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As we continue to monitor and meet established safety guidelines in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, our offices are open and operating in a virtual format. You can reach us by email at raffma@csusb.edu. We will respond as quickly as possible. Please keep a close watch for new announcements. Many of them, as well as several resources, can be found on CSUSB’s dedicated COVID-19/Coronavirus Information web page.

Thank you and stay safe.

Last Updated 5/24

Unable to attend an event? Check back 72 hours after the event for a recording link*.
Visit the RAFFMA YouTube channel for all past events.

*Please note, not all events are recorded.

February 2021

February 4, Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Hour with Lana and Guests

Chase Hanson, RAFFMA Student
Erika Kelley, RAFFMA Student

Have you ever wondered what it takes to work in a museum? Join us for this episode to get the inside scoop about what it's like to work in an accredited Art Museum and to learn the reality of working in the museum setting. 

Recording for Art Hour - Feb. 4

February 6, 2021
Opening of Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press

This exciting exhibition feature works by 14 African American artists who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation in the Bay Area and beyond. The show covers a wide range of prints, paintings, quilts, and sculptures, and includes an array of abstract and formal imagery. Narratives that speak to personal experiences and political perspectives are woven throughout. At the heart of this show is a Berkeley based fine art print studio—Paulson Fontaine Press—who over the past two decades has developed an unparalleled roster of internationally celebrated artists - artists like Martin Puryear, Kerry James Marshall,  and the Gee’s Bend Quilters – who characterize the fresh perspectives that are today’s avant-garde.

A reception will take place on Saturday, February 27th at 4 p.m.

View the Exhibition

February 11, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
CSU PLATFORM Lecture
Guest Artist: Shaun Leonardo

Shaun Leonardo’s multidisciplinary work negotiates societal expectations of manhood,  namely definitions surrounding black and brown masculinities, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and experience of failure. His performance practice,  anchored by his work in Assembly—a diversion program for court-involved youth at the  Brooklyn-based, non-profit Recess—is participatory and invested in a process of embodiment. 

Recording for CSU PLATFORM - Feb. 11

February 17, 5 - 6 p.m.
Egyptian Trivia Night

Are you an expert in Ancient History? Are you interested in Egypt? Or are you looking to just have some fun? Come participate in our Ancient Egyptian trivia night! All are welcome, no matter how much history you know.

Event Winners:
Level 1 - Erika Kelley
Level 2 - Bryan Brinkman
Level 3 - Bryan Brinkman
Level 4 - Mahetzil Vargas

No Event Recording Available

February 18, Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Hour with Lana and Guests

Andrew Thompson, Art & Design Lecturer
Diego Irigoyen, RAFFMA Education and Collections Coordinator

Is photography really a form of art? Or is it just for portraits and wedding pictures? Join us for this episode as we delve into the art of photography and how it has evolved over the years. 

Recording for Art Hour - Feb. 18

February 18, 5 - 6 p.m.
Cocktails with the Collection
Host: Eva Kirsch, RAFFMA Director

Topic: Selected portraits from RAFFMA collection – portraits of famous (or yet to become famous…) individuals by well-known or very famous artists. Some of the portraits have not been exhibited in years, so this is a very special opportunity.

Recording for Cocktails with the Collection - Feb. 18

February 24, Noon - 1 p.m.
RAFFMA Intro to Calligraphy
in collaboration with Alumni Relations - #Coyote4Life week

Join RAFFMA Staff member, Diego as he teaches calligraphy using just a couple of pencils and tape. The style of calligraphy is a variation of Fraktur known as William's Style of German text. This live session will show you how to get started in the art of calligraphy and go over the lesson on page 1 of the downloadable handout. The additional pages are for you to continue your practice on your own. This session is perfect for all ages and skill levels!

No Event Recording Available

February 27, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Online Reception for Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press

Join RAFFMA as we celebrate the new exhibition Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press.

This online reception will take you through an in-depth audio and visual tour of the new virtual exhibition. Event special guests include Rhea Fontaine and Pam Paulson, Owners of the Paulson Fontaine Press. At the end of the virtual tour, guests will participate in an open Q&A with Rhea, Pam, and John Fleeman, RAFFMA Exhibition Designer.

View the Exhibition


March 2021

March 10, 5 – 6 p.m.
Paint and Sip: Bob Ross
In collaboration with Associated Students Inc.

Join us for a special edition of Paint and Sip, following along with Bob Ross’ “Final Reflections”
Receive your own gift bag with supplies to follow along during the event. Register to reserve your bag, while supplies last.
Art Packs include everything you need – paints, canvas, tools and more!

No Event Recording Available

March 11, Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Hour with Lana and Guests

Diego Robles, Art & Design Lecturer
Chase Hanson, RAFFMA Student

Join us for this episode as we talk to Professor Diego Robles about Art and how it relates to both Time and Multiculturalism. How does the concept of art change as time passes? How has art changed as we progress into the era of globalization? 

Recording for Art Hour - March 11

March 11, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
CSU PLATFORM Lecture
Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver in conversation with artist Howardena Pindell

No Event Recording Available

March 16, 5 - 6 p.m.
Intro to Hieroglyphs Workshop

Have you ever wanted to learn how to read or write in Hieroglyphs? Hieroglyphs were the formal writing system used in Ancient Egypt. Hieroglyphs combined logographic, syllabic and alphabetic elements, with a total of some 1,000 distinct characters.
Join us for an Intro to Hieroglyphs Workshop hosted by Egyptologist Bryan Kraemer

All ages are welcome!

Download the Worksheet - Hieroglyph Workshop

Recording for Hieroglyph Workshop - March 16

March 25, Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Hour with Lana and Guests

Kate Liszka, Associate Professor The Benson and Pamela Harer Fellow in Egyptology
Bryan Kraemer, RAFFMA Research Egyptologist and History Lecturer
Erika Kelley, RAFFMA Student

Have you wondered what it’s like to work in a dig site? What is daily life like? What are the crazy things that can happen? Join us for the episode on March 25th as we talk to Egyptologists Bryan Kraemer and Kate Liszka about their time in Egypt and their Wadi-el-Hudi expedition. 

Recording for Art Hour - March 25

March 25, 5 - 6 p.m.
Cocktails with the Collection
Host: Kasia Szpakowska, W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence

Cocktails with the Collection is a monthly event, where we take attendees into the vault (virtually) and discuss objects from our collection that are not on display. The art and topics range each month but setup to be rather informal, this allows attendees to learn more about the collection at RAFFMA.
This month we will dive into the Egyptian collection to meet the Bes-image (aka Aha, Ipy, the fighter, and Protector) and explore the many forms of this supernatural being. 

Recording for Cocktails with the Collection - March 25


April 2021

April 8, Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Hour with Lana and Guests

Andrea Clary, CSUSB MFA student
Fred Brashear, CSUSB MFA alumni
Chase Hanson, RAFFMA Student

Why is it that pursuing a degree in the arts is seen negatively in our society today, and how can we battle these negative perceptions? Join us on April 8th as we talk to MFA student Andrea Clary and MFA alumni Fred Brashear about their experiences and what we can all do to combat society's view on the arts. 

Recording for Art Hour - April 8

April 10, 1:30 p.m.
Redeeming Demons: Coopting Demonic Forces for Good in Ancient Egypt

The word “demon” is used throughout Egyptology for a number of divine or semi-divine creatures encountered in art and texts. Although there is no term for “demon” in Egyptian, scholars have applied this term freely for creatures with an especially menacing demeanor found in the texts that describe the underworld.  But it also appears in reference to other areas of Egyptian magic, medicine, and mortuary art. Demons appear to have malevolent and benevolent tendencies in Ancient Egyptian religion. This conference will look at the benevolent demons. It will especially focus on how the Ancient Egyptians used magic or myth to coerce ostensibly naturally malevolent forces. The study of demons in Ancient Egyptian religion is undergoing a renaissance. This conference will bring together experts in the topic of Demons in Ancient Egypt to offer their perspectives on how the Ancient Egyptians conceived of magical, ritual, and mythical strategies to bend evil to do the will of good.

Panelists: 
Kasia Szpakowska, Ph.D., W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence, CSUSB (spring 2021)
Rita Lucarelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Egyptology Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley
Joshua A. Roberson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History Department of Art at the University of Memphis
Bryan Kraemer, RAFFMA Research Egyptologist and Lecturer in History at CSUSB

Recording for Redeeming Demons - April 10

April 22, Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Hour with Lana and Guests

Chase Hanson, RAFFMA Student
Erika Kelley, RAFFMA Student

Join us on April 22nd for part 1 of the Article Reaction series, where our hosts look at and react to an article relating to Art or History in the modern world.  

Recording Coming Soon....

April 22, 5 - 6 p.m.
Cocktails with the Collection
Host: Andrew Thompson, Art and Design Lecturer

Cocktails with the Collection is a monthly event, where we take attendees into the vault (virtually) and discuss objects from our collection that are not on display. The art and topics range each month but set up to be rather informal, this allows attendees to learn more about the collection at RAFFMA.

Recording for Cocktails with the Collection - April 22

April 29, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
CSU PLATFORM Lecture
People’s Kitchen Collective

People's Kitchen Collective (PKC) works at the intersection of art and activism as a food-centered political education project. Based in Oakland, California, our creative practices reflect the diverse histories and backgrounds of co-founders Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Jocelyn Jackson, and Saqib Keval. Written in our families' recipes are the maps of our migrations and the stories of our resilience. It is from this foundation that we create immersive experiences that honor the shared struggles of our people. We believe in radical hospitality as a strategy to address the urgent social issues of our time.

Recording Coming Soon....


May 2021

May 6, Noon - 1 p.m.
Art Hour with Lana and Guests

Kasia Szpakowska, Ph.D., W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence, CSUSB (spring 2021)
Erika Kelley, RAFFMA Student

Dreams. Nightmares. Magic. Demons. Join us on May 6th as we talk with Dr. Kasia Szpakowska, Egyptology Scholar in Residence, about her work studying demons, daily life, and religion in Ancient Egypt.  

Recording Coming Soon....

May 17 - 21, All Week-Long
RAFFMA International Museum Week 2021

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art will be celebrating International Museum Week 2021 and we want all of you to join in!
The objective of International Museum Week is to raise awareness on the fact that, “museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”.

Schedule of Events

  • Open Submissions for the Emerging Artist Virtual Exhibition: April 26-30, 2021
  • International Museum Day: May 18, 2021
  • Emerging Artist Virtual Exhibition: May 17-21, 2021
  • Cocktails with the Collection: May 20, 2021 at 5 p.m. (RSVP)

More Information about International Museum Week

May 20, 5 - 6 p.m.
Cocktails with the Collection

Host: Dr. Kate Liszka, Associate Professor The Benson and Pamela Harer Fellow in Egyptology
Cocktails with the Collection is a monthly event, where we take attendees into the vault (virtually) and discuss objects from our collection that are not on display. The art and topics range each month but setup to be rather informal, this allows attendees to learn more about the collection at RAFFMA. 

The Dung Beetle surprisingly inspired one of the most important symbols in ancient Egypt, the scarab.  Scarabs are the ancient Egyptian symbol of creation, connected with the birth and the rebirth of the sun every morning.  This symbol was ubiquitously used in Ancient Egyptian art and jewelry, both for the living and the dead.  It diametrically occurs in contexts both vitally important to help the deceased pass judgment and enter the afterlife, as well as important to identify administrators conducting their daily tasks of letter writing and overseeing of storage.  Come, learn, and discuss this diverse and dynamic symbol of the sunrise.

Recording Coming Soon....


July 2021

July 12-15, 2021, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (PDT)
Kids Discover Egypt Workshop
Great for ages 6-13 years old
LIVE lessons and activities

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) presents the annual Kid's Discover Egypt workshop July 12-15, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program adapted and transitioned to a virtual format. Once a 2-day workshop will now be 4 days of children’s activities and Ancient Egyptian lessons. These lessons and activities will give your child(ren) a virtual Egyptian art experience with specialized at-home crafts and exclusive Egyptian lessons by RAFFMA Staff and Egyptologists.

The workshop is appropriate for children ages 6-13 and will allow participants to explore the rich history of ancient Egypt with kid-friendly activities. Each workshop day will be hosted LIVE with activities to follow along, as well as fun interactive lessons to enjoy.
The workshop is available to all.

KDEW More Information

The above events and dates are subject to change. Please raffma@csusb.edu to confirm.