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

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

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

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

CALL FOR ARTIST VENDORS

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

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

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

Vendor Waiver & Instructions
Vendor Booth Map

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

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

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

Sponsor Information with downloadable form

Click here to pay online for sponsorship



Thank you to our Art Market 2024 Sponsors

CITY SPONSOR

City of Riverside


ROSE SPONSOR

Kathy and David Bocian


TULIP SPONSOR

Riverside East Rotary Foundation, Inc.

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


HYACINTH SPONSOR

Burgess Moving & Storage


MARIGOLD SPONSOR

Gless Ranch
Woodard Group
Riverside Downtown Partnership

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


DAISY SPONSOR

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

BEVERAGE SPONSOR

Euryale Brewing Company



DECEMBER 7, 2023

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

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


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


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

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

DECEMBER 3, 2023

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

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


Join us for a Las Posadas celebration!

@The Cheech

12:00 – 12:20               Grupo Axolotl

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

12:30 – 12:45               Song instruction

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

@Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building)

1:00 – 1:20                  Grupo Axolotl performs

2:00 – 2:20                  Folklorico Perris HS

3:00 – 3:20                  Folklorico Rubidoux HS

4:00 – 5:00                  David Borquez


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


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


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

NOVEMBER 5, 2023

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

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


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

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

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

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

Art activity with UC Riverside Gluck Fellow, Athena Sesma


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

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

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

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

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

Free, open to the public – RSVP here.


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


NOVEMBER 2, 2023

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

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


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

@ Riverside Art Museum (Julia Morgan Building)

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

Due to limited room capacity, please RSVP here

@ The Cheech

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

Indigenous Futurism

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

Refreshments and catering provided by Zacatecas Catering.

Music by DJ Quilo


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

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

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

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

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

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

OCTOBER 5, 2023

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

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


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

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

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

All-ages jumbo games on the outdoor patio

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

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

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

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

OCTOBER 1, 2023

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

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

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

Lawn games from 12-5pm

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


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


October Sponsored by Wescom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM – QUITAPENAS

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – El Santo Golpe

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

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM — MILPA

1:15 PM to 1:45 PM – Deladeso

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

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

Deejay music between band sets – Las Chicas Tristes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Thank you to our benefit concert sponsors:

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

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

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

Registration

About

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

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

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

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

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

Click here to register!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsors:

Cultura Con Llantas

Los Cinco

Latino Network

April 30, 2023

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Art Talk

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Schedule

10:00am                      Welcome Remarks

10:15am                      Introduction and Overview of Panels

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

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

Moderated by Joseph Daniel Valencia (Vincent Price Art Museum)

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

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

Moderated by Selene Preciado (Independent Curator and Getty Foundation)

12:30am-1:30pm       Lunch Break

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

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

Moderated by JV Decemvirale (CalTech)

2:30-4:00pm               Closing Reception

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Artist Vendors

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

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

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

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

Vendor Map, Waiver, Application Instructions and Rules & Procedures

Vendor Applications Closed

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

Become a Sponsor!

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

Sponsor Information and Donation Form

Click here to become a sponsor

Thank you to these generous sponsors:

Entertainment Stage Sponsor:

Pam & Mark Balys

Kathy & David Bocian


Children’s Pavilion Sponsors:

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Cheryl & Dayton Gilleland

Sue Johnson
Riverside East Rotary Foundation


ARTrageous Sponsors:

Francie & Eric Johnson

Patricia Reynolds


ARTventurous Sponsors:

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


ARTastic Sponsors:

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


Thank you to generous donors:

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


Media Sponsor

Camping World

Beverage Sponsor

Euryale Brewing

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

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

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

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

See you there!

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

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

This event is at capacity.

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

February 25, 2023

2 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Art Talk

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Book Signing

Registration Required

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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

REGISTER HERE!

January 21 | 1:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M.

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

REGISTER HERE!

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

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

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

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

Admission is FREE!

Walk-up tickets are available at the front desk.

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

January 15, 2023 | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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

Register here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.santkhalsa.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 14

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

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

REGISTER HERE!

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

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

Register here!

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

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

Register here!

Artist Bio:

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

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

January 8, 2023 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

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

We’ll see you there!

December 10, 2022 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

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

November 25, 2022 | 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

To RSVP for this event, visit HERE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 20, 2022, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

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

October 15, 2022, 6–8:30 p.m. PT

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

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

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

RSVP HERE

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

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

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

Learn more about The Sign Catcher

Meet our featured celebrities for this event:

Elipidia Carrillo

Jesse Borrego

Daniel Villarreal

Richard Montoya

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

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

Opening Reception and Sale

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

Become a Sponsor!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Artists!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The important dates for you to be aware of are:

Art Intake:

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

Art Pick Up:

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

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

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

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

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

VANCOUVER SPONSOR

Pam and Mark Balys

Drs. David and Kathy Bocian

Kathy and Gary Christmas


TORONTO SPONSOR

Selina and Phil Bremenstuhl

Suzy and Gary Clem

Cheryl and Dayton Gilleland

Tami and Steve Maio – Westcoe Realtors

Tiffany North

Betty and Walter Parks

Emmanuelle Reynolds

Simonin Family

Kathy Wright and Dwight Tate


MONTREAL SPONSOR

Lorraine and Richard Anderson

Lucile Arntzen

Eileen and Stephen Ashwal

Scott Beloian

Juanita Bigelow

Linda and Ted Boecker

Erin Christmas

Anne and Joseph Deem

Ana Farfan

Patti and David Funder

Suzanne Gray

Debra and Jeff Johnson

Michelle Ouellette

Mark and Brandy Parker

Mesa Fence Co., Inc./ John Cooke

Patricia Reynolds

Marianne Ronay

Camille Sanders ad Tom Powell

Cookie Smith

Ofelia Valdez-Yeager, Louis E. Yeager III

Athena Waite

Madelyn Warner

Eduardo Jimenez

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capacity is limited.

Click here to register

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

Carlos Castro Arias

Rubén Ortiz Torres

de la Torre Brothers

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

Additional support provided by California Humanities.

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

Saturday, August 6, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entertainment lineup:

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

5:10 p.m. BFDR Danzas Aztecas

4:10 p.m. El Santo Golpe

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

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

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

1:40 p.m. Cherry Bomb Revival

1:25 p.m. Ballet Folklorico De Riverside

12:25 p.m. Los Rockin Slugs

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

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

10 a.m. Ballet Folklorico De Riverside Aztec Blessing

Thank you to our opening day sponsors:

Celebrating the Opening of The Cheech!

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

Riverside Convention Center, 3637 5th St., Riverside

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

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

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

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

The 2022 awards and their respective honorees include:

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

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

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

Thank you to our gala sponsors:

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

Riverside Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside

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

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

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

To purchase tickets, click here!

Thank you to our benefit concert sponsors:

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

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

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

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

Call for Vendors

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

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

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

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

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

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

Become a Sponsor!

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsor Levels

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

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

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

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

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Children’s Pavilion Sponsors:

Kathy & David Bocian

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Cheryl & Dayton Gilleland

Sue & Bill Johnson

Ruth Ann Ryan & Stephen Parker

ARTrageous Sponsors:

Mark & Pam Balys

Francisca & Eric Johnson

Riverside East Rotary Foundation, Inc

ARTventurous Sponsors:

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

ARTastic Sponsors:

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

Thanks you to generous donors:

Gloria Rabenstein | Nicolette Rohr

No cost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Become a Sponsor!

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

Los Angeles: $5,000

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

Tulsa: $1,000

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

Chicago: $300

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

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

Call for Artists

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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

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

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

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

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

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

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

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

Registration is now closed. Thank you.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

LOS ANGELES

Brad Alewine of

TULSA PLUS

TULSA

Pam & Mark Balys

Kathy & David Bocian

Selina & Phil Bremenstuhl

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Mike Dahdul

Adam Guzkowski

Jacqueline & Dr. Andrew Hopper

Francisca & Eric Johnson

Cathy & Terry Walling

Sandy Webb

CHICAGO PLUS

Betty & Walter Parks

CHICAGO

Kathy & John Allavie

Lorraine & Richard Anderson

The Arntzen Family

Eileen & Stephen Ashwal

Kathleen & Matt Barth

Michael Bates

Dan Benner & René Glynn

Judy Berg

Erin Christmas

Suzy & Gary Clem

The Clem Clan

Amy Conger

Phyllis Crabtree

Anne & Joseph Deem

Marcia & Tom Evans

Patti & David Funder

Cheryl & Dayton Gilleland

Debra & Jeff Johnson

Judy Davies Designs

Beth & Doug Kollmyer

Sari & Owen Kustner

Peggy & Arthur Littleworth

Tami & Steve Maio

Monster Media

Louise D. Moore

Doris Morton

Tiffany North

Raymond Phipps

Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds

Rosie Russell

Sandy & Bill Schnack

Patricia Reynolds

Cookie Smith

Carole Stadelbacher

Janis & Wendel Tucker

Athena & David Waite

Madelyn Warner and Denise & Chuck Stevens

General Donations

Melanie A. Miller

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

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

***UPDATE***

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

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

To sign up for the workshop, click here.

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

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

This program is made possible by:

Free admission with downloaded ticket

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tell Your Story: Chicano Oldies to Souldies

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

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

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

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

Tell Your Story: Chicano Oldies to Souldies, Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tell Your Story: #1960Now

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

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

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

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

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

Moderated by Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director

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

Design for a Healthier World

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

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

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

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

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

Registration is required. Registration link coming soon! 

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

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

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

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

Click here to register for Inland Empire Transformations Made Visible.

Sponsored by the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum

$25 per car

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

Entry fee is $25 per car.

Prizes will be awarded for:

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

There will also be participation prize drawings.

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

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

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

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

Click here to register.

Happy hunting!

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

Latinx Issue Release Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicano Art Then and Now

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

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

Jennifer Nájera
Erika Hirugami  
William Camargo
Pável Acevedo
Jessica Carrillo

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

No cost

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

A Cultura con Llantas Event

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

About Dr. Carlos E. Cortés

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

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

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

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

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

No cost; while supplies last

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

Benefit Concert for The Cheech!

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

Tickets available at: www.riversidelive.com

VIP Sponsorship Opportunities listed below 

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

Brought to you by: 

VIP Sponsorship Opportunities

We have the following event sponsorship opportunities available:

$15,000 PRESENTING SPONSOR:

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

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

$10,000 MAJOR SPONSOR:

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

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

$5,000 ADVOCATE:

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

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

$2,500 SUPPORTER:

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

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

$1,000 FRIEND:

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

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

$500 BELIEVER:

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

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

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A SPONSOR!

This event is generously sponsored by:

ADVOCATE LEVEL SPONSOR

SUPPORTER LEVEL SPONSOR

FRIEND LEVEL SPONSOR

Latino Network | Assemblymember Jose Medina | Ramirez y Ramirez

BELIEVER LEVEL SPONSOR

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

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

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

No cost as part of First Sundays @ RAM

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

This event is generously sponsored by:

Los Cinco | Luis Aguilar | Richard Carnero

Russell Juarequi | Jorge Hernandez | Luis Lopez

No cost to attend; light refreshments will be available

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

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

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

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

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

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

Once-in-a-Lifetime Raffle Opportunity!

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

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

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

Click here to purchase your raffle ticket(s)!

About Gregory Adamson

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

No cost

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

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

No cost

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

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

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

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

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

Denise Kraemer

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

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

C. Matthew Luther

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

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

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

His artwork has recently been exhibited at San Diego Mesa College, LAESXLA, and San Pedro Soundpedro, along with international exhibitions in China, Italy, and South Korea. Luther has been a visiting Artist-in-Residence in Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

Luther is a presenter at the 2019 New Media Caucus Symposium at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and currently teaches at Moreno Valley College.

www.canvasofruin.com

http://www.matthewluther.com/

Tim Musso & Pavel Acevedo: Saturday, November 23, 1 p.m.–2 p.m. 

Tim Musso 

Musso grew up in the wild foothills of the Motherlode, just 20 miles from where gold was first discovered in California in 1848. Musso’s childhood was filled with exploring the forests, rivers, and mountains of the Northern Sierra Nevada. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and Printmaking respectively at California State University, Long Beach. 

While Musso enjoys living in the urban environment of Southern California, he finds it important to run to the hills for extended periods of time. In the wilderness, he hikes (~4,000 miles to date), sketches, photographs, and creates rubbings of natural objects. This extensive documentation of the natural world then becomes the reference material for his intricately detailed prints and drawings. 

Musso exhibits his work internationally with works in both museums and private collections.

https://www.timmusso.com/

Pável Acevedo, Oaxaca, Mx (1984)

My formal art studies began at the Rufino Tamayo Plastic Arts Workshop in Oaxaca City while I was an assistant and student of the Lithography studio. In 2006, I enrolled to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in visual arts at La Escuela de Bellas Artes/Fine Arts School of Oaxaca where I studied under the guidance of prolific artists Shinzaburo Takeda and Raul Herrera. During this time, I completed my education by taking workshops with artists such as Isis Rodriguez, Marietta Bernstorff, Inma Coll, and Elvia Esparza. I was also an assistant in the print studios of artist Demian Flores (Taller Grafica Actual) and Alejandro Santiago (Taller la Huella).

In 2010, I moved to Riverside, California, and started getting involved in printmaking projects with a social justice and educational awareness component in communities of color throughout California. In 2015, I opened my printmaking studio by collaborating with “The Desert Triangle Print Carpeta” located provisionally in Riverside. In the last few years, I was commissioned by the Wignall Contemporary Art Museum for a permanent mural, as well as by La Sierra University for a mural for their Art Department, and the City of Riverside for a mural located in Downtown.

I’ve being traveling, giving printmaking workshops around the U.S. in Albuquerque with New Grounds/Remarque Print Shop, as printmaker-in-residence with Horned Toad Printshop guided by Manuel Guerra and KALA Art Institute in Berkeley, California, and, recently, I was included to be a  professional artist by Speedball.

My artwork has been exhibited in different group shows between Mexico and the U.S. in public and private institutions, as well as individually at: Rufino Tamayo Worskhop (Mx); Casa de la Ciudad Oaxaca (Mx); Museo de Los Pintores Oaxaquenos (Mx); Arte Cocodrilo (Mx); Plan B (Mx); Riverside Art Museum (U.S.); Mission Cultural Center (San Francisco, CA); Museum of Art El Paso (U.S.); The Mexic-Arte Museum (U.S.); Comalito Collective (U.S.); and College of the Canyons (U.S.).

Please join us and the artists for the Opening Reception of Inland Ink and Lost in the Andes on Thursday, October 3, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Please join us and the artist, Michael Skura, for the Opening Reception of Tendrils on Thursday, November 21, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

The Art Alliance invites the general public to join them on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. for the following programs:

September 19: Susan Straight and Douglas McCulloh, will discuss their collaboration on Badass Women and the Road to the Promised Land. Susan and Doug find inspiration in each other’s creativity. They have been collaborators for nine years, which has resulted in three RAM exhibits. From 6 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Susan will be autographing her most recent book to be published, her memoir, In the Country of Women, which is the inspiration for the exhibit. The book will be available for purchase.

October 17: Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director of the Riverside Art Museum, will discuss the Art Alliance’s fundraising and innovative art projects. In Drew’s words: “For more than 50 years, the Riverside Art Alliance has raised much-needed funds for the museum while expanding our mission-driven work. Hear more about how the Art Alliance’s projects have deepened RAM’s impact on the community and how they have helped us forge a brand-identity as an innovative, creative, and important community partner.” 

November 21: Michael Skura, will discuss his exhibition Tendrilswhich opens this evening. An exhibition of blown, molded glass, light, and video mapping, Michael’s show is organized in conjunction with the Riverside Festival of Lights.

Take a time out; go on a day trip! They create unexpected memories and are a refreshing cultural experience. Join us on two trips this fall to learn from artists in their studio, see onsite murals, and get in-depth knowledge about their work and what propels them to create. Questions? Please contact Katie Hernandez, RAM Interpretation Coordinator, at khernandez@riversideartmuseum.org.

Studio Visits and Outing at the Brewery Art Walk CANCELLED

Saturday, October 26, Bus departs RAM at 8 a.m., $125 (Includes transportation & bus cocktails)

Hop on the bus and let’s see some art! First, we’ll go to Michael Skura’s studio to learn about glass art via a tour and demo. Then we’re off to meet up with Todd Gray. Be warned, you’ll leave with your sides aching from laughter as Todd won’t hold back his vivacious personality as he talks about the making of his 3D pop art sculptures. We’ll end our day exploring the old Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery, which has been converted into over 100 studio lofts for artists. Grab a bite and enjoy a cold adult beverage as you wander the old brewery and are engrossed by artwork at every turn. 

Growing in Coachella Valley CANCELLED

Saturday, November 16, Bus departs RAM at 8 a.m., $175 (Includes transportation, lunch, and bus cocktails)

Away we go to learn about the growing art scene in the Coachella Valley. Armando Lerma will be our tour guide as he talks about his murals as part of Coachella Walls, a community-driven project to revitalize downtown Coachella’s Historic Pueblo Viejo District. This visit is an opportunity to learn about the arts in a neighboring community and hear from artists and partners working to preserve local history. To end our trip, we’ll make a stop in Palm Springs to enjoy a cocktail or two. 

The Hispanic Bar Association of the Inland Empire invites you to A Night of Art & Champagne with Cheech Marin.

Join Cheech for a special evening of art, champagne, and conversation! Cheech will share updates about The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum (opening in 2021), which will have a tremendous economic impact on the Inland Empire and elevate our region in the art world. Learn how the renovation project is progressing, what types of programs you can expect to see at The Cheech, and how you can be part of this incredible effort!

Tickets are $100, if purchased before October 31, and $120 thereafter. There are only a limited number of tickets available. 

If you are a teenager (13–19 years old), tickets are $50, if purchased before October 31, and $75 thereafter. You will be asked for ID at check in.

If you are a student (20–25 years old), tickets are $60, if purchased before October 31, and $85 thereafter. You will be asked for current student ID at check in.

ONLINE SALES ARE NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CALL US AT 951.684.7111 DURING MUSEUM HOURS TO CHECK ON AVAILABILITY OF ADDITIONAL TICKET SALES.

For more information, please contact HBAIE members Marie Wood (mwood@rhlaw.com or 951-219-4262) or Joe Ortiz (joseph.ortiz@bbklaw.com or 951-826-8291), or Riverside Art Museum Executive Director, Drew Oberjuerge (doberjuerge@riversideartmuseum.org or 909-800-6217).

Become a sponsor!

We have the following sponsor levels available:

PRESENTING SPONSOR $15,000 (two still available):

Recognition: Your name on the Founders Wall at The Cheech. Your name on event invitation, event signage, event materials, social media, RAM website.

Hospitality: Speaking opportunity at event. VIP Meet & Greet with Cheech before or after event. 16 tickets to event.

MAJOR SPONSOR $10,000:

Recognition: Your name on the Founders Wall at The Cheech. Your name on event signage, event materials, social media, and RAM website.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. VIP Meet & Greet with Cheech before or after event. 14 tickets to event.

ADVOCATE $5,500:

Recognition: Your name on the Founders Wall at The Cheech. Your name on event signage, event materials, social media, and RAM website.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. 8 tickets to event.

SUPPORTER $2,500:

Recognition: Your name on event signage and event materials.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. 8 tickets to event.

FRIEND $1,000:

Recognition: Your name on event signage and event materials.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. 4 tickets to event.

SOLO PRACTITIONER $500:

Recognition: Your name on event signage and event materials.

Hospitality: Acknowledgement at event. 2 tickets to event.

Sponsorship deadline to ensure inclusion in event program: October 31, 2019. Sponsorships are limited.

PRESENTING SPONSOR:

Advocate Sponsor

Friend Sponsor

Solo Practitioner Sponsor

Christopher Johnson with Reid & Hellyer

Florencio Mendoza

Free for museum members; included in paid general admission

Hear from the women themselves (or their family members) as they share their stories in person for the closing weekend of Badass Women and the Road to the Promised Land.

Come celebrate these remarkable journeys. Enjoy light refreshments and make your own badass bookmark.

No cost

RAM is proud to be participating in the fifth Long Night of Arts & Innovation! For more information about this event, visit www.longnightriverside.com.

3936 Chestnut St, Riverside, CA 92501

The park will be open to the public, free, Saturday–Wednesday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and Thursday, October 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., before the Pups go to their forever homes.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE ART PUPS!

The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, who previously brought you Art Float—Riverside (inspired by Portraits of Hope), in partnership with the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, is proud to present Art Bark in the Park, an homage to man (and woman’s) best friend—the dog!

This October, Riversiders will get a chance to view more than a hundred Art Pups at downtown Riverside’s White Park for an event called Art Bark in the Park, a huge celebration of both art and our canine companions. For the next few months, local artists will be painting, decorating, and transforming metal dog silhouettes into unique, one-of-a-kind works of art.

Art Pups have been painted by local artists Gregory Adamson, Helen L. Bell, Charles Bibb, Chick Curtis, Paulden Evans, Todd Gray, Juan Navarro, r. mike nichols, Yolanda Terrell, Durre Waseem, and many, many more. 

Art shouldn’t be confined inside the walls of a museum. Art should be found where people live, work, and play. Support equitable access to art for all by sponsoring an Art Pup today.

All funds raised through Art Bark in the Park will help the Riverside Art Museum as we weave art into our community and instill a love of art throughout our city! #ArtBark

Art Bark Opening Gala

The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum is organizing this remarkable public art exhibit, which kicks off with a Gala event called Riverside Has Gone to the Dogs on October 4, 2019, from 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Appetizers and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $25 each. All proceeds from Art Bark in the Park will benefit the Riverside Art Museum.

Thanks to overwhelming support, online ticket sales are now closed! However, we have a very limited number of tickets that will be available at the door. First-come, first-served. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Please join us on Sunday, October 6, 1 p.m.–4 p.m., for a special Art Bark First Sunday in the Park! See details below.

Art Bark First Sunday at the Park

Be sure to come back on Sunday, October 6, for a special Art Bark First Sunday at the Park from 1 p.m.–4 p.m. 

Bring your friends and family to see and take photos with our 130 Art Pups. The Riverside Art Museum will have fun, free, family-friendly art activities for all! The Riverside Public Library will also be here with a Puppy Ear craft and “What’s Your Canine Name?” activity.

BONUS! Canine Companions for Independence will be at the Park during our First Sunday festivities! We’ll also the Riverside Humane Society and Cool Smiles Orthodontics tabling.

Pop over to the art museum during First Sunday as well as we’ll have even more art activities happening here. Get messy and paint with shaving cream to create colorful pups and kitties to create thank you cards! Come make Día de los Muertos pins to wear or attach to your backpack with UCR GLUCK Fellow Cara Rae Joven. (First Sundays @ RAM are sponsored by US Bank.)

Parking is free on Sundays downtown!

Note: Please leave your real-life dogs at home. Dogs are not allowed at White Park per Riverside Municipal Code Section 9.08.015. Thank you.

Art Bark is brought to you by:

RUSD Art Bark Art Contest

The Riverside Art Alliance and Riverside Art Museum, in partnership with City of Riverside Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, invite all RUSD students to submit works of original art for the “Paint That Pup!” art contest! This is in conjunction with a huge, public art show of Art Pups by local artists called Art Bark in the Park, coming up October 4–10, 2019. 

The rules are simple! Just create a work of art based on your own dog, a dog you know, or a make-believe dog. It can be funny or fantastical, realistic or abstract. It can be a dog doing anything, anywhere! Artwork must be two-dimensional (flat) and measure no more than 11×14 inches in size.

All artwork must be turned in to the RUSD Main Office, c/o VAPA Coordinator Annemarie Guzy, 3380 14th Street, Riverside, CA 92501. Deadline is September 20, 2019.

Students could win a cash prize and more thanks to CM School Supplies!

Artwork will be judged on creativity and execution! Make sure you completely fill out the application and securely attach it to the back of your artwork with tape. (If the application is not filled out or attached, we may not have a way to contact you!) Winning artwork will be on display during the Art Bark opening gala event on October 4, 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m., and then at the Riverside Art Museum through October 10.

Partial list of participating artists:

Here are a few of the many amazing and talented artists who have agreed to paint an Art Pup:

  • Gregory Adamson
  • Nick Bahula
  • Blanche Banuelos
  • B.A.T. Printmaking Club of CSUSB
  • Jeni Bate
  • Jim Behrman
  • Helen L. Bell
  • Terry Chacon
  • Jesus Cruz
  • Chick Curtis
  • Teodor Dumitrescu
  • Rachael Dzikonski
  • Judy Davies & Jennifer Guy
  • Paulden Evans
  • Todd Gray
  • Maurice Howard
  • Denise Kraemer
  • Juan Navarro
  • r. mike nichols
  • Geeta Pattanaik
  • Ginger Pena
  • Gary Rainsbarger
  • Anita Silvestri
  • Yolanda Terrell
  • Martin Tobias
  • Katrin Wiese
  • Anna Vanover
  • and MANY, MANY MORE!

Sponsor an Art Pup to take it home!

Choose one of the Sponsorship Levels below.

$500 “Blue Ribbon”

  • An original Art Pup is yours to take home. A sign below your Art Pup* will identify you as its sponsor during the week-long public exhibit at White Park.
  • Two (2 in total) tickets to the Opening Night Gala on October 4, 2019.
  • Your name on the program, RAM website, Art Alliance website, and more!

* Each artist and sponsor will be matched on a first-come, first-served basis by breed at the “Blue Ribbon” and “Top Dog” sponsor levels. 

$1000 “Top Dog”

  • All the advantages of a “Blue Ribbon” sponsor, plus:
    • Two more (4 in total) tickets to the Opening Night Gala on October 4, 2019.
    • Your name on all promotional banners!

$2500 “Grand Champion”

  • All the advantages of a “Top Dog” sponsor, plus:
    • Two more (6 in total) tickets to the Opening Night Gala on October 4, 2019.
    • Pick one of our participating artists (or provide your own) to paint your Art Pup.*
    • Your name on one of our specialty areas, such as the Student Art Corner, etc.

*Sponsorships must be made by August 25, 2019, in order for us to accommodate specific-artist requests.

$5000 “Best in Show”

  • All the advantages of a “Grand Champion” sponsor, plus:
    • Your name will grace the entrance to White Park for the week of the public exhibit.
    • Your choice of ANY dog breed you wish for your Art Pup—Chihuahua to St. Bernard.*
    • Your name will be above the event name in all publications, invites, and promotions.
    • Four more (10 in total) tickets to the Opening Night Gala on October 4, 2019.
    • Prominent mention on social media.

*Sponsorships must be made by August 25, 2019, in order for us to accommodate specific-artist and specific-breed requests.

Please respond as soon as possible. The deadline for inclusion on printed materials is August 15, 2019.

Riverside Art Museum Tax ID #95-1904692. Fair Market Value of goods and services received is $250/Art Pup, and $25 per Opening Gala ticket. Please consult your tax advisor and retain for tax purposes.

We hope you’ll sponsor so each Art Pup can find its forever home.

We only have a few Art Pups left! Scotties, Beagles, and Huskies are no longer available for sponsorships that come in after September 10.

THANK YOU, ALL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES HAVE BEEN CLAIMED.

For more information, contact:

  • Kathy Allavie, 951.784.7377, kallavie@aol.com
  • Lucile Arntzen, 951.274.9292, LSA51@sbcglobal.net

Thank you to our sponsors!

Grand Champion

The Arntzen Girls

Betty Dixon—In Memory of Leonard Dixon, Paul Bell, Mickie & Ray Miller, 

Emily Neblett, Dave Rines, Dorotha & Josh Taylor

KH METALS and SUPPLY—”SERVICE FIRST” K-9 

Top Dog

Brad Alewine

Kathy & John Allavie

Baccarella Insurance Services Inc.

Mark & Pam Balys

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Marie J. Fritts/Fritts Ford

Frank & Lucy Heyming

Georgia Hill

The Hwang Family

Lloyd & Megin

Greg & Teresa Marrujo

The Merickel Family

Ross & Tim

Select ACR Inc.

Terry & Cathy Walling

Anonymous

Blue Ribbon

Raul & Jamie Aballi

Keith & Janet Alex

Sarah Amici

Lorraine & Richard Anderson

James Antoyan

Kathryn Arthur

Stephen & Eileen Ashwal

B&W Consulting Engineers

Carolyn & Leo Badger

Scott & Beverly Bailey

Matt & Kathy Barth

Michael Bates, UBS Financial Services

Dr. Chuck & Sally Beaty

BK Customs Inc.

Bogart Bocian

Gerry Bowden

Philp & Selina Bremenstuhl

Carrie Buttigieg

Christine Cahraman

Erin Christmas

Suzy & Gary Clem

Phyllis, Jim, and “Jack” Crabtree

Liz & Steve Cunnison

Joseph & Anne Deem

J L Dietzman

Jim & Brightie Dunn

Bud & Margo Dutton and Dutton Motor Co.

Tom & Marcia Evans

Angelov Farooq

John & Sandi Fay

Patti & David Funder

Dayton & Cheryl Gilleland

Ken & Mary Gutierrez

Adam Guzkowski

Amy Harrison

Heath & Robin Donated to the Newberrys

Andy & Jackie Hopper

Linc, Lolo & Pickles Johnson

KP in Home Care—Kathleen Parra

Sari & Owen Kustner

Law Office of Rosa M. Marquez

Lee & John Levin

Arthur & Peggy Littleworth

The Lovely Thorne Skincare Studio

Ron & Marsha Loveridge

Tami & Steve Maio

Tim & Meredith Maloney

The McDonnells

Sarah Suverkrup Mundy

Shannon Murphy

Jim & Marilyn Orens

Betty & Walter Parks

Ann & Myles Pfeifle & Kim Earhart

Debby & Ken Phillips

Bobbie Powell

Tom Powell & Camille Sanders

Susan Rainey & John Collins

The Razo Family

Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds

Riverside Air Service Inc.

Riverside Eye Specialists

Riverside Personnel Services

Robert Santillano & Joanne Lee

Sandy & Bill Schnack

Leslie Slamal

Small Animal Hospital

Cookie Smith

Janice Stolzy & Jeffrey Thomas

Dennis Taylor

Judy Teunissen & Jay Lood

Janis & Wendel Tucker

Jimmie Tyson & Hedy Zikratch-Tyson

Sandra Webb

Susan Wolf, Real Estate Agent

Billie Yeager

Jacques & Kristi Yeager

Donors

Georgia Anders-Kutch

Daniel Bernstein

Tracee Davidson

Merla & Barton Gaut

Georgia Hill

John Amir Rezaei Dental Corp

Susan Newman-Harrison

Food Donors for Gala:

Jammin’ Bread

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Placita Restaurant 

Raincross Pub & Kitchen

In-kind Sponsors:

Mike Dahdul

Free admission with downloaded ticket

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. Please visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday to download your free ticket.

Friday, August 16, 5 p.m.–8 p.m., $20

Don’t miss this popportunity to watch professional balloon artists paired with amateur teams as they compete to create large-scale art sculptures!

As the teams puff, pinch, and sculpt with their balloon artist pro, you’ll get to create art of your own while enjoying music, food, a no-host bar, and participate in a fantastic raffle! Come see who wins and have a say yourself as there’ll be a People’s Choice awarded as well! Tickets are only $20.

Poppin’ Party, Sunday, August 18, 4 p.m.–5 p.m., $5

What goes up, must get POPPED!

Join us for a champagne (or sparkling cider) toast and balloon-popping extravaganza (ear plugs optional) on Sunday, August 18, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.!

Click here to purchase your tickets.

Want to enter your own team in this competition? See the Team Building Sponsorship below!

Team Building Sponsorship

Want to encourage a creative, collaborative culture at your company? Provide opportunities for your employees to get to know each other better or build bridges across departments?

Pop-a-Balloonza is a fun, unique opportunity for your team members to join with professional balloon artists to create large-scale, one-of-a-kind sculptures inspired by works from the museum’s permanent collection. They’ll collaboratively puff, pinch, and sculpt with the pros to bring their team’s artistic vision to life.

The sculpture-building will begin in the afternoon on Friday, August 16th, with family, friends, and coworkers joining for an early evening Pop-a-Balloonza party with music, food, libations, and hands-on art projects at the museum. Team members and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to drop by on Thursday to meet their balloon pro leaders, learn some simple techniques, and start preparations for their sculptures. PLUS, they can come back on Sunday at 4 p.m. for a Poppin’ Party, complete with champagne and snacks.

Sign up today for this unique, exclusive experience. Bring up to 10 team members for $1,000. Add additional team members for $100 each. Pop-a-Balloonza party tickets for family, friends, and co-workers are $20 per person, and Sunday afternoon Poppin’ Party tickets are $5 per person.

BONUS! In addition to providing your team with an innovative experience, you’ll also be supporting the museum’s mission to inspire, engage, and build community through the arts. We’ll include your company logo on event materials, announce your participation on social media, and include your logo in the next Artifacts newsletter. The sculptures created Friday night will be part of a friendly competition where everyone’s a winner and will be on view for museum visitors to Instagram throughout the weekend. 

Click here to sign up your team!

Sponsorships

Prize sponsor: $250. Includes two tickets to Pop-a-Balloonza and two tickets to the Poppin’ Party. And you get to be a judge!

Presenting sponsor: $1500. Includes 10 tickets to Pop-a-Balloonza and 10 tickets to the Poppin’ Party. Your name/company name/logo will be featured as the presenting sponsor of this event in all appropriate media.

FMV of Pop-a-Balloonza tickets is $20 each, $5 each for the Poppin’ Party.

Click here to sponsor!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Team Builder

Prize Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

Special thanks to our partners, QBN So. Cal Balloon Network members:

Theresa Alfonso/Tess’ Touch Balloon Décor/Long Beach

Amanda Armstrong/Top Hat Balloon Werks/Mission Viejo

Carolyn Baker/Total Package Balloons/Los Angeles

Dara Butler/In Awe Event Décor/Greater Los Angeles

Guadalupe Campos/Dream Décor/Bell Gardens

Bridgette Carter/Carter’s Balloons & Candy Creations/Victorville

Brenda Dillion/Dezignz Etc/Gardena

Claudia Gee/Amazing Balloons by Gee/Hawthorne

Denise Hagopian/Heavenly Choice Flowers & Events/Whittier

Charity Hill/Lighter Than Air Balloons/Rancho Santa Margarita

Bertha Johnson/Joy Productions/Rialto

Yvette Mack/Yvette’s Balloon Designs/Pasadena

Carmen Mayo/Elegant Designs by Carmen/Inglewood

Mackie McAllister/Spectacular Events & Décor/Los Angeles

Sylvia McClung/Charming Balloons/Los Angeles

Celini McKinney/Balloons & Party/Capistrano Beach

Kesha Miller/Three C’s/Bev’s Balloons & Flowers/Los Angeles

Melissa Mog/Creative Designs/Anaheim

Sandy Moreno/Hermosa Celebrations/Hermosa Beach

Yadira Noriega/Face Painting & Balloons/Riverside

Elizabeth Peterson/Tip Top Entertainers/City of Orange

Francie Rosen/Balloons Sound Great/Huntington Beach

Leslie Withers/Elite Floral Design/Eastville/Corona

Ja’Net Wyatt/POP! Balloons/Reseda

Linda Zeller/Party Blitz/Simi Valley

Sharon Woolfolk/Begin Again/Palmdale

Rosie Haynes/Ms. Rosies Balloons/Inglewood

RSVPs are now closed. We are at capacity. Thank you. Please consider coming to the Opening Reception at 5:30 p.m., if you did not already RSVP for the Book Launch.

Author Susan Straight’s memoir, In the Country of Women, is the inspiration behind our Badass Women and the Road to the Promised Land exhibition. Please join us for the book launch, which will include a talk and book signing, before the opening reception for Badass Women. Books will be available for purchase.

In Inland Southern California, near the desert and the Mexican border, Susan Straight, a self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write. Once back in Riverside, at driveway barbecues and fish fries with the large, close-knit Sims family, Straight—and eventually her three daughters—heard for decades the stories of Dwayne’s female ancestors. Some women escaped violence in post-slavery Tennessee, some escaped murder in Jim Crow Mississippi, and some fled abusive men. Straight’s mother-in-law, Alberta Sims, is the descendant at the heart of this memoir. Susan’s family, too, reflects the hardship and resilience of women pushing onward—from Switzerland, Canada, and the Colorado Rockies to California.

A Pakistani word, biraderi, is one Straight uses to define a complex system of kinship and clan—those who become your family. An entire community helped raise her daughters. Of her three girls, now grown and working in museums and the entertainment industry, Straight writes, “The daughters of our ancestors carry in their blood at least three continents. We are not about borders. We are about love and survival.” In the Country of Women is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women.

This event is generously sponsored by:

Suzy & Gary Clem

Cati & Lloyd Porter

Hosted by Barrio Sounds & Mr. Blue from Radio Aztlan | A Cultura Con Llantas Committee Event

The first Vinyl & Rides was a hit, so we’re bringing it back! During Artswalk!

Listen as DJs spin their vinyl 45s on the roof and check out the sweet rides in front of the museum. Drinks/snacks available for purchase.

DJ Lineup:

  • Mr. Blue
  • DJ Guaracha
  • Barrio Sounds
  • Glo’s Oldies
  • Bobby Rendon

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

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

Hosted by Barrio Sounds & Mr. Blue from Radio Aztlan

We’ll provide the set up, you bring your LPs and 45s to spin. Contact Lina at linajunior@msn.com to pre-schedule your set time or if you have any questions. $20 for a 30-minute set.

UPDATE: ALL SLOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED! Here’s the lineup!

2:00 p.m. Barrio Sounds
2:30 p.m. Tommy De Leon
3:00 p.m. Bobby Rendon
3:30 p.m. Gloria Morales
4:00 p.m. Guaracha~Radio Aztlan
4:30 p.m. Ruben Molina~Southern Soul Spinners
5:00 p.m. Mr Blue~Radio Aztlan
5:30 p.m. DJ Romeo

Want to bring your ride to show off in front of the museum? Contact Rene “Pecas” Camargo at 951.443.7626. We’ve already got 10 beautiful classic cars confirmed.

Special Guest: Ruben Molina from the Southern Soul Spinners will take his turn at 4:30 p.m.

Admission to sit back and enjoy the music and check out the gorgeous cars is free. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. So bring your friends and fam and chill on our rooftop on a firme Sunday.

RAM Members! Join us for Coffee & Conversation: Pop! on Friday, June 7, at 10 a.m. Artist Todd Gray will be in conversation with Curator Todd Wingate as they talk about the history and importance of Pop Art and how it influences Gray’s work. Join the conversation, partake in some light refreshments, and enjoy the Pop! exhibition.

Please RSVP by emailing vfound@riversideartmuseum.org or calling us at 951.684.7111.

Members’ Preview: 5 p.m.–6 p.m., Public Reception: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Please join us for the opening of Pop! | New Work by Todd Gray.

Members! Get in first to see the show and get an artist-led tour of the exhibition.

March–Summer 2019

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

Partner organizations include:

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

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

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

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

Zest! Sponsors:

Gless Ranch

Riverside Metropolitan Museum

San Bernardino County Museum

Click here to RSVP
or call us at 951.684.7111.

Larry Burns, author of 100 Things to Do in Riverside, CA Before You Die and The 52 Project member, has a new book! Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, shares the wildest, wackiest, and most wonderful places and people that make up the diverse and storied collection of communities that is the Inland Empire. 

Join us for this ‘secret’ book launch on Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m. This (okay, not-so) secret book launch is no ordinary book launch. While Secret Inland Empire will be available for purchase ($20.95) and there’ll be a super special deal on 100 Things to Do in Riverside, CA Before You Die (only $5 if purchased with Secret Inland Empire), we’ll also have a reading with the author, a bit of IE trivia, and GIVEAWAYS! This is going to be FUN! 

This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP! And keep it ‘secret’! 😉 

About Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, published by Reedy Press

As the name implies, the Inland Empire is an ambitious collection of communities. The “I got this” ethos is alive and well here. It’s a confidence that comes from living in a place that is wide open like the fabled American frontier. The two counties that comprise the Inland Empire (IE), Riverside and San Bernardino, make it California’s largest metropolitan area. Its population and popularity grow year after year. The biggest secret about the Inland Empire is the number of ways that they lead the state, nation, and world in innovative practices, ideas, and commerce. Home of the first McDonald’s, it perfected the taste that took over the globe. Sampled a Flaming Hot Cheeto lately? Invented here by an hourly employee. This region’s citrus symbolized health and prosperity in the 20th century. Today, 90% of our dates come from the IE’s eastern deserts. Innovative? This is where Dr. June McCarroll redesigned highways by adding the white line—the first mile by her own hand. It’s home to the world’s first Tesla-inspired 3-phase A/C generator power plant, a method employed in 90% of the world today. The largest animatronics studio, Garner Holt Industries, Inc., is not in Hollywood, it’s in the IE. This is where NASA placed the world’s first Deep Space Communications Complex at Goldstone. Every single message from Mars, every probe photograph, comes here first. The purpose of this book is to share the wildest, wackiest, and most wonderful places and people that make up this diverse and storied community.

About the Author

Larry Burns draws inspiration and ideas from the heady mixture of sights, sounds, peoples, and places of his hometown, Riverside, CA. He is an active community leader, booster, and all-around fan of the recreation, entertainment, arts, and culture ready to be discovered across the Inland Empire. He is a founding member of the Inlandia Institute, a non-profit literary organization. He teaches English at Riverside City College and Humanities at Southern New Hampshire University.

The City of Riverside in partnership with Riverside Downtown Partnership and the Mission Inn Museum and Foundation are hosting the City’s third annual Doors Open event. These events are held nationally and internationally and provide free access to captivating historic sites. Come to California’s only Doors Open event. RAM’s participation will be between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information on Doors Open and the other sites that are taking part, please visit: www.riversideca.gov/doorsopen.

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

Join us for Coffee and Conversation for a members’ preview of 90 Years of Ink. Moderated by RAM Executive Director, Drew Oberjuerge, listen to curator Todd Wingate and former museum director Bobbie Powell talk about the history and importance of prints collected by RAM. Join the conversation, partake in some light refreshments, and enjoy a survey of over 100 RAM prints.

Please RSVP by emailing vfound@riversideartmuseum.org or calling us at 951.684.7111.

The Riverside Art Museum will be a stop on the Explore Riverside Together‘s tours around Riverside. Discover hidden gems, historic landmarks, and unique activities in Riverside.

You’ll need to get your Discovery Passport, similar to a scavenger hunt, by registering here. Check in at the Riverside Convention Center between 9 a.m.–noon on Saturday, May 4. You’ll have an opportunity to choose your mode of transportation between walking, driving, or biking and choose your destination. 

As an added bonus, you will earn raffle tickets and other prizes along the way. After your adventure, return to the Riverside Convention Center as early as 4 p.m. and get ready for a free Concert on the Lawn featuring Riverside talent starting at 5 p.m. The Riverside Convention Center is also offering a barbecue and drinks for purchase. Seating is first come first serve and gates open at 4 p.m.

For more information and to register (free) for this event, visit: www.ExploreRiversideTogether.com.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO JOINED US, INCLUDING THE AMAZING ART VENDORS, WHO MADE IT OUT FOR THE ART MARKET! 

Check out photos here.

And SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

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

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

Be part of the fun!

Click here for downtown parking info.

Click here for a list of select vendors.

Call for Vendors

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

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

Online applications are closed. If you are still interested in applying, please contact ramartmart4@gmail.com.

Become a Sponsor!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Kathy & Dave Bocian

Burgess Moving & Storage

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Patti & David Funder

Barbara & Tom Mazzetti

Cathy & Steve Morford

Shannon Murphy & John Conrad

Kathy & John Allavie

Lucile Arntzen

Stephen & Eileen Ashwal

Pam & Mark Balys

Selina & Philip Bremenstuhl

Christine Cahraman, Esq.

Anja & Ring Carde

Suzy & Gary Clem

Frank Heyming 

Cheryl & Dayton Gilleland

Inland Empire Economic Partnership

Francie & Eric Johnson

Sari & Owen Kustner

Lee & John Levin

Fran Moerke

Debby & Ken Phillips

PLD Consulting

Provident Bank

Gloria & Dallas Rabenstein

Drs. Gail & Richard Rice

Madelyn J. Warner

Thank you to the following who generously donated:

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

Katie Grigsby | Doris M. Morton | Nicolette Rohr

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

Barbara & Jeffrey Holshouser | Leslie Slamal

Phyllis & Russell Hodel | Athena Waite | Denise Stevens

Emmanuelle Reynolds | Tami Fleming | Georgia Anders-Kutch

Barbara Havens

ArtFairCalendar.com: Fine Art Fairs and Craft Show Event Listings
Free art show and craft fairs calendar and email list for art festivals across the U.S. Join our free art fair email list!

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

The program includes:

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

Registration is free, but limited. Register promptly at ies-apa.org.

For additional information, please contact Miguel Vazquez at 951.966.5799 or mavurbanplanning@gmail.com.

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

Click here to RSVP.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Become a sponsor!

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

$7,500 PRESENTING Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $480

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

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

$5,000 LEAD Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $360

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

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

$2,500 SUPPORTING Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $240

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

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

$1,000 ASSOCIATE Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $120

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

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

$500 FRIEND Sponsor

Fair Market Value: $120

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

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

Click here to become a sponsor today!

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS!

Francie and Eric Johnson

Amy Harrison

Jinnefer and Derrick Razo

Coyote Oaks Vineyards

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

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

Catalogues will be available for purchase at exhibit venues.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Artists!

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

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

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

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

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

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

The important dates for you to be aware of are:

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

Tuesday, November 6: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Wednesday, November 7: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Italian Gala & Opening Sale:

Friday, November 9: 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

Art Pick Up:

Friday, November 16: 12 noon–4 p.m.

Saturday, November 17: 12 noon–4 p.m.

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

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

Become a Sponsor! Get in First!

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

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

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

“Da Vinci Sponsor” for $1,000

This sponsorship provides you with:

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

“Michelangelo Sponsor” for $500

This sponsorship provides you with:

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

“Raphael Sponsor” for $250

This sponsorship provides you with:

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

CLICK HERE to become an Off the Wall Sponsor!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Da Vinci

Arnold & Julie Philippi

Michelangelo

Drs. David & Kathleen Bocian

Eric & Francisca Johnson

Arthur & Peggy Littleworth

Steve and Cathy Morford

Shannon Murphy & John Conrad

Michelle Ouellette

Raphael

Kathy & John Allavie

Lucile Arntzen

Mark & Pam Balys

Brand Purpose LLC

Philip & Selina Bremenstuhl

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Suzy & Gary Clem

Phyllis & Jim Crabtree

Dayton & Cheryl Gilleland

Sari & Owen Kustner

Beth & Don Miller

Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds

Leon & Patricia Reynolds

Cookie Smith

Leslie Swor/Riverside Walking Tours

Kathy Wright & Dwight Tate

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

This panel is sponsored by Latino Network.

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

Walking Tour – UCR ARTSblock & Riverside Art Museum (RAM)

Explore the exhibitions, Mundos Alternos (UCR ARTSblock) and Myth & Mirage (RAM). Participants will be guided through a docent-led walking tour of the exhibitions, including an excursion downtown to see its Spanish Colonial Revival (SCR) architecture.*

Choose your tour date: October 5 or November 2**

ITINERARY

6:30 p.m. | Meet at UCR ARTSblock (3834 Main St.) to tour Mundos Alternos.

7 p.m. | Depart UCR ARTSblock and walk through downtown for a SCR tour.7:30 p.m. | Arrive at RAM (3425 Mission Inn Ave.) for a tour of Myth & Mirage. 

This Partnered PST: LA/LA Tour is free with a reserved ticket.RESERVE YOUR SPACE at www.artsblock.ucr.edu/Program/pst_lala_walkingtour. 

AFTER THE TOUR: Receive 10% your total bill (including alcohol) with a coupon for Heroes Restaurant & Brewery. Participants must attend the full tour to receive discount coupon. Coupon deal is non-transferable and expires February 4, 2018.   

*Walking distance between UCR ARTSblock and RAM is 0.3 miles (approx. 7-minute walk).

**Same itinerary both dates. 

Mundos Alternos and Myth & Mirage are part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. 

Major support for these exhibitions is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Facilitated by the Art Alliance, Art Float – Riverside (inspired by Portraits of Hope) was the biggest community art project that Riverside has ever seen! A collaboration between the City of Riverside (Park & Rec), the Riverside Unified School District, and RAM, the giant floating spheres on Lake Evans inspired some great art and photography.

Join us on Thursday, October 4, to find out who won our Art & Photography Contest!

Free admission with downloaded ticket

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cocktail attire; black tie optional.

Consider becoming a sponsor! Download Sponsor Package info here.

You can purchase tickets and sponsorships here. We have released a limited number of additional tickets for purchase. Buy now before we’re sold out!

Parking: Click here to see convenient parking locations and fees.

Entertainment Announcement!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicano Culture Awardee – Dolores Huerta

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

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

Chicano Art Awardee – Cosmé F. Cordova

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

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

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

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

Chicano Industry Awardee – Cardenas Markets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Special Award to Honor Cheech Marin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Allen Amato.

Presenter of the Patron of the Arts Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gala Emcee – Pep Fernandez

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you to the following sponsors:

$10,000 Sponsors

$5,000 Sponsors

$2,500 Sponsors

$1,000 Sponsors

Statement by UNIDOS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buy your tickets at the door at the event.

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

FAQs:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Don Peterson, Mayor Pro Tem of Banning

Jairo Ruiz

Awards announced at 6:10 p.m.

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

Join us for the opening reception of Geoff Gouveia: The Game.

Come celebrate The Game and the “beautiful game” with the artists as we chat about art, soccer, the intersections between them, and how both bring people together.

2nd Saturdays of June, July, & August, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$12/person, $25 for 3 family members, $30 for 4 family members

Grab your family and friends and begin your museum adventure with us! Enjoy our exhibitions and explore our rooftop for adventure-themed activities on the 2nd Saturdays of June, July, and August. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $12 per person, $25 for 3 family members, or $30 for 4 family members. Museum admission, drinks, and snacks also included in the price.

June 9 – Beach Day
Hang ten with us on Beach Day at the museum! Come dressed in your beach attire; flip flops and Hawaiian shirts welcome! Enjoy a surfboard selfie station, giant bubble making, three bodacious art projects, and more!

July 14 – Travel Day
Travel the world and beyond with three hands-on art projects that will take you far and away, plus a learning station and more!

August 11 – Nature Day
Enjoy learning about the prehistoric creatures that roamed the IE thanks to the Western Science Center! Nature-themed art projects will rule the day.

Tickets: $20/person. LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

The free Opening Reception for 4 Threads: New Work by Jamie Chavez, Gerardo Monterrubio, Jaime Muñoz, and Jaime “GERMS” Zacarias is 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

DJ SETS BY:
RYAN G (FUNK FREAKS) & MAS TROPICAL (KUCR 88.3 FM)

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BUT THE NIGHT DOESN’T END THERE!

OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY – 8 p.m. – 12 midnight 
Presented by Mano y Mano Productions, featuring live music by: 

QUITA PENAS – 10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Kiki Diágo – 9 p.m. – 9:40 p.m.

Guest DJ – KING Steady BEAT spinning the best in vinyl all night:
Cumbia * Chicha * Salsa * Boogaloo * AfroLatin * & More!!

Make some art and eat World Famous Tacos, too! Included in the price.

ALL AGES EVENT | BEER SERVED FOR 21+ W/ID ($5 beers)

Beer Fairies:

Please join us for the free public Opening Reception for 4 Threads: New Work by Jamie Chavez, Gerardo Monterrubio, Jaime Muñoz, and Jaime “GERMS” Zacarias.

These highly talented and acclaimed artists share with us the exuberance, richness, and pathos of their complex cultural identity. Mesoamerican imagery dominates the richly-layered paintings by Jaime Muñoz and fuses with the Cholo styles of the ‘70s and ‘80s in Jamie Chavez’s fantastical work.

From Jaime Zacarias’s cleverly stylized Lucha Squids to Monterrubio’s clay vessels that combine the elements of
Mexican mural painting with his artistic beginnings as a graffiti artist, these artists celebrate a personal exploration of community, each with a respectful nod to the Chicano artists who inspired them.

Come meet these amazing artists! DJ SETS BY: RYAN G (FUNK FREAKS) & Más Tropical (KUCR 88.3 FM)

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Don’t want the night to end? Consider joining us for the After Party presented by Mano & Mano Productions featuring QUITAPENAS! Tickets are only $20. Click here for more info and to buy your tickets now.

THANK YOU for coming out and enjoying the Art Floats

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

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

Interested in sponsoring a sphere? CLICK HERE!

May 11 – June 1, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Inspired by Portraits of Hope.

Windermere Tower Properties Family Art Day in the Park

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

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

UPDATE: Enjoy the following community activities for free:

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

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

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

This event is sponsored by:

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

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

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

This contest is sponsored by:

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Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Egret

Warbler

Sparrow

Amy S. Harrison

Three-Sphere

Albert A. Webb Associates

Brad Alewine

Kathy and John Allavie

James Antoyan – JLA Real Estate Group

Lucile Arntzen

Blue Banner Packing

Craig Blunden

Jill and Gordon Bourns

Carol and Nick Brown

Kathy and Gary Christmas

Betty Dixon

Sandra and John Fay

Fritts Ford

Ellen and Clarence Peterson Foundation

Lucy and Frank Heyming

Georgia L. Hill

HUB International 

Piper Jaffray

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

Francisca and Eric Johnson

S. Sue Johnson

Jeannene and Kevin Kelly

Assemblymember Jose Medina

Laura and Matt Merickel

Neff Construction, Inc.

Debby and Ken Phillips

The Ransom-McKenzie Team

Riverside Education Enrichment Foundation (REEF)

Riverside Optimists Youth Club, Inc. 

Stronghold Engineering, Inc.

Stuart Family

U.S. Congressman Mark Takano

Launa Wilson and Chad Young

Windermere Tower Properties/Collette Lee

Kathy Wright and Dwight Tate

One-Sphere

Jamie and Raul Aballi

Ashley and Jose Alcala

Alcott Elementary PTA

Ann Alden 

Doreen and Mike Alewine

Jaclyn Allavie

Paula and David Allbeck

Lorraine and Richard Anderson

Anonymous

Art Alliance Sustainer Friends

Kathy Arthur

The Arts Area – Inland Empire Arts Directory

Eileen and Stephen Ashwal

Baccarella Insurance Services, Inc.

Lori and Bryan Backstrom 

Carolyn Badger

Mayor Rusty Bailey

The Bailey Family

Pam and Mark Balys

Debbie Barles and Scott Zohlman

Jane and Joe Barr

Kathy and Matt Barth

Michael Bates – Merrill Lynch

Drs. Brad Baum and Carla Lidner Baum

Sally and Chuck Beaty

Benjamin Franklin Elementary 

Ellie and Richard Bennett 

Judy Berg

Candia and Dan Bernstein

Ileana and Timothy Black

Kathy and Dave Bocian

Linda and Ted Boecker

Sharon and Cal Boothby 

Geraldine Bowden

Gary Bowman – Bowman Financial Svcs. 

Selina and Phillip Bremenstuhl

Kristen Bristow 

Vicki Broach and Tim Kelley 

Bud’s Tire Pros

Christine Cahraman, Attorney at Law

Cannon Management

Quinn Alexandra Castellino

Erin Christmas

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

Citrus Hills Middle School

Suzy and Gary Clem

The Community Foundation

Irene Conable

Jessica L. Cook and Nicholas A. Konoske

Nancy L. Cox and Kathy Schulz

Phyllis and Jim Crabtree

Elizabeth and Stephen Cunnison

DACKS

Donna and Dr. Tom Davis

Matthew Davis

Clyde Derrick

Desiree’s Designs

Susan and Jim Dieterich

J. L. and Frankie Dietzman 

DLR Group

Downtown Area Neighborhood Alliance

Sharon A. Duffy

Margo and Bud Dutton

Barbara Ermert – The Spa @ Canyon Crest

Marcia and Tom Evans

Dr. Angelov Farooq

Sandra J. Ferguson

Virginia and Charlie Field

Fiesta Village Family Fun Park 

First Thursday Book Club

Fremont Elementary PTA

Patti and David Funder

Gage Retirees 

Councilmember Mike Gardner, Ward 1

Gillian and Larry Geraty

Mary Anne and Paul Gill

Cheryl and Dayton Gilleland

Dorothy and Dr. Anthony Ginter

Dr. Ray R. Glendrange, Riverside Eye Specialists

Gless Ranch

Rene M. Glynn and Dan Benner

Deirdre and Rich Goeman

Rebeccah Goldware and Larry Burns 

Gortner Family

Ann and Jerry Grell/Jag Ranch Services

Adam Guzkowski

Nicole Ha and Dianne Ha

Richard Haller 

Diane and Dave Hansen 

Happily Retired BRINKs

Linda Harding-Hicks, Aquamotion, Riverside Parks & Recreation

Mark E. Harris 

Harrison Elementary School PTA 

Haupt-Wadding Family

Barbara and Dr. Fred Havens

Vickie and Brian Hawley

HMC Architects

Cathy and Toby Holmes

Barbara and Jeff Holshouser

Jacqueline and Andrew Hopper

Geri and Tom Hunt

Inland Empire Blue Belles

Inland Empire Magazine

In Memory of Mrs. Lou R. Ulrich 

Jefferson Elementary PTA

Jeni, Paul and Ashley

John Rezaei Dental 

John W. North High School

Shelley and Bob Kain

Cathy and Steve Kienle

Kiwanis Club of Riverside

Kiwanis Club of Uptown Riverside

Monette and Warren Klure

Robert H. Krain, M.D. 

Sari and Owen Kustner

Georgia and Christopher Kutch

Lahr Family

Lake Mathews Elementary 

La Noria Market

Dee and Dennis Lausé

Law Offices of Brian C. Pearcy, APC 

Lauren Lee

 Peggy and Arthur Littleworth

Live Nation — FOX Performing Arts Center

Live Nation — Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Patricia Lock-Dawson and Scott Dawson

Elizabeth Lossing and William Nicoletti 

Marsha and Ron Loveridge

Peggy Luebs

Judy and Michael Luther

Councilmember Chris MacArthur, Ward 5

Mary and Sperry MacNaughton

Tami and Steve Maio

Bailey and Alexander Mann

Mark Twain Elementary School PTA

Gregory Marrujo, M.D.

Matthew Gage Middle School PTA

Maureen Kane & Associates, Inc.

Ann and Pat McDonnell

Pauline and Bill McGuigan

Marcia McQuern 

Ann Marie and Councilmember Andy Melendrez

Eileen and Jim Milam

Joan Miller

Patricia Miller

Fran and Bob Moerke

Monster Media, Inc.

Patricia and Keith Moorman

Cathy and Steve Morford

Dennis Morgan – Inland Pacific Advisors, Inc. 

Linda K. Mullen

Shannon Murphy and John Conrad

NAACP-RIVERSIDE BRANCH #1059

Aaron Norris 

Jennifer, Damien, and Marleigh O’Farrell 

Korinne and Thomas Ortega

Michelle Ouellette

Betty and Walter Parks

Jenny and Tim Pietro 

Kathy and Phil Pitchford 

Professional Growth System, a Division of RUSD 

Project T.E.A.M. 

Gloria and Dallas Rabenstein

Lori and Tom Raffy

Raincross Readers Bookclub 

Sue Rainey and John Collins

RAM Staff

Jinnefer and Robert Razo

Re-elect Brent Lee, RUSD Trustee

Residents for Responsible Representation

Emmanuelle and Morey Reynolds

Patricia Reynolds

Todd Ridgway – C21 Lois Lauer

Riverside Air Service, Inc.

Riverside Community Health Foundation

The Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau

Riverside Downtown Partnership

Riverside East Rotary Club

Riverside Personnel Services

Riverside Police Foundation

Riverside Truck & Equipment, Inc. 

Riverside Woman’s Club

Robyn A. Rogers and Ronald McCaskill

Rotary Club of Riverside

Cindy and Richard Roth

Susan Rothermund and Robert Harris 

Phyllis and Arnold Rowe

Ruhnau Clarke Architects

Karen and Steve Russell 

Rosie Russell

Melissa and John Russo

Camille Sanders and Tom Powell

Sandy and Bill Schnack

Margaret G. Scott 

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

Joan and Gary Semonella 

Sandy and Wayne Sheppard

Sue and Rich Simonin

Robin and Paul Sinkhorn

Leslie Slamal/Jill and Tim Peterson

Cookie Smith

Maria F. and Thomas Smith

Sarah Smith

Carole Stadelbacher

Janice Stolzy

David St. Pierre 

Leslie A. Swor 

Irma Tandingan and Grenia Arceo 

Taylor’s Appliance

Teaman, Ramirez & Smith, Inc. 

Tesselle Cement Tiles – Daniel & Karin Jeske

Terre and Bill Thomas

Thompson & Colegate LLP

Kathryn Uhrich and Jeffrey Holmes

Louise and Hans van Delft

VNA California

Athena and David Waite

Cathleen and Terry Walling

Carole and Jim Ward

Sandy Webb

Nina Weidhouse – Water Aerobics by Nina

Western Rehab/La Vonne Dodge

Susan and Les Whittaker

Todd Wingate

Kyley and Steven Ybarra

Billie Yeager

Kristi and Jacques Yeager

Hedy Zikratch-Tyson and Jimmie Tyson

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

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

Individual Sponsorships

One-Sphere Sponsor: $350

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

Three-Sphere Sponsor: $1,000

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

Business Sponsorships

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

SPARROW LEVEL: $2,500

Big Publicity

WARBLER LEVEL: $5,000

Bigger Publicity

EGRET LEVEL: $10,000

Biggest Publicity

Click here to choose your Sponsorship Level and pay.

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

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

For more information, visit: www.riversideca.gov/doorsopen 

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

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

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

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

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

Vendor Check In

For vendor check-in instructions, click here.

For vendor site map, click here.

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

Become a sponsor!

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE ONLINE FORM TO BECOME A SPONSOR
OF THE 5TH ANNUAL RIVERSIDE ART MARKET AND PAY ONLINE.

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

 

This event is generously sponsored by:

Cheer:

Dave & Kathy Bocian

Jacqueline and Andrew Hopper

Kathy and Gary Christmas

Applause:

Cathy & Steve Morford

Patti & David Funder

Lee Levin

Kathy & John Allavie

Richard & Lorraine Anderson

Sari & Owen Kustner

Ron and Marsha Loveridge

Philip & Selina Bremenstuhl

Shannon Murphy and John Conrad

Teresa and Robert Newell

Lucile Arntzen

Sperry and Mary MacNaughton

T.L. Mazzetti

Thank you to the following donors:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cruise Dates: September 21 – 28, 2018

Please email request@connectiontocruise.com or call 888-798-9133 for more information.

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

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

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

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

Click here to purchase tickets.

Learn more about the history of green pigment below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Downbeat Magazine

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

 – Los Angeles Times, Critic’s Choice

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the residency,  visit: https://riversideartmuseum.org/events/specialevents/riverside-love-stories-artist-residence-project/

For more information on RAM’s Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 exhibition, visit: https://riversideartmuseum.org/exhibits/wendy-maruyama-eo-9066/

Sponsored by:

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

A Story Gathering Workshop

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

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

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

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

Instructor

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

For more information on Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu, visit: http://www.firstvoice.org

To learn more about the residency,  visit: https://riversideartmuseum.org/events/specialevents/riverside-love-stories-artist-residence-project/

For more information on RAM’s Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066 exhibition, visit: https://riversideartmuseum.org/exhibits/wendy-maruyama-eo-9066/

Sponsored by:

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

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

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

Exhibition Dates: March 1 – April 15, 2018

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

Exhibition Artists:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This year’s honorees are:

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

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

Artwork by: r. mike nichols

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

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

The project still in development, Brenda writes:

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

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

Join us for:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

— Los Angeles Times, Critic’s Choice


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

Artist bio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below are RAM’s regional weekend events.

Spanish Colonial Revival Photo Safari

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

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

Build a Mission Mega-Model!

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

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

What Am I Looking At? Decoding Elements of SCR Architecture

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

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

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

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

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

Collectors Seminar: Spanish Colonial Revival Decorative Arts

Sunday, November 19, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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

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

Join us on a fun bus trip with old friends and NEW as we journey up to visit Hearst Castle, famously designed by our very own Julia Morgan, and help support our art education department at the same time! 

This FUNdraiser kicks off at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 4, with muffins, fruit, and mimosas on the road up to Morro Bay!

We’ll stop in Arroyo Grande for lunch, and then continue on up to Morro Bay for some site-seeing and check-in to your rooms at the Inn at Morro Bay.

Dinner at the hotel will be at 7 p.m.

The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy, just be sure to get some breakfast before you load the bus leaving for Hearst Castle at 9 a.m.!

We should arrive at Hearst by 9:45 a.m. The tour begins by watching a short film, then you’ll take a walking tour of the castle. Then enjoy a truly behind-the-scenes, exclusive-for-us tour of Julia Morgan’s studio drawings with the renowned Victoria Kastner, Hearst Castle’s Decorative Arts Curator! We’ll be having lunch at Hearst and don’t worry, you’ll have time to hit the gift shop before heading back to Riverside (we’ll have dinner and wine on the bus back)!

This fantastic trip benefiting our art education programs is only $300/person. This includes the price of the bus, hotel room (double occupancy), breakfast, and the dinner/wine on the way back to Riverside. 

For more information, please contact Caryn Marsella at cmarsella@riversideartmuseum.org.

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

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

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

Artists Jeff Soto (Potatostamp), Munk One, Bioworkz, and Maxx242 join Roberta and Frank Calderon of InHouse Printing for a casual discussion on the business of making and selling gig posters.

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

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

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

Free admission with downloaded ticket

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1 drink ticket included; additional drink tickets will be available – price TBA)

UPDATE! We’ve added live painting featuring Ivan “Gathe” Preciado sponsored by The Art Institute of California Inland Empire to the night’s entertainment!

UPDATE! We’ve just confirmed Tio’s Tacos will be bringing their delicious agua frescas to Art on Tap for a tasty non-alcoholic option!

Art on Tap is back!

Join us for a late night art bash to benefit arts education. All three floors will be rockin’ with music, food, beer tastings from local home brewers and local breweries (thanks to The Brickwood!), and hands-on artmaking activities!

Brand Ambassador at RAM Lift Coffee Roasters will also provide coffee!

So come hang out with your friends or as a date night at the museum. Make some art, maybe take home a screen printed shirt or tote or two, learn how to make beer at home, and feel good knowing proceeds go to art education!

Tickets will be available (same price!) at the door. Thank you and see you soon!

 

Art on Tap 2017 is sponsored by:

Brand Ambassador @ RAM:

Naida Osline’s fantastical exhibition is inspiring a day of flowers and art. Help RAM make the largest paper flower arrangement Riverside has even seen or learn how to grow a water-wise English flower garden in our Mediterranean dry climate from master gardener, Nan Simonsen, at 1:45 p.m.

Naida will be here at 1 p.m. for a short Gallery Talk and Tour, as well, so be sure to join us!

Experience RAM on another level and explore the galleries afterhours.

Grab a drink at our no-host bar, make some COOL art, and come say hello to someone new!

We’ll have music playing,

an “open mic” (come show off your talents!), and

Lift Coffee Roasters will be here, too.

JUST ADDED!

Our Print Media Collective artist-member group will be here screenprinting t-shirts that will be available for purchase and they’ll be doing a monoprint demo! Come check them out, and if you’re a printmaker or want to be, chat with them to see if joining the group is right for you!

Make a night of it at RAM!

Brand Ambassador @ RAM:

Join Dr. Anthea Hartig (California Historical Society), Jana Itzen (Itzen Architects Inc.), and Lindsey Rossi (independent design curator) for a conversation about Julia Morgan’s remarkable trailblazing career and the state of the field for women today.

Private Artists Reception, Thursday, July 6, 2017, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Awards Reception, Thursday, July 6, 2017, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Awards announced promptly at 6:10 p.m., Free

Please join us as we announce this year’s winners of the 2017 Members’ Exhibition | California Tales: Real or Imagined. 

A private exhibiting artists’ reception will take place from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. to honor all of our participating artist-members.

The open-to-the-public, free Awards Reception, which will take place during Artswalk, will take place from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Awards will be announced promptly at 6:10 p.m.

Join author and screenwriter John Sacret Young (The West Wing, China Beach) in conversation about his new book, Pieces of Glass – an Artoir.

About Pieces of Glass

Award-winning Hollywood screenwriter and author John Sacret Young embraces and appreciates art, particularly American art and Modernism, and has collected and written about it for much of his life. In Pieces of Glass, Young mixes the “art” side of his life with a true memoir to create a unique “Artoir” in which he explores the profound effect it has had on him, his work, and his existence.

From Rothko to John Marin, Diebenkorn to Vermeer, and Rockwell to Charles Burchfield, Young discovers that paintings, drawings, sketches, and even chalk on an old garage wall have helped “paint” him into the person he is today.

Reviews

“Warmly engaging ‘Artoir’ is Pieces of Glass by John Sacret Young. Wonderfully readable and very smart on art.” — Joyce Carol Oates

“. . . a writer of effortless dexterity and a true, unaffected originality. . . . The story he tells cuts right to the bone.” — The New Yorker

“Young’s artoir ultimately succeeds because he is able to reconnect with the wonderment and pure joy that comes from seeing a painting for the first time, from connecting with a work of art produced by another human being, and relishing in its inherent qualities.” — American Fine Art magazine

A limited number of books will be available for purchase during the event.

RSVPs requested. Please call 951.684.7111 as seating is limited.

Presented by the Riverside Art Museum Collections and Acquisitions Committee.

Brand Ambassador @ RAM:

Every family has a great story. Join local authors and artists, Larry Burns, James Luna, Deana Romo, and Teodor Dumitrescu, for a series of four workshops to write and illustrate your family tales – tall or true.

To fully complete your “story”, you’ll want to come back at least four times, once for each section: Finding Your Story, Telling Your Story, Drawing Your Story, and Coloring Your Story. Each section is offered on two dates.

We are offering all four sections in both English and Spanish. 

English

Finding Your Story: June 3 or 11

Telling Your Story: June 17 or 25

Drawing Your Story: July 1 or 9

Coloring Your Story: July 15 or 23

Spanish

Finding Your Story: June 4 or 10

Telling Your Story: June 18 or 24

Drawing Your Story: July 2 or 8

Coloring Your Story: July 16 or 22

Please join us on Saturday, July 29, at 1 p.m. Award-winning storyteller and variety artist Karen Rae Kraut joins forces with guitar and keyboard virtuoso Jay DeAngelo in The Giant (who had no heart in his body!). Watch out for the giant whose heart has been separated from his body! A pair of unlikely heroes, the Ash Boy and the Cowgirl Princess, risk everything to defeat the giant with help from a talking wolf, a king salmon, and a blackbird in this musical recreation of a Norwegian folklore classic. Songs, movement, and a live musical soundtrack will keep listeners of all ages part of the action from start to finish! Opportunities will also be available for those who completed their own Tell Your Story to read them aloud during this fun and interactive afternoon.

A Yearlong Celebration

THANK YOU SO MUCH for those of you who joined us for our Grand Gala on June 2, 2017 to celebrate 50 years as an art center and museum in our Julia Morgan-designed building.

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

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

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

Check out our additional programming:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

50th Membership Special!

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

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

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

Family includes:

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

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

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

Friend of RAM includes:

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

The 50th Membership Special has ended.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Elizabeth Parks

Betty & Leonard Dixon     Helen L. Bell

S. Sue & William Johnson

Amy S. Harrison

Francie & Eric Johnson

Linda & Henry Coil 

James Antoyan | JLA Real Estate Group

Sue & Rich Simonin | Westcoe Realtors Inc.

Connie & Roger Ransom

Georgia Hill

Kathy Wright & Dwight Tate

Barbara & Jim Robinson

Laura & Matt Merickel

Camille Sanders & Tom Powell

Susan Rothermund & Bob Harris

Adam Guzkowski

Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke | Architects Planners

Michelle Ouellette

Shelley & Bob Kain

Carol Fick

Swenson Corporation

Patsy Herrera-Loya

Jinnefer & Derrick Razo

Margo & Bud Dutton

Powell & Spafford, Inc.

Suzy & Gary Clem

Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds

Barbara & Stephen Wallace

Cathy & Steve Morford

Maureen Kane

Sarah Smith

Patti & David Funder

Jacqueline & Andrew Hopper

Barbara & Doug Shackelton

Kirsten & Matt Shea

Jane & Joe Barr

Lucile Arntzen

Patricia Lock-Dawson & Scott Dawson

Bradley S. Alewine

National Charity League, Inc. Riverside Ticktockers

Peggy & Arthur Littleworth

Kathy & David Bocian

HUB International

Linda & Ted Boecker

Shannon Murphy & John Conrad

California State Senator Richard D. Roth

Mary & Sperry MacNaughton

Dorothy & Dr. Anthony Ginter

Ruth Anderson-Wilson | Bobbie Powell | Kurt Steinman

RAM is proud to debut our new Julia Morgan Tribute Wall designed and funded by HMC Architects and their Designing Futures Foundation. This permanent exhibition features new information and imagery to educate visitors about the building’s architecture and history, and Morgan’s story as the first professional female architect in California and winner of the American Institute of Architect’s Gold Medal, the AIA’s highest honor. Please join us for the ribbon-cutting ceremony!

In additional, Julie Donoho, a well-regarded Morgan expert, will give a presentation on Morgan’s early work and life. She will also discuss the process of posthumously awarding Morgan the AIA Gold Medal and its significance globally. 

Please join us for the Opening Reception of the UCR 1st and 2nd Year MFA Exhibition: Polylogue.

This exhibit spotlights the work of seven first and second year graduate students, PuiShuen (Tiffany) Chow, Richard Corral, Kellie Flint, Merideth Hillbrand, Joe Leavenworth, Julie Sadowski, and Ji Won, facilitated by UCR Associate Professor of Art, Yunhee Min.

Free with paid admission or membership

Join artist Naida Osline as she gives a short talk and tour of her exhibition, Naida Osline: Florescence.

Join us for Michael Whelan in conversation with JJ Jacobson of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and fantasy, in conjunction with Beyond Science Fiction: The Alternative Realism of Michael Whelan. The Eaton Collection is one of the world’s largest, richest, and deepest collections of science fiction, fantasy, horror, utopian literature, and related genres. The Collection originated with the personal library of Dr. J. Lloyd Eaton, which was acquired by the UCR Library in 1969.

This free-wheeling conversation and extensive Q&A session is sure to delight fans of science fiction, fantasy, illustration, and Michael’s artwork.

Free, Click here to register

The Doors Open event is back! 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 second 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. 

“This event showcases Riverside’s historic architecture which spans more than a century and is part of the Downtown soul,” said Erin Gettis, City of Riverside’s Principal Planner and Historic Preservation Officer. “Last year’s event drew more than a thousand attendees” she said.  

On Thursday, May 11, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., select buildings in downtown Riverside will open their doors. Guests will be taken on a riveting tour of each exquisite building and will learn about each building’s intriguing history. Tours begin at 6 p.m. and occur every twenty minutes. 

A number of downtown restaurants located in historic buildings will be offering specials before, during, and after the tours. Visitors can stop at the event’s information station located outside the Main Library and pick up a map or use the website to locate participating buildings and get directions. 

Some of the historic buildings that will be opening their doors include: the Riverside Art Museum (former Riverside YWCA), Fox Theater, Metropolitan Museum, Municipal Auditorium, First Church of Christ Scientist, First Congregational Church, Universalist Unitarian Church, the RCC Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties (former Citrus Trust), the Culver Center for the Arts (former Rouse Department Store), the California Museum of Photography (former Kress Department Store), the Arcade Building occupied by Krieger & Stewart, Loft.84 in the Aurea Vista Building, the Bonnett Building and more. 

Please visit the official Doors Open Riverside website to review the complete list of participating locations, and view images and restaurant specials only available during the event. www.DoorsOpenRiverside.com

High School Art Show Awards Reception

Please join us as we announce this year’s winners on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Artwork was judged by a panel of respected figures in the local art community to select winners from each of the nine art categories, as well as sponsorship awards, honorable mentions, and the Howard H. Hays Sr. Best of Show Cover Award.

Please join us at the Riverside Art Museum for a celebration of the Visual and Performing Arts!

Come see the artwork from our talented RUSD Middle School artists, as well as art by Riverside County High School artists.

Enjoy music by:

  • Ramona High School pianists at 10 a.m.;
  • the Sierra Middle School Band at 10:30 a.m.;
  • the King High School Flute Choir at 11 a.m.; and
  • the King High School Sax Quartet at 11:30 a.m.

Last year, we danced at dawn.

This year, we dance after work!

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will present art happenings and play the music for this Force-infused Design After Dark.

Come design alongside featured artist The Black Light King as he creates a glowing wonder in paint and pigment. This event is family friendly and there will be art supplies provided for your creative enjoyment. Please feel free to bring your own art supplies. 

Star wars Cos-Play is welcome as we host a dance party in the back lot with sounds to get you moving by Mental Physix.

Be sure to check out what the Riverside Municipal Auditorium is doing to celebrate the Force, as well.

May the Fourth Be With You is done in partnership with the San Bernardino County Museum and March Field Air Museum. Check out their websites for times and details for their events!

It’s also Artswalk, so be sure to check out all that we’re doing for that, too!

Brand Ambassador @ RAM:

The 4th Annual Riverside Art Market will be held at the Riverside Art Museum. Vendor booths will be set up inside, as well as on the surrounding grounds. 

Meet local artists and artisans, hear their stories, and buy their art. Last year over 2000 people attended and shopped from over 50 artists and vendors.

In addition to a fun day of shopping, face painters, balloon artists, and the very popular children’s craft area makes this a family-centered day.

* There is a small fee for some of the children’s art projects.

Partial List of Vendors

Cathy Morford Designs

Lucile Arntzen – LSA Designs

Susan Toscano Designs

Dean Stayner

Yoland Terrell – Art by Landy

http://www.artbylandy.com

Brad Willason – B. Willa Art Works

www.bwilla.com

Michele Orsini – Birdhouses by Michele

BirdhousesByMichele.etsy.com

Kimberli Munkres – Earth Interrupted Studios

Valerie Starck – Lulu’s Jewelry

Amanda Arias

http://amandarias.com

Renee Theuer – Renee’s Artique

Didi Lunceford – Walkalone Design

Margaret Goodward

Heather Andrews-Horton


Megan Prosper – Nomad Fine Art

Elisa Arancibia Fine Art

Yeye Li – Leaf Li

Lorena Gamino – Crochet Gamino

Cambria Ortega-Diersen

Jozelyn Espinoza

Harold Hart-Nibbrig

Andrea McCormick – Little Luxuries

EWM Limited Editions

Henna Art

Natasha Yetman – Byline Jewelry

Denise Rietz

Vlad Voytilla

Steve Van Stockum

Riah’s Beads

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).

Become a Sponsor!

Because there is no cost for the public to attend the Riverside Art Market (except for a small fee for some of the children’s art projects), funds are raised by:

  • Booth fees from the vendors.
  • Sponsors who help underwrite the event.

Please support our commitment to art education and outreach by becoming a sponsor today. 


Thank you in advance for your support (in any amount!) and for making art an important part of the Riverside community.

Sponsor Levels:

$1000:

  • Your name or company logo featured on advertising, website, artist lists, and sponsor signage throughout the event in BOLDEST/HIGHEST placement;
  • 10 Free Museum Passes; and
  • One-time offer only for Art Market: 1 Free Adult or Child Class at RAM, value up to $175

$500:

  • Your name or company logo featured on advertising, website, artist lists, and sponsor signage throughout the event in BOLDEST/HIGHER placement;
  • 8 Free Museum Passes; and
  • One-time offer only for Art Market: 1 Free Child Class at RAM, value up to $175

$250:

  • Website, artist lists, and sponsor signage throughout the event;
  • 6 Free Museum Passes

Click here to become a Riverside Art Market sponsor! Can’t sponsor at this time? Please consider donating $25-$100 (or any amount you can give) to help us purchase supplies for the kids’ crafts and to offer as many free craft tickets for children as we can. Click here to donate!

THIS EVENT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: 

Thank you to our Riverside Art Market Sponsors:

Christine Cahraman

Lucile Arntzen | Cookie Smith | Shannon Murphy

Bob & Fran Moerke | Cathy & Steve Morford | Suzy Clem

David & Patti Funder | Collette Lee | Kathy & Gary Christmas | David & Kathy Bocian

Ken and Debby Phillips | T.L. Mazzetti

Thank you to our Riverside Art Market Donors:

Joe & Jane Barr | Craig Chidley | Peggy Luebs | James Carder | Helen L. Bell | Mike & Susie Cardney

Sally Tavaglione | Katie Hernandez | Nicolette Rohr | Subway | Chick fil A – Day Street

Part of Cesar Chavez Days 2017, presented by Latino Network

Our artist-in-residence, C. Matthew Luther, will be out at UCR for this event with our new Mobile Printmaking Cart! Come talk about printmaking, and even get hands-on experience!

Cesar Chavez Week Membership Special!

March 23 – April 9, 2017

Become a new RAM Family level member for $68 (regular price $100) to commemorate the year artist Emanuel Martinez created the altar that Cesar Chavez broke his 25-day fast.

Family level membership gets you:

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

Click here to become a new RAM Family level member today!

Free with regular museum admission or membership

The Riverside Art Museum is proud to once again be a  host venue for Slow Art Day.

What is Slow Art Day?

One day each year – April 8 in 2017 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together with our Museum Guide docents to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.

For more information on what Slow Art Day is all about, click here.

Then click here to register to participate.

You have two “tracks” to choose from:

  • Visit Trabajamos/We Work and Papel Chicano Dos to look at five pre-designated art pieces. Spend five-to-ten minutes looking at each piece on your own (we suggest starting in Trabajamos/We Work). Meet back in the Art Alliance Gallery (Papel Chicano Dos) at 1:30 p.m. to talk with our Museum Guide about the use of color and its impact, as well as your experience and what YOU saw.
  • Visit Beyond Science Fiction to look at five pre-designated art pieces. Spend five-to-ten minutes looking at each piece on your own. At 1:30 p.m., our Museum Guide will facilitate a discussion on the difference between science fiction and surrealism, and their ability to transform worlds, as well as your experience and what YOU saw.

…so, How Long Do You Need to Look at a Work of Art to Get It? Join us and find out for yourself!

Part of Cesar Chavez Days 2017, presented by the Latino Network

Please join us at the Riverside Art Museum for this free lecture by photojournalist David Bacon as he talks about his work and photography behind the Trabajamos/We Work exhibition. The exhibit catalog will be available for sale during this event.

UPDATE: David is very excited for the talk. Unfortunately, the print run for the books hasn’t been completed in time for tomorrow’s event. However, he will have one copy to show everyone and order forms to be the first to get the exhibition catalog when it is shipped from the publisher. Thank you.

Co-sponsored by: Altura Credit Union

Cesar Chavez Week Membership Special!

March 23 – April 9, 2017

Become a new RAM Family level member for $68 (regular price $100) to commemorate the year artist Emanuel Martinez created the altar that Cesar Chavez broke his 25-day fast.

Family level membership gets you:

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

Click here to become a new RAM Family level member today!

Exhibition: Month-long exhibit at the Vanguard Gallery, Moreno Valley, in May. Details TBA

The Plein Air Artists of Riverside (PAAR), an Artist Group of the Riverside Art Museum (RAM), announces their 12th Annual Paint-Out, April 1-9, 2017. This year’s theme is “Kimberly Crest iconic Mansion”. The public is invited to come out and watch participating artists turn a blank canvas into a magical work of art.

The celebration kicks off April 1 at the Riverside Art Museum. The public is invited to visit art supply vendors Randy Higbee King of Frame, Jack Farley’s Art Supply, The Brush Guys, Golden Artists Color, Inc., and Best Brella on-site from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Artists continue the Paint-out in Redlands, where they will paint Kimberly Crest and Prospect Park en plein air with attention to light, color, and atmosphere.

The culmination of these events is the awards reception On April 30. Entries will be judged by David Fairrington.

A month-long exhibition at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley will then showcase the artwork from the Paint Out. Details TBA.

For more information, contact Event Chair Luz Maria Perez at luzperez2008@sbcglobal.net or 909.225.8306, or visit PAAR’s website.

Part of Cesar Chavez Days 2017, presented by the Latino Network

Come enjoy free birthday cake (well it lasts!) at the Chavez Memorial Statue downtown in honor of Cesar Chavez’s birthday! Our current artist-in-residence, C. Matthew Luther, will be there with the newly created Mobile Printmaking Cart for people to watch him work and even help out! Come engage in some conversation about printmaking and get hands-on experience, after eating cake, of course!

Cesar Chavez Week Membership Special!

March 23 – April 9, 2017

Become a new RAM Family level member for $68 (regular price $100) to commemorate the year artist Emanuel Martinez created the altar that Cesar Chavez broke his 25-day fast.

Family level membership gets you:

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

Click here to become a new RAM Family level member today!

Premier: $50 ($40 RAM Members) | General: $20

The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) proudly presents “Look Who’s Talking” | Cheech Marin, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Cheech Marin is back in Riverside to talk about his new memoir, Cheech Is Not My Real Name: …But Don’t Call Me Chong. This ticketed “Look Who’s Talking” fundraising event and book signing is moderated by Susan Straight, novelist, National Book Award finalist andDistinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside.

Premier tickets, which include a copy of Cheech’s memoir, a drink, and a place in the signing line, are $50 ($40 for RAM Members).

A very limited number of Premier tickets are still available. Please call 951.684.7111 to purchase.

General Admission is $20. Line photo opportunities are time permitting.

General tickets will be available at the door.

All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Personalization and line photo opportunities are acceptable, time permitting. No memorabilia will be signed.

In Cheech Is Not My Real Name, Cheech candidly writes about being the wisecracking kid in south central Los Angeles, resisting the draft as a young adult, his chance meeting with Tommy Chong in Vancouver, and how he formed one of the most successful comedy acts of all time to ultimately break up and reunite over the years – and still tour to this day. Cheech will take you on an incredible journey with his famous storytelling. You will learn about how this son of a cop became the face of the recreational drug movement. How this potter-turned-magazine-reporter’s first assignment was to interview Little Richard. Or about the time he won Celebrity Jeopardy! Just how he came to be the owner of the most renowned Chicano art collection in the world. Or even about the night that Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, asked him to dance.

[This memoir is a] rollicking, plot-rich personal inquiry, in which Marin attempts to answer the question he has heard like a refrain over the nearly 70 years he’s been alive, “What the hell are you?” A fascinating self-portrait and social and artistic history.”

— Booklist

“Bookended by looks at his youth growing up poor in South Central Los Angeles

and his development as a now well-known collector of Chicago art, this memoir is fun,

wacky look inside Marin’s imagination.”

— Publishers Weekly

“A mildly diverting, modestly charming memoir from a surprisingly multifaceted showbiz survivor.”

– Kirkus

This “Look Who’s Talking” lecture coincides with RAM’s current exhibition, Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper, from the collection of Cheech Marin, which presents 65 artworks by 24 established and early-career artists whose work demonstrates a myriad of techniques from watercolor and aquatint to pastel and mixed media.

“The 52 Project brought together the arts, personal enrichment and community togetherness in a way that I respect and desire,” he says. “Once I saw how those could and should be connected, it fundamentally changed me. I could not help but see how all the communities that make up Riverside were interconnected and interdependent.”

The book that resulted is “100 Things to Do in Riverside Before You Die,” published by Reedy Press. It features restaurants, entertainment, events and out-of-the-way experiences.

“I wanted this to be more than just ‘Larry’s List,” he says. “I wanted it to be a community book; Riverside’s book.”

— Larry Burns, “How Riverside man came to write ‘100 Things to Do in Riverside Before You Die'”

Please join us for the book launch of 100 Things to Do in Riverside Before You Die, written by Larry Burns, whose participation in our 52 Project last year inspired him to push forward with his artistic dreams.

There will be a short reading by Larry Burns, as well as a book signing with sales on site. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Free event.

For Friend of RAM, Julia Morgan Associate, Artist Circle Advocate, and Art Alliance members only. 

What wine pairs best with cheeseburgers and a good book?

Open to Friend of RAM, Julia Morgan Associate, Artist Circle Advocate, and Art Alliance members, this FREE members event will feature an author talk and book signing by Lisa Napoli, author of Ray & Joan – The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave it All Away, along with tax tips about charitable giving.

Wine pairings with a selection of McDonald’s fare will be served.

RSVPs required. Please call 951.684.7111 as seating is limited.

Presented by the Riverside Art Museum Fund Development Committee

Book Review

“…this wonderfully moving and entertaining biography will have you thinking differently about what it means to give generously and spend lavishly.” 
Marie Claire

“Napoli’s narrative skills are outstanding. She depicts Ray and Joan in vivid detail and with deep sympathy, something that’s especially difficult given how neither Kroc was an especially appealing person.”
Chicago Tribune

“Journalist Lisa Napoli’s Ray & Joan is remarkable… a playful, even waggish work of biography.”
Christian Science Monitor

“Napoli weaves together the Krocs’s personal and business dramas with considerable intelligence… [her] portrait of Joan in her final two decades, impulsively writing multimillion-dollar checks and dispatching her private jet “like a pickup truck” to run personal errands for friends, is charming and engaging.”
Boston Globe

“Lisa Napoli shows herself to be both a storyteller and a journalist as she pulls back the curtain.”
San Diego Union-Tribune

“Fabulous… entertaining… Ray & Joan is a moving, extremely well-written story of big business, big love, and big giving.”
—Huffington Post

Books will be available for purchase at this event.

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

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

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

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

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

Come celebrate art with us!

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

Mental Physix will be providing music for the reception.

Whelan Bio

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

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

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

Hello!

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

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

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

Thought Experiments: February 2 – March 26

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

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

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

The Future Will Be…: February 2 – March 26

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

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

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

Sound Advice: February 2 – April 30

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

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

Free with paid admission or membership

Join feminist artist Judith Palmer and novelist Ben Stoltzfus for a repeat spoken word performance of ROMOLAND, an embodied dialogue between a man and a woman that is a postmodernist reading that dramatizes the condition of being a woman in a world dominated by men.

In partnership with the Inlandia Institute, please join us if you missed the reading back in November!

Join RAM for the 2nd annual “pARTy the night away” New Year’s Eve bash + fundraiser on Saturday, December 31, 2016, from 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., as we say goodbye to 2016 with:

  • music provided by DJ Mental Physix, 
  • “casino play night”, 
  • food, 
  • drinks, 
  • art-making, 
  • an art-projection countdown, 
  • and more!

Each general admission guest receives two free drink tickets, one complimentary midnight champagne toast, a photo booth pic, and 2000 in “casino play money”.

Early-bird special: Purchase your general admission ticket BEFORE December 1 and receive an additional drink ticket and an extra 200 in “casino play money”! 

General admission tickets: $85/person or $150/couple (RAM Members: $72/person or $127/couple)

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

General admission 10-pack: $717 (No member discount)

21+/Dress to impress!

No email/paper tickets will be issued. Your PayPal receipt is your confirmation. No refunds will be issued. Thank you.

Your name will be added to our reservation list. Reservations will be held at the door. Thank you.

VIP TICKETS

VIP tickets include:

  • VIP lounge with private food access,
  • three free drink tickets,
  • VIP bar access,
  • one complimentary midnight champagne toast, 
  • a photo booth pic, 
  • and 4000 in “casino play money”.

Limited availability. No early-bird special or member discount.

VIP tickets: $120/person or $220/couple

21+/Dress to impress!

No email/paper tickets will be issued. Your PayPal receipt is your confirmation.

Your name will be added to our reservation list. Reservations will be held at the door. Thank you.

Marriott NYE Package

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet and are looking to book a room at a local hotel for New Year’s Eve, consider the Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center!

One of their Room Packages is the NYE Package with the Riverside Art Museum pARTy, which includes:

  • either a Guest Room or a Jacuzzi Suite;
  • buffet breakfast for 2 adults;
  • wireless Internet; and
  • 2 tickets to RAM’s NYE pARTy the night away! fundraiser!

Click the Marriott link or call them at 951.784.8000 and ask for the NYE Package with the Riverside Art Museum pARTy to book your room and get tickets now!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Photos from last year’s event by Sinly Lim and Michael J. Elderman.

Join us this holiday season for an afternoon of cooking authentic Mexican cuisine from Michoacan with Maria Rico Contreras, star of Abuela’s Kitchen.

Silvia Salas-Sanchez began to record her grandmother cooking for YouTube in order to create a digital archive of her grandmother’s recipes and to document her culture and traditions for future generations.

Come and sit around the table with Abuela’s Kitchen and learn to make a delicious holiday treat.

Join RAM at the Gateway to the Festival of Lights for our second Art Light Projection project! Each night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the Festival of Lights (November 25 – January 7), come see the art projection on the entire front facade! Described as “beyond cool”, we hope you will stop by to enjoy!

Don’t miss our Luminaries Project on Lime Street. Several local artists were invited to repurpose damaged light sculptures from last year’s Festival of Lights that were donated by the City of Riverside for our inaugural Luminaries Project. CalBaptist University (CBU) Assistant Professor in the visual arts Kristi Lippire and CBU visual arts students, as well as selected Vocademy makers reimagined the broken light sculptures into new illuminated sculptures and be on exhibition on our sculpture pads on the Lime Street side of the museum for the duration of the Festival of Lights.

Thank you to our Art Light Projection sponsors:

Join us for The Blue Door Museum Store Holiday Shopping Preview Day! We will be closing the store Tuesday, November 15, to restock the store with special holiday items for this event.

Be the first to shop the newly restocked store to get a head start on your holiday shopping! Bring a friend and shop local…and unique!

Free with paid admission or membership

Join feminist artist Judith Palmer and novelist Ben Stoltzfus for a spoken word performance of ROMOLAND, an embodied dialogue between a man and a woman that is a postmodernist reading that dramatizes the condition of being a woman in a world dominated by men.

In partnership with the Inlandia Institute, please stay for a book signing by the artist and author following the performance.

Free with paid admission or membership

Join us in an all-levels dance class combining everyday life movements with playful improvisational scores.

EveryBODY welcome! Facilitated by choreographer, dancer, and educator Sue Roginski.

Martha McLean-Anza Narrows Park: 5759 Jurupa Ave. Riverside, CA 92504

We will meet at the path at the north parking lot at the end of the park next to the Santa Ana River Trail. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes and don’t forget you’re sunscreen, hat, and eco-friendly water bottle!

RAM is finishing up our Art of Water series with a big splash! We will be leading a morning of river cleanup where Inland Empire Waterkeeper Megan Brousseau will treat you to a fascinating talk about the history and ecology of the Santa Ana River.

Stick around for the unveiling of There Is a River Here at 11 a.m. If you want to volunteer to help install the art project, come at 6 a.m., clean the river with us, then stay for the unveiling.

Martha McLean-Anza Narrows Park: 5759 Jurupa Ave. Riverside, CA 92504

We will meet at the path at the north parking lot at the end of the park next to the Santa Ana River Trail. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes and don’t forget you’re sunscreen, hat, and eco-friendly water bottle!

Stay after the river cleanup to enjoy the debut of There is a River Here, an environmental textile art project curated by Carolyn Schutten and facilitated by textile artists Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn, and co-created with the community. Patricia Locke Dawson of the Santa Ana River Trust will be on hand to talk about the revitalization of the Santa Ana River. This project addresses graffiti issues by the river and integrates the yarn bombing of several boulders in order to create an ephemeral river of blue in the natural landscape. There will also be a performative experience led by Crystal Sepúlveda’ called “the river knows – dancing with the Santa Ana River”.

If you would like to help create the textiles to temporarily cover the graffiti-covered boulders, please donate knitted or crocheted blankets or sweaters in shades of blue to the Riverside Art Museum, or join us at RAM for one or both of our Community Crochet Circles on September 24 and October 22, 12 noon – 3 p.m.

If you want to volunteer to help install the art project, come at 6 a.m., stay for the river clean up, then enjoy the debut that YOU helped with.

Free with paid admission or membership

Get inspired by the works of Eric Nash in Land/Sky, then join us for an urban photography workshop to learn the secrets of photographing people, places, and things in the streets. Meet Anthony at the Riverside Art Museum to review your “rights” as a street photographer and get some photography guidelines to take compelling street images. Then hit the streets in this hands-on walk-and-shoot.

This workshop is open to all skill levels of photography and is limited to 12 photographers.

Please register for a spot by clicking here or calling 951.684.7111, and bring your point-and-shoot or DSLR camera to the workshop.

Free with paid admission or membership

In conjunction with Land/Sky, join artist and founder of ArtPlantae, Tania Marien, for an afternoon of sketching and learning about urban grasses.

Grass plants are everywhere—in our yards, our kitchens, our parks, and along the streets; Land/Sky artist Karen Kitchel introduces us to the third largest plant family.

Enjoy the exhibition and then discover the flowing shapes and intricate details of grasses by participating in an exploratory session of botanical illustration.

Participants will take home preliminary sketches and information about how to create grass studies at home.

Free with paid admission or membership

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

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

Free with paid admission or membership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Project was made possible by:

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

This is in conjunction with Elements of Art: Color.

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

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

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

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

Photo by Michael J. Elderman

Free with paid admission or membership

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

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

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

Free with paid admission or membership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Dates

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

Note for Artists: Artists receive 50% of the price of their sold artwork. If you are currently a RAM member, you may submit up to five pieces of original art. All pieces must be priced at $100, $200, $300, or $400. At least one piece must be priced at $100 and only one may be priced at $400. If you are not currently a member of RAM, you may submit up to three pieces. At least one piece must be priced at $100 and, once again, only one piece may be priced at $400. All mediums are welcome. Artwork must be framed/ready-to-hang and securely wired with D-rings or eyehooks and hanging wire. Pieces are to be labeled with the artist’s name and the title of the work (a business card works great).

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

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

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

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

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

Last Day of Sale: Thursday, October 20, 25% off all remaining artwork.

Unsold Art Pick-up Days: Friday, October 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. – 12 noon.

Become a Sponsor!

Are you passionate about art? Does a beautiful painting make your heart want to sing?

Well, you’re going to to love all the alegria that is coming your way this fall as the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum presents its most popular fundraiser: Off the Wall.

Off the Wall will romance you with an art sale featuring over a hundred local artists, a Spanish Gala where you’ll enjoy food and wine to the sound of Latin serenades (and maybe a little jazz) and you will be able to “grab” the art of your choice right off the wall — at incredible prices.

We are looking for a few great sponsors and wanted to offer you the opportunity to be part of this exciting and fun-filled event. RAM is the largest visual arts museum in the Inland Empire and welcomes over 50,000 visitors each year. Your sponsorship will allow our museum to keep showing great art and offer educational programs for all ages.

You can choose to be a Picasso Sponsor for $1000, a Dali Sponsor for $500, or a Miro Sponsor for $250. With these tax deductible sponsorships, your name or company name will be listed on all marketing materials under the event title. We believe that this will total nearly 65,000 brand impressions throughout Riverside County. We will provide you with free tickets to the the always sold-out gala event, a value of $150 for the Picasso Sponsorship, $100 for the Dali, and 450 for the Miro. In addition, you’ll get to enjoy a Sponsor Reception on Friday, October 14, starting at 5 p.m. Just prior to the Spanish Gala starting at 6 p.m., the sponsors, depending on your level, will get early entry to the sale to grab art off the walls and purchase them before anyone else!

To meet our printing deadlines, we need to hear from you as soon as possible, but certainly by August 31.

Picasso Sponsor

  • 6 tickets to the Spanish Gala
  • FIRST early-bird admittance to take art “off the wall” and buy it
  • Your name on invitations, program, and signage throughout the event

Dali Sponsor

  • 4 tickets to the Spanish Gala
  • SECOND early-bird admittance to take art “off the wall” and buy it
  • Your name on invitations, program, and signage throughout the event

Miro Sponsor

  • 2 tickets to the Spanish Gala
  • THIRD early-bird admittance to take art “off the wall” and buy it
  • Your name on invitations, program, and signage throughout the event

Thank you to our generous Off the Wall Sponsors:

PICASSO

James Antoyan – JLA Real Estate Group

Tim & Meredith Maloney

Mchelle Ouellette

Susan Rothermund & Robert Harris

DALI

Eric & Francie Johnson

Shannon Murphy & John Conrad

MIRO

Kathy & John Allavie

Stephen & Eileen Ashwal

Kathleen Bocian

Philip & Selina Bremenstuhl

Suzy & Gary Clem

Merrill Consulting

Dayton & Cheryl Gilleland

David & Patti Funder

Sam & Judy Lemon

David & Barbara Moore

Steven & Cathy Morford

Betty & Walter Parks

Tom & Lori Raffy

Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds

Rodolfo Ruibal

Roorda, Piquet and Bessee, Inc. CPAs

Leslie Slamal

Martha J. Smith

Barbara and Jim Robinson

and Beyond Opening Reception +

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Self Help Graphics: Aztlán, the Permanent Collection, and Beyond during the October Artswalk.

Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with SHG and local artists, as well as with the Riverside County Mexican American Historical Society’s “Roots of Our Family” pop-up exhibition.

In RAM’s first augmented-reality exhibition, comic book artist and author Nathaniel Osollo will “install” his The Shadow People Are Here exhibit throughout the museum, running October 1 – November 6. His artwork will only be visible on your smart phone using the free Aurasma app (be sure to follow TheShadowPeople).

Nathaniel will lead a talk and tour during Artswalk and will be on hand to sign his second augmented reality comic book on the Shadow People, which will be released in the fall. Come and explore the museum and find the Shadow People haunting the museum!

Read Nathaniel’s description of HOW to find the Shadow People in the museum!

Free with paid admission or membership

We’re making space for local artists, makers, and creative entrepreneurs to come together, learn, and share their experiences in the business of art. 

RAM invites all local artists, makers, and creatives to join this conversation, to network and meet other artists, and to share how the museum can support the local arts and maker scene in the Inland Empire.

On October 1, Sant Khalsa, visual artist, educator, and curator, will be joining us for this very special Kings and Queens of Art talk on grant writing for artists. Sant teaches Professional Practices in the Visual Arts for the MFA in Studio Art program at CSU San Bernardino, which covers grants and all topics relevant to artist success. This one-hour talk will be an introduction to various grant, fellowship, and award opportunities and approaches, partnerships with 501(c)(3) organizations, finding matching funding (when required), and more.

The real key to grant success is having a great project, developing clear grant-writing skills, and researching the appropriate grants and funders to match your project.

—Sant Khalsa

To reserve a seat for this sure-to-be-packed talk, please click here.

We are joining forces with our neighbors Live Nation at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium to bring you an even larger Food Truck event! So there is a date and time change — mark your calendars!

Food Truck Festival presented by Hot 1039

  • Live Nation, Riverside Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, California 92501
  • Friday, September 30, from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Free admission
  • Event will feature food trucks, live music, DJ, raffle prizes, and more.

Please visit http://www.riversidelive.com/foodtruckfestival or https://www.facebook.com/events/1785365398415252/ for more information.

Free with paid admission or membership

Join aviation artist Mike Machat, artist Lisa Tucker, and Miguel Tarango for a discussion of the intersections between art and technology. Tucker is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in ceramics, game design and development, and 3D-modeling and animation. Tarango is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, educator, and founder of Gato Feliz Media. Curator Danielle Trynoski will mediate this lively discussion. Free with paid admission or membership.

This is in conjunction with Supersonic Palette: The Art of Flight by Mike Machat.

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.

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 to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free.

Please visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday to download your free ticket.

Join the Director of Programs & Operations at Self Help Graphics & Art Joel Garcia for a talk about the history, legacy, and ongoing efforts to create Latino art in East Los Angeles and beyond, and tour our Self Help Graphics: Aztlán, the Permanent Collection, and Beyond exhibit with Joel as he discusses the artists of Self Help Graphics’ past and present.

Textile artists Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn will be leading crochet and stitching circles in order to fabricate the environmental art installation There Is a River Here. Alyssa and Liz are pros at crochet, so come learn crochet while constructing pieces for the installation. Bring your own hooks and donate yarn in shades of blue if you like, but we will have some on hand. If you are an experienced knitter, bring your knitting needles and give us some lessons!

No time to crochet? Please donate cast-off blue sweaters or blankets!

We will have one more Community Crochet Circle on Saturday, October 22, 2016, 12 noon – 3 p.m. Then join us on Saturday, November 12, 2016, for the debut of the There Is a River Here installation at the Santa Ana River (exact location TBA), at 11 a.m. Join us a bit earlier at 9 a.m. to help with the Santa Ana River Cleanup!

The Riverside Art Museum will be joining City of Riverside Parks & Recreation at the annual Mariachi Festival at Fairmount Park. We will be hosting a drawing and painting station for kids and families to design their own mariachi skulls!

Check out www.riversideca.gov/park_rec for more info.

Free with paid admission or membership.

One main aspect of a self-validating artist is the satisfaction of achieving a level of independence as it relates to being economically self supporting. We will discuss some of the requirements in becoming a successful artist outside of the institutional validation system. Currently, there are thousands of visual artists making well over $100k/year under the radar of the system. Many of these artists have achieved this with minimum to no structured education or mentoring. This panel will be geared to cover these realities.

Artist, panelist, and co-curator of Visual VoiceCharles Bibbs

Join us for Validation and Value, the Conversation Continues at 6:30 p.m., a discussion of how validation—self, academic, social, or systematic—translates to an artist’s value. Panelists will discuss how that value can be maintained and developed through placement, collecting, and archiving, as well as some of the other means available.

Panelists currently include: Diane Shannon Young, Kenneth Gatewood, Larry Poncho Brown, Inge Pelzer, Nedra Myricks, Kathleen Atkins Wilson, Theresa Shellcrof, Cosme Cordova, and Alicia Lee.  

The region’s largest fundraiser in support of the arts is coming to downtown Riverside. In an effort to broaden its reach and make the event more accessible to a wider range of the community, the Riverside Arts Council is partnering with the Riverside Downtown Partnership, integrating the former Mayor’s Ball and Summer Street Jam into the Riverside Art and Music Festival. Featuring exhibits, interactive demonstrations, and performances, the Riverside Art and Music Festival includes a headlining act by alternative rock artists Halo Circus. The Festival will showcase the depth of Riverside’s art community in a fun day for the entire family.

“PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into ‘PARK(ing)’ spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

“The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat…at least until the meter runs out!”

Original PARK(ing) Day concept by Rebar. www.rebargroup.org

Quoted text from parkingday.org/about-parking-day/ 

Free with paid admission or membership

Join dancer, choreographer, and teacher Julie Simon and other dancers for an evening of salsa fusion dance!

Free with paid admission or membership

Artist Pavel Acevedo will lead this workshop/taller in chine-collé, a special technique in printmaking, in which the image is transferred to a surface that is bonded to a heavier support.

Free with paid admission or membership

Artist Cynthia Huerta will be leading visitors in a printmaking workshop that explores pochoir, a sophisticated stenciling technique. She will also be teaching oil resist to produce prints in this workshop/taller.

Free with paid admission or membership

In conjunction with Visual Voice, join guest curatorial assistant Lisa Henry and iconic sculptor and Visual Voice artist Charles Dickson for a discussion of Dickson’s work and the history of the Watts Towers Art Center. Charles has been sculpting award-winning art for more than 50 years and his work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions and sites. He is Artist-in-Residence at the Watts Towers Art Center and is working with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and Offices of the Trust for Public land LA River Center to create sculpture within the community. Charles will discuss the Watts Towers Art Center’s influence on many of the Visual Voice artists.

Lisa Henry, an independent curator based in Riverside, will be leading this artist dialogue. Prior to assisting Visual Voice co-curators Charles Bibbs and Bernard Stanley Hoyes, she was curator for Art Works Gallery in downtown Riverside. Lisa has also worked with galleries and museums throughout Southern California. Among the exhibitions she has curated are: Young Americans at Riverside Community Artists Association Gallery, Off the Grid and Hyphen-Americans: Tintype Portraits by Keliy Anderson-Staley at UCR California Museum of Photography, Connections at Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco, Double Exposure at Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, and I’m Thinking of a Place at the UCLA Hammer Museum. Lisa will help provide critical historical context for the artwork in Visual Voice.

I am consumed with how things work in a mechanical, creative, spiritual, and political context. As a sculptor that has embraced many mediums, I have explored the nature of the materials that I use in order to understand and challenge their properties in traditional and unique applications. At the core of this process is a compelling inquiry of, “how do I learn to speak through the materials to discover the truth about the materials and express the beauty of my artistic vision?”

Being an artist is a gift, a way to pray and to create the visions of the past, present, and the future. It is a need to continue to establish a trail that reflects my growth as a sculptor, as an African American.

 —Charles Dickson

The Art of Water Protection Project is a series of art education classes and community outreach events to increase public understanding and awareness of pollution, storm water, and pretreatment issues.

We’re kicking things off with a Walk Up Mt. Rubidoux at 8 a.m. Park at Ryan Bonominio Park and meet at the base of Mt. Rubidoux. We’ll supply water. (In the spirit of environmental friendliness, it’d be awesome if you brought your own water bottles. We will, of course, be collecting any plastic bottles to be recycled/repurposed.) Feel free to wear blue or green! We’ll start our walk and along the way, we’ll encounter Plein Air Artists of Riverside members painting this beloved walk. At the top, join Patricia Locke-Dawson, founder of the Santa Ana River Trust, Megan Brousseau, Inland Empire Waterkeeper, and Virginia Godoy for a chat about our local river system and point source pollution. Free family fun and a great way to continue Earth Day celebrations into the weekend!

After the walk up Mt. Rubidoux, come back to the museum and join us for some Water-Inspired Eco Art. Explore our local waterway with artist Adam Maron’s Santa Ana River Diorama. There will also be art making for all ages from 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. This event is free with admission or membership.

Psst! If you want to help us out, and upcycle at the same time, drop off empty prescription and pill bottles (labels removed), cardboard toilet paper rolls, and caps off bottles and jars for use in some of the art-making projects. It’d be nice if you do so before Earth Day or on Earth Day, but we’ll be continuing this project in the summer (dates TBA), so it’s never too late! THANK YOU!

This project is supported by grant funding from the California Water Environment Association/Water Protection Professionals.

The Riverside Art Museum invites the community to celebrate seven artists who will face off at the museum to each create a unique piece of art. Each artist will get a box full of unknown cast-off “junk.” After opening the box, they each get two and a half hours to create their masterpieces. A panel of judges will choose who will be winner and who will receive the “brush off.”

“After years of working as an instructor at the Riverside Art Museum and creating my own metal/assemblage sculptures in my home studio, I am excited for the opportunity to represent the staff of RAM at the Brush Off,” says Bethany Molyneaux. “This event creates a friendly competition that shows that what is considered ‘junk’ can become something beautiful. In my own artwork, I usually search out my own ‘junk,’ so I am excited to have the challenge of using the unknown. Challenge accepted!”

The panel of judges includes RAM Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Todd Wingate, RAM Trustee Patsy Herrera, and Kathy Allavie, a long-time RAM and Art Alliance member, and Riverside Unified School District Trustee. They will evaluate the work for creative use of materials, overall aesthetic, and other aspects. There will also be an audience choice award. 

Patti Funder, RAM Trustee and artist sponsor says, “I am thrilled that Charles Bibbs has agreed to participate in the Brush Off. I am a great admirer of his artistic genius. I hope those in the community will join me in support of the arts in Riverside and RAM.”

The event will be MC-ed by artist and RAM Trustee James Antoyan. It will feature art-making activities for guests, a hosted bar, and hors d’oeuvres. 

Competing artists include:

  • reigning champion Martin Sanchez of Tio’s Tacos;
  • Nick Bahula;
  • Charles Bibbs;
  • Cosme Cordova;
  • Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja;
  • Danielle Giudici Wallis; and
  • Bethany Molyneaux.

We will also be holding a silent auction during the event of the following items:

  • Bill Gardner sculpture;
  • Kelly Rider original piece;
  • Jeff Soto print;
  • Beth Kollmyer pet portrait;
  • Live Nation concert tickets;
  • Sue Simonin fused glass bowl;
  • and more!

This fundraiser is catered by DLS Events and Pastries by Sue Tatosian. Music provided by The Bladerunners Bluegrass Band

“I am tickled to be participating in this fun event,” says Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja. “Check it out and come have fun with me and the other artists as we are under the ‘gun’ to create and you will be supporting the museum!”

Tickets

General Admission Tickets $50

Come watch the artists create during the Brush Off and get one People’s Choice Award ballot. Hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres included.

VIP Admission Tickets $75

A VIP ticket gives you access to the pre-event Meet-and-Greet with the artists and judges, a front row seat to watch the artists create during the Brush Off, and five extra People’s Choice Award ballots. Hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres included.

Artist Sponsorships $500

Have a favorite artist amongst the competitors? Want to own the piece they create during the Brush Off? Then become an Artist Sponsor!

Martin Sanchez

TAKEN!

Nick Bahula

Available

Charles Bibbs

TAKEN!

Cosme Cordova

Available

Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja

Available

Danielle Giudici Wallis

Available

Bethany Molyneaux

Available

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

All proceeds from the event benefit the Riverside Art Museum. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

AmericasPrinter.com | David and Patti Funder | Jinnifer Razo, Swenson Corporation

Kathy Wright & Dwight Tate

Thank you to our materials sponsors:

Polymer Logistics | Bourns Engineering | Urge Palette & Fritz Aragon
Mothership Scrapbook Gal by Rina Gonzales| Julie Ann Silverman

Join us at 6:30 p.m. for the Validation and Value Panel that will focus on how the various aspects of validation—self, academic, social, or systematic—translate to an artist’s value. Panelists will discuss how that value can be maintained and developed through placement, collecting, and archiving, as well as some of the other means available.

Panelists currently include: Barb Houser, Kayren Lyle, Eric Hanks, Charmaine Jefferson, Mark Steven Greenfield, Anthony Silva, Berlinda Fontenot, Charles Bibbs, and Bernard Stanley Hoyes. Additional panelists will be added as they confirm participation.

“One main aspect of a self-validating artist is the satisfaction of achieving a level of independence as it relates to being economically self supporting. We will discuss some of the requirements in becoming a successful artist outside of the institutional validation system. Currently, there are thousands of visual artists making well over $100k/year under the radar of the system. Many of these artists have achieved this with minimum to no structured education or mentoring. This panel will be geared to cover these realities.”

Artist, panelist, and co-curator of Visual Voice, Charles Bibbs

September 22: Join us for Validation and Value, the Conversation Continues at 6:30 p.m. Panelists currently include: Diane Shannon Young, Kenneth Gatewood, Larry Poncho Brown, Inge Pelzer, Nedra Myricks, Kathleen Atkins Wilson, Theresa Shellcrof, Cosme Cordova, and Alicia Lee. Free with admission or membership.  

Reception at the Mission Inn Museum | 6:30 p.m. Panel in the Renaissance Salon at the Mission Inn | Free

The Mission Inn Foundation is proud to partner with the Riverside Art Museum in presenting the “Aviation Legacy in Riverside” panel with artist Mike Machat, historian Walter Parks, former USAF pilot Sam Lemon, and gilder pilor Bob Harris. This is in conjunction with Supersonic Palette: The Art of Flight by Mike Machat.

RSVP for this free event online at missioninnmuseum.org or by phone at 951.788.9556.

Additional Programming

August 4: Join us between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. during Artswalk to show off your mad paper airplane-skills during our “Make It, Fly It, Improve It, Repeat!” paper airplane contest.

August 8 – August 12: Have a child/teen interested in art and aviation? We have a weeklong class called Aviation and Adventure that they are sure to love! Includes a field trip to Flabob Airport, guest speakers, and a meet-and-greet with artist Mike Machat.

September 29: Join Mike Machat for “Technology and Art: An Inside Look with Mike Machat”. Starts with a no-host Happy Hour at 6 p.m., with the talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. Free with admission or membership.

Join us for drinks every month this summer as we explore the art of handmade brewing and distilling during our Late Thursdays: Toast and Tour, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

June 23: Join artisan distillers J. Riley from Redlands for some serious whiskey history and taste some epic handcrafted whiskey.

July 21: Sample local craft beer from one of Riverside’s beloved breweries, Wicks Brewery.

August 11: In honor of the Olympics in Brazil and in conjunction with our 2016 Members’ Exhibition: Carioca Soul, we will be having caipirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar, and lime. We has invited dancer, choreographer, and teacher Julie Simon for an evening of Brazilian contemporary dance and drums at 6 p.m. and again (at approximately 7 p.m.) after Bernard Stanley Hoyes’ curatorial tour. Join us for an evening celebrating Brazil!

TOURS: Artist extraordinaire Bernard Hoyes will lead curatorial tours of the Visual Voice exhibition at 6:30 p.m. after each Late Thursday event.

Stand up, get over the hump, and de-stress with an hour of free tai chi at the museum.

Every Saturday this summer, come to RAM for Maker Series Saturdays. Get inside the artistic process, participate in collaborative art, interact with artists, and learn how to make stuff! We will be making ice cream with A La Minute, learning how to etch with salt water and electricity with Bernard Stanley Hoyes, and more.

June 18: Nathaniel Osollo

Sequential artist Nathaniel Osollo, author of Shadow People and Dark Mouse, returns to the Riverside Art Museum for an afternoon of comic book making. Nathaniel will talk through and demo his process of comic book drawing and writing, and help visitors work on their own comics. He will also discuss his first augmented reality comic book project and his experiences in the sequential art world.

June 25: Bernard Stanley Hoyes

In conjunction with Visual Voice, join artist in residence Bernard Stanley Hoyes on June 25, July 9, July 30, and August 13, and learn how to etch using salt water and electricity. Etched zinc plates will be used for printmaking.

July 2: How to HEAR Compost Temperature with J no.e ParkerThis workshop will inspire/introduce visitors to using sensors and micro-controllers to explore the physical world around them through HEARING an on-site compost pile. Audiofied on a continual basis, the compost pile renders a non-stop, real-time sound “performance”—making the silent process of decomposition tangible on a human scale. Visitors are immersed in a continuous, eight-point soundscape created and controlled by temperature sensors buried inside the compost. Each temperature value is translated directly to frequency and amplified in its own distinct speaker—mirroring the placement of its sister temperature sensor inside the container. Visitors will also gain practical knowledge on compost biology and home composting by “feeding” the compost with vegetable scraps, helping to turn the compost, and participating in “microbe searches” using a USB microscope at various times of the day.

July 9: Bernard Stanley Hoyes

In conjunction with Visual Voice, join artist in residence Bernard Stanley Hoyes on June 25, July 9, July 30, and August 13, and learn how to etch using salt water and electricity. Etched zinc plates will be used for printmaking.

July 16: #InstaVIBES: Instagram 101 | What’s Your Personal Brand with Mad Creative (CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS. We apologize for any inconvenience.)

Mad Creative will have three mini-workshops from 12 noon – 3 p.m. Come to one or all of them!

12 noon | Self-portraits: Invent your best selfie

1 p.m. | Objects: Let things tell your story

2 p.m. | Places: Show your adventurous side when you are out and about

Visitors are invited to bring 3-5 small objects that tell their story. Other props will also be on hand to practice shooting those Instagram moments.

From Ashley Meyers of Mad Creative:

When you think of Instagram do you simply think photo envy? Too complicated a task to try and navigate the waters of all the new Insta apps being pumped out on a daily basis? Not sure how to make your profile and photos standout? Unsure why your photos receive less than 5 likes? Oh man, the hashtag and his friend the emoji! Who the heck are those guys? Hey you’re not alone, we promise!

Master the art of Instagram marketing from both a personal and business perspective. Join us for a special afternoon as we help you navigate the ever-evolving waters of social media on the world’s most popular visual marketing medium. We will discuss storytelling, the power of your iPhone, popular Instagram filters and apps, a breakdown of hashtags, and speak to the challenges and opportunities of connecting with your community on the Instagram platform. All participants must have their own cell phone with access to Instagram.

We will be using the Riverside Art Museum as our backdrop for this creative and informative workshop. Seating is limited to 30, so please click here to register.

Enter our contest for a chance to win a Baby Tattooville poster or free tickets to the museum! Simply register and post your next instagram pic with #instavibesworkshopRAM.

July 23: Arcade Coffee + Parliament Chocolate/à la minute ice cream (see special times below)

Wake up and roll into the museum for some coffee! Join Shane Levario and Stevie Hasemeyer of Arcade Coffee at this special 10 a.m. Maker Series Saturday for a talk and demonstration about the art of coffee roasting. Taste small batch-roasted coffee beans from all over the world.

At 1 p.m., join Ryan Berk, owner of Parliament Chocolate and à la minute ice cream, as he tells his story as a self-proclaimed food artist. Learn about locally sourced foods, the science of nitrogen-made ice cream, and travelling to source cacao beans. Taste Berk’s famous handcrafted ice cream and spectacular small batch chocolate.

Seats are limited to 30 people, so reserve your spot now with Ryan Berk by clicking here.

“For me, food is my expression, and an extension of my inner creativity. I consider it my art. As with any creative process, it starts with an idea. . . .” — Ryan Berk

July 30: Bernard Stanley Hoyes

In conjunction with Visual Voice, join artist in residence Bernard Stanley Hoyes on June 25, July 9, July 30, and August 13, and learn how to etch using salt water and electricity. Etched zinc plates will be used for printmaking.

August 6: Comfort Food Blanket Lessons and Dialogue with Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn

Comfort Food Blanket discusses our psychological relationship with food during depression and difficult times, as well as the emotional appeal of junk food as a source of consolation and support. It physically represents a blanket, a pig in a blanket, environmental landscapes like trash heaps, and the gluttony of our emotional needs. In contrast with consuming, many cite the practice of crochet as being a source of consolation and support during emotionally straining times. Artists Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn hope to engage visitors in a dialogue about the role of food as pleasure, desire and craving, and personal relationships with food and consumption. Visitors will be able to interact with the piece and explore the tactile art of crochet. Comfort Food Blanket will be on view over the fireplace in the lobby from June 21-August 5 (tentative). In conjunction with Comfort Food Blanket, Arney and Flynn will host a drop-in station where visitors can learn to crochet basic stitches or make yarn pom-poms of various sizes. Experienced crochet artists are welcome to express their creativity and create their own pieces as well.

August 13: Bernard Stanley Hoyes

In conjunction with Visual Voice, join artist in residence Bernard Stanley Hoyes on June 25, July 9, July 30, and August 13, and learn how to etch using salt water and electricity. Etched zinc plates will be used for printmaking.

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Visual Voice.

Co-curated by artists Bernard Hoyes and Charles Bibbs, with the assistance of Lisa Henry, this full-scale museum presentation will bring together 19 artists who played an integral role in what will be recognized as the first full African American Art Movement coming out of Southern California during the last three decades of the 20th century.

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Award Reception: Thursday, August 4, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

(Awards announced promptly at 6:10 p.m.)

Join us for the 2016 Members’ Exhibition, RAM’s yearly exhibition to show off and sell the artwork of RAM’s many talented artist-members. If you are not currently a RAM member, NOW is the time to renew or join. Not only will you receive all of the usual member benefits, but you will also be able to show and sell your work in RAM’s 2016 Members’ Exhibition: Carioca Soul and gain exposure in a renowned art institution. Award winners will also be given the opportunity to show artwork in RAM’s auxiliary exhibit spaces during the following year.

This year, artists are invited to respond to the theme of Carioca Soul, the feeling of Rio de Janeiro, host to this year’s Summer Olympics. The exuberant nature of Cariocas is a mirror of a living scenario, framed by the vibrant nature and human warmth of a city that lives joyfully and likes to share its sky, its ocean, and its happiness. Members are invited to consider the following themes: passion, transformation, contagious energy, optimism, celebration, exuberant nature, and harmonious diversity. Artists are welcome to address the theme in any way they choose. So give us your best work! Artists are also encouraged to submit a short biography or statement along with their piece at the time of entry. Awards given at the reception will include: Best of Show, Jury Award, and Honorable Mention. RAM reserves the right to remove any and all work submitted.

Please see the Entry Form for additional details.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Drop-off: Artwork must be hand-delivered to RAM, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, on either Saturday, June 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or Sunday, June 12, from 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Exhibition Dates: June 16 – August 18, 2016
  • Award Reception: Thursday,August 4, 6:00 p.m. ­– 8:00 p.m. (Awards announced promptly at 6:10 p.m.)
  • Pick-up: Artwork is to be picked up on Friday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or Saturday, August 20, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., or you must make a special appointment with staff by August 10, 2016. Your claim card must be presented. NO EXCEPTIONS. Sold artwork will remain on display until the exhibition ends. The artist will allow up to 60 days after the exhibit’s end to receive their 60% share of their sold artwork.

In conjunction with SUPERSONIC PALETTE

Join Supersonic Palette artist Mike Machat for “Painting Aviation’s Legends”, a lecture and book signing. Starts with a no-host Happy Hour at 6 p.m., with the talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. Free with admission or membership.

Additional Programming

June 2: Join us during Artswalk, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, to ask artist Mike Machat to draw any aircraft that you can think of. Can you “Stump the Artist” who has made a career drawing planes?

July 21: The Mission Inn will be hosting the “Aviation Legacy in Riverside” panel at 6:30 p.m.

August 4: Join us between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. during Artswalk to show off your mad paper airplane-skills during our “Make It, Fly It, Improve It, Repeat!” paper airplane contest.

August 8 – August 12: Have a child/teen interested in art and aviation? We have a weeklong class called Aviation and Adventure that they are sure to love! Includes a field trip to Flabob Airport, guest speakers, and a meet-and-greet with artist Mike Machat.

September 29: Join Mike Machat for “Technology and Art: An Inside Look with Mike Machat”. Starts with a no-host Happy Hour at 6 p.m., with the talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. Free with admission or membership.

Continuing a tradition that is now in its 54th year, the Riverside Art Museum is proud to celebrate its long history hosting The 54th Annual Press-Enterprise Riverside County High School Art Show. High school students across the county submit a piece of original artwork within the categories of: Drawing; Drawing in Color; Watercolor/Tempera; Acrylic/Oil; Mixed Media; Graphic Art; Photography; Sculpture/3D Design; and Ceramics. All artwork is judged by a panel of respected figures in the local art community to select winners from each category, as well as sponsorship awards, honorable mentions, and the Howard H. Hays Sr. Best of Show Cover Award.

Please join us on Thursday, June 2, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., as we announce this year’s winners.

Special Opening $75

The Riverside Art Museum is proud to present SUPERSONIC PALETTE: The Art of Flight by Mike Machat. This exhibit will feature a diverse collection of art loaned by the artist and private collectors in multiple media, as well as the world premiere of new artwork from the artist.

Machat is a master of capturing the image of all types of aircraft and his knowledge of the industry is rivalled by few. His career as an artist has included commercial concept art for airplane manufacturers, the recording of historic moments in aviation history, commissions from record-breaking pilots, and more.

Please join us and the artist on Friday, May 20, 2016, starting at 6:00 p.m. for the special opening reception of this high-flying exhibition.

See fine art and aviation history intersect while you enjoy handcrafted distillery spirits from Stark Spirits, beer from Hangar 24, jazz music, and delectable hors d’oeuvres!

The evening includes the unveiling of a new painting, 36”x60”, that captures Riverside’s unique contribution to aviation history, which the artist describes as his best yet.

Don’t miss the opportunity to bid on two 20-minute flights in Flabob’s open cockpit Marquart Charger biplane and lithographs of “Evening Star” (TWA airliner) and “First Re-Entry” (X-15 rocket plane). 

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR. THANK YOU.

Thank you to our generous exhibit sponsors:

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Bob Harris & Susan Rothermund

Dutton Motor Company

City of Riverside

Hub International

KH Metals & Supply

Jim Myer

Walter & Betty Parks

Steve & Cathy Morford

Gary & Kathy Christmas

Sam Lemon & Judy Davies

Citizens Business Bank

Dear Friends,

Denise Kraemer: resolve, resolved, resolving closes on Sunday, May 15, at 4:00 p.m.. Some of her adult students are hosting a CHAMPAGNE (Mimosas) RECEPTION for Denise on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Riverside Art Museum. Come out Saturday morning on your way to the Farmers’ Market or after your walk up Mt Rubidoux or Fairmount Park, or before or after your child’s sporting event. We want to celebrate Denise’s work and thank her for nurturing our love of printmaking. 

We hope you see you on May 14.

Sincerely, 

Sue Simonin

Kathy Wright

Sue Mitchell

Donna Morin

Daniel Teeter

Lisa Mertins

Sarah Smith

Ellen Kimehunt

The Citrus Street: 1st and 2nd Year UCR MFA Exhibition runs May 11 – June 12. First and second year MFA students from UCR will be leading curatorial tours every Saturday throughout the exhibition at 1 p.m. Tours will be comprised of behind the scenes insights into the creation, stance, and interactivity of the works.

Artists and curatorial  tour dates for MFA show:

  • May 14 – Ahram Park
  • May 21 – Joe Leavenworth
  • May 28 – Ashley May
  • June 4 – Julie Sadowski
  • June 11 – Dicky Bahto

By Scott K. Watson, Assistant Planner – City of Riverside Historic Preservation Division

An international movement is coming to Riverside. 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 first Doors Open event. Doors Open Days 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.

On Thursday, May 12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 15 buildings in downtown Riverside are opening their doors. Guests will be taken on a riveting tour of each exquisite building and will learn about each building’s intriguing history.

Be sure to stop by one of the six information stations located at:

  • the Main Library, 
  • Main and Mission Inn, 
  • Lemon and Mission Inn, 
  • Lemon and University, 
  • Orange and University, and 
  • Mission Inn and Vine.

A number of downtown restaurants located in historic buildings will be offering specials before, during, and after the tours.

Buildings that will be opening their doors include:

  • Fox Theater, 
  • Metropolitan Museum, 
  • Municipal Auditorium, 
  • First Church of Christ Scientist, 
  • First Congregational Church, 
  • Universalist Unitarian Church, 
  • Riverside Art Museum (former YWCA), 
  • Life Arts Building (former YWCA), 
  • RCC Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties (former Citrus Trust),
  • Culver Center for the Arts (former Rouse Department Store),
  • California Museum of Photography (former Kress Department Store),
  • Arcade Building occupied by Krieger & Stewart, 
  • Loft.84 in the Aurea Vista Building, 
  • Bonnett Building, and
  • Old City Hall occupied by Tilden-Coil Constructors.

 Click here for more information.

PRESENTING THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS:

10 a.m.: STEM Middle School’s Advanced Band directed by Chris Watts

10:30 a.m.: Washington’s Ballroom Dancers directed by Catherine Patrick

11:30 a.m.: Ramona High School’s Pianists directed by Ronda Barnes

1:30 p.m.: North High School and University Middle School Bands directed by Pete Jackson and Pamela Hodges-Jones

See all the entries from the RUSD Middle School Art Contest (2nd Floor)

Explore the Museum’s current exhibitions and the Riverside Art Market

ADMISSON IS FREE

For all middle school art students and their families!

The 3rd Annual Riverside Art Market will be held at the Riverside Art Museum. Vendor booths will be set up inside the beautiful, historic museum, as well as on the grounds surrounding the Art Museum. 

Meet local artists and artisans, hear their stories, and buy their art. There will also be art demonstrations, children’s art projects, and local food trucks. 

Last year over 1000 people attended and shopped from over 30 artists and vendors. This year we will have over 50 booths!

* There is a small fee for some of the children’s art projects.

For more information, please visit the Art Alliance’s website.

CHECK OUT THIS PARTIAL LIST OF VENDORS!

Candied Fabrics | shop.candiedfabrics.com

Yolanda Terrell | www.artbylandy.com

Bwilla Art Works | www.bwilla.com

Renee L. Theuer | www.raincrosses.com

Jennifer Duran | www.artbyjenduran.com

Christine Hartsock | www.cehcreations.com

Jackpots Pottery | www.jackpots-pottery.com

Helen Bell | www.helenlbellstudios.com

Lawrence Beall | www.laurentbell.com

Beth Bobbitt | www.BethBobbittDesigns.com

Kevin Dunlap | www.jkdesignsofcalifornia.com

Sydnee Helton | lilsydscreations.etsy.com

Andrea McCormick | www.lillux.com

Kimberli Munkres | www.earthinterruptedpottery.com

Michael Olman | www.michaelolmanphotography.com

Patrice Shepherd | www.shepherdcreations.com

Sandy Schnack | www.etsy.com/shop/BrodieHoenerDesigns

Nancy Probizanski | www.facebook.com/JewelryCreationsByNanco

Cathy Morford | www.etsy.com/shop/CathyMorfordDesigns

Annie’s Garden & Patio | www.anniesgardenandpatio.com

Judy Davies | www.facebook.com/JudyDaviesArt

Elizabeth Moersch | fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-elizabeth-moersch

pARTners: Garden Glass | http://gardenglassetc.com/

The Image Is | http://www.eleganthangups.com/

John and Diane Wilson | www.heritagesilverwear.com/

Derek A. Burrills | https://www.facebook.com/www.circularlogicdrumdesigns

Hasuyo Miller and Robert Farmer | www.hasuyo.com

Thank you to the generous sponsors of the Riverside Art Market:

Michelle Ouellette | Tim and Meredith Maloney | Burgess Moving and Storage

Jeff & Barbara Holshouser | Philip & Selina Bremenstuhl | Richard & Lorraine Anderson

Ken & Debby Phillips | Sari & Owen Kustner | Riverside Downtown Partnership

Suzy & Gary Clem | Mr. & Mrs. Arthur L. Littleworth | Rusty Bailey for Riverside’s Mayor

Kathy & John Allavie | Gary & Kathy Christmas | Dayton & Cheryl Gilleland

Robert Moerke | Dave & Kathy Bocian | Lucile Arntzen | Cookie (Martha) Smith

Doug & Barbara Shackleton | Steve & Cathy Morford | David & Athena Waite

Sandra Webb | Collette Lee | Mark & Pam Balys | Frank & Lucy Heyming

The Inland Empire Awakens – A Dance Sunriser

Kick your day off right! Come dance with us on May 4th, 2016, starting at 6:00 a.m. That’s right, in the morning! Before work or class!

This event is similar to other efforts around the country like Daybreakers and Morning Gloryville, which encourages community and health through dance.

So what to wear, you ask? Whatever you want, really. Come in yoga or exercise clothes; what you’d wear out to the club; in a suit and tie; as an Ewok or Han or Rey.

What was that last bit? Oh yeah, this dance party is happening on May the 4th….. Go on; say it aloud. Sounds like you’re saying, “May the Force…Be With You”, doesn’t it? It’s Star Wars Day! So come dressed as your favorite Rebel Alliance, (New) Jedi Order, or (eek!) First Order character if that’s how you roll.

This is about an awakening happening in the Inland Empire, so to that end, we’ve partnered with the San Bernardino County Museum. Both locations will provide a rockin’ DJ (Mental Physix at RAM; DJ Eturnal at SBCM), non-alcoholic drinks (juice shots from Living Root Cellar, Molino’s coffee, Neuro water, and more), and breakfast treats.

So feel the force, break in a new day with us, and DANCE!

Join us for the Opening Reception of Merchants of Riverside featuring artistic portraits created by Benoit and Kathy Malphettes and short essays on some of Riverside’s unique and diverse small business owners. Some have been in business for over half a century and others are just getting started. All have chosen to make Riverside their home. All contribute to making the city a great place to live.

Celebrate Small Business Week with some of your favorite Riverside merchants:

  • Inland Empire Acupuncture & Herbs
  • Studio Steel
  • JMW Framing
  • Cellar Door Books
  • Cold Cutz
  • Tio’s Tacos
  • Jammin’ Bread
  • Le Chat Noir Restaurant
  • D’Elia’s Grinders
  • Mardon Jewelers
  • Mrs. Tiggy Winkles
  • Mike’s Fitness
  • Creative Metalwork
  • European Travel International
  • Toni Moore Clothing
  • Wick’s Brewery

Join us for the 5th Annual Riverside Unified School District’s Middle School Art Contest.

Art Contest Rules

  • Contest is open to all Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) Middle School Student-Artists.
  • One entry per Student-Artist.
  • Participation is required if student is currently enrolled in an art class at an RUSD Middle School.
  • Only two-dimensional artwork will be accepted in the following categories: Collage/Mixed Media, Watercolor, Tempera Paint, Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, Colored Pencils, Graphics.
  • Artwork must be produced on paper stock appropriate for the medium used.
  • Artwork must be no larger than 18” x 24” (no frames allowed).
  • Please print on the back of artwork in the upper right corner: Student-Artist’s Full Name, Teacher’s Name and Contact Information, and School.
  • A Completed Application must be attached to the back of artwork.
  • All entries must be given to Student-Artist’s teacher by the morning of Friday, April 1, 2016. The entries will be submitted to the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) by the teacher.
  • All entries must be original Student-Artist’s artwork. no trademarks, copyrighted photographs, or computer graphics and text.
  • RUSD/RAM assumes no liability for damaged, lost, or stolen property.
  • All art supplies and materials are the responsibility of the Student-Artist.
  • Artwork must be picked up at RAM after the exhibition by Sunday, May 29, 2016, or it becomes the property of the RUSD.

Judging will be by local artists and community leaders. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places from each school. Winners will be announced Tuesday, April 19, 2016, and posted here.

Reception for winners will be on Thursday, April 21, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at RAM.

All art will be displayed at RAM through Sunday, May 8, 2016. Winning pieces will be displayed at the RUSD Office after the RAM exhibit ends.

For additional information, contact Kim Coons-Leonard at kcoons@rusd.k12.ca.us.

2016 Winners

Central

1. Diana Lee

2. Salma Valenzuela

3. Monique Arviso

Chemawa

1. Angelina Silva

2. Ashley Gonzalez

3. Valeria Munoz

Earhart

1. Yamilet Macedo

2. Jade Roberts

3. Chioma Eke

Gage

1. Guinevere Lewis-Savedra

2. Aaron Marcial Lopez

3. Samantha Saldana

Miller

1. Eugene Park

2. Christian Hernandez

3. Alyssa Munoz

Sierra

1. Xander Miracle

2. Alisa Havig

3. Chase Diaz

STEM

1. Abigail Ortiz

2. Issac Lujano-Romo

3. Sanya Dean

University

1. Rebecca Hernandez

2. Alaina Mercado

3. Devinne Green

Best of Show

1. Hannah Choi

2. Malia McArtor

3. Nora Elhams

RAM Award for Most Realistic

Chioma Eke 

Join us for a Wet and Wild evening at RAM as artist Gregory Adamson will be here for a fun, hands-on evening of drips, splashes, and splatters to close out his exhibition, Backward Forward and Upside: Gregory Adamson, A Ten-Year Beginning.

We are covering the floor with tarps so artists can create their own abstract masterpieces, inspired by the very same wet-into-wet painting processes that Gregory uses in many of his works. He will demonstrate some of those techniques and then it’s your turn! 

We’ll have music and a no-host bar. Come and join in or just watch as we send off this memorable exhibition on high note.

It’s bound to get messy, so wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting paint on!

The Riverside Art Museum is bringing local artist Maxx 242 Gramajo to the Riverside Tamale Festival on Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to do a collaborative painting with the community.

Maxx is an illustrator and self-taught artist well known for his Day of the Dead inspired art and is soon to release a new line of designer toys which are the inspiration for this work. His most recent mural was a collaboration with Jeff Soto and can be seen on the wall behind Pixels restaurant on University Avenue.

Maxx will be painting from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission to the Riverside Tamale Festival at White Park is $5 for an individual or family of four. Children under 12 are free. There is no cost to participate in Maxx’s mural beyond the entrance fee. See you there!

No-host Happy Hour 6:00 p.m.

Artist Talk 6:30 p.m. $20 (RAM Members $10) (Students now also $10)

Join internationally-acclaimed artist Pedro Friedeberg in conversation with curator Terri Geis regarding his early work, which is the subject of Impossible Worlds: The Early Works of Pedro Friedeberg, currently on exhibit at the Riverside Art Museum. UCR’s Aleca Le Blanc will moderate. 

The evening begins with a no-host Happy Hour at 6:00 p.m. The artist talk begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $20 per person.

Online sale of tickets is closed. However, tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Thank you.

The Riverside Art Museum is proud to be a host venue for this year’s Slow Art Day. What is Slow Art Day?

One day each year – April 9 in 2016 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.

For more information on what Slow Art Day is all about, click here.

Then click here to register to participate. It’s free!

The museum opens at 10:00 a.m. for viewing. Then meet up at Pixels downtown at 1:30 p.m. to talk about what you saw with fellow Slow Art Day participants!

Riverside Art Museum’s Top Dog celebration is back!

After a five-year hiatus, the Riverside Art Museum is celebrating three “Top Dogs” who have helped the museum through the roughest economic patch since the Great Depression. 2016 Award Honorees Katie Grigsby, Sue Mitchell, and Doug Shackelton join an esteemed cohort of 40 previous winners who have gone above and beyond to contribute their “time, talent, and treasure” to the museum.

The celebration will take place on Monday, April 4, 2016, at the Riverside Art Museum. Cocktail reception begins at 5:45 p.m. followed by the dinner and program at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $80 per person.  

Started in 1999, the Top Dog celebration honors individuals who continue the vision and dedication which transformed a small art center located in the old city dog pound into a dynamic cultural center in a historic Julia Morgan-designed architectural gem. In 2017, RAM will celebrate 50 years of continued mission-driven programming at our present location.

Award recipient Katie Grigsby is a Founding Member of the Riverside Art Alliance, an auxiliary group that raised millions for the Riverside Art Museum and helped secure the purchase of the Julia Morgan building. A RAM Life member and former trustee, she was a driving force behind major building renovations and the placement of the museum’s Julia Morgan building on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and designation as a Historic Landmark by the City of Riverside.

“My volunteer work with the museum has given me great satisfaction,” says Grigsby. “From friendships with some amazingly talented and interesting people, to watching the growth and increasing health of both the Art Alliance and the Riverside Art Museum, my years of service have been a joy. If my efforts were to the museum’s benefit, they were to my greater benefit as well.”

Recipient Sue Mitchell has raised well over $52,000 for the museum through her innovative art exhibition and programs that encourage people in any stage of their journey to pursue a life-long dream of art. Her exhibition, which chronicled her self-directed year of art study, was seen by over 10,000 visitors and captured in a documentary, Something Like a Sabbatical. As so many people were inspired by her endeavors, she created “The 52 Project” with 140 members committed to their own 52-week art journeys. Sue recently spoke at the California Association of Museum’s conference about this promising adult art education model.

Long-time Building and Grounds Committee Chairman and trustee Doug Shackelton is receiving this award in honor of his visionary outlook and building stewardship. Shackelton has been the driving force behind over $250,000 of building improvements and helped to secure much of these funds. From an award-winning window restoration project to refreshments of the atrium with new paint, plants, and pots – no detail is too small to be overlooked by Shackelton. He was also the driving force behind the Lois Sloan exhibition and catalog, a “come back” project for RAM and a highly successful fundraiser.

Full list of previous award winners include:

2016—Katie Grigsby, Sue Mitchell, Doug Shackelton

2011—Suzy Clem, Marty Tobias, Kathy Smith

2010—Helen L. Bell, Leonard & Betty Dixon, Barbara Wallace

2009—Agatha Jane Baxter, Craig G. Blunden, Susan Simonin

2008—Francisca & Eric Johnson, Kathy Yeager Allavie

2007—Peggy & Arthur Littleworth, Jim Reed

2006—James Antoyan, Mary Alice Cline, Tom Powell & Camille Sanders

2005—Tim Burgess, Betty & Walter Parks

2004—Don & Charlotte Dye, Bobbie Powell

2003—Henry Coil, Jr., Richard Frick, Jackie Smith

2002—Emmie Lou Chandler, Mr. and Mrs. James Wortz

2001—Thelma & Harold Borgert, Sue & Chuck Stiles

               Special Award to Jeff Garcia

2000—Jackie Cardelucci, Evie Guin, Ray Miller

1999—Patsy O’Toole, Dottie Smith

Full house! Please call 951.684.7111 to check for cancellations if you are still interested in attending. 

The Plein Air Artists of Riverside (PAAR), an Artist Group of RAM, announces their 11th Annual Paint Out, April 1 – 10, 2016. Watch them paint en plein air at various outdoor locations, then come see their Paint Out Exhibit at RAM, May 5 – 26, 2016. This year’s theme is “Garden Light”.

The celebration kicks off April 1 at the Riverside Art Museum. The public is invited to check out the art supply vendors on-site from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

From April 2 – 10, artists will paint en plein air in various Inland Empire gardens. These nine days of painting will follow the methods of the French Impressionists who sought to capture the light and atmosphere of the scenes before them.

The culmination of these events is an exhibition at RAM, May 5 – 26. Prizes, including cash, gift certificates, and art products will be awarded on Thursday, May 5. A collectors’ preview is from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., with the open-to-the-public reception, with award announcements, taking place from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Event Chair Luz Maria Perez at luzperez2008@sbcglobal.net or 909.225.8306.

Check out their website for more information.

Paint Out Locations

The public is invited to watch these talented plein air artists at work during the Paint-Out at the public locations.

April 2, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center

April 3, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Private residence

April 4, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Sherman Gardens Corona Del Mar

April 5, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Private residence

April 6, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Wildflower Gardens

April 7, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts

April 8, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Private residence

April 9, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Victoria Ave. (This is the same day as the 1st Annual Victoria Avenue Day. Between 8 a.m. – 12 noon, there will be free, fun family activities on Victoria Avenue between Central and Van Buren. You can also join Mayor Bailey for a 3-mile walking tour of Victoria Avenue starting at 8 a.m. at Poly High School.

April 10, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.: UCR Botanical Garden

Thank you to the Paint Out Sponsors!

RSVP by March 1, 2016 to Bill Thomas, PAN Workshop Chairman, rivphoto@yahoo.com

Cost: Free for PAN members; $10 for non-PAN members. Make checks out to: Riverside Art Museum, add “PAN Spring Workshop” on the memo line. Send to Photo Artists Network, C/O Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

Did you get a new Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera for Christmas and want to learn how to use the different camera settings? The Photo Artists Network (PAN) is holding a round table workshop where experienced photographers can show you what you need to know to photograph your favorite subjects with confidence.

Round Table Workshop Discussion – You must be 18 years or older. Bring your DSLR camera and owner’s manual to the round table. We will have several members that can help you with most camera brands.

Print Critique – Visitors and new PAN members, please bring 1 or 2 matted or mounted 8″ x 10″ images for our team of experts to critique.

Print Exhibit – An exhibit of images by our members will be displayed to show you what you can learn to do as a member of PAN.

Join Gregory Adamson for a series of Exhibit Happenings in conjunction with his show, Backward Forward and Upside Down: Gregory Adamson, a Ten-year Beginning.

Artless d’Vine with Gregory Adamson

Thursdays, February 4 – 25. Start with a no-host happy hour bar at 5 p.m., then stay for a free activity/discussion:

  • February 4: Stay for Artswalk ’til 9 p.m. to vote on the theme of Gregory’s next artpiece.
  • February 11: “The Tortured Artist: Myth vs. Reality” panel discussion.
  • February 18: “Who Gets to Call it Art” panel discussion.  The Happy Hour from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. will take place. However, the panel discussion after has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • February 25: “The Business of Art” panel discussion.

Over twenty museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge.

This offer is for general museum admission at participating museums only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply. Consult individual museum websites for hours, directions, and other visitor information.

Visit: http://www.socalmuseums.org/free-for-all/ for the complete list of participating museums and the date they will be offering free admission (most are for Saturday, January 30, but a handful, including the Riverside Art Museum, are offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, instead).

Come “pARTy the night away” at the Riverside Art Museum as we say goodbye to 2015 with:

  • dancing,
  • “casino night play”,
  • food (grilled chicken teriyaki rice bowls, all-beef dogs w/onions and peppers, build-your-own nachos bar, and more), 
  • drinks (first one is free, see below; $5 wine/beer; cocktails also available, price varies; unlimited free water, coffee, and iced tea),
  • free champagne toast courtesy of Christopher Manning & Jaybee Brennan to ring in the new year, 
  • a Gregory Adamson muralthon, 
  • art activities, 
  • and more!

Tickets are $85 per person or $150 per couple. Each guest will receive one free drink ticket, a photo booth pic, and 200 in “casino play money”.

21+/Dress to impress!

LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE. PLEASE CALL 951.684.7111.

No email/paper tickets will be issued. Your PayPal receipt is your confirmation. Your name will be added to our reservation list. Reservations will be held at the door. Thank you.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Amy Harrison | Tim and Meredith Maloney

Christopher Manning and Jaybee Brennan

Be safe this holiday season!

Sign up to ride with Uber and use promo code RAMUBER20 to get a free first ride (up to $20 off) and help support the museum at the same time.

The Riverside Festival of Lights will kick-off with festive activities on Friday, November 27th, 2015 at noon followed by the 23rd Annual Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony presented by Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa at 4:30 p.m.

In one swift move Riverside’s downtown is instantly illuminated with more than three and a half million twinkling lights and spectacular fireworks! The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and the Festival of Lights Committee, consisting of community volunteers and local businesses, put in many long hours to coordinate the Ceremony.

The Riverside Art Museum will hold art activities on our front lawn in conjunction with the Switch-On beginning at 4 p.m.

Join us for fun, free art activities for the whole family.

Holiday Coloring Contest

In celebration of lighting Riverside’s downtown and the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa during the Festival of Lights “Switch-On Ceremony”, the Festival of Lights Committee and the City of Riverside are holding a special Holiday Coloring Contest to promote the arts during the holiday season. Riverside students in K-6 are encouraged to participate in the contest for a chance to win a $50 savings bond, holiday stocking filled with goodies, and two complimentary passes for the outdoor ice skating rink. All entries must be returned either in person or via mail by November 16, 2015, to the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, Attn: Festival of Lights Committee, 3985 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501. Entries will be divided by grade level and evaluated by a panel of judges. One winner will be selected from each grade level. Entries will be judged on their coloring design, creativity, and neatness. Decisions of the judges are final. Winners will be notified in early November and must agree to appear on stage at the Festival of Lights “Switch-On Ceremony” scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on November 27, 2015, at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Winning entries will be displayed on Main Street.

CLICK HERE FOR CONTEST RULES, MORE INFO, ENTRY FORM, AND THE COLORING SHEET. GOOD LUCK!

We love our local artists and want to give them some love! The Riverside Art Museum is launching Local Love, a crowd-curated mini-exhibition at RAM.

This is a CALL FOR LOCAL ARTISTS for artwork inspired by the Baby Tattooville: Fade to Black exhibit.

Participants can submit one .jpg image each of up to three proposed artwork(s) to info@riversideartmuseum.org for exhibition review with their name, title, date of creation, dimensions, medium, and their city of residence.

All proposed 2-D artwork (must be framed and ready to hang or install) and all proposed 3-D artwork must fit the exhibition space (15”W x 55”H x 13”D).

Entries will face an initial jury before a select number will be posted on RAM’s Instagram and Facebook pages for public vote. Up to two pieces will be chosen based on the number of likes and what will fit in the exhibition space. 

Submission deadline: October 23

Voting deadline: October 30

Opening: November 5

Winners will be contacted after the voting deadline to set up a day/time to drop off their artwork at the museum for install. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., beginning at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 3847 Terracina Drive, 92506, and culminating at the Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., 92501


The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) in collaboration with All Saints’ Episcopal Church proudly presents Icons in Transformation, running October 31, 2015 – January 15, 2016, with a progressive Gala Exhibition Opening with Ludmila Pawlowska on Friday, October 30, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at All Saints’ and culminating at RAM. Icons is a dramatic 120-piece art exhibition featuring the contemporary work of internationally acclaimed Russian/Swedish abstract expressionist Ludmila Pawlowska.

The Gala Exhibition Opening with Ludmila Pawlowska is a progressive celebration beginning at All Saints’ and continuing at RAM. Both venues will include a presentation by Pawlowska, live music, hors c’oeuvres, and fine wine. Tickets to this Gala are $75.

PLEASE CALL 951.684.7111 to purchase tickets.

No email/paper tickets will be issued. Your payment is your confirmation. Your name will be added to our reservation list. Reservations will be held at the door. Thank you.

Icons in Transformation Sponsorship Packages

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The Riverside Art Alliance has selected this event as RAM’s fall fundraiser for 2015. They are soliciting sponsors and want to offer you the opportunity to be part of this groundbreaking 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 the museum to continue to exhibit art in the community and to offer unique educational programs. All proceeds will benefit RAM.

Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $2500 and offer you the opportunity to support RAM’s commitment to the arts. In addition, sponsorships include free tickets to TWO very special events:

  • Cocktails with Mila,Saturday, October 24, 2015 | An exclusive reception for sponsors only to meet Mila at the home of Kathy and John Allavie.
  • Gala Exhibition Opening with Ludmila Pawlowska, Friday, October 30, 2015 | This progressive opening celebration will begin at All Saints’ and culminate at RAM. Both venues will include a presentation by Mila, live music, hors d’oeuvres, and fine wine.

We invite you to participate in this international exhibition by becoming an exhibition sponsor and attending these exclusive museum events. To make sure you are included in our sponsor listings, we will need to hear from you no later than Tuesday, September 15, 2015. We look forward to seeing you at our opening events!

Should you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Art Alliance Gala Chairperson, Margo Chabot, at margorchabot@gmail.com.

Call 951.684.7111 if you still wish to sponsor.

$2500 Matisse Sponsor

Your name or company logo featured prominently on:

  • Event Invitations
  • Exhibition Signage Wall
  • Ads and Press Releases
  • RAM Social Media, Print Material, and Newsletter

Receive:

  • 4 Gala Opening Tickets
  • 4 Invitations to Cocktails with Mila
  • 20 Free Museum Passes
  • 50% Off One Museum Facility Rental

$1000 Chagall Sponsor

Your name or company logo featured on:

  • Event Invitations
  • Exhibition Signage Wall
  • RAM Social Media, Print Material, and Newsletter

Receive:

  • 4 Gala Opening Tickets
  • 4 Invitations to Cocktails with Mila
  • 15 Free Museum Passes
  • 25% Off One Museum Facility Rental

$500 Kandinsky Sponsor

Your name or company listed on:

  • Event Invitations
  • Exhibition Signage Wall

Receive:

  • 2 Gala Opening Tickets
  • 2 Invitations to Cocktails with Mila
  • 10 Free Museum Passes

$250 Warhol Sponsor Your name or company listed on:

  • Event Invitations
  • Exhibition Signage Wall

Receive:

  • 2 Gala Opening Tickets
  • 2 Invitations to Cocktails with Mila

Please join us on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., to meet the artist and participate in a demo. Free with admission, the public is encouraged to bring their own lunch. Borsuk will host a lunchtime lecture discussing her current exhibition. Participants will get to know more about her process in making her multimedia mural, paintings, and installations, as well as contribute to the Wishing Wall and Tarot project in the galleries.

Formerly known as the Mayor’s Ball for the Arts, and most recently as the Mayor’s Celebration for Arts and Innovation, the Festival for the Arts is a showcase for the artists and organizations that make Riverside, CA such a vital artistic community. Performances, exhibitions and interactive art demonstrations run all day long and lead up to an evening of live music entertainment by local bands such as Royal Jag, Outside Voices and Summer Twins. Food by Tio’s Tacos, Gram’s Mission Bar.B.Q., Kabob*A*Que, Something Sweet by Serina, So So Kold Shaved Ice/Street Dogs, CapnBucky’s Treats and more will be available for purchase. A no-host microbrew garden will be operational all day and a full no-host bar by The Menagerie will be available in the evening. This is a unique event that raises money for the arts in Riverside. It’s also something you won’t want to miss.

For more information and to purchase your ticket, click here.

Santa Cruz-based artist Andrea Borsuk will create a site-specific mural installation portraying the journey from the Northern California Coast to the Riverside Valley. By layering paintings, drawings, and objects on top of a wall mural to imply a narrative trajectory, Borsuk explores the precarious notion of time and destiny.

“I am fascinated by our cultural obsessions with the various rituals and talismans that we subscribe to for protection, good luck, and safety in our daily lives,” explains Borsuk. “Horseshoes, rabbit’s feet, and safety devices—all are mementi mori—signs and reminders of the precarious nature of life and our need for all kinds of faith. Referencing the three sisters of fate from Greek mythology, my narrative toys with the notions of divine powers and the hopes we may cast upon these eclectic “goddesses” for bestowing upon us fortune and survival.”

Featured as jewels on an elaborate thread of life, Borsuk’s cast of characters are reveling in and ultimately submitting to the journey of life—an unpredictable and ever changing ride.

Borsuk has also created a set of painted tarot cards, The Mortals, which will be on display in the Ross R. DeVean gallery. Participants will be encouraged to pull from the deck and engage in a personal tarot reading. They can also contribute to the “Riverside Community Deck” and create new meanings and definitions for the tarot deck.

In the Bobbie Powell gallery, participants will have an opportunity to make and contribute a personal milagro or charm to the Wishing Wall, a community project that functions as a wishing well.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, October 9, 2015, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free to the public. 

Please also join us on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., to meet the artist and participate in a demo. Free with admission, the public is encouraged to bring their own lunch. Borsuk will host a lunchtime lecture discussing her current exhibition. Participants will get to know more about her process in making her multimedia mural, paintings, and installations, as well as contribute to the Wishing Wall and Tarot project in the galleries.

The Riverside Art Museum will be participating in this year’s Long Night of Arts & Innovation.

We will have two booths.

In the Curious Kids Zone (City Hall 1st Floor), from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., we will be presenting ARTBOTS: The Art of Science and Technology.

From 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight, we will host Art Make on Main “The Eyes Have It” with Kelly Rider on Main Street between Mission Inn Ave. and 6th Street.

Traditional icons are elaborate visual, conceptual, and spiritual riddles. They incite the viewer’s eye and his/her soul or mind to make the effort of “seeing” theirself and others differently. With our Arte 365 Artist in Residence Kelly Rider, study your eye, draw it with a variety of mediums, and add it to a collaborative mural in conjunction with RAM’s forthcoming exhibition, Icons in Transformation.

For more information on Long Night, click here.

Related Events/Programming

Icons in Transformation Docent Tours

Special docent-guided tours will be available for groups at RAM on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. Free with the price of admission; please meet in the atrium 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. 15 max per tour. To pre-reserve your spot on a RAM Docent Tour, click here. Tours will also be available at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, but by reservation only; please call 951.683.8466.

Long Night of Arts & Innovation, Thursday, October 8, 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight on Main Street between Mission Inn Ave. and 6th Street

RAM will host Art Make on Main “The Eyes Have It” with Kelly Rider. Traditional icons are elaborate visual, conceptual, and spiritual riddles. They incite the viewer’s eye and his/her soul or mind to make the effort of “seeing” theirself and others differently. With our Arte 365 Artist in Residence Kelly Rider, study your eye, draw it with a variety of mediums, and add it to a collaborative mural in conjunction with RAM’s forthcoming exhibition, Icons in Transformation.

First Sundays, Sunday, November 1, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at RAM

Bring the family and enjoy an afternoon of free art activities with internationally acclaimed artist Ludmila Pawlowska as you and your family explore the mysterious nature of icons.

Icons Workshop with Kelly Rider, Sunday, November 8, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m., at RAM

Join Kelly Rider from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. for a docent-led tour of Icons in Transformation. Then, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Kelly will lead a workshop where you’ll create your own icon based on traditional icon forms. Transform your icon as you wish. $45 Click here to register.

Icons in Performance: Understanding How Iconic Signs Communicate, Thursday, November 12, 6:30 p.m., at All Saints’

Dr. Sally Allen Ness, UCR Professor of Anthropology, will discuss the way icons in general, and religious icons, in particular, communicate and produce meaning. Icons can be understood to form a general class of signs or agents of meaning making. Examples from religious iconography and the Icons in Transformation exhibition will be used to illustrate the way icons perform as creators and conveyors of meaningful experience, both sacred and secular.

Writing an Icon, Saturday, November 14, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., at All Saints’

Dr. John Briggs, UCR Professor of English, and Kelly Rider, RAM’s Arte 365 Artist in Residence, will guide participants into the spiritual mystery of Icons through both poetry and art. You will have the opportunity for quiet reflection and poetic expression, as well as to get paint on your hands as you “write” your own Icon painting.

Christian Iconography, Thursday, November 19, 6:30 p.m., at RAM

Dr. Kristine Tanton, Pomona College Art History Lecturer, will lead an exploration of medieval religious iconography.

Tie Up the Stone: The Art of God in Space and Time, Thursday, December 3, 6:30 p.m., at All Saints’

All Saints’ Rev. Dr. John W. Conrad will discuss the elements of worship experience as they relate to the community gathered and its practice from earliest human experience to the present. We will reflect on the psychological and theological underpinnings of worship praxis in the context of its architectural surroundings. Everyone from Born Again Christians to Scientific Fundamentalists should find the material informative, useful, and enlightening.

Iconic Polyphony (2015) for Piano and Live Electronic Sounds, Saturday, December 5, 6:30 p.m., at All Saints’

Gary Barnett, Piano, and Paulo C. Chagas, Live Electronics, will perform a composition composed by Chagas (UCR Department of Music), inspired by the art of Ludmila Pawlowska. It tries to capture the transforming forces underlying her paintings–figures, textures, and colors–by articulating a plurality of musical events occurring at different temporal levels and subjectively related to the visual universe of her icons. The work explores the creativity that emerges from the multiple connections between our experiences of hearing and seeing. The acoustic sounds of the piano and the live generated electronic sounds complement each other in a stream of musical objects and resonances recalling iconic associations and links between the present, the past, and the future. The music of Iconic Polyphony aims to unleash an imaginative power that engages the body the the vision in the process of creating meaning.

Bach Organ Concert, Thursday, December 10, 6:30 p.m., at All Saints’

All Saints’ Music Director Abe Fabella will lead settings of “Sleepers, Awake”, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”, and more.

Vesper Light: Music for Epiphany, Tuesday, January 5, 7:00 p.m., at All Saints’

This will feature Raincross Chorale members with the All Saints’ Choir.

Art, Spirit, Presence, Thursday, January 7, Tuesday, January 12, 6:30 p.m., at All Saints’

Dr. Susan Ossman, Artist and UCR Professor of Anthropology, will lead an interactive presentation that will engage the audience with Ludmila’s work as it explores the interrelationship between art and spirit.

Free

Stand up, get over the hump, and de-stress with an hour of tai chi.

The Riverside Art Museum welcomes the return of the annual pop surrealist exhibition organized by Bob Self of Baby Tattoo Books, an alternative, underground publishing company based out of Los Angeles.

This will be Baby Tattooville’s last year. Baby Tattooville: Fade to Black is the grand finale of this amazing event and accompanying exhibition, but don’t despair. To quote Bob Self, “while the lights are fading on Baby Tattooville, it’s happening to clear the stage for new and amazing shows to come. It’s not the end of an era…it’s the beginning of a new one.”

Participating artists this year are: Jessicka AddamsAnthony AusgangSas ChristianOlivia de BerardinisRon EnglishCamille Rose GarciaBosko HrnjakMarion PeckKRK RydenMark Ryden, and Isabel Samaras

Come meet these artists and more during the Opening Reception!

Join us as we announce the winners of the 2015 Members’ Exhibition: Drought, RAM’s yearly exhibition to show off and sell the artwork of RAM’s many talented artist-members. Award-winners will be given the opportunity to show artwork in RAM’s auxiliary exhibit spaces during the following year.

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.

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 to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free.

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The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) proudly presents An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Art with Harki Dhillon and Friends on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Acclaimed poet Harki Dhillon is commemorating the debut of his new book of poetry with a reading and a celebration of the collaborative potential of poetry, art, and music. Dhillon will be joined by three artists, Vaishali Saste, Priya Shah, and Avika Dhillon, and accomplished pianist, Alpin Hong. Together, they will share their latest work, as well as work specifically inspired by Dhillon’s poetry. 

Tickets are $50 per person. Students are $25 (please bring your student ID to show at the door on the day of the event). Cocktail attire preferred. All proceeds benefit the Riverside Art Museum’s outreach to at-risk/justice-involved youth through their Creative Horizons program.

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About the artists:

Harki Dhillon:

Harki Dhillon is the author of two books of poetry, Invisible Hands and Misty Darkness. He is an orthopedic surgeon at Riverside Medical Clinic and founder and President of the Riverside International Film Festival. Harki is the producer of the critically acclaimed feature film Beyond Honor with small acting roles in Beyond HonorAmerican Blend, and the short film 24 Hours. He is on the Board of Advisors/Trustees for California Baptist University, the UCR Foundation, and the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties.

Alpin Hong:

Whirlwind American tours and performances across the globe have earned pianist Alpin Hong the reputation as a modern day Pied Piper. From Carnegie Hall to the White House, his combination of stunning technique, emotional range, and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to their feet.  A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Hong is renowned for his groundbreaking performances that utilize a broad array of artistic disciplines.  The New York Times called him “a pianistic firebrand,” and his ability to captivate young audiences prompted the Ocala Star-Banner to call him “Classical for the iGeneration”.

Avika Shana Dhillon:

Avika Shana Dhillon is a seventeen-year-old student currently enrolled at John W. North High School. Primarily self-taught, her artwork is characterized by a keen attention to detail and a developed sense of composition. She uses her life experiences and contemporary sources for inspiration. 

Vaishali V. Saste:

Dr. Vaishali V. Saste is an oncologist by profession and an artist by heart. Her artistic interests grew from childhood study of the detail and fineness of traditional Henna art with her mother. Inspired by nature, she captures elemental beauty in drawings characterized by intricate pen and vibrant colors.

Priya J. Shah:

Trained in literature and gender studies, Dr. Priya J. Shah draws from a wide variety of sources: Mughal art, henna design, and fin de siecle illustration and fashion. In her figures and forms, she attempts to capture the minutiae of expression and emotion in her subject and couple it with the intricacy and detail of design. Her work has been displayed at West Elm, South Coast Plaza, Environment Furniture in the South Coast Collection, and Zach Cole: The Collection.

Late Night Art Bash for Arts Education

All three floors of the museum will be rockin’ a late night of interactive art projects, music, beer from local breweries, and more! 

We currently have Hangar 24 and Wicks Brewing Co. on board for the evening. We will have non-alcoholic drinks available, as well as food.

Artist Gregory Adamson will be painting the night away and you’re invited to join him and others on a collaborative mural.

We’ll have several other art stations throughout the museum:

  • relax with some creative doodling/coloring for adults with Rina Gonzales;
  • jump start your art journal or printmaking journey with Laura Ryan;
  • learn about nuno felting with Charlotte Ransom McKenzie;
  • free your inner child and do an Art-to-Go project with Bethany Volker;
  • take a creative pic at our Selfie Station;
  • get a henna tattoo by Jenny Montenegro;
  • get creative with some fun Weathered Feather projects with Jill Rowden;
  • and more to be announced!

Tickets are $20 for one or $30 for two. Proceeds go toward our arts education programs.

Click here to purchase your tickets today! You’re first drink is on us!

The Riverside Art Museum’s (RAM) mission as a §501(c)(3) nonprofit is “to integrate art into the lives of people in a way that engages, inspires, and builds community by providing high-quality exhibits and art education programs that instill a lifelong love of the arts.” 

Reaching nearly 50,000 people a year, RAM is committed to serving all segments of our diverse population. The Inland Empire region is the most multicultural region in Southern California and arguably the nation, according to Dowell Myers of the University of Southern California (Press Enterprise, 2012). It is also a region that has been significantly impacted by the recession and foreclosure crisis. 

RAM has a strong history of providing free, vibrant, community art programs that focus on economically disadvantaged and under-served residents, including low-income students, special-needs children, and at-risk youth.

However, in response to the economic downturn and funding cuts to local schools and community arts activities, the art museum knew it had to do more. RAM has expanded and enhanced programming, especially for children from low-to-moderate-income families. 

The Riverside Art Museum’s Arts Education programs include:

  • Creative Horizons, which provides youth offenders creative programming like painting murals and outdoor sculptures, as well as arts classes and museum tours, to engage troubled teens in pro-social activities that encourage teamwork and creativity;
  • Art-to-Go: Integrating History and Science with Fine Art!, where our trained art instructors go to your classroom with the highest quality art materials, lesson posters, and vocabulary charts and teach History Plus Art, Science Plus Art, or Stand Alone Fine Art lessons, which meet the Next Generation Science Standards or the History/SS Content Standards, and the CA Visual Arts Standards, to your students;
  • Walk and Wonder Museum Tours, which begins with a docent-led tour concentrating on our rotating exhibits, art appreciation, museum function and etiquette, as well as the history of our 1929 National Historic building designed by Hearst Castle and AIA Gold Medal-winning architect, Julia Morgan, and ends with an art lesson that includes art history on a specific artist and then application of their style to create original student artwork; and
  • Art Education Classes & Workshops, which offers diversified studio art classes and workshops for both children and adults.

Exposure to art can have profound influence on a young person’s life. Beyond what art teaches, like respect for diverse viewpoints, courage to experiment, and problem-solving skills, some of the greatest rewards come from the intrinsic value of art and the personal joy one experiences through the creative process.

With a mission to engage, inspire, and build community through the arts, RAM views art education as a vital component in creating public value. Annually, we reach approximately 10,000 youth through school and museum-based programs. 

Help us continue these programs, provide scholarship funding for socio-economically disadvantaged children to take museum art classes this year, and restock our art supply closets (we don’t charge for materials for any of our youth art programs or most of our adult art programs).