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50 Years of Art & Architecture

Gala: Friday, June 2, 2017, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.


Join us on June 2, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m., for a ‘60s-themed gala with a HOSTED cocktail bar and hors d’oeuvres that will blast you back to the days of our beloved Museum's move to this Julia Morgan treasure. You’ll also enjoy:

  • Live music from the Civil Defense band (featuring City Manager John Russo) and a totally boss DJ, DJ Dru Ali
  • Wine, Spirits, and Beer Tasting (Remy Martin will be doing some special tastings; Hendricks Gin will be there; 4-5 other spirit distributors will offer tastings as well. There'll be 4 high-end craft breweries. Eight or nine wine distributors will be here, each serving up tastings of 5-6 different wines. All thanks to La Bodega!)
  • Valet Parking
  • Best Dressed a la Mad Men Contest
  • Gregory Adamson performance painting
  • A nifty silent auction
  • artmaking and "hippy" crafts
  • coffee from Lift Coffee Roasters

We have a few other far-out surprises in store for you, so get decked out in your best Mad Men-inspired cocktail threads and buy your tickets now to join us at the swankiest, most primo event of the year!


Become a Sponsor!

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.

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 and by participating in our 1960s-themed Gala on June 2, 2017.

Sponsorships at the following levels are available:

  • $500: includes 2 Gala tickets, plus event recognition;
  • $1,000: includes 4 Gala tickets, plus event recognition;
  • $2,500: includes 2 Gala tickets, plus event recognition and additional benefits (please contact the museum for info);
  • $5,000: includes 4 Gala tickets, plus event recognition and additional benefits (please contact the museum for info);
  • $10,000: includes 6 Gala tickets, plus event recognition and significant additional benefits (please contact the museum for info).

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.

We're asking the community for stories/memories about the museum and time spent in our historic Julia Morgan-designed building since the art museum purchased the building from the Riverside YWCA in 1967. If you have a story to tell, please email it to Valerie.

Additional Related Programming

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!

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

Click here to take advantage of this special offer!

Thank you to our generous sponsors:


Elizabeth Parks

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S. Sue & William Johnson

Amy S. Harrison

Francie & Eric Johnson

Linda & Henry Coil 

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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



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