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His work is bold and graphic with art historical references to Russian Constructivism and Op art, while in his wholly unique style highlighting the complexities of Black life and impact on American popular culture.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

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:

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.



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.

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.



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

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!

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.

$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.

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. 

$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

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.

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.

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

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:

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.

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:

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There’s more to do than just look at art at RAM. Come Play the Museum!

Engage in our activity centers throughout the museum. Check out games and other fun items (coming in Summer!) from the Visitor Services desk. Interact with the engagement activities and with fellow visitors! 

So what are you waiting for? Get inspired, talk to new people, and Play the Museum.

Thought Experiments: February 2 – March 26

Though experiments are often used by scientists, philosophers, and, most famously, by theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, to pose questions to work out complex ideas that would solve issues in the real world.

Einstein asked, “What would it be like to travel on a beam of light?” This question led him to his Theory of Relativity. In an interactive station in the museum, you can reflect on relevant world issues to pose your own question, e.g., “What if Twitter held all the secrets of the universe in some kind of code?” 

What question would you pose and pin to our Thought Experiments activity center?

The Future Will Be…: February 2 – March 26

In the article “What is the Future of Art?”, Serpentine Galleries co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist was asked by Artsy, an online arts resource, to make a prediction based on his experience working with artists. The article explains Obrist’s approach to take the question one step further by asking the artists directly. He reformulated the question and asked the artists to answer, “The future will be…?”

The artists’ replies went beyond art and the art world. Their responses seemed to be a reflection of the world around them. The article struck a chord and inspired a chalkboard response and reflection.

During your visit, you can read a copy of the article and share your answer to Obrist’s question. The chalkboard is wiped clean at the end of each day to allow for new responses.

Sound Advice: February 2 – April 30

We seek advice from our family, friends, and loved ones to gain guidance concerning future decisions or actions. Even if you don’t take the advice, the act of listening and considering can be comforting and what is needed. 

Come take a seat in our listening station to hear a track list of 10 speakers giving advice about love, work, death, and more. Then feel free to take some advice from the community and leave some of your own as well.

Please join us for the free, open-to-the-public reception for Beyond Science Fiction: The Alternative Realism of Michael Whelan. Be one of the first to see this astounding collection of work by acclaimed artist Michael Whelan, who will be in attendance. 

Mental Physix will be providing music for the reception.

Whelan Bio

Whelan is one of the world’s premier painters of imaginative realism. For 40 years, he has created book and album covers for authors and musicians like Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Anne MacCaffrey, Robert Heinlein, Melanie Rawn, Michael Moorcock, the Jacksons, and Meatloaf. His clients have included every major U.S. book publisher, CBS Records, the Franklin Mint, and many more.

As the most honored artist in Science Fiction, Whelan has won an unprecedented 15 Hugo Awards, three World Fantasy Awards, and 13 Chesleys from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. The readers of Locus Magazine have named him Best Professional Artist 30 times in their annual poll and the Spectrum Annual of the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art named him a Grand Master in 2004. Other noteworthy awards include a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, a Grumbacher Gold Medal, and the Solstice Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America.

In 2009, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, which includes such luminaries as H.G. Wells, Philip K. Dick, Gene Roddenbury, H.R. Giger, Octavia E. Butler, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

Please join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public, occurring during the monthly Riverside Artswalk.

This evening will host the opening receptions for Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper | From the Collection of Cheech MarinTrabajamos/We Work: In the Fields of the North | Photographs by David Bacon, and the Community Altar Project with Artist Cynthia Huerta.

Come meet artists and curators, as well as Cheech Marin (he will be available to sign copies of the exhibit catalog which will be available for sale).

Be sure to get here early as the Riverside Art Museum’s Buildings and Grounds Committee will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony and other festivities, presided over by Councilman Gardner, on the rooftop from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. We will be celebrating the completion of our rooftop shade sail project.

We will also have our normal Artswalk programming from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Come celebrate art with us!

Artists-in-residence will work within the newly redesigned Taylor Family Gallery to design and implement engagement activities that inspire creativity and dialogue within diverse communities. During their residencies, the artists will create on-site, be available to the public to interact with, and help teach visitors about their art practice.

C. Matthew Luther will be building a Mobile Printmaking Cart during his residency. The Cart will be a self-contained, modular unit with the ability to print silkscreen and woodcut prints. It will be able to be moved manually, but also attached to a bicycle!

You’ll be able to watch him work and even help, engage in conversation about printmaking, and get hands-on during various printmaking workshops he will be teaching.

Luther will be at the museum every Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday, 12 noon – 4 p.m., starting February 18 through April 15.

He will also be out in the community on:

Stay tuned for his workshop dates at the museum!

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!

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

Join Gregory Adamson for a series of Exhibit Happenings in conjunction with his show, Backward Forward and Upside Down: Gregory Adamson, a Ten-year Beginning.

Artless d’Vine with Gregory Adamson

Thursdays, February 4 – 25. Start with a no-host happy hour bar at 5 p.m., then stay for a free activity/discussion:

  • February 4: Stay for Artswalk ’til 9 p.m. to vote on the theme of Gregory’s next artpiece.
  • February 11: “The Tortured Artist: Myth vs. Reality” panel discussion.
  • February 18: “Who Gets to Call it Art” panel discussion.  The Happy Hour from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. will take place. However, the panel discussion after has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • February 25: “The Business of Art” panel discussion.