Art Alliance is a volunteer organization whose members plan, support and participate in activities that benefit the Riverside Art Museum and contribute to its operating budget.

Photo by Alex Cruz, member of PAN

In 1965, twelve women founded the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum.  They were Lucille Clarke, Betty Facey, Katie Grigsby, Birk Hinderaker, Barbara Colville, Elizabeth Kuhlins, Doris Miller, Ruth Place, Betty Powell, Betty Reade, Dottie Smith and Margaret Woodford.  From this original group of twelve, the Art Alliance now has a membership of over 200 members.  During the early years, members met in homes, garages, the Adobe of the Mission Inn and even the City Dog Pound, which was rented from the City of Riverside for $1 a year.


In 1966, the YWCA decided to relocate to Magnolia Avenue near Adams Street and they put their downtown location up for sale. It was decided to purchase this building located at the corner of Mission Inn Avenue and Lime Streets instead of building on the Dog Pound site.  The two-story, 20,000 square foot, Spanish influenced building designed by Julia Morgan and built in 1929, was renovated into a series of gallery space and classrooms.  The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.


Who Are We Today?


The Art Alliance is a unique organization! While operating as a fund raising arm of the Riverside Art Museum, we create events and projects that focus on community, art and membership fun. Some of our past projects include:


Riverside Art Market - An Art Market featuring artists and crafts booths, children's activities, face painters and more.


Look Who's Talking - A lecture series featuring four speakers. Past speakers have included Resla Aslan and Monica Holloway (nationally known authors), a National Geographic videographer, a competitive chef and local celebrity chef, Marla Cohen.


Off-the-Wall - Hundreds of original works of art, framed and ready to take “off the wall,” create the largest art sale in Riverside.  This recurring event offers affordable art for sale to the community.


Canstruction® - Teams of designers competed for prizes by creating giant sculptures made from canned foods.  Later, these sculptures were disassembled and donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.


The Giant Orange ArtVenture - 32 giant fiberglass oranges, designed by local artists and underwritten by local businesses and individuals, created the largest outdoor art show in Riverside’s history.  Our gala opening at White Park showcased the one-of-a-kind oranges to 1,700 guests. This extraordinary project generated over $125,000 for RAM.



The Art Alliance also runs the Blue Door Museum Store in the Riverside Art Museum. The Blue Door carries art from local artists, as well as a collection of gift items. The Blue Door Museum Store is an ongoing Art Alliance fundraiser of the Riverside Art Museum.  Your purchases support local artists, help pay for exhibits and provide classes for children and adults.