The American Planning Association—Inland Empire Section invites planners, designers, architects, artists, and the community at large to participate in an unprecedented event that highlights the creative eye and critical thinking of two nationally-recognized and award-winning artists: James Rojas and Douglas McCulloh. The program will be centered around the idea that anyone can be an urban designer to address neglect and resiliency; all it takes is imagination, desire, and the opportunity to improve quality of life in our neighborhoods.

The program includes:

  • Guided tour of In the Sunshine of Neglect at RAM and UCR Arts.
  • Community Engagement Interactive Place It! Workshop.
  • Presentations about The Cheech and the City of Riverside’s Latino Historic Context Statement.
  • An hour is set aside for lunch and to walk around downtown.

Registration is free, but limited. Register promptly at

For additional information, please contact Miguel Vazquez at 951.966.5799 or

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,
  • Lucile Arntzen, 951.274.9292,

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

Doors open at 5 p.m. for book sales. Talk begins at 6 p.m.

Click here to RSVP.

The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum is pleased to invite the public to join them at their March meeting at the museum for a special community event, Justice in Plain Sight: Dan Bernstein in Conversation with Jim Ward and Mel Opotowsky, moderated by John Bender.

Bernstein’s book, Justice in Plain Sight, is the story of a hometown newspaper in Riverside, California, that set out to do its job: tell readers about shocking crimes in their own backyard. But when judges slammed the courtroom door on the public, including the press, it became impossible to tell the whole story. Pinning its hopes on business lawyer Jim Ward, whom Press-Enterprise editor Tim Hays had come to know and trust, the newspaper took two cases to the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1980s. Hays was convinced that the public—including the press—needed to have these rights and needed to bear witness to justice because healing in the aftermath of a horrible crime could not occur without community catharsis. 

The newspaper won both cases and established First Amendment rights that significantly broadened public access to the judicial system, including the right for the public to witness jury selection and preliminary hearings.

Justice in Plain Sight is a unique story that, for the first time, details two improbable journeys to the Supreme Court in which the stakes were as high as they could possibly be (and still are): the public’s trust in its own government.

This event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited. Please RSVP so we can have an accurate head count. Thank you!

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase. The talk will begin at 6 p.m.

$120/person, $100/RAM member, Evening Wear and Masks Requested

Join us for an evening of intrigue at the museum where you’ll be delighted by sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and an array of cocktails at our hosted bar, enthralled by the mystic performances of master mask maker Rob Faust, treated to a sneak peek of the fantastical Beast exhibition, and much more!

It’s a masquerade, so don’t forget to dress up! #BeastMasquerade

Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door! Thank you.

Become a sponsor!

Sponsorships start at $500, which includes two tickets, plus other benefits. Contact Valerie Found at or 951.684.7111×311 for more information.

$7,500 PRESENTING Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $480

Recognition: Your name/company’s name and logo headlined as PRESENTING Sponsor on event and exhibit signage, including exterior exhibition banner*, in press releases*, on RAM website (including link), print materials*, e-newsletters, Artifacts newsletter*, social media, etc. (*Note: pending pertinent deadlines.)

Hospitality: 8 tickets to Masquerade Gala and Beast exhibit sneak peek. Invitation to official exhibition opening reception. Exclusive curatorial tour for up to 10 guests. 75 museum passes for distribution to colleagues, clients, family, and friends.

$5,000 LEAD Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $360

Recognition: Your name/company’s name featured as LEAD Sponsor on event and interior exhibit signage*, on RAM website (including logo and link), print materials*, e-newsletters, Artifacts newsletter*, social media, etc. (*Note: pending pertinent deadlines.)

Hospitality: 6 tickets to Masquerade Gala and Beast exhibit sneak peek. Invitation to official exhibition opening reception. 50 museum passes for distribution to colleagues, clients, family, and friends.

$2,500 SUPPORTING Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $240

Recognition: Your name/company’s name featured as SUPPORTING Sponsor on event signage, on RAM website (including logo and link), print materials*, e-newsletters, Artifacts newsletter*, social media, etc. (*Note: pending pertinent deadlines.)

Hospitality: 4 tickets to Masquerade Gala and Beast exhibit sneak peek. Invitation to official exhibition opening reception. 25 museum passes for distribution to colleagues, clients, family, and friends.

$1,000 ASSOCIATE Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $120

Recognition: Your name/company’s name featured as ASSOCIATE Sponsor on event signage, on RAM website (including logo and link), print materials*, e-newsletters, Artifacts newsletter*, social media, etc. (*Note: pending pertinent deadlines.)

Hospitality: 2 tickets to Masquerade Gala and Beast exhibit sneak peek. Invitation to official exhibition opening reception.

$500 FRIEND Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $120

Recognition: Your name/company’s name on event signage, on RAM website, e-newsletters, and Artifacts newsletter*. (*Note: pending pertinent deadlines.)

Hospitality: 2 tickets to Masquerade Gala and Beast exhibit sneak peek. Invitation to official exhibition opening reception.

Click here to become a sponsor today!


Francie and Eric Johnson

Amy Harrison

Jinnefer and Derrick Razo

Coyote Oaks Vineyards

Please join us as artists Kathryn Clark and Sandy Rodriguez walk you through their respective exhibitions, Refugee Stories and Codex Rodriguez-Mondragón. Both artists will be available for a Q&A session afterwards. 

Please join us for the Opening Reception of In the Sunshine of Neglecta joint exhibition held concurrently at RAM and UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography.

Catalogues will be available for purchase at exhibit venues.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities,
a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Artist Lisa Schulte will talk about her neon artwork as we hold a closing reception for her show, Light Encounters.

Please join us as we announce the winners of this year’s Art Show.

Gallery Tour: 12:30 p.m., Panel Discussion: 1:30 p.m., Free

Robbert Flick, Ken Marchionno, Susan Straight, and Kim Stringfellow share their inland discoveries and how their finds inspired their work in In the Sunshine of Neglect.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities,
a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

March–Summer 2019

The Riverside Art Museum is proud to join the collaborative efforts of Inland Southern California cultural organizations exploring the legacy of our citrus heritage. Kickstarting March 2019, the Zest! collaboration will feature exhibitions, performances, and workshops at museums and centers across the region.

Partner organizations include:

  • A. K. Smiley Public Library
  • California Citrus State Historic Park
  • Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center
  • Loma Linda Area Parks and Historical Society
  • Mission Inn Museum
  • Riverside Art Museum
  • Riverside Metropolitan Museum
  • San Bernardino County Museum
  • The University of California Riverside Citrus Variety Collection

Click here for more info on our partner organizations’s programming.

Zest! at RAM | Unpacking the Citrus Label: The Art and Design of Fantasy Heritage

Join Dr. Irene Sanchez, a Chicana educator, poet, and writer, for a free presentation on Saturday, May 25, 2019, 2:30 p.m.–4 p.m. Citrus crate labels were condensed works of graphic design that spread across the country at the turn of the century via refrigerated train cars. Dr. Sanchez’s presentation and poetry reading explores how the idealistic imagery pictured on these were quixotic and often so whitewashed as to be devoid of any sense of the true Mexican and Native American roots of California.

Zest! Sponsors:

Gless Ranch

Riverside Metropolitan Museum

San Bernardino County Museum

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!

The Riverside Art Museum showcases the creative possibilities that happen when light and art collide during the annual Festival of Lights celebration. Join us for the Switch-On Event on Friday, November 23, at 5 p.m. as we light up alongside the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa. RAM’s facade will feature the colors of the season and our Luminaries Project debuts two new sculptures by Kristi Lippire, Cal Baptist University Assistant Professor, and CBU visual arts students.

New this year is an exhibition in the works that will feature contemporary art in keeping with the spirit of the Festival of Lights. Click here for more information on Lisa Schulte: Light Encounters.

We will also have extended hours every Thursday in December until 9 p.m. Regular admission prices apply except for Thursday, December 6, during Artswalk.

RAM celebrates the talents of Chicano artists Jaime Zacarias, Jamie Chavez, Jaime Muñoz, and Gerardo Monterrubio as the exhibition 4 Threads comes to a close. At the same time, join Sandy Rodriguez and Kathryn Clark for the openings of Codex Rodriguez-Mondragón and Refugee Stories.

Artist panel moderated by Robb Hernández, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of English, at the University of California, Riverside. Panel participants include 4 Threads artists Jaime Zacarias, Jamie Chavez, Jaime Muñoz, and Gerardo Monterrubio, as well as Sandy Rodriguez, whose exhibition, Codex Rodriguez-Mondragón, opens this evening, and CSUSB Assistant professor, Ed Gomez.

This panel is sponsored by Latino Network.

Free admission with downloaded ticket

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

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.

Please visit to download your free ticket.

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

This art love affair begins with an Italian Gala on Friday, November 9, 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Tickets are $35. ONLY guests at the Gala will be able to buy art on our opening night. Become a sponsor and get early entry into the gallery so you can grab your must-buy piece before someone else grabs it off the wall.

The sale continues for the general public on Saturday, November 10, through Thursday, November 15. Doors open daily (closed Monday) at 10 a.m. (12 noon on Sunday) and close at 4 p.m. On the last day of the sale, there will be an additional incentive of 25% off all remaining artwork.

Art . . . that’s Amore at Off the Wall is a fundraiser for RAM by the Art Alliance, the fundraising arm of our non-profit museum that hosts many events throughout the year to keep art alive in Riverside.

Come join us as we have fun “Loving Art” this fall! 

Your name will be on our Check-In List if you have already purchased tickets online. Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets are still available at the door! See you tonight!

Call for Artists!

Off the Wall returns to Riverside this coming November. We hope that you will participate again and we look forward to providing you with a great opportunity to showcase your work, as well as support the Riverside Art Museum. Our 2015 and 2016 sales were a great success. We sold over $30,000 worth of art in one evening. Your art will be viewed by an estimated 400 people at the Gala and during museum hours. The Art Alliance and RAM will be promoting the sale.

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

1) This year, we are limited to one gallery to exhibit your art so we cannot guarantee that all your art will be displayed the night of the gala. Due to the space restriction, please do not submit art that is larger than 24” by 36”, including the frame if there is one.

2) If you are currently a RAM member, you may submit up to four pieces of original art. All pieces must be priced at $100, $200, $300, or $400. At least one piece must be priced at $100 and only one may be priced at $400.

3) If you are not currently a member of RAM, you may submit up to two pieces of original artAt least one piece must be priced at $100, and once again, only one piece may be priced at $400.

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

The important dates for you to be aware of are:

Art Intake: Click here to download the Artist Agreement form. Fill it out and bring it with you. There will also be blank forms available at the Intake desks.

Tuesday, November 6: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Wednesday, November 7: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Italian Gala & Opening Sale:

Friday, November 9: 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

Art Pick Up:

Friday, November 16: 12 noon–4 p.m.

Saturday, November 17: 12 noon–4 p.m.

As is traditional with Off the Wall, there is a 25% discount on all remaining art on the last sale day, Thursday, November 15.

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

Become a Sponsor! Get in First!

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

You can choose to be a Da Vinci sponsor for $1,000, a Michelangelo sponsor for $500, or a Raphael sponsor for $250. With these tax-deductible sponsorships, your name or company name and/or logo will be listed on all marketing material, under the event title. We believe that this will total nearly 65,000 brand impressions throughout Riverside County, plus social media coverage. In addition, we will provide you with free tickets to the always sold-out gala event on November 9, a value of $210 for the Da Vinci sponsorship, $140 for the Michelangelo, and $70 for the Raphael sponsorship.

To meet our printing deadlines, we will need to hear from you as soon as possible, but certainly by October 10. 

“Da Vinci Sponsor” for $1,000

This sponsorship provides you with:

  • 6 tickets to the Italian Gala
  • FIRST early-bird admittance to view and buy artwork
  • Your name on invitations, program, and signage throughout the event

“Michelangelo Sponsor” for $500

This sponsorship provides you with:

  • 4 tickets to the Italian Gala
  • SECOND early-bird admittance to view and buy artwork
  • Your name on invitations, program, and signage throughout the event

“Raphael Sponsor” for $250

This sponsorship provides you with:

  • 2 tickets to the Italian Gala
  • THIRD early-bird admittance to view and buy artwork
  • Your name on invitations, program, and signage throughout the event

CLICK HERE to become an Off the Wall Sponsor!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Da Vinci

Arnold & Julie Philippi


Drs. David & Kathleen Bocian

Eric & Francisca Johnson

Arthur & Peggy Littleworth

Steve and Cathy Morford

Shannon Murphy & John Conrad

Michelle Ouellette


Kathy & John Allavie

Lucile Arntzen

Mark & Pam Balys

Brand Purpose LLC

Philip & Selina Bremenstuhl

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Suzy & Gary Clem

Phyllis & Jim Crabtree

Dayton & Cheryl Gilleland

Sari & Owen Kustner

Beth & Don Miller

Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds

Leon & Patricia Reynolds

Cookie Smith

Leslie Swor/Riverside Walking Tours

Kathy Wright & Dwight Tate


Check out photos here.


Imagine it: thousands of people, young and old, from all around the region, here in beautiful downtown Riverside to enjoy a fun day with family and friends. They’ll look at and buy unique arts and crafts, enjoy art/artisan demos, make some art, listen to live music, partake from gourmet food trucks, indulge in a beer or a glass of wine, and the kids get to have their face painted, get a balloon animal (or three), and do make’n’take art projects!

The 6th Annual Riverside Art Market is a fundraiser that helps support the Riverside Art Museum’s mission-driven efforts to engage, inspire, and build community through the arts. Free and open to the public, artist and artisan vendors are placed within and outside the Riverside Art Museum and the Riverside Municipal Auditorium, as well as on Lemon Street.

Be part of the fun!

Click here for downtown parking info.

Click here for a list of select vendors.

Call for Vendors

Reserve your spot by downloading, printing out, and filling out this Vendor Application and Waiver.

Then click here to pay for and submit your application for your space. You will be prompted to attach your completed, signed, and scanned application and waiver, as well as upload a photo sample of your wares and vendor booth (if applicable).

Online applications are closed. If you are still interested in applying, please contact

Become a Sponsor!

We are asking for your support of the 6th Annual Art Market, which is organized by the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum. 

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

The Art Market is a fun-raiser as well as a fund-raiser! Last year, visitors: 

  • shopped from over 100 local artists;
  • enjoyed music, art demonstrations, food trucks, and wine/beer offerings; and
  • created art of their own—children had their own kid-friendly crafts and activities.

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

ARTrageous:$1,000Your name or company logo featured prominently on: advertising, website, and sponsor signage throughout the event in BOLDEST/HIGHEST placement10 Free Museum Passes2 Free Child/Teen Summer Classes at RAM, value up to $150
ARTventurous:$500Your name or company logo featured prominently on: advertising, website, and sponsor signage throughout the event in BOLD/HIGH placement8 Free Museum Passes
ARTastic: $250Your name or company logo featured prominently on: advertising, website, and sponsor signage throughout the event4 Free Museum Passes 

Can’t sponsor at this time? Donations will go towards children’s craft supplies.

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

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Kathy & Dave Bocian

Burgess Moving & Storage

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Patti & David Funder

Barbara & Tom Mazzetti

Cathy & Steve Morford

Shannon Murphy & John Conrad

Kathy & John Allavie

Lucile Arntzen

Stephen & Eileen Ashwal

Pam & Mark Balys

Selina & Philip Bremenstuhl

Christine Cahraman, Esq.

Anja & Ring Carde

Suzy & Gary Clem

Frank Heyming 

Cheryl & Dayton Gilleland

Inland Empire Economic Partnership

Francie & Eric Johnson

Sari & Owen Kustner

Lee & John Levin

Fran Moerke

Debby & Ken Phillips

PLD Consulting

Provident Bank

Gloria & Dallas Rabenstein

Drs. Gail & Richard Rice

Madelyn J. Warner

Thank you to the following who generously donated:

Kathy Arthur | Phyllis & James Crabtree | Susan & Jerry Gordon

Katie Grigsby | Doris M. Morton | Nicolette Rohr

Sue A. Spitzer | Joan M. Thomas | Teresa Chamiec | Doreen Alewine

Barbara & Jeffrey Holshouser | Leslie Slamal

Phyllis & Russell Hodel | Athena Waite | Denise Stevens

Emmanuelle Reynolds | Tami Fleming | Georgia Anders-Kutch

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VIP Sponsors Only Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

Riverside Convention Center, 3637 5th St, Riverside, CA 92501

Celebrando Chicano Art, with an expected attendance of 1000 including Cheech Marin and friends, will consist of a VIP reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. (for sponsors), dinner, awards, live performances, and both live and silent auctions.

Cocktail attire; black tie optional.

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Entertainment Announcement!

The live entertainment for the Gala will come courtesy of TIERRA!

TIERRA, named “Best R&B Vocal Group” in 1981 by Billboard Cashbox, Record World, and BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) magazines, is the first Hispanic act to have four songs on the national Pop charts and three songs simultaneously in the top 100 charts. Tierra’s invigorating blend of R&B, Latin, and Pop, is the precursor to many Hispanic artists. They performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Greek Theater, Dodger Stadium, The Rosebowl, Red Rocks, Houston Astrodome, as well as such television shows as The American Music Awards, American Bandstand, Soul Train, Solid Gold, and many others. 

Their 1981 mega hit “Together” catapulted them to the top of the national and international charts. And the band, under the leadership of Rudy Salas has been going strong for almost 45 years and have performed on stage with such superstars as James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, War, as well as many other top performers of the music business. 

Tierra has been widely known for opening doors for other Latino artists, such as Los Lobos, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, Sheila E., Paul Rodriguez, etc. 

Rudy started Tierra in 1972 and brought in his brother Steve on vocals. At the time, Tierra was more rock oriented and released two albums. They received critical acclaim, but they failed to impress the commercial markets around the country. They refined their R&B and Latin influences on the nightclub circuit for about six years. 

In 1981, Tierra decided to quit the club circuit and honed their skills in the recording studio again. 

“City Nights” was the result and Rudy tried to shop it to every record company around L.A. He was turned down by all of them. Rudy decided to put the album out independently. He worked out deals here and there, and the local radio stations started playing “Together” the single. Before you know it, the song got on the national charts, even without a record company. All of a sudden, the very same record companies that turned it down were bidding for the record. 

It finally caught the ear of Neil Bogart of Boardwalk Records. He signed the band, and as they say, “The rest is history”. 

Subsequently, Tierra had many other hits such as “Gonna Find Her”, “Memories”, “La La Means I Love You”, “Are We In Love”, “Zoot Suit Boogie”, “Lady In the Moonlight”, “Latin Legends Live”, etc. 

In 1992, Tierra was asked by James Brown to back him up for his appearance on the Hollywood “Walk Of Fame” and toured with him, as well as with the Commodores, Kool and The Gang, The Gap Band, etc. 

Since then, Tierra has performed all over the U.S. and many parts of the world. 

With over 25 CDs under their belts, and their songs being featured on several compilation CDs, the band is as strong as ever, with leader-guitarist-singer-producer Rudy Salas holding down the foundation, along with a super tight rhythm section lead by Chris Trujillo on drums (formerly with Toto and Tom Petty), Tony Banda (original bassman for the legendary Poncho Sanchez), Joey Navarro, keyboard wizard, and Dale Villavicencio on percussion (Sheila E., Azteca). Leading the horn section is Tierra veteran Rudy “Bub” Villa on alto sax, as well as Victor Cisneros on soprano sax, and Jeff Lewis on trumpet (formerly with the Jackson Five). Handling the vocals is the dynamic Will “Rize” Rivera. 

Tierra is now in the studio working on their next CD. With a line up of veteran musicians like this, it promises to be one of their best ever.


Additionally, the Mariachi Divas will perform during dinner and DJ Anthony Guaracha will spin during the VIP reception.

Here’s a little bit more about Guaracha: Anthony Guaracha, DJ TJ Pops, began DJ-ing in the mid-1990s. He has volunteered at the University of California, Riverside, radio station, KUCR, since he was an undergraduate student in 2001, interning for the Radio Aztlan program. He enjoys participating in events that support and highlight the community.

. . . about Mariachi Divas . . . Founded in 1999 by trumpet player Cindy Shea, the Two -Time Grammy Award-Winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea is a multicultural, all-female ensemble that continues to push and expand the scope of mariachi music. Since 2003, Mariachi Divas has been the official mariachi of the Disneyland Resort where they entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds on a year-round basis. In addition to performing regularly at the Disneyland Resort and when they are not busy recording albums, Mariachi Divas and their music can be found in films, music videos, Hallmark greeting cards, and movie soundtracks, as well as touring across the United States and Mexico.

Chicano Culture Awardee – Dolores Huerta

Receiving the Chicano Culture Award during the gala will be Dolores Huerta, Founder & President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez.

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship, which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards, among them, The Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012, President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

Chicano Art Awardee – Cosmé F. Cordova

Receiving the Chicano Art Award during the gala will be Cosmé F. Cordova, artist and Founder/Director of Division 9 Gallery.

Cosmé F. Cordova is a Mexico native that moved to Riverside with his family when he was a young child. Growing up, Cordova was a natural-born artist and he quickly gained his footing as one of Riverside’s premier creative leaders. Cordova has established himself as a professional artist who works in several mediums with acrylic painting being his favorite. In 2001, Cordova founded and is the Director of the Riverside-based Division 9 Gallery. 

Through the years, Cordova has enhanced the role of arts and cultural events in the City of Riverside. Included in the list of his inspired signature events are: Riverside Arts Walk on First Thursdays, Amo Frida Festival, Cinco de Mayo Festival, and now in its 15th year, the Riverside Day of the Dead Celebration. Cordova is an integral part of Riverside’s cultural identity and brings to the forefront both established and emerging local artists, as well as art students from local educational institutions. 

Cordova’s goal has always been to bring the diverse community of Riverside together using the arts as our common ground and believes, “there is much to learn from the celebration of our differences.”

Chicano Industry Awardee – Cardenas Markets

Receiving the Chicano Industry Award during the gala will be Cardenas Markets

Jesus Cardenas was an ambitious and determined young man when he came to this country from the state of Jalisco, Mexico, in 1957. Jesus traveled to California under the “Bracero” work program.

For years, he worked in the fields of California with the goal of providing a better future for his family, determined to someday own his own business.

He never imagined that this dream would someday become a reality and his chain of stores would become a leading business in the same communities he became acquainted with for the first time while working in the fields. 

Decades later, Cardenas Markets grew in Southern and Northern California, Nevada, and Arizona. 

Today, Cardenas Markets LLC, headquartered in Ontario, CA, is one of the largest Hispanic grocers in the country with 47 stores under the Cardenas Markets banner and seven stores under the Los Altos Ranch Market banner in Arizona.

Cardenas Markets LLC is proud to continue its expansion as part of a dynamic and solid investment group establishing the foundation to become. The #1 chain of Hispanic supermarkets in the United States, the values and traditions instilled by the Cardenas Family remain current in day-to-day operations, as is their commitment to the communities they serve. 

A Special Award to Honor Cheech Marin

We wouldn’t be having this Gala if it wasn’t for Cheech. To honor him, UNIDOS is presenting him with a special Patron of the Arts Award this evening.

Best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred duo Cheech and Chong (now back on tour), Cheech Marin is a paradox in the world of entertainment. Cheech is an actor, director, writer, musician, art collector, and humanitarian, a man who has enough talent, humor, and intelligence to do just about anything. He is truly a multi-generational star. To this day, Cheech and Chong films remain the number one weekend video rentals, and Cheech is widely acknowledged as a cultural icon. Cheech’s long-awaited memoir entitled Cheech is Not My Real Name…But Don’t Call Me Chong!was released on March 14, 2017, by Hachette Book Group.

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

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

In 2009, everyone’s favorite duo reunited after 25 years apart for a national and international comedy tour, the Light Up Americareunion tour, selling out everywhere. They also shot a full-length live comedy film Hey Watch Thisin 2010. The pair followed with subsequent tours, satisfying audiences thirsty to see the pair together. They continue to perform together as their schedules allow.

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

Following the success of Chicano Visions, over a dozen additional exhibitions drawn from the Cheech Marin Collection have toured more than 50 major art museums across the United States and in Europe under the direction of Melissa Richardson Banks. In addition, art books have been independently published to accompany many of these exhibitions, including Papel Chicano: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech MarinChicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, and Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin. Artwork from his collection inspires his work in other ways. For example, the bottle design of Tres Papalote Mezcal, for which Cheech serves as the brand ambassador, was inspired by the contemporary glass sculptures and other works of Einar and Jamex de la Torre, two brothers who are represented his collection.

Furthering his goal to introduce Chicano art to a wider audience, Marin has entered into a partnership with both the City of Riverside and the non-profit, non-governmental Riverside Art Museum to create the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum. Slated to open in 2020, The Cheech as the Center was affectionately dubbed by Marin, will become the permanent home for his more than 700 works of Chicano art, including paintings, sculptures, and photography; collectively, the most renowned Chicano art collection in the United States.

Cheech is a nationally-ranked golfer and active in the charity circuit. Married to Russian-born classical pianist Natasha Marin, the couple resides in Pacific Palisades, California.

Photo by Allen Amato.

Presenter of the Patron of the Arts Award

We are excited to announce that George Lopez will be at the Gala to present the Patron of the Arts Award to Cheech Marin!

George Lopez’s multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy, and late-night television. 

Lopez is currently on his standup comedy tour, The Comedy Get Down, with Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer in arenas across the country. The comedians recently debuted their BET-scripted comedy series based on their tour. 

Lopez will next be seen in Cinedigm’s thriller River Runs Red with Taye Diggs, John Cusack, and Luke Hemsworth, set for release on November 2, 2018. Written and directed by Wes Miller, the film tells the story of a respected judge who switches his gavel for a gun and seeks revenge after two policemen murder his only son in cold blood. 

Lopez recently wrapped shooting the upcoming crime thriller The Tax Collectorwith Shia LaBeouf and Lana Parrilla. David Ayer wrote the screenplay and directed the film. He is also set to star in Walking With Herbopposite Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell. The faith-based film is inspired by Joe S. Bullock’s novel of the same name. 

Lopez recently starred in Lopez on TV Land. Produced by Lopez, the series explored how he struggled between his two worlds and crises that are often of his own making. The half-hour, single-camera serialized comedy aired for two seasons. 

For two seasons, Lopez hosted Lopez Tonight, a late-night television talk show on TBS. This represented Lopez’s return to series television after co-creating, writing, producing, and starring in Warner Bros. Television’s groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. George Lopezremains a hit with viewers in syndication on both broadcast stations and cable’s Nick at Nite, ranking as one of the top-rated shows on the network and among the top five comedies and top 20 weekly programs in syndication. 

In 2015, Lopez was seen in the Lionsgate inspirational drama, Spare Parts. Produced by Lopez, the film is based on a true story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who team up to build an underwater robot that wins the national robotics competition. In 2014, Lopez starred in the multi-camera ensemble comedy Saint Georgeon FX, which he co-created.

Lopez debuted his third solo stand-up special It’s Not Me, It’s You in 2012on HBO. Lopez also voiced animated characters in a string of animated blockbuster films including Zook in Gnome Alone, Rafael in Rioand Rio 2along with Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, and Jesse Eisenberg, Thurman in Escape from Planet Earthopposite Jane Lynch and Sofia Vergara, Grouchy Smurf in The Smurfs 1 and 2, and The Beverly Hills Chihuahua 1, 2, and3. His most recent film credits include the box-office hit Valentine’s Day directed by Garry Marshall, Swing VoteHenry Poole Is Here,and Balls of Fury.

Lopez has been featured in three HBO specials, The Wallin August 2017, GRAMMY-nominated Best Comedy Album Tall, Dark, and Chicano in 2009, and America’s Mexicanin 2007. Lopez also performed as part of HBO and TBS’s Comic Relief 2006. His acclaimed comedy concert, Why You Crying?, debuted on Showtime in 2004. He released his third standup CD, El Mas Chingon, in 2006, which also earned Lopez a GRAMMY nomination in the category of Best Comedy Album. In 2004, he was nominated for a GRAMMY in the same category for his CD Team Leader

In May 2004, Lopez’s autobiography, Why You Crying?, entered The New York TimesBestsellers List top 20. The book was co-written by Emmy-winning writer and sportscaster Armen Keteyian. Lopez released his second memoir, I’m Not Gonna Lie And Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50, in 2013, where he tells the unabashed and hilarious truth about aging – as only he can. Lopez was also the focus of the award-winning documentary Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream

In 2006, Lopez received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition, Timenamed him one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and the Harris Poll named him one of the Top Ten Favorite Television Personalities.

Gala Emcee – Pep Fernandez

Pep Fernandez is an award-winning sports anchor and radio host with more than 18 years in the TV/radio sports broadcasting business.

After several stops at different televisions stations throughout California, Pep eventually landed in the Inland Empire and launched the Inland_Sports Show to bring the best sports coverage in the Riverside and San Bernardino County areas.

The Inland_Sports Show is a back-to-back finalist for the top radio/television in the Inland Empire.

Pep hosts a number of sports shows in the Inland Empire, including the popular ”Sports Weekly” television show featuring high school sports highlights and interviews on IEMG-TV 3, as well as the Riverside TV Highlight Reel and sports updates on KCAL 96.7 FM. He also joins Geoff Gorham to form the broadcast team for UC Riverside men’s basketball games.

Pep is a member of the Riverside Sport Hall of Fame Executive Board and is the reigning Inland Empire Media Talent of the Year award winner.

He has also won the CIF Southern Section Champion for Character Award, the National Football Foundation award, the Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association award, the Southern California Interscholastic Football Coaches Association award, and was honored by the San Bernardino Unified School District.

Pep graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Journalism/Broadcasting. He began his television career at KAEF-ABC in Eureka, followed by stops at KNVN-NBC in Chico, KRCR-ABC in Redding, and KERO-ABC in Bakersfield. 

Pep is married to his beautiful wife Tara and has two daughters, Alana (11) and Elle (8). He enjoys taking his family to Disneyland and jumping on the trampoline with his kids when he’s not covering local sports.

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Statement by UNIDOS

Chicano artists began efforts to redress the plight of Mexicanos in the United States beginning in the 1960s, a key component of the Chicano Movement. Chicano artists captured and articulated the core of Chicano culture and history, the struggles, and traditions with a commitment to social change. These were and continue to be reflected in theater, corridos or folk songs, traditional folk dances, literature, painting, sculpture, and media art forms.

The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry (The Cheech) of the Riverside Art Museum will be a dynamic daily demonstration of the presence and voice of the Chicano/Latino community. The Cheech will provide a space to highlight and share our history, arte y cultura, and the many contributions Chicanos/Latinos have made and continue to make in Riverside, across the state of California, the nation, and worldwide.

Latino Network, the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Spanish Town Heritage Foundation formed an alliance in December 2017 and pledged a combined organizational commitment of $90,000 to The Cheech.

They further pledged to raise an additional $160,000 for a grand total of $250,000 by expanding the alliance to all Chicano Latino organizations, big and small, across the region. This alliance is now called UNIDOS.

The many organizations and individuals that form UNIDOS have worked for years within the different stages of the movimiento to address issues impacting the Chicano/Latino community. UNIDOS is committed to engage the community and work together to make The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum a reality.

The first UNIDOS annual gala will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center. The theme for this year’s gala is Celebrando Chicano Art. The gala will feature a dinner, live performance, and silent and live auctions. UNIDOS is a proud to offer an evening to celebrate contributions to Chicano art, culture, and industry. The program will include: 

1. A celebration of community recognizing the tireless efforts of the many Chicano/Latino organizations who are actively uplifting and advocating for the community.

2. A presentation by Cheech Marin on how The Cheech came about and his vision for the center.

3. An award presentation celebrating artists and cultural icons who have brought Chicano Art to the forefront. Cheech Marin and contributors to Chicano arts, culture, and industry will be honored.

The Celebrando Chicano Art Gala will host 1,000 guests to share in this celebration and come together to raise funds for The Cheech. All proceeds will benefit The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum.California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Casa Blanca Community Action Group, Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Las Comadres, Latino Network, LULAC of Riverside Council #3190, Concilio Child Development Centers, Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, UC Riverside Chicano Latino Alumni, UC Riverside Chicano Student Programs, and VFW Villegas Chapter.

Awards announced at 6:10 p.m.

Please join us as we announce the winners of this year’s annual Members Exhibition!

Presented by Cultura Con Llantas
Lake Perris Fairgrounds, 18700 Lake Perris Drive

Dress up to get down! This fundraiser for The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum is taking place at the Lake Perris Fairgournds.

Put on by Cultura Con Llantas, the Pachuco Ball will feature live music by Lil Bit of Soul and Flash Bak, food, and drinks, as well as classic cars and lowriders, all at Lake Perris Fairgrounds.

Make art, win raffles for vintage items, and compete in the Dance and Best Dressed competitions!

Tickets are $25 per person, with all proceeds benefiting The Cheech!

Buy your tickets at the door at the event.

More info can be found on Cultural Con Llantas’ Facebook and Instagram.


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

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

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

Q: Is there a secure parking area if I bring my lowrider or classic car?
A: Indeed. There will be a secure and designated area for your sweet ride. For more info, contact Anita Gonzales: 951-255-1342, Rene “Pecas” Camargo: 951-550-9801, or Mr Blue Hernandez: 951-204-6613.

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

Q: What’s included in the $25?
A: Admission to the Pachuco Ball, where you’ll dance the night away to Lil Bit of Soul and Flash Bac. Parking. Amazing classic rides to swoon over. Appetizers from 6 – 8 p.m.

Q: Will there be a bar?
A: Yes!

Q: Will tickets be sold at the door?
A: Yes!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Don Peterson, Mayor Pro Tem of Banning

Jairo Ruiz

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.

The City of Riverside in partnership with the Old Riverside Foundation, the Riverside Arts Council, the Riverside Downtown Partnership, and the Mission Inn Museum and Foundation are hosting the City’s third annual Doors Open event.

Doors Open events began over 30 years ago in France and has since spread across Europe, North America, and Australia. These events provide free access to captivating historic sites that are often closed to the public. By opening the doors to these architectural gems, event organizers hope to increase awareness of historic architecture and the community’s collective heritage. 

For more information, visit: 

(The museum will be closed to the public May 9 – 14, but will be open for this event.)

Performed with Wendy Maruyama’s E. O. 9066 Tag Project

Swirling in silk, telling true tales that triumph over despair, the Riverside Art Museum’s performing artists-in-residence, America’s first Asian Storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki and Emmy Award-winning musician/composer Mark Izu present, The People of the Tags.

The events and circumstances that led to the Japanese prison camps in the 1940s are strikingly similar to what’s happening today. Every incarcerated man, woman, and child was forced to wear a tag with a name and a number. Made of replicas of these tags, Wendy Maruyama’s hanging sculptures bear silent witness.

Brenda’s stories will give dramatic testimony to the real people behind these tags. Stories she has gathered in her 42 years as a teller in the hinterlands of America; acts of bravery and human decency that can teach us strategies for navigating the turbulence of today.

In the polyglot of cultures that is America today, our children marry each other. These beautiful rainbow children unknowingly inherit unresolved trauma. Our descendants are all children of the tags. But if you know your past, together we can change our future.

Please bring photos of people and loved ones who were incarcerated in the Japanese prison camps. By telling their story in a public forum, we can transform their shame into honor. If you are a person from the tags, show up! We will honor YOU!

“Mark Izu’s music is a great gift to the jazz tradition, to its ongoing transformation and revitalization into energetic and unpredictable new directions.”

– Downbeat Magazine

“Aoki encompasses the comic and the tragic with fine, quick, delicate gestures, using everything from her expressive hands and face to her long sweeping black hair . . . making relevant and magical even the most faraway tales.”

 – Los Angeles Times, Critic’s Choice

Since 1976 Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu have, together and separately, created multi-disciplinary work that has received national and international acclaim. They founded First Voice in 1997 with a mission to create, present, and contribute the stories and music of people living between worlds. Critical to this mission is “personal experience” or “voice” – essential to the authentic representation of the people of the United States. 

The two prominent Asian-American artists were founding faculty at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford. First Voice was founded in 1997 to provide an organizational structure for their collaborations, which center on the creation of contemporary American art by working in and adapting non-Western theatrical, musical, and spoken word traditions. First Voice looks for symbols, parables, and shared intent between people that can be woven together to create universal understanding. 

Aoki and Izu’s work has garnered: Emmy Awards: Dramalogue Awards; Critic Circle Awards; Indie Awards; Goldies; Certificates of Merit from the California State Legislature, Mayor of San Francisco, and Board of Supervisors; and commissions from U.S. Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Japanese Department of Cultural Affairs, the Asian Arts Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Japan Friendship, Meet-the-Composer, the Gerbode Foundation, the Dramatist Guild, and the American Association of Authors, Composers, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Throughout the organization’s history, First Voice has produced, presented, toured, published, and recorded original work that incorporates Asian theatre and music (particularly Japanese Nohgaku and Gagaku) and musical and spoken word traditions into indigenous American art forms like jazz and contemporary performance art. This original work includes: symphonic works, plays, storytelling, jazz ensemble, chamber music, large-scale pageant performances with traditional and contemporary dancers, solo monodramas and live performance to silent film. First Voice collaborates not only across disciplines, but also across cultures. Full-length main-stage performances usually revolve around issues of place, home, family and survival. Collaborations include artists from Japan: Aunt Lily’s Flowerbook (2017), MU, (2013), Legend of Morning Glory (2008); Hong Kong: Kuan-Yin: Our Lady of Compassion (2002); Hawaiian treasure Keola Beamer: Ghost Festival I (2001); Basque musician: Kepa Junpera (2010); Karuk Tribal elders Julian Lang and Lyn Risling: Hibakusha (1995); musicians and storytellers from the Cherokee nation: Fire in Heaven (2003); Afro-Peruvian, Mayan, Indian, and Korean dancers: Return of the Sun (2009); classical conductor Kent Nagano, Opera Lyon, and the Berkeley Symphony: Mermaid (1997); and African-American civil rights poet & actor John O’Neal: Ballad of the Bones (1999). The work is premiered in Aoki and Izu’s home base in San Francisco and then presented internationally.

To learn more about the residency,  visit:

For more information on RAM’s Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 exhibition, visit:

Sponsored by:

  • Exhibition sponsored by Bob Harris & Susan Rothermund, Burgess Moving & Storage, with special thanks to the Japanese American National Museum and the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.
  • Exhibit-related programming for Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 was made possible with support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program at the California State Library.

A Story Gathering Workshop

The events and circumstances that led to the incarceration of close to 120,000 Japanese Americans in the 1940s are strikingly similar to what’s happening now. RAM Artists-in-Residence Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu seek to engage with the Riverside community to fill out that narrative, expand on unsung heroes and acts of courage, and discover strategies for living that can be used today.

This workshop is an intergenerational workshop culminating in a roundtable sharing of personal stories and artifacts. Participants, please bring small precious objects that have sustained you during your life. Come prepared to explain how you got them and why they’ve helped you.

The purpose of this workshop is to gather personal stories. Stories about or that resonate with the Japanese American incarceration during WWII; stories of kismet and kindness that go beyond skin color.

Some of these stories may be used to add to the impact of Wendy Maruyama’s The Tag Project and the E09066 historical narrative in the culminating site-specific performance by Aoki and composer Mark Izu on Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m.


Brenda Wong Aoki is trained in Noh and Kyogen, contemporary dance and voice. She continues to entrance audiences throughout the world with her intense, lyrical Japanese ghost legends and heart-warming personal stories. A playwright and performing artist, Brenda has been honored with Hollywood Dramalogue Awards, Critic Circle Awards, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, commissions from U. S. Congress, the State of California, and the City of San Francisco. Her recordings have garnered Indie awards for Best Spoken Word. She is a founding faculty member of Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts. Her grandfather was a founder of the nation’s first Japantown in 1897 in San Francisco. Brenda was raised in Long Beach and in the early 1970s played glockenspiel at football games in the Poly High School marching band.

For more information on Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu, visit:

To learn more about the residency,  visit:

For more information on RAM’s Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 exhibition, visit:

Sponsored by:

  • Exhibition sponsored by Bob Harris & Susan Rothermund, Burgess Moving & Storage, with special thanks to the Japanese American National Museum and the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.
  • Exhibit-related programming for Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 was made possible with support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program at the California State Library.

Bring the WHOLE family to celebrate all things GREEN on the second floor! Enjoy:

  • Ton of art activities (make & takes, plus a giant collaborative mural to help paint) for the kids
  • Learn about famous green artwork and artists
  • Discover the (poisonous!) history of green pigment
  • A fun selfie booth
  • Wear your greenest outfit/costume for a chance to win prizes
  • Storyteller Angela Lloyd will perform stories from Kazakhstan, Korea, and an eclectic mix of songs, all with a green theme! Story time begins at 3 p.m.

We’ll also have some snacks and drinks available for purchase.

It will be $10/wristband. Wristbands allow for participation in the art activities and story time on the second floor. No refunds. Proceeds benefit exhibitions, education, and programming at the Riverside Art Museum.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Learn more about the history of green pigment below:

The Riverside Art Museum Invites YOU to join Artist/Entertainer Gregory Adamson and Coyote Oaks Vineyards on a FANTASTIC VOYAGE!

It’s pARTy time! On a boat! Join artist/entertainer Gregory Adamson and owner/winemaker of Coyote Oaks Vineyards Karen Sherman on a 7-day cruise leaving from Seattle and visiting Astoria, San Francisco, and Victoria BC, while learning about wine and taking part in high-energy art “experiences” on land and sea where even novice painters will take home art pieces they’ll proudly show off!

We embark from Seattle and will sail under the Golden Gate Bridge for an overnight stop in S.F. where we will have almost two whole days to explore, wine taste, and even plein air paint for those who so desire. Then we’ll spend a day in the gorgeous seaside village of Astoria, and then on to Victoria, B.C., before returning to Seattle.

Your cruise fare includes two painting workshops at sea with all supplies provided, plus transportation to/from Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C., where you can sketch or paint with your personal supplies. Also includes wine tasting and education at sea with Karen Sherman of Coyote Oaks Vineyards.

But wait, there’s more! Every guest will receive a complimentary bottle of award-winning Coyote Oaks wine and every booked cabin will receive a gift of art from Gregory Adamson.

There’s still more! Those who join us on this fantastic voyage will reunite for a pizza/ wine party at Coyote Oaks Vineyard in October.

This amazing opportunity is offered by Riverside Art Museum in collaboration with Coyote Oaks, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Connection to Cruise, and Gregory Adamson. Cabins start at just $851 p.p. for seven days and the proprietors of Connection to Cruise are so excited about this trip that they are paying full fare to join you!

So join us; it’s going to be great fun!!!

The Riverside Art Museum Invites YOU to join Artist/Entertainer Gregory Adamson and Coyote Oaks Vineyards on a FANTASTIC VOYAGE!

It’s pARTy time! On a boat! Join artist/entertainer Gregory Adamson and owner/winemaker of Coyote Oaks Vineyards Karen Sherman on a 7-day cruise leaving from Seattle and visiting Astoria, San Francisco, and Victoria BC,while learning about wine and taking part in high-energy art “experiences” on land and sea where even novice painters will take home art pieces they’ll proudly show off!

Learn more about the cruise ship, the Explorer of the Seas, and all this exclusive RAM Art + Wine Pacific Coast Cruise has to offer from Connection to Cruise. You’ll want to book the cruise even before you leave the meeting! 

Info Meeting Date: Thursday, March 22, 6 p.m. at the 
Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501.

Cruise Dates: September 21 – 28, 2018

Please email or call 888-798-9133 for more information.

Join us during our Day of Remembrance free weekend for a moving performance by one-half of our Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066-related Artist-in-Residency duo, Brenda Wong Aoki.

“Aoki encompasses the comic and the tragic with fine, quick, delicate gestures, using everything from her expressive hands and face to her long sweeping black hair…making relevant and magical even the most faraway tales.”

— Los Angeles Times, Critic’s Choice

Commemorate DAY OF REMEMBRANCE. Come see America’s first Asian Storyteller discuss and perform true stories from the Incarceration. 

Artist bio

Brenda Wong Aoki is a writer, performer, and recording artist. Weaving together Japanese Noh and Kyogen theater, dance, and everyday life experience, her plays have been produced in the U.S., Japan, China, Singapore, Australia, and Austria. She has been awarded National Endowment Theater Fellowships, Drama-logue Awards, INDIE awards for Best Spoken Word recordings, a Critics’ Circle Award, and continued ASCAP Innovation Awards for new libretto. She is the first nationally recognized Asian Pacific Storyteller in the nation (NSN Circle of Excellence Award 2014). Her stories are part of the California Collection at the Library of Congress and her plays are part of the Asian American Woman’s Archive at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Known for her agility across disciplines and cultures, Brenda has created theatrical works for symphony, jazz ensembles, Taiko ensemble, contemporary and traditional world dance and solo performance. Her commissioners include the Japan Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Asian Arts Council, U.S. Congress, the City of San Francisco and the NEA. Brenda has deep roots in San Francisco. Her paternal grandfather was a founder of Japantown in the 1890s and her maternal grandmother was a leader of the first Chinatown garment union in the 1920s. She is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) at Stanford University and continues to teach and perform internationally.

To learn more about the artist-in-residency and what part you could play in it, click here.

Free for RAM museum members; included with paid general admission.

Join Associate Curator/Intern Catherina E. Santasilia for a talk and tour of Uncovering Ancient Mexico.

One day each year, people the world over visit local museums and galleries to look at art s-l-o-w-l-y. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.

Reception & Cocktails: 5:45 p.m., Dinner & Program: 6:40 p.m.

Tickets: $80/person, business attire, RSVP by February 20, 2018

Started in 1999, the Top Dog celebration honors individuals who embody the vision and dedication that helped transform a small art center located in the old city dog pound into a dynamic cultural center now housed in our historic Julia Morgan-designed architectural gem.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Gregory Adamson
  • Jim Davis
  • Doris Morton
  • Connie & Roger Ransom

This event is sold out. Thank you for all your support of our Top Dogs!

Artwork by: r. mike nichols

Dozens of museums (including RAM) – presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science – will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge on this day. Visit for a complete list of participating museums.

RAM invites visitors to reflect on civil liberties and stand with those who fight to protect them by creating a paper ID tag, reminiscent of the ones Japanese-Americans were required to wear when being forcibly relocated to incarceration camps during WWII, using small self-portraits taken with polaroid cameras. Participants can add their tag to a Solidarity Wall for the duration of the Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 exhibition. The Tag Yourself Project is also part of RAM’s Play the Museum program.

Exhibit-related programming for Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 was made possible with support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program at the California State Library:

Please join us for the opening Reception for The 52/52+ Project Exhibitions.

Over the past 52 weeks, these artists participated in workshops and ongoing discussions with their fellow 52/52+ Project members with the goal of becoming more creative on a regular basis. Come see the results!

Exhibition Dates: March 1 – April 15, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1, 6 – 8 p.m.

Exhibition Artists:

Becky Bane
Bly Cannon
L W Krebs
Gwen Melby
Mary Melcher
Julie Ann Silverman
Ingrid Tegnér

In addition, John dePillis will have a pop-up exhibit and 
digital drawing demo during the Opening Reception.

President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. The Day of Remembrance is observed to remember the forced incarceration of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWII and its impact.

Admission to the museum is free this weekend and we will offer docent tours featuring our Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 exhibit at 1 p.m. on both days.

Exhibit-related programming for Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 was made possible with support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program at the California State Library:

Taking place at the Riverside Public Library, this conference is free and open to the public with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. It is being put on by UCR, the Center for Ideas and Society, and Associate Curator/Intern for the Riverside Metropolitan’s exhibition, Uncovering Ancient Mexico: The Mystery of Tlatilco, hosted by the Riverside Art Museum.

Renowned storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki and Emmy Award-winning composer Mark Izu will weave Asian-American history, family legend, and humor together in a vibrant celebration of our community.

Inspired by Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066, Brenda and Mark will place their focus on the interracial connections (including love stories) around the time of the incarceration and the impact on their descendants today. Because of a long-shared history, they will specifically reach out to the Chicano/Mexicano and Japanese-American communities in Riverside.

The project still in development, Brenda writes:

Distilling our conversations, researching Wendy’s work, and cognizant of the current demographics of Riverside, the energy building around The Cheech Marin Center, and the need to bring attention to the Hard House renovation efforts and the immigration issues stressing the Latino community, we thought long and hard about what kind of community engagement we could do around the Japanese incarceration that would add to the story.

Our work, while based in the Japanese/Chinese/Asian-American experience, is intended to be culturally specific, but universally empowering. Unfortunately, the racial bigotry so devastating to our ancestors is repeating itself to both new immigrants and to second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-generation Latinos, Muslims, Asians, and others. As we begin to unwrap our histories in California, we find not merely commonalities of subjugation, but also that we banded together and provided mutual support for each other. While Japanese-Americans were incarcerated, those who remained tended the fields and stored our treasured possessions. And when we returned, we joined together on athletic fields in the matrimony. We fought together in the military and fought anti-miscegenation laws. Tamales on New Year’s Eve became just as important as ozoni on New Year’s morning.

Join us for:

  • Tales of Resilience: A Talk Story Performance: February 17, 2018, 1 p.m. | Commemorate DAY OF REMEMBERANCE. Come see America’s first Asian Storyteller discuss and perform true stories from the Incarceration. If you have a story of interracial connection to share, please speak with Brenda after the performance. Click here for photos from the eventClick here for video from the event.
  • Milagro, Talisman & Love Stories, A Story Gathering Workshop: March 10, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | This workshop is an intergenerational workshop culminating in a roundtable sharing of personal stories and artifacts. Participants, please bring small precious objects that have sustained you during your life. Come prepared to explain how you got them and why they’ve helped you. The purpose of this workshop is to gather personal stories. Stories about or that resonate with the Japanese American incarceration during WWII; stories of kismet and kindness that go beyond skin color.
  • The People of the Tags: March 17, 2018, 1 p.m. | Brenda’s stories will give dramatic testimony to the real people behind these tags. Stories she has gathered in her 42 years as a teller in the hinterlands of America; acts of bravery and human decency that can teach us strategies for navigating the turbulence of today. Click here for a short video from the end of the event.

Exhibit-related programming for Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 was made possible with support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program at the California State Library:

Individual Sponsorships

One-Sphere Sponsor: $350

When you participate in Riverside’s largest community art project by sponsoring a sphere, you get to determine who will receive it when the public display is over. You can choose to keep it or donate it to a school, community center, or City Park and Rec playground of your choice. You will be listed a “Sphere” sponsor in our program and invited to all events throughout Art Float – Riverside.

Three-Sphere Sponsor: $1,000

Receive all of the above times three. In addition, you will receive two tickets to our Launch Party on May 11, 2018, your name in all programs and triple the tax deduction (to the extent of the law)! Best of all, you’ll be helping the Riverside Art Museum with their mission-driven programs, including Art-to-Go, the in-school art education program for K-8th grade children.

Business Sponsorships

Businesses who choose to underwrite Art Float – Riverside will be featured on all signage, brochures, banners, and programs! All advertisements, press releases and media announcements will also highlight our business friends and their logos. All gifts are tax-deductible donations to the Riverside Art Museum and benefit their on-going programs, including art education in schools.


Big Publicity


Bigger Publicity

EGRET LEVEL: $10,000

Biggest Publicity

Click here to choose your Sponsorship Level and pay.

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 

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.

THANK YOU for coming out and enjoying the Art Floats

while they were at the Park May 11 – June 1. We hope you enjoyed them.

Please consider entering your Art Float-inspired art and photography in our contest! See details below!

Interested in sponsoring a sphere? CLICK HERE!

May 11 – June 1, 2018

Credit Portraits of Hope_a27c web.jpgThe Riverside Art Museum (RAM), in collaboration with the City of Riverside’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department and the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD), will host a signature community art event that will involve hundreds of huge, floating, hand-painted spheres in Lake Evans at Fairmount Park. Called Art Float – Riverside, the project is patterned after one staged a few years ago by Portraits of Hope in Los Angeles. The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, the volunteer fundraising group of RAM, is spearheading the event that will take place May 11 – June 1, 2018. When complete, the floating artwork will feature over 350 hand-painted spheres that will float in Lake Evans for a three-week festival.

Each plastic sphere is six feet in diameter and will be brightly painted by schoolchildren at 48 RUSD schools. After being painted, the spheres will be launched in Lake Evans at Fairmount Park and will float as a huge piece of community art. During the time the spheres will be in the lake, there will be multiple events for the public to enjoy.

“This will be a signature event in Riverside,” says Lucile Arntzen, incoming RAM Board President. “It will allow everyone free access to a unique kind of community art.”

Art Float – Riverside chairwoman, Kathy Allavie, says that one of the unique aspects of the project is the involvement of thousands of schoolchildren throughout the city. Allavie, who also sits on the RUSD Board of Trustees, is excited to bring the art experience into the schools. “Our painting teams will be visiting each school and letting the children participate in the process,” says Allavie. “I know that when they see the spheres floating colorfully in the lake they will be thrilled to have had a hand in its creation.”

Art Float – Riverside is also a fundraiser for the museum. Allavie is hoping to have 350 spheres sponsored by community members for $350 each. After the event, the sponsors can keep the painted spheres or have them donated to a school, library, or community center. The money raised by the project will return to RAM’s mission-driven programs, including their award-winning art education program called Art-to-Go. Art-to-Go delivers art education directly to each classroom with age-appropriate projects and lessons given by qualified art instructors.  RUSD has engaged the museum to deliver around 3,700 art classes in all their elementary schools, K-6th, this coming year.

Inspired by Portraits of Hope.

Windermere Tower Properties Family Art Day in the Park

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., near the playground and carousel, free to attend (tickets available for purchase on-site to participate in select art-making activities while supplies last)

Bring your family and friends to see the Art Float spheres and have a fun-filled day at the park! Enjoy activities (like giant bubble making, colorful kite making, splatter painting, etc., while supplies last), bring your own picnic lunch and listen to live music, play outdoor games, and more!

UPDATE: Enjoy the following community activities for free:

  • enjoy an outdoor game of croquet, giant bowling, or hula hooping;
  • get ready to rumble in the Battle of the Drawings with artist and Division 9 Gallery owner Cosme Cordova;
  • take a seat to reflect and write using nature-inspired prompts with Inlandia Institute;
  • check out the unique sculpture made out of found objects by Tios Tacos owner Martin Sanchez;
  • enjoy musical performances coordinated by RUSD;
  • learn about water conservation from the City of Riverside;
  • say hello to the City’s Parks & Recreation Department;
  • spin the Windermere Tower Properties wheel at the sponsor table; and
  • sit in a Riverside Fire Truck and honk the horn and hear the siren (12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.)

No refunds on day-of sales. Proceeds benefit exhibitions, education, and programming at the Riverside Art Museum.

Click here for a map of Fairmount Park and
where the events will take place, as well as where to park.

This event is sponsored by:


IMG_0514.JPGThe Altura Credit Union and RAM Art and Photography Contest

Free and open to everyone, all you have to do is depict the wonder and excitement of Art Float – Riverside through a painting, drawing, or photo. It’s easy to enter for the chance to win cash and prizes, and have your creative work displayed at the art museum and at Altura branch offices across the city.

Click here for contest info, rules, and the application!

This contest is sponsored by:


Thank you to our generous sponsors:




Amy S. Harrison


Albert A. Webb Associates

Brad Alewine

Kathy and John Allavie

James Antoyan – JLA Real Estate Group

Lucile Arntzen

Blue Banner Packing

Craig Blunden

Jill and Gordon Bourns

Carol and Nick Brown

Kathy and Gary Christmas

Betty Dixon

Sandra and John Fay

Fritts Ford

Ellen and Clarence Peterson Foundation

Lucy and Frank Heyming

Georgia L. Hill

HUB International 

Piper Jaffray

Jeff Clark Heavy Equipment Repair, Inc., Michelle and Jeff Clark

Francisca and Eric Johnson

S. Sue Johnson

Jeannene and Kevin Kelly

Assemblymember Jose Medina

Laura and Matt Merickel

Neff Construction, Inc.

Debby and Ken Phillips

The Ransom-McKenzie Team

Riverside Education Enrichment Foundation (REEF)

Riverside Optimists Youth Club, Inc. 

Stronghold Engineering, Inc.

Stuart Family

U.S. Congressman Mark Takano

Launa Wilson and Chad Young

Windermere Tower Properties/Collette Lee

Kathy Wright and Dwight Tate


Jamie and Raul Aballi

Ashley and Jose Alcala

Alcott Elementary PTA

Ann Alden 

Doreen and Mike Alewine

Jaclyn Allavie

Paula and David Allbeck

Lorraine and Richard Anderson


Art Alliance Sustainer Friends

Kathy Arthur

The Arts Area – Inland Empire Arts Directory

Eileen and Stephen Ashwal

Baccarella Insurance Services, Inc.

Lori and Bryan Backstrom 

Carolyn Badger

Mayor Rusty Bailey

The Bailey Family

Pam and Mark Balys

Debbie Barles and Scott Zohlman

Jane and Joe Barr

Kathy and Matt Barth

Michael Bates – Merrill Lynch

Drs. Brad Baum and Carla Lidner Baum

Sally and Chuck Beaty

Benjamin Franklin Elementary 

Ellie and Richard Bennett 

Judy Berg

Candia and Dan Bernstein

Ileana and Timothy Black

Kathy and Dave Bocian

Linda and Ted Boecker

Sharon and Cal Boothby 

Geraldine Bowden

Gary Bowman – Bowman Financial Svcs. 

Selina and Phillip Bremenstuhl

Kristen Bristow 

Vicki Broach and Tim Kelley 

Bud’s Tire Pros

Christine Cahraman, Attorney at Law

Cannon Management

Quinn Alexandra Castellino

Erin Christmas

Citizens United for Resources and the Environment, Inc. (“CURE”)

Citrus Hills Middle School

Suzy and Gary Clem

The Community Foundation

Irene Conable

Jessica L. Cook and Nicholas A. Konoske

Nancy L. Cox and Kathy Schulz

Phyllis and Jim Crabtree

Elizabeth and Stephen Cunnison


Donna and Dr. Tom Davis

Matthew Davis

Clyde Derrick

Desiree’s Designs

Susan and Jim Dieterich

J. L. and Frankie Dietzman 

DLR Group

Downtown Area Neighborhood Alliance

Sharon A. Duffy

Margo and Bud Dutton

Barbara Ermert – The Spa @ Canyon Crest

Marcia and Tom Evans

Dr. Angelov Farooq

Sandra J. Ferguson

Virginia and Charlie Field

Fiesta Village Family Fun Park 

First Thursday Book Club

Fremont Elementary PTA

Patti and David Funder

Gage Retirees 

Councilmember Mike Gardner, Ward 1

Gillian and Larry Geraty

Mary Anne and Paul Gill

Cheryl and Dayton Gilleland

Dorothy and Dr. Anthony Ginter

Dr. Ray R. Glendrange, Riverside Eye Specialists

Gless Ranch

Rene M. Glynn and Dan Benner

Deirdre and Rich Goeman

Rebeccah Goldware and Larry Burns 

Gortner Family

Ann and Jerry Grell/Jag Ranch Services

Adam Guzkowski

Nicole Ha and Dianne Ha

Richard Haller 

Diane and Dave Hansen 

Happily Retired BRINKs

Linda Harding-Hicks, Aquamotion, Riverside Parks & Recreation

Mark E. Harris 

Harrison Elementary School PTA 

Haupt-Wadding Family

Barbara and Dr. Fred Havens

Vickie and Brian Hawley

HMC Architects

Cathy and Toby Holmes

Barbara and Jeff Holshouser

Jacqueline and Andrew Hopper

Geri and Tom Hunt

Inland Empire Blue Belles

Inland Empire Magazine

In Memory of Mrs. Lou R. Ulrich 

Jefferson Elementary PTA

Jeni, Paul and Ashley

John Rezaei Dental 

John W. North High School

Shelley and Bob Kain

Cathy and Steve Kienle

Kiwanis Club of Riverside

Kiwanis Club of Uptown Riverside

Monette and Warren Klure

Robert H. Krain, M.D. 

Sari and Owen Kustner

Georgia and Christopher Kutch

Lahr Family

Lake Mathews Elementary 

La Noria Market

Dee and Dennis Lausé

Law Offices of Brian C. Pearcy, APC 

Lauren Lee

 Peggy and Arthur Littleworth

Live Nation — FOX Performing Arts Center

Live Nation — Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Patricia Lock-Dawson and Scott Dawson

Elizabeth Lossing and William Nicoletti 

Marsha and Ron Loveridge

Peggy Luebs

Judy and Michael Luther

Councilmember Chris MacArthur, Ward 5

Mary and Sperry MacNaughton

Tami and Steve Maio

Bailey and Alexander Mann

Mark Twain Elementary School PTA

Gregory Marrujo, M.D.

Matthew Gage Middle School PTA

Maureen Kane & Associates, Inc.

Ann and Pat McDonnell

Pauline and Bill McGuigan

Marcia McQuern 

Ann Marie and Councilmember Andy Melendrez

Eileen and Jim Milam

Joan Miller

Patricia Miller

Fran and Bob Moerke

Monster Media, Inc.

Patricia and Keith Moorman

Cathy and Steve Morford

Dennis Morgan – Inland Pacific Advisors, Inc. 

Linda K. Mullen

Shannon Murphy and John Conrad


Aaron Norris 

Jennifer, Damien, and Marleigh O’Farrell 

Korinne and Thomas Ortega

Michelle Ouellette

Betty and Walter Parks

Jenny and Tim Pietro 

Kathy and Phil Pitchford 

Professional Growth System, a Division of RUSD 

Project T.E.A.M. 

Gloria and Dallas Rabenstein

Lori and Tom Raffy

Raincross Readers Bookclub 

Sue Rainey and John Collins

RAM Staff

Jinnefer and Robert Razo

Re-elect Brent Lee, RUSD Trustee

Residents for Responsible Representation

Emmanuelle and Morey Reynolds

Patricia Reynolds

Todd Ridgway – C21 Lois Lauer

Riverside Air Service, Inc.

Riverside Community Health Foundation

The Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau

Riverside Downtown Partnership

Riverside East Rotary Club

Riverside Personnel Services

Riverside Police Foundation

Riverside Truck & Equipment, Inc. 

Riverside Woman’s Club

Robyn A. Rogers and Ronald McCaskill

Rotary Club of Riverside

Cindy and Richard Roth

Susan Rothermund and Robert Harris 

Phyllis and Arnold Rowe

Ruhnau Clarke Architects

Karen and Steve Russell 

Rosie Russell

Melissa and John Russo

Camille Sanders and Tom Powell

Sandy and Bill Schnack

Margaret G. Scott 

The Scrappy Sisters Scrapbook Group, Supporting CSDR in the Art Float Project 

Joan and Gary Semonella 

Sandy and Wayne Sheppard

Sue and Rich Simonin

Robin and Paul Sinkhorn

Leslie Slamal/Jill and Tim Peterson

Cookie Smith

Maria F. and Thomas Smith

Sarah Smith

Carole Stadelbacher

Janice Stolzy

David St. Pierre 

Leslie A. Swor 

Irma Tandingan and Grenia Arceo 

Taylor’s Appliance

Teaman, Ramirez & Smith, Inc. 

Tesselle Cement Tiles – Daniel & Karin Jeske

Terre and Bill Thomas

Thompson & Colegate LLP

Kathryn Uhrich and Jeffrey Holmes

Louise and Hans van Delft

VNA California

Athena and David Waite

Cathleen and Terry Walling

Carole and Jim Ward

Sandy Webb

Nina Weidhouse – Water Aerobics by Nina

Western Rehab/La Vonne Dodge

Susan and Les Whittaker

Todd Wingate

Kyley and Steven Ybarra

Billie Yeager

Kristi and Jacques Yeager

Hedy Zikratch-Tyson and Jimmie Tyson

A special THANK YOU to Vista Paint, Smokey Canyon BBQ, D’Elia’s Grinders, Migliore Gourmet Foods, Jammin’ Bread Bakery and Cafe, and Nothing Bundt Cakes — Riverside!

Thank you to our collaborating partners for this community art event:

The 5th Annual Riverside Art Market is a fundraiser that helps support the Riverside Art Museum’s mission-driven efforts to engage, inspire, and build community through the arts. The Riverside Art Market is free and open to the public, taking up the entire city block with vendors placed within both the Riverside Art Museum and the Riverside Municipal Auditorium.

The setting is a beautiful place for the community to come and enjoy looking at and buying unique arts and crafts. In addition to a fun day of shopping, visitors will enjoy multiple art demonstrations, participatory art projects, musicians, face painters, balloon artists, and the very popular children’s craft area–a perfect family-centered day.

With over 100 artist and artisan vendors, gourmet food trucks, and thousands of visitors, the Riverside Art Market is sure to be a lively and welcoming downtown community event.

This event is put on by the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum. To become a member, click here.

Vendor Check In

For vendor check-in instructions, click here.

For vendor site map, click here.

Click here to see a list of vendors who have signed up so far!

Become a sponsor!

The Riverside Art Market is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Because there is no cost for the public to attend, funds are raised by:

  • booth fees from the vendors; and 
  • sponsors who help underwrite the event.

Your sponsorship supports RAM’s commitment to the local arts community, arts education, and outreach. Please review the levels of sponsorship below and return the form with your tax-deductible donation. Although we accept donations at any time, the deadline for recognition on printed materials is March 2, 2018.

Click here to download the sponsorship letter for more information on the sponsorship levels available and to fill in the sponsorship form if you would like to mail in your sponsorship.


Live music provided by the Music Fellows from the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts by UC Riverside. 


This event is generously sponsored by:


Dave & Kathy Bocian

Jacqueline and Andrew Hopper

Kathy and Gary Christmas


Cathy & Steve Morford

Patti & David Funder

Lee Levin

Kathy & John Allavie

Richard & Lorraine Anderson

Sari & Owen Kustner

Ron and Marsha Loveridge

Philip & Selina Bremenstuhl

Shannon Murphy and John Conrad

Teresa and Robert Newell

Lucile Arntzen

Sperry and Mary MacNaughton

T.L. Mazzetti

Thank you to the following donors:

Suzy and Gary Clem | Martha Smith | Sue Spitzer | Emmanuelle Reynolds | Kathy Arthur | Rebecca Kitchings

The Annual Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony presented by Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, starts at 4:30 p.m. In one swift move, the castle-like hotel is instantly illuminated with nearly 4.5 million holiday lights followed by a full fireworks display.

RAM will hold art activities on our front lawn in conjunction with the Switch-On beginning at 5 p.m. Join us for fun, free art activities for the whole family. Don’t miss our Luminaries Project. CalBaptist University (CBU) Assistant Professor in the visual arts Kristi Lippire and CBU visual arts students will create an illuminated sculpture which will be on display for the duration of the Festival of Lights.

Free admission with downloaded ticket

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

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.

Please visit to download your free ticket.

Please join us for the Opening Reception for artist Trude Parkinson’s exhibition, Emanations.

Join a drawing session with Potatostamp artist Jeff Soto, Maxx242, and other guest artists. Come prepared to draw or to chat. We will be creating art, sharing secrets, and talking craft in this casual event. Coffee and Sharpies provided!

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.

Exhibit-related events are free for museum members. Included with paid admission unless otherwise noted. (Want to get in free for this event? Click here for details.)

Join Potatostamp artist Jeff Soto as he discusses and shows his poster work and his collection in this presentation that is half gallery talk and half slideshow.

Join us for the Opening Reception for Jeff Soto’s latest exhibit, Potatostamp, at RAM.

RAM Exhibit-related events are free for museum members. Included with paid general admission.

Psst! For info on what other participating PST: LA/LA museums out here in the Inland Cities of Claremont, Pomona, (Riverside!), and Palm Springs are doing during our regional weekend and beyond, like us on Facebook: to learn more about our exhibits and all the exhibit-related programming we collectively have as part of PST: LA/LA.

Below are RAM’s regional weekend events.

Spanish Colonial Revival Photo Safari

Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

Join artist Douglas McCulloh on a SCR photo safari across downtown Riverside. It will begin with a fast-moving powerpoint overview at RAM outlining conceptual approaches and general tactics. Then McCulloh will lead a tour with sites ranging from “SCR Old School Classics” to “SCR Mutant Offspring”. Please bring your own camera!

Build a Mission Mega-Model!

Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join a team of Mission model makers to build one or several Mission mega-models over the course of one frenzied day at RAM. Learn more about the impact of missions on the lives of missionaries and native peoples. All ages welcome.

What Am I Looking At? Decoding Elements of SCR Architecture

Saturday, November 18, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Join local historian Walter Parks for this introductory lecture on the basic elements of SCR architecture and its historical influences.

Jekel, Spurgeon, and Wilson: IE Architects of the Spanish Colonial Revival

Saturday, November 18, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Join historians Dr. Vincent Moses and Cate Whitmore to learn more about how Riverside took a prominent role in advancing the creation and rise of the Spanish Colonial Revival as regional architecture, as seen through two phases, Mission Revival and Mediterranean Revival. After the lecture, join Vince and Cate for a tour of notable Spanish Colonial buildings in downtown Riverside.

Collectors Seminar: Spanish Colonial Revival Decorative Arts

Sunday, November 19, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Curator Lindsey Rossi will discuss notable, regional collections of Spanish Colonial decorative arts and material culture, as well as highlight decorative collecting trends among some of the earlier, prominent Riverside families. The role of the Mission Inn will also be discussed. After the talk, Lindsey will be available to answer questions about your antiques.

We are sorry to inform you that the Collectors Seminar is cancelled due to the curator’s illness. We apologize for any inconvenience and we hope to reschedule this seminar for a future date. Please stop by the museum on Saturday, November 18, for a full day of Myth & Mirage programming. Thank you.

Please join us for the Joint Opening Receptions of the Riverside Art Museum’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition, Myth & Mirage: Inland Southern California, Birthplace of the Spanish Colonial Revival, and UCR ARTSblock’s PST: LA/LA exhibition, Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Both locations will be open and free to the public to celebrate our respective PST: LA/LA exhibitions!

Major support for both exhibitions and their respective publications were provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.