought together in the military and fought anti-miscegenation laws. Tamales on New Year’s Eve became just as important as ozoni on New Year’s morning.

Join us for:

  • Tales of Resilience: A Talk Story Performance: February 17, 2018, 1 p.m. | Commemorate DAY OF REMEMBERANCE. Come see America’s first Asian Storyteller discuss and perform true stories from the Incarceration. If you have a story of interracial connection to share, please speak with Brenda after the performance. Click here for photos from the eventClick here for video from the event.
  • Milagro, Talisman & Love Stories, A Story Gathering Workshop: March 10, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | This workshop is an intergenerational workshop culminating in a roundtable sharing of personal stories and artifacts. Participants, please bring small precious objects that have sustained you during your life. Come prepared to explain how you got them and why they’ve helped you. The purpose of this workshop is to gather personal stories. Stories about or that resonate with the Japanese American incarceration during WWII; stories of kismet and kindness that go beyond skin color.
  • The People of the Tags: March 17, 2018, 1 p.m. | Brenda’s stories will give dramatic testimony to the real people behind these tags. Stories she has gathered in her 42 years as a teller in the hinterlands of America; acts of bravery and human decency that can teach us strategies for navigating the turbulence of today. Click here for a short video from the end of the event.

Exhibit-related programming for Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 was made possible with support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program at the California State Library:

President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. The Day of Remembrance is observed to remember the forced incarceration of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWII and its impact.

Admission to the museum is free this weekend and we will offer docent tours featuring our Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 exhibit at 1 p.m. on both days.

Exhibit-related programming for Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 was made possible with support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program at the California State Library:

Join us during our Day of Remembrance free weekend for a moving performance by one-half of our Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066-related Artist-in-Residency duo, Brenda Wong Aoki.


“Aoki encompasses the comic and the tragic with fine, quick, delicate gestures, using everything from her expressive hands and face to her long sweeping black hair…making relevant and magical even the most faraway tales.”

— Los Angeles Times, Critic’s Choice


Commemorate DAY OF REMEMBRANCE. Come see America’s first Asian Storyteller discuss and perform true stories from the Incarceration. 

Artist bio

Brenda Wong Aoki is a writer, performer, and recording artist. Weaving together Japanese Noh and Kyogen theater, dance, and everyday life experience, her plays have been produced in the U.S., Japan, China, Singapore, Australia, and Austria. She has been awarded National Endowment Theater Fellowships, Drama-logue Awards, INDIE awards for Best Spoken Word recordings, a Critics’ Circle Award, and continued ASCAP Innovation Awards for new libretto. She is the first nationally recognized Asian Pacific Storyteller in the nation (NSN Circle of Excellence Award 2014). Her stories are part of the California Collection at the Library of Congress and her plays are part of the Asian American Woman’s Archive at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Known for her agility across disciplines and cultures, Brenda has created theatrical works for symphony, jazz ensembles, Taiko ensemble, contemporary and traditional world dance and solo performance. Her commissioners include the Japan Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Asian Arts Council, U.S. Congress, the City of San Francisco and the NEA. Brenda has deep roots in San Francisco. Her paternal grandfather was a founder of Japantown in the 1890s and her maternal grandmother was a leader of the first Chinatown garment union in the 1920s. She is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) at Stanford University and continues to teach and perform internationally.

To learn more about the artist-in-residency and what part you could play in it, click here.

Free for RAM museum members; included with paid general admission.

Join Associate Curator/Intern Catherina E. Santasilia for a talk and tour of Uncovering Ancient Mexico.

Taking place at the Riverside Public Library, this conference is free and open to the public with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. It is being put on by UCR, the Center for Ideas and Society, and Associate Curator/Intern for the Riverside Metropolitan’s exhibition, Uncovering Ancient Mexico: The Mystery of Tlatilco, hosted by the Riverside Art Museum.

Dozens of museums (including RAM) – presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science – will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge on this day. Visit SoCalMuseums.org for a complete list of participating museums.

The Annual Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony presented by Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, starts at 4:30 p.m. In one swift move, the castle-like hotel is instantly illuminated with nearly 4.5 million holiday lights followed by a full fireworks display.

RAM will hold art activities on our front lawn in conjunction with the Switch-On beginning at 5 p.m. Join us for fun, free art activities for the whole family. Don’t miss our Luminaries Project. CalBaptist University (CBU) Assistant Professor in the visual arts Kristi Lippire and CBU visual arts students will create an illuminated sculpture which will be on display for the duration of the Festival of Lights.

RAM Exhibit-related events are free for museum members. Included with paid general admission.

Psst! For info on what other participating PST: LA/LA museums out here in the Inland Cities of Claremont, Pomona, (Riverside!), and Palm Springs are doing during our regional weekend and beyond, like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PSTLALAEAST to learn more about our exhibits and all the exhibit-related programming we collectively have as part of PST: LA/LA.

Below are RAM’s regional weekend events.

Spanish Colonial Revival Photo Safari

Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

Join artist Douglas McCulloh on a SCR photo safari across downtown Riverside. It will begin with a fast-moving powerpoint overview at RAM outlining conceptual approaches and general tactics. Then McCulloh will lead a tour with sites ranging from “SCR Old School Classics” to “SCR Mutant Offspring”. Please bring your own camera!

Build a Mission Mega-Model!

Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join a team of Mission model makers to build one or several Mission mega-models over the course of one frenzied day at RAM. Learn more about the impact of missions on the lives of missionaries and native peoples. All ages welcome.

What Am I Looking At? Decoding Elements of SCR Architecture

Saturday, November 18, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Join local historian Walter Parks for this introductory lecture on the basic elements of SCR architecture and its historical influences.

Jekel, Spurgeon, and Wilson: IE Architects of the Spanish Colonial Revival

Saturday, November 18, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Join historians Dr. Vincent Moses and Cate Whitmore to learn more about how Riverside took a prominent role in advancing the creation and rise of the Spanish Colonial Revival as regional architecture, as seen through two phases, Mission Revival and Mediterranean Revival. After the lecture, join Vince and Cate for a tour of notable Spanish Colonial buildings in downtown Riverside.

Collectors Seminar: Spanish Colonial Revival Decorative Arts

Sunday, November 19, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Curator Lindsey Rossi will discuss notable, regional collections of Spanish Colonial decorative arts and material culture, as well as highlight decorative collecting trends among some of the earlier, prominent Riverside families. The role of the Mission Inn will also be discussed. After the talk, Lindsey will be available to answer questions about your antiques.

We are sorry to inform you that the Collectors Seminar is cancelled due to the curator’s illness. We apologize for any inconvenience and we hope to reschedule this seminar for a future date. Please stop by the museum on Saturday, November 18, for a full day of Myth & Mirage programming. Thank you.

Join us on a fun bus trip with old friends and NEW as we journey up to visit Hearst Castle, famously designed by our very own Julia Morgan, and help support our art education department at the same time! 

This FUNdraiser kicks off at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 4, with muffins, fruit, and mimosas on the road up to Morro Bay!

We’ll stop in Arroyo Grande for lunch, and then continue on up to Morro Bay for some site-seeing and check-in to your rooms at the Inn at Morro Bay.

Dinner at the hotel will be at 7 p.m.

The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy, just be sure to get some breakfast before you load the bus leaving for Hearst Castle at 9 a.m.!

We should arrive at Hearst by 9:45 a.m. The tour begins by watching a short film, then you’ll take a walking tour of the castle. Then enjoy a truly behind-the-scenes, exclusive-for-us tour of Julia Morgan’s studio drawings with the renowned Victoria Kastner, Hearst Castle’s Decorative Arts Curator! We’ll be having lunch at Hearst and don’t worry, you’ll have time to hit the gift shop before heading back to Riverside (we’ll have dinner and wine on the bus back)!

This fantastic trip benefiting our art education programs is only $300/person. This includes the price of the bus, hotel room (double occupancy), breakfast, and the dinner/wine on the way back to Riverside. 

For more information, please contact Caryn Marsella at cmarsella@riversideartmuseum.org.

Join a drawing session with Potatostamp artist Jeff Soto, Maxx242, and other guest artists. Come prepared to draw or to chat. We will be creating art, sharing secrets, and talking craft in this casual event. Coffee and Sharpies provided!

Please join us for the Opening Reception for artist Trude Parkinson’s exhibition, Emanations.

Exhibit-related events are free for museum members. Included with paid general admission.

Artists Jeff Soto (Potatostamp), Munk One, Bioworkz, and Maxx242 join Roberta and Frank Calderon of InHouse Printing for a casual discussion on the business of making and selling gig posters.

Please join us for the Joint Opening Receptions of the Riverside Art Museum’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition, Myth & Mirage: Inland Southern California, Birthplace of the Spanish Colonial Revival, and UCR ARTSblock’s PST: LA/LA exhibition, Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Both locations will be open and free to the public to celebrate our respective PST: LA/LA exhibitions!

Major support for both exhibitions and their respective publications were provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Free admission with downloaded ticket

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.

Please visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday to download your free ticket.

Exhibit-related events are free for museum members. Included with paid admission unless otherwise noted. (Want to get in free for this event? Click here for details.)

Join Potatostamp artist Jeff Soto as he discusses and shows his poster work and his collection in this presentation that is half gallery talk and half slideshow.

Join us for the Opening Reception for Jeff Soto’s latest exhibit, Potatostamp, at RAM.

(1 drink ticket included; additional drink tickets will be available – price TBA)

UPDATE! We’ve added live painting featuring Ivan “Gathe” Preciado sponsored by The Art Institute of California Inland Empire to the night’s entertainment!

UPDATE! We’ve just confirmed Tio’s Tacos will be bringing their delicious agua frescas to Art on Tap for a tasty non-alcoholic option!

Art on Tap is back!

Join us for a late night art bash to benefit arts education. All three floors will be rockin’ with music, food, beer tastings from local home brewers and local breweries (thanks to The Brickwood!), and hands-on artmaking activities!

Brand Ambassador at RAM Lift Coffee Roasters will also provide coffee!

So come hang out with your friends or as a date night at the museum. Make some art, maybe take home a screen printed shirt or tote or two, learn how to make beer at home, and feel good knowing proceeds go to art education!

Tickets will be available (same price!) at the door. Thank you and see you soon!

 

Art on Tap 2017 is sponsored by:

Brand Ambassador @ RAM:

Naida Osline’s fantastical exhibition is inspiring a day of flowers and art. Help RAM make the largest paper flower arrangement Riverside has even seen or learn how to grow a water-wise English flower garden in our Mediterranean dry climate from master gardener, Nan Simonsen, at 1:45 p.m.

Naida will be here at 1 p.m. for a short Gallery Talk and Tour, as well, so be sure to join us!

Experience RAM on another level and explore the galleries afterhours.

Grab a drink at our no-host bar, make some COOL art, and come say hello to someone new!

We’ll have music playing,

an “open mic” (come show off your talents!), and

Lift Coffee Roasters will be here, too.

JUST ADDED!

Our Print Media Collective artist-member group will be here screenprinting t-shirts that will be available for purchase and they’ll be doing a monoprint demo! Come check them out, and if you’re a printmaker or want to be, chat with them to see if joining the group is right for you!

Make a night of it at RAM!

Brand Ambassador @ RAM:

Join Dr. Anthea Hartig (California Historical Society), Jana Itzen (Itzen Architects Inc.), and Lindsey Rossi (independent design curator) for a conversation about Julia Morgan’s remarkable trailblazing career and the state of the field for women today.

Private Artists Reception, Thursday, July 6, 2017, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Awards Reception, Thursday, July 6, 2017, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Awards announced promptly at 6:10 p.m., Free

Please join us as we announce this year’s winners of the 2017 Members’ Exhibition | California Tales: Real or Imagined. 

A private exhibiting artists’ reception will take place from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. to honor all of our participating artist-members.

The open-to-the-public, free Awards Reception, which will take place during Artswalk, will take place from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Awards will be announced promptly at 6:10 p.m.

Join author and screenwriter John Sacret Young (The West Wing, China Beach) in conversation about his new book, Pieces of Glass – an Artoir.

About Pieces of Glass

Award-winning Hollywood screenwriter and author John Sacret Young embraces and appreciates art, particularly American art and Modernism, and has collected and written about it for much of his life. In Pieces of Glass, Young mixes the “art” side of his life with a true memoir to create a unique “Artoir” in which he explores the profound effect it has had on him, his work, and his existence.

From Rothko to John Marin, Diebenkorn to Vermeer, and Rockwell to Charles Burchfield, Young discovers that paintings, drawings, sketches, and even chalk on an old garage wall have helped “paint” him into the person he is today.

Reviews

“Warmly engaging ‘Artoir’ is Pieces of Glass by John Sacret Young. Wonderfully readable and very smart on art.” — Joyce Carol Oates

“. . . a writer of effortless dexterity and a true, unaffected originality. . . . The story he tells cuts right to the bone.” — The New Yorker

“Young’s artoir ultimately succeeds because he is able to reconnect with the wonderment and pure joy that comes from seeing a painting for the first time, from connecting with a work of art produced by another human being, and relishing in its inherent qualities.” — American Fine Art magazine

A limited number of books will be available for purchase during the event.

RSVPs requested. Please call 951.684.7111 as seating is limited.

Presented by the Riverside Art Museum Collections and Acquisitions Committee.

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Every family has a great story. Join local authors and artists, Larry Burns, James Luna, Deana Romo, and Teodor Dumitrescu, for a series of four workshops to write and illustrate your family tales – tall or true.

To fully complete your “story”, you’ll want to come back at least four times, once for each section: Finding Your Story, Telling Your Story, Drawing Your Story, and Coloring Your Story. Each section is offered on two dates.

We are offering all four sections in both English and Spanish. 

English

Finding Your Story: June 3 or 11

Telling Your Story: June 17 or 25

Drawing Your Story: July 1 or 9

Coloring Your Story: July 15 or 23

Spanish

Finding Your Story: June 4 or 10

Telling Your Story: June 18 or 24

Drawing Your Story: July 2 or 8

Coloring Your Story: July 16 or 22

Please join us on Saturday, July 29, at 1 p.m. Award-winning storyteller and variety artist Karen Rae Kraut joins forces with guitar and keyboard virtuoso Jay DeAngelo in The Giant (who had no heart in his body!). Watch out for the giant whose heart has been separated from his body! A pair of unlikely heroes, the Ash Boy and the Cowgirl Princess, risk everything to defeat the giant with help from a talking wolf, a king salmon, and a blackbird in this musical recreation of a Norwegian folklore classic. Songs, movement, and a live musical soundtrack will keep listeners of all ages part of the action from start to finish! Opportunities will also be available for those who completed their own Tell Your Story to read them aloud during this fun and interactive afternoon.

A Yearlong Celebration

THANK YOU SO MUCH for those of you who joined us for our Grand Gala on June 2, 2017 to celebrate 50 years as an art center and museum in our Juli