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GUEST SPEAKERS

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

Our featured artists and their area of art:

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September 15, 2022

Anna Stump, Creative Entrepreneur

California artist Anna Stump earned a Fulbright to Turkey, has participated in residencies from Mexico to Iceland, and is part of the creative duo Hill & Stump. In addition to exhibiting her paintings in galleries and museums, and sharing her skills with others, Stump is developing an interactive arts center in the community of Twentynine Palms in the Mojave Desert.

 

Mojaveland, as currently envisioned, will have several components: a miniature golf course designed by High Desert artists in the spirit of Noah Purifoy, a pedal cart course through murals and sculpture, artist exhibits, native desert gardens, performance spaces, and a restored 1940s homestead that will serve as gallery and meeting place. Eventually the project will also encompass education and design studios to allow children to design and build their own golf holes, pedal carts and other artworks.

 

Stump’s visionary approach stems from a belief that ‘art saves lives,’ gained from years of working with college students and incarcerated adults. Her goal is to steer artists out of the ‘starvation trap’ and guide them towards scholarship and entrepreneurship. By restoring a neglected homestead on five acres of desert, and encouraging others to contribute their imagination and skills, Stump makes good on her conviction that art is ‘as essential as breathing.’ An arresting mural of a snake that she painted to anoint the site is a harbinger of good things to come.

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October 20, 2022

Sant Khalsa: Artist as Activist

Sant Khalsa's artworks develop from her mindful inquiry into the nature of place and complex environmental and societal issues. She will discuss her creative practice - photo works and installations produced over the past four decades with a focus on critical water issues including
“Paving Paradise,” about our Santa Ana River and Watershed and “Western Waters,” documenting retail water stores in the southwest, currently featured in her RAM solo exhibition.

 

Sant Khalsa is an artist, educator, and activist whose artworks are widely exhibited, published, and acquired by museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nevada Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, UCR California Museum of Photography, and National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh. Khalsa is a recipient of prestigious fellowships and grants
from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, California Humanities and others. She was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Society for Photographic Education Insight Award for her significant contributions to the field of photography (2012). Khalsa is a Professor of Art, Emerita at California State University, San Bernardino. Her second monograph of photographs “Crystal
Clear || Western Waters” is forthcoming from Minor Matters Books in December
2022.

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November 17, 2022

Tiffany Brooks

Tiffany Brooks is an accomplished artist in Southern California. She is best known for her title of 'Resident Artist' at Riverside's historic Mission Inn, where she has practiced her craft since 1997.

Upon exploring the Mission Inn, you will encounter many pieces of her frescos and artwork, which fit effortlessly into its ancient walls.


Tiffany has become proficient in the areas of Trompe L'oeil, Murals, Artwork Venetian plaster and many styles of Faux.  Her excitement for what she creates puts her clients at ease as she strives to bring their unique project to life. 

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