The Riverside Art Museum recently announced the appointment of Todd Wingate as its Curator of Exhibitions and Collections.
Wingate will oversee the museum’s annual exhibition programming, the Riverside Art Museum’s (RAM) permanent collection, and acquisitions.
“We are beyond thrilled to have someone of Todd’s caliber join our team at the Riverside Art Museum,” says Drew Oberjuerge, RAM Executive Director. “The Board of Trustees and staff have put together an ambitious strategic plan for the next few years, and Todd’s intellect, experience, creativity, and talent will lead us to new places!”
Prior to coming to the Riverside Art Museum, Wingate served as the Assistant Dean of Students at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). He spent a total of 18 years at UCR and originally arrived there to direct the performing arts program and curated 15 seasons, presenting artists across multiple art forms, including authors Maya Angelou and David Sedaris, musicians Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and Kronos Quartet, choreographers Bill T Jones, Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey, and popular groups, such as Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, Dianne Reeves, and Perla Batalla.
While at UCR, Wingate was responsible for oversight of the construction and management of the $55 million Highlander Union (UCR’s student union) and developed and produced the Heat Music Festival, a multistage rock, electronic, and hip hop festival with an annual attendance of over 13,000.
Wingate currently serves as Vice President and Chief Administrator for the Wingate Foundation and is on the board of directors of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Craft.
“This is such a great time to be joining RAM,” he said in regards to his appointment. “The vision of the staff and trustees to expand our ability to provide arts experiences for our community and their deep understanding of the important role the museum has in serving our community is what intrigued me the most about joining RAM—but getting to work with amazing artists has its perks, too.”
Wingate’s first two exhibitions in his new role, Sit By Me—Chairs by Sam Maloof, Mike Johnson, Geoffrey Keating, Laura Kishimoto, Laura Mays, Brandon Morrison, and Reed Hansuld; and, Land/Sky—Paintings by Karen Kitchel and Eric Nash, are scheduled to open with a special joint reception for the artists on Friday, October 28, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.