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

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

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)

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.

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

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


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



Kathy & John Allavie


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


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


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


James Antoyan


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.

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!


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

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.

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.



Pam and Mark Balys

Drs. David and Kathy Bocian

Kathy and Gary Christmas


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


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

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.


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.

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:

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.

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!


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

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.


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.


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


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


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


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

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!

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**


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.

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.

Community Altar Project Kicks Off Artist-in-Residency Program at RAM

The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) is proud to launch an artist-in-residency program with Riverside-based artist Cynthia Huerta to facilitate the “Community Altar Project”. The purpose of the museum’s artist-in-residency program is to create exhibition-related engagement activities both at the museum and off-site in the community that inspire creativity and dialogue within our diverse community.

This project is inspired by an altar currently housed in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. [http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=33081] This revered altar was used in the mass when Cesar Chavez broke his 25-day fast in 1968. The original altar was created by Colorado artist Emanuel Martinez and depicts intricate images and icons of La Causa and the Mestizo heritage of Chicanos.

To create her altar, Huerta worked closely with five different community groups: the congregants at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in the Eastside, the participants of Tesoros de Casablanca, students at Moreno Valley College, members of the Riverside Latino Network, and justice-involved youth on probation who are taking part in RAM’s Creative Horizons program. Huerta guided them through conversations about their values, community, and heritage.

“I firmly believe in knowing where you come from in order to know where you are going,” says Huerta. “This is an idea that is consistently visible in my imagery. Whether it is working on personal projects or collaborating with other artists in the community, the idea of honoring where you come from guides my work.”

The project was launched Saturday, October 29, at the Fall Quermez at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, which is one of the subjects of our Spanish Colonial Revival exhibition opening September 2017 as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty with arts institutions across Southern California (the presenting sponsor is Bank of America).

Baudelia Cadena, who is part of the Eastside HEAL Zone’s Parent Leadership group and who participated at the launch said, “Everything that we do, we do it out of love for the community and it gives me great joy to see the museum feels the same way.”

Huerta has brought back the information from these conversations to the museum where she and her team of volunteers have etched the design onto panels with wood burning tools. The public is invited to join Huerta to help on Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sundays, 12 noon – 4 p.m. (Please be aware that the holidays and other factors may affect her residency dates/times. Check our Facebook or call to confirm.)

After the etching is completed, the panels will then be brought back to the participants of the five partner community groups for Huerta and community members to paint together. The panels will ultimately be arranged into the altar and showcased inside the Riverside Art Museum along with the exhibition on farmworker photography by famed civil rights photographer, David Bacon, called Trabajamos/We Work: Photographs by David Bacon, running January 24 – April 11, 2017.

Please join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Huerta completed an Associate of Arts/Fine Arts Education program at Riverside Community College in 2015 and is currently attending CSUSB for her Bachelor of Arts/Fine Arts Education/Art Therapy. She has taught classes and workshops at California Institute of Men in Chino, ENGAGE for seniors, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside Art Museum, and afterschool programs at Alvord Unified School District.

Please join us during Huerta’s residency days at the museum to participate in the altar’s completion and see the completed altar during the run of Trabajamos/We Work: Photographs by David Bacon.

This Project was made possible by:


Press-Enterprise article

La Prensa article

Free with paid admission or membership

Join curator Todd Wingate and artists Karen Kitchel and Eric Nash for a tour and discussion of Land/Sky.

Free with paid admission or membership

In conjunction with Elements of Art: Color, CalBaptist Assistant Professor in the visual arts Kristi Lippire and her students will walk you through various methods to mix your own paints and pigments, including watercolor, egg tempera, oil, and more.

Join us for a hands-on workshop and discover a world of color. Everyone will mix their own handmade paint to take home.

Join us for a conversation on the history of color, how pigments have been made in the past, and how color is used around the world and across cultures. CalBaptist University (CBU) Assistant Professor in the visual arts Kristi Lippire will discuss art historical and global perspectives on color and guide visitors in an exploration of ancient and contemporary materials. What does Realgar and Orpiment look like—or cochineal beetles both in beetle form and their powdered pigment? Come find out!

This is in conjunction with Elements of Art: Color.

Free with paid admission or membership

Textile artists Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn will be leading crochet and stitching circles in order to fabricate the environmental art installation There Is a River Here. Alyssa and Liz are pros at crochet, so come learn crochet while constructing pieces for the installation. Bring your own hooks and donate yarn in shades of blue if you like, but we will have some on hand. If you are an experienced knitter, bring your knitting needles and give us some lessons!

No time to crochet? Please donate cast-off blue sweaters or blankets!

Join us on Saturday, November 12, 2016, for the debut of the There Is a River Here installation at the Santa Ana River (exact location TBA), at 11 a.m. Join us a bit earlier at 9 a.m. to help with the Santa Ana River Cleanup!

Trolley tours will begin at Back to the Grind Coffeehouse at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Trolley Dances Riverside is in its fifth year of production and continues to invigorate the community through the art of site-specific choreography. Re-imagine your city spaces and experience dance like never before. All aboard! Trolley Dances Riverside is an iconic event that offers the local community an exciting way to experience the art of dance outside of a traditional theater setting. Local dance artists work with community dancers to create site-specific choreography (movement that is informed by the location where the dance is to be performed). Audience members will board Trolley cars and take a ride along a pre-selected route, stopping at various sites in Riverside, including the Riverside Art Museum, to view these distinct dance performances. This collaboration between Riverside’s dance community and the neighborhoods, businesses, and landmarks brings dance directly into the community and city spaces, drawing attention to Riverside’ unique places and architecture, history, and people.

Trolley tours will begin at Back to the Grind Coffeehouse at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. The Riverside Art Museum will be one of many surprise stops along the trolley dance tour. Learn more at trolleydancesriverside.com.

Trolley Dances Riverside is a production of P.L.A.C.E. Performance and Riverside City College Dance in partnership with the Riverside Transit Agency. Trolley Dances is a trademarked event of Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater.

Photo by Michael J. Elderman

Free with paid admission or membership

Join Cosme Cordova for this special two-day workshop and learn how to make alebrijes, brightly colored Oaxacan-Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. Though these sculptures are traditionally made of wood, Cosme will be helping visitors create fun papier mâché alebrijes.

Serenade Art at Off the Wall comes alive at the Riverside Art Museum this October with a Gala Opening on October 14, 2016 and sales that continue through Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Come and shop your heart out at this six-day art sale that fills two huge galleries with original art that you can buy right “off the wall”. The sale will feature works by artists and craftspeople from throughout the Inland Empire. It’s a rare opportunity to purchase original pieces of art at the VERY reasonable prices of $100, $200, $300, or $400. This is a great chance for new collectors and for seasoned collectors alike.

The serenade begins on Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., with a Spanish Gala that will kick off the biggest art sale in Riverside! Tickets for this Latin-themed party and art sale are $25 each. ONLY guests at the Gala will be able to buy art on our opening night. Become a sponsor and get early entry into the event so you can grab your favorite piece before someone else grabs it off the wall.

The sale continues for the general public on Saturday, October 15, through Thursday, October 20. Doors open daily at the Riverside Art Museum at 10:00 a.m. (12:00 noon on Sunday) and close at 4:00 p.m. The Riverside Art Museum is closed on Monday. 

On Thursday, October 20, the last day of the sale, there will be an additional incentive of 25% off all remaining artworks.

Serenade Art at Off the Wall is a fundraiser for the Riverside Art Museum. The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum is the non-profit fundraising arm of the museum and hosts many events all year long to keep art alive in Riverside.

Come and join us as we have fun “Serenading Art”!!!

Important Dates

Art Intake Days: Sunday, October 9, 12 noon – 4 p.m., and Tuesday, October 11, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

Note for Artists: Artists receive 50% of the price of their sold artwork. If you are currently a RAM member, you may submit up to five 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. If you are not currently a member of RAM, you may submit up to three pieces. At least one piece must be priced at $100 and, once again, only one piece may be priced at $400. All mediums are welcome. Artwork must be framed/ready-to-hang and securely wired with D-rings or eyehooks and hanging wire. Pieces are to be labeled with the artist’s name and the title of the work (a business card works great).

To become a member or renew your members, click here.

Artists Reception: Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sponsor Reception: Friday, October 14, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. See below for details.

Spanish Gala: Friday, October 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets are $25. Online ticket sales have ended. However, tickets will be available for sale at the door. Thank you.

Public Sale: Saturday, October 15 – October 20, during regular museum hours. RAM is closed on Mondays.

Last Day of Sale: Thursday, October 20, 25% off all remaining artwork.

Unsold Art Pick-up Days: Friday, October 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. – 12 noon.

Become a Sponsor!

Are you passionate about art? Does a beautiful painting make your heart want to sing?

Well, you’re going to to love all the alegria that is coming your way this fall as the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum presents its most popular fundraiser: Off the Wall.

Off the Wall will romance you with an art sale featuring over a hundred local artists, a Spanish Gala where you’ll enjoy food and wine to the sound of Latin serenades (and maybe a little jazz) and you will be able to “grab” the art of your choice right off the wall — at incredible prices.

We are looking for a few great sponsors and wanted to offer you the opportunity to be part of this exciting and fun-filled event. RAM is the largest visual arts museum in the Inland Empire and welcomes over 50,000 visitors each year. Your sponsorship will allow our museum to keep showing great art and offer educational programs for all ages.

You can choose to be a Picasso Sponsor for $1000, a Dali Sponsor for $500, or a Miro Sponsor for $250. With these tax deductible sponsorships, your name or company name will be listed on all marketing materials under the event title. We believe that this will total nearly 65,000 brand impressions throughout Riverside County. We will provide you with free tickets to the the always sold-out gala event, a value of $150 for the Picasso Sponsorship, $100 for the Dali, and 450 for the Miro. In addition, you’ll get to enjoy a Sponsor Reception on Friday, October 14, starting at 5 p.m. Just prior to the Spanish Gala starting at 6 p.m., the sponsors, depending on your level, will get early entry to the sale to grab art off the walls and purchase them before anyone else!

To meet our printing deadlines, we need to hear from you as soon as possible, but certainly by August 31.

Picasso Sponsor

  • 6 tickets to the Spanish Gala
  • FIRST early-bird admittance to take art “off the wall” and buy it
  • Your name on invitations, program, and signage throughout the event

Dali Sponsor

  • 4 tickets to the Spanish Gala
  • SECOND early-bird admittance to take art “off the wall” and buy it
  • Your name on invitations, program, and signage throughout the event

Miro Sponsor

  • 2 tickets to the Spanish Gala
  • THIRD early-bird admittance to take art “off the wall” and buy it
  • Your name on invitations, program, and signage throughout the event

Thank you to our generous Off the Wall Sponsors:


James Antoyan – JLA Real Estate Group

Tim & Meredith Maloney

Mchelle Ouellette

Susan Rothermund & Robert Harris


Eric & Francie Johnson

Shannon Murphy & John Conrad


Kathy & John Allavie

Stephen & Eileen Ashwal

Kathleen Bocian

Philip & Selina Bremenstuhl

Suzy & Gary Clem

Merrill Consulting

Dayton & Cheryl Gilleland

David & Patti Funder

Sam & Judy Lemon

David & Barbara Moore

Steven & Cathy Morford

Betty & Walter Parks

Tom & Lori Raffy

Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds

Rodolfo Ruibal

Roorda, Piquet and Bessee, Inc. CPAs

Leslie Slamal

Martha J. Smith

Barbara and Jim Robinson

In RAM’s first augmented-reality exhibition, comic book artist and author Nathaniel Osollo will “install” his The Shadow People Are Here exhibit throughout the museum, running October 1 – November 6. His artwork will only be visible on your smart phone using the free Aurasma app (be sure to follow TheShadowPeople).

Nathaniel will lead a talk and tour during Artswalk and will be on hand to sign his second augmented reality comic book on the Shadow People, which will be released in the fall. Come and explore the museum and find the Shadow People haunting the museum!

Read Nathaniel’s description of HOW to find the Shadow People in the museum!

and Beyond Opening Reception +

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Self Help Graphics: Aztlán, the Permanent Collection, and Beyond during the October Artswalk.

Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with SHG and local artists, as well as with the Riverside County Mexican American Historical Society’s “Roots of Our Family” pop-up exhibition.


Stand up, get over the hump, and de-stress with an hour of tai chi.

Free with paid admission or membership

We’re making space for local artists, makers, and creative entrepreneurs to come together, learn, and share their experiences in the business of art. 

RAM invites all local artists, makers, and creatives to join this conversation, to network and meet other artists, and to share how the museum can support the local arts and maker scene in the Inland Empire.

On October 1, Sant Khalsa, visual artist, educator, and curator, will be joining us for this very special Kings and Queens of Art talk on grant writing for artists. Sant teaches Professional Practices in the Visual Arts for the MFA in Studio Art program at CSU San Bernardino, which covers grants and all topics relevant to artist success. This one-hour talk will be an introduction to various grant, fellowship, and award opportunities and approaches, partnerships with 501(c)(3) organizations, finding matching funding (when required), and more.

The real key to grant success is having a great project, developing clear grant-writing skills, and researching the appropriate grants and funders to match your project.

—Sant Khalsa

To reserve a seat for this sure-to-be-packed talk, please click here.

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.

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.


  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.


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.



Registration is now closed. Thank you.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:


Brad Alewine of



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


Betty & Walter Parks


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

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