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

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.


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:

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:

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 or calling us at 951.684.7111.

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 to pre-schedule your set time or if you have any questions. $20 for a 30-minute set.


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.

(Awards announced promptly at 12:30 p.m.)

Please join us as we announce this year’s winners of the 2019 Members’ Exhibition.

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.

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.

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)


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.


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.




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.


Beer Fairies:

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.

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. 


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


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.

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.


“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.

Brand Ambassador @ RAM:

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 Julia Morgan-designed building.

IT WAS A BLAST!!! We partied well past our official end time and our silent auction to raise funds was a success. Thank you to the Committee who put the event on, all the artists, vendors, DJs, bands, and more who made the evening such fun, and to all our supporters who came out in style to celebrate with us.

Check out some of the photos from the event herehere, and here.

But our 50th Celebration continues through the end of 2017! 

Check out our additional programming:

We’ll continue to update this page. Thank you for your support.

From an abandoned dog pound to an architecturally-significant historic building…

Did you know that the Riverside Art Museum was formerly located in an abandoned dog pound that was leased from the city for $1/year?

That all changed in 1967 when our current Julia Morgan-designed building was purchased from the YWCA and transformed into a center for arts education and exhibitions.

CLICK HERE TO READ How We Got Here: The Story of the Riverside Art Museum by Walter Parks!

As we look to the next 50 years, your support is critical to RAM’s continued stewardship of the museum’s historic building, its role as a repository for locally created and collected artwork, and its distinction as a place for people of all ages to gather and learn.

As an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit and the region’s most prominent visual arts museum, we rely on you to help us inspire creativity and economic development, engage lifelong learners, and strengthen community by connecting people to place within our diverse region.

We invite you to celebrate 50 Years of Art & Architecture with the Riverside Art Museum by becoming a sponsor.

Click here to become a year-long sponsor of our 50th Year!

For $25,000 and $50,000 level sponsorships, please contact Valerie Found at or 951.684.7111 x 316.

50th Membership Special!

Join, renew, or upgrade your RAM membership today to celebrate our 50-year legacy and be a part of our dynamic future as the cultural and social hub of our region. Your membership makes it possible for imaginative, inquisitive people to explore their creativity and their community.

Not a member? Stop by and say hello! If you’re excited about the exhibits and fun activities here, JOIN! Besides complimentary year-long admission, exhibition previews, access to members-only events, and special discounts, you’ll also support art and culture programs throughout our community, including art education classes for more then 30,000 youth from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds!

If you’re upgrading or joining RAM as a brand new member, for a limited time we’re offering our Family level membership for only $67 (regular price $100).

Family includes:

  • Unlimited annual admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children
  • 10% discount on all Museum Store purchases
  • Discount on Youth and Adult Art classes, when offered

Do you like to visit other museums? Membership at the Friend of RAM level or higher includes member privileges at more than 800 participating museums through the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) program.

So check out our membership special! If you’re upgrading from an individual or Family membership – or joining RAM as a brand new member – for a limited time we’re offering a special Friend of RAM rate of $167 (regular price $250) in honor of our historic Julia Morgan-designed building purchased in 1967.

Friend of RAM includes:

  • Unlimited annual admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children
  • Discounted or complimentary admission to select RAM events
  • 10% discount on all Museum Store purchases
  • Discount on Youth and Adult Art classes, when offered
  • Reciprocal member privileges at more than 700 participating museums in the U.S. and Canada through NARM member institutions

The 50th Membership Special has ended.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Elizabeth Parks

Betty & Leonard Dixon     Helen L. Bell

S. Sue & William Johnson

Amy S. Harrison

Francie & Eric Johnson

Linda & Henry Coil 

James Antoyan | JLA Real Estate Group

Sue & Rich Simonin | Westcoe Realtors Inc.

Connie & Roger Ransom

Georgia Hill

Kathy Wright & Dwight Tate

Barbara & Jim Robinson

Laura & Matt Merickel

Camille Sanders & Tom Powell

Susan Rothermund & Bob Harris

Adam Guzkowski

Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke | Architects Planners

Michelle Ouellette

Shelley & Bob Kain

Carol Fick

Swenson Corporation

Patsy Herrera-Loya

Jinnefer & Derrick Razo

Margo & Bud Dutton

Powell & Spafford, Inc.

Suzy & Gary Clem

Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds

Barbara & Stephen Wallace

Cathy & Steve Morford

Maureen Kane

Sarah Smith

Patti & David Funder

Jacqueline & Andrew Hopper

Barbara & Doug Shackelton

Kirsten & Matt Shea

Jane & Joe Barr

Lucile Arntzen

Patricia Lock-Dawson & Scott Dawson

Bradley S. Alewine

National Charity League, Inc. Riverside Ticktockers

Peggy & Arthur Littleworth

Kathy & David Bocian

HUB International

Linda & Ted Boecker

Shannon Murphy & John Conrad

California State Senator Richard D. Roth

Mary & Sperry MacNaughton

Dorothy & Dr. Anthony Ginter

Ruth Anderson-Wilson | Bobbie Powell | Kurt Steinman

Continuing a tradition that is now in its 54th year, the Riverside Art Museum is proud to celebrate its long history hosting The 54th Annual Press-Enterprise Riverside County High School Art Show. High school students across the county submit a piece of original artwork within the categories of: Drawing; Drawing in Color; Watercolor/Tempera; Acrylic/Oil; Mixed Media; Graphic Art; Photography; Sculpture/3D Design; and Ceramics. All artwork is judged by a panel of respected figures in the local art community to select winners from each category, as well as sponsorship awards, honorable mentions, and the Howard H. Hays Sr. Best of Show Cover Award.

Please join us on Thursday, June 2, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., as we announce this year’s winners.

Join us for drinks every month this summer as we explore the art of handmade brewing and distilling during our Late Thursdays: Toast and Tour, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

June 23: Join artisan distillers J. Riley from Redlands for some serious whiskey history and taste some epic handcrafted whiskey.

July 21: Sample local craft beer from one of Riverside’s beloved breweries, Wicks Brewery.

August 11: In honor of the Olympics in Brazil and in conjunction with our 2016 Members’ Exhibition: Carioca Soul, we will be having caipirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar, and lime. We has invited dancer, choreographer, and teacher Julie Simon for an evening of Brazilian contemporary dance and drums at 6 p.m. and again (at approximately 7 p.m.) after Bernard Stanley Hoyes’ curatorial tour. Join us for an evening celebrating Brazil!

TOURS: Artist extraordinaire Bernard Hoyes will lead curatorial tours of the Visual Voice exhibition at 6:30 p.m. after each Late Thursday event.

Every Saturday this summer, come to RAM for Maker Series Saturdays. Get inside the artistic process, participate in collaborative art, interact with artists, and learn how to make stuff! We will be making ice cream with A La Minute, learning how to etch with salt water and electricity with Bernard Stanley Hoyes, and more.

June 18: Nathaniel Osollo

Sequential artist Nathaniel Osollo, author of Shadow People and Dark Mouse, returns to the Riverside Art Museum for an afternoon of comic book making. Nathaniel will talk through and demo his process of comic book drawing and writing, and help visitors work on their own comics. He will also discuss his first augmented reality comic book project and his experiences in the sequential art world.

June 25: Bernard Stanley Hoyes

In conjunction with Visual Voice, join artist in residence Bernard Stanley Hoyes on June 25, July 9, July 30, and August 13, and learn how to etch using salt water and electricity. Etched zinc plates will be used for printmaking.

July 2: How to HEAR Compost Temperature with J no.e ParkerThis workshop will inspire/introduce visitors to using sensors and micro-controllers to explore the physical world around them through HEARING an on-site compost pile. Audiofied on a continual basis, the compost pile renders a non-stop, real-time sound “performance”—making the silent process of decomposition tangible on a human scale. Visitors are immersed in a continuous, eight-point soundscape created and controlled by temperature sensors buried inside the compost. Each temperature value is translated directly to frequency and amplified in its own distinct speaker—mirroring the placement of its sister temperature sensor inside the container. Visitors will also gain practical knowledge on compost biology and home composting by “feeding” the compost with vegetable scraps, helping to turn the compost, and participating in “microbe searches” using a USB microscope at various times of the day.

July 9: Bernard Stanley Hoyes

In conjunction with Visual Voice, join artist in residence Bernard Stanley Hoyes on June 25, July 9, July 30, and August 13, and learn how to etch using salt water and electricity. Etched zinc plates will be used for printmaking.

July 16: #InstaVIBES: Instagram 101 | What’s Your Personal Brand with Mad Creative (CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS. We apologize for any inconvenience.)

Mad Creative will have three mini-workshops from 12 noon – 3 p.m. Come to one or all of them!

12 noon | Self-portraits: Invent your best selfie

1 p.m. | Objects: Let things tell your story

2 p.m. | Places: Show your adventurous side when you are out and about

Visitors are invited to bring 3-5 small objects that tell their story. Other props will also be on hand to practice shooting those Instagram moments.

From Ashley Meyers of Mad Creative:

When you think of Instagram do you simply think photo envy? Too complicated a task to try and navigate the waters of all the new Insta apps being pumped out on a daily basis? Not sure how to make your profile and photos standout? Unsure why your photos receive less than 5 likes? Oh man, the hashtag and his friend the emoji! Who the heck are those guys? Hey you’re not alone, we promise!

Master the art of Instagram marketing from both a personal and business perspective. Join us for a special afternoon as we help you navigate the ever-evolving waters of social media on the world’s most popular visual marketing medium. We will discuss storytelling, the power of your iPhone, popular Instagram filters and apps, a breakdown of hashtags, and speak to the challenges and opportunities of connecting with your community on the Instagram platform. All participants must have their own cell phone with access to Instagram.

We will be using the Riverside Art Museum as our backdrop for this creative and informative workshop. Seating is limited to 30, so please click here to register.

Enter our contest for a chance to win a Baby Tattooville poster or free tickets to the museum! Simply register and post your next instagram pic with #instavibesworkshopRAM.

July 23: Arcade Coffee + Parliament Chocolate/à la minute ice cream (see special times below)

Wake up and roll into the museum for some coffee! Join Shane Levario and Stevie Hasemeyer of Arcade Coffee at this special 10 a.m. Maker Series Saturday for a talk and demonstration about the art of coffee roasting. Taste small batch-roasted coffee beans from all over the world.

At 1 p.m., join Ryan Berk, owner of Parliament Chocolate and à la minute ice cream, as he tells his story as a self-proclaimed food artist. Learn about locally sourced foods, the science of nitrogen-made ice cream, and travelling to source cacao beans. Taste Berk’s famous handcrafted ice cream and spectacular small batch chocolate.

Seats are limited to 30 people, so reserve your spot now with Ryan Berk by clicking here.

“For me, food is my expression, and an extension of my inner creativity. I consider it my art. As with any creative process, it starts with an idea. . . .” — Ryan Berk

July 30: Bernard Stanley Hoyes

In conjunction with Visual Voice, join artist in residence Bernard Stanley Hoyes on June 25, July 9, July 30, and August 13, and learn how to etch using salt water and electricity. Etched zinc plates will be used for printmaking.

August 6: Comfort Food Blanket Lessons and Dialogue with Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn

Comfort Food Blanket discusses our psychological relationship with food during depression and difficult times, as well as the emotional appeal of junk food as a source of consolation and support. It physically represents a blanket, a pig in a blanket, environmental landscapes like trash heaps, and the gluttony of our emotional needs. In contrast with consuming, many cite the practice of crochet as being a source of consolation and support during emotionally straining times. Artists Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn hope to engage visitors in a dialogue about the role of food as pleasure, desire and craving, and personal relationships with food and consumption. Visitors will be able to interact with the piece and explore the tactile art of crochet. Comfort Food Blanket will be on view over the fireplace in the lobby from June 21-August 5 (tentative). In conjunction with Comfort Food Blanket, Arney and Flynn will host a drop-in station where visitors can learn to crochet basic stitches or make yarn pom-poms of various sizes. Experienced crochet artists are welcome to express their creativity and create their own pieces as well.

August 13: Bernard Stanley Hoyes

In conjunction with Visual Voice, join artist in residence Bernard Stanley Hoyes on June 25, July 9, July 30, and August 13, and learn how to etch using salt water and electricity. Etched zinc plates will be used for printmaking.

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Visual Voice.

Co-curated by artists Bernard Hoyes and Charles Bibbs, with the assistance of Lisa Henry, this full-scale museum presentation will bring together 19 artists who played an integral role in what will be recognized as the first full African American Art Movement coming out of Southern California during the last three decades of the 20th century.

In conjunction with SUPERSONIC PALETTE

Join Supersonic Palette artist Mike Machat for “Painting Aviation’s Legends”, a lecture and book signing. Starts with a no-host Happy Hour at 6 p.m., with the talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. Free with admission or membership.

Additional Programming

June 2: Join us during Artswalk, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, to ask artist Mike Machat to draw any aircraft that you can think of. Can you “Stump the Artist” who has made a career drawing planes?

July 21: The Mission Inn will be hosting the “Aviation Legacy in Riverside” panel at 6:30 p.m.

August 4: Join us between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. during Artswalk to show off your mad paper airplane-skills during our “Make It, Fly It, Improve It, Repeat!” paper airplane contest.

August 8 – August 12: Have a child/teen interested in art and aviation? We have a weeklong class called Aviation and Adventure that they are sure to love! Includes a field trip to Flabob Airport, guest speakers, and a meet-and-greet with artist Mike Machat.

September 29: Join Mike Machat for “Technology and Art: An Inside Look with Mike Machat”. Starts with a no-host Happy Hour at 6 p.m., with the talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. Free with admission or membership.

The Citrus Street: 1st and 2nd Year UCR MFA Exhibition runs May 11 – June 12. First and second year MFA students from UCR will be leading curatorial tours every Saturday throughout the exhibition at 1 p.m. Tours will be comprised of behind the scenes insights into the creation, stance, and interactivity of the works.

Artists and curatorial  tour dates for MFA show:

  • May 14 – Ahram Park
  • May 21 – Joe Leavenworth
  • May 28 – Ashley May
  • June 4 – Julie Sadowski
  • June 11 – Dicky Bahto


Award Reception: Thursday, August 4, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

(Awards announced promptly at 6:10 p.m.)

Join us for the 2016 Members’ Exhibition, RAM’s yearly exhibition to show off and sell the artwork of RAM’s many talented artist-members. If you are not currently a RAM member, NOW is the time to renew or join. Not only will you receive all of the usual member benefits, but you will also be able to show and sell your work in RAM’s 2016 Members’ Exhibition: Carioca Soul and gain exposure in a renowned art institution. Award winners will also be given the opportunity to show artwork in RAM’s auxiliary exhibit spaces during the following year.

This year, artists are invited to respond to the theme of Carioca Soul, the feeling of Rio de Janeiro, host to this year’s Summer Olympics. The exuberant nature of Cariocas is a mirror of a living scenario, framed by the vibrant nature and human warmth of a city that lives joyfully and likes to share its sky, its ocean, and its happiness. Members are invited to consider the following themes: passion, transformation, contagious energy, optimism, celebration, exuberant nature, and harmonious diversity. Artists are welcome to address the theme in any way they choose. So give us your best work! Artists are also encouraged to submit a short biography or statement along with their piece at the time of entry. Awards given at the reception will include: Best of Show, Jury Award, and Honorable Mention. RAM reserves the right to remove any and all work submitted.

Please see the Entry Form for additional details.


  • Drop-off: Artwork must be hand-delivered to RAM, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, on either Saturday, June 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or Sunday, June 12, from 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Exhibition Dates: June 16 – August 18, 2016
  • Award Reception: Thursday,August 4, 6:00 p.m. ­– 8:00 p.m. (Awards announced promptly at 6:10 p.m.)
  • Pick-up: Artwork is to be picked up on Friday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or Saturday, August 20, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., or you must make a special appointment with staff by August 10, 2016. Your claim card must be presented. NO EXCEPTIONS. Sold artwork will remain on display until the exhibition ends. The artist will allow up to 60 days after the exhibit’s end to receive their 60% share of their sold artwork.

The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) celebrates the talents of four Chicana artists through “Son Cuatro: In Conversation”, a new virtual program series presented via Zoom during June 2021. The first conversation is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16, 4 p.m., with Margaret García. Additional conversations are scheduled with Sonya Fe (Wednesday, June 23, 4 p.m.); CiCi Segura González (Saturday, June 26, 4 p.m.); and Judithe Hernández (Wednesday, June 30, 4 p.m.).

Part of RAM’s continued programming leading up to the opening of its Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum, “Son Cuatro: In Conversation” is focused on sharing the work and the stories of Chicana/o artists, gaining their insights, and helping to inspire more community interaction in support of The Cheech. This inaugural series is made possible through the generosity of the Union Pacific Foundation.

Each artist conversation will be edited into a separate audio episode and compiled into a podcast series with the same name to be nationally syndicated later this summer and available through listening platforms such as Spotify, iHeart, and others. Listeners will be able to subscribe to the forthcoming “Son Cuatro: In Conversation” podcast through RAM’s website at or wherever they listen to their favorite audio programs online.


Each conversation will feature a guest host. In addition, the moderator of the series is Todd Wingate, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Riverside Art Museum. The producer of the series is Melissa Richardson Banks, the arts marketing specialist who has managed Cheech Marin’s notable Chicano art collection since 2005. She has also worked with him to organize, market, and tour more than 13 exhibitions of works from his collection to over 50 museums nationwide and in Europe. Her firm CauseConnect celebrates its 20th anniversary of “doing business by doing good” in October 2021.


Margaret García on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 4 p.m. (PDT): Margaret García says “her work provides a look at my community through the presence of the individual” and her desire is for her work “to be pertinent and meaningful.” Although she does not consider her work overtly political, over time, she has come to realize that many of her portraits belies the stereotypes given to any one culture by the media. In addition to her portrayals of sensual women of mixed race, many of García’s street scenes and landscapes depicting her neighborhood of Highland Park are in Cheech Marin’s collection. A teacher and a mentor to many young artists, García studied at California State University, Northridge; Los Angeles City College; and the University of Southern California where she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1992. Her work has been exhibited in group shows throughout the United States and in Europe, and she is published widely. García teaches and lectures extensively on art in different cultures. Her first solo museum exhibition opens this October at the Museum of Ventura County ( Learn more at During the pandemic, García conceived her “Prayers” project and has been a mentor, inspiration, and champion for the team that now leads Prayers Worldwide. Visit

Click here to listen to the Son Cuatro podcast featuring Margaret García.

Sonya Fe on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 4 p.m. (PDT): Sonya Fe grew up drawing on the cement floors of her family’s East Los Angeles home—an activity that her seven siblings, her Jewish-American mother, and her Mexican-American father fully encouraged. In 1976, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. Her paintings, which are recognized for their beautiful execution, focus on the plight of women and children. Fe has published children’s stories and a drawing book, and is the co-founder of Publishing Children’s Stories, a program for elementary schools that integrates literacy, art, and technology. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout California; across the nation, including New York and Washington D.C.; and in Mexico and Japan. Visit

Click here to listen to the Son Cuatro podcast featuring Sonya Fe.

CiCi Segura González on Saturday, June 26, 2021, 4 p.m. (PDT): Primarily an abstract artist, CiCi Segura González also paints figurative work using oil, acrylic, and watercolor, and uses printmaking techniques to create woodcuts, etchings, and monoprints. She studied art at East Los Angeles College, working with artist mentors such as Roberto Chavez, Dale Maix, and Uli Boege. Like many Chicano/a artists, she printed at L.A.’s Self Help Graphics under the guidance of Sister Karen Boccalero and has taught at-risk youth. She has worked for many companies such as the Walt Disney Company as an in-house graphic designer, storyboard artist, fashion illustrator, and art director. For the annual Trópico de Nopal Calavera Fashion Show in Los Angeles, Segura González created costumes over the years in homage to art icons such as Rufino Tamayo and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Widely collected internationally, her artwork is also included in major U.S. publications and private collections. Check her feed for updates at Her work is featured on the cover of the catalog for the Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Cheech Marin Collection, which is on view at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center now through August 7, 2021. Learn more aboutSegura González at

Click here to listen to the Son Cuatro podcast featuring CiCi Segura González.

Judithe Hernández on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 4 p.m. (PDT): Judithe Hernández began her career in the early 1970s as a major figure of LA’s Chicano Arts Movement, merging activism with her artistic practice. Originally gaining prominence as a muralist, she became the fifth and only female member of the art collective Los Four. Over the last five decades, she has developed a studio practice, which centers around pastel on paper, fusing Western and indigenous iconography with Mexican and Chicano themes. Hernández is included in many significant public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the Bank of America Collection. Recent exhibitions include War Within, War Without, Museum of Modern Art, now on display through November 2021 and Life Model: Charles White and His Students, LACMA (2019). In 2016, twenty-four glass mosaic panels Hernández designed for the Downtown Santa Monica Metro Station were installed. Commissioned by the L.A. County Transportation Authority, the suite of panels is known as L.A. Sonata. Learn more at

Click here to listen to the Son Cuatro podcast featuring Judith Hernández.

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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!