December 3, 2023

The Riverside Art Museum held a reception for the Women Artists of the Permanent Collection: Mid-Nineteenth Century to Present Day on Jan. 25.

While many students were not aware that an art exhibit was opening, the content of the exhibit peaked interest.

Ben Yuem, senior public relations major, had no idea that there was an art exhibit opening but knows about the Riverside Art Museum.

“I’m open to any type of art, so I would have gone. I like art; I’ve been to LACMA (Los Angeles County of Museum of Art). I would just go to see it,” Yuem said.

The RAM wanted to showcase female artists, as they believe it is important to represent the minority in the arts, which is women.

Over forty female artists were featured in the opening showing of the exhibits. Artwork such as murals, performances, activist art and contemporary paintings were put on display for spectators to view.

The artwork was influenced from mid 19th century to modern day and gives insight into the minds and perspective of the world from the point of view of women.

Jessica Ford, senior visual arts major never really thought about women being a minority in the fine arts.

“I never really questioned women were a minority in the arts,“ said Ford. “Looking back at history, I think of all the famous artists who pushed boundaries, and they have all been men.”

It is important to keep in mind that art is subjective in nature and is open to interpretation.

Yet, the importance of having an art exhibit solely dedicated to women’s art is important to be shared. It allows a person to start to compare and contrast between different genders.

“As a female artist of fine arts, I do think it is important for students to be exposed to art that is done by female artists because both male and females have different things in mind when it comes to art,” said Michelle Kern, junior visual arts major.

Entry to the museum is only $3 for students and educators with a valid school ID, otherwise the cost is $5 per person.

The exhibit has been extended until April 21 for art enthusiasts to better understand the role that women play in the art world and in society.

The RAM is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located

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