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Each month at the Riverside Art Alliance meetings, we have a different speaker on an interesting topic.

For the 2019-20 Art Alliance year our programs will focus on seven artists with local connections – their diverse backgrounds and their work. You may know some of them already or you may not. They are all unique in their art and their road to creativity. You will hear their story, see their art and have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of their talk.

Our featured artists and their area of art:

September 19, 2019

Susan Straight & Douglas McCulloh

Celebrating 9 years of creative collaboration, Douglas and Susan will speak about their newest RAM exhibit: Bad Ass Women and the Road to the Promised Land.  Susan is the award winning author and Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside, and Douglas is the internationally exhibited photographer and curator. Susan states that she finds the great stories in Southern California, and Douglas makes the perfect images that capture the essence of the stories. From 6-6:30pm, 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, 2019

Drew Oberjuerge

Executive Director of the Riverside Art Museum

Drew Oberjuerge 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, 2019

Michael Skura

Michael Skura will discuss his exhibition Tendrils.  An exhibition of blown, molded glass, light, video mapping.  Michael's show is organized in conjunction with the Riverside Festival of Lights.

January 16, 2020
Special Lunch Meeting at 12 noon

Betty Parks

Betty Parks will discuss RAM and its legacy as a haven for potters. She headed a group of RAM potters through the 1970s and 1980s. She and her husband, Walter, have an extensive collection of pottery, with an emphasis on pottery from Mata Ortiz, Mexico.

February 20, 2020

Dr. Vince Moses

Dr. Vince Moses will discuss of Henry L.A. Jekel, one of Riverside's best known architects of the California Style in the 1920s and 30s. Jekel is the focus of the Henry L.A. Jekel: Architect of Eastern Skyscrapers and the California Style exhibit co-curated by Dr. Moses, based on the book of the same name co-written with Catherine F. Whitmore.

March 19, 2020 - Cancelled

Todd Wingate

Todd Wingate will discuss exhibition strategies and provide a behind-the-scenes look at how RAM exhibitions are developed. Hear about future plans and exciting news about exhibition partnerships currently in the works, as well as update on exhibition and collection expansion plans for The Cheech.

April 16, 2020 - Cancelled

Art Alliance members share their own art, personal stories, and the history of the piece they brought to share. This is always one of the Art Alliance members' favorite meetings.